Monday, January 13, 2014

Humpty Dumpty: A Personal Voyage

In a recent day, I visited a friends house where about a 1 year old fellow was also present. His parents were playing so many nursery rhymes in a laptop to please the little guy so that he will stay calm. Among the various songs I heard there, I heard one with which I have a connection. Its about Humpty Dumpty, my good old friend. He reminds me my childhood.

Once upon a time I was a kid. I'm sure I was so little even though I cannot even guess the age. In a nice evening, I was sitting in front of the television and was eating a biscuit as I remember. My younger brother was sitting with me according to my memory but I'm not sure whether my elder brother was sitting there with us. We were waiting for Amma to make afternoon tea. The television was telecasting some kind of a kids programs with cartoons and songs. 

Now here's this little guy. He looked like an egg. He was wearing a hat and I had no idea what the nursery rhyme meant playing in the background. He was funny and looked happy in his mood. He walked on top of some place following the rhythm of the background music. Suddenly something went wrong. The little fellow lost his control and fell down from the wall where he was standing on. His face turned into red. His disfigured face reflected the pain he was suffering. I saw cracks over his body. Some people with a shocking look, gathered around him but I didn't see them put some fair effort to heal the fallen guy.  And thats all I heard about him on that day. I had tears in my eyes and I had no way to find out what happened to the poor guy. Amma was wondering what happened to me, but I think I didn't try to say anything.

From that day onwards for a long time in my childhood, whenever I see an egg, I remembered Humpty Dumpty. What exactly happened to him, why can't somebody fix him; so many questions flew around my head. He was happy for a moment. And then he is unhappy, suffering with an extreme pain till the death. When the time flies, I think I grew up and realized it was just a cartoon or something and nothing in real. However, there's a reality behind Humpty. Life is like a drop of water on a lotus leaf. The distance between the happiness and the sufferings is unimaginably small. The moment we loss it, there's nobody on this universe who can fix it for us. No matter how far we go, which wall we climb, I think its more important to save the most precious things in life which nobody else can fix for us when things go wrong.

" Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men, 
Couldn't put Humpty together again... "

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