Do you remember, we met 25 years ago in 1991. I met you through my parents. They are the most beautiful people in this world. You came to me when Rajiv Gandhi died. My mom often tells me “when you were born, there was curfew in the whole country.” It means that when we met for the first time there was unrest in the whole country. The whole country was quiet. Probably that’s why I like to stay quiet most of the time. My mom beared a lot of pain to see you and me together. Then you held my hand and we started walking hand in hand. You have your own rules and I didn’t knew about it when I was child.
When I was a child you were fair to me. When I see 7 or 8 years old children begging and earning these days. I feel lucky and blessed. At the same time, I feel sad for them. Why are you so harsh to them? What those innocent children has done to you? Why can’t you be fair to them? I don’t understand your logic behind it. Why every child do not get a fair start in this world? I think every child should get a fair start in this world. It is their right. In fact, you don’t have a right to be so harsh on those innocent children. Kindly, don’t be so harsh on them. Show your kindness to them.
When I got older you started walking away from me. Till tenth grade, you were with me but after that it was like tug of war between you and me. In twelfth grade, I worked hard to get the admission in desired college but I didn’t get admission in that college in the first merit list. There was hope to get admission in second or third merit list and I got it in third merit list but by then I started studying in other college. Then I wanted to masters from a top notch college in India but I ended up doing it from the local university. I am not saying you are wholly responsible for that. I know I was lazy, overconfident at certain stages. My efforts were not enough at certain stages but instead of going against me, you could have been with me at that time.
I started my career with a job but then you pushed me towards business and entrepreneurship. There was no scope in my first job. Thus, I started preparing myself for starting my own business. I started loving that career option more as it has huge scope, great returns and more importantly, I realised that I actually want to start my own thing. I trained hard for it but halfway down the line you broke all the dreams I saw related to my business. People who were going to help me in starting my own thing said no and stopped supporting me. On the other hand, you opened an option of government job out of nowhere and left no other option for me than accepting that job.
With that job, you gave me an opportunity to explore myself. And because of that today, I am a writer, an accountant, an analyst, an online marketer and a designer. I was not born with a silver spoon. I have done everything on my own. It was your teachings which pushed me to do that and I thank you for that. You taught me to live life without anyone’s support or without any godfather. It has been 25 years and I don’t regret anything I have done with you. You have been good, you have been bad but you were always with me. At times, I thought of leaving you but we both have responsibilities towards people who has bind us in this relationship. Moreover, when you are not thinking of leaving me then why should I?
I think it’s half time in our relationship. I hope in the other half you will always be with me. I hope in this half you will help me in achieving my endeavours. I hope you will help me in fulfilling responsibilities towards my parents and family. Lastly, ae zindagi gale lagale, ae zindagi gale lagale. Humne bhi tere har ek gham ko gale se lagaya hai na. Hai na.