It so happened that a couple of days back, I suddenly realized that I have gone to the other side. What is the other side now?
If you have seen hindi movies, you would have seen primarily three types of “good” police inspectors:
1. Young Angry Man
2. Defeated old man who has given up on the system and just performs the basic duty.
3. A wise old man who tries to do various good things within the limitations of the system. The kind of guy we saw in ‘Company’.
When the young angry man experiences the system, he either becomes a defeated old man or a wise old man.
Fresh out of college, we all have dreams. Dreams to do something, to achieve something etc etc. The blood runs warm in our veins and nothing seems to be impossible. Nothing can stand in our way. That’s the spirit of youth-hood.
Then comes the system and the marriage and kids. The necessity to earn bread, the compulsion to drive through traffic jams everyday. The experiences of helplessness, the moments of stagnation. And the realization that forget the world, you cannot even change your own destiny.
And this process takes you to the other side. The other side where the young angry man becomes a defeated old man or a wise old man.
And a couple of days back, I realized that I have now gone to the other side.