Thursday, December 3, 2009

Encounter with a Coin

The following conversation happened between me and a coin.

"But dude you must look at the other side also." The coin said.
"Why should I?" I asked.
"Because until you've seen the other side how can you make a decision."
"Look you are just a coin so stop preaching."
"You always do this." The coin was hurt.
"I am just saying I am pretty cool with this." I was trying to make it up to it.
"Why do you always feel 'cool' about the one thing that is shown to you? Why cant you just go around and have a look at the other side." The coin continued.
"Because I've been told by my forefathers to look at the glossy side only. Why take unnecessary chances?" I said in my defense.
"You are pathetic!" It blurted out.
"Thanks for saying that." I was a bit agitated.
"Look don't feel miserable. I'll give you an example." The coin tried to console me.
"Yeah! Here we go." I wasn't much interested in his chronicle.
The coin ignored the comment and continued.
"Do you know RAVANA?" The coin asked.
"Yes, I am pretty much aware of him." I said.
"What do you know about him?"
"Well! He was the enemy of our beloved god RAMA." I answered.
"But what did he do? Why he was an enemy of god RAMA?"
"He was a fiend and did something bad."
"What exactly do you know about his character and his actions?"
"He was a cock-a-hoop and he did something terrible for his own sake."
"What did he do exactly? Tell me."
"He abducted god RAMA's wife?"
"That's it."
"That's it. That's it. How would you feel if someone kidnap your wife?" I was furious.
"No, I mean that's all you know about him."
"Err..." I was about to say something but the coin continued.
"That sounds like a version of RAVANA you've been told since your childhood. Anyways so what's your verdict on RAVANA's character?"
"Well in the end he got what he deserved." I said.
"Now as you are pretty much obsessed with this version of the story, I'll tell you mine." The coin said.
"Oh! So you have a different 'version' of the mythological character which had been portrayed centuries ago." I was a bit annoyed as someone in my whole life has never even attempted to draw a different character sketch of RAVANA.
"Listen to me first." The coin tried to put its point.
"What version?" I asked.
"I think RAVANA was a caring and loving brother who forfeited his army, his sons, his kingdom, even his life trying to punish those who insulted his sister."
I was stunned to hear that elucidation. I was sitting numb staring at the coin in my hands.
"What are you saying?" I blurted out.
"Other side of the story!!"
The coin continued. "Look here's the thing. You can see things the way you want but try to see both the sides. Don't get obsessed with one side only."
"Yeah! Yeah! I get it. Now stop preaching and let me get back to my work."

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