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Succulent Uncertainty

Shaadaab S. Bakht

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Shaadaab S. Bakht, who worked for famous Indian dailies The Telegraph, The Pioneer, The Sentinel and wrote political commentaries for Tehelka.com, is Gulf Today’s Executive Editor.

Shaadaab S. Bakht, who worked for famous Indian dailies The Telegraph, The Pioneer, The Sentinel and wrote political commentaries for Tehelka.com, is Gulf Today’s Executive Editor.

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ON LIFE

I relish, and with enormous delight, the fact that life follows no roadmap. Or at least it is not known to us. Imagine knowing about your miseries in advance and imagine your wait till that date. It would have been a journey in unalloyed horror. It would have been such a sickening jammer. It would have left us like lambs waiting to be slaughtered or flies waiting to be swatted.

It’s so nice that life is unpredictable. The succulent uncertainty generates hope, which is our prime mover.

That life progresses without law, fancies no rule book and is bound by no constitution, is as pleasurable as a bride’s fantasy and as stuporous as the engaging moan of a restive heart. The total absence of an itinerary for our mortal sojourn gave birth to man’s biggest inspiration, dreams.

The total absence of an itinerary for our mortal sojourn gave birth to man’s biggest inspiration, dreams


Because we never know what the future exactly holds we keep knitting dreams. We keep building brick by brick walls on which we hope to hang our desired frames and which we hope will keep grief away.

We keep dreaming because often doors have unexpectedly opened for some people and they have found their destinies waiting right there in the form of courier-men, carrying heartwarming news, and lost and life-changing friends.   

Granted, the desired knock may never occur and the door may never open, but the important thing is that the dreams keep us moving, which is if you ask me, more important than actually fulfilling the dreams. Also, in the process a good deal of life is covered, our ultimate goal.

I realised fully the meaning of the well-known expression­­ — keep walking—when I missed my bus home. It did leave me quite upset. This was years ago.

But as I waited for the next bus home, I ran into an old colleague. During the course of our conversation she discovered that I had quit journalism to work for a national organisation. I still feel it was a step in the wrong direction. There was job security, but everything else was excruciatingly painful.

She too didn’t approve of my decision and said that she could help my return to journalism. After a week I phoned her. She was kind enough to put me onto people who were looking for responsible young men willing to work hard. I was lucky I had all the three things they were looking for.   

Subsequently, I joined a leading Indian English language daily newspaper, which more than ensured my regular plates of fish and rice.

In reality, I hadn’t missed the bus.