Life is bearable despite the election

Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.  

IS NOT life such a many-splendoured thing? When it is bittersweet for some, it is election time for others. For the elderly woman -- she actually belongs to one of those places on the outskirts of the City -- in the picture, what matters is that she sells enough vegetables. Then she has enough money to prepare hot meals. Then, life is good. But wait, this woman is looking at something else. At children and grown men striding all over the place, making lots of noise, waving flags.

So what is she thinking of as she watches all this hectic activity? What does she think of the politicians who are asking people to trust them enough to vote them to power?

Does she think that these children are fools to spend their time with the campaigners? Or does she really care in what happens, in who wins or loses? That's a hypothetical question really. Who wins, who loses. It is all the same. It is not going to make an iota of difference to this woman. After all, the winner is not going to give her a better livelihood. He cannot get more people to buy her vegetables. She's seen enough, of course. And heard too. During the run-up to the polls, a lot is said. The talkers will talk plenty and promise even more.

But this woman is wise, now. Over the years and hundreds of such campaigns later, she knows that life is bearable, if she shuts out all such talk, if she concentrates on her vegetables, because, if you expect something, you end up hurt. It is a fight out there. And only the smart ones succeed. The rest survive.

By Divya Sreedharan

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