Thursday, August 11, 2011
Modern Day Cinderella
As little girls, we have all read and empathized with Cinderella: her vulnerable beauty, her quiet subjugation to the constant tortures of her stepmother and her ugly sisters, her fleeting moment of glory as she was blessed by the fairy godmother, her Prince Charming, but most of all, her escape from her paradise at midnight before it all came crashing down.
Mercifully, today, in urban India, we no longer have to put up with the vicious stepmom or the bullying sisters, we no longer need the fairy godmother and her magic wand and we also don’t need the Prince Charming to rescue us from life: we have education, employment, alcohol, chocolates and beauty magazines to empower us. But the running away from the ball is still a part of who we are: on most occasions, like Cinderella accepted the domestic tribulations as a part of her life, we also learn to deal with the daily miseries (office politics, inflation, plumbing mishaps), but just as she ran out on the perfect evening, we often run out on things/people which/who make us happy, because we are scared.
It’s midnight again: time to run away, time to get back to the familiar humdrum of life, time to put the perfect evening behind…