It’s not rocket science …

“It’s not rocket science.”

“But I don’t want to take over the family business, dad.”

“So you want to leave a regular income, safe and secure job to pursue some silly childhood dream that you’d write a novel? I just can’t understand that. You’d be a fool if you let that opportunity go.”

I looked at him trying to push my dream away.

“So you’re a little slow, can’t manage the finances yet and act like you have no interest in it at all. Dreams can become true any time, son. Get settled in life, get married, have children. These aren’t things that’ll wait for long. Dreams, they’ll come and go, they’ll wait for you. Get your priorities sorted.”

I laughed. I’d heard that line before.

“Just like I left my dream of playing tennis for India, and took up coaching for CAT in the summer instead of tennis camp. Just like I pursued Business Administration instead of Literature when you asked me to put that dream on hold… right Dad?”

He stared at me, his face even.

“Yes. Be sarcastic and ruin your life, you fool. I just can’t understand why you want to write anyways. Where’s the money in that? Why can’t you change your dream, live to our expectations for once?”

I laughed again, and walked towards the door.

“It’s not rocket science, dad.”


Written as participation for Blogging from A to Z, Day 9 = Letter I..


(April 10th, 2013)

Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

4 thoughts on “It’s not rocket science …

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  1. Because we only live once – hence there are not too many times we can re-choose or re-do. Sometimes once gone, chances will never come by again. The greatest gift parents can give to children is to allow them to dream. Without dreams, the value of life is greatly diminished.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

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