“You won’t amount to anything in your life, son.”
He had. From being jobless, to being one of the upcoming stars in the industry, he had scripted what most would call a rags to riches story.
“Your passion is worthless, it will bring you down, son.”
It hadn’t. It was his passion for words that made him the successful author that he had become. He was proclaimed as the next big author from the country.
“Giving up a big paying job for an experiment is not the way, son.”
He had proven it was. Yes, he had quit his job at a leading multinational company and the perks that came with it, to pursue what he loved to do, and what he knew he could put every beat of his heart into.
“Who will agree to marry you? Every decent rishta is based on the groom’s financial stability.”
He hadn’t gone looking for any relationship. If any girl loved him for who he was, she would accept that he was a writer, and believe that he can take care of her. And when his book had become a hit, the rishtas were beginning to come. He hadn’t accepted any of them so far.
“You are acting like a child still. It’s time to grow up. Act your age.”
He had continued to be true to what he knew he was. He lived life to the fullest, made new friends, took new trips, continued to play video games and read comics. He painted landscapes, excelled in pencil-shading.
“You are only book-smart, not street-smart. You’ll never survive the real world.”
He had. He had proven that he was book-smart. He had a degree to his name. He proved that he didn’t need to “act” a particular age to be street smart. He didn’t deceive anyone. No one deceived him. He held his own quite well. The way he lived, people respected him.
Today he was supposed to be receiving his first award. It was an achievement his dad would be proud of.
“You are such a coward, you wouldn’t even have the heart to kill yourself.”
“I underestimated you, son. I truly underestimated you,” his father whispered, struggling to see his limp body hanging from the ceiling fan.
Jeevan had proven his father wrong everywhere. Everywhere.
(24th April 2014)