the long search

When you have nowhere to go, go back to yourself.

Of Freedom

Nobody is free. We all like to believe otherwise though.

No, it's not an Independence Day thought for me. I remember arguing with my friends and colleagues (yes, all of them are married and I am not) that I can get up in the morning, pick up my backpack and head for the forests or mountains for trekking. And they can't. Is it freedom? I don't know if it is.

I guess freedom is the "space" you offer to people around you; people including your near and dear ones, your spouse, family members, friends and others who constitute your world. Freedom is when you let go of your insecurities; when you know not to possess. Freedom is when you realise you can give without actually seeking much in return. Am I making sense? You can tell me.

One thing I know for sure. Men pretend to be free. But they are not. For, they try to possess as they are insecure and want to retain control. They are a weak species compared to women. They even pretend that they believe in other's freedom. Then, that's just a pretension. It reminds me of the fiery Kamala Das (Surayya) when she wrote:

"You planned to tame a swallow, to hold her
In the long summer of your love so that she would forget
Not the raw seasons alone, and the homes left behind, but
Also her nature, the urge to fly, and the endless
Pathways of the sky...."


Kasturi 16 August 2008 at 16:59  

Good one. I agree on your assumptions or conclusions on freedom because I also feel close to what you have felt about freedom. But I cannot but disagree to the mention about your friends(being married) who you feel aren't free as much as you are just because you can get up one day and head to the forests and they can't. Marrying - or what I say extending family - from having a companion to having a child or children - who help you mature as an individual besides parents - helps one become more independent and understand and respect the concept of freedom.
But I must tell you -- you write such pieces really well.

Sanjeev 16 August 2008 at 19:28  

Awesome article man.....ur best one so far....!!!

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