Thursday, July 14, 2011

14th July 2011

It was a very hectic, gruelingly busy May and June. A lot of new things happened to me on a personal level and for the larger society in 'West' Bengal.Change, is the keyword for both the pictures. On the personal level, my usually lazy summer vacations went for a toss for the first time in my life- I worked, to be precise, my being was engaged in doing some fruitful activity, which helped me to develop as a person and also helped me to give back to that very society only an iota of all that she has given/giving me.Being a part of a newspaper house (even if just as an Intern) was a desire which finally got fulfilled last month. I wouldn't say it was an"outstanding" experience but yes it was very challenging, an experience which earned me a few articles but more importantly made me more confident. I had moments of anguish which made me contemplate that I was not cut out for a job yet. In the end those few moments of tensed introspection faded gradually....giving way to a light-a tiny bit of success.I was overwhelmed with happiness.

Turning back to the larger society, that is, the people of West Bengal, also witnessed change in their lives for the first time in 34 years.A definitive, comprehensive change. The 'Red Book' finally closed its West Bengal chapter, even if, it is for a brief while.How long will this disposition last we do not know. But one thing that is clear is the change was steered by the people of West Bengal. The mass had lost its faith in the Left Front, the 'Red Flag' and all that it stood for. It was the Friday 13th May, the verdict was declared and the state erupted in joy as if it had gained independence.It's passed 2 months now.The euphoria has given way to normalcy again. But what the people of West Bengal witnessed was a maddeningly insane effort on the part of a lady to bring about a change a.k.a "Poriborton"(in Bengali) which culminated in the toppling of the 'Red Rule'.

The red carpet has now been placed to testify the success or the failure of the change.Will the lady who has been treated with such veneration be able to emulate the 'Lady with the Lamp'? Or the Lady draped in white? The answer is not yet known.

My recent experiences during my short stint with real work has armed me with yet another question of which I haven't found an answer yet, and if I have it has not been a completely positive one. Will just a governmental change help to halt if not neutralize the self-destruct mode that the state currently is in??