Is there a parallel universe revolving agitatedly around, which we ignoramuses know nothing about? There most certainly is if one is to go by the modus operandi to acquire a ‘high’..beyond all highs.. so much so that it sends you scuttling across the boundaries of life. I am angry and not in the least bit satirical. This is serious stuff.
Kids, barely into their teens , or not, are experimenting with a ‘choking game’, one in which the blood supply to the brain is cut off for a few moments that induces a light headedness, resulting in what they interpret as a ‘high’. Frankly, I choked on assimilation of this news. What the %^$# is the world coming to? This ‘high’ had sunk indeterminedly ‘low ‘ , low low.
I am yet to come to terms with it . Its been a few days since 13 year old Gaurang Dalvi was reported dead in his Shivaji park residence, reportedly after playing this ‘dare’ with his friends. A student of Bombay Scottish, his mother a teacher in the same school was present in the adjoining room. Can you beat that? Apparently his gang of friends had learnt of the method on the internet, where its ubiquitousness is most disturbing. Getting ‘high’ on the highway to death.. just for kicks. We humans are so deprived of the ‘real thing’.. so much so our kids sense that pretty quick , then trying to look for their own means ..When kids go berserk, adults have to hang their heads in shame.! When a kid like Gaurang Dalvi gets a ‘high’ on death its time we adults sit up and take cognisance of where we are headed as a nation and a society. India the land of seers and sages , the birthplace of wisdom, is losing out to insanity.
He was the first to venture, while one of his friends , or he personally, may have tightened the noose around his neck to cut off supply to his brain. ‘Brain dead’ is what the parents and teachers of that school seem to be . The child was just exploiting his freedom to dare.Sorry, if you think the above statement is downright crude, well.. Like I said ..I am angry.
For the second time: Just what is the world coming to? How is it that parents and in in this case the mother who is also a teacher has no clue to the activities of her child, his interests, his friends? How is it that he feels the need to experience a ‘high’ in this day and age when so much is available to trigger their interests, spur their potential and open up avenues of disbursing energy creatively? What is the extent of freedom demarcated to kids? Are parents now putty in the hands of their child’s tantrums and extreme demands? Just what caliber of a teacher is she ? Look this is not meant to cast aspersions on her in particular. But if this is a symptom of ineffective, irresponsible, callous parenting and teaching then the issue has to be addressed accordingly.
It would be a crying shame if Gaurang Dalvis tragic death is reduced to another statistic or quirky accident. It is a clarion call to the teaching fraternity to look inwards. There is something obviously wrong there. Teachers have involved themselves in eking out a living from tuitions, apart from classroom fees. The days of ‘guru shishya’ parampara are as obsolete as the banyan trees underneath the shade of which education was imparted as a matter of personal integrity. Today teaching is a business or a job like any other.
So while teachers are looking for their ‘highs’ in income bracket, kids are finding it in choking games.
From personal experience, if a parent today is not in complete knowledge of the kids whereabouts, activities, friends, interests, his weaknesses, strengths, it amounts to an Criminal parent. If you bring a child into this world, then you bloody well make him your First and Only priority. There is no place for laxity in discipline and not room for a whiff of carelessness. Often , if not always the price is too high…
One can still recall the simplicity of our childhood where a ‘high’ if interpreted anachronistically was perhaps a box of imported crayons, or a visit to the circus or movies with a gastronomical treat added on. Just when and how did the connotation of a ‘high’ take root in the absurdities and morbidities of a skewed brain, is beyond ones comprehension.
Are we progressing? Is India posited for greatness? Is it at the cost of innocence? A simple life, well lived, will soon be a novelty, a fairy tale and a mirage in the desert…high up and beyond… SAD!
Twinkle twinkle little star how I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high..
how did you get that ‘high’ ..the little diamond in the sky?