Rationale (Flash Fiction)



Birju cursed his fate one more time as he saw the heap of plates that lay before him. “Mother, you lied to me every time you said God is fair.” He thought as he began to empty the plates into the dustbin. By the time the restaurant would be closed the entire dustbin would be full with this remnants of food. He sighed and muttered to himself “ Here..these people have so much in abundance that they waste the food and my family there in village is fighting for having a square meal a day…what kind of fairness is this?
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  1. Birju should be happy with what he got and stop being jealous of rich people. He should also be proud of himself that he is supporting his family. He should try harder and advance in life. Who said life is fair?

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    1. Yes life is not fair..Birju's reaction comes from the lesson his mother taught him in childhood that God loves all his children the same. He has grown up to believe that but when he faced the reality and saw the harsh truths of the world he felt all that his mother told him was a lie.

      We all do that sometimes, because we are only taught the good things. No one teaches us about the bad things and hence we are never prepared for them.

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  2. Now, this one is very thoughtful! Very important message in very few words. Well done Me! People must respect their food. They should understand that many poor people struggle hard for it...

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    1. Thanks so much Tarang.. yes we all should be glad thinking how blessed we are!

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  3. The haves' and havenots' gap is very wide.Nice one.

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  4. Life can be unfair. The gap between the rich and comfortable and the poor of our country is huge, it is appalling!I know we should be happy with what we have when we compare our state to some less fortunate but sometimes we cannot help think why life is so unfair. That's what Birju's thoughts are!

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    1. Very aptly put forth Rimly... though we understand and accept so many things around us, sometimes we cannot help but feel why is it so unfair!!

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  5. It is not FAIR at all.. and I second birju on this .. But I would not blame god on this.. I will blame the people who waste foood .. they are responsible ..

    I dont know why we bring god in everything, its hight time we the people take some responsibility ourself ...


    A good thought ...


    hey M.E. Happy diwali to you and family .. Have a good one

    Bikram's

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    1. :)

      Yes Bikram you are right...its we who are supposed to be blamed!! Perhaps it has got to do with our mindset as well where we tend to blame God for everything and anything that happens around us.

      Thanks so much!!

      Wishing you to a wonderful and warm Diwali Bikram!!

      Take care

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  6. Hmmm...Life is definitely not fair! But his home is getting a square meal....There are beggars outside their doorstep waiting for what they throw!

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  7. I've always believed that life is fair. Don't ask me why or how. I don't know. I don't say karma, fate or destiny makes life fair, no. I've believed that all of us get one thing in abundance that NOBODY else in this world shall not have so much of. I don't know if you understand what I mean and I'm not able to put it out clearly..

    As Jaish said, a square meal a day. Be thankful for that before you complain. Yes, Birju would feel sympathy and sorrow, but looking past it, I'm sure he's gifted in other ways. :)

    But truly, NEVER waste food. :)

    Hugs!

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    1. I understand your thoughts completely.... and yes I agree to you to quite an extent though I do believe a lot in Karma too!

      And yes square meal a day for Birju well..yes he ensured his family got that by working hard, away from them in an alien city with no one to call his own. You know I feel people surrender to fate very quickly and don't try hard enough sometimes.And that is the reason I sometimes detest beggars. Please don't get me wrong. I pity them but I also feel they are healthy with two hands, two legs... they could have done any menial job, been daily wage labourers or anything for that matter but they have surrendered to that life of begging.. I somehow can only feel bad for physically handicapped beggars of children who are made to beg by their parents...so actually you are right. We are all gifted in some way or other. It could be something as menial as our physical strength...but we are. The point is we need to recognize it and put it to optimum use!

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  8. I don't know these issues have always perplexed me a lot and now more at almost every place and every event I attend. And at the same time I get laugh as well because of some strange reasons. I have wondered a lot about it. There are several Birju's like this in over country but certainly not more than the number of riches in over country who are proud of having so much amount of money to show off and keeping this child as labours as well as a show off also.

    The problem is not putting the problem across and it's not that people are not aware of it. It's that we are lacking with a concrete solution of it. And we all need to solve together rather than someone alone or government.

    Coming back to your flash fiction: This time I could guess up easily the end of the story ;). Indeed you wrote well.

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    1. It is not that I am trying to highlight a problem seeking for a solution.Its just a thought that passed my mind when I saw a waiter in a hotel who looked very poor and had a perplexed thought in his mind. And yes I agree we are lacking concrete solution to it.

      It is sad that you could guess it :( as that means I need to work more hard on managing the suspense!

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  9. Nothing but the Black Truth of life...Life isn't fair to everyone

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  10. I agree with Birju that God is not fair. We ultimately console ourselves saying that its our Karma.

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  11. Life does not flow with the same pace for all.Five fingers are not alike.Pl. try to view my post 'Hunger',if you feel so as something similar is there also.Said well in a few sentences.

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    1. Yes I have read that post and loved it to the core... it is so beautifully written!

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