BY ARUNDHATI CHAKRABORTY
Looking through the eyes of a child is something many of us try. However, the important question is that how many of us can actually see? How to describe the transformation from being a child to being grown up? Hopefully, some in-depth thinking and analysis will help gain preponderance in this respect. Being a child, we are unaware of our surroundings. We are carefree and joyous because we don’t have any file in our mind. Everything is new and attractive; unknown and interesting to find out; unbelievable and unimaginable. But gradually and sparingly everything seems to sink within. With time, comes realization. The fact is that most of us are strangers to other people, and are slow to warm up to strangers. Nevertheless, our very lives are greatly influenced by strangers and often these are beneficial. When a touch of familiarity comes, a toddler starts to spread the true colour in full bloom.
A predominant attribute of a child is being fascinated by ‘feelings’. There are a lot of evidences that we may find in our surroundings by paying slight attention. The feel of the breeze is a scintillating experience. One need not know the wind speed, direction of the wind or its origin. We get irritated and the response results in blinking of the eyes, while looking at the huge ball of fire. This is just feeling, irrespective of knowing the name or composition of the massive and bright ball. Does it really matter whether it is the focal point of the Milky Way galaxy or how many million miles away is it? It certainly does not. This is the beauty of the life of a child. Life exists on earth without being aware of the mystery of the existence of planet earth. This is the essence of juvenescence and gracefulness of nature surrounding us.
Music is an expression of our emotions. It is an art in which the dissemination of feelings takes place through the elements of colour, harmony and melody, and rhythm serves as the bonds amongst them. The lyrics are the penning down of feelings by an artist, the interpretations to which hold no boundaries. Now, let us come back to childhood. The meaning of words is not understood, but the melody gives the feeling of the song. The ‘taal’ and ‘raga’ are unknown; however, dancing to the tunes or humming with the song is common. This is the bliss under the shadow of immaturity and innocence, visible across any artistic work.
Amidst A for apple and B for ball, there are hundreds, thousands and millions of questions! Random and meaningful questions, simple and difficult questions, funny and serious questions, it is a mixture of all. We, at that time, may not be aware of the intricacies of things. We may not have knowledge to understand the meaning of most of the happenings. However, there is a lot of enthusiasm and an unbound curiosity to know how, what, when, where, why and so on about anything and everything that strikes us. This proves that the gravity of attraction to “knowing” begins the day we are born.
Arriving at possible inference and conclusion, we see the difference between childhood and being grown up. We can say, very briefly, that the transformation from being a child to being grown up is marked by the shift from being ecstatic by ‘meaning’ rather than ‘feeling’. During childhood, we understand things through the perspective of others. We can say that we have grown up when we start thinking ourselves and develop our vision through our own perspective. We start to find the meaning of life. We turn incisive towards reasoning behind each and every thing, we come across. This is when we realize that we are born as a human being. We understand that our life has a purpose.
The question is, whether we can ever get back to childhood or there is no going back. Well, no one can ever stop us to be a child at heart. That is the time when we become inquisitive and learn more about various aspects of life. And that is really the phase when we start appreciating the beauty of the exquisite asset called ‘life’.