MY THREE WISHES 09/06/2010

You know  what,   I had a beautiful dream last night, I said even as we were having  our first  cup of coffee in the morning.

Well, what was so beautiful about your dream?  Asked my husband.

Oh, how I wish  my dream would come true, I  know fully well that it  is   something impossible, certainly not in this life, I  rued.

Nothing is impossible in this world, come on, be an optimist.Why don’t you say what  your dream is all about. Then I will tell you  how it can become a reality, he said.

You know, a fairy appeared in my dream and said  she would grant me three wishes.

That’s wonderful, what did you wish for?  he asked  leaning  closer to me.

My first wish was that  I should  sing like my mother. She had a very melodious voice, you remember?  I said.

Yes I do. Go on, what were your other two wishes? 

My  second wish  was  that  I  should become  the Prime Minister, not of a coalition government though, I  said.

So your wish has a rider, he laughed.

Yes, because it makes all the a difference, I  said, stressing on the last word.

What  is your third wish? He asked, (his  voice betrayed  his pessimism.)

Well,  my third wish is also at a macro level.You know that  I always think what is good for our country and people, I  stated.

Yes, I know  your patriotic spirit which is also your refrain, he chuckled.

I wished  that  our country should  have an edge over the West, a hegemony  in terms of   economic and political  superiority where “we” can dictate  terms  in the interest of our people.

Are you referring   to  the meager  compensation the victims of Bhopal  Gas tragedy  are likely to get?

Yes, that’s  what I had in mind, I  said.

Now tell me, are my wishes  possible?  I asked emphasizing  the last word.

Well. Well, your second and third wishes are not likely to happen, because  we ourselves and our outdated  laws are responsible for the prevailing situation we are in. However,  as far as your first wish is concerned, you have the whole day when I am away from home to try to make it possible, he  suggested.

n.meera raghavendra rao  

4 thoughts on “MY THREE WISHES 09/06/2010

  1. Prof. V. Raghavan

    What a coincidence! Yesterday I received a few CDs which had re-recorded music from long playing gramophone records containing old-time favorites. Today I shut all the windows and sang along loudly: My Fair Lady (With a little bit of luck; Get me to the church on time), Sound of Music (Do-Re-Mi; Edelweiss), Mary Poppins, West Side Story (Maria; America). My wife used to say that I had a wonderful voice, but very poor idea of timing and tunes. Anyway all windows were closed. The neighbors couldn’t have heard!

    1. Prof.V.N.K.Kumar

      Prof. VR — These golden melodies are my favourites too ! In my previous incarnation when I was a driller in Geological survey of India (I have worked in 14 organizations), we would finish our work by 2 pm and then there was not much to do except listen to our Transistor radios (Radio ceylon – English & Hindi), play cards till the cows came home, have dinner on steel tables in front of our tents and sleep. My friends couldn’t carry a tune even if their life depended on it and hence though I considered myself a bathroom singer, they simply adored me. It was a case of the one-eyed being a king in a kingdom full of blind people. I used to croon the songs of Saigal, Mukesh, Atma, Pankaj Mullick and Hemanth Kumar. After my marriage, I suddenly discovered that I would get only 10/100 after I heard my 3 brothers-in-law sing. They were in the 90% to 100% range. Needless to say, I soon became self-conscious and stopped singing in front of others. But I still continue to sing in privacy when I am overflowing with Joie-de-vivre. To hell with the others who sing better. Welcome to the fraternity.

  2. Prof.V.N.K.Kumar

    Obviously your husband doesn’t think very much of your voice quality or sense of rhythm, melody and harmony. So he wants you to sing only in his absence. But singing is the prerogative of every human and we can always sing to express our happiness, irrespective of our voice and sense of rhythm and melody. Remember the song “sing” sung by the carpenters ?

    Sing, sing a song
    Sing out loud
    Sing out strong
    Sing of good things not bad
    Sing of happy not sad

    (*) sing, sing a song
    Make it simple to last
    Your whole life long
    Don’t worry that it’s not
    Good enough for anyone
    Else to hear

    Just sing, sing a song
    La la la la la
    La la la la la la…

    Sing, sing a song
    Let the world sing along
    Sing of love there could be
    Sing for you and for me

    1. meera rao

      I am sure there are several others like you and Prof.V.R who would be too willing to join your fraternity. All of us would like to hear our own voice and nobody can stop us from doing so, whether it is talking or singing ,as long as we are not disturbing others/neighbours in the process.

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