DP Daily Prompt: Mad As A Hatter

There are times when we think ‘Silence is Golden’. I feel these words are not always practical in real life situation. I’ll tell you why I’m saying that.

One of my classmates in London , remarked, ‘Sabeth you’ll never have enemies you hardly speak’. ‘Not so, I told him, they think I’m too proud’.

This is one example of silence,the other is people think they can easily tell you off. Silence to them means the person is stupid.

Third example is the one where you do everything you’re asked in return you’re yelled at.

The third example is what I’ll deal with today. My husband asked me to cut his hair one day. He had all the barber’s tools. The only problem was I never trained to be a barber. I told him I did not think I could do it. He assured me it’s simple.

So I took the role of a barber but had no experience.  I took on the job and started cutting his hair. I spent about ten minutes when my husband suddenly yelled at me,what was my fault, according to him I was moving too much. I completely lost it I was so angry I thought I’d  start crying. I cannot recall if I wept,but I certainly let him know what I thought of his behavior.

My husband was shocked to see me so angry. He had a smile on his face. His expression was enough for me to know he could not believe I’d be this angry.

INSULT——-Rabindranath Tagore

English: Rabindranath Tagore Русский: Рабиндра...

English: Rabindranath Tagore Русский: Рабиндранат Тагор (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This poem was written by Tagore at the time of India’s darkest days. All the well-known poets and politicians and writers tried to awaken the people’s sentiment. Tagore’s poem is written in Bengali,I have tried to translate it into English to the best of my ability.

“Insult”

O my unfortunate country, those whom you have insulted are not the only ones who deserve your contempt

all the human beings in India should be equally blamed for this tragedy.

Those whom you have deprived of their right and their status as humans,

waited for you to get some recognition but you ignored them,

the contempt they received from you should be shared equally by all the Indians.

You have kept the people away from you

In doing so you took away their belief in almighty God.

They were faced with the wrath of God and the impending famine

and the realization that whatever meagre food and drink, they have will have to be shared equally with everyone.

The condemnation therefore will have to be shared equally by everyone.

Where you pushed them away from you

you managed to sacrifice their strength by your neglect.

Trampled and kicked they were tossed away by the dust__

You have to come down to that level,otherwise there is no hope of retrieving them.

You will have to share this humiliation with them.

Those whom you push down will tie you down also,

those whom you have kept at the back will pull you back.

The ones you have unwittingly hidden away

are sacrificing your well-being and creating a wide distance from you.

You will have to remember all of India deserves the blame for this situation.

For hundreds of years they have carried the weight of disrespect,

you still don’t show your appreciation.

Can’t you see I lower my head for this contempt

it has completely destroyed their confidence and faith in the divine power.

You should also share the insult with everyone.

Don’t you see the angel of death is waiting__

It has stamped a curse on the pride of your nation.

Even now if you fail to call them, it is time for you to stay away,

Bind yourself all over with your anger__

the funeral pyre will burn everyone with same intensity.