The Squirrel’s definition of freedom!


Freedom is purely a divine feeling!

There are situations which seem quite pleasant as if floating on a cloud, like a dream so light in weight that a touch of it seems like a feather soft to grasp. A feeling that is hard to sink in, something undefined and unexplained is what probably one can describe it as. Rejuvenated temperament coupled with a sense of totally unprecedented self consciousness, an unknown, unbiased and an untouched state of mind far away from the reach of anything worldly. What it is that i speak of, what can it possibly be? It is a mystery a kind of dilemma that was thrown upon me by someone who was enchanted by the idea of freedom but did not know its way around.

On an average day, we are frequently being surrounded by issues questioning our state of mind, or whether we can survive the tides that challenge us. Its those moments where we always get alone and try and figure out ways to battle with our own thoughts. Mostly we end up raising more questions than answering the already raised. Hence a feeling of restlessness follows us in whatever we do the following day. They are ambitious, they want the best from life and most of the times unwilling to compromise. They are innocent, they are childish, most often it appears to me that they are confused. An illusion that they provide is far deeper from what they actually tend to be. A curious case of someone i talk of, not a mysterious person but someone who gives the illusion of a mysterious person. It is when one cannot let go of themselves, and they themselves are always finding the reason for the same.

There is nothing as restless as the feeling of not knowing how to be free!

Just a few days back, i happened to finish a great work of fiction by Rabindranath Tagore. Farewell Song translated in english from the original bengali version written by the writer himself by Radha Chakravarty. Dualities are in fact the defining feature of the novel’s construction. The protagonist Amit Raye happens to be an embodiment of this inner conflict, of a person who has a double vision and himself unsure of his mental definition of freedom. He feels liberated when he argues against the famous and celebrated people of the era to which Tagore belonged. He hated Tagore’s work simply because of the very fact that his shelf-life knew no bounds as was his way with his ideology of the self and the society. He did feel that in contrast to Tagore there are writers who can do a better job and he was always on the look out to prove this fact. Later he was even convinced of the fact that tragedy of love occurs whenever people fail to accept their mutual independence, when they impose their will unjustly on others, when they imagine that we can change people, re-create them to suit our own desires. A similar complicated dilemma faced by the protagonist’s love interest in the novel Labanya, infuses a certain sense of sober dignity in her at the same time leaves her mind as a lone wanderer on the path full of love in Amit’s world. In fact the union of Amit and Labanya was always a dream a beautiful dream, which was pure in its nature and the best way to restore this special bond was to leave it as a dream, which means in reality there alliance never happened.

The complicatons of a disturbed mind!

In other words, this particular dilemma can be otherwise called, Anhedonia which is a psychoanalytic term for the inability to experience pleasure from normally pleasurable life events. Most certainly it does happens in real life quite rarely, but this phenomenon was beautifully captured by an amazing romantic comedy film by Woody Allen, Annie Hall. It does comes back to me as a haunting question, a question about the different facets of freedom, according to different people, Intertwined inextricably in a world of innumerable complexities, does one find freedom at any point so amusing enough to rest in peace? Freedom is not a condition, it is a possibility of minds wandering aimlessly searching for the reason that is the closest explanation to one’s dilemma’s. We all are bound by a certain dilemma, that is a trap in disguise which leads us away from freedom. A battle of thoughts in the mind can be dangerous than the most vicious physical battle one may encounter.

Love though complicated in nature is itself Setting oneself Free!

The inability to search for contentment, may not necessarily be equated with one’s capability of achieving what one desires. It is a matter of knowing oneself, knowing what one cannot achieve and what needs to be done so as to achieve that undenied state of ultimate freedom. As for the mysterious someone i was talking about throughout the length of this tale, the person is someone who may actually be related with a squirrel and its sense of freedom. As to how that happens it is predominant not to overlook the way a squirrel carries itself. In a recent youtube video a squirrel outwitted a speeding lamborghini, well it is a rage now. But this is how the squirrel’s have been. This particular species are blessed with a speed that allows them to escape situations, situations they do not prefer to be in. It is just a matter of fact that i see them as a hint from the nature as to how freedom could be defined, similarly there are many hints out there coming from the nature, the question is what is it that appeals to us? So just like the squirrel, speed away from the situations which you do not want to be in, and due to its size as well, it mostly doesn’t gets in trouble as it always avoids them, basically which means bigger you are or get, trouble follows you. So small? as in not appearance but in the eyes of trouble so as to escape them. The simplest of the simple things in life sometimes answers the most mammoth of questions that snatch our freedom. So next time you see a squirrel, you shall see it with some sense of respect maybe and a feeling that indeed, if the squirrel can be so smart enough in defining its own freedom out of situations which it doesn’t gets embroiled in, why can’t i be able to dodge troubled state of mind and define my own freedom, why not?

Squirrel's redefine freedom in nature's style!

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5 comments

  1. Madhu Dabholkar · August 5, 2012

    What a beautiful writing….m speechless about ur caliber, creativity & ur emotions.

    • Amyth banerjee · August 5, 2012

      Thank you so much Madhu, i am glad you visited my blog, and of course who doesn’t like to hear praises about them, lol but seriously, honestly much appreciated! 🙂

  2. A.B.M. Shamsud Doulah · August 3, 2011

    NOBEL PRIZE FOR RABINDRANATH TAGORE IN 1913- SOME UNTOLD STORIES

    Rabindranath Tagore was the greatest of all great Bengali writers. But it is sad to note that the learned Bengali readers and writers kept many facts about Tagore’s winning of Nobel Prize in 1913 are kept secret. Some such facts are given below:

    A. Rabindranath Tagore was more than many Nobel Laureates. But his winning of the Nobel Prize was a political consolation for the Hindu terrorist movements launched in Bengal in the early days of the 20th century.

    B. Rabindranth Tagore was not the recommendation of the Nobel Committee. The Nobel Committee named somebody else. The name of Rabindranath Tagore was not even in the short list of the Nobel Committee.

    C. Rabindranth Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize neither as a Bengalee nor as an Indian. He was awarded the prize as an “Anglo-Indian”.

    D. Rabindranth Tagore never made any so-called prize receiving speech.

    E. Rabindranth Tagore only sent a two line prize acceptance message.

    F. The prize was accepted by the British Ambassador and it was delivered to the poet in Calcutta.

    G. It appears from the information, now available, that Rabindranath Tagore was awarded Nobel Prize in consideration of his successful attempt to intermingle the Western Christian-Hindu philosophy.

    I shall very much welcome exact and objective reply from the esteemed readers of this Group.

    I have been planning to publish a very small book on the subject: Nobel Prize for Rabindranath Tagore in 1913: some untold stories. All the points raised in my message are based on facts. But I would like to get more information on the subject. Help from others will greatly help in the publication of the book with more information.

    However, for the information of all concerned, I would like to point out that Rabindranath was a Brahmo ( a reformed group of Brahmins of the so-called Hindu community of India).

    The word ‘Hindu’ never existed to identify any religion before the emergence of the British Raj in India. It was invented by Raja Ram Mohan Roy in collaboration with the British colonial rulers. This the Britishers did with a view to getting the united massive force together against the defeated Muslim rulers of the then India.

    As such, until the early last century, we find that 99% civil servants, lawyers, judges, engineers, doctors, professors etc. under the British Raj in India were from the Hindu community only. The fourth class employees like peons, messengers, bearers or guards are not included.

    Brahmos allowed the conversion of even the low caste Sudras. But in fact, all Brahmos were Hindus. This was well understood by the British Rulers of India.

    Rabindranath Tagore was not very vast in literary productions in the first decade of the last century. In fact, excepting the limited 250-copy English edition of Gitanjali, hardly there was any English version of Rabindranath Tagore’s other books. Not to speak of any Asian, until 1913 even any American was not awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

    Rabindranath Tagore was in the spiritual lineage of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna and others. In the lyrical lineage he was obviously reflecting D.L. Roy, Lalon Fakir, Atul Prasad Sen and others.

    Rabindranath Tagore was a pro-British wealthy successor to the vast property left by his grand father Dwarakanath Tagore. In the first decade of the 20th Century he was the leading-most Bengalee intellectual friend of the British Rulers in India.

    During the last decades of the 19th century and in the early 20th century there were popular uprisings, known as the ‘Terroist Movement’ in Bengal. Khudiram Bose was young recruit by such leaders of ‘Terroist Movement’ in Bengal. The British Rulers were very much disturbed by the widespread activities of the volunteers of ‘Terroist Movement’. They needed to pacify the Bengalees. Nobel Prize for Rabindranath Tagore was an attempt in that direction.

    Rabindranath Tagore was not known to the West in the first decade of the 20thth century; hardly any body could have had access to his English edition of Gitanjali; this is obvious from the fact that Rabindranath Tagore was named in the short list of the Nobel Committee for the award of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. It was said that Rabindranath Tagore was knwn to the Swidish Academy as an ‘Anglo-Indian poet’ and not either as an Indian or as a Bengalee.

    In addition, Rabindranath Tagore did not visit Sweden or Norway before or after being awarded the Nobel Prize. The British Ambassador received the prize for and on behalf of Rabindranath Tagore and it was confidentially delivered to Rabindranath Tagore at his Jorasanko residence in Calcutta.
    Had there been no Khudiram Bose or ‘Terrorist Movement’, perhaps there would have been no Nobel Prize for Rabindranath Tagore. Even hundreds of Gitanjali could never open the passage of Nobel Prize for Rabindranath Tagore for Literature in 1913.

    Of course, the high diplomatic circles and political decision makers in London did not like to take any risk and responsibilities and they decided, more or less during the same period, to shift the capital of the British Raj from Calcutta to New Delhi in 1911.

    A.B.M. Shamsud Doulah
    (Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh &
    formerly Assistant Professor of English in
    Jagannath College, Dhaka)
    P.O. 351, Dhaka-1000
    BANGLADESH

    Email: shamsuddoulah@yahoo.com

  3. reeta · July 18, 2011

    the squirrel is actually blessed by Lord Rama, there’s a story behind it, it has three lines n its back and thats the freedom or the blessing given by the Lord.

  4. Angela · July 12, 2011

    WTF! you just blended, woody allen, rabindranath tagore and a squirrel and wove them together wonderfully in an amazing article. Freedom indeed is complicated at times, but to achieve that state of mind one always has to go through a lot! great piece of work!

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