I came to know about the shocking news of Pratyusha Banerjee's suicide from a Facebook status of one of my friends for the first time. However we are taught, by default, not to accept "as true" anything we read on 1st April...right!! So like many I also thought it might be a prank or a scene from any upcoming TV serial. I wished it to be a normal "April Fool" prank. But alas!! It was a joke of course but a serious one by destiny. It was fateful, but true.
There is a typical idiom in Odia,which says "Banara malli Banare Phuti, Tanke Ka lina " The exact meaning of this phrase is "Mogra (Malli in Odia) - a flower with a beautiful fragrance - if blooms in forests dies an unknown death". The innate meaning of this saying is "The fragrance of a flower is never recognized/appreciated/noticed if it blooms in forest and not in Gardens". The saying actually reflects the truth about the "recognition of the talent" in general.
So off late it has become a trend. It seems in India we have no other issue to focus on than some bizarre words or phrases related to the religious/nationalistic sentiments around which the Indian politics is spinning.
Dear Aveek Sarkar, I don't know if you will really read this letter or not, but I felt it's unavoidable to call it out. Yes I'm going to talk about the cynical headline last week in the "The Telegraph" that read "AUNTY NATIONAL" to mock at the Union HRD minister Mrs Smriti Irani, an emerging woman leader of the present time.