If granted one wish, what will you ask for?

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by disintegration of thought processes and of emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests itself as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. The onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood, with a global lifetime prevalence of about 0.3–0.7%. Diagnosis is based on observed behaviour and the patient’s reported experiences.

Source – Wikipedia

Most of us would have played this game where we ask our friends, ‘what will you ask for, if you are granted one wish?’ Well, my answer to this question is simple -Schizophrenia! I came to know about this disease first when I saw A Beautiful Mind. (Sorry for revealing the suspense if you’ve not watched it yet. Please stop reading this post right now and watch it, it’s more interesting!). I was actually amazed to notice such a wonderful disease where our mind imagines the existence of people who do not exist in reality. I didn’t understand what is there to cure! I mean, all a human needs in his/her life – obviously apart from Roti, Kapda, Makaan aur Mobile – is friends who never drift away no matter what. Mostly, due to some unavoidable ‘practical’ reasons, you cannot stay with your friends forever. Because of practical reasons like social obligations, career aspirations, family pressure or saving the Earth from Martians, they cannot be around for more than 2-3 years. You cannot blame them also, they are human, and the priorities of human beings keep changing from time to time. It’s just that we don’t get an update every time it changes, the way we get one in Facebook.

The worst part is that, it happens at the time when you’re completely addicted with the habit of spending time with these friends, enjoying each and every moment and sharing all the happy, sad, crazy, freaky, scary and embarrassing memories, which you think you’ll laugh at with the same friends when you get old. But alas! The ‘practicalities’ of life do not allow one to realize these dreams. So the best option is, if you can’t have them forever, you can at least imagine them forever. Just have Schizophrenia and start imagining all the friends you always wished to stay with forever. They will never have these practical reasons to go away and reduce contact, you can talk with them whenever you’re low, they will always be there for you, and most importantly, their priorities will never change.

I know we should be happy for friends who get married, or are successful in their career, but that doesn’t make you stop missing all the unforgettable moments you had together, be it the tea at 2AM, the senseless debates to decide if India should use nuclear warhead if a war takes place, the ‘window shopping sessions’ in malls, the crazy leg-pulling sessions till 5AM on weekends, analyzing/criticizing/ranking/discussing pros & cons of all the girls you know, watching utterly senseless RGV movies in theatre or the cheap, oily, spicy yet tasty Punjabi food on birthday treats. And there is nothing you can do about the reality because it bloody sucks and has to be painfully sarcastically Practical! So better ‘use’ your brain, make friends who believe in what you believe, whose priorities do not change with time, who can stay around forever and never leave you when you’re addicted with their company.

I’m pretty sure about my wish. It’s going to be Schizophrenia. Not only does it not impact anyone else’s life, but it is also convenient and more effective than any other solution to this problem. I know this sounds pretty lousy, but with friends leaving you one after another, you are anyways a loser; as having lost them – the only treasure you could have claimed in your life you always deserved – there’s nothing else really left to lose, is there?

Happy Blogging!!!

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4 Responses

  1. Tats a very nice thought Vatsal. Beautiful.

    But i think those friends are an instance of one’s own brain. But in reality friends have different ones and are independent thinkers. And that adds to the beauty of friendship !!!

    And if u want to get rid of imaginative friends, there comes the problem.

    A very nice thought dude. Keep writing !!!

  2. Woaah! 🙂 🙂 I havent watched the movie so i skipped some parts and read some .. for what i’ve read 🙂

    i was smiling. the 2 am tea and all 😀 !! — nice feeling 🙂

  3. @Antony – thanks a lot dude..i know that they’re the instances of one’s own brain and thats the beauty of the whole thought..they’ll never take a decision to leave you!! 😀

    @Nivuuuu – watch A Beautiful Mind first and then only come to MoTA..you’re committing a huge crime by not watching one of the best movies I’ve ever seen!! 😛

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