Did you notice?
Text : Nipa Charagi
What? You are upset that your world-changing, humanity-saving updates on Facebook did not even get 30 likes. And that friend of yours who updates her profile photo every week and posts Aunty Acid jokes, always gets over 500 likes?
So, are you planning to do something about it? I agree, you need to be "liked" and "hearted" a lot. What's the point of FB existence otherwise? Aha, you have posted a picture of that ugly zit on your face, cursing summer, which is still on the threshold. (In case you didn't notice, you were munching on peanuts all through the winter.)
By the way, while you have been glued to your phone, did you notice that spring was here? How quietly it came and filled up the sky, settled on the trees, and gave you a warm hug as you, at last, dumped that ugly jacket and those long boots? Did you notice the sky early in the morning, with its cheeks all flushed, as if throwing off that thick duvet?
Okay, calm down, I did not realise you were arguing with that left-and-right-of-no-centre guy on the Dakota access pipeline till 1 in the morning. (pray, do you even know where Dakota is on the map? )
Well, then maybe you noticed the sky in the evening, when it was floating like a dream in a sea of blue and white, like a little girl dressed for a birthday party? Right, right, you were busy downloading the latest series of 'My Life Sucks' on the office Wi-Fi.
And the tree outside your house, did you notice it is sprouting young leaves, looking like a bride, with henna freshly applied on her arms and legs? And that humming sound, those are the sunbirds who are back, building their nest on the clothesline outside your window.
The two stray dogs who wag their tail on seeing you, did you notice that they are no longer curled up like commas outside your door but stretched out like long dashes, as if straddling spring and summer?
Sorry, did you just ask what am I blabbering about? Oh, never mind. Does it even matter? Spring will be back next year and the year after. But that summer zit post getting only 10 likes and no comments, that's depressing. Stop stressing about it, it can cause the dormant zits to start popping (like popcorn, if you know what I mean).
So, you have decided to delete the zit and write a new post. You are going to start a 'dal'-bucket challenge, to raise awareness about climate change? Hmm, sounds like a winning idea. Did you have any particular 'dal' in mind?
One last thing, those marigold flowers that you chucked into a flower pot after the Diwali 'puja' last year, well, they have grown into a plant.
Yes, spring was here. It touched you, caressed you, called out to you to look at it, "like" it, but you did not notice.
N. Charagi has a desk job; if you do not find her at her workstation, then she must be somewhere chasing spring.