Today morning, while reading a news paper, my wife was laughing. Now, this was a surprise to me as our news papers barely have news which can make you smile, even. “What makes you laugh?” I could not resist myself to ask her almost instantly. She showed me a news titled ‘Ravan ran after Ram denying to get killed in Ramlila !’ Title itself was interesting and I started reading the matter underneath. It was about Ramlila celebration on Dashera. As all we know ‘Ramlila’ is a form of a street play narrating Ramayan. Ravan gets killed by Lord Ram and that is how ‘Ramlila’ gets end, this is absolutely clear in viewers as well as actors mind at all points of the time. In this ‘Ramlila’ after getting praise for his acting Ravan went ecstatic and denied to get killed by Ram. Even after continuous instructions from producer he was rather running after Ram with a sword and ‘Ramlila’ has to end with leaving Ravan alive, probably first time in the history!
Of course that was funny, but it got stuck in my mind. I started thinking about Raju, an actor who played ‘Ravan’ in that ‘Ramlila’. If we think microscopically then this news was not about ‘Ravan’ but Raju’s psyche. He denied to accept predefined exit because of mere appreciation of his acting. If we go more minuscule then Raju is in fact a representative any one of us. It seems to be human tendency. Whenever we get praise for something we tend to go on and on, ignoring predefined exit. Just think about politicians, actors or cricketers denying to get retired or to take back seat. Most of the time we have to push them out or force their curtain down. When anyone accepts the role of ‘Ravan’ in ‘Ramlila’, mutually accept his exit at the end. Similarly when we assume any role in life, we have to be prepared to quit actively at predefined point, giving way to young people to take over. Of course assuming back seat is not retirement and you can be always a guiding source to upcoming youth.
Those who have performed averagely take their exit almost compulsively and live with lot of dissatisfaction. They fear death. But those who have taken a graceful exit after their excellence, death hold no fear for them. It is liberation in style. Make your contribution worthwhile and take the exit at the right time is a real success of the life…..