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Sorrowfully happy

india Updated: May 15, 2012 17:18 IST
PP Wangchuk

I am deep in sorrow but I am happy. That is because I have not lost hope. I believe I too will have my day, one day. That gives me reason enough to hope for light in the darkness all over.

Therefore, whenever I am down in the pit, I take help of people like Benjamin Disraeli to remind myself that adversity is the best education. And also others like John Bunyan who had said that a person who is down can't fall any further.

And then why shouldn't one be happy even in sorrow when one learns (from Aeschylus) that no one is happy until one is dead! Death gives the ultimate rest from the miseries and pains of life. Of course one has to be a believer that there is nothing hereafter; that the joys and sorrows are the features of life on this earth and that death comes as a messiah to give an end to your difficulties.

Last week, Hindustan Times had Bollywood star Anil Kapoor to interact with its journalists. On state of mind and happiness, Kapoor said his association with the famous and the rich in Hollywood made him feel that the poor and the destitute in India were happier than the rich and the famous in the West.

While the former had hope and faith, the ones in the West were not as hopeful and happy. The Indian ‘slumdogs’, Kapoor said, were richer in mind than the billionaires of the West.

It is hope and faith that keeps one alive and kicking. But for hope, one will have no reason to try and see that there could be life beyond the sorrows, and the miseries of life. As Longfellow had said, the setting of hope is like setting of the sun. You get darkness all over and gloom rules.

Therefore, those of us living in sorrow and yet with hope may yet have a future. Keep your hopes alive because that would keep you alive and kicking until the very end of the road.