Relationships in College - A Short Story..!

My first attempt or rather a first formal attempt to blog a short story. I wanted to touch upon relationships and the last time I did the same it ended up being very controversial. So, this time around, I thought of communicating the thought through a story instead of registering my observations directly. Hope, it comes out well.. :D One thing in this work is loud and clear.. THIS IS PURELY A WORK OF FICTION. Please don't relate any of these words to my Life, to the circle in which I talk to or whatsoever. Read it, if you like it share it, and you're always free to give your feedback.

Martha Parker is a girl raised in a family which lays on premium on education and is known for high achievers. She follows suite and enrolls herself in a university which houses few of the brightest minds in the country. Like every other student, she is energetic, excited about her college and brimming with joy she wanders in the college environs. New people starts coming into her life and her school memories are eclipsing slowly. She roams the college with Jesse Martin, a vivacious girl who was raised by working-class parents and there is a guy called Anton Martini, an androgen-excited lad primarily spending time wooing women who proclaims himself as the most-sought after guy in college.

Martha was an introvert, an attribute that is very rare among women. I don't proclaim this by chance. Factually, women talk three times more than men and hence an introvert among women is surprising. Martha had to spent her days in hostel and things were going fine for the first two years. Chit chatting about other students, gossiping about professors and relationships and all forms of entertainment with her room-mates. The word introvert was no longer used to characterize her. She never compromised on her studies and had some of the best phases of her life. But, after two years solitude began to eat Martha and she even went into a state of depression. The reason for this turbulent shift in her life was just one conversation. "Martha, for what reason you study so hard? To earn money?" asked Jesse Martin, her roommate and also her best friend. "Well! Jesse.. I love to learn. Making money is important but it's not the first priority for me. I study because I want to, not that I should." replied Martha firmly. "Ahha!.. That sounds good. But don't you ever feel alone.. Like.. You never felt the need of getting into a relationship..falling in love.. things like that. For the past two years I've observed you, not even once have to talked about this, even causally. You're normal right? Well.. If you understand what I mean :D" asked Jesse ending her reply with a sarcastic tone. Though, Martha had gotten into the lives of REAL people, she couldn't decipher what exactly was Jesse referring to. Martha replied at once, "I never feel alone. Why would I when I have you by my side?." Jesse started laughing incessantly after hearing this...  "Ha Ha Ha!!.. U ain't kidding me? aren't you..! I'm in a relationship with Anton, Martha. Who would spend time with a girl when you got a charming handsome hunk by your side.. You may be abnormal, not me. Grow up! As fast as possible. Otherwise, you'll be left alone in this college. We come to college to study.. I agree! But we gotta have fun as well. When you can't love somebody in college, never expect to fall in love in other phases of you're life. Learn to be alone!" Martha was taken aback when she heard this. She knew Jesse was interested in Anton and they were going to start their relationship but never did she expect that she was going to be left alone. Martha was reduced to tears, she left the room immediately after a prolonged silence and before closing the door she said, "Have fun with Anton but do remember Jesse. You're studying in your working-class parents income." 

Martha told that to Jesse not to mock at her financial status but to hint her at the possibilities of Anton switching over to another woman soon. Like all other girls in Love, at that point of time everything around Jesse looked unimportant in front of Anton and she dismissed Martha's advise on the outset. Martha started doubting herself after this conversation and felt that probably something was wrong about her. She sought after the advise of many peers in college and observed that almost all of them had involved themselves in a relationship one time or another. But, after some soul searching Martha realized the problem was not in her but in the minds of the hormone excited youth. These are some of the observations of Martha...

1> In college, people who commit themselves with a guy/girl consider them superior among their peers. A large percentage of people who fall in this committed category is primarily because of peer pressure. True love does exist but understanding and feeling it within one's college life is scarce.When you take the circumstances which made these people committed into account this inference is obvious.

2> Marriage and Love are extremely overrated concepts in Life. Again, I blame a few movies which showcase romance as the ultimate objective of human life. Frankly, we limit our Life by entangling ourselves into a relationship and spending a huge amount of time for it. I've seen people for whom Love went to be a great motivator and guys especially do anything to impress a girl. A few girls of that type have encouraged guys, made them climb the ladder and become successful (in the eyes of the society). But, the problem is they are again very few in number. A considerable number of people, love in college just to while away time talking for hours on the phone the same things again and again, messaging people continuously, flirting, blushing and all bullshits in that list.

3> Forgetting friends when they become committed is a common trait. Years of friendship are burnt by a single relationship called Love. I detest people like these and all one needs is someone to engage them. When they get that through some one, friends are forgotten. This selfishness is a part of every relationship and a euphemistic term is supplanted for this called possessiveness. Pathetic!

After reading Martha's conclusions, it may look like she is insensitive and doesn't have emotions. Martha is not against True Love but against Love which is faked, against Love which is used as a tool to make money/take money, which is used as an object and not as an emotion. The surprising fact is that this problem exists everywhere in this world across all countries and continents. Martha thought to herself, "I will fall in love with someone someday but it need not necessarily happen within the college environment. Few people's opinion should not drown my inner consciousness. Being committed doesn't mean you're cool and it is not an evidence for my normalcy. I'm what I'm." With such confident thoughts flowing through her mind, Martha slept peacefully after two days of emotional torture.

I would like to end this story by quoting Steve Jobs' view of Life. Though, it does not essentially sum up what I wanted to convey through this story it does substitute my thought,

“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and you're life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.”

I don't know how many Martha's, Jesse's and Anton's are out there but this is just an observation, I saw among most college students. I'm not against true love and it does exist. But never pressurize yourself to get into a relationship. That thought is a short lived pleasure whereas True Love is an everlasting Joy. 

Love,
Ram Thilak

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  1. Ram this is one of your best work I have come across ... True most people in college tend to get a boyfriend/girlfriend either to show themselves "cool" or just to have a good time but again I can tell you that being in relationship has brought out the best in few people .. :) I guess that happens rarely then . . :) but people who fall in love just for the sake of having an experience of how love feels,there is no saving them .. !! :P

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and comment Anu..! :) Well, you precisely commented what I wanted to convey.. :D Happy it has reached people well.. :) As you said, people who love just to 'experience' it are left to the mercy of God..

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    1. Thanks a lot! Akshai :) Happy that you read this post..

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