Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My niece's confusion!!

My niece is about 4 months old now and I haven't yet met her in person. Our meetings have only been through web cam (because we are half a world apart). In her perspective till now, her uncle is just a moving image on a computer screen. She, might be thinking that her uncle is indeed a computer itself and not a bipedal human. This might add to her already complex confusions about her surroundings. It is interesting to see how babies look at the things around them; there will be something new almost everyday. But for my niece, I am the same old computer screen which responds to the questions being put by my brother, sister-in-law and sometimes my mom. So, it might be hardwired in  her head that her uncle is not normal person.
Well, I am imagining my niece's reaction once I meet her when she will be about n year old. It might be hard for to digest the fact that her uncle is indeed a normal human who can walk and talk normally like the people around her.  It will be interesting for me to see her reaction; I guess it will be fun :-)


Watching the movie made me recall the live images of the city of Baghdad being bombed, on TV, some 7 years back. Imagine a flourished city with normal people and normal affairs, being bombed overnight. The people who were lucky (or unlucky!) enough to wake up in the morning to get back to their businesses would have been left with nothing at all. The schools, hospitals, offices, market places were all crippled beyond imagination. It is like destroying an entire civilization in one night. The city of Baghdad almost ceased to exist and had come to a stand still! It was reduced to a bunch of debris with rotting dead bodies. The same might have been the case with Hiroshima and Nagasaki or Pearl Harbour for that matter. It is like the handy work of an evil force which arrives overnight and changes everything in its way forever! Well, it has been repeating time and again with the human history; only places, time and people are different. 

[PS: These are some of the thoughts I had after watching the movie Fahrenheit 9/11. Criticism is welcome!]