Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Livinghigh was here at 6:50 PM /

Practising the 'open-your-eyes' bit

What are the kind of people you see? I think the answer has a lot to do with the kind of person you are. Imagine a crowd, gathered around something huge - momentous. May be a political rally, may be an accident, may be any goddamn thing (and I just made the sign of the cross ). Who do you see then?

The man at the fringe, wondering what all the hullabaloo is about. Or maybe I would be that fringe person, myself.

The man at the centre, wondering what all the hullabaloo is about. Or he may be revelling in it. May be both. If I were the guy doing the watching, would I try to capture his hands or his face or his hands wiping the sweat off his face...

The man on the dias, behind the man in the centre. Wondering about a hundred things. How to manage the mob, how to incite the mob, how to dissipate the mob. What to say, what to do, what to prescribe.

The man in control. Is he even there?

The man at the gates. Something like St Peter - benign, yet firm. Something like a policeman without his lunch break - hard hitting. Something like both.

I'm sorry I didn't mention any women. I'm a chauvnist at heart, I think.


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