It’s that time of the evening when I am all set to mingle with friends at the society’s club house. It’s a ‘must have’ round up of the day in everyone’s life in general and happenings in and around our society in particular. The later is juicer than the farm fresh grapes. Healthier??? Hmmm, a topic of debate which I am sure that my friends will add flavours to it if taken up for discussion. Most of the times, its hot and ‘breaking news’ kind.

Before that round up, I go marshaling the globe from the comforts of sofa. I was about to settle in-front of the idiot-box, making myself entitled to crown of ‘nincompoop’ that I confer on self at the end of this exercise(some habits are immortal, they never die); next-door friend, all but 7 years, rushed in with his broken-teeth smile.  Settling next to me, he started off, “You know what aunty?” He took a pause for me to react and before I could, his train of news bulletin chugged out.

“Today, I got punished at school”

I was startled, wore “what on Earth for” expression and was baffled by his contrasting dimpled smile.

“I ate popcorn for my small break”

“Aren’t they healthy?”

“Teacher thinks otherwise”

“Then that must be true”

“Mom thinks otherwise”

At this, I was speechless. Not that he wanted me to preside over the matter and pass any judgement. It was just another breaking news from his world.

He waved me a bye while rushing towards the elevator.

With popcorn thought fresh in mind, I turned the TV and reached the news section. A quotidian scene flashed on screen accompanied by cacophony of sound. The small windows within one frame of the screen, held a handful of earthlings. All were talking at the same time. Much like a class of unruly students. Some wore angry faces, some had sarcastic smiles, a few sat with poker face and just one or two with their fingers raised for their turn to speak. All were vehemently leveling allegations and counter allegations. The slug-fest in the most civilian language was on while hurling abuses on each other in politically correct manner.

I felt, I was watching the popcorn vendor popping the corn kernels. Like popcorn, these earthlings were bursting and popping out. They carried their stifling aroma with them. Aroma of arrogance, being high custodians of morality and righteousness, being one and only rational and truthful. It took me a while to know the topic of debate that was pasted to a tiny corner of the screen amidst some rolling displays and advertisements.

I surfed ahead. Except for the different faces, everything remained same; just like the popcorn from different vendors but same flavours and ones those come in different tumbler sizes!

And the likes of me buy them every time we turn to these news channels only to find that it left bad taste in the mind, robbing the precious resource of time and sanity and sickening our thinking powers. Completely aware of this predictable predicament, why do I repeat it every-day? For they have a strong pull, just like the freshly popped popcorn in the cinema hall!

Welcome to “Popcorn Republic”, I say, as I switched off the TV.

Wishing all a very Happy Republic Day
Linking this post to #FridayRefelctions by Corinne of EverydayGyaan and Shalini of KohlEyedMe


Abhijit Ray · January 26, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Your seven year old friend is more interesting than TV debates. I think you should have explored why his mother, teacher and self have contrasting opinion on popcorns? Were they buttered and sprinkled with chocolate? Was he eating in odd hours? In small break where did he get his popcorn? Did he buy or carry it from home? Money and would homemade popcorn not be cold? So many questions. Your time would have better served.

    Anagha Yatin · January 26, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Agree you that time spent with my friend would have been more interesting and fruitful. A seed for another post based on the leads you gave me. Thanks Abhijit ji for visiting and adding to the discussion.

Anita · January 26, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Whatever the masala on TV or movie, looks palatable with popcorn 🙂
Nice connection, Anagha.
I love popcorn. But, some schools have strict rules about what the child can get for tiffin.
Popcorn is easy to make & great to eat.

    Anagha Yatin · January 26, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    You said it Anita. Popcorn completes and complements the experience.
    Thanks Anita for visiting and sharing your thought.

xhobdo · January 26, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Nice to read.
Happy Republic Day.

    Anagha Yatin · January 26, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for visiting and wishing you the same.

Sachin Baikar · January 26, 2019 at 6:10 pm

Interesting read ? Anagha. Nice take on useless debates.

inducares · January 26, 2019 at 6:40 pm

I really do not know what to watch on TV.Only the animal channels are interesting.

dpranita583 · January 26, 2019 at 6:46 pm

My fav. popcorn. Nice post.

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · January 26, 2019 at 7:22 pm

Nice write up on “popcorn” ,few years back i have totally disconnected myself from TV but sometime i can hear whats going on in different channels specially the news channels.

Shubhra Rastogi · January 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm

My daughter and I love popcorn. And guess what she goes to a mobie hall not to watch the movie but to enjoy the popcorn. Loved your story though please ask your friend why popcorn is unhealthy. 🙂 #FR

Sajid Akhter · January 29, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Interractions with little ones are the most enjoyable things to do. They have so many questions and their own version of answers. It is always fun to be in company of young ones. They can make you look stupid and it won’t even realize it. 😉

Thanks for sharing this post. Have a good day.

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