Fear frenzy

‘Fear’ was something that people dreaded earlier- in the past. But now a days people enjoy ‘fear’. People, especially youths and the younger generation voluntarily want to experience and live this feeling. Remember the mountain dew advertisement and its tagline- ‘Dar ke aage jeet hai’. Many have a knack for adventure sports, risky thrills and activities that fuel the adrenaline rush. Cliff jumping, river rafting on the rocky trails can be challenging and life threatening; but the young mass wants to experience this too. Be it in sports, hobbies, cinema, books or pranks- everything having the ‘fear’ element is popular.

Most of my friends love horror movies. They love watching those at night, even though it gives them chills, goosebumps, and sleepless nights for the next few days. I wonder how they enjoy it. Well, whatever it is, I have never felt any liking towards it. How can one enjoy rapid heartbeats, and that super alert feel; fearing to go to another room alone and screaming on seeing someone with open hair? I just don't get it. Some of my cousins are addicted to these horror movies. They have weird craze for watching movies like Fog, Grudge, Scream, Mirror, etc. again and again. And in the fiction world, Stephen King is the best known and most read author in the horror genre. I want to read one of his books one day; just to know what this entire craze is about.

Well, I have tried to analyze something related to ‘fear’. That is adrenaline rush. Consider the time you had a rollercoaster ride. Wasn’t it fun? When the ride starts, you were not sure how it would go, you are afraid; in the midway you hold tightly to the bar and scream at the top of your voice- fearing to even close your eyes for a moment lest something should happen. And then, at last when the ride comes to an end, you find yourself laughing, even though your heart still refuges to stop beating so fast. After the fear so major, all you are left with is pure ecstasy. You feel so full of life at that moment that all your senses just concentrate on you enjoying that very moment. This is it. Whatever you want to name it- but this is the feeling which everyone wants to feel, and that makes them want to take risks. That feeling makes you believe your existence, believe that you are alive. At that moment you feel life filling every pore, every cell of your being.

So, is fear just a way to live life again, which one had forgotten in his drudgery of routine?


My Last Trip Before Lockdown

When Covid19 had just put its foot in the country with only 3 cases in Kerala, we had our Ooty trip planned. All tickets and bookings were done since the new year. With just three days in hand, four of us travelled from Mumbai, Pune and Bhubaneswar, to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, to join a few others staying in the city. And the excitement to finally meet one another after 6 months of that trip to Pune, the Lohagard Trek- we were kids excitedly clicking selfies in our face masks, hurriedly putting a quick dab of sanitizer before hugging one another.

Next day early morning we were to start for Ooty. Sleepy heads, gulping a bowl each of muesli, we started onward journey to Bandipur National Park. Devouring uttapams, dosas and piping hot cups of coffee for breakfast at a restaurant by the highway, chit chats were full on, as was the music and dance in the 12-seater vehicle. Funny anecdotes had us laughing our hearts out, gossips were such a thrill and cooking recipe exch…

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