Skip to main content

Death of Heroes

Heroes live among us. Some in capes and some not. Here we are talking of them who wear a crown or a cape. Recognised heroes -kings, ministers, players, idols, actors, influencers, entrepreneurs -to those people look upon as someone to change the world. People who are like Sisyphus, always rolling it to the top. People follow them as Gods, individuals as living religions.

These people, who here are termed as 'heroes', or more specifically models -they go ways for people who look up to them. People follow everything about them -their diet, their relationships, their vacations, everything comes in between common man's lips and page 3. But Abraham Lincoln once said that the true parameter of checking a man's character was giving him power. Power to do things, change things. Most of our heroes have/had money -so they are inferred to be successful. But are they really successful? Believe it or not, you look up to them because you think that they are successful, because you aspire to be them.

But ability will never catch up with the demand for it. Have you ever felt that heroes may also have heroes; who they look up to and strive? When one day you will catch up with your hero, you will search for a new hero, a degree superior. To be honest, you'll not need to search for him, he will crash down to you, as you proceed more to the level of your previous hero. You ain't ever going to stop striving, and the day you stop, your fame, your power is not going to multiply exponentially once again. Learn that, as you grow older, your aspirations are going to come down and one day you're eventually going to die. So dream big and die as a 'hero', you'll be remembered by some.

The Catharsis:

But do all heroes die the same? Do not some (or most of them) die in pain, agony and with hatred of a million minds brewing in the saltiest tears as they fall? They do -Hitler, Gaddafi, Ram Rahim -were they not heroes before they fell? If only Hitler did not hate the Jews, or if Ram Rahim did not rape? 
But catharsis happens, one heck of a mistake and it all goes up in smokes. But if they were common men like us, would they be pulled down so much, for one statement or one action? Homophobics, rapists, xenophobics walk with us today, but we don't condemn them. Every man has an opinion,  but heroes cannot have a negative opinion about things that are deemed progressive. So they die. Every second. In fear, in darkness, by being heroes, not being themselves.

By: Mainak Das


Popular posts from this blog

What Daniel Fernandes's Shadows Is All About

Shadows: A Revelatory Special

I walked into Terna Auditorium on Sunday Night expecting a special set by a comedian I had seen perform live on a previous occasion and had seen videos of on YouTube. Daniel Fernandes went above and beyond that. At the outset he cautions the audience, that his self admittedly social commentary centred style of humour that has gained an instant association with him would not be a feature tonight.
His piece is a reflective one, touching upon self-doubt, his journey of self-discovery, his moment of truth and his foray into comedy. He discusses at length the various paradigms and notions of success that pervade society without sounding preachy. And how while non-conformity can be a lonely place, it isn’t the worst.
Fernandes’ takes on the mantle of a voice in our head and says everything that naturally occurs to us but social conditioning prevents us from expressing vocally.   Through an anecdotal and a canonical sense of humour, he narrates his evolving len…

Paanchphoron 4

Paanchphoron 4Organised by : Urotaar UROTAAR, are a socio-cultural organization, working on socio-cultural upliftment, awareness & motivational activities through Street Theatre, Short film, Workshops, Exhibitions, Cultural Events etc in various Locations of India.
Till date we have achieved More Than, 360 Street Theatre Performances across India 2 Short Films 21 Cultural Events comprising various Art Forms 8 Exhibitions of Paintings & Sketches Motivational Theatre Workshops for many Organizations Art & Culture related promotions
Besides all, for the last 3 years (2014-2016) & this year our Annual Live Art Festival 'PAANCH PHORON' has been one of its kind. It’s a combined presentation of Street Theatre, Folk Dance, Folk Music, Live Sketching & Live Handicraft Making from different parts of West Bengal. It is one such festival which promotes the talents of our State, highlighting the Making of various Visual Arts, and till date we have never disappointed our audienc…

"We create music, we do it with the purpose of enlightening people’s lives." An enlightening conversation with the band Alo

ALO- The Band
IT IS NECESSARY THAT PEOPLE ARE MUSICALLY EDUCATED TO ENJOY IT, IN ALL ITS FLAVOURS. –ALO-The Band talks about their journey right from its inception till today.
Alo is a six member band rooted in urban Kolkata comprising Syamantak Sengupta(lead vocalist), Sarthak Paul(drummer), Aritrya Sadhu(keyboardist), Ranadeep Sen( bassist), Arko Roy(guitarist) and Eric D’cruz (guitarist) aspiring to educated the humongous musically so as to bring a change in their tastes.
Interviewer – Who is the founding member of the team? Is this your core team?
Syamantak- Sarthak(the drummer), and I are the ones who founded the band, and no this is not the core team. We became so, eventually with time as we got hold of the other talented musicians to add up to us.
Interviewer- Why according to you is the name “Alo” suitable for your band?
Syamantak- Alo, means “light” in Bengali and when we create music, we do it with the purpose of enlightening people’s lives, because light is like a ray of hope …