Cry for survival!
ONE pleasant evening, I was sitting along with my friend at the balcony of his apartment. We were both immersed in deep thought trying hard to recollect details of certain matter of much importance. Suddenly, our reverie was broken by the harsh and raucous cry of a vegetable vendor passing by on the street below. My friend uttered few cuss words to express his anger at the supposed insolence of the vendor. I then reasoned with my friend to justify the shouting by the vendor. But for his loud cry, who would know that he has come to sell his goods, since everyone inside their houses is busy in one or another thing. There is the sound of television and radios, or somebody talking on phone, or somebody is in much interior part of the residence, in undisturbed calmness, and hence the vendor has to shout his lungs out to break barriers of both sound and silence. It is a compulsive cry for survival, since he has to sell his vegetables to earn livelihood and survive.
Yes, the daunting challenge to survive, through earning livelihood in arduous condition, compels many persons to shout, scream, shriek and cry while performing their routine tasks and activities. Their spontaneous vocal exertions may seem irritating to others in vicinity, but are a mandatory habit for their existence. In the fruits and vegetables market, vendors are trying to make themselves heard and seen by out shouting others. The construction workers are continuously screaming at high decibels, much above the din created by the machines, equipment and the construction work. Porters and labourers moving or lifting heavy items shout incessantly till completion of the task. Boatmen rowing boats and palanquin bearers in ancient times used to keep on chattering and chanting repeatedly, apparently meaningless words just to keep themselves motivated and divert the mind from burden of tiresome task.
On a hot summer noon when we are taking siesta with cooler running to give relief from heat, suddenly doorbell rings breaking the cycle of rest. A salesperson is standing at the doorstep displaying some unwanted stuff which we will never buy in life time. Naturally, we are prompted to shout and abuse the salesperson for having disturbed the tranquillity. But here too, we must understand that the peddler is compelled to wander in blazing heat for seeking sustenance by way of sales income. It is again a cry for survival. Similar is case of telecallers who disturb us by unsolicited marketing calls at random hours. While it is most irksome for us to attend to such unwanted calls, for those at other end, it is to earn their daily bread.
On a more sophisticated level, we have many tennis players who are grunting or shrieking with every stroke or shot they hit and play. Theirs is again a cry for survival or existence, even though it may be offending to opponents and crowds witnessing the match. Players like Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, SerenaWilliams, Jimmy Connors and Rafael Nadal are all known grunters. Their vocal outbursts are outcome of their desperate efforts to overtime opponents for survival in the game which is their source of earning. So let us ponder and have some sympathy and empathy for all those who have to cry for survival. Let us bear with patience, the impact of the cries, howsoever harsh and cacophonic they may seem.