Readers in an Adult’s World: Laments of a Teenager

Week after week, I watch out for the special days when the newspaper boy throws in the ‘special’ Hindu- Melange and Metroplus- two supplements I crave with the curiosity of a ten year old. And promptly, I receive my share of Khyrunissa, and deeply miss Krish’s Ashok’s exceptionally crafted Armchair with a View, that not so long ago my teacher introduced me to during a Theory of Knowledge lesson in school.

However, nearly always I sit back a little disappointed, having read Confessions of an Anonymous woman, or the ranting of authors angered at rising onion prices, of wacky children and inconsiderate husbands, cultural issues, political mess…all problems of an adults world- to be read and digested and ruminated by the polite glass-clad uncles and aunties sitting beside freshly brewed filter coffee on the weekends.

I wonder why I never hear a teenage voice speak of its views, why the windows of our souls remain shut to be gradually pruned and watered to the adult’s stencils, so that we too one day sit upon rocking chairs to ruminate on day to day happenings with our cup of coffee. I wonder why we’re always made to sit down, read between the lines, read all the lines, cut- paste and memorize verbatim daily news for “future use”. To see adults with their ancient pencils condemning and praising Modi for his ‘modi-ficatons’, or about the latest “Bali package” that India vetoed last week, all news and opinions staring like well-known faces, dictated to us, and to let the adult’s opinions play like rhetoric every day. I wonder why nobody wants us to speak.

Maybe because we plagiarize. Copy our facts from Wikipedia, carefully rephrase ArnabGoswami that it eludes the tentacles of, does not hold a BA (Hons) in English Literature. A reason someone told me when I inquired whether there were any chances for a “Teen” writer.

I have whatsoever not a granule of pretense this may be published by my favorite newspaper (that’s why they made TeenInk anyway), but I do hope someone somewhere might put their glasses down, lean in a little bit closely and listen to what we have to say. Inexperienced, spoiled and perhaps a little bit sassy, but definitely, infinitely- wanting to be heard.

2 Responses to Readers in an Adult’s World: Laments of a Teenager

  1. sunny johnson says:

    No doubt Aiswarya You are Voice of the young generation of India. Great Job
    We are proud of you.

  2. sunny johnson says:

    Great job Aiswarya. You are really the voice of the young generation of India.

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