Essentially Absurd

Essentially Absurd

Essentially Absurd has been edited by Rushi Bhimani.


In a book, I read, “Human beings are essentially absurd.”

Saying that, this particular line stuck with me would be an understatement. I am usually a very chatty person, but there are days and nights when I want no one’s company. At times, I just rest my head on my pillow and stare at the fan; stare at the viciousness of the spin. Eventually, I stare at the underappreciated effort. It becomes more than a fan, I stare at the “machine” weighed down by secrets and incidents it has witnessed and stored in itself. I stare at how easily human qualities can be associated to a mere object. Makes me wonder, are we actually as distinctive as we pretend to be, or is it just the shenanigans we decorate, with our lies and ruses that make us truly stand apart?

There is this constant effort to be unique, to be indispensable. However, what if all of this is futile? Perhaps, at the core of it all, each one of us is the same; a little broken, a little lost.

Maybe, we are supposed to be the same. If we think about it, probably, we are meant to be alike enough to empathize deeply, to find a confidant in one another. True enough to not cover ourselves with the quilt of deception.

I understand the rush of being applauded, the one to be noticed in a pool of people. But, I cannot disregard the comfort of a genuine smile and a hearty hug.

Can you?


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Abha Mehra

Abha tries to survive days with fried food with cheese. You'll find her bossing around or in a corner trying to make sense of all the words that come not so naturally to her. Be it taking naps in the afternoon or a free pizza, she is ready for both all the time. If you like what she writes, feel free to gift her jhhumkas over peach iced tea.