When They Grow Up

When They Grow Up

When They Grow Up has been edited by Akash Kanodia.


Kids can be annoying. Very annoying, I daresay. I am not a big fan of kids, people who know me are well aware of it.

However, children have an innate ability to live with an open heart. To grab every moment with such enthusiasm. They are scared but also fascinated by everything new and unknown. There is no room for hesitance or judgment. They go running outside, when it rains. Look for the rainbow, after it stops pouring.

Everyday is a new adventure; every day is what they look forward to. For them clouds can be in the shape of a doll or the unicorn. It is amazing, how they are riveted by the idea of counting stars. But then, they grow up.

Grow up to sit in the confinements of our rooms to relish the rain through a tiny open window. All of a sudden, maintaining the freshly shampooed hair matters more than letting those tresses loose and feeling those rain drops cleanse you of all the shenanigans of life. We don’t go running barefoot in the garden like a maniac because it’ll dirty our feet. Moreover, what would people think? The idea of growing up always seemed so fascinating. Sometimes, it still is. Knowing your shit and having control over yourself still leaves me spellbound. But, aren’t we exercising a lot of control? Let’s grow up to keep that kid alive. We won’t be annoying and yet be spellbound by this remarkable world.


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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.