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Savouring Solitude?
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Dr. Jacob Alias
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  • 30-04-2022
Savouring Solitude?
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Where do you see yourself ten years from now?


Maeve of ‘Sex Education’ replied, “I want the house to be large enough to have a kitchen table with four chairs but not too roomy to ever feel the depth of my aloneness.” Maybe what Maeve said is something Adam of ‘Sex Education’ or Josh of ‘Koode’ could ever say about their own loneliness. People believe the strongest of the world to be those who survive all by themselves.

These characters make me feel for such a blunder statement because as far as I can see, they are the most helpless. Adam is so gregarious and is equipped with several gadgets. Josh has a home to return to and at a call’s distance – his Parents and Jenny – people whose love for him is boundless.


But that didn’t make them the most courageous of the world. As Jenny said, they are the ones who have felt all the horrors of desolation. It made them forget to cry, to laugh, to speak out, even to run away from all their desires and their lives too.


Eric, Otis and Jenny bring them back and make them human beings once again. Adam writes a poem when he realises that he is going to lose Eric. Josh, the elder brother, who buys an expensive phone for her sister but never ever calls her on it, who meets her once in four years, is too late to accept her death. When does he realise the depth of his love for Jenny? When he cries in the hands of Sophy at the end of the movie? Dunno.


When the Priest calls out to the mourners, without a second thought, Peter calls Joseph for the ‘final kiss’ for Stella. Maybe Peter knows that her eternal journey will never be complete without this final gesture from Joseph, the man she loved with all of her or else maybe Peter did it for Joseph, realising that he needed it more than Stella.


Rajesh Koothrappalli of ‘Big Bang Theory’ has his own ways of fighting loneliness, like bringing in Cinnamon, a cute pet dog, to fill in the void in his heart. He paints a sorry figure of himself so as to gain the empathy of women he finds attractive. The way Howard treats Rajesh and pulls him out of the pit is
also worth mentioning.


Tom of ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ is a good loner and widower living alone reclusive, terse and hostile to company. However, when he meets William, an evacuee, battered both physically and emotionally, he helps to rebuild William’s life.

 

So what I am trying to say is, more than anything, we need people around us to survive. Like Stella, we all deserve at least a goodbye hug, if not a kiss, from the ones that we are madly in love with.

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