Lovely Rakshashis and Witches- Part III

By: Tania Bhattacharyya

``Two things are infinite:  the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.’’ Albert Einstein

The cap of the Aquaguard in the tutorial was always kept open. The Oxford Dictionary copy was very funny. The cover was put in such a way that if you opened it, you would see that the book was inverted. It remained like that. Often the landlord watched television in high volume for a long time. The sound made it difficult to work. At noon, a smell of rotten fish would fill the air.

The mind of the stupid comical Rakshashis, used to frenetic pace and work overdrive was not used to the calm. Always there was a mental unrest. Often they used to sit and comment on others, but did not do anything to become improved versions of themselves. They always suffered from low self-esteem. They had strange faces, strange figures, strange tendencies, strange choices, strange thoughts which resulted in strange and silly talk. They could not decide and there was no end to their cravings. They boasted that they loved to eat but deep down their conscience said, ``You are over eating because you are insecure. You are trying to deal with a deeper crisis with food indulgence.’’

``Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.’’ Peter de Vries

``He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.’’ Socrates

 Sitting in a calm way was an impossible dream. Achieving mental peace, being at peace with oneself was beyond imagination. Seeing someone beautiful, calm, gentle and peaceful with patience, good decision-making ability and self-control would certainly arouse feelings of self-hatred and envy and a tendency to belittle and bully, to say things opposite to the speech of the conscience. This is what happened when the Rakshashis saw Fairy Conscience.

To the Rakshashis having screwed up, dull and crooked brains, what was usual was normal. If it was usual to be a glutton and be obsessed about food, this was normal. The word `normal’ carried a distorted meaning to them.

The Rakshashis were trapped in gluttony- the sin of ``immoderation’’ linked to earthly excess. 

They showed all the characteristics of gluttony-

  • Not savouring a reasonable amount of food
  • Eating outside prescribed time/eating at inappropriate times
  • Mindless eating without making any choice or taking any decision
  • Anticipating eating with preoccupied longing- though often choice of food items was not proper
  • Not being content with simple foods
  • Consumption of food and drinks past the point of satiation
  • Preoccupied with what others are eating and how much others are eating
  • Not only eating, but what others were buying

Fairy Conscience did not want to compromise her well-being because of the food and drink cravings of the stupid Rakshashis.

Intelligent people do not conform to herd mentality. They follow their instincts. Fairy Conscience was intelligent. She handled them tactfully.

Sonali Rakshashi observed Fairy Conscience and asked her, ``You do not have any addiction or obsession, isn’t it?’’

Fairy Conscience admitted, `` No.’’

Sonali Rakshashi asked, ``Have you stayed abroad? You are quiet and talk less.’’

Fairy Conscience said ``No’’. Actually she had been born in the United States of America, and had a different upbringing imbibing the best of traditional and modern Western and Indian discipline. She was not a typical Bengali Rakshashi with a motor mouth talking in a most ill-disciplined way at the top of her voice. But she denied the fact to prevent further questioning by the nosy Rakshashis. She did not want to ignite their jealousy.