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Chapter 4: Just Joking Around

I said, “You have wasted your life, because you don’t allow me to see any tree, any plant any flower. If this is going to be so then I am not coming from tomorrow with you. You go alone, and you can say to yourself whatsoever you want to say. I am not going to be a part of this stupid dialogue. I am perfectly happy with the rose, I don’t want to know from where it has come. Who cares? I am not interested in its origins. I am not interested in the word. What does it matter whether it has come from Persia or not? The rose is enjoying the morning sun, the morning breeze; it is dancing - and you are talking about Persia and language and grammar and how the word has come into use and when it started for the first time in Indian literature, when it entered Indian hooks for the first time. Either you have to keep completely silent if you want me to accompany you.”

And he certainly wanted me to accompany him because he was not acquainted with the territory of my town and the roads and the streets and the ways that lead you out of the town. And he wanted to go every day towards a new direction.

I said, “If you want to keep my company then you have to be silent; if you don’t want my company then you can keep your knowledge. Then whatsoever you want to do you can do - neither I care about it nor the roses care about it.”

He was very shocked. He told my father that, “Your son seems to be against knowledge and this is not a good sign. He should be interested in knowledge. This is the time when one should learn.”

My father said that, “He is a little difficult child and I knew it before, that you are taking him for a morning walk - some difficulty will arise.”

And he said, “He has given me an ultimatum: either I have to keep quiet or he is not going to come with me.”

My father told him that, “When he says something he means it! You decide.”

He knew all the names of all the birds and he was trying to show his knowledge. I said, “You stop all this exhibitionism!”

But he said, “Whenever I go to other places and I talk to other people, they all appreciate that how much I know.”

I said, “They are just as stupid as you are! But I am not stupid. I am not interested in the names of the birds. I want to enjoy their beauty, of course. I want to see them on the wing, in the wind, moving towards the sun. What tremendous joy! What freedom! If I had wings I would have followed them. But I cannot follow you - you will destroy me.”

It was very difficult for him to keep silent, but he had to keep silent because there was nobody else to take him, nobody else who was so acquainted with the territory around the town. I was acquainted with the each inch of the whole territory because I always was roaming around, missing from the school. I knew all the hillocks and I had followed the river as far away as possible. I had gone to all the mountains surrounding. I was the best guide for him. Even in the night I could have taken to any direction, to anywhere. But I said that, “You have to fulfill the promise: you keep completely silent.”

After two days he said, “This is too much! Many times I want to say something to you because you are ignorant!”

I said, “You leave me as I am. I may look ignorant to you; I am not ignorant because I am not hankering for knowledge. If I am hankering for knowledge then I am ignorant. I am not hankering for knowledge; I don’t care a bit about knowledge. I am perfectly happy with my innocence and I want it to leave intact.”

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