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The Circus is in town…

>> Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Every year the residents of the quaint town waited with great anticipation for this time of the year. For this was one of the few occasions where the whole town participated with full gusto. The colorful banners said it all; yes the Circus was in town!!!

What’s so unique about a circus a mere passer by would wonder? Didn’t they come to each town? Yes they did, but this circus was performed by the people of the town itself!!

The people honed their skills all year through, especially the ones doing the risk acts like trapeze. Those who handled the animals had an even tougher job, the tigers, lions and elephants were getting complacent by the day and no amount of cajoling was working.
However no one complained, they just looked forward to their act being watched and appreciated.

The D day finally dawned. It was a frenzy of activity with everyone getting ready for the show. Finally their efforts would be in full view.

The opening ceremony was a frenzy of beating of the drums and a grand parade. The Town Mayor along with his councilors declared the Circus open.

The jugglers walked in showcasing their skills with knifes, balls and a collection of items. Each one trying to outdo the other (as there was a rumor that the best juggler was to be awarded handsomely!!)

Then it was the turn of the lions. The ring master proudly presented his brood to the crowds. After all they were his trump cards, outshining their acts year after year. The crowds watched them with bated breath, but this year the lions were disappointing. Their lackluster display almost drawing boos from the audience.

To placate the crowds, in came the joker!! There was a thunderous applause. The funny man went about his antics. He went among the audience, made his funny gestures, and cracked the local jokes…. Even the mayor wasn’t spared.
The act seemed so natural to the audience, after all he had to just paint himself funny and make the crowds laugh. (Only if they knew, thought the man himself, smiling all the time comes with a price!!).

The trapeze artistes came by next. Their artistry and perfection left the audience spellbound. They were given a standing ovation.

The town mayor felicitated the ring master and had words of praise for the artistes.

The curtains were down on this year’s extravaganza. The show producer looked in glee at the bounty he had managed to collect. The greedy town mayor came in to collect his share as part of the taxes, the ground fees. The show producer, like every year was reluctant to part with a huge share and haggled with the ring master on sharing the booty.
What about the performers you might wonder, they just laugh a knowing laugh. At least their creativity had an audience… what more could they ask for!!

(Dedicated in loving memory of the annual circus we have in our part of town … we call it Appraisals!..

Disclaimer: Resemblance to any anyone alive is purely coincidental!!)


mayz July 16, 2008 at 3:29 PM  

where do u come up wid all this...d analogy was brilliant!!!
well we have to wait for a blue moon to read updates from u but then d wait is worth every moment!!!

Swats July 16, 2008 at 4:07 PM  

Hahaha Perfect analogy!! It is a grand circus for sure

mathew July 16, 2008 at 5:43 PM  

'All the world is a stage!! as some one told it.';-D
it perfectly sums the great annual circus we take part in...and every year I find it funny how we keep the show running!!

This time I hope to get the promoton from apprentice joker to the main joker of the show!;-P

Enduring the Babbles of Life July 16, 2008 at 7:53 PM  

he he...knew it...from the first para itself...good laff gal...i adore ur sense of humor...;)

Anonymous July 16, 2008 at 10:50 PM  

Nicely written and strangely poetic..analogy kept aside, the way you described the entire circus charade was great! Keep dem deep sista! ;o)

Swastika July 16, 2008 at 10:54 PM  

Hey..that was a perfect narration of life in office...hats off to ur out-of-the-box thinking

Deepti July 17, 2008 at 10:35 AM  

@Mayz: Thanks buddy :)

@Swats: Hehehe I knew you would agree!!

@Mathew: The world is a stage indeed and the jokers are always the best entertainment.

@Enduring the babbles of life: Thanks Durbs :)

@Anon: Priya your unique smiley always gives you away and yes I agree with the charade perspective.

@Swastika: Thanks a lot!!

Deepti July 17, 2008 at 10:35 AM  
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Sachin July 18, 2008 at 9:16 AM  

Gr8 comparison appraisals and circus....... bang on target........ nice post

Anonymous July 18, 2008 at 9:39 AM  

Circus -
Always an electrifying experience.

Keshi July 18, 2008 at 12:34 PM  

my my brilliant anology here!

I always say's a darn circus, and alot of ppl add to it's mockery more n more each day!


Neena Padayatty July 18, 2008 at 1:30 PM  

Great imagination...i didn't have a clue till i reached the end.Perhaps it's because i haven't joined the 'great circus' yet.:)

U are tagged.

rahul July 19, 2008 at 8:37 AM  

awesome analogy and so true!!!

nice blog!

chandni July 20, 2008 at 8:25 PM  

you renewed my memories too!

Anonymous July 21, 2008 at 12:27 PM  

awesome stuff... "hurrah for the circus"

Deepti July 21, 2008 at 1:50 PM  

@Sachin: Thanks a lot, the just appraised folks will relate to this circus even better isnt it?

@Hobo: Electrifying indeed !!! Thanks for dropping by and welcome to my blog.

Deepti July 21, 2008 at 1:53 PM  

@Keshi: Thank you girl ... its a darn circus and the mockery does get ugly too at times ....

@Neena: The later you join this rigmarole the better ... and your tag will be done :)

Deepti July 21, 2008 at 1:54 PM  

@Rahul: Thank you and welcome to my blog :)

@Chandni: I was sure you would relate to this :)

@Moukound:Thanks and welcome to the blog :)

Anonymous July 22, 2008 at 5:45 PM  

Heh! Resemblences coincidental, eh?

Deepti July 23, 2008 at 10:43 AM  

@Shantanu : Yes very innocently coincidental .. no "inspirations" fom real life at all :)

Nishanth August 5, 2008 at 8:55 PM  

my god....that was beautiful stuff...i had no clue till the end, but then once i got the clue and read through all over again, the analogy was spot on...
beautiful stuff...bravo sis...

Deepti August 7, 2008 at 9:35 AM  

@Nishanth: Cool!! glad you could relate to it :) and thanks for the praise :D bro