My Likes and Dislikes
The subject calls upon me to make an open confession. Let me take courage and confess what I like and what I dislike.
My likes and dislikes are rather limited. The first thing I positively dislike is the nerve racking discipline imposed upon the youngers by the elders or by those in authority. Why should anybody bother my life with do’s and don’ts? Why should I not be left entirely to myself to choose my own ways? Why should a father, who himself smokes call upon his child to refrain from smoking and drinking? Does he have any moral right to do that? Why should a student be forced to sit and listen to the most boring, dull and dry lecture of an incompetent teacher who does not know his job? Discipline, as the word has unfortunately come to mean today, stunts normal growth and hinders the free development of personality. How lovely is the freely growing undisciplined, untamed nature? Who disciplines the dancing rivulets? Who disciplines the singing birds? Man is born free, we put him in chains. How sad, how tragic!
Another thing that I like is to sit idle and to do nothing. Vacant hours fill me with pleasure and joy. A walk by the mountain side or by the river side delights my heart. I can sit for hours or a railway bridge to watch the shrieking movement of the trains below. Work, work and work. It has made a hell of this life.
I feel like crying with W.H. Davies:
“What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare.”
My hobby is playing practical jokes upon others. My heart tingles with a sense of delight when I make a fool of some body, full of a false sense of pride in his wisdom and intellect. In enjoy playing truant. Using ‘proxies’ in the class is a part of my nature. I love pulling off a gentleman’s turban with the help of a crooked needle and a long thread. Trying down the long hair of the ladies with bedsteads while they are asleep, writing nasty words on the shirts of my class-fellows, wiring love letters to my class-fellows on behalf of some other friends, raising false but intelligent alarms in the hostel and putting up false holiday notice on the notice-board are only some of my favourite pastimes. Every day for me is the ‘All Fools Day’. I love life.
There is a long list of my likes and dislikes. But I shall stop with the last. I like and enjoy breaking rules. Any notice like ‘No Bill Stricking Here’ is an open invitation for me to stick a bill on the notice itself.
Moralists may cry out against me and like to hand me over to the police but, believe me, there is joy in doing what I do. Stolen kisses, I know from experience, are always sweet.
I am a born leader. I am always on the book out for an opportunity to make a speech. On the slightest pretext, I gather my fellow students and call upon them to go on a strike. My electrifying words work a miracle and all work comes to a stand- still. One thing that I positively dislike is physical violence. May be I am a coward. But whenever, I apprehend trouble or an attack, I take to my heels. I am a staunch believer in non-violence and peace.
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Man is but a bundle of peculiar tastes and manners—likes and dislikes. Some relish a dish of meat while others hate it. Curd is such a useful thing and most people like it but there are people who hate it like anything. Similarly, I, too, have my own likes and dislikes.
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Of all the seasons I like winter the best. It is a season of picnics and hard work. I can sit up long hours poring over my books in the stillness of the night. I simply dread the summer season with the blazing sun, intense heat and the dry hot winds. It is the season when we perspire profusely and the breeze of the fan does very little to relieve the discomfort we feel. The rainy season too, is a nuisance. I dislike it because it spoils the clothes I wear and forces me to stay indoors.
I dislike people who tell a lie for their selfish gain. My blood boils when I see people dying to cheat others. Such people are very harmful to the society. Trust begets trust, the say. These people poison the atmosphere with foul suspicion. I love frank, straightforward people. They might appear to be rough at first but they are the people who never do any one any harm. It is but for go these people that the world is a place worth living.
I do not like to waste my spare time in idle talks or in backbiting others. It is not in my nature to speak ill of others. I hate people who always find faults with others. These are the pests of the society and I would like to keep them at an arm’s length. I like to spend my leisure in reading a good book or listening to light music or a skit or a drama on the radio. During holidays I love to travel and visit places of historical interest and thus add to my general knowledge. The scenes and sights of nature please me. The gay company of my friends cheers me. It is a sort of tonic for me. Lastly, I dislike being sermonized by elders. It is like swallowing a bitter pills. I understand my duties and responsibilities and I do not like to be told to do this thing or that. It is for this very reason that I cannot stand the rebuke of my teachers, however well-intentioned they may be. What I like most is sympathy and understanding from my elders.