(The narrator is a 62 year old retired scientist.)
(Date: 5 july, 2050 AD)
The concept of invisibility has always fascinated me from childhood, like every normal child. I even spent a few years of my life chasing my childhood fascination, trying to make a magical device which can make things disappear like in the amusing movies I saw in childhood. My research work was concentrated on making a material with same density as air so that it appears invisible. Despite my sincere efforts, I could not succeed in living my childhood dream. At the later end of my research on this project, i felt that i was wasting my time at being invisible when i already had been invisible all these years.
Confused? Let me explain. Invisibility means the power to stay unnoticed in eyes of others, no matter what you do. I think I have ‘seen’ invisible persons in this world in different shapes and different age groups — handicapped persons asking for alms, small kids with almost nothing on their skin knocking on the windows of car, mothers carrying infants and asking for some money or food. All such persons are often invisible to the common man. I guess their invisibility was derived from the common attribute they shared – Poverty.
It’s not that only such people become invisible, sometimes even the common man also becomes invisible. The problems and the miseries of common man are not noticed by the Government until it’s election time. The common man reappears miraculously at the eve of elections and their voices are being heard. We never realize that we have this power of invisibility because we possess this power as a community i.e. we are an invisible community. If we extend the hypothesis that a ghost can see other ghosts to the invisible domain, we can explain why we never realize that we are invisible.
You may put off my views as being cynical but I can’t help it. As each year went by, pessimism kept creeping in, more and more. Yesterday, I found a list I had made 40 years back. This list contained things i shall do when i become invisible. Reading this list now, a smile comes to my face which soon turns into a sadistic grin. However, I have decided to share that list with you as well.
The list of things to do when i become invisible
1. Travel freely to the famous places in the world
2. Earn money by unfair means 😛
3. Propose to my childhood crush (Mr. India style :D)
4. Distribute cash among poor (desi Robin Hood)
5. Expose the politicians of country by stinging them
6. Destroy the nuclear weapons
7. Act in the movie ‘Hollow Man 3’.
8. Learn how to cook from Sanjeeb Kapoor
9. Find where Osama-bin-Laden is hiding and gain some more money (white money this time).
10. Ensure that Indian cricket team wins cricket world cup again.