Innocence Killed

"What colour is the sky?", the teacher asked the little boy. The image of the sky he'd seen just before class flashed past the boy’s mind.

An image so clear and powerful that it made him forget all about what he'd been taught at school over the preceding few months, and he blurted out his answer, "White". The kids laughed.
It became the joke of the day, one that would unite them all in good-humored conversation but be easily forgotten by the next day. But the boy remembered. Till much later.

Because he never understood why everyone said the sky was blue when it wasn't. It confused him. It was white, most of the time. There were times when it was yellow, or orange. It was black every night. He had seen blue in it too, but only occasionally.
And then those rare times when he saw shades of pink.
The poor thing could never quite make up his mind about the colour of the sky. Among many other things.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”


  1. sulagna chatterjee said...
    heyii i liked what you wrote :) surprising how we look at everyone around before saying something, looking for approval..
    sulagna chatterjee said...
    PS: I am glad you enjoyed the post..there is more to come cus i get so thrilled when you read and post a comment...

    "mehnet rang laayi"
    Amity Me said...
    yep...i wish i can be a kid again and tell those ugly creatures of a classmate that the sky is really white...:)

    they say, talents are either born or made....:)

    the child artist in us, will really come out if given the chance and the opportunity...:)

    DayDreamer said...
    @Sulagna: Its that validating the information thing that kills the innocence..but guess he would eventually come out one day..rise from the ashes..

    Waiting for that day..

    Your posts are addictive..
    DayDreamer said...
    @AmityMe: So true..
    " talents are either born or made....:)

    the child artist in us, will really come out if given the chance and the opportunity."

    I love these lines so much..very inspirational..
    Pesto Sauce said...
    I don't know what color sky is for it is always hazy in Delhi
    DayDreamer said...
    @Pesto Sauce: Well that is true..but fortunately I was not born in Delhi..

    Thanks 4 dropping by..
    Shay said...
    I love this! Thanks for sharing!
    Smileyfreak said...
    I love that quote,it's hard to maintain your...creativity I guess you could call it when everyone is pushing to grow up :)
    chocolate lover said...
    nice post :)
    loved the quote
    DayDreamer said...
    @ Shay: Thanks am glad u liked it..

    @ Smileyfreak: Thanks a lot for your sweet comments..

    @Chocolate Lover: Am so happy you liked the post..

    These wonderful comments mean a lot to me..
    Carlos Gesmundo said...
    You're right -- the sky is "grey." It's what we experience it to be at the time that we look up.
    anupama said...
    Dear Dev,
    Good Morning!
    After a short break,I am bak into blogosphere.oh!I loved this post!it's simply beautiful!and the drawing,have you done it?Amazing!i always used to wonder why we should accept the imposed answers.:)
    rightly said,friend,as the ocean reflects different shades,the sky has several hues.the shades keep changing!
    go creative and be honest in expressions!children are at their best through strokes if not words!
    wishing you a wonderful day ahead,
    waiting for your next post,
    DayDreamer said...
    @ Anu: Hi Welcome Back ..Glad to hear from you..
    No the drawing is not be my me..I cant even draw a straight line..Though have tried it many times..Maybe some day I wud..

    A glad you liked the post..and your comments are perfect summation to it..

    sulagna chatterjee said...
    Dev...where you been ya???thank you soo much for the wishes on my anniversary..did you see how brave i was with my tattoo :)

    acha bohut din ho gaye kuch new i need !!
    DayDreamer said...
    Hey Sulagna..

    Glad to hear from you..

    I saw your picture with the tattoo and it does look nice..
    DayDreamer said...
    @ Carlos: Thanks for visiting and your comments..

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