08 October 2009

The Pressure Cooker Syndrome

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It was almost 7 o' clock, and I couldn't afford to be late to work yet again. So I rushed to the kitchen, threw open a cupboard and took out my Pressure Cooker. In my haste, the nozzle of the Pressure Cooker slammed against the tiled wall. Cursing loudly, I placed the Cooker on the stove, and left for work...

Ramesh said he was fine. And to the surprise of his friends, it seemed he really was. Even after being unfairly fired from his job, Ramesh was in good spirits. "I spent 10 years at the firm," he said calmly, "It's about time I had a change."

Martin meanwhile, was being a complete gentleman. He and his wife had just divorced, and he was quite fine about it. "I'm fine, guys," he said. "She wanted the divorce. There's nothing more to it." He was frighteningly calm.

The Cooker began hissing softly, as the water inside began to boil. The jammed nozzle made sure none of the steam was let out. Silently, the cooker remained on the stove...

Ramesh laughed the whole week. He attended parties, hung out with friends, and completely ignored the topic of his unemployment. He was far too happy to think about it.

Martin was behaving like a hot blooded bachelor already. He never mentioned his ex-wife, and made sure no one ever talked to him about her. He was over her, his friends were reminded. It's all in the past. It was time to move on. And that's it.

Two hours after I'd left, the Cooker began shaking violently. Steam was building up inside, and the hissing was getting louder.

"How long have you been at Wilton Corp., Ramesh?" his friend asked as they played a game of Poker at the bar. "Ten years," Ramesh replied. "Wow, that's a long time, isn't it? I'm surprised they fired you after so long. Have you found another job yet?". Ramesh shook his head. It had been over a month since he lost his job. His bills were over due, his insurance had expired. Suddenly he felt angry, first at himself and then at his company. How could they just fire him like that...

After hosting a successful birthday party, Martin said goodbye to his friends. Just as he was about to leave, Joseph turned around and casually remarked. "By the way, you heard about Caroline? She's getting married next week." Martin froze for a second. And suddenly broke into a smile. "Oh," he said. "Good for her. I hope..I hope she's happy..."

Finally the Cooker rattled, almost toppled over, and exploded...

They found Ramesh's car rammed into a roadside tree. The police are assuming that he was heavily drunk. His friends knew for certain that he was. He had stumbled into his car, grumbling to himself. As he drove off, one of them heard him talk about his company. "10 bloody years, and this is what they do to me..." Finally, it had all come back to him.

Martin's best friend came by at 8 in the morning. He found the living room trashed. Shattered glass was spread all over. A few paintings, along with the television and trophy cabinet were damaged. Martin was leaning against the wall, weeping to himself. As his friend tried consoling him, Martin buried his face in his hands. 'Claire...' he managed to say.

The Fireman surveyed the kitchen, and looked at me in disdain. "Sir, you should know better than this. The Cooker was obviously damaged. Must be a jammed nozzle. Anyways, there's nothing much we can do now. It'll take a few days to fix this mess"

We all suffer from the Pressure Cooker Syndrome. Perhaps it's just 21st century style, but for some reason, hiding our emotions has suddenly become the 'cool' thing to do. 'Get over it', 'Dont care a damn'. There are a dozen people around to hand us advice. Wish emotions were so easy to get rid off. Anger, sorrow, jealousy, depression...all going away if we just ignore it.

They don't just go away. You cant just pretend to be happy. You cant run away from how you feel. That's as smart as using a jammed Pressure Cooker. And if you've seen my kitchen, you'll realize it isn't a very smart thing to do.

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  1. wow...loved d concept...nice one coming frm u aftr a long tym !...well written!

  2. The pressure cooker syndrome..thats quite innovative :)
    Keep Up!

  3. Brilliant! :D
    The writing style was great AND the content had looots of weight!
    Now that's the perfect combo for a writer :D

  4. Even though I guess almost *everyone* knows about being under pressure...this is the first time someone's ever related it to an actual Pressure Cooker.

    Good one dude!

  5. Sometimes we don't have much of a choice. How is expressing our emotions going to undo the misfortune? But I guess building up the pressure is going to make the situation worse. Sigh!

  6. You've been doing some good reading and it shows in your writing. Well done. Enjoyed reading this. Though I felt it could have been a little more tight. But over-all good job. :)

  7. @Megh: Thanks! I knw the quality slacks once in a while...

    @A New Beginning: Thank You!

    @Rejin: Man....flattering!

    @A.R.N.: Have to admit here though...the idea isnt completely my own. Got inspired from a line in the sitcom "Frasier" where Niles Crane says, "...he's denying his emotions. He's like a Human Pressure Cooker!"

    @Zardy: Yup, expressing might not undo the misfortune...but it'll sure stop things from getting worse....

    @AJai: Thanks. Personally, I dont realise it when I write differently...but thanks for the advice about tightening the article. I should perfect that a bit more...

  8. First time here at this blog. Its very interesting and useful. I wanna to visit here very often. Thanks for this nice post.

  9. Good way of narrating!
    But a Pressure Cooker doesn't need two hours to blow up, it takes half an hour at the max (Experience you know!)

    Innovative title and nice relation to the topic, looking forward for more of it !


  10. Hey Musthafa,

    I have been noticing your posts for quite some time. I don't find anything to be so good. I think what you need is competition or challenges to make you better.

    So, I have a challenge for you. Write your next post about the "purpose of life". I know you might be busy with your studies and all. So, take your time. Try and write an interesting post about this topic. I'll wait for it.

  11. @House Design Sydney: Thanks for visiting my blog. Out of curiosity, how did you find it?

    @Pawan: I tried finding out from the next how long it takes for the cooker to blow! Should've just asked u! Hmm...from experience huh?

    @Anonymous: Wow...this is something new. I'm not sure I'll be able to fulfill it though. Purpose of life is quite a tough one. Still....Im curious to know who you actually are. And keep dropping these challenges! I'll try to meet them...

  12. awesome 1 dude..nyc way of relating life with pressure cooker..bt sumtyms its better to keep the pressure insyd..whistling everytym myt make disturbance for the person n others..

  13. it might indeed be a new trend to hide emotions.The outcome being that the individual in this case explodes might not be true at all times. Implode - to collapse inward violently. What if a persons greatest fear is that he might "implode"?