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Accidentally Creative

What is an accident? Is it a high-impact collision between two vehicles that leaves both of them severely damaged? Is it a person being injured because of a misgiving of theirs? Or is it something else?

An accident is nothing but a mistake with far more intense consequences. Generally, it carries negative undertones, because whenever the topic is in question, it propels one into thinking about the sheer clumsiness and lack of consciousness of another, and how these personality flaws make them do something drastic, albeit unintentionally.

For Nandita Prasad, life itself was accidental. As a young girl, she made a mess wherever she went- either she would be unable to hold her plate of food for too long and would end up dropping it, or she would run her bicycle into someone, leading to a nasty tussle. When she was growing up, her parents contemplated giving her a guitar, but backed out upon realising she couldn’t handle anything fragile. More often than not, Nandita had no awareness about herself or her surroundings; she would embarrass herself no matter what. Her school life wasn’t easy either- she was a lonely student whose classmates barely interacted with her because they were afraid that she would make them awkward with her careless antics.

However, Nandita found a true companion in herself. She would indulge herself in reading

most of the time and sometimes she would simply immerse herself in her own thoughts- a mixed bag of them. Sometimes she thought about the bird’s nest on the classroom window, and sometimes the worries of being judged by her peers, plagued her.

Being an avid reader gave Nandita the superpower of imagination. She would zone out in between classes, and start to visualise things that were on her mind. Maybe it was her good luck, but no teacher ever caught her red-handed, lost in her thoughts. But those thoughts of hers did lead to an accident. The inter-school writing competition was held for the first time, and participation was compulsory. When Nandita was handed the ruled sheet to write her entry, she felt a shot of energy that motivated her to get going. She wrote down everything that was on her mind, without pausing to think about what she was writing. Once again, her impulse drove her actions. But that time, she was not careless but carefree.

Nandita secured the first prize for the competition. While handing her the trophy, her principal said she was destined to become a writer. His very words made Nandita’s shoulders straighten in confidence, and her face adorned a bright smile. She couldn’t contain her smile, which exudes joy, pride, and realisation, that being unbound by her imperfections, had set everything straight.

Nandita found her true self that day, because she chose to be herself and found beauty in her flaws.

Ananyaa Mishra




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