SUMEET NAIK hopes that with every jingle of the bell, his manifestation comes true…
Like every year, tomorrow Santa will visit us again. And with no break to the yearly ritual, I have got my wish list ready. But this year it is a bit different. Unlike previous years this year’s wish list is not just lengthy, but a little personal too. But I’m sure that if not all, most of them will be fulfilled by my Santa. Yes! I can hear the jingle bells and I can sense Santa Claus coming all the way.
As a kid I used to have my specific demand on Christmas Eve asking for one particular gift from Santa, which I would announce in the house right from the very first day of the last month. My parents had their doubts every year but Santa always proved them wrong. Despite my best efforts to spot Santa putting the gift of my choice into the stocking by pretending to be fast asleep, I never got to see him till this date. From a kid to teenager to an adult and now in my forties, my wish list underwent drastic change. But not even once did my Santa let me down. He gave me whatever I asked for.
But, as I said before, this time I’m a little skeptical about my wish list and Santa’s ability to fulfill it. I have asked for something I had never ever asked him before. But these are my urgent needs and I want them very badly. Here is what I have asked for:
GREENERY: Dear Santa, wherever I see barren dusty land and massive cutting of the mountains with haphazard constructions, kindly restore its greenery. When I fly, I must see vast blue oceans surrounded by lush greenery all around.
FRESH AIR: Dear Santa, I can’t bear to see the school going kids wearing masks when they step out early morning. I want to see that joy and smile on their face while they breathe fresh air and chatter all along their way to school.
CLEANLINESS: Dear Santa, I want to see cleanliness wherever I go. They say cleanliness is next to godliness and I want to feel the presence of the Almighty everywhere. Make our surroundings so beautiful that a person will think several times before littering.
LOVE AND CONCERN: Dear Santa, I feel pained when I see people fighting over petty issues and families over property. Let there be universal peace, love and concern for each other. No manmade boundaries and patches as nations. One World, One Universe.
FRIENDS IN FLESH AND BLOOD: Dear Santa, today friendships are made and broken over several available technological tools popularly known as social networking tools. Even your nearest and dearest friend claims to have stayed connected forever through these new mediums. I want my friends in front of me in flesh and blood, if not always but at least during some occasions be they happy or sad.
That’s all I ask from my dear Santa. I know I have been greedy this year and have asked way too much from you. But if you realise, all my wishes are not for me alone, but for my near and dear ones. Also, for all those known and unknown, whose houses you shall be visiting too. As much as I want to see myself happy, I also want them to enjoy and feel the change that your gifts will bring into our lives.
And yes, for the very first time I have not hanged a stocking outside the door because I know it would be way too small for this year’s wish-list. Hence, I request you to consider the entire Universe as one big stocking hanging out the door of humanity. Whatever you gift from my wish list this year shall be cherished and enjoyed by generations to generations in future.
A small word of caution my dear Santa: while you travel on your sleigh pulled by Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, don’t forget to wear an anti-pollution mask. The air is not the same anymore as it used to be years ago.
Hope I get a glimpse of you this year. Whether I succeed or not, Merry Christmas to you my Santa!