Post Mortem

To expect is to accept hurting and getting hurt

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/21/2020 11:03:39 AM IST

 Reality shows have garnered immense viewership as compared to soaps and serials of yester years. The popularity is visible in the fan-following with which reality shows are thriving season after season. ‘America’s Got Talent’, as a variety talent show, is one such show that has permeated world over, with similar talent shows running in almost every country. Not only is AGT a big success but with the inclusion of ‘The Champions’ episode, competition have become stiffer and accordingly expectations. Seasons 2 gave viewers entertainment to the fullest and with breadth-taking performances, by artists, who in their own right are champions, exhibited feat one may not have the faintest thought of. 

Congratulations to our very own champions from India, the ‘V Unbeatable’. They deserved a shot at redemption following the position with which they made an exit in AGT season 14. The Champions stage was just what they needed. Far from the slumps in Mumbai, their dream run ensued and with renewed confidence supplementing their skillsets, managed to woo viewers and super fans.
The ‘V Unbeatable’ were immaculate in earning the coveted title and while all respects are in place I, for one, remain in awe for ‘Sanduo Bar Trio Russia’, an acrobatic and gravity defying act that had the flair of elegance, precision and thrill. The margin of error, with which they performed, was literally zero and any distraction meant sudden death or injury marred in consequences. With everything on the line, the trio gave fellow competitors a run for their money and viewers their share of excitement, irrespective of their position in the competition. Though, I wonder what made the charming and elegant Cassie Sandou go head-over-heels atop a bed of six inch long nails and to the extend of performing blindfolded? Reasons may be any and varied from prize money, to passion or for a taste of greatness, etc, etc…! Whatever be her reason, I feel it’s our take in considering expectations for an obligation. The inference I would like to draw is the inherent risk-taking nature in human to set aside all cares just to meet others expectations. Repercussion, seemingly, become insignificant when expectation is the stake. Irony, though, is the helplessness that one would show or express, should performers suffer the unseen? Going out on a limp whilst accepting the consequences is a dangerous gamble, for empathy do not necessarily count when one lands in harm’s way. 
While some rejoice, some are in sorrow. Problems of one do not match with that of the other. So being human is to simply avoid being the one that pricks. All of the same, curb undue expectations as it comes with strings attached.
Vincent Khumlamo Patton
Akuk Village

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