Rebel and Proud

“Live by the edict “Either it’s my way or the highway” and stop trying to be someone others want you to be.”
– Gnana Maanoj

Everyone has a bit of a Rebel in them – a part of them that wants to, and often does, go against the grain of the wood and break all established rules.

While there are a bunch of kids calling themselves rebels and disregarding rules because they think they are a way of asserting control and dominance over others, true rebels are not simply against rules just for the sake of being different. There is a method to the apparent madness.

So who am I?

I am Matshashi Yokozuma.

No, I am not Japanese. I am a quintessential Indian.

So why the name?

To that I say “Why not?”

Why does our name have to be Rahul, Naam to suna hi hoga, or Adarsh, just because we’re Indians? Shouldn’t we have control over something with which others identify us?

But, it’s not as simple as just deciding another name. First, you need to have the confidence and fortitude to carry the name when you introduce yourself to others. Else, you will be the butt of ridicule and honestly, some ridiculous insults.

Even after that, you would have to explain to people the concept of being inspired by someone enough to change your name. Because apparently it’s very difficult to understand.


Anyway, like I was saying everyone has a bit of a rebel within them. But as it turns out, there’s more to the story. If we observe things closely we can identify rebel symbolism in every aspect of life. Recently, I went to this carnival in Konoha. While I was there, it occurred to me that the whole concept of a carnival must be the brainchild of a rebel.

He must have been someone who decided he was done living his mundane, regular, never changing life. He would have wanted something better, something which could put a stop to this monotonicity. So our rebel would have found fellow rebels and together they would have come up with the concept of Carnivals where people get to do crazy things that they wouldn’t normally do.
Fun fact, the occurrence of a carnival is traditionally decided  by the occurrence of a full moon.

The events of the Carnival, they are even more rebelesque. Yes. I know that’s not a word, but who cares? Rebellious is mainstream. I’m rebelesque.

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about a Carnival?

It has to be parades, processions or people gathered at a place to witness a central event, say for example-burning the effigies of Ravana during Dussehra.  

Now,picture a rebellion.

The first thing that pops up in your mind would either be a mob marching down a street shouting out slogans or people gathered at a place to witness a central event, the central event being-a leader addressing the gathering.  

They both thrive on chaos. And both celebrate freedom. One from oppression, the other from monotony.

Everything around us has a meaning and a reason associated to it. So, stop accepting the way things are. Awaken the rebel in you and take control of your life. Let no one else dictate the terms because you only get to live once.

Live by the edict “Either it’s my way or the highway” and stop trying to be someone others want you to be. Be who you want to be.

Cover Designed By Anshuman Das

Article By Gnana Maanoj


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