A new syndrome has been detected in almost all human beings. This article is written to alert all humans to take preventive steps and stop the growth of this syndrome called Gol Roti Syndrome. The symptoms are: judging everyone, bullying, not accepting oneself, surviving according to others and not being weird. If you have even a single symptom continue reading.
Those of us who make rotis have heard this several times: make gol roti, other shapes not allowed. The roti has to be a circle; it can’t be any other shape (exceptions exist though they are found once in a blue moon). Even Earth is not fully round, so why do people expect the roti to always be gol? Though shape and size changes, the roti remains the same and tastes the same; there’s no change in anything except appearance, but still it’s treated differently.
Don’t you think we are all like rotis — small, big, thin, fat, black, white with sparkles of weirdness and uniqueness? But we are all constantly working and even sometimes forced to be gol roti! We don’t accept others and even ourselves if we don’t meet the so-called ‘normal’ standard of society. We follow everyone’s rule book, and in trying to make ourselves gol and perfect, we lose our true identity. We don’t realize it but very often we do what we don’t want to do just to gain acceptance from others. We don’t live our lives but survive according to the rule book of society. Everyone wants to be that gol roti who is ‘normal’ as prescribed by society but what if we are not? We try to change ourselves, we don’t accept ourselves as we are, we try to fit in the frame which is not made for us, leaving behind the beautiful ones we have. If you are perfect according to society it’s great, if you aren’t, then that’s great, too, because we all are unique and no one needs to be like everyone else.
We must continue working on ourselves and growing each day but with a slight twist, i.e., accepting who we are and not struggling and fighting each day to be someone else other than ourselves. If you are a mango seed, you must work towards becoming the best mango, not an apple, and enjoy being a mango instead of regretting not being an apple! Flaunt your ‘weirdness’, because that’s your uniqueness!
Let’s try breaking this syndrome, and be who we are while growing. A roti always bears and fights the heat and pressure and becomes a roti no matter its shape and size. Enjoy being yourself no matter if you are gol, square, triangle or even a decagon!
P.S. I got the idea for this article while struggling to make a gol roti! You can try making a roti of the shape you want (if you can risk your mom’s reaction and the aftermath!)