The Eagle Flew Away
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As the time passed she became more and more successful. She became famous and her demand grew. She somehow started to attribute her success to the eagle. The eagle still sat on her balcony. She thought and believed that it was because of that. She started feeding her and taking care of her.

As the time passed she became more busy and committed with her work as a singer. So much so that she did not have time for many of things that she used to enjoy previously. She did not even have time for her friends and family.

However, her success kept on increasing. Soon she also forgot the eagle. The eagle consequently had live in neglect. At the same time success started getting on to her head. She became a little bit snobbish indeed.

One day an old man came to her. During the conversation he reminded her that she should take care of the eagle as her success was a consequence of that eagle's coming and living on her balcony. She denied that. She was became angry. She was adamant that her success was a direct consequence of her sheer hard work and her innate qualities.

The old man tried to convince her a lot. But all in vein. He eventually left her home disappointed. After a few days the eagle also flew away. She did not notice that.

Soon her sky rocketed success started to soar. She started becoming unpopular. She also started loosing her contracts gradually. As the time passed she ended up with having virtually no singing contracts and no work to do. She also became destitute and lost almost everything she had. She particularly lost her beautiful voice which became gruff by the passage of time.

Then she sought after the eagle on the balcony that she had neglected for so long. She tried to find her a lot. But she could not find her. She cried and screamed. But all in vein. The eagle was there no more. And she was as she was in the beginning; struggling and poor!

The drama ended here. I presume that the drama was symbolic in nature. As I said earlier it was written by a sufi playwright, late Ashfaq Ahmad, who is still much revered in Pakistan's literary circles. In the play the eagle was a symbol of the blessings of Allah. She neglected the blessings and attributed everything about her success to herself. To her handwork and her her singing qualities. As she did that she lost the blessings in the form of that eagle.


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