When Arjun was 15, his whole world revolved around action, thriller, and suspense movies. One lazy Sunday afternoon, all his friends from school were at his place to watch the movie Jaws, a 1975 American classic. They were excited because they had heard so many good things about the movie–its storyline, heart-stopping scenes, and plot twists.
When the movie started, all were glued to the screen like bees to honey. For the next couple of hours, the room resounded with gasps, shouts and applause. In the end, Arjun was in awe, overwhelmed by the movie experience, and terrified of sharks. He was so impacted by the movie that Arjun’s imagination started running wild. The next few months, whenever he visited the shore-side, he feared that a shark might rip him to shreds, just like in Jaws.
In Arjun’s mind, the blood-thirsty ocean predators were monsters. So, a year later, when he learnt from a magazine that sharks are an endangered species, he was quite surprised. Curious, he read up more to understand what could possibly threaten their existence. That is when Arjun realised that his perception about sharks was actually a figment of his imagination.