This week, we explore the tragic downfall of one of CCHS Voice’s most beloved writers, Rahul Chopra. Rahul Chopra was a member of the CCHS Voice for all 4 years here at CC. His enthusiasm for school and excitement both in and out of the classroom caused people here at school to not only fall in love with him but predicted big things for his future. Everything in his life seemed to be on track for success.
However, after that, his life took a turn.
Right after leaving, Rahul began to develop an addiction to memes. However, Mr. Chopra simply couldn’t control himself. He communicated with people only through memes, and the big things everyone expected from him ultimately never came to fruition due to his dependence he developed to his beloved memes.
For those who don’t know, a meme is formally defined as “an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media.” However, for people like Chopra, a meme is much more: it is a way of life, and for those especially addicted like Mr. Chopra, it is hard to survive without a constant supply of them.
We finally got to sit down with Rahul Chopra today, who talked about his addiction. Chopra cites that it all started with the first meme (which, for him, he tells us, was the ‘Salt Bae’ meme) , and after that, he simply couldn’t control himself. He would sit for hours by himself scrolling through memes, spending more time, to quote him, “memeing” than sleeping. Chopra was fired from his job, cited as a result of his constant “meme-hunting” at work. It seems that you can’t catch Chopra for a single minute not tagging people in memes on Facebook or browsing memes on his phone.
However, Chopra seems to have found some new life in his addiction. He has picked up a new hobby: exposing the next generation to memes through seminars and presentations. This, he says, helps him put some good use to his newfound addiction.
No one knows what is in store for Chopra in the future. But, we all wish him the best of luck in this new path of life he has taken on.