Saturday, November 14, 2009


This one's not exactly on the movie but the thought it provoked. It reminds me of Gandhiji's talisman which I try to recollect, the essence of which lied in finding answers to your doubts regarding your concerns and problems by thinking about the faces of those who are in tougher situations than you are. For every problem you face, there's someone facing a bigger problem. And even though you can disprove this logically I'll still believe in my argument. We as individuals are constantly facing problems and trying to solve them. Sometimes we may have less sometimes more, sometimes small ones sometimes relatively big. What's probably been tested is not whether you reach their solutions but how you approach them. And the next set of problems is probably decided on that basis.
The movie's approach was to be patient, calm and being righteous. And probably that's the right way to go. Because as said, the wrong way may seem attractive but it always takes more from you rather than what it gives to you. We all may be fortunate enough to avoid such difficult circumstances(thank God for that) like the ones shown in the movie but it happens and it will happen until somethings are done. What are those somethings? I don't know but I need to know. If I live in this imperfect world I too am imperfect. The fact of the matter is, if somewhere someone is suffering, someone who is not deserving that suffering there is something that is lacking in us, yes pretty much in each one of us. Its our responsibility to get those things back in order. The very thought takes my sleep away.
As a child I come in this world and am told. What you sow, you reap. The question arises I was doing everything right, then why is wrong happening around or in some cases with me. No its not philosophical thoughts I want to get into but something's wrong here. Either we don't reap what we sow or what you think you are doing rightly is not right. Or probably there are no rules which have to be true. It's all a random phenomena. Well my best guess is its the last one. And if it is, do we conclude that we are helpless and it'll always be like that. Probably not, because I hope and believe that this random phenomena or whatever it is can be changed. It has to change to become fair. But its got to do with each one of us. So even though I have no conclusions to draw, neither I have any answers but definitely I want to find the answers and reach to conclusions and hope that someday our roles would be clear, our responsibilities assigned and our desires aligned and focused to improve, resurrect and transform these happenings.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mr. Bhagat makes me think after..3 mistakes

So completed another book of a writer who does not claim to be the best writer as he wants to be the most loved one around. Well to start-off he knows the tricks of trade. He started-off with 5 point someone and no doubt it did well. It was a story about IIT by an IITian. An IITian knows how the outside world craves to know what's going inside it. When you talk to people you get the feeling there are more interested in you once they get to know you are an IITian. He may not really appreciate the reason but anyway he knows it. And Mr Bhagat used it to perfection. It was very first of it's kind and the IIT's life he lived in the book I think each IITian can only dream about and probably love to have. It got non-IITians interested. The geeks or the elite souls whatever one wishes to call them have something more interesting than known. And Mr Bhagat used the fact of him being an IITian to perfection. Then came out a book on call center which seem to suggest that the writer is not only concerned about the issues that concern the elite-err souls like him. He thinks about the commons in India. Personally feel that one of the best second steps one could have taken after that start. The world knows how good the book was. Now as if to cover up a third one comes and it couldn't have been on some other issue. It was like putting together commentary from cric info, a fews bits from the news articles from political and religious issues and few chapters scripted from the stupid romantic movies. More emotions than practical hardheadedness, more drama than reality and more feelings than thought ....that's our India. He knows it well. We know it well. Use it well. Sometimes it just baffles me how simple is to understand how difficult to implement a few success recipes. And even though I agree with the logical critics of these Bhagat's, Times of India's and SRK's I realize I am also a common boy who likes to get attracted to their work and every now and then wonder how simply complicated it is to be them.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Individuality derives its diversity from varied perceptions. Everybody has reasons to believe and follow whatever experiences and intuitions say and they are different for one and all. There lies the differences and thus it won't be wrong to say there's no wrong and right, there's no good or bad individual perception but results often set benchmarks and make us form another perception. Again the time factor can bring about swings in the analysis of perceptions as results often are quite moody in nature. They tend to favor different perceptions at different intervals. So how do we go about doing the job of perceiving perception which again leads to a complicated perception. The determiners of perception for me lies in the experiences, the self-belief, the self-confidence, the intuition and the environment of an individual. The perception then determines the following actions and probably the results. So then the perceptions lead to actions which lead to results which then again lead to changing environments, changed experiences and thus modified perceptions. It's a cyclical process in theoretical definitions but yet it is progressive and dynamic in practical occurrences. So wherein lies the catch and where is that we can quantify, rank and rate perceptions. As already mentioned most of it is judged by the results column which in itself may just be a perception on time scale. Thus the parameters that judge a perception are often a result of "a perceived lot of valued" perceptions. This value is derived from again a few perceptions that grants them the judgement proficiency which is perceived to be appropriate to rate the remaining lot. How much this theory is practically applicable is agin a perception. So then if the whole text seems to make little sense to it's the right perception from my perspective. Because it's all yours. Perceptions are actually like an individual's soul. They exist and follow a universal truth for me that they can't be quantified. They are to be felt and experienced. They have to be understood and respected like each one of us and they can't be judged by a group of few others and labelled as better and worse than some others out there.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Alchemist

Life’s journey not a destination …. a thought put across in simple language, plain words and through an innocent Santiago who has exploration waiting for him. 20 million copies in 42 languages, this Andalusian shepherd boy’s magical fable has something to tell concerning our lives. It conspicuously inspires us to chase dreams and probably questions our conventionalities. The amazing fact that puzzles relating to our existence and destinies are still so mystified and unique for each individual is proficiently presented. Subtle individual differences in experiences,attitude,opportunities, perceptions and outlook towards living can affect the eventualities of our existence in quite substantial measures.
Yearning for a treasure, a dream, can add dynamism and uncertainties to life’s journey which turns out to be a prerequisite of knowing and discovering the intricacies of this unknown world. There will be attractions, there will be perplexing thoughts and there would be fear of failures waiting,welcoming and accompanying us on the way but to focus on ultimate goals is what takes one forward. Change is constant and constant evolution is an open secret but less pursued path. The reluctance to give away our monotonous lives inhibits our growth, can sway us away from innovative thoughts and thereby makes our realization of our dreams distant from us. Therefore chasing dreams at a youthful age is necessary as the quest of boy’s dream shows. The exhuberance and the energy associated with the refreshness and newness of youth mostly gives away to the comprimises in the later part of our existence.

The father’s accession to the boy’s desires of being himself and traveling across the world shows that experience knows the importance of experience.Liitle can one explore in confined domains if the freedom to question and explore are curbed. The little girl at the trader’s place is a temporary comforting feeling which most of us would settle for little realizing that there’s more in life to offer. And therefore the omens like old woman and God exists who guides us to the path which awaits us and it’s for us to interpret them and make them a reality. Often it’s easy to overlook and discard them but courage and wisdom lets us make different choices. These junctures and the decisions are so important and mostly define the outcomes. The path then welcomes us with some luck (referred to as beginner’s luck) probably to encourage and develop a positive outlook but the veiled thieves ensures that our senses are at work. It also reflects that atrocities and unfortunate happenings are going to take place and will compel us to think and apply ourselves in new spheres (crystal merchant’s experience), explore our innovations and inner abilities to redeem ourselves. There are stark differences in approaches of men of different ages towards their dreams and life. The English boy makes us believe that there are numerous people chasing their dreams and that their preparations, paths and goals are so unique. Learning can come from diverse sources of reading, experiencing, observing and exploration but all have action inherently hidden in them. The calmness of deserts, cacophonies of wars, the natural beings and ostensible stagnancies of our environment all conflate to create the architecture of our unforgettable journey. They have their teachings and experiences along with them to offer to us and again our adroitness to read their gestures helps to proceed in the right directions. The attraction towards a young girl can propel to achieve more and love brings along with it the desire to do and make us feel a little more.Worldly attractions can act as inspirations and distractions too and not many will disagree it's actually not something difficult or unnatural to feel. The emotions attached to worldly attachments and relations can be an important determiner and act as a binding factor for our thoughts and aspirations. Memories can keep knocking the doors of our minds and intermittently make our hearts rule our endeavors. The magnitude (if there were to exist a measurable scale) of our dreams would have also some observable contrasts if the desert girl’s dreams and the dreams of our shepherd boy were compared. The Alchemist portrays a known wise person who has mastered the art of handling life’s complex games and has his own usual unusual ways to pass on the skillful traits.It also reflects the passing on the skills requires quite a different art than to acquire them. The best masters possess the art of deliverance and teaching has also some learning associated with it. The rulers of desert kingdoms, the tribal people and even the forces of nature like sun and wind seem to be unaware of the one thing that governs life in spite of their strengths and vast reach. They may have controlled their surroundings for quite sometime but the supreme authority has still left them with doubts about its distinct superior forces. Ultimately the treasure that the whole story of our boy was aimed at was right there at the starting point.The journey ends where it began.
But that leaves us with the questions …. Why is then the traveling far for our goals so important? Is the whole story worth reading? Why are then we seeking answers when they lie within us?
Well the story unleashes a world that we have known and thought of but adds a new dimension to our perception towards life, the way we live and the way we think it. We can believe (or not believe) but we can’t know in advance that the whole world conspires for our dreams and therein lies the difference between lives. It’s not only about the questions that we ask or the answers we seek it’s about the process in which the questions give way to answers. The dynamism and the evolution are the real aspects which made the journey from questions to answers and starting to terminal point worth. And even though a few known terms may define life we have to define these terms differently for each individual to describe and know lives. It’s almost as if uncomplicated feelings and thinking express themselves palpably through a magical fable on paper. To conclude the book’s an amalgam of our dreams, feelings and approaches followed by us. It somehow lures us to believe that wisdom and destiny are there in our path of actions.

Friday, March 7, 2008

One night at the call center

Chetan Bhagat's book. No wonder why people(including I) end up reading it. It covers issues which are probably closer to a not-much sought call center life and culture. The nothingness probably has a lot of issues hidden in it for the writer to write and for us to read. It throws light on their feelings, their day-to-day living, the emotions they undergo and in some ways how they or they do not deal with. The purpose to me is hidden but still there are things to be commented upon. The issues of inferiority complex, the stress of working late nights,the restrained workplace, acting as quiet listeners to not-much appreciable comments from an outside society...all this and many more to add to their woes. A few needs can turn a life into a compromise that's not quite likeable and at times even not sustainable. Their nothingness finds an observable problem to ponder upon which is about our youth who may not be at top corporates and may not be drawing enviable salaries but are very much a part of our country. Their problems aren't popular but that doesn't mean they are non-existent. Infact the complex problems of so-called high class minority rules our attention but the major part of our society which is quite unfortunate to say the least to be in such a position have few listeners.The question is how long are we going to wait for and the question is how many of us will get captivated in a culture which I am sure none of us want to be a part of. It's good that this book throws light on a subject quite untouched and in a way provides a solution which lies in believing in ourselves and out-of-the-box thinking.