Wednesday, August 30, 2006

To Be or Not To Be…

To be or not to be... ~ William Shakespeare (from Hamlet 3/1)

Ankit (Name changed on request) was a brilliant student as a child, with a fairly good memory to grasp the complex jargon of Botany and also a very good aptitude to solve the most abstruse problems in Arithmetic. Ankit today is an engineer by qualification (not a Dot Com engineer but a mechanical engineer) and a sales & marketing professional by occupation. Here we will not debate, whether he is a grand success or an utter failure, or whether he could have proved to be a better surgeon. But the question here would be whether he wanted it to be or not to be?

As a child lacking maturity, Ankit would have been given due guidance by his parents at the time required, which he may now consider as a right advice or curbing his creativity, as per his discretion. The question is were his parents interested enough in empathizing the situation as per their child and then take decisions on his behalf. Or whether his parents capable enough to take decisions for him on his behalf?

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want ~ Ben Stein

If he would have been given more freedom in the decision making part and at times appraised of the alternatives available and their impact for him, what would have been his present?

The unexamined life is not worth living ~ Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC), in Plato, Dialogues, Apology

The one thing in the west which I have off-late admired is the sense of responsibility that they give to their children right from the teenage, which turns them into the thinking individuals prudently deciding for themselves what is good for them & what is bad. The summer-camps, the vocational trainings, the summer jobs, the pocket money etc. are all examples.

On the contrary here the child is spoon-fed right from birth as to what is good for him as per his well-wishers and to refrain from even thinking about the rest. I sense that the growing competitiveness is forcing us to bring out the best in us, sensing which we pass on the same feeling to our younger generations trying to make them mature much before their age.

It may be as they say “The grass on the other side always looks greener” or maybe I am failing to understand the rationale behind this differential treatment.

The purpose of life is to fight maturity ~Dick Werthimer.

I see it as possessiveness curtailing the wings of a bird that may have otherwise flown over all creative mountains. But like it or not as of now you have a system in this society and if you chose to remain a part of the society, you got to learn how to live with certain unalterable dogma as the system itself.

Or else let us try to make a new beginning, let us give our imagination the fresh feel of our creativity to reap innovations that the world would sit to notice…

If you were thinking that I will be talking literature here you have been proven wrong because this is the blog I have dedicated to Life as such! For any other random thoughts follow the links to the other blogs of mine…

Friday, August 18, 2006

Life is on...

Life is on…

My recent tryst with technology has been in the form of a site: www.orkut.com which made me realize that life is on and on and on…

Life is just one damned thing after another. ~Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

Having positioned myself on the net through this site, I have been able to get my memoir, through all those people who have been an ephemeral part of my life or who have been there for me. All those ol’ pals brought back the memories afresh. Now if I sit and look back at what has been my journey like, this topsy-turvy has already passed so many stations and then ‘they’ say you still have to learn how to live in this world?

Being a ‘Gemini’, I have always had the fantasies to hallucinate about what could have been my alternate track in life (remember ‘The Twins’ in a Gemini). I don’t claim that what I have done is the best possible nor that it could not have been done in a better way, but given the circumstances what I see it as is what has been done out of ‘free will’ (remember the movie ‘Bruce Almighty’). And I would never live to regret it.

It’s now that I realize that my quest for life has given me a swing around the country starting from South India (read Hyderabad) to Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Jammu & Kashmir, Bathinda, Ujjain, Bhopal, Indore….finally back to South India (Bangalore). But anyone who knows me even a little can tell you that I must have relished this journey as a treat, understanding the child in me who ‘knows’ nothing and has to ‘invent’ everything (who is on the job even as I write).

It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)

It is now that I am forced to divulge it that I have really grown with this experience (& I love it) meeting people from all sorts of backgrounds, listening to languages of different types or going through the unimaginable. Now I understand the ‘diversity’ part in the phrase ‘unity in diversity,’ used as a metaphor for India.

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. ~Ben Stein

I have to admit that frankly speaking I never paid heed to ‘Ben Stein’. Still let me tell u that the journey has just begun…

Watch out for this space.