Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Demon Of Familiarity....

Familiarity breeds contempt. ' The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.' How true...How many people in our lives do we wholeheartedly respect for who they are? And how many of those are a vital part of our lives, people we know inside out? Why do we always admire people who are at a distance, on some distant stage, all the while turning a blind eye to the possibly even greater qualities those close to us have struggled to imbibe?? Why Why Why?? Its insane. Its plain stupidity. Its contempt. They say a little knowledge can be dangerous, a whole lot can be even more! What do you call something that dissolves your admiration, respect for the people who have been with you through most part of your life, and will continue to be there throughout?? Well, DANGEROUS. Contempt feeds on inner happiness. It lives on your peace of mind. Why do we find ourselves digressing from the train of thought of the very people who contribute to the making of US? In whatever way. Its not justified. I despise the saying I started off with. Because its true. Its real. And reality bites. Real hard.
Life would be a lot more smoother if we learnt to turn around that reality. Make sure we keep the worm of contempt out of our minds, make sure it doesn't blend into our persona. How comfortable do you feel with a person with contempt brewing inside?? It'll spew forth sooner or later, for all you know, in an ugly way.

'To be trusted is a bigger compliment than to be loved.' Familiarity is a blessing. Lets keep it that way.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Blissfully indifferent...

Time. We know its scarce. We know its precious. We know its unstoppable. Yet we waste it, plunder it, kill it.

Its frustrating to see whole days passing me by with nothing substantial accomplished. Its frustrating to realise, a tad too late, how much little clusters of 86,400 seconds could have made a difference to what I am today.

How important it is to use your time well is common knowledge. But looking at these people who have achieved so much- in sport, in the arts or in technology, it makes me think...what do I consider worth spending my time on??..Its admirable the way these guys put in all their energy and focus into swimming, tennis, would be wonderful to excel in a sport. The mastery you gain over yourself in that training period is unmatched. Hmm..And that note leads inevitably to the HOBBY. An overrated definition. If you don't do something well enough, its your hobby. If you aren't focusing enough to make a mark in the field, its your hobby. If you don't want to live up to high expectations-you said it- its your hobby. Why build a five-letter wall around yourself and stop yourself from soaring??...Call it PASSION. And once you start calling it that, you'll make sure you respect the effort.

I can't stick to a topic, can I? Exactly what happens when I'm trying to study. I have all the theoretical knowledge, I just need to put it into practice!..And that sums up my state of mind at the a nutshell...:(

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


The word scares me, yet it lies in my comfort zone. Its blended into every nook and cranny of my life, albeit unknowingly. I wonder, where is the acheiver, the dreamer who wanted to make it big everyday?? She's right there, beneath the froth of mediocrity.

I speak for myself, though I know there are millions out there who breathe mediocrity, and would rather die than admit it. It's a well known fact that 'Admitting to a weakness is the battle half won.' Why then do people run away from the truth, I wonder. And when in the routine of mediocrity, leaps forth an achievement, it becomes difficult to digest. The commonplace thing that happens is we brush it off, yet again, under the mat of mediocrity.
Being mediocre is like being a doormat for an acheiver to step on. And it's high time we realised that.

In a nutshell, 'If something is worth doing, its worth doing well.' And the day that becomes a paradigm, life itself becomes an achievement.

my all time favourite poem!

Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow, and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy-gifts fading away,
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still.
It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear
That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear;
No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns on her god, when he sets,
The same look which she turned when he rose.
-Thomas Moore
And that is one of the best pieces I've come across...Look at the last 4 lines-They speak more than a whole ten thousand pages put together. Man! It rocks!...In a nutshell:)

Monday, June 4, 2007

Going with the flow...

Ever had one of those days...when everything goes just too fast and you don't know where you are heading..or your thoughts, for that matter. Sometimes things are just too complicated..maybe, too grasp...

It's like white water rafting
The current pulling you in a direction of its choice...
You don't have a say, you don't have a choice..
You move with the river
It swallows you at times, then spits you out...
You go with the flow, you don't have a voice.

Its now your job to maneuver
your way downstream...
Your focus completely on survival.
Fighting that tug there, that pull here
An oar to keep you standing in the midst of chaos.

A determination, a spirit to face challenges,
And a sense of belonging,
Go a very long way.

my first post!

well...i really dunno what it feels like to have a blog...always wondered though. A place where people vent their feelings, their most well-kept secrets in the most discreet manner, the most effective manner. I've read a number of blogs where every word spills pain, echoes of resounding laughter, emanates giggles or weeps its soul out. Probably blogs help people to identify with their inner selves, to understand whats actually going on deep down inside. But ,that again, if you can think on the keyboard..heh..most of us need the traditional pen and paper and a closed room to think 'from the heart'. Or, maybe it helps to build a family, a family of like-minded people, thinkers, a family of people you don't know, and will, in all probability, never meet. Why would anyone want that, you might wonder??...Sometimes, the biggest changes in your life come about because of people you might never know, for instance, an anonymous blogger helped you hone your writing skills, an anonymous blogger once in the same crushing situation you are in helped you move on, an anonymous blogger heeded your words to bring about a positive change in his life. This, I talk of on a personal level, how blogs could, in my opinion make an impact in our extremely busy or lonely lives. By anonymous, here, I'm not being literal, a way of emphasising that he/she is a stranger to you. I'm amazed how words have such weight...'The pen is mightier than the sword' wasn't unfounded after all. And bringing the weight of words into the electronic medium, on which the world runs today, makes the phenomenon even more impressive!
Blogs fascinate me. Creating your own blog is like occupying a cubic square of water in the ocean...You have your space, but you are part of the ocean of innumerable blog-spaces anyways. A space you create for yourself, but anticipate external influence. A space that might go unnoticed by the rest of the world, for all you know, but you write post after post, anyways, checking every time you log in if someone in the vast ocean has chanced upon your piece of word-art and left a note. You are constantly hungry for 'feedback', which i read somewhere to be 'the breakfast of champions'..True.:).You ask all your friends and acquaintances to spare some of their precious time(which they otherwise spend doing 'nothing' as a lot of em put it..and are very proud..including yours truly..hehe) and scan through your writing. I must admit I've never gone through any when I was asked to, its always been when I WANTED to, although it doesn't really matter as long as i have.:)
Blogs can change perceptions, prejudices, your way of thinking. My advice to people who don't care- WAKE UP! The world has changed! New dimensions are discovered here everyday. And that was my humble point of view..In A Nutshell..:)