Sunday, May 18, 2014

My Quotes XII

Some more quotes:
  • The good in you should not be afraid of the bad in others.
  • Past may affect the Future, but never let it define the Future.
  • Let freedom not be a bondage.
  • Closing your eyes towards the problems does not make them disappear.
  • Folly and Wisdom are often defined by their results.
  • Being practical is not always being selfish, being selfish is not always practical.
  • Love, forgiveness and compassion can never be forced.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Helta Skelta

Once upon a time there were two sisters, Helta and Skelta. They had the most active minds of any time. There wasn't a single thought, word or action that could escape the endless loop of their minds. Helta made sure nothing ever came out from the state of constant confusion and Skelta did her best to keep everything under endless misdirection. They lived in a far off end in a dark damp cave.

Many brave men and women who had the misfortunes of crossing the sisters' cave had fallen under their spell and met dirty ends. In a village near by stayed an old lady, who was aware of what happened to all those who had tried to cross the cursed cave. She would try to stop them, her own villagers as well as some travelers from going by that route, but all of them regarded her as a crazy old lady and would not give heed to her words.

So the old lady decided to give the task to her grandson Steady Heady. Steady was a good boy and did his grandmother's bidding. He would stand at the start of the road leading towards the cave and try to warn and reason with each passerby. Some heard him, some did not. But atleast he had more success that grandma Farsight!

Even today the cage lies at the end of Sanity, and many a times the sisters Helta and Skelta get some really juicy victims.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Great Indian Uncivilization

As a school going kid I had studied about the Indus Valley Civilization, how an advanced human community formed a life worth living. Coming back to current times there is barely anything civilized left in our country. Be it pushing and pulling to get into a bus or pepper spraying in the parliament, we Indians just don't like to behave. Now I am not saying every single Indian is ill-mannered but I do say that we tend to take our conduct lightly. And we have been smart enough to weave our this lack of social grace into a system.

People will not budge with a polite 'excuse me' but if you yell any variation of 'bhai aagha khaso ne' you'll see quick action. Greeting anyone 'good morning' or 'good evening' is limited purely to schools and certain work places, a 'thank you' to the man/woman behind the counter is met by a surprised face (they do not expect and they do not accept thank yous), making a queue is looked down upon and even if a queue is already there people hate lining up and soon its a crowd, and dont even get me started about banks and government places.

This does not mean I haven't met refined men and women, those are there too, but they are so very few; the large majority still is allergic to kindness, politeness and dicipline. And so I sat wondering what would bring about a change in the situation, can we as a nation become inherently polite and mild mannered? If only every child is educated and taught the fine art of living peacefully with others can this change be brought about. Yes, it is going to be slow and yes its going to be very painful, but if we want to turn India back into one of the great civilizations its got to be done

Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Quotes XI

Few more...
  • Ideals should ideally be left in the textbook.
  • What goes up, comes down; only if it has lost the reason to go further up.
  • Its not about being different, its about being better.
  • Beware the Leap of Blind Faith.
  • Many relations turn sour not because of lack of love, but because of lack of acceptance.
  • Laughter is also the best vaccine!

Friday, June 21, 2013

If You Marry...

Dear Girls,

If you marry a rich man, be prepared to deal with commoditization.

If you marry a popular man, be prepared to deal with a tall ego.

If you marry a handsome man, be prepared to deal with vanity.

If you marry an over-achiever, be prepared to be outsmarted.

But if you marry a God fearing man, be prepared for a journey of a lifetime.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Joy of Little Things

Joy can be found in the smallest of the things, like

  • Dancing in the rain 
  • Catching up with an old friend
  • Hugging a child
  • Singing your heart out
  • Sharing an ice cream 
  • Laughing together
It is in small things that happiness is found, seek no further than your heart.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Instant Gratification

We the people of today's world have evolved into a curious species. We are the only living creatures who seek instant gratification. The art of creating a pleasurable feeling on the spur of a moment, the habit of being more impulsive and the idea of putting one's self before everything else.

We no longer think before acting; we want it, we get it without sparing a thought towards how it would affect anyone else. All we care about is our feeling good, even if it is at the cost of others, even if it is at the cost of our integrity.

So now one doesn't think before getting into a relationship, for it looks gratifying at that time. One doesn't think before cheating(whether at workplace or in a relationship or during any form of transaction), because that is gratifying too. We eat what we want regardless of our health, for it gives us pleasure. We splurge on useless things unaware of the value of money, for it makes us flitting joy. All want short cuts, all want the spasmodic instances of enjoyment; hardwork has just become a bookish word, abused by many, implemented by none.

And slowly I watch, with regret I observe as slowly I society decay's through the momentary pleasures of the attractive to look at monster named Instant Gratification.