Wake-up Call.

Every day, I wake up. I can hardly imagine anything more futile than this. Waking Up.

I wake up. I get fresh. I bathe. Get dressed for my office. Have breakfast. Every day, I lock my almirah and walk to the same spot to catch a bus/autorickshaw. The same script is running since last three months. And I wonder why! People discover what they want from their life. And I can only wonder about the randomness life has to offer. I board the same train everyday and don’t know where it drops me.

What do I want from Life? Well, I know what I don’t want from life. I wake up not to earn MORE money. And I certainly don’t think I wake up to please anyone. I am a person who prefers walking down a silent lane with solitude as my only companion. I prefer picking up a good book on weekend. And what are my wishes? I could only wish life was a long long weekend.

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10 reasons why people remain unhappy.

1. Because they think happiness is measurable by possessions.
2. Because death scares them.
3. Because they keep fulfilling someone else’s dreams.
4. Because they have forgotten their childhood dreams.
5. Because they have buried their passion.
6. Because they take life as mere competition.
7. Because they are purposelessly racing for money.
8. Because they think ego can be satisfied.
9. Because they think happiness costs money.
10. Because they think only miracles bring happiness.

Individuality and Society.

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I come from India. And it doesn’t make a difference. I could have been from any country or continent altogether. India is a land of pilgrims, as like many other countries. India’s history is replete with plundering, and it has embraced plunderers and pilgrims alike. After spending two decades on earth, I have begun into thinking whether knowing, rather cramming too much is any good for an individual’s growth.

It was in the year 1996 when I had put on my school uniform for the first time. I wonder how easily children are lured into securing a job since the day they are born, irrespective of the financial status of their family. What I feel is that this kind of intellect isn’t creating a conducive environment for a child’s mental growth. There is no logical stance on it. The its-better-because-its-there-since-ages theory would collapse the moment a child starts to question Why. Since decades we are creating chaos in the name of education.

It broke my heart when I had come to realise, in my graduation years, that the history, geography and economy of my country are as important as the physics and chemistry of quantum particles. The schooling system is like a giant mixer, churning out a child’s cognitive faculty! The simple act of letting a child figure out what is good and what is bad will be more helpful. Parent should be like a guide and not a martinet.

I will take here the liberty to pen down certain observations I have made. Moreover, I would like to make it clear that I find my observations least governed by the nature of place where I had them.

1. The existing system of education is killing a person’s individuality. Someone is a good singer, maybe a dancer or an orator. And each is equally great as the boy/girl with spects. But the prevailing pedagogical system considers otherwise, making it mandatory to learn physics, chemistry and mathematics while sidekicking subjects of arts and humanities.

2. The modus operandi of a school has direct and overwhelming influence on the way of thinking of parents. Let’s take a skeletal analogy. If A gives B and B gives C where C is the desirable outcome, then B’s dependency on A becomes a crucial aspect. The faultiness in A may not ensure C. ‘A’ is our education system right now.

As Sugata Mitra once quoted and I paraphrase him here:

Our education system has become a giant Bureaucratic Machine, that produces identical persons for the purpose of performing identical tasks.

The individuality of a person has no place where such a system exists.

5 Things Facebook didn’t Teach Anyone

Of all the social networking sites, I remain most active on facebook, instagram and wordpress. I have been active for the longest time on facebook. It has been 5 years now and I still cannot think about the psychology of majority of facebookers. What do they exactly want from facebook? Why are they on facebook? It makes me wonder why sanity takes a U-turn everytime I step out on a quest. People amaze me!

1. Facebook never taught anyone to post his/her selfie and then tagging along 50 of his/her friends. Is some kind of race going on here? The race to get maximum likes?

2. Facebook never taught anyone to flaunt about his/her belongings and then again tagging along everyone, so that everyone notices it. Grow up, pal! Take some pills. You have attention seeking disorder.

3. Facebook never taught anyone to go on posting Good Morning, Good Evening messages which again comes with an improvised version bearing hefty tagging. Take a chill pill, mate. Do some work. Read something. Go on a walk. It will benefit more compared to these greetings.

4. This one is a lamer version of the previous one. So hold your breath.

Facebook never taught anyone to post statuses like, ‘Hi! How are you?’, ‘How am I looking?’ along with a photo, et cetera et cetera. I mean, seriously, has this world done something terribly wrong with you?! Please don’t take revenge. I surrender _/\_

5. Facebook never taught anyone to post his/her photo in full swag with a very philosophical quotation on it. It looks like cherry on top of a chapati! Do something original, buddy!

The list can further be added with a number of points. But it is not the point here. The point is why people do this. Is man becoming narcissistic? Going on praising oneself in whatever ways he/she finds?

Praise is that which comes from outside. People surely need more wisdom compared to likes!