Picking up the mighty pen!

If I am asked what is that one thing that I would most like to start doing right now, I would say – I WANT TO WRITE A BOOK.

Yes. Write a book. It has been 4 years since I started planning to write.

For the past few days, I have been searching extensively on how to write, what topic to write on and the process of novel/story writing. But the best advice that I came across is to this – JUST START WRITING. I believe it is the only push that I require, or as a matter of fact, anyone would if he/sh wants to start something. The most terrible thing that could happen is that I end up writing a bad book. And that won’t be failure at all, unless I manage to finish it. Failure is when I don’t learn why something went the undesirable way and how that thing can be done in a better way next time.

Writing book is like undertaking long-awaited journey. I am positive that this journey will teach me new lessons and give me an experience to cherish.

P.S. – Please feel free to share your views/experiences in the comments section 🙂 .

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.

Choice. (a poem)

life
offers a choice,
to choose smile
or collect tears,
a choice we make
for every breath we take,
seldom realising our reasons
for making a choice;
for gathering negatives
in the well of life
replete with hope;
conscious must we be
for every negative thought
can bury us
miles deep,
and a positive thought
is a ray of light
in the darkest caverns;
let us be free
and make one choice,
the choice to be happy…

P.S. – started reading The Power by Rhonda Byrne today…the poem above is inspired by this.

Remembering…

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Robert Frost.

The title says it all. I don’t remember when I had first read it. I’ve never forgotten it. It is always inspiring to read and know great works!

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Imposter Within. (a poem)

if I ever could live that way
if I ever could have he possess
if I ever could build a home
plush with gardens and materials, excess…
if it never happened to me
if things had felt another way
if I was not a victim in guise
if every night had grown into a day…
if life had no ebbs but tides
if I was a Captain of my sails
if I was a man and not my possessions
if I could dare, not sit and quail…

A hundred days I can say
In hundred ways I can say
if I was you, if life weren’t blue
if I wasn’t an imposter, night and day…

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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 Ways to Enliven your Life!

Ever felt like your life is losing its pace? Or experiencing the moments of happiness seems a distant thing??

To paraphrase Carl Jung, man’s life is a constant fight with impending boredom. And this boredom is a universal fluid, trying to lure every bit of the living. It is like a parasite feasting on us. But it isn’t unconquerable.

Here are 5 ways as to how one can revitalise himself:-

1. Recollect memories from the childhood or adulthood days. Talk to your parents about them. Ask your parents or the elderly about how there lives were. This is a way in which you’ll feel more connected to this world.

2. Pen down your life’s incidents, quaint experiences, witty sayings you’ve heard. Life isn’t only about filling one’s vault. Life is deceptive. It forces you into thinking that you are a dull creature. Penning down your life will make you more concrete and open doors to a higher level of consciousness.

3. Read a fantasy book. It is an escapist strategy but a necessary one. We over think on our problems that we seldom throw a glance over the intangible, i.e. the ideas having the potency to liberate us. Wise words of Gandalf the Grey are more helpful than the rantings of a crooked politician on television.

4. Start doing something artistic, like learning a musical instrument, painting, drawing. It acts like a vent for your suppressed thoughts. You won’t turn a virtuoso overnight, and in fact this isn’t the motive. Artistry has great healing power. Become your own healer.

5. Talk to an old friend, a distant relative. Or if time and indolence permits, plan an excursion to some place serene. Feeling a connectedness to the nature itself will calm your senses and lessen anxiety.

Life in itself is not a 5-step recipe. Life is to dare and reach beyond your own limits.

Have a good day! 🙂

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!

Stuck in ‘9-to-5’ Jobs.

I read an article just now, and it is so good that I cannot resist myself from sharing it here. CLICK HERE to go to the article.

The article cites the anguish of  terrific writer Charles Bukowski over the mundane and menial jobs, which as he says, are a trap of life!

To quote him,

“Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors.”

Beware. His wise words can be an eye-opener. 🙂

Courtesy: OPEN CULTURE website.

Getting inspired wrongly.

I have never wished to become ‘something’ in my life.

By ‘something’ here, I mean a doctor, an engineer, a scientist, an actor, a singer, et cetera et cetera. And the reason lies in the word itself…’something’. When a person ties his life for becoming this ‘something’ just for the sake of becoming that thing, he/she reduces to ‘some thing’. Some thing that devalues itself, devalues the infinite potential of the human spirit.

When I was a kid, I got inspired to become an engineer. Why? I didn’t knew. Maybe because my father is an engineer. Maybe because I lived for 18 years in the colony of engineers. Maybe because I was academically fair. Maybe because all academically fair students were opting for the engineering as their career path. Maybe because I thought that this is the only successful career path.  But was this inspiring enough for a kid or deceptive? Did these reasons account for all the factors that would keep me inspired through my youthful years as well? As it turned out, a man is a kid only as long as his thoughtfulness is on vacation.

Inspiration is not a superficial thing. It requires a deeper connection with inner self. A true inspiration never dies. It is like the incessant fire within that keeps one’s spirit ever high. We should always seek a true source of inspiration. Inspiration has no shape. Anything from the infinitesimal to the infinite can inspire. What I want to state here is the subtle connection of inspiration with one’s career. Choose a path not just because it will earn you more because then you may in the future fall in an abyss of unhappiness. Do the work you love to do. That’s the key to true inspiration for me. The passion to do something. The need to raise passion for a greater purpose, for a greater good. Just because one is good at something doesn’t mean he/she has to do it his/her whole life. Discovering what you love may not be the only thing worth searching, but discovering it will make your life worthwhile. It will lead to inner satisfaction.

Life is not a straight line journey. They will come many turns. There will be downs. And in these moments only the inner inspirational fire will get you racing!

Be lively. Be inspired 🙂