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.

Camus’ Words of Wisdom.

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Eclectic quotes from the late literary wizard Albert Camus.

1. People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.

2. Since we’re all going to die, it’s obvious that when and how don’t matter.

3. The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.

4. Believe me, for certain men at least, not taking what one doesn’t desire is the hardest thing in the world.

5. But sometimes it takes more courage to live than to shoot yourself.

6. One always has exaggerated ideas about what one doesn’t know.

7. You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.

That annoying thing for a reader!

Two minutes silence for all the characters who have ever died in books.

Only a reader can feel the loss of a fictional character. It is as if a part of himself/herself has died with the character. Books offer its readers new places to dwell…or to dwell forever. It is, for him/her, the only permanent home because he/she knows that books shall forever be with him no matter what. And he can anytime recline in the comforting pages of the book.

And so imagine the nightmare when one discovers his favorite book missing! Like this, several things can annoy any reader…

 1. When you discover that your bookmark is missing from the book in your hand and you find your world turned upside down.

2. When you receive a call from your friend informing that he has lost your book, and you have to say, ‘Ohh…it’s not a problem’ when inside you feel like killing him.

3. When you are just about to start reading a great book, and at the same time someone asks you for borrowing that same book, and you are in a dilemma whether to reply with a blunt NO or give in with a heavy heart.

4. When you are going through a serious moment in a book, and your parents call on you for doing some household chore.

5. When a much awaited book is out and you are unable to buy it immediately because of lack of funds.

6. When you want to discuss about a book you have just finished with someone and you discover that everyone else is ignorant of the nail-biting journey you have been through.

And the worst of all…When you turn the last page of an immensely great book which you never had wished to get finished. 😦

Thirst (a poem)

all day long
dragging along
winters have fallen
summers gone…
in peace you’ll drench
your thirst will quench.

the tears of sweat like beads of pearl
hold you will when times whirl…
testimony are they of unsung deeds
of concealed desires, of unheard needs…
of journeys long, of roses and thorn
of moments of bliss, of first kiss…

redeem you will from the thorn and sweat
the rising sun, the merry and fun
the world will heed
the One will feed…

in peace you’ll drench
your thirst will quench…

ps: self-composed 🙂

The Story Thing

When life gives you lemons, better squeeze it and savor the lemonade.

But squeezing those lemons is not everyone’s cup of tea. When people have the choice of facing the adverse, they give in to the pressure. But why exactly do they lose rays of hope!!

From my perspective, broadening the horizon of one wisdom and one’s realization of the worldly consciousness are weapons of great might. The more one is aware, the lesser he is scared of the unknown and impending danger. Only those who ride on the horses of wisdom possess the calmness of the seas and dare to tread miles in moments of adversity.

Reading, especially reading good has always helped me. Books have the power to change you. A good book can string that cord inside you which you are unaware of, and mold you into a new person altogether. The most productive thing as a result of reading is your ability to write good as well. It is like

‘You write what you are, and you are what you read.’

I have gained much because of my reading habit. The best thing is that I’ve started writing as well. This is the biggest change that has come in me. I’ve till now written some short stories like Through the growing Years, a mini-series of short story Cessation, and several poems like Down A Dreamer’s Lane and The Lone Companion.

And the proud part is that I continue to write till today.

Have a good day! 🙂

The “post hoc ergo propter hoc” Fallacy

I was reading this witty book by the name ‘Plato and a Platypus Walk into A Bar’wherein philosophy has been explained using the medium of jokes.

Herein I came across this philosophy of “post hoc ergo propter hoc” Fallacy.  Quoting from the book:

The phrase describes the error of assuming that because one thing follows another, that thing was caused by the other.

It means ‘After this, therefore because of this.’

We all have encounters with incidents where someone reaches to a wrong deduction by following a wrong path of logic. Here is a joke from the book where this fallacy seems at work.

Every morning, she steps out onto her front stoop and
exclaims, “Let this house be safe from tigers!” Then she goes back
inside.
Finally, we said to her, “What’s that all about? There isn’t a tiger
within a thousand miles of here.”
And she said, “See? It works!”

The book is a must read. It brings philosophy, which people take to be something of lesser worth, closer to them. Happy reading 😉

Asimov on Science & Spirituality.

Read it in an article today. He appeared on the David Frost Show and delivered his irreverent wit in full brilliance when badgered with the G-question. The account goes like this:

[Frost] said, with neither warning nor preamble, “Dr. Asimov, do you believe in God?”

“That rather took my breath away. It was a dreadful way of putting a person on the spot. To answer honestly, “No,” with millions of people watching, could arouse a great deal of controversy I didn’t feel much need of. Yet I couldn’t lie, either. I played for time, in order to find a way out.

He said, “Dr. Asimov, do you believe in God?”

And I said, “Whose?”

He said, a little impatiently, “Come, come, Dr. Asimov, you know very well whose. Do you believe in the Western God, the God of the Judeo-Christian tradition?”

Still playing for time, I said, “I haven’t given it much thought.”

Frost said, “I can’t believe that, Dr. Asimov.” He then nailed me to the wall by saying, “Surely a man of your diverse intellectual interests and wide-ranging curiosity must have tried to find God?”

(Eureka! I had it! The very nails had given me my opening!) I said, smiling pleasantly, “God is much more intelligent than I am — let him try to find me.

Quantisation of Literature.

Imagine the strange strange world of atomic particles being illustrated using the character of classic literature. Today, I came across this book, Alice in Quantumland: A Charming Illustrated Allegory of Quantum Physics,written by a CERN scientist Robert Gilmore and published in the year 1999.

aliceThe book explains the subtle world of quantum particles through the looking glass of Alice. For a person like me who holds interest in literature and physics equally, the subject of this book holds my interest to a great extent. I feel that this book can help a person in grasping the concepts of quantum physics easily because the very way of explaining the otherwise recondite subject attracts one’s attention. It’s like paradigm shifting: seeing the same thing from a different perspective.

The journey starts with Alice falling into a rabbit hole while watching TV. The rabbit hole takes her to Quantumland, where she has experiences varying from the ones in the classical world.

I feel that such books tend to bring physics closer to the masses and so their reading should be recommended by the masses. 🙂