Monday, June 29, 2009
You shout in to the air, but it seems like vacuum. The sound is lost.
“Baby, enough…push yourself back to work now” , says the brain.
"Yeah..yeah.."And I oblige.
Take home message for the day:
Life is an extravagant comedy. To have fun, you better keep the melodrama simple and short :)
Saturday, June 13, 2009
There are books you read to kill time. And there are books you are glad you read, before time kills you!
Tuesday’s with Morrie, makes way to the latter league.
I don’t remember when was the last time something had such a profound effect on me? I was prompted to tears while going through the last few pages (Yes..freaking out a bunch of passengers in an extremely crowded bus, who were more rattled by my unembarrassed crying than probabably I was!!!)
Not just a couple of pages fastened together; it’s an anthology of life, death and all that happens to you in between.
The beauty of the read is just the simplicity of it, be it portrayal of something as poignant as death or as never ceasing as life. By the time you reach the end of the book you (I) realise that you have practically spent almost all your life beneath a false veneer of making a rational judgement - chasing and doing the things you wrongly thought were important!
Those on a literary diet, trust me , one needs to be chastised on missing out on this. It is a semi-mandatory read! Alright, I might go on and on, but any description might not do justice. Just read the book.
And for the starters I am passing my favourite excerpts. Intended readers, skew away, might be a spoiler!
"When you learn how to die, you learn how to live."
"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in."
"If you hold back on the emotions..if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them.. you're too busy being afraid."
"We...need to forgive ourselves...For all the things we didn't do. All the things we should have done. You can't get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened."
"In the beginning of life, when we were infants, we need others to survive, right? And at the end of life, when you get like me, you need others to survive, right? But here's the secret: in between, we need others as well."
"You have to find what's good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. Looking back makes you competitive. And, age is not a competitive issue."
"...if you're trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you're trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone."
"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it."
...there are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don't respect the other person, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don't know how to compromise, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can't talk openly about what goes on between you, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don't have a common set of values in life, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike."
"Aging is not just decay...It's growth."
"Death ends a life, not a relationship."
"...love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone."
"...we've had thirty-five years of friendship. You don't need speech or hearing to feel that."
“You see, . . . you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too — even when you're in the dark. Even when you're falling…"P.S: BTW almost half of my copy is bookmarked :)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
“Silence thou uncouth tongue” is the ideology I’m following these days but unfortunately, there are times and there are people, on whom you just can stop aiming those outrageous zings and arrows, of the verbal sort! And need I mention the history of writing people off? I don’t think so! Hahahahahahaha
So here I was, snapping at a particular someone and signing off with a hope (yeah..hope..the level of detest is that veryyyyyyyy high!), that this final note would shun him for good.
But God makes sure that you don’t impose virtues and vices on the humankind, and that it is only his bloody business! So, as unexpected as it could get, the person got back and suggested to conciliate.
Now, it will take me some time to bring myself to like that person. I know it’s very bad. But I’m human! It takes some time and I’m slow. But I sincerely appreciate the gesture, even more because it served as an impetus for me to get rid of my own biased set of opinions. Thanks.
Monday, June 1, 2009
"At times of opposed school of thoughts, always remember this. Blue and Red are both beautiful colors. If I say I like Blue, doesn’t mean I hate Red. Just that at that point of time Blue is the choice I have made, without treating the color Red with contempt. "
"Decisions in life are simple, provided you don’t seek consent in others for all your actions and emotions. Yeah..requires hell lot of self-assessment and even more self-conviction, but we all have to shoulder responsibility at some point of time in our life. Don’t we?"
"Whenever you are lost and search for a purpose in life there, just look back once. Your absence makes an unexplainable void in the lives of some people back home…your people. Please don’t defeat the purpose."
That’s my younger sister speaking :)
She doesn’t have answers to all my questions, all the time; but she always listens and that suffices. And there times, we are perfectly comfortable even without speech.
Maturity isn’t a matter of age. Bits of life and pieces of experience is the route, may be.