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Quarter Down

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment

I have never been one who shies from age. To me, age has always implied character, experience, respect. I always wanted to grow older; to be more knowledgeable about the world and everything therein and be respected for it. I, therefore, do not lament at getting older as some people do. At the same time, I have not been one who would indulge in unreasonable celebrations on getting older. I generally don’t celebrate occasions because I believe in celebrating life. Everyday. What then should a Birthday imply? As someone who dislikes the notion of attributing value to given days, I would say: Nothing special, but I would be lying. But over the time I have begun to look at it as a checkpoint; a review milestone to be used for taking stock and future planning.

According to Sanatan scriptures, the life of a man was divided into four quarters of 25 years each: Bramhacharya, Grihastha, Vaanaprastha and Sanyaas. The age of 25 also marked the end of the first ashram of life: Bramhacharya and beginning of the next quarter: Grihastha. Bramhacharya was supposed to be for learning and I think I have done my due in that section. I don’t know how well or bad I have fared at it, but that is perhaps not for me to judge or be concerned about. Karmanyevaadhikaaraste, Maa Phaleshu Kadachana… (Do your Karma, don’t worry about the results; a quote from The Gita). Grihastha should be about the application of those learnings into life. It should be about making myself a better man by continuing to learn. And making the lives of people around me better through these two.

  1. The first thing this year has to be about, is better health. There is nothing that is more important to invest in, than good health. Youth is forgetful as well as forgiving, but age is neither… reckless treatment of the body, therefore, needs to end. No more binges. Regular runs. Gym. Tennis. Swimming.
  2. Greater tolerance is the next thing. I have an utter intolerance for people who are not like me. And intolerance breeds contempt, which in turn breeds anger; and anger turns a rational brain into an irrational machine. To be fair, it has reduced considerably in the last five years, but there’s much work to be done.
  3. I also need to teach myself more Discipline. Which in other words can be read as: Develop greater respect for time. It can also be read as: Don’t give into temptations. I have been disregarding both these interpretations and it is time to change that. I don’t know if this will change anything, but I will do so nonetheless.

Getting started on these should be just fine for the first year of Grihastha-ashram.There are a million other things I can add here; for, to me, life is a never-ending class. So I’ll just continue doing my thing and making mistakes and learning. But I would rather take it all one step at a time, instead of trying for everything all at once. The overall gist for the path ahead remains the same: I will strive to be as good as I think I am. I will strive to be as good as everyone (who knows me) believes me to be. I will strive to be as good as men are meant to be and can be. And that all of these words should distill to: “I’m just getting started.”

Au revoir.

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June 17, 2009 2 comments

A quiet dark night and a dark mind,

Filling the space around does he find.

Toss and turn and try to contemplate,

Of hell and heaven at an hour too late.

The twain are deceptive, metamorphose,

As does he, and the thought, his prose.

The written or the writer, whichever he may be,

‘Is the night dark or is it just me?’

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Twenty Five

January 20, 2009 8 comments

Peer pressure, peer pressure. Sigh.

You’ve gotta realize though that joy lies in the discovery and not in the obvious statement of facts, but here goes, for all you lazy ones:

  1. I was born on the 27th of September 1984 in a (then) small town in India called Indore, as the elder son of a bourgeois family.
  2. I have had Bronchial Asthma since I was nine months old.
  3. I was in school when I was 2.5 yrs old. I graduated from school when I was 16 and I was out of college and working by the time I was 20.
  4. Throughout school, I was a valedictorian. I got over this bad habit only in college. 🙂
  5. When I was in high school, we didn’t have too many career options (because we weren’t exposed to anything). One who wished to study could only be a doctor or an engineer.
  6. I was great a biology and my parents wanted me to be a doctor. I could never be disconnected from the pain on the other side of the scalpel and therefore decided that I will be an Engineer.
  7. I was writing programs in Basic when I was in 6th grade. I was doing interrupt based C programming in 9th grade and was a full blown programmer by 12th grade. However, I was over programming by the time I was in my third semester in college.
  8. I love sketching and I am good at it but I am not a good painter. I appreciate people who can paint well.
  9. I learnt Indian classical music when I was in 7th grade for three years. I am a trained vocalist (Indian) and a Harmonium player. I then migrated to playing Keyboard, upon mastering which I picked up the guitar. I am still teaching myself to play a mean guitar.
  10. I first acted in a play when I was in 8th grade. I developed a love for histrionics and indulged in it big time. I co-founded the theatre group of my college and we made some very entertaining plays.
  11. Even after having spent a good amount of time on the stage in my life, it is always nerve wrecking for me to get on one.
  12. I like sports that are fast and involved. They include Tennis, Football and Basketball. I suck at latter two of those but I love watching them all. Tennis is what I am going to teach myself in the coming years.
  13. I do not indulge in the Indian national religion of a sport: Cricket. I renounced it when I was in 9th grade, deeming it unworthy of 9 hours of my day.
  14. Three formative people outside of my family and friend, to whom I am utterly indebted for having shaped my life: Prof. Shiv Visvanathan, Prof. Vishvajit Pandya and Prof. Binita Desai. I love the three deeply and hold them in the highest regard. They have been much more than just a professor, friend, philosopher, guide…
  15. I love cooking, serving and eating good food. I can cook well, but I always need a su-chef, someone to do all the chopping and washing and the utensils afterwards 😛
  16. I watch about 2 movies on an average in a week. At least one of them is in a theatre.
  17. Apple. Apple. Apple. Apple. Apple. Apple. Apple.
  18. I love fountain pens and the act of writing. I am one of the 1728 people on this planet who maintain a handwritten journal. I have a handwriting befitting fine writing instruments.
  19. I love suits. I can suit up for the simplest of occasions and can wear them at any time, any temperature. As a young kid, I used to suit up and sit down to study.
  20. I can’t sport a stubble. Period. Men are supposed to have clean shaven faces. I hate myself when I am too lazy to shave for a day or two.
  21. I love bikes more than cars. The fact that the rider is connected to his environment is what makes the experience for me.
  22. “We like: naked women, stockings, lesbians, and Sean Connery best as James Bond. Because that is what being a bloke is. And if you don’t like it, darling, join a film collective.” – Jack Davenport as Steve in Coupling, S1E4 – Inferno.
  23. I love stuff that is handed down to me by generations. My Ray Bans were bought by my dad in 1990 and I still love them.
  24. Nothing matters more to me than my friends and family. There is way too less in the world without them that could possibly attract me.
  25. Quoting Bertrand Russell: “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.”
  26. Bonus: William Blake said it all about me when remarked: “The path of Excess, leads to the tower of wisdom.” That is the path I follow.

Knowing these doesn’t give you an insight into what I am; but I hope it will give you a picture of what I could be; and someday you may want to know for yourself. Adios!

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New Pics on Flickr

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Internet Schooling

December 9, 2007 Leave a comment

It’s not far, we all know it.My brother has been pestering me for the last two weeks to go over a project report of his and when I finally did today; it turned out the entire project was made from one single source : Wikipedia. Together with Google, they are this generation’s official information source. I have nothing against either, just that the convenience that the W3 has brought to the student life is something that I see deteriorating the need to research. What’s next? Teachers ‘scrapping’ Homework to Kids on Orkut??? 

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That’s my problem. Once I have a significant window of exposure, My opinion about most people is generally no different from that I would have on a Baboon.

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January 7, 2007 Leave a comment

Pics by the dozen on my Flickr Photoblog. Keep checking for updates.

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