27 October, 2010

Energize yourself with Words

So what are the different sources of energy that come to your mind... 
Petrol , Gas , Nuclear Fission , Fusion , Photoelectric....


Here's a new source.. Words.. 
They can propel your thought.. Move you to action... 
Make you realize your potential.. and if the push (read words) is strong enough, then ensure action :)


They can hold your thoughts and build your potential...
break the dam of patience and result in a flood...

19 October, 2010

Lifecycle... Vicious Circle

Every thought, every emotion , every action has its own lifecycle...

From the initial kisk.. to the euphoria & the heat to accomplish.. to the joy of fulfilment... to the satisfaction that the needful has been done... to the emptiness that nothing is left to do.. 
till we find something new again to kick start the whole process again :)

03 October, 2010

Life


Borrowed from Pravs.. couldn't find anything more apt

Rambling

I like keeping it simple... or atleast that' s what I've tried so far...
Then why do I suddenly feel like I'm complicating it for myself... 

Maybe because life became to mundane, and its time for some change...

14 September, 2010

....

"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."
~ Ayn Rand

06 September, 2010

Elections

"... the quality of men who are selected by these modern democratic methods of adult franchise gradually deteriorates because of lack of thinking and the noise of propaganda...

He [the voter] reacts to sound and to the din, he reacts to repetition and he produces either a dictator or a dumb politician who is insensitive..."

This is what Nehru had to say about the Indian Democratic System when the Indian system was being created....and to think the description is even more apt today, where we have politicians & citizens who lack the passion that existed in those days..

Jinhe Naaz hai Hind par wo Kahaa hai..
Kahaa hai kahaa hai kahaa hai  !!!

17 August, 2010

Learn... Unlearn .. Relearn

We are all like Sponges... soaking up what we see / hear and assimilate around us...
but every sponge has its capacity to absorb..

So till we dry up or throw out some of the stuff we've got inside... we'll stop soaking it up...

"
Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments. "
~ Marcel Proust

16 July, 2010

Rambling..

Thought... rumination...
Beauty... reflection...
Feelings... emotion...
Dreams.. ambition..

29 June, 2010

Night .. not a friend

2 girls... nonchalantly chewing gum... casually dressed in jeans and t-shirt...
could have been anyone... who's to tell the difference...


the fact that it was the middle of the night (don't we all haunt the streets of Delhi at odd hours).. 

or that they were with a pimp..

made me feel insecure... sad....

13 June, 2010

Marriage :P

Here's my solution to Communal Riots & Religious strife...
The government should give incentives for... 

Intercaste / Inter-religion Marriage
!!!!


It will then become all in the family :D

02 June, 2010

Cinema

Living in the fast paced lives that we do.. we have very few things in our live that we do outside of the circle of work... 
So when we go out to watch movies, most of us go for sheer enjoyment... so the farther the movie from reality, the greater the chances of the crowd enjoying it..
Don't get me wrong, there are still few connoisseurs of good serious cinema which is closer to reality.. but the breed is fast depleting...
N why not... 
Blame it on our lifestyles !!!

27 May, 2010

The End of Imagination

I've been reading a collection of essay's by Arundhati Roy.. Some of the stuff she has to say makes a lot of sense.. here's a sample...

"The nuclear bomb is the most anti-democratic, anti-national, anti-human, outright evil thing that man has ever made.

If you are religious, then remember that this bomb is Man's challenge to God.
It's worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything that You have created.

If you're not (religious), then look at it this way. This world of ours is four thousand, six hundred million years old.
It could end in an afternoon."

For anyone who wants to atttempt reading them, here is one of them, titled "The End of Imagination", which featured both in FrontlineOutlook.

24 May, 2010

Present v/s Future

The more I see my grandparents and parents, more I feel that it is important to live in the present, for the present.
But the more we live just for the present, more complicated our future seems to be getting.  

23 May, 2010

Quenching Thirst

Ever watered plants in the summer heat... 
Not only is it a satisfying experience (because the plants suddenly seem alive ! ), the smell of wet mud is intoxicating.

It somehow isn't important whether the plants thanked me in words.. what I gave led to the satisfaction, that of good use, and that's all that matters.

28 April, 2010

Virtual Reality

Ayn Rand's world of perfect competition is one in which I'd love to live in.... where everything is as per my capability and capacity, the fruit I get it what I've earnt.. 
and I have no family to satisfy...
and I have absolute health... no worry of diseases (I'm not talking about a diseased thought though)..

21 April, 2010

Passing the buck

We all have the tendency to blame our parentage for most things.. for our habits, opinions, things we do wrong...
We do learn quite a lot from our parents, but then blaming it all on them, and simply passing the buck (for not doing something the right way) is just escapism..

Its about time (considering we've spent about a quater of a century on this planet) that we stake claim to our actions and doings.

02 April, 2010

:)

Here's my friend's status message... liked it a lot...

Main logon se mulaqaton ke lamhe yaad rakhti hoon,
Main baatein bhool bhi jaon, toh lehje yaad rakhti hoon,
Sar-e-mehfil nigahein mujh pe jin logon ki parti hai,
Nigahon ke hawale se main chehre yaad rakhti hoon,
Zara sa hut ke chalti hoon zamane ki riwayat se,
Ke jin pe bhoj main daloon woh kandhe yaad rakhti hoon!

24 March, 2010

One More Time

The fastest judgements we make are about others.
And the ones we accept the slowest are about ourselves.

So by the time we realise the judgement is right, more often than not, we've already made the mistake again.

No wonder they say that History repeats itself :) :)

17 March, 2010

Onions.. All of us

We are all like onions...
We need to peel the layers, to finally reach the core...
But we weep so much in the process, that we give up midway...

An Exchange Offer


The basis of everything in life seems to be Exchange...
A favour for another.. some help for some more...
Give and take... 

Maybe I'm stupid... to think that its not about what you give or take.. its just what you wish to do... unconditional.. without compulsion or guilt...

15 February, 2010

The Human Touch

There is something about the human touch that's reassuring..
Maybe because that's our first tryst with reality.. the touch of our parents..Or our first understanding of support... holding your finger I walk..

So whenever I'm afraid.. I need assure.. I try to reach out.. for that warm touch....

05 February, 2010

Burnt Norton

Recently discovered TS Eliot... Awesome stuff... found it difficult to pick the part I like the best... But couldn't resist giving a glimpse...
Enjoy !!!


Extract from Burnt Norton ~ T S Eliot



At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.

31 January, 2010

Life as we live it

Life is a funny thing... atleast most of the times..
We get what we don't want,
Not what we expect..
Love the ideal,
Miss the real...
See what we want to,
And ignore what we have...
And then, on one of those depressing nights, regret doing it all..

09 January, 2010

True Identity

We all see good times... and witness some bad times too...

As long as we are not the subject of all this emotional seesaw, we seem to handle it well... But unfortunately, the true test, which most of us fail, is the way we handle it all...

It's not about whether those tears finally trickle down your cheek after you reach the finish line.. or that you simply shrug your shoulders without any change...

It's about how you were through the race, if you can call it that.. 
whether you can be happy, with others, even though the fruit is still forbidden... and face it all without finding faults..

My only conclusion is this..
Adversity shows us the worst.. only to bring out the best.. if we really try :)

01 January, 2010

Happy New Year

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~ Tennyson

26 December, 2009

A Window in the Wall

We like walls.. barriers.. boundaries...
Not for others benefit, but our own..
Not that anyone would cross them..
But so that our thoughts don't cross them...

And then we open a small window..
For those special few...
Without realising, that the window will open you to all...

29 November, 2009

Ward off the Reward

We all work.. and like to be rewarded when we feel we've done something worthy of appraisal.

But what happens when you see the same reward being given to a mediocre performance and one which was par excellence.

I guess we all need to learn to refuse... not just what we don't deserve.. but also when mediocrity is rewarded in the same breath and with equal gaiety as good work.

31 October, 2009

Life... an Oxymoron

I actually got inspired by a blog-post I read.. so here's an attempt at a different form of expression...
just humour me..

Beauty... seen through other's eyes..
Vision.. seen through my own...

Wind.. blowing in my face..
Rain.. beating against it...

Things... with names..
Relationships.. without...
Secrets.. bottled up inside..
Truth.. staring at me..

Structured thoughts... randomly expressed..
My life.. an oxymoron...

26 October, 2009

Conversations

Conversations.. atleast the long ones... always leave me with the longing for more...
Needless to say that the realisation of how few of them I've had in the past really gives me a sinking feeling.. of how it will be in the future, when all of us will get busier, trying to fight our way to our professional goals...
It all sounds good in books and movies that relationships are a thing of the heart, and they are never lost... blah blah blah... but in reality, it is essential to keep in touch...

So here's to all my friends... I hope we all stay in touch...
"Someone remembers, someone cares;
Your name is whispered in someone’s prayers."

19 October, 2009

Celebrations

There is some kind of jinx...

I'm not a celebration kind of person... I don't attach too much importance to birthdays etc....

I guess this is life's way of teaching me a lesson...
The one time I really felt like celebrating... when I thought I had finally earnt it.. I am unable to...

I deserve it !!!
Damn !!!

20 September, 2009

Time

We all give importance to different things in life...
And for me, time is the essence...
I dont mind reaching early.. but i detest being late...
So now, when I am on the other side, makiing people wait for me..
I really don't know what to do/say to make it better...

16 September, 2009

Where Do We Draw the Line

This seems to be the eternal dilema we face all the time... Where do we draw the line..

On your palm an endless wonder
Lines that speak the truth without a sound
In your eyes awaits the tireless hunger
Already looks for prey to run down

So why do we keep up this charade
How do we tell apart the time to leave from the time to wait

What does tomorrow want with me
What does it matter what I see
If it can't be my design
Tell me where do we draw the line

The dance of flames and shadows in the street
Make poetry nobody's ever heard
The weight of loneliness stands on your feet
The cage already there around the bird

So why don't we join the masquerade
Before it all falls apart before our love becomes insatiate

What does tomorrow want with me
What does it matter what I see
If I can't choose my own design
Tell me where do we draw the line

Where's the cooling wind
Where's the evergreen field
Where's my mother's open arms
Where's my father lionheart
S'like the sun's gone down
Sleeps in the hallowed ground now
With the autumn's browns leaves
With the one who never grieves

What does tomorrow want with me
What does it matter what I see
If we all walk behind the blind
Tell me where do we draw the line

Whatever tomorrow wants from me
At least I'm here, at least I'm free
Free to choose to see the signs
This is my line

31 August, 2009

Just Another Rainy Day !

There seem to be two ways of living life...
(and since it seems to be raining in most parts of the country, thats the parallel I shall use)

Some enjoy watching the rain .. maybe from a safe distance.. without getting wet...

The others enjoy getting drenched in the rain.. like the feel of the raindrops on their head and body...

Quote:
"One must learn by doing the thing,
for though you think you know it,
you have no certainty until you try."

18 August, 2009

Understanding Myself

What happens when you are suddenly let down.. not by someone else, but yourself...
I'm yet to learn to cope with the feeling.. the sadness...
It suddenly makes me feel weak.. or maybe I deserve it..
Maybe I had become overconfident.. and this was just a touch of reality...

10 August, 2009

:)

This was a friend's gtalk status.... Really liked it..

No one will ever win the battle of the sexes;
there's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

06 August, 2009

Appreciation


Sometimes simple appreciation from people who matter can make your day...
It doesn't really matter how big or small the task was...

Just the sweet after taste of the compliment stays...
And the memory remains..

30 July, 2009

Doubt

I walked in stealthily... tip toed into your life.. your thoughts... your mind.. and now you cannot think beyond me.. live without me...

They call me doubt.. I call it insecurity..

20 July, 2009

Fights

Have you ever felt happy if you've had a fight with a person close to you...
You might think I've become senile.... but that's how I felt recently...
It's not that I enjoyed the moment of miscommunication...

It's just that the relationship suddenly seemed more real... As if there was still life in it...


Relationships having life :)

09 July, 2009

:)

Read this somewhere...

"Bheegi hui cigarette jal nahi sakti…..
Aur yeh tay hai ki meri maut ki taarikh tal nahi sakti...."

08 July, 2009

Change

More often than not, we resist change, and our overactive (or should i say over-reactive) brain starts concocting reasons to abstain from changing... but what we miss all the while is the newness and the excitement that change brings with it...
Every new step looks like a giant leap, till taken.. and then it looks like a thing too small to talk about... All the same, every step is movement.. a change... and any change takes courage...


"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
~
Nelson Mandela

17 June, 2009

Change

Change is a funny thing...
Its perhaps life's way of playing tricks on us..

The moment of comfort is when things decide to change..
and when we long for a twist in life is when it all becomes static...

10 June, 2009

Small Joys in Life

Maybe its that time of the year.. or just that I had the time, but i recently rediscovered some of the small joys of life...
So I thought I should share some of them.. here goes...
Fresh blades of grass on my palm...
My fingers moving through running water...
The feel of the strawberry seeds while eating it..
The smell of freshly ground coffee..
The intoxicating smell of the first rain beating the soil...

We encounter most of these things regularly... but do we ever notice them....

Small joys come, not once in a while.. but quite regularly..
its just that we never recognise them...

28 May, 2009

A New day.. a new dawn

"Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

26 May, 2009

Thank You Friend

Friendship is a funny thing.
We put it through all the tests possible... all the fun, the fights..
But the moment you actually realise its importance, is when you are so close to losing it.

Thanks for always being here...

20 May, 2009

Life's Ways 2

Our life is a summation of the many relationships we create and then forge as per our liking... and they are THE reason most of us enjoy living our lives.

But in each phase, we give importance to a different relationship..
our parents are our lives when we are young... we move on to school and friends move into our lives... their relative importance increasing as we move towards adolescence and adulthood... and so at each stage, we have different people by whom we get gravitated....
and its all good, because each of these relationships come of age, and we outgrow them when the time comes...

What I'm trying to say, everything has a time, purpose, reason, season... and so does every relationship....

Or am I just looking for a reason to sever my ties with people !!


मे मरासिम बनते है , लम्हों मे भला क्या टूटेंगे
तू मुझ से बिचादना चाहे तो , दीवार उठा धीरे धीरे
~ ललित कॉल

14 May, 2009

Life's Ways

"All my bags are packed
Im ready to go
Im standin here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
.....
Already Im so lonesome
I could die"


All of us have a time of entry and exit.. not just in this world, but also interms of each others lives..
So even though its good to treasure sweet memories, it isn't a good idea to cling on to them.. or you won't let new people enter your life..

12 May, 2009

Chauvinism and Chivalry

There is also the debate on whether chivalry is good or bad...
whether a man should take pride in being chivalrous.. and a woman should happily accept...
or does it become a battle of egos between the two genders...

The bigger problem of course is when the thin line of difference between chauvinism and chivalry is lost. Again, I m sure many people of the fairer sex (keep guessing whether I'm referring to the males or the females) tend to enjoy it all... but is it right..
Isn't giving help to the other sex irrespective of whether it is required, an attempt to show their superiority.I've met many men :) who take pride in not just being chivalrous but also chauvinistic.
I really don't know if there is one right answer to this one... there are lots of people who enjoy the attention and help, and lots who detest it...

The point is that the guy needs to be smart enough to understand what women want !!!

17 April, 2009

Bavra Mann


I know this not a very origional way of expressing my thoughts, but at this point in time, these seem to be the most appropriate...
This song featured in Hazaaron Khwahishae Aisi.. sung by Shubha Mudgal....

Bavra Mann Dekhne Chala Ek Sapna
Bavre Se Mann, Ki Dekho Bavri Hain Baatein
Bavri Se Dhadkaane Hain, Bavri Hain Saansen

Bavre Se Is Jahan Main Bavra Ek Saath Ho
Is Sayani Bheed Main Bas Haathon Mein Tera Haath Ho
Bavri Si Dhun Ho Koi, Bavra Ek Raag Ho
Bavre Se Pair Chahen, Baavron Tarano Ke, Bavre Se Bol Pe Thirakna.
Bavra Mann, Dekhne Chala Ek Sapna...

Bavra Sa Ho Andhera, Bavri Khamoshiyan
Thartharati Low Ho Maddham, Bavri Madhoshiyan
Bavra Ek Ghooghta Chahe, Haule Haule Bin Bataye, Bavre Se Mukhde Se Sarakana
Bavra Mann, Dekhne Chala Ek Sapna....

14 April, 2009

A Time for Every Purpose

Life has its own way of getting back at you...
I don’t believe in fate, but I do believe that whatever happens is for the good...
Like Steve Jobs said, in one of his famous speech, that we might not understand the significance of all that we are doing... but somewhere down the line, if we look backwards, we are able to join the dots, and then, it all makes sense...
I guess I’ve successfully confused you n myself with my thoughts, so I’ll let the lyrics of the song by Byrd’s do the talking, or rather, explain :)


To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven


A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

......
A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn

A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together
....
A time of war, a time of peace

A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing
.....
A time to gain, a time to lose

A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it's not too late!

03 April, 2009

Battle between the Right & the Wrong

The battle between The Right & The Wrong (not The Left !!) is not something new...
Questions keep popping up in our head..
Here's my two pence to the debate...
Who decides what is right.. the majority ?!??
Is there any common guiding principle ?
And if not, then doesn't it all boil down to what you think is right, and what you think is not...
Who is anyone to judge you and your thoughts.. one can only give their opinions...
Just the way I am :)

31 March, 2009

Power

There is something very strange about power..
If one was to measure its effectiveness, we'd realise...
The lesser you use it, the more powerful you become..

28 March, 2009

Opinions

"Opinions are like hand watches.
Everyone's watch shows different time from others.
But, everyone believes that their time is correct."


All of us like talking our mind... expressing our opinions...

But what happens when your thoughts create a furore... was it worth the expression ?!?

20 March, 2009

View - point

Most of us tend to believe that we are alone in a situation...
That we have the complete information, and that we can tackle it all...

Till someone just makes you realise how myopic your view has been...

Thank goodness we have friends..

19 March, 2009

Plans

We all have a tendency to plan ahead.. into the future...
But very often, the event we plan the most is exactly the one which doesn't seem like its going our way...
From whatever little I've seen... which is actually quite less ;) ...
Since we have planned so hard, we should execute it anyway...
Then we atleast have the satisfaction of having tried !!

08 March, 2009

I walk alone

These are the lines from Boulevard of Broken Dreams, a song sung by Green Day...

I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I walk alone
......

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone

I'm walking down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line
Of the edge and where I walk alone....

I think we've all been there and done that... as much as we'd like company and support in whatever we are doing,
we ultimately walk the lonely street all alone :)

Justify Thyself

All of us have a tendency to keep giving justifications.. for what we do, what we don't do, what we should have done etc etc..

Ironically, we give the maximum number of justifications to the ones we love... though these are the people whom we shouldn't be giving explanations to at all ?!?

Or is that just a myth ? Like most things in a relationship ;)

02 March, 2009

Arz kiya hai..

तस्वीर बनके राखी थी मैंने अपने खयालो मे
सोचा नही था के आपसे कभी मुलाक़ात भी होगी..
आज आपसे मिले..
तो तस्वीर की तकदीर पे तरस आता है...

For those who donot have devnagri script..

tasveer banake rakhi thi maine apne khayalo mae
socha nahi tha ke aapse kabhi mulaqaat bhi hogi..
aaj aapse mile..
to tasveer ki taqdeer pe taras aata hai...

01 March, 2009

Ordinary v/s Extraordinary

What is it that we look for....
Is it that it should be something we like... or is there an underlying requirement that it should be extraordinary..
It has become a repeated occurrence that people demand not what they like, but something extraordinary...
As if the ordinary is not good enough, even of they like it...


“If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

25 February, 2009

Rehna Tu !

Ratti bhar bhi sanam
Bina sajaawat milaawat
Na jyaada na hi kamm
Tuhje chaahon jaisa hai tu
Mujhe tere barish mein beegna hai ghuljaana hai
Tujhe chaahon jaisa hai tu
Mujhe tere lapat mein jalna raakh ho jaana hai

We all dream of ideal love.. and Prasoon Joshi has expressed it perfectly..
But the point still remains, do we ever let the person be...

24 February, 2009

And it Rains

There is a direct connection between nature and me it seems....
It vents its frustration just the way I do.. it rains..
But it all seems so ironic.

Rain seems to bring joy into so many lives... it is the indicator of the pleasure all let loose in one single burst of the cloud...
Like the peacock which doesnt even waste a moment...

11 February, 2009

rambling

There are times when my mind is brimming with ideas..
But am unable to write about any of them...

Don't know what to call it... confusion or avoidance :)

13 January, 2009

Atlas Shrugged:From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years

Here's an article I found on Wall Street Journal by Mr Stephen Moore.. Rings true...
---

ATLAS SHRUGGED : FROM FICTION TO FACT IN 52 Years
~ Stephen Moore

Some years ago when I worked at the libertarian Cato Institute, we used to label any new hire who had not yet read "Atlas Shrugged" a "virgin." Being conversant in Ayn Rand's classic novel about the economic carnage caused by big government run amok was practically a job requirement. If only "Atlas" were required reading for every member of Congress and political appointee in the Obama administration. I'm confident that we'd get out of the current financial mess a lot faster.

[Atlas Shrugged]

Many of us who know Rand's work have noticed that with each passing week, and with each successive bailout plan and economic-stimulus scheme out of Washington, our current politicians are committing the very acts of economic lunacy that "Atlas Shrugged" parodied in 1957, when this 1,000-page novel was first published and became an instant hit.

Rand, who had come to America from Soviet Russia with striking insights into totalitarianism and the destructiveness of socialism, was already a celebrity. The left, naturally, hated her. But as recently as 1991, a survey by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club found that readers rated "Atlas" as the second-most influential book in their lives, behind only the Bible.

For the uninitiated, the moral of the story is simply this: Politicians invariably respond to crises -- that in most cases they themselves created -- by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires the politicians to create more programs . . . and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the collective weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality and do-goodism.

In the book, these relentless wealth redistributionists and their programs are disparaged as "the looters and their laws." Every new act of government futility and stupidity carries with it a benevolent-sounding title. These include the "Anti-Greed Act" to redistribute income (sounds like Charlie Rangel's promises soak-the-rich tax bill) and the "Equalization of Opportunity Act" to prevent people from starting more than one business (to give other people a chance). My personal favorite, the "Anti Dog-Eat-Dog Act," aims to restrict cut-throat competition between firms and thus slow the wave of business bankruptcies. Why didn't Hank Paulson think of that?

These acts and edicts sound farcical, yes, but no more so than the actual events in Washington, circa 2008. We already have been served up the $700 billion "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act" and the "Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act." Now that Barack Obama is in town, he will soon sign into law with great urgency the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan." This latest Hail Mary pass will increase the federal budget (which has already expanded by $1.5 trillion in eight years under George Bush) by an additional $1 trillion -- in roughly his first 100 days in office.

The current economic strategy is right out of "Atlas Shrugged": The more incompetent you are in business, the more handouts the politicians will bestow on you. That's the justification for the $2 trillion of subsidies doled out already to keep afloat distressed insurance companies, banks, Wall Street investment houses, and auto companies -- while standing next in line for their share of the booty are real-estate developers, the steel industry, chemical companies, airlines, ethanol producers, construction firms and even catfish farmers. With each successive bailout to "calm the markets," another trillion of national wealth is subsequently lost. Yet, as "Atlas" grimly foretold, we now treat the incompetent who wreck their companies as victims, while those resourceful business owners who manage to make a profit are portrayed as recipients of illegitimate "windfalls."

When Rand was writing in the 1950s, one of the pillars of American industrial might was the railroads. In her novel the railroad owner, Dagny Taggart, an enterprising industrialist, has a FedEx-like vision for expansion and first-rate service by rail. But she is continuously badgered, cajoled, taxed, ruled and regulated -- always in the public interest -- into bankruptcy. Sound far-fetched? On the day I sat down to write this ode to "Atlas," a Wall Street Journal headline blared: "Rail Shippers Ask Congress to Regulate Freight Prices."

In one chapter of the book, an entrepreneur invents a new miracle metal -- stronger but lighter than steel. The government immediately appropriates the invention in "the public good." The politicians demand that the metal inventor come to Washington and sign over ownership of his invention or lose everything.

The scene is eerily similar to an event late last year when six bank presidents were summoned by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to Washington, and then shuttled into a conference room and told, in effect, that they could not leave until they collectively signed a document handing over percentages of their future profits to the government. The Treasury folks insisted that this shakedown, too, was all in "the public interest."

Ultimately, "Atlas Shrugged" is a celebration of the entrepreneur, the risk taker and the cultivator of wealth through human intellect. Critics dismissed the novel as simple-minded, and even some of Rand's political admirers complained that she lacked compassion. Yet one pertinent warning resounds throughout the book: When profits and wealth and creativity are denigrated in society, they start to disappear -- leaving everyone the poorer.

One memorable moment in "Atlas" occurs near the very end, when the economy has been rendered comatose by all the great economic minds in Washington. Finally, and out of desperation, the politicians come to the heroic businessman John Galt (who has resisted their assault on capitalism) and beg him to help them get the economy back on track. The discussion sounds much like what would happen today:

Galt: "You want me to be Economic Dictator?"

Mr. Thompson: "Yes!"

"And you'll obey any order I give?"

"Implicitly!"

"Then start by abolishing all income taxes."

"Oh no!" screamed Mr. Thompson, leaping to his feet. "We couldn't do that . . . How would we pay government employees?"

"Fire your government employees."

"Oh, no!"

Abolishing the income tax. Now that really would be a genuine economic stimulus. But Mr. Obama and the Democrats in Washington want to do the opposite: to raise the income tax "for purposes of fairness" as Barack Obama puts it.

David Kelley, the president of the Atlas Society, which is dedicated to promoting Rand's ideas, explains that "the older the book gets, the more timely its message." He tells me that there are plans to make "Atlas Shrugged" into a major motion picture -- it is the only classic novel of recent decades that was never made into a movie. "We don't need to make a movie out of the book," Mr. Kelley jokes. "We are living it right now."

29 December, 2008

So Says Wilde

I am absolutely in love with what Oscar Wilde has to say...

Here are some more of his insightful thoughts :)
  • I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.

  • What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

  • The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

27 December, 2008

What it takes..

We all have our lows..
But what keeps us going is our self esteem..

The minute that is lost.. it gets tougher to carry on... alone...

24 December, 2008

:D :) ?? :(

I am very happy..
I feel like standing on the top of a building and screaming my lungs out..
Or some other way I could release all this energy in me..
The energy which has been bottled inside..
Bottled because I don't know how else to express my joy..

16 December, 2008

Better or Worse

Which is worse...

Knowing that your friend is upto something but is not telling you...
Or that he is confident about your being able to understand the silence :(

02 December, 2008

Vote !

We all accept that the politicians in the present system are jerks.. atleast most of them...
then why don't we all come together when we have the right to express the power to vote..

Even though this year's voter turnout happens to be better than last time's MCD elections, i still believe 63% is not good enough a figure for a city like Delhi...

What will it take to bring people out of their houses and vote, i wonder..

16 November, 2008

That Sound in your Head.. 2

Corollary :
More that sound in my head I hear...
Greater will be the frequency of blog entries you'll find here :)

12 November, 2008

Divided or Equal ?

Thats it now.. I've heard enough..

It all started long time ago I guess.. I mean this irritating feeling...

Obama's becoming a President is an achievement.. because he's a Black.. as if it wouldn't qualify to be an achievement otherwise.. we make it sound as if it isn't his political stand on issues that matters but the colour.. and then we talk about equality blah blah...

Today's TOI (front page) said "Two big Hindu leaders under ATS scanners".. as if 2 leaders being under the scanner wouldn't catch your eyeballs...

What is it with us.. to associate every issue with caste, colour, religion... I don't know about other countries, but somehow, all of us, I mean us Indians, have a habit to categorize everyone.. and we'd make sure we'll find a reason.

We all take pride that we are a nation with so many cultures , castes and religions.. and we all still coexist.. but I sometimes wonder if we really do..

Given the slightest opportunity, we are willing to point fingers at another, and justify it by simply saying the person is a Hindu or a Muslim..

What is it with us ??

11 November, 2008

That Sound in your Head

Has it happened that their is a constant voice in your head.. which just doesnt stop...
Some call it conscience, some call it sub-sonscious.. some call it your alter ego..

I feel its just our mind playing games..
saying things that we'd probably hesitate saying out aloud..

and the lesser you talk to people, the stronger the voice in your head grows...

10 November, 2008

Opinions

Its important to express your opinion.. but its even more important to express it in the correct way and to the right people...

Thats my learning for the day !!!

06 November, 2008

The New Age

"The age of status quo is dead. In every sphere, people want more than gradual growth. They are looking for radical results. Risk-takers. They want an upheaval. A metamorphosis. They will experiment. "
~ Sanjay Jha

Are we ?

PS : source of the quote : Why Raj Thackeray Blew It

30 October, 2008

Wilde says the darnest things

“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”
~ Oscar Wilde (in The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Dont we wonder about this all the time..
when will it be that I'll make a decision not because someone told me to, but because I wanted to...

28 October, 2008

Honestly Wilde :)

"There is a luxury in self reproach.
When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has the right to blame us"
~ Oscar Wilde (in The Picture of Dorian Gray)

I am yet to find an author who is as blatantly honest as Oscar Wilde.
Ironically, it is these pieces of truth in his writing that appear to us as satire/wit.

11 October, 2008

Another Arbid thought

Sannata Sunai Nahin Deta, 
Aur Hawayen Dikhayi Nahin Deti
Socha Hai Kya Kabhi, Hota Hai Yeh Kyun..

These are the lyrics of a song from Rock On!
What caught my attention is actually what the lyricist is trying to point out..

It rings a bell when he says that we try and give a name to everything.. even things we cannot see..

22 September, 2008

Me ~ A Cupboard

By now all of you must have realized what a psychologically demented person i am... here's adding on to the same...

A thought recently ran into my mind... that i am very similar to a cupboard... open or closed depending on my moods :)

Lets go stepwise..
You need some power (read brain power aka intellect!!) to make me open up, for me to start communicating with you... that's the power needed to open the cupboard..
Next are the many compartments in a cupboard that are present once you open it..
what is immediately visible is the exterior, kept on hangers, what i showcase to the world..
but what is of greater significance is what is hidden in the locked drawers of the cupboard.. like a window to my psyche..
and yes, its not necesssary that the harder you try, greater the success rate of opening up one of the closed drawers, if you push too hard, the lock just might break ;), so beware !!

I don't know if this parallel applies to all..
but it definitely holds true for me...

17 August, 2008

Jealous !!

I am jealous of the person i love the most
not because he doesnt love me
but because someone else gets to love him too...

05 August, 2008

:)

Khamoshiyaan gungunane lagi..
Tanhaiyaan muskurane lagi..

01 August, 2008

Selling !!!

An article i recently read got me thinking...
(http://www.theamericanscholar.org/su08/elite-deresiewicz.html)

What is it that education gives us.. we all strive for education, good quality education, from premier institutes of the world.. but what do we actually learn..
Hasn't our focus shifted totally, from content to the cover.. from substance to mere brands... isn't that what we are all chasing...

Marketing and hard selling seem to have become such an integral part of our life, that we don't 'develop' a liking for anything that is not 'sold' to us...
I guess "Beauty lies in substance" belongs to an old school of thought which ceases to exist in today's world...

What is worse is our justification for the need of selling.. have we all stopped trusting our sense of judgement.. the judgement of identifying what is right without someone trying to create a bias for something....

What is it that propels this thought.. i am yet to comprehend...

17 July, 2008

Lets Party !!

Have you ever felt out of place in a party with your friends...
That's just the way i felt today... and in some twisted way, i am resposible for it.. mayeb i didnt make the effort to enjoy myself....

Ironically, all of them enjoyed themselves...

10 June, 2008

Parents

I'd like to thank my stars for the kind of parents i have..
for the freedom they've always given me in deciding.. and showing faith in what i decide...
I really don't know whom to thank for the way it is...
but who ever it is that i should thank... THANK YOU !!!!

07 June, 2008

Think before you speak..

Learnt this today the hard way..
"It takes three years to learn how to use the tongue, but a lifetime to learn where and when to use appropriately."

13 May, 2008

Life - a fair deal ?

I don't know what hurts more...
the thought that you deserved better.. or that someone who deserved good things in life didn't get anything at all...
I know we all talk about life being fair to all...
That we win some and we lose some..

But nothing hurts more than to see that someone less capable has shot ahead of you...

17 April, 2008

Brain Drain

We all talk about brain drain.. it seems to be the socially relevant thing to do..
But if it ccontinues this way, with reservations for different sections of the society, the bright people will definitely have to look out for alternatives universities/locations for education...
The industry & the corporate world should take a firm stand on the issue...
or they should forever be mum when they discuss availability of skilled manpower...

15 April, 2008

Celebrate 1 n all

What is a celebration.
Is it the commemoration of a moment YOU wish to treasure,
or is it an announcement to the world.

13 April, 2008

Oops.. they've done it again

So its elections season again..
And the government has decided to use reservations as the bait this time around..
After the prolonged debate... and public outrage... be it MBBS students and the public..
the government suddenly became silent on the whole issue.. and the people, especially students, became hopeful that there is justice..
there is hope...
that equality is not restricted to reservations of seats but is about everyone getting a chance to compete openly, in the circumstances they are, without any external aid...

But now that the elections are looming ahead, the government has decided that reservations is the solution...
And we are back to trying to seek admission into a prestigious instutute, feeling at a disadvantage....

19 March, 2008

Takes 2 to Tango

we danced through the day..

we danced through the night...

we were celebrating our love...

didnt bother about life..

24 February, 2008

Melancholy

This song somehow haunts me.. how true....

"pyaar hai ya saja, aai mere dil bata
tootata kyon nahi dard ka silsila
is pyaar mein hon kaise kaise imntihaan
ye pyaar likhe kaisi kaisi dastaan
ya rabba de de koi jaan bhi agar
dilbar pe ho na, dilbar pe ho na koi asar
ho ya rabba de de koi jaan bhi agar
dilbar pe ho na, dilbar pe ho na koi asar..."

PS: This is from Salaam-e-Ishq.. sung by Kailash Kher...

14 February, 2008

Lonliness...a Pinnacle

Ayn Rand said " Every lonliness is a pinnacle"
But i believe, every pinnacle is a lonliness...
Not because no one wants to be with you, but because you don't want to be with anyone..
We long for company, and shoo people away....

Its as if the more you grow, the lesser you tolerate people...
Or maybe i'be just become cynical...

10 February, 2008

My Mind... is it ??

Has it ever happened that you feel scared of being happy...

That the joy of the moment, or the mere thought of it, brings with it a fear...

I seem to have lost it... or may be mind has just decided to show me the reality...

02 February, 2008

I'm Safe

For the first time today, I felt scared of travelling.. In the National Capital...
We all talk about the place becoming a safer city... and i used to believe in the same..

Only till today. For the first time, i had to think a million times before taking a direction... scared that the person sitting next to me will try to abuse me..

For the first time i realised what is meant to psychologically weak..
How everything around you looks harmful... as if everyone is conspiring against you...
everything is blown out of size.. gigantic..

Mind.. a funny thing... won't you say !!

23 January, 2008

Paint my World !!!

As a kid, all of us dream about painting the sky in colours we want to see the world in...
Somewhere down the line, we become mature with age (people call it wisdom), and we dont wish the same any more...
We stop hoping for any radical changes - see I've said it - I'm refering to it as radical :-)

But what is it that stops us from believing that we can change the world.. paint it the way we want to... to dream .. to wish..

Though this song has been written with a different purpose, i dont think anyone from MLTR will punish me for quoting it here...

Paint my love
You should
Paint my love
It's the picture of
A thousand sunsets
It's the freedom of
A thousand doves
Baby you should
Paint my love..

14 January, 2008

Expression

There are predominantly 2 ways people express themselves...
Those who are talkative and those who are expressive...
In other words, those who use words to express their feelings and those who let their face do the talking...

Its debatable which of the 2 ways is a better way of expression.. but we all, subconciouslyuse one of the two...

So when we say that someone is being unexpressive, it simply means we don't know what to read....

All of us try to communicate.. its just that each of us have our different ways !!!

19 December, 2007

Perfect Recipe for Disaster

You are given a job you don't want to do... democracy isn't what bosses believe in i guess...
and then you are goaded for not doing it properly, when someone next to you is doing a miserable job of it...

I wonder what is worse...
The hope that i'll get praise someday, for doing the job i origionally didnt want to...
Or the fact that i'm actually doing what i didn't want to...

10 November, 2007

Happy Diwali

Its been a long time since i've blogged... Life's just moving so fast that i don't seem to have the time to sit down and think, much less write about it..

Just thought i'd wish all of you a Happy Diwali !!

27 September, 2007

The Best

I always want the best for myself.. the best clothes, the best food... the best job...
But is there an end to the expectations from one self..
Will the hope that it will get better than what it is now ever cease...

At a level, satisfaction leads to complacency.. the want for more leads you to the road to perfection.. the ideal..

13 September, 2007

Friends

We all talk about family being the most important part of our lives.. that they are the one aspect of our life that won't change, nor will they vanish..

But i have come to believe that friends are as important, if not more important...

I could give you lots of reasons to support my argument, but the only one i will state is that
My Friends are the ones I choose to be with...

Thank you dear friends.. for putting up with me..