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...
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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."