Saturday, August 30, 2008
(Reality)- I take the same route to college, ride the same vehicle at a constant speed,stop at the same traffic signals, occasionaly catch a glimpse of a beauty (oh ya this is an upside), then rush to class asap with the prospect of getting a spot on the last bench. Then stand up as the teachers enter and leave, faking regard and respect. Then pretend to listen to their pointless lectures all the while staring in interim at the watch!! Then get really pissed when the bugger leaves without taking attendance. Then wonder why i even attended. Then catch a glimpse of the cute girl who's been driving me nuts for months. Picture myself finally asking her out ( i'm clearly daydreaming:D). Lunch in the same old canteen. Back to class, back out.
Same vehicle,same route, same traffic signals,back home. I've retraced my path.
I'm not complaining about the lack of variations. It's just that i don't do shit about it. My day could've easily been like......
(castle in the air:P)- For a change, i could go late to college, bunk a few classes to catch a movie, skip the traffic signals;), show the finger to the cop on duty busy digging his nose, zoom in at high speeds, hit the brakes hard. swerve in traffic, smile and wink at the beauty, then go to class late, actually don't give a shit and sit in the first bench, or bunk and tell my friend-macha proxy!!
Go to a fancy restaurant for lunch, sit side by side with the cutie whom i just asked out, make her pay the bill:p , then get her number and actually make use of my stupid messaging plan.
The thing is, "things" don't work this way for moi. If i wanted to build the castle in the air, i would've done it long ago. That's why there's a clear demarcation between reality and the castle.:P There are some lessons in life which i just don't get. The heart says build the castle but the mind condemns the idea. The mind makes all my moves.
I know that i can decide my destiny and make the necessary changes, but i don't know how and when to start. The outcome isn't important, it's the passage i'm worried about. I hate this yin-yang angle to everything. Everything has to be weighed. It's pure madness!
The alchemist presents a clear cut message. It tells people to follow their dreams. Thing is- my dreams are cloudy.:)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Religion vs science. A dicey comparison i must say. Weigh all the odds but still one is confused. Certainly very ambiguous.
Man vs wild sounds better!!. Now, when does one look to god for answers and when does he look to science. Ten years ago, i wouldn't have had an idea. We all grew up with the belief and notion that God is the Creator and that he is at the top of the rung. Hell I'm pretty sure science was not even in the picture.Religion and science were incompatible back then. Poor little kids we were. Boy did we have those nightmares where them devilish faces-phases too and ghastly shadows would creep up behind our backs and in our sleep and help us aggravate our miseries ;). We'd quietly say our prayers and go to bed with hope that "god" would answer our prayers. No susu that night was often the desired result.
With that notion behind us, I mean way behind us, we've all outgrown ourselves and often ponder about the mighty ones existence in iffy situations. Where is god when we most dearly need him! Does he send his messengers to help us, or do we take a walk down scientific avenue. How are we to know that god will come, see and conquer.
About a year back, on the way back from a real fun road trip, two of my friends had a horrible accident. Head on with another vehicle at a very high speed. Fortunately, both of them escaped with minor injuries and the bike took most of the batter. That same morning, we paid a visit to a temple where one of the guys did an apradakshina ( dunno the right word) or basically he went around the temple in the anticlockwise sense- the wrong "sense" literally. Was god angry then? Was the accident all about revenge? Or did he actually save our asses because another friend and myself did 3 rounds (pradakshinas) with our hearts into it. One will never know! It's impossible for me (a year on still) to ever know who played spoilsport that day. (or rather saved them guys). Although science does offer us answers, like say probably cause the crash guard and the bumper took all the impact, I'm very much inclined to believe that it was god's hand. Thank god for that!
In another instance, lets take the example of a dying man in coma. Suddenly, one fine day he wakes up out of it and is doing just fine. People would say things like god saved his ass and god is great blah blah blah. However, the rationale would point our heads in the scientific direction. Maybe he responded well to treatment and decided it was time to "Come back to life".
I've known for a fact that the Nile is known to turn red when filled with bacteria. May moses' soul rest in peace:)
Faith and fate synonymous with god and science. Both these entities have their own definition of "truth". God's truth is laid down and carved out long ago. Truth in science comes from trial and error, experiments and so on and so forth. So who offers us a good version of the truth remains to be seen.
Is love a proof of god? Is faith a good thing?. Why can't god find a compromise with science. Why can't they work in tandem. The proof of god is the happening of miracles everyday. Science gives us logical explanations. But it does sometimes fail us. The example of black magic where one person does omething with a few lemons, chants a few mantras and wham some guy is cursed. I do hope that GOD finds neutral ground soon. Perhaps these two entities are one and the same. The only logical solution.
P.S: Robert Frost once wrote- two roads diverged in a yellow wood. I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. What the hell was he talking about.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The aura surrounding the national stadium, nicknamed the bird's nest for obvious reasons on the evening of 08/08/08 is indescribable. They even kicked off at 8 pm:). Picture this- India wants to host the Olympics too. Say they win the bid for the 2020 Olympics ( 2016 they'll probably lose in the first round). And the opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 8 pm on some date...
By Indian standard time "standards", it's very safe to say that the chief guest( or should i say chief guests- numbering a hundred or so incompetent bastards ) turn up by nine. People like Deve Gowda ( I have nothing against him), Lalu Yadav, Mayawati ( a prime ministerial candidate:p ) and a bunch of other losers, wearing them dhoti's and those "towels", chewing paan in the vvip box. So yeah, you get the picture.
Let's assume that by 2020, these vvips' attires change for the better. Screw presentation and attire and behaviour for the moment.
The real deal is, can we get the money approved for investment. Can we for once, see to it that no sub-standard work is carried out. Can we vie, toil, push on with courage to try and emulate the Chinese. I strongly believe WE CAN and we're obliged to. We're a country of a billion people, a Country with culture and heritage like none other.
We have it all. The talent in any field be it science or technology or sport. We lack execution. We are not able to impersonate and dramatise "the prestige of the magic trick" that is the Olympic dream. India has in its realm a prolific culture. Be it music, folklore, heritage, literature or anything for that matter. We have it all!!! What better stage to showcase just a gist of our greatness, than the summer Olympics.
The only possible way we can do this is to somehow keep politics and bureaucrats away! (Maybe slip them some land deeds or money under the table:D). Ndtv and other leading news-broadcasters had debates on whether we can host an 'Olympic games', and not surprisingly, the answer was no. A similar reason being too much disruption at the bureaucratic level.
So it is time, to stop talking and putting our asses to work. Mario Puzo once wrote- actions speak. Words are like fart in the air:p . I couldn't agree more!! Though we're light years away, we're definitely inching closer. We'll be there surely!! Round one action- 2010 commonwealth games.
A win or a loss remains to be seen. Cheers.
Just a thought. Isn't it ironic how an autocratic nation with Hu Jintao as premier, who has a say in everything, gets all the work done while India, the biggest democracy take everything to the parliament where we veto it, or leave it to the judiciary to decide. We're still in that "feel good factor" phase. All chiched. No use
Monday, August 18, 2008
Last night, i had this dream where in " i was actually blogging" so i was like to hell with it why not give it a shot and see what the fuss was all about. I must say i'm rather enjoying myself already though i haven't even typed more than 200 characters:P. I have nothing else to say, that'll be it for tonight. I'm sure i'm going to be using this portal very soon. Till then adios.