Monday, April 30, 2007

It's all about choices

To continue with the saga of Life, first of all thanks for the appreciation which I got from you all. It has encouraged me to write again. Well, it may be unfortunate at your part to listen again to the philosophical stuff but I am told by most of the people that I should continue with it at least for a time-being.

To begin from where I left, we saw that there is a toss between data and the innovation. This is the case everywhere. Life has originated from the dilemma and it has been our Choices which have lead us to the place where we stand today. Let me owe the liberty to quote an excerpt from the Bible; when Eve ate the forbidden fruit, the serpent said, "Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know Good and Evil...” Most of the venerated scholars debate about the word, ‘Us’. However, I am not as learned so it would be wise for me to continue on the same line i.e. dilemma. As soon as Eve ate the fruit, she made a decision from her dilemma. Right from that moment, very well said by serpent, we realized the differentiation (how blurred it may appear) among the Good and Evil.

It is clear that from its very inception the human race had been condemned to exist within the eternal division, always moving between two opposing poles. Same is the case in Hinduism where the struggle between Good (Punya) and Evil (Paap) is everlasting. Even in the Satyug, where it is believed that there are no traces of Evil, honest people like Harishchandra had to suffer.

Apart from this, a man changes his choices, shift his gears more often than what can be imagined. Recently, one of my friend has decided to start jogging, to start studying for a reputed certified course, to start doing some live projects and moreover, to start working hard at the workplace to fetch a PPO. And he has decided all that, just because of a girl; and then they say that a devil has to have two thorns and one tail. No my dear, only a pair of killer eyes are sufficient for our fairer counterparts to reach that stage.

On a heavier note, to make a choice is not always an easy task. Sometimes, things may differ from what is apparent. This is an accepted fact and the underline philosophy behind "the punishment" is same, in all religions. Well, I believe that the concept of punishment was introduced so as to differentiate between the people who made right choices, mind this rightness is all subjective, and those who didn't. For example, in Arabian belief, the soul has to walk on a narrow bridge with virtues in right hand and sins in the left. This make the person (read soul) always fell towards the side to which his/her actions on Earth had inclined him/her.

Christianity speaks of a place where there would be gnashing of teeth, Islam speaks of fire, Judaism about a cave, Chinese belief is of ten million hierarchal hells, Hinduism about several stages of hell, Rourav being the toughest, Buddhism about eight fierce and eight freezing hells. All of 'em spoke about it just because as Dumbledore says in the concluding pages of Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets,” It’s not our ability which shows as what exactly we are, but it is our choices" He told that to justify as how are the Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter different, despite of so many similarities in their abilities.

Well, this is precisely the central idea of this post that everyone is same, it’s only choices which make someone successful, others not; someone good, others not; someone happy, others not; someone extraordinary and others, another brick in the wall. Go, start making deliberate choices from now because then you would be satisfied with the outcomes, whether good or bad. Remember, choices were been made and going to be made; it is another choice (the most critical one) that has to be made by you, whether you want choices to be made or to happen upon you.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Welcome to my first blog. I hope infact I wish that there would be a lot to come. The inception of everything, I am told, can be traced to a person or an event or both. I would be tracing this in some other post. This time, let me start with the title of this blog. I would hereby, like to say that both the title and name are in accordance to my very purpose of scribbling here.

I am fond of writing, which can be traced in my habit of diary-writing and other creative stuffs like screenplays, stories etc. However, my blogging has to do more than just a habit. The main aim is to share my views, my opinions across varied topics; and this I shall be doing by sharing my experiences. I know that I am too young to share ‘em but still, here is an attempt I believe that the Life is more than just a challenge, or a journey or an ice-cream for that matter. There are many definitions for Life, customized to everyone and they all are equally true.

In continuance to that, I define Life as a Cliff-Hanger. I chose this word with utmost care so as not to make Life sound enigmatic. I believe so because Life throws a lot of spells or events, which we can’t comprehend all the time. No doubt, sometimes we do but other times we fail miserably; and interestingly this is a never-ending phenomenon or to be more specific an amaranthine phenomenon. Hence, I name this blog so because it is a rendezvous for me, which is though a cliff-hanger but has no single climax. I know, it sounds ironic but can’t help it as the irony ought to appear when a tyro like me tries to define something as complex (you can read ‘obvious’ as well) as Life. Moreover, as this is an identification of these things from my angle, so I call it Dixitification.

Here goes my first learning, one of the recent learning. I used to be a person having crude beliefs in facts, though this is a trait which goes very well with my profession. However, recently I realized many peculiarities with this perception. As I always say, “Most often, what one sees with the naked eyes is what the heart wants to see. And what the heart wants to see is what has been pre-conceived by it” So, when I try to come out of this pre-conceived notion, I realized that what you see is a naked fact. However, the fact is always not the truth. And the truth is so enmeshed into web of facts, claims, data, visuals, inferences, interpretations and knowledge-statements that it may lost forever.

The main function of brain is to gather, store, analyze and reproduce the data or knowledge, as per the requirements. The problem arises when there is an information overload; the brain starts abdicating all other functions in favor of storage. This get worsens, when you are studying at a place of high excellence and you are in quest of highest excellence in the domain of data storage. As they say, you should be an Answer-Man rather than a Rain-Main, I advocate that saying. Instead of becoming a data-spitting machine, one should try to use his talent in creating some knowledge. Yes, I am serious when I challenge the prophecy, “Knowledge can never be created, but only shared” I bet, it can be created.

If I would ask you as how many planets are there. Some of you would still answer 9 when the debate is enraging on whether 8 or 10. Here, “9” is rejected from the very root. May be in future, you would find more than or less than this figure. Data is never persistent; the reason lies in its origin. It is originated from an untiring quest for the knowledge. People created decimal system, which is why today 7 +7 is 14, it could have been anything else if this system has not existed.

The whole idea of this exercise is to put my point across the table (if any) that the so-called genius is only good for storing data \ information \ knowledge - not good for devising something new. This data and knowledge is man-made and good only till it remains accepted as per its assigned authenticity. Hence, one should not try to remain pre-occupied; rather try to see beyond the visibility. As I most commonly quote, "If you won't dare to look beyond horizons, you will never feel the joy of infinity" Sorry for not remembering the author and I didn’t even try to google it out for obvious reasons.

Hence my advice to everyone (particularly, for myself) is that one should come out of one’s pre-conceived notion. Try to relate things with their respective utilities and don’t store them for any absurd reason like what I stated above. Try to use the brain cells for some more useful work. Well, I guess, it is getting abstruse now so let me conclude with a famous saying, “You do not drown by falling in the water, you drown if you stay there”

Disclaimer: I tried to come up with something, which belongs solely to me, but I guess there are a lot of “inspirations”. I am indebted to all of ‘em. Finally, but most importantly, comment something on this even if you neither agree nor disagree to this. I am saying this thing, keeping in mind that the extremes would definitely be saying something.