It's Always Our Decision Who We Are!

Life | By Aditya | 2014 Trackbacks (0) Comments (1)   

Want is a four lettered word just like hope, need, like, love and wish. Have is a four lettered word too except that it’s more powerful! We all have wants and wishes, we all want to be rich and famous, we all wish to be powerful and ride in sports cars and date models.

Yet, do we all have all that we want and wish for? Nope, we aren’t even remotely close most of the time. And it is definitely not because we don’t want it enough! We don’t have all that we crave because we don’t do enough. We spend most of our time daydreaming about what we’ll do once we’re rich rather than actively doing what it takes to be rich!

The last one year has been enlightening and has thrown lots of clarity on my thoughts and actions. Exactly a year ago I was depressed and heartbroken, and now I am happy, have lots of positive intent and am pursuing my passions with a lot of vigor. Yet I know that there will be tough times and there will be dejections, but my intent and willpower have grown to strengths which will help me get through any tough times which come my way.

And this past year has helped me get to this state. How? Well it’s been an amalgamation of different instances and revelations rather than just one moment of illumination.  Just last night, in a movie called Waking Life, one of the characters talks about what exactly life is, and why many people (like myself) tend to be disappointed with life and feel dejected.

The character goes on to say that our life is ours to create and to quote “The more that you talk about a person as a social construction or as a confluence of forces or as fragmented or marginalized, what you do is you open up a whole new world of excuses.” And this is where he caught my attention. I’ve seen this movie at least twice before and yet this time, this one line grabbed my attention and told me what I had to do.

Every one of us dreams of being millionaires and of flying first class, yet only some do. And it is because of dedication and an unending yearning to achieve what they desire. You and I just talk of being that way and we talk of living the life we want. What we actually need to do is put it in action instead of giving excuses to ourselves and also to others.

There are a million reasons why we didn’t succeed, and that is because we look for reasons. Yet there is only one reason for success and that is our Resolve to succeed. It is what we do that defines us; what you do (or don’t do) leads to you becoming the next big thing or someone who could’ve become the next big thing! The decision, as it always is, is yours! 



Apollo And Cassandra

Myriad Tiaras Myths | By Aditya | 2014 Trackbacks (0) Add comment   

I knew this day would come… I knew it all along that one day she would end up this way. And it brings me much grief that she doesn’t believe my prophecies.

Maybe I should have tried harder to convince her. But it isn’t my fault that I couldn’t convince her about what was at hand and neither was her future in my hands to alter!

I don’t know why she didn’t listen to my advice… I told her to take care of herself and to be more cautious and now I too have to suffer through all her grief and sorrow. Her own miseries add to my own perpetual sorrow which stems from her inactions. Why doesn’t she heed my advice?! I think it is too late to help her… Is it?

What do I do now? Do I tell her that I foresee more ill-tidings? Do I tell her that this is but the start of unending melancholy? But what if she won’t listen to me? Do I let go and hope that she’ll make it through on her own? Maybe she’ll listen to someone else and they’ll guide her… But what if they lead her to the desolation that I predict?

It can’t be helped, I suppose… It was all in her hands and she messed it all up for the both of us. And yet it’s not that I don’t care… I do care for her and I really hope that one day she’ll listen to me. Neither she nor I now has the strength to go through more of these misfortunes.

Nevertheless, as much as I am deeply affected, I sure am proud at the power of my curse.



Failure

Life | By Aditya | 2014 Trackbacks (0) Add comment   

I've not been getting any new topics or ideas to write on, a mini writer's block I suppose, so until I find motivation and new ideas I'll be posting my old, stale and stagnant write ups which I've stored in a folder on my desktop labeled 'Box filled with Memories'.

If you could do something with no risk of failing, what would you do?

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ~ Albert Einstein

Failure and success go hand in hand, and although to remove the probability of failure would guarantee success and give an impression of being perfect; that success wouldn’t taste sweet and most definitely wouldn’t be perfect. Perfection is not an attainable destination; it is an imaginary concept which drives all of us forward. It is similar to the carrot and stick approach, it’s always just a few steps away yet always beyond reach! And even if perfection is achieved, there is nowhere to go from there – it’s a dead end.

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~ Thomas Alva Edison

The aim should never be to attain perfection, but to always get better! We must perpetually try and improve by reducing the probability of failure, by trying harder and by looking at innovative ways to attain success. And mistakes are not always a bad thing; they aid us by making us work harder, aim higher and think better. They are valuable experiences and make our victory taste sweeter. Failure, as is normally said, is truly the stepping stone of success.

The harder the battle the sweeter the victory. ~ Bob Marley

No victory or success is worthwhile if there are no serious challenges. The passion and zeal of overcoming the obstacles put in front of us are an important part of attaining success. Without a challenge, the enthusiasm is lost and complacency sets in. The challenges make us stretch our own limits and boundaries. We go that extra inch, we give more than we thought was possible and we expand our own potential.

So instead of stagnating in the perceived perfection, I would rather move on to more dynamic fields which make me learn more, which challenge me to attain greater heights and give me a scope for improving both personally and professionally. 

I wrote this article in 2012 based on an essay topic given to a friend of mine for admission into Brown University (I guess, I'm not sure).



Why Do People Vote?

Politics India | By Aditya | 2014 Trackbacks (0) Add comment   
Before I start ranting my points of view and my reasons on why people vote, let's just think up some general facts about India's elections.
 
1.2 billion People!
762 million voters!
~450 million people who actually cast their vote.
 
Now back to - Why do people vote?
 
Obviously the answer is for a better nation. And sometimes (actually most of the times in a nation like ours) for our own selfish reasons.
 
Voting essentially goes down to what Mr.A or Mr.B or anyone else is going to do that will benefit YOU!! This might sound pretty selfish and also foolish to some of you, but I wouldn't vote for Mr. X if s/he said that they’d build dams and provide electricity to some random village in a state I do not live in! I mean I wouldn't even know if they have even built them! I would rather vote for someone who promises stuff where I live, where I stay, where I might benefit and where it might help me live better!
 
So yea if you're voting for someone who isn't going to help you in any way, you obviously wouldn't vote - I mean, think of it, there's no logical reason for you to be such a selfless being unless you already are a huge billionaire philanthropist or are an ascetic. 
 
Another very important point - You don't get to vote for the leaders of the party in India, you get to vote for the local MP of that party in your locality. So what primarily matters to you is your own locality! The party president or the Prime Ministerial Candidate isn't going to do wonders in your neighborhood but your local MP might! So choose based on your local MPs and not based on the person in New Delhi!
 
Also based on my conversations with friends, foes and strangers, I have understood that elections and party allegiance divides people a lot in our country. And the reasons for these divisions among the people are the issues over which people cast their votes. First, it used to caste based politics and now it is issue based politics. Do you want to vote for a person who aims to curb corruption? Or do you want to vote for someone who is going to develop the country? Or do you vote for someone who comes from the oldest and the strongest political party of the country?
 
The issues in the upcoming elections are pretty tricky. Corruption versus Development; New versus Old; Efficiency versus Experience… and the list goes on. And then there’s the secularist point of view and also the point of view of the common man. So which issue is your priority? What is the central concern of yours that you seek resolve while deciding on whom to vote?

I don't mean to influence your views in any way. I myself am pretty confused about whom to vote for - I support a political party and also like the party's manifesto at the center but I'm not so sure about their local MP in my constituency; so I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.
 
Anyway, these are my own personal points of view. They are not meant to intentionally or otherwise coerce someone into voting for one political party or the other. I maintain my opinions to myself and these points mentioned here are not meant to be taken as a complete list or an analysis and should not be used to drive you to vote or not vote for someone.
 
P.S - Your vote counts! It's your right, it's your responsibility and it's your future! GO VOTE! And if you don't (or didn't) vote then don't complain!! I, personally, am very tensed and nervous about voting! I value its power and I know the responsibility I'll have to carry in my heart when my vote goes to someone who ends up being a wrong choice!
 
P.P.S. – For all the people who say things won’t change even if you vote – well, I can’t guarantee that things will change with your vote. But I can guarantee that they won’t change if you don’t vote! BTW this time there’s the NOTA (none of the above) option, so you can go vote for nobody – rather than not voting at all!!


Stories We Will Never Tell - II

Chapters | By Aditya | 2013 Trackbacks (0) Comments (1)   

Dateline - September 2013

Fact - All emotional pain lasts for twelve minutes, anything longer than that is self-inflicted.

They were sitting on the couch in the living room. The television was on mute but was showing random songs on MTV. Her head was on his chest and his fingers were entangled in hers. He slowly used his other hand to brush her hair from her face and the bright images of the television lit up her already bright and beautiful smile.

She slowly moved her ears to where his heart was and listened to his steady heart beats. And then she looked up at him into his eyes and told him that the moment right there made her feel safe; and that it felt like nothing bad could ever happen to her.

He smiled and played with her soft black hair while she continued staring at him. And he could clearly understand what was happening. He had seen the look before, in many different people in similar situations. He slowly saw her face give a shy smile and then as faintly as could be discernible the tears came out of her dark brown eyes.

He knew that this day was going to come. And he knew where those tears flowed from - they flowed from the darkest corners and depths of her heart. All her sorrow, her pain and her heart breaks. All those memories, she masked from the world with her smiles and laughs, slowly came out of her eyes in the form of tear drops.

And he knew the value of those tears - he knew he had earned them and all those people who claimed to know her actually knew nothing. He had figured her out one month after they met and this moment right here was a culmination of all the trust she had in him.

And right at that moment he felt a rush of anger and depression well up in his heart. He was used to the tear drops and the deafening silences when words became irrelevant and superfluous. And he knew the only reason he cared for her was because he couldn't avoid her, he loved her yet he couldn't trust her with his own tears.

 When you have so many stories of pain and suffering, the sorrows of others seem like droplets compared to your own ocean of sadness. Yet he never shared any of them. All his so called friends knew nothing of him. His past was unknown and his future bleak. He lived from moment to moment and he kept going from one sad story to another searching for a sadness which could make his petrified heart weep.

And then he slowly looked back into her teary eyes and as she smiled back at him with all of her heart, he slowly rubbed the tears from her cheeks and laid her to sleep. And just when she was thinking that he was perfect, his mind told him to move on in search of deeper abysses!



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