Thursday, August 27, 2015

Déjà vu

Déjà vu ignited the creative minds to coin new terms
Deja chu                              having seen this chu**** before
Deja brew                           slowly remembering things you did while drunk
The above two I received over whatsapp and other social media
Decided to compile a list
·         Deja who                             your feeling when someone meets you and asks you “guess who I am “
·         Deja kyun                            wondering how did you ever get into this shit in the first place
·         Deja drew                           sure you have seen that painting before, but …………
·         Deja moo                            compulsive image of a big fat cow when you look at some women
·         Deja woe                             impending sense of doom on seeing a person
·         Deja true                             on repeating a lie so often, even you are not sure anymore
·         Deja boo                              on approaching a podium
·         Deja shoo                            feeling of having kicked him/her out before
·         Deja new                             that feeling when you take the special crockery out once per year
·         Deja news                           when the evening news sounds all too familiar
·         Deja view                            when someone explains another one’s view as if it is his/her own
·         Deja mu(µ)                         while struggling with algebra
·         Deja phew                          recalling the last time you escaped this close

Friday, August 21, 2015

You are Sixteen, Going on Seventeen .................

How I wish I could write a poem like “If”

But enough words of wisdom have been dispensed before
And the need to do a bit more 
In a verse
Is frankly a bore

So Son here I go.

Make mistakes. 
Make as many as you can.
But make sure you do not make the same mistake two times.
And in this aspect make no mistakes J

Break all molds, but not a single heart.

Challenge everything; but be ready to accept anything if there is logic.

Remember the mantra : eat more and burn more – exercise is a MUST, there is no shortcut to health.

Cheat no one, there is nothing worse than a trust betrayed.

Cocksure ignorance is better than thoughtful uncertainty. There is no shame in saying “I don’t know” – say it often. Practice in front of the mirror if required. You will be surprised at how much more you will find out by saying these three words.

This world may not be the best place; but that is no excuse to make it shittier. 
To quote Dylan “Don’t stand in the door way, don’t block up the hall” (This is Bob Dylan not Haley’s boyfriend J)

Maintain decorum but don’t be stiff.

Never insult anyone, whatever the provocation. This is non-negotiable.

You can disagree without an argument. Believe it. Practice it.

Who is wrong is wrong! What is wrong is right!

Not righting a wrong is wrong.

There are lies. There is truth. Nothing in between.

Over confidence is not seen as arrogance.
Arrogance is seen as arrogance.
Arrogance is the worst vice.

Respect is not equivalent to being servile.

Define your values, make sure you define them, take time to define them and once defined them live your life by those values.
Here I take help from your mentor, friend, inspiration, whoever or whatever...

At times the world may look unkind; So be it. It owes you nothing. But that does not give you any right to
-          Be cruel
-          Be unreasonable
-          Be irrational
-          Deviate from your values.
It is precisely in those moments the world gets to see the real you!

Surprise the world with what you are made of.

Practice the pleasure of giving. There is no greater pleasure that I have found so far. (Scotch included! J)

Footnote : The blog title – I could not resist …………. J - I know how much you HATE that song.

Happy Birthday My Friend :)

Never betray a trust. N.E.V.E.R.
Allowances are there to make mistakes J
Regret nothing, translation, be wise enough never to do anything that would make you sit and regret at a later day!
Earning is a must in order to live, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture in pursuit of earning. “The money in your bank when you die is the unnecessary work you did in your life “ :D – well not precisely, but you get the drift.
Discover new places, travel while young, forget the stupid concept of saving money at an early age, let the saving wisdom dawn on you a little later.
I – the extra I in your name, courtesy your dad. Let this I remind you that you have to make all your efforts to make one person the happiest in the world, “yourself”
Relax – this life is not a race. Only one thing is certain. That one day you will die. Like patch Adams said “Our job is not to delay the death; but to increase the quality of living”
Allow no one to run your life. No One. You call the shots. Do not stay on with stupid things. If you don’t like a book, don’t finish it. And all that………
Never settle. Be a Rolling Stone :P

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Total recall / Amnesia and everything in between.

I have been reading books since 1979.
That’s fairly a long time. Long enough to reminisce and record.
I will try to record them in the following categories. Not the usual best, inspirational, life-changing, unputdownable or the multiple read types.
But a completely new list of categories that I hope veteran readers would agree with.
I will refrain from citing examples for each category. I know what my list is. I shall be glad to know if the reader cares to share with me his/her list.
1 – “I can recall every single line from this” type
These are few certainly. I can remember every freaking word of these books. Not just the text even the position of the paragraph in the page layout, the colour of the page, some stains or scribbles or notations and their exact locations on each page. Sometimes even the weather and the condition of my living room / balcony / bedroom / toilet / kitchen (wherever I was reading it) while I was reading it. The story, character and the whole work stays etched. Forever. It has nothing to do with the quality of the book itself. It ranges from earth shattering to mundane. Explain it, I can never.
2 – “Bits and pieces” type
These are books that are a collage. There are parts that stay as vivid as the one explained in category 1 and other parts that are a complete strange wasteland. At times someone reads out a passage and play the guessing game and I draw a blank. Then when the book is revealed I am dumbfounded. I reread it to assure myself. And I do not have the foggiest recollection of ever having read that part. Though I do recall having read the book before. And am a diligent reader. Not the one who does scanning. I read E.V.E.R.Y. single word. The feeling is a complete opposite of Déjà vu
3 – “What the fuck was this about” type
These are books that I know I have read. That’s all. Period. I do not recall a single line, a single character or an incident from the book. No clue about the plot. None about the set-up, location, beginning or the end. If I start reading it again it is as if I am looking at it for the first time. And as is expected I lose my interest at about page 43 and they vanish from the radar till they surface again.
4 – “A promising start, wonderful to read but suddenly loses it” type
These are the never finished category. Sadly they total up to a sizeable number. As is expected these books are picked up with a huge recommendation and expectation. True to the hype they start off well. The life time of these books unfold in the following way. You start it on the very day you acquire it. You read late into night. Can’t wait to finish office and return home to grab it again and continue. It builds up nicely well and shapes up to be a good read. Then suddenly without explanation it becomes crap. You do not believe it is the same book. You continue just out of sheer perseverance and plod on. It becomes tougher each passing day. Then one day you just give up. It remains unread. And after a few years you pick it up again. They fall into category 3 when you pick it up. So you start again. Eerily it plays out exactly like the first time around. And you throw it away in disgust.
5 – “Complete waste of time” type
These are the books that you buy because it has such a negative publicity about them. These are clear no types. But you still buy them. Only with a hope that the critics could all be wrong. And you find out that it is you who is wrong at the end. Barring the complete lack of merit they loosely belong to category 4.
6 – “Can’t put your finger on the damn thing” type
This belongs to a huge number of books. You know the general plot. You for sure how it begins. How it takes shape. And how it ends. And that’s all there is to it. For the life of yours you can’t recall specifics. This is still good enough as you know the vital statistics.
7 – “The unbelievable comic”
This is beyond belief. All the comic books you have read stay vivid in your mind. Every frame, every punchline, every one liner, every wordplay in the names of characters, each crazy setting, each stupid adventure. You can never tire. Nothing acts better as a stressbuster than a copy of this category to perk up a gloomy day.
8 – “Why did they make a film out of this” type

They usually are a sub set of category 1. Against all wisdom you go and see the film. You run out of expletives. The only good thing that comes out of it is you return from the film and read the book again to wash the taste of the film from your system.