Monday, January 3, 2011

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

I am posting this with the potential risk of being accused of ‘generalizing’ things. There is a thing about (most) fast learners that has always puzzled me and is particularly self-defeating. They are as quick in switching hobbies as they are in acquiring them (myself included). Result: They end up being ‘Jack of All Trades, Master of None’.

This happens to me. It’s not that I lose interest in things quickly, but I’m just not ‘at them’ I’m guessing. Is it ‘lack of focus’ playing the spoilsport? Or is it ‘the want of doing too many things well’; I have still not been able to figure that out. Singing, dancing, acting, anchoring... Tried my hand at many a thing; have been successful in being fairly good at them, but not the best at any of them. And now that I am on a sabbatical and am officially unemployed, I thought of rediscovering the ‘creative me’ and took up this writing thingy. This again was not an unconquered territory for me as it happened to be yet another hobby that I had taken up long back and then as usual, left it unattended. This blog is no exception. Have a look at it. It is almost dead. No update in three years!!! Too bad.

Today I woke up all motivated and fully determined to write at least 5 articles (a target that I had set for myself, considering the fact that now I have all the time in the world to hone my writing skills). I was focused to follow the plan that I had chalked out the last night: a list of activities to be completed today. To begin with, I picked up a difficult topic to write about and struggled with it for a long time. Aarrrgh! I thought it’s time for a switch; I took up another topic, a simpler one this time and yet ran out of ideas. I thought ‘This is it! Fine! Let me not be too harsh on myself’ and I chose ‘what I believed was’ the easiest topic for me. I decided to write a review on one of my all-time-favorite movies ‘Chupke Chupke’. I have literally lost the count of the number of times I have watched the movie and I thought, writing about it should not be a difficult task. I just love the movie, I know the movie in and out and I also know all the dialogues and songs by-heart (and this is not an exaggeration). I was all set to craft out a master piece, I thought.

Sigh! I was so wrong. There I was struggling to begin and found myself groping for words. Hours passed and yet I was unable to come out with a single decent written piece. I got frustrated. I thought I was hopeless. It got me thinking ‘What could I possibly write, of a classic that had not been written before’? I secretly wished I could have chosen a lesser known flick to write about so that I could write my heart out.

I was having a bad day; I failed miserably at every single attempt at writing. Little did I realize that sometimes it just doesn’t click! I always wonder: why is it that ideas pop up in your head only when all possible writing gadgets that you can think of are most inaccessible? In my case, the maximum rush of ideas in my head is when I’m taking a shower. This is the place where I am at my vocab-best and can think of the most awesomest (if at all such a word exists) words to frame equally awesome and most importantly ‘intelligent’ sentences that would make an excellent write-up. Alas! I forget most of it by the time I’m out. ‘Genius! You should carry a pen and a paper with you to the shower if you cannot hold the thoughts in your mind for the duration of the bath‘, I say to myself. Bedtime is another hot favorite for the writing genius in me. After a long tiring day I decide to go to bed and lie down, and there it strikes!... a sudden out spring of ideas and I’m too lazy to get up for a pen & paper.

At the end of the day, here I am with none of the planned write-ups completed. Nevertheless, because of this failed attempt at writing I at least have an update on my oldest-inactive-neglected-for-years blog, in the form of this post.

Signing off for the day..

Saturday, February 17, 2007

HEAL THE WORLD - Where do we start ?

True !

I agree with what Francis & Soumya had to say in replies to my previous post. But the reality remains that the problem still exists. This is our world & we are a part of it, and we ought to strive hard to make it better. As we all understand the real problem is in the hearts & minds of men. And as soumya pointed out...no man is bad, but his/her thoughts are. The question here is: What is to be done? At the minimum, each one of us should stop & think...to improve our thoughts and improve our lives. Because, "Saying that you don't have time to improve your thoughts and improve your lives is like saying you don't have time to stop at the gas station because you are too busy driving " .So, I think whereever the problem lies....let us all start with ourselves, our thoughts, our mindsets and our lives,...and try & purify "self"....and then proceed to purify the world "together".

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Heal The World

The way the world is shaping up today, and the way I foresee the future of mankind in this world of ours, I can see anything but happiness in people's lives. Why can't people differentiate the good from the evil.... the right from the wrong…. the ethical from the unethical…. the moral from the immoral…. truth from falsity? Why are people running away from the good and seeking the bad? Why are they religiously following all immoral and unethical things and still aren't a bit ashamed of their deeds? Instead those silly souls are so proud of their deeds that they boast about them. DISGUSTING! Why are they tempted to do the wrong? After every wrong act of theirs why isn't their conscience pricking them? Why aren't they feeling ashamed of their deeds? Instead the person who is right is accused for being the only person in the opposition, for being the only person doing the right, he is treated as their enemy. But may I ask for God’s sake, WHY? Who is the sufferer? The poor right fellow! Who is left alone? The right person again! Now I understand..."Sometimes a majority only means that all the fools are on the same side". I wonder how people to do all possible immoral things and still manage to escape giving even more annoying reasons. Do these reasons justify their act in any way? ... Where have all the ethics gone? Why has man become so selfish? The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. "Oh Lord of the universe! Have you stopped sending good people on earth?Please answer my prayers lord: heal the world.... Please instill in all men morals, values and ethics that may make this world a better place to live in."