Tuesday, May 21, 2013

To new beginnings. To the pursuit of...somethingness.

Hey folks,
Hope you all are doing fine. I'm good too but I'm all caught up in some crucial times/good times/ bad times of my life. Time that's going to define how my life's going to be. I'm little frustrated, little jaded, little happy and little excited.  Frustration comes naturally when I'm nervous and uncertain about how things are going to turn.  I know I'm prepared and I also know that I could have done better, much better, if  given the chance to do it all again. But that never happens in real life.

Next Sunday is important for me. I'll be tested for something I've been preparing whole year. Trying hard to keep calm and composed. I don't know how future will unfold and how my next year is going to be. All I know that blogging helped me a lot. Random Scribblings  holds a special place in my heart along with all those people who make this place alive. No matter what happens coming Sunday I'll keep coming back to this place as it's one things that keeps the gene of sanity in me intact. It is my fortress of peace n sapience.

Sorry for not being so active in visiting  and commenting on your much loved blogs. I'll do that soon. Once I'm done with all the exams and associated myriads of activities that comes along. I just wanted to say a big big Thanks to everyone.  I'd have been totally a different person today if not for Random Scribblings and people I've met here.
We must always find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. 
 John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Smart Phones Dumb People ?

Smart phones, dumb people ? As gadgets take over lives, have we become less intelligent ?

Really is that so ? I think hard and sometimes the answer is a Yes and sometimes it's a No. This book does the same it tells you how technology can be used for some higher purpose. How people can do something more than just facebooking, instagramming, tweeting or whatsapping. Prathajeet Sarma keep reminding us throughout the book that all this smartness that we tend to fallaciously assume that we possess is not the real smartness. Inherent smartness is something we need to work on and keep working on.As he says- creative application of mind is something we should not let go of. 

"So, no way; we are not dumber in the age of smartphones. We are actually smarter. However it is important to pause for a second and realize that smartphones or any other gadget are there to aid our decisions. They are not there to take decisions for us. Once in a while, perhaps we ought to remind ourselves of this, as the world changes around us and line between reality and imagination blurs. "

Book is well-written and some pretty awesome analysis and suggestions are put forth. How Innovation and Technology can be effectively used not only for obvious reasons like better management and administration but can also be used in fighting Indian specific monsters like excessive corruption and social evils. Some say that India is future super-power but still there is so much to be done. As Sharma states-

Parts of India and the world live in 21st century where as parts still live in the 19th  century. Whilst many of us live in times ruled by smartphones and the mighty internet, millions go without easy access to basics like water and electricity.

This can change, of course it can. Sincere and unspoiled efforts can make it happen. Add the technology and creative human mind.. nothing is impossible. Purpose will be solved if we can partially, if not completely, prove Honore de Balzac wrong when he says-
"Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact."

Smart Phones, Dumb people is a nice read. Many readers will enjoy the lightness with which this book is written and at the same time they will be able to grasp the simple and sincere message given by Parthajeet. The book has a lot about innovation and technology, how it can be employed better. It's a brilliant account of what real smartness when blended with technology can achieve :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Open For Discussion

Everywhere you go, some sort of discussion will follow. It's like an inseparable phenomenon these days. People just can't resist it . Wherever some bunch of people manage to find a place to stand and breathe together, they buckle up and wage a war... with their verbal torpedoes.

Everybody have a opinion. Each and everything is open for discussion, new rule in the book of human survival. Everybody knows something about someone and he/she can't afford to stomach it much longer and have to blurt  it out over someone or at someplace. Desperate times, desperate actions.. Are we lost so badly in our attic of minds that there's no sense of solace in there. Is it only filled with all sorts of grunge and grudge ?

You talk much when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

We cannot survive a day without texting or talking or stalking(on social media) about other people. There's have to have a discussion whether verbal or cerebral. We are impotent to shut it off. If a girl next door got a new haircut it's just out of our wits to not to comment on it. Our heads are full of dilettantish and shoddy commentary and all it seeks is a reek of a crack in time where we can just fork out our own little piece of apprise.
on my way, I
wanted to be alone
from the chatters
that were going on

didn't wanna be a part
daily rituals of unneeded plots
that they set
of baiting others
upsetting whole nine yards
with their own upset

people who know me
they know a lot, all
recourses and resorts
rises and falls

I'm gauged, for every footprint
that I make, not for mine
but for other's sake, they
might not know or favor an ignore
heavy toll that it makes
as my unsteady castle shakes

why do you have to say it, annotate it
why do you have to print it out loud
this and that, more and more, why to make
a memoriam of every single chore

why, where, how and what
why white is white
and how dark is dark
why he's fat, how can he
drive such a fancy car
how can that lady have so much power ?

I sat for a while, tried to think - why's that we are so worried about what's happening to others. Why this discussion feel so burdensome and why it bothers so much. Why is this constant inner struggle for fighting someone else's demons...
I listen to Keane...

Oh simple thing where have you gone?
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

Thursday, May 2, 2013

I Don't Need To Be Inspired Any Longer

Hopes tends to fade away. Zeal and fervor with which I usually start something recedes with time. Every now and then I need a nudge, I need someone to tear down the illusion of assumed perfection and give me a coup d'oeil of the acrid reality. When this waning fervidness reaches a point beyond which there's no actual moving forward but an unavailing run in loops I need an instant dose of inspiration, a sugar-coated slap of embarrassment from people around which will be hard enough to push me back on race track and soft enough to not to hate them for slapping me.

But, there comes a time when I no longer need inspiration. It's always there with me. May be I'm inspired all the time. My head is deep buried in what I'm doing and I know exactly where I'm going.Like Anais Nin my dreams too are athletic in nature running way ahead of me, I need to catch up before they melt away. I don't wanna get pushed again and again, not now, and questioned and prodded like a nestling.

I guess I don't need to be inspired any longer, just supported ― Kurt Cobain, Journals

Don't say a word
not a whisper, not a silence
with little sounds
heavy citations you oft cites
do no good to me
not now, but once I needed them
so bad, they gave me something
I reckoned I never had

I am charged
excited enough to last long
in valence shell, I know the route
marked well on the map
why charge me further
once I called for it
not any longer

now I need you to tread with me
your unhurried assistance
side by side, till I cross this
stretched out sea
stand with me on that blue boat
of mine, stare with me
torrents of water and azure skies

Sometimes a mere assistance, a little support and an unconditional unhurried presence of people you love gives you enough competency to swim through any circumstances. May be you no longer require encouragement and much needed motivation but patronage is something you'll never get enough, specially of your loved ones :)  


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