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June 4, 2008 / lazybug

Nothing

What are the things that we want to do, and the things that we really want to do?

There are people who seem to be doing what they were born to do. The businessman, the sports person, the soldier, the actor, the singer. The majority of the people in the world – the ones like me and possibly you –  though, come into the world not knowing what we are meant to do. For us life is all about getting some education so that we can end up with a decent job. At any given moment there are more, by a huge margin, people who don’t know why they are doing what they are doing.

Was the guy next door born to write code for a living? He sure is good at it, but is coding the thing for him? The replies to such a question can go to an extent where the guy’s education, family, parents’ aspiration, government’s inability to provide proper education and a lot more things can end up taking the blame. But that’s not taking us anywhere. If we really knew what we were born to do, we’d have done it irrespective of the road blocks. At worst, we’d have given it a try, failed and moved along hoping to come back later. Unfortunately, even that happens in very rare cases. Those paint brushes that were left in the corner of the cupboard dry out crying out against the injustice. They were sacrificed because that entrance exam was too important. The Tanpura was covered in a piece of cloth and thrown in the store room because singing was too tough a field to succeed. “You know how many of them wannbee Rafis and Kumars roam the streets of Mumbai looking for that big break? Go do the course that our neighbour’s son did, he got a job instantly. May be you’ll get lucky too.” The death knell. End of story.

I’ll end it here, lest I end up writing a short book that no one wants to read. Here’s a photograph to cheer you up. I took it at the Mozamjahi Market on Sunday with the HPC. She started laughing when she realised that she was being photographed. I felt jealous. She sells beetle betel nut leaves for a living. God bless.

The shy laughter

Lyrics for the moment

And what it all comes down to
Is that I haven’t got it all figured out just yet
’cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving the peace sign – One hand, Alanis Morissette

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11 Comments

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  1. Liju Philip / Jun 5 2008 12:30 am

    Good pic man. You caught the right expression. Some people dont have anything, yet seem so contended. Some people have everything, but yet are searching for more.

    Ya, am confused too 😉

  2. Ramakrishna / Jun 5 2008 7:42 am

    Hmm. Good Post. Even I’ve got similar clueless doubts. I’m still wondering the way life goes on. With this comment, I now only add my confusion to yours. Haha 🙂

  3. IdliDosa / Jun 5 2008 7:53 am

    love the pic! I heard Norwegians are the most content people in the world 😀 pbly, it’s in our genes…always craving for more

  4. Sridevi / Jun 5 2008 9:24 am

    A good post! Penning down the wandering thoughts every now and then gives a great relief.

  5. Chittaranjan / Jun 6 2008 8:14 pm

    Live Life to the Full! Methinks the pic epitomizes that. WTG Akki….do keep clicking animate objects rather than inanimate ones!

    P.S: Its ‘Betel’ leaves 😛

  6. lazybug / Jun 8 2008 3:53 pm

    Thank you guys. 🙂 I hope I am able to take more such pics.

    @Ycee: No. It is Beetle.

  7. vinay / Jun 8 2008 6:01 pm

    Thought provoking post. You seem to have similar views as that of mine. Currently, I am planning to take retirement and go to Himalayas.

  8. Chittaranjan / Jun 8 2008 7:41 pm

    You bring out the argumentative snob within me :mrgreen:

    “Beetle” is an insect (and also a VW Car!). “Betel” is the correct term for the Tamalapaku leaves that the vendor was selling. Checkout these Wikipedia entries for Beetle and Betel respectively.

  9. Chittaranjan / Jun 8 2008 7:44 pm

    You bring out the argumentative snob within me :mrgreen:

    “Beetle” is an insect (and also a VW Car & a Cartoon character!). “Betel” is the correct term for the Tamalapaku leaves that the vendor was selling. Checkout the Wikipedia entry for Betel!

    [EDIT: Bah! You have the ‘hold comments in moderation queue if they contain two or more links’ feature turned on!]

  10. lazybug / Jun 9 2008 4:20 pm

    OK fine. Will change it.

  11. Chittaranjan / Jun 9 2008 6:04 pm

    err…change the “beetle” or the “comments moderation”?

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