Sunday, June 24, 2012

Holidays

I hate the disorderliness that holidays bring to our lives. During college, you have a normal schedule that you follow everyday. You wake up at a definite time. The things you have to do are already planned. Life seems a lot easier. As during the holidays, you wake up at a different time everyday, you don't know what to do with your time. You procrastinate to a point that you want to kill yourself.

Let's discuss the fun part about holidays. You don't have to worry about the next lab to write the record. You don't have to sit through hours of lectures which make you try to kill yourself also. You don't have to worry about assignments. You can go wherever you want. For people staying in hostel, they feel like a torch of freedom have been handed.

It hasn't been even ten days into the holidays, I've already started to feel the inevitable ugly side of life. i.e., you don't have anything to do. This is virtual prison. Irony is, the stress we feel while keeping up with the schedules of our colleges is a lot less painful than the emptiness of life you experience during holidays.

For a perfectionist like me, the dissatisfaction is magnified. You are not excited about anything. You sleep, wake up aimlessly. I hope everyone's not experiencing the same thing. I hope they have been enjoying the holidays meeting cousins, playing sports, learning creative arts.

P.S. I'm happy that I have a blog to write all of this.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Standard Of Living

While I was reading the biography of Steve Jobs, I came to know about an important aspect of his life. He never cared about the money he earned, lost. Money never mattered to him. He only cared about making great products. He didn't bother about making them economical, or to make more profits than the competitors.

I read this and was very astonished that one of the most passionate people I've seen, never cared about an important aspect of life, money. I have been brought up with the feeling that money is something that drives life. Life is nothing without money. But I see a great person who followed his passion and gave world amazing products rather than concentrating on an aspect that everyone considered as important.

I've also read about Mukesh Ambani who built his house "Antilla" for a whopping $ 2 Billion. They built floors for parking. Having theaters at home. I've also read about Shah Rukh Khan, who owns a 100 Crore house "Mannat" in Mumbai. He reconstructed it lavishly.

As I read more and more about people at the top of their professions, their choices are weird. Everyone has a different choice. And the concept that your parents built into your head that one day you will be rich and own a grand house is flawed.

You are groomed to earn money, groomed to own a grand house. The Flawed Concept. No, you are not allowed to follow your heart and do what you want. But you are told that you will have to earn money and live a typical life. This might seem to be a one-sided argument. But it's true.

P.S. There is a similarity between Five Point Someone, Fight Club, Steve Jobs & 3 Idiots.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Idealism Vs. Realism

While I write this post, my mind is still in dilemma. Let me start by explaining the title.

Idealism is the concept of believing that the world should behave a certain way, an ideal way. Everything runs smoothly. You don't have to pay bribe to get your driver's license. You don't have to wait while you collect a formal letter from your college. Literally everything runs smoothly. But REAL world is far from this.

Realism is a concept proclaimed by people who enjoy living in a country like India. They enjoy the good parts. Curse the bad ones. And yet they are grateful that they were born here have been raised here. They are able to cope up with the above said imperfections of the society.

This is the point where I'm in dilemma. The tone of the post would proclaim that I'm an idealist. But I've tried very hard not to be one. Because living like that gives you a sense of inferiority complex. You feel you are the only one seeing the negatives happening in the society. But eventually I was beginning to understand it better. I started to become more of realist. But the perfectionist inside me takes me back every time.

But one of the things that prepares you for taking on an imperfect world is the pain it gives you. Through experience, you can achieve great things. It eventually teaches to savor and enjoy the pain. Because if you don't do so, you will be craving for an ideal life till your death.

P.S. I'm very sad that one of the persons I can discuss this topic left after completing his graduation recently.