Jan 23, 2011

Inspirational Awakening

I have read several books and delved into countless writings, but my inspiration still remains the same – Ayn Rand. I started reading her books when I was in school and had a reasonably capitalistic bent of mind. However, I do not agree with her philosophy of capitalism anymore, but her strong and persuasive and dominating play of words is like a blast of hot air and affects you long after reading. She was a renowned philosopher of her times. She mainly wrote hard core philosophical stuff.

But she is mostly famous due to her three works of fiction that reflected her core philosophy, which can be summarized in one sentence as: “Selfishness breeds perfection, which in turn paves the way for success”. Her three fictional works included “Fountainhead”, “Atlas Shrugged” and “The night of January 16th”. Sometimes I feel like making a documentary movie on these stories but then that is a very far fetched fantasy. Even her fictional work portrayed strong characters like Howard Roark, Dominique Francon, Dagny Taggart, John Galt, Hank Rearden, Gail Wynand who leave strong imprints in your mind. Not only this, she always favored original intelligence, creativity and individuality in her characters.

It’s been more than 10 years since I have picked up any of her writings. However her words still remain firmly engraved in my mind. Well, would you like to share who your favorite ‘Ayn Rand’ character is? Mine is Dagny Taggart with her unrelenting spirit to continue running her railroad company against all odds.

P.S.: I will come again with an open discussion on Ayn Rand and her philosophy of capitalism.

Jan 17, 2011

Life, as I know it

"What is life?” my 5 year old daughter asked me with her usual innocent expression. I struggled mentally on how to answer this insightful query. Shall I answer her philosophically, metaphysically or just practically? Life, as I know it, is like a river and you a raft in it. It starts on a high note, with strong, determined currents, raging and thrusting, making the raft struggle along the course. The raft stumbles, sometimes tumbles or topples only to revert to a stable position. Sometimes it gets washed offshore and finds the much needed rest. Sometimes it gets stuck under water or in a whirlpool of currents and struggles to free itself and gain control once again. As it courses forward with time, it may find itself slippery, battered, wet and covered with silt or muck. Sometimes it may just sail around in silent water. It may even provide itself as a life saver and save someone from drowning. Often several rafts may join together and form a more stable form in river. This can be a boat, yacht or can even a small part of ship. It is actually an equivalent to family, friends and acquaintances. But every beginning has an end; it is inevitable. The raft ultimately flows to its end……..but the river goes on and on before it merges with a vast water body. So ever wondered what kind of raft are you? Who is the driver of your raft? Do you maneuver your own raft or you let the course and currents of river monitor your progress?

Well, I got a little philosophical here. Life, as we all know it, is more adventurous, mysterious, meandering and fulfilling than the river. But the question still remains unanswered for my little daughter. Well my dear honey….this is for you. “Live your life fully; cherish every moment, whether good or bad and do not be a stoic. In course of time, you’ll understand what life is.

A special mention of a famous poem “Ulysses” by Lord Tennyson where he mentions to live life to the lees is quite apt.

Jan 16, 2011

Irony of Life

I saw this notice outside Rumtek monastery in Sikkim. It’s so true……but we get lost in the mirage of money and fail to realize this significant truth of life.

Jan 14, 2011

Back with a Bang!

It's nice to be back on my blog and what a better way to begin the new year 2011 than to resume blogging. My blog had taken a backseat due to my work commitments....but not any more. I plan to continue writing and posting regularly. I hope to keep up with my resolution.

Let's start this new year with the following inspirational lines by Robert Frost:
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
 But I have promises to keep,
 And miles to go before I sleep,
 And miles to go before I sleep."