Déjà vu – Sunil meets the absurd

It occurred a few times to me. I can’t claim I keep experiencing déjà vu every leap year. Nor have I seen ghosts. I fail to remember dreams. Still it did happen; I saw or heard something new but felt it wasn’t a fresh knock – a replay of sorts.

I bunked classes and walked 30mins to watch a movie, not for the first time though, called Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. In 1994, SRK was naïve and not the superstar he later went on to become. There was something Amish-ly attractive about the movie in its entirety. I still rate the film as one of my top Hindi picks; the protagonist, Sunil, was a key reason for my deep commitment and lifelong devotion to the film. Much later, 20Y from that day, I stumbled upon http://www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/sisyphus/summary.html – I was trying to clear the air about ‘the absurd’. Illiterate in literature, philosophy or humanities, I got this basic intro very late in my life. I realized what Sunil was whispering in my ears all these years. Continue reading “Déjà vu – Sunil meets the absurd”


I and my solitaire keep whispering to each other

The rich and the poor, divided by the ocean of economy, have a strange equation that bridges them. They both are children of God; however the flow of affection got skewed on its way and the poor missed it completely. Some of them feel deprived and are angry deep inside. Some think it’s God’s discretion or spilt-over sin from a previous birth and must be accepted in silence. They are helpless in the hands of God and his favorite children. Theirs is a life minus style – it’s about a boring toil throughout just to make the basic ends meet and die in poverty in the process. The rich have dreams, aspirations, emotions, moods, friends, mannerisms, tastes and choices apart from the definitive money, comfort and lifestyle.
“Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich” – Napoleon Bonaparte (who cares for misattribution!) Continue reading “I and my solitaire keep whispering to each other”

Snow white and the dwarf

Rajib Bhattacharya had no childhood to write home about. He was destined to be an ordinary middle class (with a downward tilt; lower-middle class to be fair to economics) man from day one. No fire in his eyes, no skills to present and not much of friends to get help from, he grew up without being noticed on any front. An unassuming guy like him grows up and somehow camouflages into the cattle class of this country. That’s the average norm for the average. I doubt if he ever told his parents about any aspirations in life. Such a nobody’s body is being brought back from a high snow-capped mountain. He is (rather was) 43Y when he died last week due to reasons he preferred to seal by his withered lips.

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Grow rich, you fool

Being rich, universally accepted as the quintessential goal of life, is not extremely difficult. I mean, living poor may just be little more painful. At the base, it’s about amassing money, in some direct or indirect form. The experts prefer ‘worth’, ‘assets’ over ‘money’. That’s OK. I’ll lay out the basics of how to grow rich for the uninitiated.

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Placebo – “I shall please”

An old retired professor of Chemistry, with chronic, almost lifelong bronchial glitches is under another bout of cold and cough. He is worried as ever about how to soothe his lungs and kill the bug. A planned dose of antibiotics, a couple of files of cough syrups including an antitussive and an expectorant are over. All natural, homemade remedies are tried out, but he still coughs. Continue reading “Placebo – “I shall please””

The whims of success

Success is a hard nut that many die in trying to crack, many while daydreaming about. Aspired by all, touched by a minuscule proportion of the population, success is a mystery-shrouded destination of all human lives. It needs no explanation why a suggestive formula to success has been a bestseller across seasons. Hence it’s a ‘natural selection’ that successful individuals are invited at various forums to share their experiences. Their hindsight is a hint given out to others on a treasure hunt. In addition, there is a class of intellectuals who earn fame by hosting cookery shows on recipe to success. They achieve success by writing about it. Some of these success coaches are astute; they tend to go too deep into the theories of the subject though they don’t have hands on experience on that. An angler’s wait, a gambler’s bet, success in some way or the other keeps us glued to it. Continue reading “The whims of success”