Jun 22, 2014

Overload


Book Review:  Overload
Author: Arthur Hailey


This book, the moment I picked it up, got loaded on and captivated my thought process compeletely. Arthur Hailey, like in his other books, crafted real life characters with which one could connect very easily and could actually visualize some of the instances happening in one's life. There is one catch, you have to belong to that particular industry which he had so well researched and described in his books, and if you do not belong to that clan then his books could  help one know, upto certain extent, about the lives of the people who live in those industries.

Overload is one such Hailey's book where he had delved into the lives of the people working and living in the power industry of California.The challenges that the power industry brought to its employees, to the state and finally to the people of the state were very well penned down, and one could sometimes feel that-"Oh, the industry of my state does this, all are same and crap everywhere". This common and true view point of the general people was, from  the beginning, inborne in the story. The amazing part was how the author took this view as base and changed this thought of general people into something which was close to reality.

The first part of the story revolved around the functioning of the power industry, the illicit relationships of Goldman and the media view point of that industry. The second part got us into plot when a revolutionary group "Friends of Freedom" came into picture and set down their disarrayed revolutionay motives infront of the power industry. The third part got all the pieces in place, changed the view point of the public for current scenario of power industry in California, and everything else sorted out including Goldman's illicit relationships.

Reading any of the Hailey's books makes you feel like you are living your life with his characters, and you so very easily make the connection with them. This is the reason that each of his book is unparalleled,unique in its content and worth reading.




Apr 20, 2014

Mom n Me






Mom

Who wakes me up early in the morning,
Puts my head on her lap,
Plays with my hair,
And floats her affectionate hand on my face


Me

Who doesn't care for any alarm,
But wait for mom to wake me up
And to feel the eternal love in her lap
I pick up her hand and put it on my face.


Mom

Who makes the best cuisines in the world
Let go her tastes and choices for me,
Plays all the foolish games with me,
And fights even with her better half for me.


Me

Who can eat at the best of the places outside
But come  back to Mom to satiate hunger,
For every delicacy that  she makes
Becomes the best and delicious with her touch






Mom

Who first read my books to make me study
Skips her office to help me finish my homework,
She remains awake to just give me milk and nuts overnight,
And, without fail, wakes me up early in the morning for school.


Me

Who is dependent on mom for everything
For schoolbag to books to lunch,
For motivation and love at midnight,
And, her love is the only alarm clock that I have had.


Mom

Who wants to be my friend now
When nobody is her best friend,
Who likes to know all my funny escapades in college
For she wants to live another college life with me.


Me

Who doesn't want to share my pranks with her,
And just can't share my girlfriend names with her.
Who start getting irritated by her caring demeanor
For I perhaps have become old enough to take care of myself








Mom

Who wishes that I get all the happiness
Even when my calls become less frequent
And she just prays to god for my wellness
And success in every phase of life


Me

Who realizes every instant in the outside world,
That Mom is the best friend that one can ever have,
Who now knows that mom was always right
In her teachings, and her sayings about the world and life.


Mom

Who wishes to see me happy in my life
Who likes to be affectionate in the new family,
And wants to give lessons to the to-be mother,
To blend my life with eternal happiness


Me

Who wishes to give happiness to the love of my life,
And be affectionate and loving to my mom
For whom I am the love of life,
And adds meaning to her(mom) life





Feb 23, 2014

Are you Serious??



I remember those elder brothers, neighborhood uncles and aunts who were more serious about my not-so-straight teeth, less height, dry skin, fewer marks in school than their fat bellies, rough and weak hair, and uncultured English. I remember them poking my mother on how to keep my good diet, and suggest lot of unnecessary remedies for a small cold or a stomach ache. I sometimes use to wonder whether their kids have ever got cold and stomachache or not.


I use to have fun hearing those serious discussions when my old aunt would advise my grandmother to take some home-made medicines for body ache.. I don't remember the recipe but my granny did give it a thought. This seriousness incoming from different people is there in everybody's life that is a part of or connected to some kind of social circle. It is good in a way that you actually come to know certain things that you did not know earlier. But it can also be bad because of the nagging habits of people who try to inculcate this seriousness in your life. The effect can sometimes be so adverse that you may stop talking to them or start avoiding them.


I had one such kind of friend who kept on advising me on little things, on my way of doing my routine work, on my way of studying, on my way of reading newspaper and what not. I use to like it in earlier days, but then I started getting irritated and tried to tell him indirectly to keep his futile advice to himself.


Then the time came when I had to say it bluntly on his face to shut up and that his thought were not at all required. I remember having a wordy fight with him. He did, after that, keep his seriousness to himself and stopped interfering in my life. After some days or I suppose months we stopped being in touch.


Recently, I had another such encounter with a person who had that serious habit of advising his colleague on every other thing. This other guy got irritated of course, but he never said anything in lieu of the bond they use to share. Then one day this person realized the fact and got into a contemplative mode for what he had been doing all those days. He did not say anything to his friend but at last stopped interfering in his way of doing things. He actually remembered that some time back he had banter with one of his other friend for a similar reason and he was the one to tell bluntly on his friend's face to zip up his mouth.


I know those things because I was that person who started giving serious advises to his other friend. I felt sorry for myself that some years back I created a bridge in a friendship with one of my friends.


After these two incidents I understood that seriousness is really contagious and can make friends and relations if we know the limits. Besides, I have also understood one other thing that keeping cool thoughts and cheerful tongue can actually inspire other people's life rather than acting insanely serious in front of them.



Keep your cool people,
I have decided
You should also think
And decide.

Time is ever flowing and unstoppable.


PS: This is posted as an entry to an Indiblogger contest- CONDITION serious hai.



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Dec 31, 2013

EVERYTHING IS RIGHT!!!..


I have chosen a vague topic to write at coffee time, but this is what my mind is going through..... This indicates that I am getting vague these days..haha..may be ..I can’t say…

There is so much that I think I can write about this but still whenever I decide to type down my thoughts, I find myself at short of words. I also thought to change the topic for ‘Everything is right’ to ‘Everything is wrong’ or also to ‘Everything is relative’, but my heart did not agree to those other two topics.

I daily observe life of people around me at my home, my workplace. I keep thinking about the incidences of happiness, sadness, and fights with colleagues, banter, gossips and whatever that I am a part of in my daily routine. I get many reactions of people when I go through this in my life. Some I feel are right for me and some are wrong for me. It took me a long time to understand that what is wrong for me might be right for somebody else. In-fact I should admit that it did not occur to me till the time I myself experience the similar situation where I felt bad about the other’s reaction to me.

Does this mean that I should not feel bad about anything wrong or bad happened to me?? My heart does not agree to this but my mind says ‘yes’. There are infinite perspectives of everything that is happening around me and you. The point is with what perspective are you looking at the things? The reference frame, the base point changes with every perspective. This condition is similar to a twelfth class physics question where a student is asked to calculate the time when the train running on a railway track will cross past him. This question remains incomplete till the time the examiner specifies the point from where the student has to observe the crossing train. The answer to the question will change if the student is on another moving train from when the student is standing on a stationary ground.

One has to first be completely aware of this fact, and then proceed to decide the base frame, reference point of his or her life. Or one has the choice to not have any base frame for his or her thoughts, the condition where one does not feel good or bad about anything.



I think that this is a tough one to decide for me and may be for everybody else breathing in the mundane world. Reference point of your life can be your family, wife, friends etc. Making it more understandable, one’s nation is the base frame of army people of that nation.
 Base frame actually is the top priority of life that makes you react to any condition, incidence or event that happens with you.

If you and me understand this fact and decide our base frame, our top most priority then we can expect to live a happier life. The conditions, situations may make you happy or sad, but in the long run you would know that you have this feeling because of you and nobody else.
If you and I understand this fact then we will be able to control our anger, short-temperedness up to a certain extent.

At the end, I will say that "Everything is right"




PS: I take this as a New Year resolution that now I will keep it in my heart and mind that actually everything is right. Keep Smiling :)


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Nov 17, 2013

As Simple As It Can Be #6


The idea of this post, sixth in the series As Simple As It Can Be, came to my mind when I was watching that emotional speech of Sachin, and at that very instant I decided to pen the sixth one in the following way.

 As he finished the speech, I came out of my home in the outside courtyard and was thinking about cricket, one thing that continuously popped out of  is SACHIN.......AS SIMPLE AS IT CAN BE.....

 I then penned down certain things that have the same effect as Sachin has on me for cricket. This is  like the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of 'something'. So this time I penned down simplest analogies of life as

CRICKET::SACHIN



LOVE::FAMILY




 FUN::FRIENDS


  GOD::NATURE


 ECSTACY::FOOD


 WORK::MONEY




COMPANION::BOOKS






P.S:  This post is dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar, the finest cricketer in the world.


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