Of Brawn with Brains

People in the post pubescent stage uptill adolescence have a keen interest in idols of perceived belligerence. But, as the years wane down their enthusiasm for spite, these idols lose sheen in their minds. Imagine elders –presumably, not those ‘young at heart’– reprimanding the youth for lack of sensitivity. These people of wisdom do not approve of insensitivity towards fellowmen for a very well-thought-of reason.

The trigger-happy youth idols do gain a huge following for their enthusiasm, but nonetheless, never acquire respect. Respect and reputation are gained by working hard. And these very things help one bolster a place in people’s minds, never to lose it. Otherwise, people change sides or shift loyalties to different idols.

Dilip Vengsarkar was very impressed with Sachin Tendulkar right from the start of his career. A very great quality, he reckons, is the lack of authoritarianism in Tendulkar. As the Chief Selector, Tendulkar built a reputation in his eyes, and this sustained him through a large part of his career. In fact, he admonished Kapil Dev for suggesting that Sachin retire from ODIs.

Hence, people should use some brains to imbibe morals in them and build a reputation. This makes the going easy in perilous times, when the gallows beckon. Be warned.


Writers’ Dilemma

Writers should be well prepared to describe their work to the uninitiated. Often, the thought that a freelance writer works from home without going to ‘office’ makes people think that he helps family members in domestic chores. While the domestic chores thing is right to an extent such as tending to dogs that are adorable, doing the dishes is not a writer’s task.

Many ‘thinkers’ who are pensioners often query about this thing.

Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on a good writing day, nothing else matters- Neil Gaiman

Writing is an interesting profession, wherein people write blogs too. This is purely for the love of writing and to showcase their talent. The monetary benefit is irrelevant, thought the activity helps in the long run.

Clients get drawn to your writing because they see that the articles are impassioned. The more you write, the more people can be reached. People acknowledging your writing comes down as cool wind in the hair. Well, at least for me. The untold story should be told and it never dies down without lingering in your heart. 

Unprepared Liaisons

The virtual world of internet is not a place to make friends who are total strangers. If you do, the result is a hostile environment. The cause being your carefree nature of posting content. If you really intend to make friends with them, thorough understanding of each other through chatting and interaction is better.

May be the people admire you. But, there needs to be a strong base of trust to maintain any relationship. Only after rigorously working this out, friends need to be made, or else, as the people don’t know you personally, they always try to know you through the posted content. And, this is not always healthy.

A slight mismatch of words that you intended to post can give a leeway in these relationships. This is enough for people in the virtual world, as a premise for rejecting and boycotting you.

Rajdeep Sardesai recently was trivialized and abused on twitter for just a harmless remark on the campaigning Modi. It was not at all meant to be perceived as such. People –many of them viewers of his news channel– started hurling insults and taunts. These were the choicest of them. His only mistake was that he did not build a strong base of trust or rapport with them. This affected him greatly for a couple of days.

Hence, it is wise for people online, never to accept friend requests, invitations to connect or followers nonchalantly. They need to work with them by building a strong base of trust and only then, approve the request. Ignoring this can mean an impending disaster in the near future. Communication was meant for the sole purpose of expressing and fostering ties. Make use of it to the fullest.

Man’s Foolish Happiness Chasing

The world promises things that are temporal and small, and it is served with great eagerness. Christ promises things that are great and eternal, and the hearts of mortals are slow to stir.- Thomas Kempis

Man from time immemorial has been chasing happiness to serve him from varied angles. He has grown so adept with implementing many ideas from his understanding of the world that he has known to be synonymous with it. The various visible things in the world have become his standard test of measure. He measures every passing thing in this world with these tools. He goes so far as to label this approach as pragmatic.

While he always accounts for the visible things in the world as pragmatic, the whole basis of this argument flounders. Christ has promised invisible things as a reward or a share in His glory. These things look to him as a part of naivety. Well, naivety could not be a bearing on those people with great intellect who shaped modern theology like St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas. Why would all these intellectuals believe in these ‘fairy tales’?

This pragmatism of the atheist falls short of explaining the purpose of life. According to his theory of believing in visible things, man got created out of the blue to make loads of money for himself. Then, he can secure his future and that of his family. Doing so, he can leave a legacy of his own. So, where does he end up after this earthly sojourn?

If money was the goal in life, all other things available free of cost in this world are in vain.

He always strives for values, but falls short of using them in his life. This is because he lacks grace that comes with being in a close fellowship with God. According to the links below, 2,300,000 prisoners can be found; 95% of them are released; 2 out of 3 of this huge number reoffend. Only 14% of these who receive Christ, return to prison again.

So, what’s missing in life that won’t let people to lead it with great values? It is exactly God and his omnipotence or power. Seek Him to lead a life with fragrant virtues.



Cinema: Shaping a Culture

Mainstream cinema in India has evolved over the years and a keen look at it shows that it is directly moulds the culture that is perceived by the common man. It is a widely followed medium and people are found raring to go watch any recent releases. So, there is a direct influence on its large audience and hence, a whole populace because of this.

1.4 crore Indians go to movies on a daily basis, which is roughly 1.4% of the population.

Cocktail (2014), Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani (2013), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) are some of the movies that show a different attitude towards the perceived Indian culture. The main characters, here, are found to be a bit bent towards the taboo side. The female lead is a strong crusader of nightlife; does not mind to have a drink or two; even smokes or has ‘crazy’ ideals and more.

The fan following of these celebrities is overwhelming on twitter: Deepika Padukone has a fan numbering of 54,40,000; Kalki Koechlin has 1,90,000 followers; Parineeti Chopra boasts of 16,00,000 followers. This makes the impact more profound.

These trends are soon going to catch up sure, as they did from the Polka dots in Bobby (1973) to well-toned abs in Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya (1998). People can become more comfortable with such ideals. Cinema surely shapes a civilization that has these traits in it long before, but does not approve them publicly. A new generation beckons.