September 04, 2007

Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.

August 15, 2007

The Art of War

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will win hundred times in hundred battles. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you will win one and lose the next. If you do not know yourself or your enemy, you will always lose.

Therefore One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful. Seizing the enemy without fighting is the most skillful.

Every battle is won before it is ever fought.

But sometime you may not want to win over an ¡¡¡ enemy!!! whom you understand completely even before the war begins :-)

April 16, 2007

The Other Guy Blinked

"In really good companies, you have to lead. You have to come up with big ideas and express them forcefully. I have always been encouraged -- or sometimes forced -- to confront the very natural fear of being wrong. I was constantly pushed to find out what I really thought and then to speak up. Over time, I came to see that waiting to discover which way the wind was blowing is an excellent way to learn how to be a follower."

- Roger Enrico

March 29, 2007

My Biggest Fear!!!

Everyone have their fears. "डर सबको लगता है, ग़ला सबका सूखता है" :)

For some it's fear of failure, criticism, illness, rejection, insects, ghosts or even of their own shadow. You don't realize how much you fear something unless it stands right in front of you, undisguised, looking straight into your eyes, waiting for you to blink and surrender. There could be no other emotion which could petrify even the most strong-willed person to the extent of paralysis.

I had my own tête-à-tête with my biggest fear recently, It was one of those rare moments of life which leave profound effect over all the elements of one's existence. It was the fear of the possibility of becoming dependent on someone/something outside of myself.

I had a small accident which initially seemed very trivial, effectively broke my collar bone and put me inside a temporary confinement of braces and slings.

Then started the phase of "extra-caring" by friends and family. The phase of opening gates, making way, every now and then offering to help in someway or another. Though I have never admitted it, offering to help me is one of the easiest way to put me in discomfort. Still I used to manage such gestures with a smile telling myself that it will do no harm.

But suddenly it become impossible not to react and refuse such offers. Earlier I could have accepted someone bringing me a cup of coffee and now it was difficult to let other carry a bucketful of water. Anyone making sympathetic face, offering kind words started to make me pathetic. So much so that I chose not to inform many of my acquaintances of the actual pain I was going through.

Though I soon realized it and laughed over this new me, nevertheless, the very thought of loosing control of my life scared the hell out of me, but one the other side, i feel it was the same fear, which made it easy to overcome the pain and speedup the recovery.

"डर से मत डरो, डर के आगे बढ़ो। क्योंकि डर के आगे जीत है।"

March 05, 2007

The Fountainhead

Peter: You see, that's what I admire about you, Howard!
Peter: You always know! How do you always manage to decide?
Howard: How can you let others decide for you?!

February 11, 2007

Before Sunset

Jesse: Why weren't you there in Vienna?
Celine: I told you why!
Jesse: Well, I know why, I just.....I wish you would've been!
Jesse: Why didn't we do that?
Celine: Because we were young and stupid?
Jesse: You think we still are?
Celine: I guess when you're just believe...
Celine: ...there'll be many people with whom you'll connect with.
Celine: Later in life you only realize it only happens a few times.

January 05, 2007

From a Marathi play

When you start a new job, you start with a raised paycheck,
When you start a new relation, you go back to your first stipend.