Thursday, September 12, 2013

Life is short. Enjoy it.

So many people say that. And while there may be some truth in it, its equally true for most people that enjoying life is usually too expensive. A hundred years back, may be, it was easy, and cheap, to get amused. a walk along the river, or in the park, evenings spent with family, a friendly round of the sport of choice... people could afford these...

But now, all of these are expensive or difficult or both...

A walk along the river... you may end up with a slipped disc from a fall or even fall prey to criminals or policemen.

A stroll in the park... most parks are locked up for good, or have been encroached upon.

Family time is becoming non-existent due to hectic work and travel schedules, and the omni-potent presence of the idiot box means that whatever little time the family spends together is only a physical presence

Sports are costly today - check out the paraphernalia of equipment required, and the quite often ensuing medical care

The two most important reasons why relaxation is no longer relaxing is the utterly commercial nature of our society today, and the huge population that the countries meager resources have to support. And of course, there is a strong chance that these two aspects feed of each other (no-other-entertainment and more-hands-to-earn theories of population increase, and the well known economic laws of demand-supply affecting price)

Saturday, June 02, 2012

The Pursuit of Happyness

Someone said that life is not about happiness. It is about overcoming a series of challenges in a "Pursuit of Happyness." Some enjoy this pursuit, others get frustrated. Happiness is not measured by the size of your car, the plushness of your house, or the number of stamps on your passport. Some would say that the more material pleasures you have, the more unlikely it is that you will be happy.

The essence is to do something which brings a smile to anothers face. Knowing that someone cares for you makes you fulfilled. Knowing that you are the fulfillment of someone's life, makes you happy.

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Daily Office Commute Circus

Wake up in the morning to let the maid in and pick up the daily and milk. Get ready for office in record time. Gulp down breakfast. Run down the hill. Flail arms madly hoping to flag down a willing rickshaw driver. Coax the driver to drive fast AND safe. Reach the station and cross tracks looking out for oncoming trains and humans. Squeeze into a packed train. Either stand on someone else’s toes or be stood on your own toes by some one else. Watch helplessly as one’s bag is tossed with the aim of a Jonty Rhodes onto the luggage rack (assuming that one has found a Samaritan to do the job AND there is space on the luggage rack). Feel like a straw in a whirlpool as you are tossed around in the crowd of people getting off before you. Finally reach one’s destination and just wait to ‘flow’ out with the swell…