Thoughts flutter throughout the day. Few stay, few flit, few need to be celebrated. Thoughts are man’s gift, valuable enough to cherish for infinity. In a hope to immortalize those thoughts, I etch words onto this blog wishing all the way to carry them further into the world.
Things happen and we don’t always welcome it. We do not
understand why something happened at some date, why things had to be changed
and something had to disappear. We do not understand fate. We do not understand
death. Because death is a change we wish didn’t happen. Death of someone close is death of a piece of
our soul. We have no protection against this lose. We have no way to fight it.
Harry, my little brother, my pet cat died a couple of days
back. He had been missing for a few days and I couldn’t find him even after searching
for him. I had kept my fingers crossed for his return. And then they found him,
Maybe it was not really Harry that died, maybe it was a
different similar looking cat and Harry was going to turn up the same day. That
was what I told myself. Until I realized he wasn’t coming back and I mourned
I miss Harry. He was my little person, my little cat who
went round and round my feet until I picked him up and scratched his ears or
rubbed his tummy. He had the most beautiful eyes. So full of pure trust in his
family. The first time he climbed up a place he didn’t know a way down, he
cried until I came and got him to ground. When he went missing once before and
fell down a ditch, he cried out when he heard my voice whistling for him. He
trusted us to find him. And I couldn’t find him this time. I wish I could tell
him how sorry I am, now much Sansa his sister misses him.
The last picture I took of him.
People tell him he is in a better place. I hope that is
true. That he is in a world where there is lot of cat food and many rats to
chase. And that there is someone to reprimand him when he brings home a dead
rat yet tell him how proud they are of him for having caught one. He will
remember me then and not forget he had us. That he has a family that loves him.
Harry was my very favorite, and with these words I honor his
memory. I love you, little Harry. Thank you for your meows. They will forever echo in my world.
Fiction will take you and turn you on your head. It will
leave you in tears, or with a content heart or gasping for another page. Fiction
also stretches its fingers to the depths of your mind and heart and sows a seed
of something new. A lesson. A thought. A feeling. Something that changes your
perception of life. That something will make you, will guide you. Fiction will
become your teacher or an inspirational story that motivates you. It will be
your drive, you motto. Stories or writings that will change the way you look at
life. This is top 5 of my top ten novels that has taken me in its words and
changed me with its stories.
The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand single-handedly changed my perspective on life.
Fountainhead showed me what it means to be a true man, a human being who will not negotiate his principles because
what are you when you forgo your principles? Atlas Shrugged liberated me on so
many levels. It showed me it is okay to be selfish, rather selfish is the way
to live. To remember that without the ‘I’ there is no self. For instance, the ‘I’
in ‘I love you’ is more important that the word love itself. To remember only I
can grant myself true happiness.
This is my favorite Ayn rand quote:
Achievement of your happiness is the
only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless
self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof
and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them
How much I adore this book. The Little Prince will teach you
to never forget the child in you, to never erase the creativity and imagination
as you grown up. The book will stay with you, I promise. You will carry it in
your heart as a secret weapon against the world’s ugly.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Ah, this book. When I got through the
last page I had this urge to hold the book close, to not let anything I had
discovered between those pages fade. It will connect to your spiritual side and
will give it a makeover.
“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts
to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be
communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it,
but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
Particles, Jottings, Sparks: The
Collected Brief Poems of Rabindranath
I love this man. Period. His are the only works that has
brought tears to my eyes not because of how sad the story was but just how
beautiful his words are. There is in him a stillness of nature, and my personal
love for nature is augmented by Tagore’s lyrics.
“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”
Harry Potter by J K Rowling
Yes, you can argue that there are more amazing classics out
there that should be in top five. Harry Potter has been such an integral part
of my growing up that it refuses to make way for any book of any league out
there. It has been a paramount source in molding my first principles of life.
Simple lessons like how sometimes you need to make the harder choices or to
accept your destiny and not back down even when death is facing you.
“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
What books feature in your top five?
Note:Pictures do not belong to me(except the first one).
(This post sits well in the light of Forbes's 2016 list of the World's Most Powerful Women.)
In a male dominated society, it is curious to note that the
TV Series industry (which has a very large if not the largest audience) has many
female dominated shows. Shows with women characters who are fascinating, who don’t
let rules stop them, who shatter the glass ceilings with style and class. They
steal the limelight and how well they deserve it! These are the characters I
cannot get enough of, even amidst amazing shows like Sherlock and House, the female
lead TV series have created a league of their own.
Why are these shows so great, why are writers obsessed with
bad-ass women characters and the viewers drink them up like manna? Is it
because it resonates with the feministic setup people are advocating? Or the
wish the we really want to see these women exist in real life? The need
for us to step up and create an image for ourselves as these characters have.
I love these shows because these are the type of women I
want to be. To be so talented, confidant, brave and funny at the same hour. These
women influence us, become role models of sorts; they have gumption and we want
that too. Writers understand this (Shonda Rhimes, hats off to this woman) and
they gift us with such amazing people we cannot get enough of.
Olivia Pope from Scandal is in my top ten list of female lead characters
I so wish I was like. “Aut inveniam viam aut faciam” or “I shall either find a
way or make one” is her way to life and the law student in me idolizes that. Ever since I’ve met this character I’ve taken
a different outlook on happenings around me. She makes me think, ‘hmm, if it
were me, how would I turn the situation around in my favor?’
Grey’s Anatomy’s Meredith Grey. I know this show is not
centered on a single character but I think we agree she is the protagonist.
There are many amazing women in Grey’s Anatomy, but the more I watch the show
the more I realize how much Meredith has to teach me. It is easy to be a Christina
Yang if you have the talent and drive, to be a Callie if you have the
imagination. But to be Meredith Grey takes a lot. I love how ground she is
about things, how in spite of all the darkness inside her she finds a way to
decide what the right thing is. How one learns from their own mistakes is
something I learned from Grey.
I absolutely adore Agent Carter. In a chauvinistic society,
Agent Carter kicks a lot of stereotypes and she does it with major style. She
is a bad-ass through and through. She shows us to not let the world’s opinion
matter when it comes to who you are and what and how you can do your job. You serve
to be the best version of yourself.
Kate Beckett you fall in love with easily. She is everything
a girl wants to be. The thing you learn best from Kate is to be persistent and
to trust your instincts. It takes a different kind of courage to challenge
something you are 98% sure is going to get you killed. Sometimes obsession is
Annalise Keating is yet another female lead character who
takes the heat head on and never backs down when cornered. As one of my friend
put it, ‘strong female characters serve
as a reminder that strength doesn’t necessarily mean physical strength. That a bad ass woman need not wield a sword or know
martial arts.’ Annalise Keating especially kindles the fire in law
students. Use your senses and your resources.
I know I’m leaving behind many amazing female characters.
Mindy Lahiri in the Mindy Project, Alex Parish from Quantico, Piper Chapman in
Orange is the New Black, and so many more. What all these characters resonate is
the fact of how capable women can be if they had the courage to find
themselves. These female leads are perfect yet flawed, maybe that is why we
relate so much. We feel them. We hear them. We want to be them.
We grew up watching shows were men did all the hard work.
Women in supporting roles depended on these men. It doesn’t work that way
anymore. It is refreshing and a hell lotta encouraging seeing strong,
independent women characters taking the limelight.
Do you have a favorite female TV Series character?
PS. Images do not belong to me.
PSS. Thank you to my three amazing friends Abhilasha, Rachel
and Sonali for their inputs.
When you are dangling from the edge, just about to tip over
the ledge, what do you do to escape? Do you close your eyes and hope for the
danger to pass? Or do you give yourself something to distract until help
Very so often, I’ve realized, when I’m thrown into a bad
place, I seek escape through distraction. And talking to my best friend I found
out we both have a similar choice of escapism.
A book. Not a
profound book. Not a classic novel. Just a book with a light story, with
happiness and jokes, with silly problems and dramatic solutions. A book like
Princess Diaries or the Mediator series in my case. Meg Cabot, really.
Others binge watch movies or TV shows. Escaping into another
world. Just for a few hours each day, for that very much needed breathing
And then I ask. Is escapism good? Is it the way we survive?
Our coping mechanism? Our way of looking after ourselves when we no longer can
put up with reality and need some time off this world. I don’t know. But it
makes me happy. It makes me light. It calms me down. In the end that is what
should matter, right? What should it be: escaping or standing your ground and
taking all the unnecessary hits? I’d rather escape so I can come back and stand
my ground and swing back at the hits. Don't you agree?