Repeatedly one sees that people are happy to analyze what the problems with world (minus them) are and how those problems should be rectified. There is never a shred of introspection to see if they have in anyway contributed to those problems, or if the problems actually lie with them. Without any apparent self consciousness they zoom in on their positives, successes  and contributions and zoom out as far as their negatives, failures and lack of contribution are concerned. However while reviewing others they apply this in the reverse – zoom in on the negatives, failures and lack of contribution and zoom out so far as the positives, successes and contributions of others are concerned. Some practitioners have a well developed ability of controlling their conscience at will so that the zoom in / zoom out method mentioned above is brought into play without any brakes. Another aspect of this hypocrisy is the apparent pride with which people spread around the sagas of their contributions. This reminds me of a statement from Catch-22 – “Actually, there were many officers’ clubs that Yossarian had not helped build, but he was proudest of the one on Pianosa“.  John Steinbeck summed up the hypocritical ways of the world brilliantly in this statement from his wonderful book, Cannery row It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.” 

What am I likely to blog about?

At this point I cannot define the set of topics precisely. There is a range of topics that interests me and that I think about. Hindu Philosophy, Mythology, Psychology, Science, Fiction, Current affairs, India, Human behavior, Movies, Management, Corporate life and Life in general. There could be a few other topics, which as I said, I am not able to list down precisely at this stage

Why do I want to blog?

  • to keep improving my style of writing and preciseness of expression
  • to be able to convey my thoughts more clearly and more succinctly
  • to capture my thoughts so I can revisit them occasionally to see how my perspectives have changed
  • to share my thoughts with others
  • to express my appreciation of things that have left an impression on me
  • to get down to the discipline of writing on a regular basis
  • and also to test whether there is a book in me 😉

It is funny how one’s perspectives and thinking can change over a period of time. Views which could have been penned down in fit of great clarity and with passion can appear limited in the perspectives they present, if revisited after some time has passed. Passage of time allows one to have new experiences, learn new things or understand known things in a different way, leading to modification or enlargement of one’s perspectives.

Hopefully I will keep blogging and will achieve all of the objectives listed above.

– Rishi, 23-Nov-2013