Friday, March 28, 2008

Last 450 Minutes In Japan aka Farewell

Wonderful farewell! Am really grateful to my friends. Am at peace with my destiny and my present. Am fully confident of my future. It's never gone according to plan, but hey, haarke jeetne waale ko Baazigar kehte hain!

Swamigale, I leave my fate in your decision. I shall take whatever you give me, and never give up.

Thank you one and all!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

What I Learned In Tokyo

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

- Mother Teresa

Thursday, March 20, 2008

One Man's Dream

My mom asked me tonight, if I was sad to be leaving Tokyo. And in an instant, the feeling I had been having ever since I started being in a position to go back, got a face.

Previously, I wasn't able to understand what I had been feeling with the topic of going back to India. And suddenly, when mom asked, it struck me. I really wasn't sad to go back.

And thats because, I have grown up so much as a person and a professional here.

I have worked hard to establish my name as a capable individual and succeeded. I have travelled and toured many parts of Japan and gathered an understanding and respect for it's culture. I have learnt to take myself less seriously and not be so rigid about life in general. I have learnt that being an Indian is an essential part of my identity, my makeup, my nature and by living elsewhere or being a passport-citizen of another country won't make me feel otherwise. Nor will I get the feeling of home like I do in India, because that is where family and love is.

Above all, I have learnt to dream and follow up on my dreams; in small or large measure, immaterial.

No. I am not sad to leave Japan. Japan has been kind to me, beautiful to me and has been a catalyst for my career.

I have had many, many fantastic experiences here and cherish them all. Right from the skiing trip to Gala Yuzawa to the beautiful sunsets of Kisorazu, over the last year and a half, I have been fortunate to have been witness to many such beautiful experiences.

Having mom over to visit, watching AC Milan live!, visiting Kyoto and Hiroshima with mom. Such fantastic memories that I will cherish life-long.

Tokyo is a beautiful experience in my life that I cannot ever forget. The people here are fantastic, the country beautiful and the culture is one of tolerance and humility.

But, it is also time for me to move on and (hopefully) use this experience to become a better person and a better professional.

I am prepared to meet life with optimism, cheerfulness and maturity.

Arigatoo Nihon-jin.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Audacity of Hope

I am not talking about a blind optimism of the kinds that says poverty will be removed, roads will improve, people will have drinking water, all without working hard for India. I am talking about the hope of seeing all kids going to school, women having a safe life and equal opportunities, a good honest life in India. To hope when all seems lost is difficult. But one must hope. One must work towards that hope. And therefore, I talk about the audacity of hope.

(Reworded from Barack Obama's Speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Football is Life

In my next life, I want to play Football full-time. I want to live my life on the ground kicking the ball between the goal posts!

Football is life. Football is all there is to life.

And AC Milan is love.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Voice of Peter Keating

As always, I turn to my favourite book, The Fountainhead.

All of us have all the characteristics mentioned in The Fountainhead. It's because, all of us are flawed. Yes, even those who consider themselves Roark.

The author says that the characters of Peter Keating and Catherine Toohey are failures because they were weak in the senses to be self-less by sacrificing their interests in the interests of some set goals (Peter) or other people (Catherine). Or those who are forced by a practical set of constraints to follow the beaten path (Wynand).

As for Dominique Francon, the less said the better. Apart from the convoluted romantic angle, she serves the sole destructive purpose of breaking the pure love of Peter and Catherine.

The World is made up of 99.9% Tooheys (the Ellsworth kinds.) Insincerity and incompetance is what drives this world and hence, I am not off the mark with my comment.

Howard Roark, to me, is a convenient myth. For all his detachment towards the world, picture in a dependent family and social constraints and let's see how the author works around that.

There will be Men are made of steel, no doubt. Ones who are committed to their art, task with utmost devotion.

But true detachment would be if one were unmoved by the act of destruction, as much as one is pleasured by the art of creation. And thats where Roark fails. Thats where Ayn Rand's theory of Objectivism fails. It is partial and thereby a failure.

Roark, while of the highest importance amongst the novel's characters is, but an ideal to follow. It is upto each individual to follow that path uptil where one chooses/can.

A Peter Keating might imbibe traits of Roark (assuming he is the chosen Fountainhead, though not necessarily so), a Wynand might aim to be a Keating (in an alternate Universe), no one would want to be Ellsworth Toohey (though most might find it easier to give up breathing.)

But to all, the goal is reached by a long-trodden path. And the path may not even be the same for all. By no means so, the destination even.

That's because The Fountainhead doesn't end on Page 1.

Who's Looking Out For Them?

Read this article today. Am speechless.

Good Luck AC Milan

AC Milan vs Arsenal at the San Siro! Good luck Milan!