Monday, April 23, 2012

No work blues!!



Monday blues, hangover blues, marriage blues and lot others!! Every one discusses about these normal things .. but the blues that none of us speak about are the No work blues.. All of us crave for days when there is no work, and all that we are expected to do is to come to office, surf, coffee, gossip and leave..
But, what if the same continues for an extended period of time.. especially when you actually love working and need something to keep the senses up and running.. Iam going through these patches, that for the past 10 days I hardly have any work..
Now these blues are actually making me sleepless since the mind is reluctant to allow me to go to sleep for having not used it for quite some time.. Iam only starting to realize what it means like not having any work or sitting on bench (IT parlance).. while I will be paid for my salary, for all the position and experience that I extend to the company, what is the point if all the experience is there only for CV sake..
Ridiculous, as it may sound that some one is cribbing for lack of work. But, I guess its more psychological, because one needs to be working to remain confident and feel distinguished. with no stakeholders in vicinity, the only way to garner importance is through work .. Now that the tribulation part is done .. let's try and find a work around.. what to do when no work ... (let me not speak about the ways to find work in consulting like networking, being proactive etc. )
a) Blog .. one way to vent out lot of things
b) Read news .. gives you ways to see how messed up world around is thereby feel good that you are better off
c) Get into relationship .. makes you feel important and atleast your ears have some work of listening to all the ^%&$ being spoken by the counterpart
d) Dress smart .. Makes you again feel better for no good reason at all... am sure there are many other things.
But, hey who cares!! Live life on your terms and whether work or no work, you for sure are important to certain people and in what ever stage you are, they would be around taking care of you. Wishing for bright colors instead of blues!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Consumed by nature!

“We, the willing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.” - Mother Teresa (Took it from the article written in Dawn)
Just been to some remote locations from Delhi for the long weekend. Quite an un-planned trip which did end on a good tone.
Was in places, where there was no network, continuous vegetation, but still a human to be found.
The road was not a proper one, with huge bumpy rides along the road, but the road was still visible and accessible
Streams of water, cold, flowing across the landscape at different depth, at varied pace..but we could still take a dip in it and not be scared of getting washed away.
Staring into the sky, clear sky, with a full moon, bright stars .. but still there was light that we could see coming from the closest neighborhood and we were sure that we are not lost in the woods.
Add to that the scare due to the chance of bumping into a wild elephant, which can run amock and hit your vehicle .. but there was a person with us adept at handling this scare.
Inspite of such a great ambience with lush green fields, clear water and sky I was sure that I cannot stay here for more than a week.
While the sense of just being yourself and talking to nature brings in so many good feelings, the same feeling when extended takes the sheen away from the thoughts.
Its such a task to just be yourself, stare into long strides of blissful snow, sky, weather which remains as cold as the person trying to break a relationship.
Just to imagine being in such a climate with no access to anything remotely called as a "human made" makes the whole episode so haunting.
It is precisely, in this kind of weather that thousands of people walk and stay for such long hours to ensure that the other side doesn't walk on to your door step.
Iam referring to the Siachen Glacier!!


In news, because of the avalanche which took away the 139 soldiers in pakistan and last month took away 20 lives of their Indian counterparts.
Just to imagine, what would have happened to those soldiers who had spent the best part of their lives looking down into the deep valleys and not sure what to expect.
Far off from any human and farther away from the closest person in their life.
What would be the feeling when they actually find some one...event a distant glimpse at a two legged mammal with similar features as his..
I wonder when they actually encounter a foe, would they actually fight it out .. wouldn't they be happy that they finally saw a human form which they have been longing to see .. 
why would they kill something that they've been desperately waiting for.
As a matter of fact, nature is the only thing that they are closest to .. and what more happiness than to be hugged by the person whom your are closest to .. 
hence wouldn't they rather love the nature consuming them, because it is the only one that gives them eternal company..
These are a few lines expressed in gratitude to the lives wandering at the peaks .. invisble, unsure, lost in the peaks and dead in the shadows of the snow!