Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Reading has been a big part of who I’m. Give me a book and I can spend days immersed in the parallel world, oblivious to the real world around me. There have been times when, because I was at some crucial point in the narrative, the house was ignored, cooking was near palatable, and sleep was a distant, disruptive activity.
We are a little less than a fortnight into the new year and 2022 promises to look exciting. The year 2021 came and went and nobody felt bad about it coming to an end. I mean it’s a complete year, a twelve-month duration from our lives and yet everyone I spoke to was glad it was over. Kind of sad but then I guess each one of us had our own reason for that. But I can’t get myself to blame it for the way things went. I believe it’s all in the head; it’s how we want to look at it.
No one is spared of the Monday blues. Some deal with it as if they were born with the ‘Monday’ genes. In comparison, the rest of us drag ourselves through Monday mornings as if we were suddenly dropped from the sky. At least the first half goes like this until the boss wakes us up with the required gusto! So what’s the solution? Simple – just get started. To make it a smoother sail, it helps if you keep a few things in mind, starting with setting the alarm 10 minutes early to give you the time to roll out of bed. Here is a list of things I feel should not only help you deal with the Monday blues but also enable you to glide through the week effortlessly.
Went to see the latest Aamir Khan movie ‘PK’. As usual it was good. I mean when I say good, I don’t just mean it as a package but in how such a sensitive subject has been dealt with. Of late when I go to watch an Aamir Khan movie I go with expectations of having my comfort zone shaken. I’ve been forced to look at ‘things’ from a perspective which is very obvious yet not palatable to the average mind. PK has once again made us all rethink about something’s which we all in our deep subconscious know as a ‘wrong’, yet most of us would not touch it with a pole. Even with people with whom we profess to be honest, we discuss such issues cautiously lest we disturb their sensibilities.
The first three books covered the lives of the central characters of Rama, Sita and Ravana, each intersecting each other’s lives at crucial points. Book 4 of the Ramachandra series is the ultimate culmination of the series of events over the lifetime of the three protagonists. The War of Lanka is the battle of all battles; of good versus evil, of duty versus pride, of dharma versus adharma.
“I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them. ” — Boris Pasternak