Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wisdom from books-2

"The Quest for Nothing" by Anurag Anand is a DINK (Double Income No Kids)  story very realistically told, reflective of the lives of most working youngsters today who have the world at their feet and don’t exactly know what to do with it!!

With the novel commencing with a poem acknowledging friends and family alike I wondered as I read along as to whether the forthcoming pages would be as enticing as this. Fortunately, I was not disappointed.

Each chapter begins as a periodic phase and you get a vague idea as to what the story is all about like in the first chapter which is a good introduction into the life of the main protagonist, Akash.

The story surges in and out of a conflicting, energy packed present to an equally jam packed past sometimes misleading the reader into thinking that All Iz Well before falling into a whirlpool of hurt and disappointing expectations. The DINK story is not just about Akash but about two individuals, Akash and his wife Deepali who are totally in sync with their work and with each other until time and situation make them pause and contemplate. Their lives are described awfully well by the author Anurag Anand so much so that we, the readers can identify with it completely at certain times.

The language used in the novel is quite simple and the way the story is woven,it almost gives a mystery-type feel....The conclusion of the novel clears away any cobwebs of doubt you may have encountered mid way during the story.

The Quest For Nothing conveys a perfect message through the saga of success, love and the race for more and more in life when we realize that life is indeed the present which needs to be enjoyed but not carelessly cast away in the ‘mad dash’ for success, money or frivolous fun!

As an after effect of reading the book,I am reminded of a ("WISDOM")quote which says,


""Never take the person who values you for granted because you might wake up one day and realize that you've lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones"'

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Beyond and Happy!!!

Right from childhood,I have always been a balcony lover and could spend hours simply standing in the balcony enjoying the breeze,looking at the outside view...be it vehicular traffic or people walking on the road or any other view.Hence,for the past few years since we moved to our new flat in Mumbai,the balcony(replaced by huge french windows) is something I had sorely missed.....till recently...

Currently,in Bangalore, the flat I stay in,is on the 4th floor,with its balcony facing the main road:):)...Here I must confess that when I went to see the place first time,I was delighted to find the balcony,facing the road with the view of a mall and also nicely lit showrooms...and I decided to move in:)

It was only later that I realised that immediately below my flat (before the main road) is an open space which some people use as walkway while others as a garbage dump....add to it the carelessly growing plants and stray animals using it for "their" purposes..... it definitely makes a bad sight.....and surely not the best view from my balcony:(

But very soon I found a way to still enjoy my view....whenever I am standing there looking out....I dont lower my eyes to see the open space below...but look straight ahead at the road...and the dump no longer matters:)

In short,I started "Looking Beyond" what could have troubled me and now its as if the trouble never existed....Wont it be wonderful if all our problems could be solved similarly....with us deciding to not get bothered by them...and look beyond them!!:)

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections"