Monday, 10 February 2014

Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V !!!

These are well known keyboard shortcuts commonly found in our day-to-day life. Everybody tries to "Copy" from others and "Paste" it into their lives. A few incidents that i experienced, prompted me to think extensively about this and write about it.

In the place where i live, laptops are a local craze, almost everyone i know owns a laptop and uses it for various purposes. Many have even advised me to buy one for myself too, but i strongly refuse, reason being my age (At this age, whatever habit we inculcate, becomes addictive & is difficult to leave). The non-owners have to ask for others laptops (which, most don't like to do). Because of this reason, they too are forced to buy a laptop for themselves. In this way, the trend continues, just like the "Copy" & "Paste" functions of the computer !!!

So, why did i tell you about this ??? Oh yeah..... Originality !!!

It is truly said,
"You should always strive to become one out of a million, not one among a million !!!"
How can we become one out of a million ??? When we were born, we never had any qualities of our own, everything was showered upon us by our genes, and the rest is being developed by looking at others and,..... well copying (Yes, yes, copy-paste is necessary for us). Then you might ask, where can we develop originality from ???

Everyone is unique in this world. Each and everyone has different levels of sympathy, anger, excitement, humour sense, etc. For the same beggar, one person may give 1 Re, another will give 10 Rs, and there are others who never give any money at all. Believe it or not, everyone is fighting to showcase & maintain his/her originality in all daily life activities. But, in this unending fight, a lot of people lose hope and start to do what others have been doing, thus losing their originality in this process. The moment we stop fighting, we become one in a million.

In case of a job interview, why is it that a person who's scored merely 75 % gets the job & the person scoring 95 % is not at all taken into consideration ??? It is mainly because the 75 % scorer is more unique & suitable than the 95 % scorer, who has been wasting his time preparing for the exams, rather than developing his originality.

Okay, now a question arises, how to recover back our lost uniqueness ??? This takes time, but the very second you realize this truth, you have been given a second chance to repair all your wrongdoings & try to establish your uniqueness in this society. It is only then, that we'll be different from the rest of the pack.

I know a lot of you have experienced defeat by the rising competition. But time is always there, you will surely get rewarded by what you strive for in this society, because everyone deserves a chance/opportunity. If you can make the most of it, then yeah, you've been cured of this crazy "Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V" syndrome which seems to be spreading like wildfire in our country.

It is time we raise our voice against plagiarism in the society. Our India is a unique nation composed of original thinkers like Aryabhatta, Sushruta, Srinivasa Ramanujan, C.V. Raman, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Satyendra Nath Bose, and the list goes on.... Let us follow in their steps and prove our originality to this world.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Patience..... Patience !!!

"You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."
Many of you might have heard/read the story of the greedy farmer who killed his chicken which was yielding golden eggs, instead of waiting patiently for another one.

Right from the beginning of the day, when we wait with a bucket in our hands waiting for our turn in bathing, to the dinner served on our plates, our patience is tested like Agni-Pariksha !!!

Nobody has the practice of writing letters today. SMSes, e-mails, Whatsapp, etc have changed our lives in a tremendous way. It is long-gone the ritual of waiting for the postman to ring our door-bell shouting, "Post !!!". The thrill & the suspense which our previous generations have experienced, coupled with hundreds of questions on what the reply would be like, have been reduced to merely a few seconds and minutes.

The queue system plays a major role in examining our levels of patience. No one will be willing to go out of the queue, fearing the next person will take his place. Some people use influence to finish their jobs quickly. A lot of people tend to push the person standing in front of them in order to indicate their lack of patience.

Waiting for the food in a hotel is truly a "Sathya-Sodhanai" (Tamil for "Truth-Testing"). We anxiously glance at the waiter, and get both excited & angry when he brings our dish of choice, but instead gives it to another customer !!! It has also been asked in a comedy show why the name "Fast-Food" is kept for food which are not even delivered early !!!

When we were small, we all used to take joy in little jobs of arithmetic like addition, subtraction, multiplication & division. All of us used to celebrate happily, if our answer to the arithmetic question was right. But now, where have those moments of happiness gone ??? We idly press a few buttons in our calculator and write down the answer flashing on the screen.

Most of us prefer auto-rickshaws, taxis, bikes to go even to the next street. Walking has been reduced to a morning activity, the rest of the day is spent sitting down on a chair and working.

We spend hours on facebook, idly scrolling down our home-page, and watching other people's facebook profiles. But waiting for even a few seconds seems like eternity.

Simple things in life are to be appreciated by us. After all, life is made up of such simple & small things. As Laura Teresa Marquez said,
“When we get impatient because something is taking too long, we should remember that Life waits on us a thousand times more than we wait on Life.”