“Life is difficult for those whose are not in control of their life,
however, those who ceaselessly strive and keep their mind & action under self-control,
Peaceful and content life can be easily attained, through practice & conviction.”
“asanshyam mahabahu mano dunigraham chalam,
abhyaasen tu kauntey vairagyen cha greehyate”
– Bhagavad Gita (6.35)
This is my favorite quote from #Bhagavad #Gita. It would be naive to label it as a religious scripture for Hindus. I believe, Bhagavad Gita represent the philosophy of People living for centuries in this land stretching from Himalayas in the North to the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea down South. The borders in East and West kept changing over the centuries, once it stretched from Burma in the east till Afghanistan in the West. Its the cradle of some of the most ancient civilizations of the world, and the most interesting part is that it is still surviving, though most great civilizations of the world have long been forgotten.
I live for books, the day I’d stop reading would be the day I’d stop living. They guide me to live a happy & contented life, keep focus on big picture, keep walking in this journey of life purposefully, steadily towards the final destination. I am so fortunate to have people around me, who share my passion for books. My other passions include Music, Movies, Technology and Bikes.
My profession is to try and make sense out of observations & interaction with people, market, economy, socio-political scenarios, government policies. So it really helps that I got to do for a living what I truly love and enjoy – Digging into the ocean of data in search of those illusive pearls of wisdom.
Life is all about family and friends – and they overlap – there are family members who are my best friends and friends who are like family members. Abha, my better half is also my best friend. Amar and Dilip, my best friends from school time are more like brothers. Most precious time for me is the one that I get to spend with our two ultra sensitive kids Kabir & Meera. Kabir got his name stamped all over our Heart heart even before he was born and Meera has my heart wrapped around her little fingers from the day she came on this planet. We are trying to be cool parents – not the overprotective, overzealous, nosy, nagging one’s. Meera and Kabir have a life of their own, and they should be whatever they want to be. We just hope to live our childhood once again along with them. This is the most beautiful phase of seeing the kids grow day-by-day…
Life is a challenge in the world that we live in, it can become even more difficult at times based on the geography and its socio-economic-political scenario. One needs to be either a Saint or completely intellectually challenged to remain isolated from whatever is happening all around. While Bhagavad Gita and similar scriptures offers one path of living a totally enlightened life, the other extreme alternative is from one of my favorite book and the character of Prince Myshkin from Dostoevsky‘s classic The Idiot. The fact of the matter is this world doesn’t allow even the innocents to their live life innocently. I consider myself to be closer to Prince Myshkin, but seeking knowledge from everyone & everything continuously, to avoid ending up like him in a asylum. I would like to believe that I know my goal & I know the path that I need to take to reach that goal.
Hope to continue the walk on this path with the head held high, a book in my hand and a song in the heart…