Archive for April, 2009

How pretty is your next Milestone ?

In the months of May and June you may find youngsters sweating it out even when they are living in a comfortable air conditioned house. Not all of them, only those who have just completed their Board / Public exams. It’s time for them to decide on their career path. They have just crossed their first important milestone. So what’s next ? MBBS ? EEE ? ECE ? Journalism ?

I recently watched this debate on tv; the proposition was if the students should decide their career or should their parents? Aah, some of you remember the pain of having  to convince your parents eh ? until the recent past, every parent wanted their child to either become a doctor or an engineer. Doctor was the most noble profession (I still do agree its noble, u save people’s lives) and engineering , well it doesn’t involve human sciences, so lets say the most preferred non-bio yet scientific profession. And then of course we have CA. That sums up to a few millions to choose between these three professions.

I remember when I was young my granny wanted me to take up medicine cause she thought I had a ‘personality’ for a doctor. I don’t see how; still haven’t. I long knew I wanted to do something in the field of Arts. well, digital art. My mom gave me the green signal , she being an artist herself (thank god!). My dad never was against me taking up this field, but the worried dad that he was , he wanted me to get an engineering degree before I do ANYTHING.Anyway, all said , I ended up doing what I wanted to do. But I am sure I am only lucky to have parents who encourage the child’s passion. But how many are like that. really. In this competitive world, everyone wants to be in the top of the bureaucracy. Everyone wants to take up a ‘lucrative’ job. Even if that meant to give up their passion.

So what IS in fact the most lucrative occupation ? Well, the first one that came up in my mind is that of a politician. How easy.Become a politician. Not only do u have the money, but u are also given a billion free passes. And the best part is you don’t even have to be that educated !! ( I think I am going to write another blog about how educated our politicians are)

All I want to say is EVERY profession is lucrative. Rather, its not the profession that makes it lucrative. It’s YOU which will make it lucrative. Working your way up to the ladder is going to make you successful. Hard work, smart work and mainly choosing the right work. Everyone is born with a purpose. I personally wouldn’t be successful as an accountant. Cause it doesn’t interest me, so I make no effort to try and get to the top. I  may be a hardworking person, but for smart work I need to really enjoy accounting. No occupation is worthless. What’s important is to do what you like, and to do it right. Things will automatically fall in place.

Another thing that bothers me is that our society still categorizes professions as wow, O.K and Oh that one! (weird categorization?)

So if I were to tell you that I was working as a Cardiologist – that’s a Wow; A Visual effects artist – err OK; working in a B.P.O – Oh that same old job!

First of all it takes almost the same stress level to be either of them.

A cardiologist saves lives. True. The world can’t live without doctors. They are next to God. Agreed. But I don’t know , you tell me, will the world live without Cinema? Or is there no ‘technological development’ in Cinema? Are you ready to enroll in any product service if they don’t offer 24/7 customer relations or toll free help desks? If a doctor is spending hours trying to learn how to open a heart and operate on it, an artist is making the same effort to create an illusion, that which has not been perceived before; A call center staff is making the same effort to sit through long hours and try to help his/her clients solve a problem with a broken computer. It’s all the same. Just looks different. When we can laurel at man kind to send satellites into the space, we are not able to dignify an industry that entertains you or satisfies you on a daily basis! Funny is it not?

Nature’s point of living among reptiles and plants and other mammals is to live in diversity. Why is it so hard for us to understand what nature is blatantly throwing at us ? If everyone was similar or the same, we would no longer be humans, we would be robots. We are born to help each other. A doctor prescribes a movie to a stressful call center staff, who was trying to sell Life insurance schemes to his customers!

So parents, stop forcing your kids to take up a profession YOU think is high ranked or lucrative. Instead, encourage them to be smart and tactful. That way no one looses.


Who are we, after all ?

Recently I had a very heated argument with my grandpa. Very heated.

This is how we began. We had just finished our dinner. My grandad goes to the TV to watch some news, and we have Varun Gandhi on Flash news.

For those who have no clue, Varun Gandhi, Son on Sanjay and Menaka Gandhi, represents BJP(Bharatiya Janata Party) in Pilibhit constituency. So what’s the flash news about? Varun is alleged to have made anti-Muslim remarks in a public arena while campaigning for his political party. One of his remarks translated in English, “If somebody lifts a hand against Hindus, or thinks they are weak, there is nobody behind them, then I swear on the Bhagavad Gita that I will cut off that hand”. When Varun was confronted by the press he simply says, “I am a Gandhi, a proud Hindu and an Indian in the equal measure.”

My grandpa is pro-BJP. An yes he is a proud Hindu as well. So his assumption is that Congress (the opposition party, ruling party) is tailoring  this as they feel Varun maybe a threat to Congress. It maybe , it maybe not.So thus we started arguing over it and we found us arguing with each other over an issue that never seems to die in India ” Should Hindus stay mum , when Muslims trash us in our Hindu homeland” .

Point 1. We are a population of billions. We have enough problems to mend. From sanitation to electricity to roads to transports to everything !

point 2. We are still a developing country. Personally, I don’t think launching our own satellite cheaper than the Americans or having scientific breakthroughs make us any ‘developed’. We still have 60 % of the population barely on or below the poverty line. We still haven’t reached 100% literacy.

point 3. We are always stuck in a vicious circle of blaming each other. The people blame the government for not cleaning up the city, the government blames people for not  following rules, the people blame the government for not exercising the rules properly, the government mutes the  people who give these remarks by the time!

When we have so many things to think about, why are we so worried about Hinduism and Islam. C’mon 6 decades back, the government already decided that India is going to home 2 of the largest religions in the world, Hindu and Islam. Then what’s the fret about ? Hindus: You cannot possible try and throw all the Muslims out, Muslims: Historically, Hindus prevailed over this land, You are bound to see more Hindus and their temples! How hard is it to live in harmony? How? is the question!

When I was in high school we were a gang of 4 friends. I am a Hindu, One friend is Catholic, the other other a Protestant and the other a Muslim. All of us are proud of our own religion. But till now we haven’t brought up any argument / tiff over religion. There was simply no need. We saw each other as Indians , and humans above all. We liked each others company. We have discussed just about everything under the sun, even religion.

The thing is we all have this weird but inevitable nature of ours. All of us can’t come to like of one particular thing. Which is why our ancestors had to come up with so many different gods. So, technically if you are not interested in Shiva, you go for Vishnu , or Jesus or whoever. By saying that , I don’t demean any of the Gods. But, coming to think of it, don’t you think it makes sense ? All of these people spoke of truth, spoke of how every man is God’s child. They can’t differentiate between us. It was not Christianity that made Hitler kill those many people. It was HIM. He wanted to kill the Jews, and he did so.

So my granddad then asked me, why are all the terrorists Muslims ? I said,It’s coincidence / misleading prophets who converge religion and terrorism. My Islam friend, who did her major is Islam, once told me that there was no such thing called Jehhad in Islam transcripts.  How come Muslims all over the rest of world aren’t terrorizing the others? Only those from Taliban / Pakistan and near by areas are into terrorism. Take a look at the countries. They are highly unstable. They don’t  have a proper regime or democracy. Unstable Uranium is going to crack up.  Unstable ANYTHING is going to crack up. All it takes is proper brainwashing and voila! you have a terrorist.

But to say that only Muslims are capable of massacring is nonsense. What about the hundreds who get murdered by the Bandits(comprising of Hindus as well ) in Bihar ? If A Muslim murders another Muslims or if a Hindu murders another Hindu, it’s not eventful. But IF a Hindu murders a Muslim or Vice-versa, It’s Flash news!  I say, when are we even going to judge anyone/anything  by the cause and effect rather than by their religion. Are u fighting against terrorism or Religion-ism. If u want to wipe away terrorism from the face of the earth, kill them on spot. Don’t ‘preserve’ them in jails until they bail themselves out! We spray the roaches until they don’t flinch, why not do the same with terrorists ? Because if terrorists die, an entire business line is dead. There is no money minted by selling munitions, by illegitimately tress passing human bombs; in the name of religion, the politicians campaign for votes! How ridiculous. Even more, the people get enthusiastic and vote for religion. Politicians are mere con-men! India produces a 100 movies that blatantly reveal the underground world. And still people fall for it! Once do they contemplate if those politician-cum-religious leaders are following the paths of their religion? Which religion speaks of killing others ? which religion speaks of snatching money in the name of common welfare? which religion even speaks of “using” religion for things other than spreading good word ? When no one is following what the religion says, why is everyone so offended anyway ?

We are so busy engrossed in such game plays and political strategies that we achieve nothing that we can be proud of.

In the end of the day, we are no more humans , no more religious , we kill innocent children for no fault of theirs, we are lured by the political con men,  we are just a revised version of our pre-historic barbarians!

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My first blog!

So my friends nearly choked me into maintaining blogs! So here I am.

I have been wondering what to write in my first blog. And I thought, well I’ll just let the words flow out of me (yea rite! more like pushed out of my tiny brain). So since I didn’t flatter myself by filling out the “about me”, I am gonna officially introduce myself here. My name is Santhoshi. I am a Visual effects artist (to be !). I love arts. Like in most of its forms. I enjoy sketching, not painting; I can manage hand crafts, stitching and the likes. I am also very passionate about music. An ardent fan of both Indian and western classical. And No! I am not one of those fanatics who cant stand a note of rap or hip hop. I enjoy all most all forms of music. I can only sense them as music, languages / styles don’t matter to me. So where was I? Ahh, yea so u get the point. I love Arts. Hence, I decided to take a degree which tingles my creative mind.

What do I hate doing? WRITING!!!!

I used to hate it so much that god decided to punish me when i was studying for my under graduation. He threw at me this paper called ‘Scripting’ and ‘Media studies’, for which I had to write pages and pages and More pages. Well, so now i don’t HATE writing. But I haven’t started loving it yet. WHICH is why I decided to start blogging. So you will occasionally see anger/frustration/irritation/all of its synonyms in my writing. Assuming you are going to bear with me, I’ll stop for today and think about something more umm informative the next time !