How to Write

When your heart and mind is full of so many incomplete thoughts and theories.

When your feelings hide inside the mansion of confusion.

When you wear red glasses to find everything green colored of the blue world outside.

When all you want to do is just talk, without having to speak.

Take long walks. Clear your head. Or have a hearty laugh. Listen to the rustling of leaves in cold windy nights.

When you realize how much each one of us are lost.

When you just wish things were just a bit simpler. Not so hard to live by.

When words start to lose their meanings, after being scrutinized over and over again.

When you feel tired, exhausted and scared.

When you wish the world was simple black and white. Because all you can see is grey.

When you are struggling to understand the adult world. While slipping into teenage and still hoping to lay hands on the Book of  Answers

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7 thoughts on “How to Write

  1. @Bro

    Yeah! Wikipedia doesn’t include tough questions. Here are two of the queries. Actually posting them on this forum won’t result in any/good replies. Because, the people who read this blog or might accidently land up here, would be by far, quite clear about the doubts which I have. Hence there would be little, if at all, discussion. Yet, I guess I would like to have atleast ideological replies.

    “Basically, I want to understand the concept or logic behind so-called “social work”. To be more clear, the attitude which rests in people’s mind when they go ahead and do “social work” or change the world.

    So say, there is person who has a heap of garbage in his house which he never bothers to deal with. Now you go to his house and say – hey, lets clean this! He is not enthusiastic at all and is complacent in his current mode. Then, this is what I would like to know, why should you bother about it?!!
    Second query, which is also bothering me a lot is, if the law looks at you and that person equally and you both are entitled to possess same amount of wealth and resources, is it really fair? On one hand, you go about helping interested people with cleaning their houses, on the other that person is simply complacent and doesn’t want to move at all!
    What I am trying to ask is, what exactly is the philosophy behind “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”. Because, as per my understanding my abilities are always changing and so are my needs. It is very difficult for me to actually measure and record my abilities. Same goes for needs. And it is also very difficult for me to differentiate between “needs” and “wants”. If a system has to run using these words, there could be horrendous mistakes in actually following the rule – “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”. If all that I have written so far correct, then why do people still harp about socialism? (Please note, I am using the term “socialism” here loosely, I don’t really know what it means.) I would be grateful, if you can help me clarify that as well.”

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  2. Do people still care about socialism? Russia, former USSR, now is as far from it in practice (Moscow has max # of billionaires in any one city) as US is from the ideology. China may still follow it in terms of grand 5 year plans, but wealth distribution is far from perfect. Infact it ranks just a shade above US in Gini Coefficient (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient).
    On the micro level, it is the model of capitalism that truly implements the motto of socialism. It is entrepreneurial zeal which defines the ability. We are sometimes short-sighted in equating entrepreneurship with ability to make money or street smartness. It is more than that, entrepreneurship is ability to use limited resources for your goal. The paucity of resources and desirability of goal induces this ability.
    Defining need (“limiting” it, as in the iron-curtain countries) was the prime reason of downfall of communism. Capitalism is also struggling with its definition. On the extreme end is US, where need (in term of societal responsibility to fulfill) is kept to basic items like primary education, infrastructure, to some degree secondary education, public spaces and limited medical assistance (only to save uninsured from dying). On the other hand, there are countries like Norway, Sweden and Canada which includes many more amenities in basic needs (like full medical assistance, handsome pension, free education at every level etc). This does come at a cost and debate on finding the right balance on need is far from over. But at the very least every society should make en effort that every citizen, who is willing to work hard (definition of hard work??) should be able to live and retire with dignity. This is the basic need, as I see it.
    In your scenario for garbage removal, you can teach the person the effects of not removing the garbage. You can enact laws if garbage pile becomes a source for diseases, but you cannot instill the desire for removal (Mormon missionaries may disagree). It is indeed very tough to motivate people. I guess that is the reason why we see so few true leaders.

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  3. @bro

    thanks bhai! otherwise usually the responses i get are: ohh you are a capitalist! (hence we socialists can’t even talk to you) OR ohh those bloody socialists! they just hide behind their communism to get no work done. they are lazy bones and keep the country away from progress.
    now, you might be surprised to know that there are many people who actually believe in “socialism” and “communism” and unfortunately, all of them are in the “social work” sector!
    I am in “education” business, in which there are predominately two kinds of bodies – either govt. or non-govt. There are many non govt org which are doing very good research work, but still living in the “socialism” mode. The private org which are in education are those who want to make quick profit and large impact.
    I am getting sandwiched between ideological differences and quality work. :( what should i do?

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  4. the quick profit n large impact in education results in v few, if at all, fundamental changes esp if you are an outside body (i.e. a private consultancy provider) and not the school management.

    when i enter most of the schools, i feel my work is outside the classroom – the toilets aren’t functional, the floors aren’t swept well, the walls aren’t whitewashed, the boards are to v bad quality. there is small if any ground for children to play. there isn’t much space to move around in school – if at all there are more than 2 classrooms in the entire school!
    i mean how ironic child-centric, child friendly curriculum-teaching learning theories-pedagogic changes sound in such surroundings.
    seriously, why don’t we bother about infrastructural changes?? why can’t we spend money on that?

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  5. hi anu,

    read ur blog.. actually stumbled on it while searching for manali skiing.. i loved your ideas in general topping it with lyrics of ” i know a girl”. Its encouraging and inspiring to see people in general who care to pursue various dimensions of life. Keep writing and influencing people.
    Cya

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