02 November 2010

My life is not about me

This is a beautiful but sad world...
Sad because people are about themselves,
The self, the family and friends...
But I am not about myself and that seems wrong,
because people find me disturbingly different.

I find it hard to eat at big hotels
Or participate in treats and parties
When millions can't afford a grain of rice.
I don't like to buy suits and ties
Or new dresses for every passing festival,
When there are people who can't afford clothes.
I can't ignore the people on the road.
I can't stand to see people shoo off the strays
From their food, from their selves.

My mind revolts against me if I ignore all that, but
The haves, in general, they find the situation okay.
I think they are vaccinated against empathy.
Please tell me where to get one myself
I badly need it to live up to your expectations.

Some argue that tis the fate of the poor...
That they're too lazy to work for themselves.
The haves convince themselves that the poor can die hence.
The farmers die, the hungry die, the nameless die
and no one seems to even care about it.

I am not about myself, try to understand me.
I am not about myself and I'm sure I am right,
but the world around me finds it impractical.

It's not that I don't want to lead a comfortable life, heck I do!
I just want to take everyone else with me.
I don't see any point in 'progress', ye World
when you can stay nonchalant about deaths!
There's no difference between us and the Nazis
If we can coolly brush it off and stay selfish.

Yes, call me crazy and go on, world.
How else can you convince yourself?

21 comments:

  1. I really like this :)

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  2. Very true. We are desperately in need of atleast a hundred Narayanan Krishnans in this country.

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  3. @gargi :)

    @sugan Why do we need that? Why are we all here?

    If there's one bad thing movies have done to most people, it is giving people the hope that someone else will come and save the day.

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  4. That's exactly what I was alluding to.

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  5. A really wonderful and thought provoking post. Loved this particular line "It's not that I don't want to lead a comfortable life, heck I do!
    I just want to take everyone else with me".

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  6. kolappureengale da!

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  7. @Sugan In that case, we shouldn't look for Narayanan Krishnans. We should think abt us and what we can do :) No RGs here. :P

    @poochi no tensan. :)

    @bidisha thx for dropping by! The point behind writing this down is that someone might get the push to actually go out there and do something... anything, really.

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  8. Dude you made prose look like poetry :). Good topic to cover at te very rite time.

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  9. I'm sure you can make a difference :)
    The purpose behind this post is only to provoke and push us ? I want to know about the trigger too :)

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  10. :)

    Like I mentioned in the post, I am already out there trying to do stuff. Nothing big yet.

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  11. @katta Why is now the 'right' time?

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  12. avlo nallavana daa nee.. :)
    appreciate it wholly, become an entrepreneur, where u grow and let others grow. you are really capable of it, all the best.

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  13. @ramesh
    nalavana? he he. yea, apdi than nenapu.

    entrepreneur elam kashtam da. The very notion of a profit-making company defies the purpose in a sense...and if it's not profit making, noone would fund me :P

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  14. I can somewhat picturize your mind. But what to do? How to do? Questions for which many like us are trying to find an answer. Keep me posted when you find even a hint, I will also b

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  15. May be just donating money, food or clothes doesn't make the poor happy. They just feel separated because they have a guilty feeling that they are chosen as beggars by themselves or considered to beggars by others.

    So instead if we spend time with them, help them in their education, we can teach them what ever we know or by giving them ideas for some improvement in their not as charity or service but as our duty to help our needy friends out there for friendship would help them get their mental strengths back and help them in their long run.

    Harish
    (ursharishnarain@gmail.com)

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  16. // May be just donating money, food or clothes doesn't make the poor happy. //

    Doesn't make anyone happy as far as I can see, except the donor.

    // They just feel separated because they have a guilty feeling that they are chosen as beggars by themselves or considered to beggars by others. //

    I don't feel it that way. When it comes to the poor fighting for growth, there is no difference between them and the urm, wealthier class - except a great deal more of the hunger for success.

    When it comes to the nameless and the aimless, I'd not say that they are rejected by the society. I feel that they rejected society coz' they didn't feel it was worth it.

    //...our duty to help our needy friends out there...//

    That is the point. :)
    Thx for dropping by, Harish.

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  17. @mayil thala

    My opinion is that you are one of the very very few people I know who are already right on track :)

    ...and now, I digress.

    For an attempt at the utopian society, however, I think it will come to a point where one needs to shun society, money, comfort and at times even one's friends and family before one can achieve even the slightest hints of hope; the hope that success is possible. The issue is... how many people are strong enough to last the cruel process?

    High barriers to entry because every person at the top wants the scenario to remain this way.

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  18. "My opinion is that you are one of the very very few people I know who are already right on track :) " - I am honored by your opinion. The truth is for the past 2 years, especially after coming onsite, I am just thinking and there has been no actions. Trying to get back soon to Chennai and start marshalling towards something.


    " one needs to shun society, money, comfort and at times even one's friends and family before one can achieve even the slightest hints of hope" - Precisely said, I am right now trying to build that courage. Hope - The quantiessential human delusion which moves us all :)

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  19. "The truth is for the past 2 years, especially after coming onsite, I am just thinking and there has been no actions."

    He he. That's all I've been doing for years... and many are not even doing that. Changing that is the biggest challenge we have on our hands.

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  20. Really like this writing, very challenging

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