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Monday, October 28, 2013

Autumn of Discontent


In a deathlike stillness only rustle of autumnal leaves was heard as cold wind ran over whispering that winter’s frigidness is here. 

“The fall has gone too soon”, mused I as I turned and sauntered down the empty street. Fallen leaves squeaked under my feet as if solemnity of evening was being offended. Having walked a kilometer down the familiar path, I stopped. 

“Why does discontentment have to be the part of autumn?”, as this strange thought presented itself, I shrugged with an audible exhalation. 
“What can I say?”, I murmured as if the question came from someone else instead of voices in my head. I’m so fond of confusing my mind by dwelling on eerie thoughts that often excite my imagination.

The fall is mature and solemn. No wonder Henry Ward Beecher wrote: 
“October is nature’s funeral month. Nature glories in death more than life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May. Evergreen thin loves to die in bright colors.”

Gloom is synonymous with autumn, and yet, it is my favorite time of the year. When you look at the maples, you can sense as if silence listening to silence. Then I understand the true meaning of George Eliot’s words:
“Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird. I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumn”, said she.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Any Day Above Ground Is A Good Day


Once in a while, everyone feels stuck - unable out to find a way. Life seems like a futile war that you are destined to lose. Despite battling it out for every inch. When I find myself in this state of mind, I'm like FML. It sucks, I'm better off dead. I mean life is so important. How could it be so friggin' fragile????

Most of you would agree that life sucks but does it have to be? There's no gainsaying that life is overly complicated and most of us just don't have a clue WHY?

When you're knee deep in shit and pondering that there's no way out. You need a distraction then, or else you will lose whatever is left. As they say humor is the best companion to get through life. Yesterday, with flipping through the tv channels, I was trying to while away a lazy afternoon. A channel showing "Baby's Day Out" made me pause and then I watched the whole movie. Though, I have watched it a couple of times before. It just tickled my funny bones and banished  everything from my mind.

Just to stop my life from sucking, I tried to find something to laugh about. And I came up with these "Life Sucks" maxims. If you find someone whining, share these sayings with them. It may add a laughter to their life.

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell” - Aldous Huxley

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard

Whenever life sucks, remember you’re going to die someday. So, any day above ground is a good day. – Unknown

“Life is like an onion; you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it” - James Gibbons Huneker

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it. - Charles Schulz

“If the world didn’t suck, we’d fall off” - Unknown

“Life is little more than a loan shark: It exacts a very high rate of interest for the few pleasures it concedes” - Luigi Pirandello

“Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful that it happens in that order” - David Gerrold

“It is not true that life is one damn thing after another… It’s one damn thing over and over” - Edna St. Vincent Millay

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right? - Charles Schulz

The perfect normal person is rare in our civilization. - Karen Horney

“The life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” - Thomas Hobbes

“Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable” - Woody Allen

“You fall out of your mother’s womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave” - Quentin Crisp

“Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them” - Walter Kerr

“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us” - Calvin

“Life is an incurable Disease” - Abraham Cowley

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything” - Tyler Durden

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry” - Ernest Hemingway

“It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done” - Samuel Johnson

“Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove” - Ashleigh Brilliant

“The world is a grindstone and life is your nose” - Fred Allen

“The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race” - Don Marquis

“Although it is a gloomy view to suppose that life will die out, sometimes when I contemplate the things that people do with their lives I think it is almost a consolation” - Bertrand Russell

Death is life’s way of telling you you’re fired” - Unknown
“It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others” - Unknown

Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation. - Charlotte Bronte

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. - Christopher Morley

I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it. - Jack Handey

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't. - Richard Bach

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. - Alice Roosevelt Longworth

PS: If this didn’t bring a perceptible smile to your face, then surely you need to borrow a life. Because, I already see you can't buy one. And one more thing - do tell me about that pawnbroker, because I , also, need a new lease on life. This one ain’t working out. 

Monday, October 7, 2013


In the long hours of nights
Staring at my room walls,
I would lie awake
One night,
The walls asked me to open the core of my heart
They thought they had the ears to listen
The heart to bear
When night falls
I sleep
The walls weep

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Broken thoughts

Physically disconnected from the world - I haven’t shaved my face for almost two weeks. Dizzy and flustered - I’m feeling like a soldier who’s in his first battle – sleep deprived and occupied by thoughts of fear. Fear of unknown, and what’s there? Who is there? Beyond that intangible line. One step beyond that line which resembles the line dividing the living from the dead, lies uncertainty, suffering and death. No one knows, but one wants to know. You fear and yet long to cross that line, and know that sooner or later it must be learned what lies on the other side of death. 

On my terrace, as if searching for something, I gaze into the distance, at the horizon and at the sun. How beautiful the sky looks. How blue, calm and how deep. How bright and glorious is the setting sun. There was peace and happiness. I should wish for nothing else, nothing if only I were there. But here in this world, there’s so much suffering, fear and uncertainty, like everyone is running somewhere and nobody knows where. I don’t know if I should run with them.

At this instant, sun began to hide behind the clouds. And the fear of uncertainty and love of life all melded into one feeling of sickening agitation.