from the freedictionary: schizophrenia: A situation or condition that results from the coexistence of disparate or antagonistic qualities, identities, or activities
I got an ‘honourable mention’ on Ganga’s blog – he has nice words for a blog and posts that are wayward thoughts discovering structure and attempting meaning. He says I am a senior blogger – I hope it is not an age thing. This is the second time my blog got mentioned on someone’s anniversary post. Bishwanath did it first – it was his 75th post anniversary. I apparently scare him. Then there was also a mention about my blog on E&U’s blog once – something to do with a tag. Well, thank you all for the mentions that Gaizabonts has got at various times; to be brutally frank, it is very nice to read about oneself – as much as any of us may deny it – thank you for the kind words.
It’s only my 167th post and only two-and-a-half years since I started blogging.
Then, the only blog person with whom I have ever spoken with asked me how I find the time to write eight, forget one blog. (Well the secret is that the other seven don’t get updated as often – so it’s not really that much of an achievement). After the call was over and the compliments done, I got wondering if that seemingly innocent remark had larger implications. The perception obviously would be that I have a lot of time on hand to write and maintain eight blogs. The Merovingian said it best, “Yes, of course, who has time? Who has time? But then if we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time?” Life kind of changed for me after Matrix Reloaded – this particular dialogue. But then, I guess, Anil Kapoor said it way back in Tezaab, “Time hota nahi hai, nikaalnaa padta hai.” Oh, but then, we were just a bunch of kids who had all the time in the world.
He spoke about time as a commodity that could be traded on the stock market.
When I first heard of the phrase “work-life balance”, I recall, I was smiling on the outside and hysterically ROFL on the inside. I have never known what there was to balance – as if work and life were two different things. It did sound so much like a Big-5 consulting term (and I had read it on a Big-5 recruitment site – where I was applying for a job). Treat everything as work or treat everything as life – it sorts itself out? Maybe. Maybe not. A boss I once had, had a poster thingy on his soft-board – “love your job and you won’t have to work a day in your life”. If you have a problem with work-life balance – then you need to change your job.
If work is worship, why do we so distrust “God”?
We all become wise when we grow; we talk of work life balance, affirmative action, appeasing government – like the most adored IT company in India – suggested that the IT industry should start paying taxes now; shut the tax holiday. Right! You been there done that; reaped the benefits of a tax-free regime; listed yourself so successfully that you now have to split your shares in decimals – you big boy darling of the stock market and the government – screw the small guys. Let’s pay taxes. Life itself is taxing anyways, what are a few more rupees to the GoI? Benjy said it right – “Nothing is certain but death and taxes”. Maybe one more thing is certain – love. But that’s another potentially schizophrenic post.
Age, experience, and knowledge are not regressive, are they?
One last thought – do you write the title of your post (if you do) before you write the post or after you write it?