Friday, July 21, 2006

Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men


Bear with me…I’m still in this phase of mind. Gained an objective perspective on emotional disappointment of late. This is my way of making head or tail of that. I’ve thrived on a lot of planning, I must confess. Guess we all do. Show me a person who claims to ‘go with the flow’ and I’ll show you a liar.

So we plan and we plan. Some people make one, while others like me have many contingency plans…if this doesn’t work out, then this might…if not then I have this as my backup…etc. etc. etc. And some plans fructify; others come to nought. Either which way, we lose…precious time. What was the point of planning for contingencies when this is successful? If this was going to be unsuccessful, why did I waste time planning for it?

The only objective look that I’ve found in this entire predicament is uncertainty. As we’re unsure of all outcomes, we plan for as many of them as we possibly can, given our capabilities. These are the games people play and they are the games nations play. If time is what we make of it, then is this how it was meant to be? And while I’m on it let me add another observation, since this deals with emotional disappointment. Why do we ‘pay’ attention and ‘spend’ time? (Particularly in the English language because we do very different things with both time and attention in Hindi or any other Indian vernacular languages…)

6 comments:

pri said...

hi,i could not understand last few lines...(particularly......languages)
rest,i fully agree with you .
iam a farmer .what else should i tell you ...you can ask me...
love

xanjukta said...

PRIYADARSHINI
wow! you're a farmer in Himachal... you're living my dream. this is all i wanted for myself... but society wouldn't let me be a successful farmer... boo hoo!!!

in hindi, attention is Dhyan and time is Samay...in urdu waqt...so use your imagination, put them in a sentence, hindi or urdu and see the difference apropos english...

lots of affection

Ankit said...

haan this was a heavy post still nice thought

xanjukta said...

Yaar Ankit, How is this heavy??? Bata mujhe?
Chal...tell me about the babes in Cal..any luck as yet???

Anonymous said...

I admire your thoughts and your perseverance through this journey called la vie.
~ Admirer

xanjukta said...

Dear Admirer,
la vie... all i can surmise, is either you're french, know french, or know this phrase...
Thank you.