Saturday, December 23, 2006

REGIMENTATION



What is it that we love most about ourselves? The answer lies in a painful contradictry realisation, at least for some of us. We think we love the fact that we have free will. But, really do we?

Let's take this bull by the horns then... To begin with, no free will in terms of the family you're born into. This takes care of bloody mother tongue, your taste buds, cultural costume... and much later in life, if the need arises, it takes care of home cadre too! Second, no free will about the sibling(s) you'll have... if he's really a snitch, then you've had it with your childhood... if she's bitchy, well your call. Not much free will about the school you'll go to...that ensures your proficiency in English, in a regional language, depending on the nature, quality and capability of the teachers, it also determines to a large extent what your general character will be like. (Of course, ultimately we all have "free will" to determine what kind of people we'll be ;-)

Okay, a little bit of free will when choosing a college or vocation.... or is there? Don't marks in the board exams count? And there are cut-throat entrance exams, swelling numbers of candidates, reservations..or plain bad luck. Next stage, performance in these colleges, well this is where free will comes into play (actually the same applies when in school). It is entirely upto us, whether to be the grasshopper or the ant...

When life gives us lemons, some make lemonade, some make a face (they're trying to eat the damned sour things), and the smart ones get the bottle of Blanco, Joven, Reposado, Anejo or Mezcal (Okay quiz question... find out what these names denote and you'll get what i'm talking about)...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

apart from choosing a drink, how abt the appetiser with it, the main course and dessert..but did i decide that i prefer smell, stinky sea-fish over meat??

xanjukta said...

hey.. if you like the fish..go for it... but if you'd rather eat the meat then you got make a choice quick....
and there's no apart from choosing the drink.. once the drink is chosen.. it's all downhill from there... therefore choosing the right drink is the key to salvation...

baia said...

como estas?..and all that ersatz..foreign or desi..aside,..and all those tequila temptations notwithstanding,..mon ami..you missed a trick here..(n.b.)-> Maugham's "Ant and Grasshoper"..