Monday, August 08, 2005

About friends and friendship...

And so the unexpected happened…we were all together – yeah all of us – was it a dream? Even if it was, it was beautiful :)

Well…had a great friendship day on 7th Aug 2005. Too much of planning ruins the activity – once the objective is clear – things fall in place. Just like any group not being able to decide where to eat, those exchanges of SMS’ increasing the confusion and finally deciding to meet at a common point…all took place.

We were all too bored about going to those typical restaurants on FC and JM Road, wanted a change of locale and so decided to go to some place in Pune Camp. Actually, we ended up in a restaurant called “The Place”…hmm…coincidence. There we had sizzlers, coz they only serve sizzlers. It was nice – we were talking, eating, taking snaps (on second thoughts, mobiles are not that bad) and having a good time. Then there was this Barista outlet nearby The Place, our next destination. A friend mentioned on the way about India vs WI match…and we ended up seeing the last 14 balls. (yippee…India won!) I am not too much a coffee-person (ended up having Heavenly Mocha, it was bitterly bitter). So Barista – first and last time, I guess!

Now it was time to return back to home after few (relatively infinite) quality moments of love, faith, trust and friendship.

So people let’s keep meeting…

I like interacting with people, knowing them and in general, chatting (they say I am a chatterbox…actually when they are with me, they give me complex!)

I don’t know much about friends and friendship – but I feel friends are the people who kind of complete you. You can’t be everything – simple, indifferent, beautiful, understanding, cricket-lover, frank, intelligent and logical thinker – so what – you can always be surrounded by people who are, isn’t it?

Here’s wishing we are always together – though not in person, but in thought, mind and soul.

In life, God doesn’t give you people you want.
Instead He gives you people you need;
to love you,to hurt you, to teach you, to make you exactly
what He wants you to be –“the BEST”

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Well finally I did it – I read an entire (not really, skipped a bit portion :P ) novel. Two of my good friends suggested I read Fountainhead. The suggestion sounded too demanding – read a novel…you mean so many pages…poor me. But something told me – take the plunge girl – take it. [Not many would have glamorized the act of reading the novel as much as this blogger is doing.]

So I borrowed the novel (see…didn’t even buy it…) from a colleague and started to read it. Actually, I read around a couple of opening pages and found the matter attractive. That’s what was really at the back of my mind, which motivated to read it completely.

Fountainhead – what shall I say – it’s gripping, interesting, more like a journey to be enjoyed with no hurry to reach the destination. You feel like knowing more about Howard Roark (the protagonist of the story). His character opens in bits and pieces. His indifference is what makes you wonder – why the hell worry about the world – just be yourself. What you feel is not what actually exists around you but it is a reflection – created by your past experiences, your surroundings, your nature, your way of responding to things, your beliefs, your vision. No matter how much you try to please others there will at least be one person who wouldn’t agree with you – so don’t worry too much.

The narration is very intriguing from the beginning almost up to the end. However, the end could have been made a bit more self-explanatory. Someone like Roark who doesn’t speak that much gave a lengthy speech at the end – didn’t digest it that well. The part which unfolds a view about altruism and egoism is worth giving a thought.

However, Ayn Rand, the writer, has uncovered every character’s typical behavior very ingeniously. I loved how the people who appeared strong and powerful to the world were actually weak and meek once. It was their struggle and self-confidence, which had landed them to a respectable position in the society. Though deep down, they were sad because of all the compromises they had made to attain that respect (?!).

I don’t know much about books and authors and so might have unknowingly not brought out the true essence of this book. However, it’s not to be treated as a book review – it’s just a reflection of my thoughts, nothing more nothing less.

So, it’s a book to be read at least once – not a thriller – so you can enjoy the story more than wait for the mysterious end.

Roark you inspire [while I disappoint, right?]

The egoist in the absolute sense is not the man who sacrifices others. He is the man who stands above the need of using others in any manner. He does not function through them. He is not concerned with them in primary manner, not in his aim, not in his motive, not in his thinking, not in his desires, not in the source of his energy. He does not exist for any other man - and he asks no other man to exist for him.