“Pen and paper are two great assets for a contemplating mind.”
For the bends that lead nowhere to
On a road subdued by voices
And raised high by beliefs
Of world misunderstood
We made more make-believe
What do you want brother?
Lamp posts are all shut tonight
The way is far ahead north
Morning east will show the signs
Until, think about what I’m saying now
And remember my words henceforth
No, there are no devils or gods
Just few hanging moments of past
The waters you suspect are shallow
The words you search for are hollow
Courage flows in a bank near by
From a passage the river lets in inside
On a theatre the drama was played
I did not know it was not what I thought
From the back stage the characters were let in
The act was a time I did not mean
The lamp posts I now see, the morning east too
I travel far ahead to the north, henceforth.
I have found a lot of people who irritate me by the way they behave, the way they react in different situations and the awkward way they talk. There are also a few whom I absolutely despise. Likewise I also know a bunch of people who possible despise me (yes I provide enough reasons to)
I have always wondered how people deal with those irritating lot. So far my strategy has been to quietly ignore them or just decide to bear with them. But sometimes it just gets annoying (to the intolerable level).
I searched online about N ways to deal with annoying people. Got many results. Then I searched for N ways to deal with irritating people. Got many results. Many of the things people had to suggest even made sense. But I simply cannot follow their advice. Why? I choose not to waste my effort and energy on someone who already is annoying to me.
Because I had to decide something (and conclude this post too). So I have come up with my own set of solutions. Its called “fight fire with fire” or “an eye for an eye” or “a fart for a fart “ or so on.
Bullet Point On1 : I will irritate them back.
Bullet Point Tw2: I will shut the door on their face.
Bullet Point Thre3: I’ll bullet them.
Bullet Point 4our: I’ll tell them straight that they are irritating.
These four Bullet Points are famously known as “The Theory of 4our”.
PS: Did you get irritated while reading this? If so how did you deal with it?
Does the fast paced competitive world around you bothers you?
Kolkata is a place with quite a lot of indifferent people. They cannot care to bother. They probably know it doesn’t matter. I have seen the most humblest styles (if you allow me to call that) of living here. Not many worry about the clothes they are wearing or how they are looking. The people on the streets are incredibly real here. The markets are full of noise with people chattering over all kinds of things while buying fish, but with their intent clear and focused on the fish. There are many many retail shops, most of them remain closed in the afternoon. And many don’t even open for days. Still yet most of them seem busy yet content.
Why am I telling all this? Because I think we should all own a corner shop in Kolkata market ( at least I should). A small shop in the middle crowd chattering, watching and moving on to their own lives. A shop that full of oneself. Own thoughts. Own attitudes. Own dreams and own dirt. Not caring what it looks like or how people view at it. The corner shop will remind in times of self-doubt and trouble that most of the chattering doesn’t matter. And once in a while people will come, just to take from you what you’ve got and just to give you what you need. And for much more that exists, you cannot always care to bother. Most of what it seems at first, probably doesn’t even matter.
“India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world.”
PS1: You can request me to make a stereogram of your country!
PS2: Read here: How to see stereograms?
When was the last time you felt responsible for something?
The road in front of ISI is very busy especially in the evenings. People on vehicles and on foot run in a hurry of movements and steps rushing to places they know better. Often unobservant of anything that lies around. Or simply ignore it. This makes it an effort and a risk to cross the road every time I have to.
Yesterday when I was standing by for the Green light to turn Red, a kid took me by surprise by holding onto my hands. I looked down and he was not looking back at me. Instead he looked worryingly at the cars and trucks rampaging on the street. He looked scared. His grip on my hands tightened and loosened at the intensity of speeding vehicles on the road. I could almost feel his heartbeats and fear. Normally I would not care but I felt a sense of urgency and responsibility for this kid. I held back his hand firmly and carefully crossed the road, noticing the mad chaos of events from sudden brakes of bikes to people running into each other for the first time. And I did feel a little fear too because someone was holding onto me.
When I reached to the other end of the road, I looked at the kid but without a word, expression or, at least I hoped, a look back at me, he ran away. It felt strange at that time. But now it doesn’t.
I rarely engage myself in acts of kindness or responsibility for others. And in days the only opportunity I got, I expected the entire quota of gratitude to fill out of it. Even though I avoid getting involved in these simple acts of responsibility but I did feel the need of such gratitude. Why? Because it felt good.
The kid did not thank me back because I did not do anything great. It was an act expected out of any decent person. It was the kid who reminded me the importance of small acts of kindness and responsibility. And how good they could make you feel.
It all reminds me that I have not done enough. Its time to earn some karma points.
This method works for me. I hope it’ll help you too!
Relax Your Vision
1. Put stereogram in front of you, let’s say 30cm(1 foot) and start relaxing your vision. After a bit of time your eyes will feel little strained and you won’t be able to concentrate anymore and the picture will start to become blurry and doubled.
2. This will make your eyes to diverge on different angles. At some angle you will see that a hidden image appears. When it happens eyes should stick to this angle and you’ll be able to see hidden 3D.
3. Once you can see blurry 3D picture, keep looking at it this way until it becomes sharp and recognizable.
“Mandala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” Mandalas have spiritual and ritual significance in Hinduism and Buddhism.”
This is the best stereogram I’ve made so far. It has a typical mandala which has a circular shape of a flower. It is also drawn with colors like a Rangoli. It is a part of Hindu tradition and I’ve seen it being drawn before every puja in my home since I was a kid.
PS: Read here How to watch a Stereogram
I was introduced to stereograms by my friend Sushant. It took a while to get hang of it but since I always wanted to create my own collection of stereograms. I don’t know why I love them, I just do!
These are the first 2 stereograms I have made. They are not very refined but they work. And I’m excited to make more beautiful ones in the coming time
The red one has a globe like structure and the green one has a Pink Floyd cover.
PS: I hope to make better ones in future
“I did not know how to quantify happiness until I met people who showed me that it can be a number; the number of people to which it extends to.”
“Just because people listen to you doesn’t mean you should speak anything you whim.”
“Will you live up to your dreams if I told you that you’ll get a second life?”
“There are dark realities of life we never visit; we fear we may not return.”