A Little Sneaky

Are writing prompts a useful exercise, or do you find them to be too limiting and/or hokey?

I personally find them very engaging, well the WordPress community is great and daily prompts & challenges from the daily post are really good. So far, since I’ve started sine the first of January this year, I’ve been able to blog every single day (give or take), be it simply an image, few lines or a 2000 word long post. I love this community for the same, for helping me feel alive, even for a little bit. 🙂

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Among 32 flavours the chosen one!

Chocolate.

Always been my most favourite. Apart from them I like Vanilla and Banana. Occasionally Strawberry and Blackcurrant. I wonder what different flavours are there since these ones are the most common on the planet.

And since me being from India and thus speaking British/Indian English, don’t mind the ‘u’ in flavour and the different (or rather ‘extra’) spelling in most other words 😛

Speaking of ice-cream and desserts, this is (a part of) what I had in December at Barbeque Nation. ‘Dam Awesome’ would be an understatement.

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This was the first time I took a pic of something which I ate (that too after almost being done) as I find people posting pictures of what they are eating highly annoying. I wanted to give write something about this place so the pic.

The food overall was amazing. One of the best restaurants in the Mumbai, be sure to go there at least once (enough to make you go again, mostly) The starters and in this context the desserts were delicious! I’m already growing fat thinking about it, and need to go there again. So anyone wants to treat this poor soul?

(From Infinity Mall, Andheri West to Barbeque Nation)

My (not so) favourite person

“I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” (Henry David Thoreau in “Walden”)

With this you might get an idea where I’m heading to. When asked “What’s the most time you’ve ever spent apart from your favorite person?“, I’m compelled to laugh and answer “All the fucking time!” Yes, I’m talking about myself. While I’m not at all narcissistic, not I’m altruistic, I have this love-hate relationship with myself. I tend to be my own biggest critic while being at peace with myself too.

Talking about time spent with your most favourite, least or anything of that sort leads to discussions about social-individual bonding. If you want to lead a very healthy life, avoid diseases and early death, there is an abundance of medical studies with often conflicting advice like chocolates and alcohol being good for you, does cigarettes and cell phone radiation cause cancer? and the list goes on.

Of them, personally I want to talk about loneliness. Or rather how it is generally perceived. There are studies which show loneliness having negative effects on your life, from your self-esteem, relationship with people and even bold claims of high risk of death. (They have some study for everything these days)

Often I find this term is highly confused with “being alone”. Well they sound almost dam same, but there is difference and a big misconception among people who often confuse the two. I personally almost never feel lonely when I am alone, but I do many a times feel lonely when I am in a group of people. Being alone, I always find something to do, explore, think, watch, shoot, read or write about. But when I am in a group, I’m usually the odd one out, philosophically, intellectually, socially and emotionally. Yeah I’m the freaky sensation wherever I’m or the unnoticed ‘nameless one’ (get it?)

I know many people calling them as ‘friends’ (the term so arguably debatable with ten other terms which can be used and scaled with) I usually end up with the fact that friends are a ‘luxury’ I don’t have. I don’t mean to say I’m a complete sociopath but the point I’m trying to make is that loneliness is not the matter of the number of people you know or meet but more of quality than quantity. (After all, most of us will be happier with one really good girlfriend than with multiple flings, I guess)

And being a one man/woman army has its own perks, you tend to be more independent and reliable than the other way around. And to those who  would say this leads to low self-esteem, depression and being suicidal, that is very arguable since it depends on the individual and not a direct implication.

I’m not promoting loneliness of being a good thing or as such, but spending time with yourself can teach you a great deal of things and give you a very different perspective of the world around you. Even if being social might be life-prolonging, the time spent talking to uninteresting people or being bored at parties is not worth the investment if I can instead use the time for myself.

At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self.

Quote Me

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Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

A very interesting question. I have many favourite lines/quotes which I have in mind always and some which come and go at a given instance of time.

These are my most favourite quotes which mean quite a deal to me:

“The Training is Nothing! The Will is Everything! The Will to Act.”

– Ra’s Al Ghul (Batman Begins)

This is perhaps one of my most favourite quotes both at a personal/individual and as a human being. It is well self-explanatory. For achieving anything in life, as an individual or as a group ranging from a society to a nation to as the human species itself.

“To say that nothing is true, is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.”

– Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin’s Creed: Revelations)

This is from one of my most favourite video game franchises, and perhaps resonates with the one I said above.

“Keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs.

What is the most beautiful aspect of [these] is they are stated so beautifully. Now I don’t want to make this into a quotes list, so I’ll end (sort of) here. I know, those who know me well would have been surprised if they didn’t find a Batman reference here 😛

Oh and this one is a recent favourite, from one of the best games of 2012, FAR CRY 3:

“Society has taught you how to fail, not nature. Believe in yourself and your instincts, and that will help you succeed.”

Did I ever tell you… the definition of Insanity?

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

No.

Why? Because I never made one. Ever. To me, this is just ridiculous. I admit, looking forward to a new year, a new chapter of your life and resolving make yourself better is of course a good thing, but why wait for more 300 days or so for doing something which you possibly start NOW*

(*conditions apply- unless you are waiting for the result of some test/interview you gave or waiting for a child, just saying)

“Dam it! It’s already past ‘New Year Day’, so I’ll stop drinking next year after 364 days. Till then I ‘resolve’ to lose my weight. Or virginity.”

Some of these human customs do elude me.

Perhaps people should first resolve to keep their resolutions. Resolu-ception.

By the way just for your knowing:

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends