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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The history of writing

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow. — Some dude.

I was really flattered when Rajneesh pinged personally and congratulated me for this blog-post in which I stated about my feeling of loneliness. For a mediocre guy like me, to produce magic of ecstasy for friends through written words give intense pleasure. I have frozen frame of the moment in my memory when Himanshu Gupta applauded me for enjoying a healthy and detailed chat on diverse topics. Topic started with him explaining about science in a movie AI to me and continued 3 hours at the lobby of Morvi Hostel (IT-BHU). A sense of confidence was born from inside. It is one the most encouraging memory to cherish till this date.

I always go slow and hate the stopwatch mentality of the world. Deadlines drives me crazy and nervous till this date. The line between an intellectual and a pretentious bore is at best thin. Hence, I feared much in expressing myself. I was like sponge as a kid soaking all in it. Hence, there was so much to tell to this world. Wisdom is learned by 3 ways in the life: Reflection, Imitation and Experience. Imitation gives only outer shell. Experience is most bitter of all. Reflection is the best in all learned retro/ intro - spection.

Imitation kills initiative and discourages independent thought and effort in long run. Foreign words became insufficient to express the experience and thoughts. A sense of dissent for western metaphors or simile is there inside me, as they take mine unique Desi identity and makes me more English. As English isn't my first language, expressing myself through it creates a mental hurdle of translating. Hinglish education had changed my habit of thought and scale of values. Prolonging intellectual serfdom in classic English leads me to indiscriminate adoption of alien wonts and usages. I always try to avoid it. I always like the writing of Salman Rushdie due to his use of Indian English. A sense of Desi belongs in it and English language transforms from British background to urban India. But, I can't adapt his lucid style of complex statements and have deep impact of Premchand's simplicity in Hindi. Hence, imitation way was not for me. Then, I learnt that I had to carve my own way for establishing myself.

Experience comes with passing time through reading and writing ; Advice through comments gives feedbacks of the proactive writing. The reactive comments help in knowing the minds of readers. This stage of experience writing is best expressed by me in a previous blog post.

Reflection makes you strong from inside and a crystal clear point of view appears. Take the seed idea and develop in its essence. That is called adaptation with reflection in my books. The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule or the law of the vital few) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. I think that both every distributive system follows this principle. And personal reflection is that 80% in the mine writing. It may be only small part but its effect is massive.

The three stages are always going in different proportions in writing about any topic. If something is worth writing, it is worth making it extraordinary in the nature. As John Quincy Adams rightly said: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. So, I am creating anonymous leaders in blogland...

FYI, Abhishek Arora and Vivek Tripathi have started there own blog. Cheers for them...


  1. Wonderful Post......
    Surely u have reached the third stage of writing nirvana...
    I guess AI is Himanshu Gupta'a fav movie...I too had a wonderful discussion about the same movie during train journey from Varanasi to Delhi which lasted for hours(First Year,Shiv Ganga Express,Dusshera Holidays).
    Chat also involved my fledgling multiple universe theory,which as I came to know later was actually proposed by some scientist and Himanshu's "Mind is Everything" Theory.....Clearly remembered the night
    And thanx for encouragement and free publicity!!
    A small word makes wonders...

  2. Thnx for the passing by comment. Nirvaana means end of all struggle.
    Wasse bhi,"humko maaloom hai jannat ki haqeeqat lekin, dil ko khusH rakHne ko 'GHalib' ye khayaal achcha hai" . Who wants to leave friends like you here to f@#$ up with angels.See, What a concidence both of us had same discussion with an ingenious about same topic and still we remember that memory. Wonderful..

    Aur Publicity ka kyaa hai, hum to fankaroon ke mureed hain. You are a creative person so it is my moral obligation to promote your blog. Let one thousand flowers bloom in the blogland with their unique fragrance..

  3. Hi
    I am part of the team that runs the Global Short Story Competition, which has been running for more than two years now and has already handed over more than £3000 in prize money to writers all over the world.
    We have created a new social networking site for writers. Free to register, it can be found at and offers the chance for authors to swap views and comments. More information on our competitions can be found as well, including our new flash fiction competition.
    We do get some entries from India and would love more.
    Many thanks

    John Dean Competition administrator

  4. I would love to read these history as it give me pleasure here to get more written content.



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