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The journey was jinxed! Not entirely my fault.

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Blank Blank Blank. Tring!!! Tring!!! A pain burst across the head. What was the time? It has been just half an hour since I slept. Who could it be?

Me: Yes?
Caller: “@#$%^!!! what day is today?”
Me: Such a stupid question! “Why, I asked?”
Caller: “Today is 2nd Feb and you @#$%^!!! booked my ticket for 2nd of March. I am stranded like a fool at the airport.”

I came back to senses. What angered him more was that I burst into laughter. Dude, your journey was jinxed, not entirely my fault. I broke into laughter yet again. Let me give you some insight as to what happened earlier to understand my point.

The friend of mine in question was supposed to travel from Pune to his hometown. And since he is my school mate, my hometown as well. He booked train ticket for Friday afternoon. On reaching the station he found the train to be late by 6 hours. Indulging himself with the usual gallivanting, he came back to the station at night. Still late! When he finally boarded the train, it was running good 7 hours late. Hardly 10 minutes and the train came to a halt. It was a station at the outer. 10-15-30-45 minutes passed. His patience was running out. He caught hold of a pantry worker. “Sahib, the train will eventually be 12-13 hrs late“. He decided to call it a day. He was on phone with me when he got off. The train started off with a whistle just as he reached the station exit. Dude you made Jab We Met 2. Having nothing to do and getting a bit frustrated, he decided to travel to Mumbai on his bike. “Are you insane, it is 11 in the night and you have to travel whole 140 kms?” I am traveling was the reply.

I want to tell you that traveling at night is not safe even for a youngster on bike. The security checks would suck your pockets dry. On top of it, if your vehicle bears an outstation number, you are on your own. Street smart that he is, he reached Mumbai in record time nevertheless. He was so exhausted that he dreaded his decision to bike to Mumbai and was at wits end, how would he return?

A friend of mine from college had joined us too. I would spare you the details of the party that night. Next day I had to attend to some urgent work at office so I left them both at the house for around 2-3 hours. They called me at office that they have planned to leave for their respective home towns and since I have net accessibility at office, if possible to book their flights. There was some confusion and I ended up booking, a return ticket for my college friend and two tickets (going and return) for my school friend. Mumbai-Delhi-Mumbai. Their flight was to depart Monday morning. 6:45. They left at 5 am. I decided to retire into sweet-sweet sleep. Blank Blank Blank. Tring!!! Tring!!!

It turned out; I had booked 2nd -7th Feb for my college friend, but 2nd March and 7th Feb for the school friend. He got the ticket canceled, booked another one and ended up paying 50% more.

To begin with, his train got delayed. No sooner had he got off the train than it started again. He biked all the way to Mumbai fully exhausted, harassed at various checks. If these weren’t the signs, what are? Paulo Coelho would have written a book on this had he not written The Alchemist, so prominent were the signs. My plea is, what I did was not a mistake but the eventuality of various signs. The journey was jinxed. Not entirely my fault!

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Written by arpitgarg

February 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Book v/s Author

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Whenever I read a book which talks about life and philosophy, tries to preach and influence the readers, I am not readily able to connect with it. It is important for me to first know about the author, to know that the writing is from the heart and experience of the author. Not just some set of arbitrarily penned down fundas.

When I read fountainhead neither was I able to accept it nor respect it. I simply couldn’t believe that some human being (Ayn Rand) could be so cruel as to design, follow and propagate such a philosophy in deed. It seemed to me a past time after thought of a wasted mind. It was only after I read about Ayn Rand that I was able to understand the mindset of the author and could relate to her writings. Born in socialist Russia, her book and her thoughts were a classic example of the rebellion, an anti-thesis straight from the Hegelian dialectic.

When recently I saw her 50 year old televised interview and could feel the conviction in her voice, in her eyes, was I able to respect her thoughts and philosophy even further. For me to accept and to respect are two different phenomenons. Maybe I am not able to accept it but given her belief in what she wrote, I do understand her writings better.

Same was the case with Paulo Coelho. When I finished reading the Alchemist, to me it was a very simplistic short story with a bit about goal and path thrown in. However I was able to relate to it more than the fountainhead at the first go, but respect was missing here too. I still didn’t know about the purity of the origin of the thoughts I was reading.

I just finished “Paulo Coelho-Confessions of a Pilgrim”, a book of conversation b/w Juan Arias and Coelho himself. This book brought me face to face with Coelho. His disturbed childhood, his hippie days, drug influence, abduction by paramilitary and spiritual awakening on the trip to Santiago. It was as if I could feel the man himself in all his writings. His constant search was now clearer to me through all his books.

One may be inclined to ask, what’s new about it? Whenever we hear a speech or read a column, if we know the author well, does it not help us to understand him better? I never said that there is anything new, but recently I have observed a trend, a mad rush for the search of the ultimate question. Hence, a mad race for clinging on to any and every preacher, round the corner. We should be circumspect, not just fall for anyone.

Opposite to the contrary, I believe, “Judge the author before being engulfed by the preaching” So is the case with a book, if its philosophical, I ought to understand where and how this philosophy was born or else it’s a junk to me.

Written by arpitgarg

May 18, 2008 at 8:47 am

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