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Truth and fiction: Inside of my head.

kith + kin.

They broke your heart, I think.
Mine too, I know.
I saw it coming and yet, I let it shatter, my heart.

Perhaps I was hopeful, or was it masochism?

I wonder if you did too: see it coming.
I’m healing.
I pray you have too.
I don’t know if happy endings exist,
if a place where I can go exists,
but I pray I never stop to find out.

No matter the wreckage they left behind for you to heal, and to make art out of.

“It is not your fault that you don’t assume the worst in people. People are at fault when they let you down; you are not at fault for not anticipating that they will let you down,” as a wise friend tells me often.

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‘Ode to Track Pants’

“Do you have a dress?” you ask.

“No, I don’t wear dresses,” I say.

“What will you wear to the club?”

“Track pants and t-shirt, of course.” I dismiss you.

“But you should wear a dress to a club!” you insist.

“You’re stereotyping. I can wear whatever I want to wear.”

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“Do you own a dress?”

“No.”

“I am going to buy you one.”

“NO.”

“Why not?”

“I don’t like dresses. I’m a track-pants-person. I used to wear them to work too! I wear them everywhere.”

“Why don’t you like dresses?”

I stutter and stammer, wishing I could summon my guardian angel to put sensible words in my mouth so that I don’t communicate to you like a sack of potatoes.

“Why do you hate dressing up?” you relentlessly pursue.

“I dress up! I dress up.. once every quarter when I feel like it. I like being comfortable in the clothes that I wear and I only ever am comfortable in tracks and t-shirts.”

“Dresses make you feel uncomfortable?”

“I am conscious of my body, yes. It’s part of the reason.”

“You shouldn’t be. You should wear a dress. Let’s go shop for a dress.”

“I hate shopping.”

We don’t shop for a dress.

Nine days later, as I roam a shopping facility that a metropolitan city provides, I look at the rows and rows of clothes on either side of me and find the words that would’ve helped my case nine days before.

I don’t consider clothes an investment of time, energy and money necessary to my existence. I like the six t-shirts and three tracks I own. I do not receive commensurate returns from the investment made while ‘dressing up’. The four times a year that the returns are indeed favourable, I do ‘dress up’: I borrow and I get by.

Nine days later, as I roam a shopping facility that a metropolitan city provides, I come across a little black dress.

I would still wear tracks and t-shirts if I were possessing the type of body that would not make me self-conscious.

Nine days later, I own six t-shirts, three tracks and a dress; and four is still the number of times I am likely to find the aforementioned returns favourable.

Love Affairs In, With & After Nepal
India

‘Bliss point’

A final few hundred steps were climbed to believe that you can do anything, you can be anything, even if it is everything, even if it is nothing. You are okay.

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Three thousand and five hundred steps and then three thousand and five hundred more were climbed to reach bliss point. There was hot tea, careless laughter and dumbfounded disbelief.

Three thousand and five hundred steps and then three thousand and five hundred more were climbed to reach bliss point. There was rain, there was hail and there was snow. There were clouds, mountains and a chimney stove. There wasn’t money, there wasn’t electricity and there wasn’t soap. There weren’t telephones, warm baths or fresh clothes. It was bliss point.

Three thousand steps were climbed to taste the sense of an ending (and a beginning).

Two thousand and some hundred steps were climbed to feel the limbs give up and the conversations with feet cease.

Twelve hundred steps were climbed to feel the lungs complain and the frustration pile up again.

The sun slid down the sky that threatened to tear the dark clouds asunder so that tears and fear threatened to magnanimously make their presence felt.

Two hundred and sixteen steps were climbed to realise that bliss does not come easily.

Little by little, a wise trekker once said.

Love Affairs In & With Nepal
India

‘Time’

The sun tan on my hands is akin to the memories in my heart – both perhaps will fade with time. Adrenaline no longer courses through my body as adventure no longer moves my feet – both certainly will be rekindled time and again.

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The torn map in my hands is akin to the feelings in my heart – both perhaps seemed pivotal to my being at the start but neither certainly could plead its case over time. Blood no longer rushes to my head as 9.8 metre per second square no longer is the approximate rate at which my body is freely falling towards the earth – time had stood still and certainly will again.

Love Affairs In & With Nepal
India

Fuck us.

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Oh, we do not deserve this world.

You may think you’re a traveller, not a tourist.

But, no, neither of you deserve this world.

None of us do.

The world is big, and you are small.

You do not own any of it.

The world was here first.

Fuck you.

Fuck us.

Who are you today?

Imagine two people. Both are fiercely independent and both like quiet. One wishes to carpe diem unto infinity. He wants to walk a million miles with no accoutrements, no entanglements and no predispositions, and then a million miles more. He wants to sleep under the night sky and wake up to the sound of waves lapping at his travel-worn feet, with the smell of salt in the gentle warm breeze whispering sweet nothings to the bare bits of his skin. He wants to roll in cold, white snow and swim in oxbow lakes even though he never learnt how to swim. He wants to stand on the edge of the world with arms akimbo, wishing he had a cape fluttering behind him and an S imprinted on his chest. He wants to dangle his legs from a sea-facing cliff and eat food from a box with chopsticks. He does not know how to use chopsticks nor can the food, the name of which he knows not, be eaten with chopsticks but he never fancied limitations and definitions anyway. He wants to light a cigarette – only light it – whilst sitting on a precipice; he’d stub it out on the rocky surface, and then flick it into the nothingness below him, as if the cigarette were an ivory striker on a carrom board he had grown up playing with. He wants to sit atop a speeding bus that is weaving its way through the labyrinth of roads nestled in hills and valleys, with wind in his hair, music in his ears and smell of wet copper red earth mixed with dew-kissed leaves smeared on his skin. He wants to watch the northern lights from his yellow tent with nothing but a flask of coffee that his gracious hostess, from the night before, lent him, a torch light and a book that he bought from the local post office, because he was overwhelmed to find that they stocked novels in his spoken language, especially after having meandered for so many days through kindness and beauty of unknown tongues and origins.

The other one breeds realism of the paranoid variety in every molecule of his being. He likes safety nets, contingency plans and insurance. He is anxious of under-using the faculties he was born with and of misusing the privileges he unfairly receives. He likes the nighttime. He’s not an insomniac; he simply thinks sleep is a waste of breath that could be used to knit the worlds that his perception of reality has denied him thus far. He likes order, design and to-do lists. He has more calendars, checklists and Post-Its pasted on the walls of his room than he has posters and pictures. He likes to sleep till late to avoid waking up to the claustrophobia he’s churning out each day. He reassures himself that he’ll change, he will.. when the ‘appropriate time’ comes and the ‘circumstances’ are conducive. He shushes the impulses that seldom course through him. He likes the occasional self-endangering, masochistic thrill. He’s self-conscious and, outbursts are despicable things to him. He doesn’t look up at the sky through the window from his room at all.

Imagine another. He has a deep distaste for the excesses of materialism and consumerism. He despises furniture and luxury transportation. He fancies walking and ponders on the insufferable self-pity swallowing us all whole. He ponders on our desperate need for nomenclature and our abuse of it. He thinks of one of the quotes by one of his favourite authors: “Cats don’t have names. Now, you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.” He ponders on “the ineffable yearning to be saved” and to find meaning. He does not find it in him to be able to give himself over completely to another person by way of the thing they call ‘love’. He’s known infatuation, longing and lust but the notion of love eludes him. He wishes to melt away by melting into the teeming throngs that suffocate the world. He wishes to expand across the sky and be one with the universe, uncaring of the multitudes populating the world below with their cantankerous politics and insatiable thirst to control what was never theirs to control. He likes music, dance, a few best friends, sleepy Saturday mornings and spunky, sexy conversations that last till dawn.

And imagine one more. He is painfully aware of himself, of the gaps and the surpluses in him, of the war inside and out, and of the faceless stranger he sees look back at him from a mirror. He is swimming against the current in an ocean that is the universe whose ends he’s unable to grasp. Put them all together into one person: this is she and she is a you or a me or a he. Who are you today?

A place where

Fuck it.

No, really, fuck it!

I want to go:

I want to go to a place where furry dogs and furrier pandas are universally acquiesced as the only fit rulers of the universe!

I want to go to a place where stars are strewn across the sky every night.

A place where I can look at those stars every night.

I want to go to a place where the sight of an endless green and gold does not melt into the ubiquitous lottery of birth and blood;

Where there is no lottery!

A place where propriety and affectation for appearances are only doled out as punishments for criminals.

I want to go to a place where a filthy hatred, familial as well as societal, does not claw into my existence.

I want to go to a place where the hours late illuminate not the depraved human traits.

A place where guileless conversation is the only currency of barter and trade.

A place where I can unabashedly declare the untoward fantasies that twist the spaces in my stomach;

Where I do not stifle the sporadic mad impulses of committing interstellar perversion for the sake of a system,

Or where there is no system!

I want to go to a place where dreams and fears weigh more than grade points and competition.

A place where employers treat tattoos and the state of my clothes with indifference.

A place where every excess is shed.

I want to go to a place where more numbers of olive ridley sea turtles exist.

A place where our misguided need for nomenclature (alongwith the despicable rungs of the social ladder) can be discarded to waste.

I want to go to a place where my feet never tire of walking;

And where Pablo Neruda writes more poems.

And I will.

Why? Why do we have to be proper? Why are we so enslaved by that which should be done, by a duty that we needlessly swear to abide by till death does us apart? What about an unfettered soul? And an endless field of dandelions and sunflowers: yellow, red and orange? Imagine running through such a field until your lungs choke you with a fierce burning and then you collapse beneath the clear spring sky, convulsing for all the right reasons. Why are our slates so unclean that we’re entirely cooped up in the little worlds we build for us? Why not be open? Why not smile at careworn strangers with the purity of a thousand silken moons while twirling around metaphorical poles of our fantasies? Who are we but the impressions of all that we have touched, felt and seen? Who are we but the consequences of everything around us? We look to define our consequence, add it to the world, but do you ever wonder that maybe we are the consequence of others? But what sort of consequence have they left inside of you that culminated into your being tonight? Good? Bad? Surely the nature of our experiences that make us who we are, transcend such petty nomenclature: Pandora’s box. Why not be one with the stars above us every night, and be infinite for those moments every night? Ever wonder Bill Watterson was wise as fuck? Why settle for one place when the world remains untrodden? Why not pursue that which spreads warmth inside of you? Why is comfort a threat? Why not fall? Why read books and poetry, and be touched by the stories, lives and romance of the imagination of others? Ever wonder if it’s to vicariously live all the lives that we don’t allow us to live or even the lives that we weren’t allowed to live? Why not be free? In words. In sentences. In paragraphs. In prose. In stanzas. And every single thing beyond? We’re the collection of our past experiences, insecurities and timid dreams for the future, curated, consciously or not, by us. But ever so often, we are inspired. And in those brief moments of pure inspiration, we look to find meaning. We look to tear down brick by brick the walls, mazes, trapdoors and skylights to take us as close as possible to a clean slate. And then you begin. Again. There’s so much to weigh us down. There’s so much to set us free. What kind of negotiated freedom would it be if we’re somewhere in between? Why not be either 0 or 100%?

You only live once.

Scratching Itches #4

Write/Walk. To/With. You/Me.

(January, 17 days passed. Already)

A dark, foggy morning greets me quietly. I pull up my jeans and wrap around a sweatshirt. I slip into my worn out flip-flops and head out into the dewy morning. I can hear Roald Dahl’s words swirl around inside of me as I walk on and on: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” And find it we must. Find it we will. Sigh. Won’t we?

(18 days have passed. Of January)

I woke up with steel and concrete in my throat. I couldn’t breathe or think. My head spun. Before the whirlpool tried to swallow me back, I rushed out into the arms of dawn. It wasn’t even cold. The blood pumped in my head as I felt a familiar emptiness in the pit of my stomach. How did I ever become thus? How did six months reduce me into this.. or did it reveal me? I thought I’d never be this person again. A small, smug and self-assured voice of reason inside my head prompted an answer, one I didn’t like. Bitch. So, I walked, emptying myself of the panic as I did. I didn’t want to go back home. I broke into a run.

(19)

I woke a few hours ago; the muscles in my calves complained and I let them, so I slept again. But now I’m awake.. and high. My head spins: the good kind. I miss certain things. Some others I don’t. Where would we be without music.

What was last night like?

A tale of plastic smiles and sympathetic eyes:

I am at a sixty year old man’s sixtieth birthday party. He is a close family friend and he turned sixty today. His family thought that, being a supposed landmark in the lives of men, it warrants celebration: one at a terrace, unsheltered on all sides, and in it, there are manicured shrubs and potted plants plenty. I barely care for the burst of colours that they exhibit. I lurk in the dark, virgin corners and hungrily stare at the sky. The cold air presses against my skin but I barely shiver. I dearly miss terraces and the long conversations that I used to have with the moon. The food is stale and ordinary. I look at the faces. Those are plentiful too. Some I recognise. Most I do not. The ones that I do, beckon me towards them and taking my hand, flood me with questions. The platitudes never cease to end. I nod and conjure small smiles, lips pressed into a thin line. The man’s wife, the best friend to my mother, takes it upon herself to go an extra mile. She considers me kin and thus tries to introduce me to everyone. I wish her well but I draw the line at ‘She’s the daughter of my friend, the one I told you had cancer’. I drop all pretence, visibly shrug and quickly excuse myself out of another introduction. I go to the dark, virgin corners again. I wish they’d stop telling me that they miss her. I wish they’d stop apologising for saying that they miss her because they think my loss is greater than theirs. I wish they’d all just stop. But they won’t, will they? Every time. It’ll be this. I live in the fear of the impending First Death Anniversary Ceremony. I hate all of this so much, I can barely contain it inside of me. Make it go away. Can I go away? Take me away. There is.. err.. ‘groovy’ music. The kind you would never play yourself but wouldn’t mind if someone else did. I quite like it. I like the terrace too. Everything else I could do without. I could dance. I could run. I close my eyes and relive memories inside my head that spread warmth around that empty pit in my stomach but at the same time, remind me of the steel and concrete that I woke up with in my throat. I crave.. open skies and undying nights. Good music and warm bodies under blankets thick. Three bottles of beer, a cool breeze and a sunset. A small fire lit atop a small summit and a silence shared with the stars above. The smell of railway tracks as the steel rails groan under the weight of movement. I could run.

(20th of January)

The clock just struck midnight. It would be easy to deem these mixed feelings in my heart as love, wouldn’t it? Alas, I don’t think I’m capable of it nor does such a beautiful soul deserve a two-bit bipolar hazard. In any case, it certainly would be easy.. for I would know why I feel off centre so often and why I’m transported back in time to December nights, why I couldn’t concentrate – the one thing I secretly prided myself in – before my finals and why I keep writing everything to a particular person. The muscles in my calves complain still. Tomorrow, I won’t give in.

I didn’t.

(21)

At night, before we conk out, a friend and I bitch about the world, its weddings and relationships, and then sigh at the ridiculous lack of drama in our lives and how our little problems are terrifyingly run-of-the-mill. [Note to self: Need me some warm loving that competes with my disbelieving, relationship drama that I can win at and marriage threats that I can shrug off! And while we’re still on this topic, need – for real – me some night moves and a ’67 Chevy that I can drive off into the Milky Way!]

(22)

Ah, the exhilaration of a seven minute run whilst the world is still nestled in the arms of yesterday! And the purr of the engine as your foot caresses the accelerator. Damn, I could get used to this feeling of empowerment!

(23)

Lend me a room on your roof, won’t you?

(25)

I drown and not drown. I think and not think. I feel and not feel. I believe and not believe. I care and not care. I depend and not depend. I stand torn between the two opposite sides of every spectrum.

Find me a third way in. You’re the only one who can. Fin.

Sundry winter tidings?

(swish, flick and levitate)

Dreams weave in and out of foggy mornings, foggy December mornings. There are goosebumps on my skin. The moist breath escaping my lips taunt me with their shapelessness, as they dissipate into the cold air.. free.

I hope that serendipic feelings never cease to exist and stelliferous nights be our guiding lights.

(‘help’ and/or some such)

Words?
They come to you in fits and stops.

Doubt?
It rushes through you, much like oxygen, leaving and entering the bloodstream, re-leaving and re-entering, so on and so forth.

Leaving?
You draw your head up to the full length of your shoulders, embracing the infinite possibilities, the bold dreams, the Utopia and the yearnings fourfold – with a single defining point of hope that you will never stop to chase everything and everyone that brings you that delicious rush of blood to your head as well as that tranquil sense of existence to your soul.

Entering?
You cower before the impregnable fortress that withholds all the answers to the questions that your mind ceaselessly entreats you with. Hell, you are afraid to even start looking for them! An abominable rut of self-deprecation seizes you by the ends of your hair and drags you to the agonizing bottomless pit of pragmatism and cynicism.

Re-leaving?
You make your choices, both good and bad; you do things that you never thought you would, you make plans and screw them, and make some more, and screw them even more; you write your own story, surround yourself with only that which makes you grow.. the extraordinary. The excesses are shed.

Re-entering?
You say you are more than one thing. Are you anything at all? Who are you when you’re not playing the roles that you’ve unquestioningly made your own thus far? Do you really care about anything? Do you really care about anyone? Do you really think that quality is something worth treasuring?

So on?
You will.

So forth?
Will you?

The heart fervently beats at a leisurely pace.

A sharp intake of breath,
A hesitance in my step,
The mind swirls;
Multiplying thoughts do so parade,
And mime:
A vortex of a frightening scale.

A coldness spreads across my fingers
With such stiffness and dread.
A memory rekindles a spot of warmth
Ankles, fingers and milliseconds prolonged.
A pit in my stomach, a hole in my heart,
A lump in my throat: Fold.

A restlessness of the soul:
To breathe,
To begin,
To yield,
To seek,
To be.

Breathe?
In an elusive stillness whereupon I can hear your heartbeat
And mine.
A stillness of the mind ever-overwhelmed by a terrible disquiet.

Begin?
At the start of something or its end, perhaps neither;
The destinations matter – but less, the winding road – more,
The movements on our shoulders – more.

Yield?
To the stark raving madness, the blithe disregard for every excess,
The pursuit of something bigger than ourselves:
You and me. You or me.

Seek?
The lust for the little things; a smattering of purpose
Or a modicum of meaning – the big thing.
An unconditional co-existence: Utopian and real.

Be?
The words that arrive in fits and stops.
A blank verse here, a languid whisper there.
The emptiness longs to be removed.

The soul is restless. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. The doubt ebbs and flows; the confidence wavers and bows but continues to deal blow for blow, perhaps weaker than before. There will be light. There IS light. Believe you must.

The heaviness in the body weighs me down, or is it in the mind? The proliferation of the helpless and the ignorant encroach upon my consciousness. I write. I sleep. I read. I eat. I walk. I repeat. The unforgiving minute races on. Have sixty seconds worth of distance been run? I nurture a pointless ego; give it the name of independence, fierce and passionate. I feel the nuts and the bolts inside of me tighten and loosen, simultaneously so. I re-evaluate. I use thought to not participate. But there’s much to be seen, to be done, to be said and to be chased and pursued – with a hitherto unknown, unpredictable wildness in the manner your heart beats and your lungs gasp for breath. Ah, the thrill of it, the maddening knowledge that you are capable and thus you could. Will you, now?

Good sir.

A boy. A young boy with the constellations on his shoulders and untasted freedom below his feet. A scared young boy. He bravely places one foot after another in the direction of destinations unknown but only of his own volition. He seeks so much yet needs so little. The walls around him are old, dust-laden and high. They protect him because the world’s shown him, time and again, that no one else will, not truly, not without selfish motives. Sigh. A beautiful, scared yet brave young boy. Can you tell him a few things? Please. Can you tell him that the winds will carry him to places his heart knows not that he wants? Can you tell him the universe inside his head is so delicately precious and so unique that I think it’d be my consequence to paint it in words? Can you tell him that the crossroads he is at is no crossroads at all but the brink of uncaging the soul from the metal monstrosity it was born in? Can you tell him that the emptiness in him echoed in me? Can you tell him that in his eyes I saw constellations that he wished to sketch and that I wished to write about it as he did so? Tell him that Utopia is as real as this world and its multiplying ignoramuses. Tell him that I see the wings on his back and that fire in his step. Rage, good sir, rage against the dying of the light, embracing each new tomorrow with all that it has to offer. Tell him I’ll sit outside his dusty old walls and sing him Hey Jude when the world gets too much to take. Tell him to take care of himself but not because no one else will. Give him a soft kiss on the forehead and tell him again to take care of himself.

If human beings were places?

Bits of you and pieces of me intertwined and escaped into the galaxies that are unexplored and unseen. There is an inexplicable emptiness that I have rarely felt before, and it neither saddens nor excites me. It silently prowls inside of me, gnawing. I can smell you on my skin and that expands the emptiness. Your eyes, the windows to your soul, carried such an ethereal magic in them, lighting up everything that they see. Your fingertips bled silver into me as they wrote poetry with their fierce yet delicate touch on my bare skin. Your lips sang the gentlest song as they planted ephemeral life into my neck and face.  Your chest heaved and fell, and with it.. I did too. You exploded into a million tiny stars and with you, I did too.. and then some more. The warmth of your skin punched a hole into my being; a pound of flesh of you cost me more than I was prepared to give, but it gave me more than I was to prepared to receive as well.

As you and I meander through the universe, without roots and branches, looking for the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything, and as we deprive ourselves of that which we think we do not deserve, I have hope for you: I hope that with the world unexplored below your feet, the constellations like silent guardians above you, and the beauty in your soul like the wings on your back, you will rise, shine and rage against the dying of the light. And I hope that your courage outweighs everything else – dysfunctional and insecure – that ties you down, in order for you to soar faster than a Firebolt. I also hope that our paths serendipitously cross again so that I may show to you the sun-kissed gold that unknown to you is shining in you, and then.. show to you that spaces, football and understanding can peacefully co-exist.

I hope that it is night then.

You know what I mean by WEIRD?

Nothing feels like it used to. This city that I both love and hate does not feel like it used to. This language that I was taught to speak by my blood doesn’t sit on my tongue as effortlessly as it used to. The people seem alien. The smell on my skin is not mine, but entirely yours. My lips don’t feel like my own. My hands feel lost, bereft of the ability to run them through your hair, to trace the contours of you and to hold your hand the right way. Hell even my bed doesn’t seem my own! Everything I touch, feel and see does not feel familiar. My eyes search the four walls of this house and find no kinship. I feel weird like the jigsaw puzzle pieces of my life were not put back in the manner that they used to be in.

Sigh.

Pitter. Patter.

Don’t tell me your dreams, your rights, your wrongs. Don’t tell me where to look when the light switches on. Don’t tell me when your daydreams sink and your darkness sings. Don’t tell me how to hide when your fingers glean. Don’t tell me that the mockingbird never flies. Don’t tell me that the stars are brighter tonight, withholding our secrets, our hopes, our desires fourfold nor what we seek is a bit of stardust to behold. Dust to dust, we are depraved and insecure. Don’t tell me you seek free will, uncharted, never careworn; making a difference, letting things make a difference; a chill to the bone.

Weary travellers of a desolate path, we want not, we stop not, we think not. The sun rises in the west and settles on our feet wherefrom the moon shines in silver sheets.

I found myself in the bleached walls. I found myself in the sanitized wards. I found myself in the endless cries, the prying eyes, the hopeful banter and the careworn hands of the caregivers. I found myself in the walks I took along the freezing corridors in the dead of the night. I found myself in the cubicles that stank of piss and shit. I found myself in the whites, the greens, the browns and the clean. I found myself in the smell of stale food, the silent screams of those who barely understood. I found myself in the sleepless nights spent with the lifeless coal black chairs. I found myself in the coughs, the aches, the chamber pots, the bed baths and the blood stains. I found myself in the shuffling feet, the bills, the tests, how they monitored your every beat. I found myself in your every passing breath, the crease across your brows and the break in your step. I found me. And I lost you.

Scratching Itches #3

I’m making an icebox cake with whiskey.

I’m drinking whiskey.

Period.

Scratching Itches #2

Time stands still.

You’re happy like never before. You cup your happiness and divide it into pills. You swallow one every hour. What if it runs out? You cup your happiness and divide it into pills. You swallow one every two hours. What if it runs out still? You stretch and stretch, and on and on the carousel turns. You swallow a pill further and further apart, and the spaces within are trenches. Trenches of hurt, regret and desire. Did you forget that you could’ve cupped your happiness after every gulp and you needn’t have died with pills in your pockets, still left to swallow?

The world is burning, darling. And we’re burning with it. Perhaps he and I’ll help burn it faster. He cannot save me. Nor I him. His crimson lips will burn. And my dark locks will burn. His creased brows will burn. And my curled lashes will burn. Your sun-kissed smile will burn. You, he and I will burn.

Scratching Itches #1

I have a theory. If characteristics were parameters and the entire spectrum of characteristics were to be represented as a set of a parameters — not binary, but an actual (0,1) scale and 0,1 are exclusive bounds — all of us are somewhere on such a scale for every parameter. I mean there’s a cut-off point, a trigger – until which the scale is dormant (so you aren’t ever 0), but something/someone triggers the parameter off and the parameter appears on your brain map. Most of us will die without having all such parameters triggered off and some of us will have triggered off conflicting parameters leading them to be difficult human beings. But on a dormant, greater or smaller scale, all of us possess the same kind of shit. It’s the little things, the triggers that define us, I guess. And by characteristics I mean a comprehensive list of things, Everything that you can think of.

Once Again: The Importance of Good Conversation

I finished watching the last installation in the Richard Linklater trilogy with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and I once again realised the importance of good conversation.

It isn’t something that you manipulate yourselves into doing. It is what people call ‘organic’. I never really understood the purpose of the word ‘organic’ until I realised that sometimes you can have the spunkiest of conversations with a total stranger. The spark. It need not be a sexually ignited spark. Not so much for soul-mates but I do fancy good conversations. The easily flowing conversations that isn’t meandering through the dull delights of poking fun at others but gushes through the scorching virgin grounds of communication. Not with the newspaper-addled, pot-bellied, drunken, dark and all-knowing perspective to the economy and the world but a knowledgeable, agreeable, convincing and receptive position.

“Brainy is the new sexy.”

Diction. The way you speak can completely charm over anyone. The diversity in the way people speak outdoes diversity of any other measure. There is the stuttering under-confident genius, the stammering cowardly train of thought, the over-polite, the under-polite, the clarity of confidence, the fake accent and the polished smoothness of a cultured upbringing. I used to watch a variety of a regional shows and the disturbing difference clearly lies in the delivery of dialogues. The cool, collected and clear dialogue nourished with a voluminous vocabulary.

Have your ever spoken to someone and felt that the conversation has cleansed your brain (the good kind of cleansing)? Don’t you wonder if you yourself will ever live up to that mark? That mark of being an ‘interesting’ person. You can be discussing the different flavours of chips and be enthralled by your conversation. You need not be always discussing Van Gogh and Beethoven. You can be sitting under a tree and observing the passers-by. You can be discussing the movie you just watched. You can be talking about some things that happened in the past and be reconnecting over some things that both of you experienced.

You can be discussing dog food, and I do not mean that as an insult.

A stimulating flow of words between two or more people can rejuvenate the rest of your day, you know. However, stimulants may differ from person to person. In any case (pardon the generalisation) without stimulation, I think, we meaninglessly binge on mundane things, ultimately lacking the charismatic open-minded two-way traffic between two human beings.

I might be over-doing this.

–Sigh.

Preface

I just finished watching two movies back to back a little while ago.

I was browsing through a friend’s blog before that and I realised that I love her blog. It is fun and honest. It also has a scheduled weekly day of posting new entries so you can almost look forward to those days of the month. Mine (if you can even call it a ‘blog’) is secretive, messy and whiny. I already own journals, thus I do not want this medium to necessarily be only a ‘digital vent’. I like writing. I miss writing. I like new experiences and recently, I have developed a compulsive need to do things unexpected of me.

So this a promise to my non-existent readers and myself: I will not quit the blog. The posts will be sparse but not banal. I will minimise the ranting.

Coming back to my original point, I just finished watching 50/50 and Away We Go:
(1) I loved the ‘laughing at your own tragedy’ bit but the film felt like it could’ve explored some more areas in detail. I felt that movie cut short a lot of the real deal. I mean, sure, he threw up in the toilet and sex hurt, but I just didn’t believe it when Rachael talked about Adam having been ‘so sick’; and what kind of doctors talk about anaesthesia right at the moment when they are about to take you to surgery? I guess what I mean is that the film lacked a certain authenticity and felt a bit jagged in parts. Having said that, I loved when Adam screams in the car the night before his surgery, that Adam and Katherine have an awkward chemistry, that Kyle has a support book in his toilet and that Adam’s mother wanted a blanket in the doctor’s office.
(2) Those people don’t exist in real life, do they? Other than that, as a doe-eyed-happy-endings-binge-watcher, I loved everything about the movie. Those people just sailed right through everything. I wonder if I’ll turn out to be seahorse “LN” or Helena who left Burt’s brother or be creepy Lily. You can safely assume that I plan to steer clear of parenthood. It is a responsibility easily manhandled (views on parenthood – another time).

I am procrastinating. I really should be studying right now for my final term but what I am doing in its stead is that: I am searching for the meaning of my life. The newest TBBT episode also threw my case wide open.

What am I doing?

The Swiss team won the Davis Cup yesterday. I didn’t start a new book despite the ‘free’ time. I still misbehave with my mother. I checked my Facebook an unhealthy amount of times. I sighed over the annoying nature of my blog. I dreamt of meeting Ranbir Kapoor and I hated having woken up from that dream (*fangirling*). I want to really start writing. The good stuff. The stuff that I have always meant to write but never came around to it.

Mosquitoes abundant.
Until next time.
Sigh.

Open.

After a prolonged period of procrastination and re-reading Perks of Being a Wallflower and/or Harry Potter (including a failed attempt to read Love in the Time of Cholera – seriously, Ted Mosby, why is it your favourite book?), I am thoroughly enjoying Open. I had my inhibitions about the book initially but it has grown on me – definitely. To know that there are people out there whose heads are also as swarmed by uncontrollable thoughts and feelings as mine, I feel a tad bit better. His brutal honesty and clarity in expression are things I am consuming with great care.

“Destiny has better things to do than count ATP points.” Amen.

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