But, is it nothing to know when you are dying, when you are about to take leave of this world, of its joys and sorrows, when the past of your life is unfurled before you, when eternity opens wide its portals, is it nothing to know at that last awful,supreme moment of your lives, that you have not lived in vain, that you have lived for the benefit of others, that you have lived to help in the cause of your country's regeneration?

-Surendranath Banerjea

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


'..The capacity to laugh at oneself is a sign of an individual's strength and wholeness.The inclination to discover grievances where none exists on the other hand,is a sign of emotional or psychological ill health..
..The disposition to be immoderately upset by even innocuous situations or statements should get us all deeply concerned..
..We must tolerate,indeed encourage and celeberate, the spirit of humour even if it is likely to prove vexatious at times; for the alternatives to humour are cruelty and weariness.Living as we do in grim and cheerless times,we should not exile the spirit of humour, just because we feel insecure about the irreverence that is germane to it..'

 -The Hindu,22/09/09

Sometimes or rather most of the times,i feel,I'm one of those non-humorous mundane beings who doesn't even know to crack a joke..not that i categorize into those people with some attitude problems who restrains a smile..
Humor is a talent which not everyone is blessed with..But appreciating,everyone can..Cracking a joke,or at least a chuckle to ease the tension,is something that most find difficult..
After all life lasts for not more than 65-70yrs,at the most..and we spend it brooding over trivia,fuming ourselves at frivoulous stuffs,regretting on retrospection..Why so serious..

It's not that the humorless me suddenly found herself guilty and decided to redeem..No,.not that i don't want to,but that's not something i could achieve overnight..for I'm one of those vulnerable ones,finding it comfortable to chastise and crucify the self rather than laughing at the situation..worse is when i don't forget my mistakes howsoever small,and keep reminding myself with guilt to the extent that i find a grip of tormenting jinn over my body which makes my life less happy..it sometimes appears to me as if i find a pleasure in incriminating and incinerating myself,which ultimately has to change if i happen to look forward to the prospects for fullness in life..

May be i should overlook my mistakes as well as others',for,to err is human..

PS:Congress spokesperson,on dynastic succession: You appreciate 4th generation of lawyers,and 5th generation of doctors in a family,then why not a 2nd or 3rd generation in politics???? 
Reliving the caste system,eh??Potter's son becomes a potter,and sweeper's son,a sweeper..

PPS:Really proud of Yugratna Srivastava..The kid gives me goosebumps!!

Khuda Hafiz


Vishnu said...

atleast now u hav realised tht.. start smiling..

AnjuGandhi said...

to smile and laugh amidst tensions, stesses is no laughing matter I admire the people who know how to laugh forgetting or keeping aside their worries, their problems
I also cant have a hearty laugh.

Sat_hi_sh said...

Yup ,making ppl laugh is a big gift :)
Smile lights up the face better than anythin else :)

nice post :)
keep blogging

HaRy!! said...

so when is the comic post pf yurs coming up?! ...who is the kid yu mentioned sorry? tc


ZB said...

yea, you are right.:))

Dhanya said...

Exact opposite for me. Wish I could be more serious...

The unsure ascetic said...


That was a smile. So, You please smile too.

ps: If you discover the secret of the Nehruvian dominance within the Congress and India, please let me know. I shall give you a blank cheque.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Your seriousness shows your concern for your country and your people.

Politics does seem to have a caste-system, and yes, Yugratna makes all of us feel proud.

sujata said...

what you have described is me, I am the most serious looking devoid of humour in a group, but then there are days when we break loose don't we? so its okay..Yugratna is a gem, so proud!!

Thousif Raza said...

well i am glad you came to the realisation

put up a few more pics with you baring your teeth, it will help me scare the mice in my house away....

sorry for being late journalism is really hectic yaar
and where r u why are you not replying to my orkut and twitter msgs ????

take care and keep writing.........

Aparna said...

I do not know what I am, I can be serious and dour and make the lives of my husband and kids miserable. My cousins/friends/ tell me I am very funny.
I think I am a split personality. May be I should consult an expert.

Gayathri said...

@Vishnu,true :)..welcome here!

@Anju,yeah..so do i..my tension n jitters would very well be visible on my face!!

Gayathri said...

@Satish,yeah..ur pic is like a 60watt bulb!! :P

@Hary,well..i aint humourous man,.so dont expect such things!!

Gayathri said...

@ZB :)

@Dhanya,hehe..i know of girls who are like u..sadly not me!

Gayathri said...

@Jay,sure sure :P

@Sucharita..so bery true!!

Gayathri said...

@Sujata,i can identify with you..the serious one in the lot :D

@Thousif..u want my pics to scare away ur mice???eh! so u think i walk like a cat?a catwalk?? :P

Gayathri said...

@Aparna..hehe..thats good na..i mean,if u could switch between the two extremes!