Archive | January, 2011

Being Millennial!

27 Jan

There are so many words that we use so casually in our day to day conversations without actually realizing that they could mean something so very different in true sense. I was speaking with a respectable senior from my family a few days back who was extremely interested in knowing what were my plans in life in general. His questions were so typical of his generation – Where do you want to see yourself after ten years? Have you thought of the future? And a series of such innocuous questions followed. Of course innocuous to my generation. 😉

The word to be highlighted here is ‘generation’. I have been enlightened of late that I belong to the “Generation Y” also called as the Millennia. I represent the generation transitioning from Generation X to Generation Z. Coming to think of it, Generation X is the one which is completely overwhelmed by the technological advancements that mankind has seen in the past four decades and Generation Z is the one which is completely agnostic to a world without technology. While the prior has a more cynical and jaundiced opinion about every step taken ahead, the latter cannot even imagine a world without the internet. Both the generations have definitive traits and have been quantified very impressively in the pew research publication here: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1437/millennials-profile

The instigation for me to know more about the generation that I am being labeled into came from this family member. The moment I answered his questions with an evident bit of nonchalance, he cited my father’s example stating that when he was of my age, he was crystal clear with where he wanted to see himself eventually. Along with stating that I waste tones of useful time in just posting status updates on Facebook and browsing the internet in general, what bothered me more was the typecasting of the entire clan.

Although my parents are getting to be technologically savvy, for the only reason that they want to make use of the available channels to communicate with me (Yeah! They have not abandoned me yet 😛 ), I do not feel that they are as passionate about it as anyone from my generation is. We are truly the most socially connected generation. Alongside, we appreciate a world devoid of technology as successfully as the one that we live in. One of my friends who is well placed in an awesome company, content, so to say happened to mention that it could have been really difficult for him to get to where he is now without the aid of social networking. The point being that we are more receptive to being socially participative than others.

Well, this argument didn’t satiate my listener in any way. However, I must say that there was one question that made so much more sense than the others – to know what are you here for?

Isn’t this the most fundamental question of any philosophy or any mythology – to understand the reason for one’s existence? How blissful would it be to know the answer to this question and the definitions of success or failure would just fall in place and the conundrum called life would simply transform into a wonderfully hummable song. Well, coming to reality filled with dilemmas, confusions and answer-less questions is difficult indeed… Being Millennial! 🙂

 

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Flakes and Flurries

9 Jan

After the previous fiasco at writing an Etheree, I am finally trying my hand at it again. Thanks Megz for the encouragement and helping me out with this one and thanks Pooja and Abhishek for the pat at the right place (you know where 😉 )

On one of the recent snowy days, I was just amused at how nature changes its color intermittently. Sometimes, it seems like an act of vengeance while on others a sign of grace. Somewhere, swayed by the crowd while at others, lurching in solitude…

Ridiculously white out of the window!

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Snow –

White flakes.

Winter frost.

Sunshine all lost.

Walking past cold streets,

Suspicious frozen trees.

Gelid wind, icy cold chills,

Boisterously cheery snow – capped hills.

Out of the window – white everywhere,

Warm solitude held snug in a balmy chair.

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P.S : The picture has been clicked by none other than the maestro himself – Abhishek Bhattacherjee. I urge you all to check out his pics here!

Enemy Mere!

4 Jan

Update 01/04/2010: As rightly pointed out by Megz, Pooja and Abhishek, I counted the words instead of the syllables. I have modified the poem for the syllable count.

It has been a long time since I tried some format of poetry. A very dear friend and the most prolific blogger of all times, Megzy is one person who always dabbles with a variety of styles of poems. Her Haikus are especially popular. In her recent post, she has tried out what is called an Etheree.

The form of poetry consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10syllables.  Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  Get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Reversed Etheree:  10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Double Etheree:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/etheree.html

You can check out her latest post about how blissful her tea-time is to her here!

I visited a battle ship recently and a submarine today. For the obvious to happen, my train of thoughts took me to imagine what would a sailor be thinking while getting aboard his voyage towards victory – a victory over the enemy lines or is there an inexplicable expanse of inevitable challenges?

Here is my amateur attempt at writing an Etheree which has carved its way out of my fairly innocuous thoughts.

Waves,

Strong waves!

Sails breathed rage,

Storm didn’t abate.

They charged back with pluck,

Though the sea ran amuck.

No refrain, ahead they strode,

Every mile, their valor showed.

Marine bound outward, for the big kill – overbear,

Oblivious – Fought the enemy mere!


P.S: The picture is of a painting put up on display at the San Jacinto monument museum near Houston where the first battle of Texas was fought. The photograph has been captured by yours truly 😛

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