Quote #9 : My Addiction

You are my cigarette. Your taste on my lips, and fragrance all over me, gets me addicted, to you.

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A Thousand Stars – Part I

He is standing on top of his 16-floor tall office, with a cigarette between the index and middle finger of his heavily jeweled-with-different-stones left palm, already nearing its filter now. A thousand stars, a hundred thoughts, a chilly night and just a half step for the penultimate ending of the story. He takes the last drag and stashes the bud, among the pile of other buds on the floor. He looks up in the sky. But that is not where the thousand stars lie. The zooming cars with their headlights set on high beam below, the street lamps, and the neon signs of Deloitte, Yahoo, Microsoft and other giants around, are the stars that are visible now. As he looks up, and inhales the smoke in a long deep drag, and feels the familiar sense of satisfaction and relaxation spread through his body, followed by the unpleasant sensation of burning in his throat and lungs, he mentally reminded himself to cut down. But now was not the time to think about himself, there were far more important things to deal with right now; and the tobacco converted into smoke vanishes into the cold air with fog.

Things had taken such great turns in life, that he forgot what the stars in the sky looked like anymore.

“Is it over now? Is this it?”

He asks himself. He no longer remembers what the fight was for. He no longer remembers what brought him here. In this moment, in these times. He knows he must run for it, but the question is,

“Run for what? What is the final destination? When am I supposed to stop running? When does it end?”

He looks at his palm. Shaking today, not the firm and stable palm he had just yesterday in the meeting room. He can’t understand why is it shaking, even when the telecom giant, InterNetworks had won the deal. Another feather in the hat. Last three-quarters had seen an exponential growth in the value of his company. A company today, a young start-up yesterday. Maybe it is the cold winter air and the only-good-for-looks business suit that can’t keep him warm.

10 years. It has been 10 years since he started out with his life like a Phoenix. Burnt to ashes and rose to heights. For 10 years the only thought he lived with was to reach a point where the world knew who he was. Of course, in that everyone was hidden just that one whom he wanted to win back.

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A Dark Future

As a bachelor living as a paying-guest I never cared much about saving things like water or electricity. I never cared about what type of fertilizers are used in producing the crop that we eat. What kind of effect this will have on our Land. Will it become totally poisonous in a course of time?
Not only these, but there are many other parameters which we don’t care about , but will make this earth a hell for the future Generation.

One second! Why am I repeating this when most of the people already know this thing. In the books, in theories, in lectures,in advertisements, almost everywhere we have been passing by these teachings. Then why am I shouting the same thing to everyone, again? Because I have realized it.

A few days back I saw a movie “Mad Max”. I went for the movie just by reading the reviews that the movie has a lot of adrenaline rush. The movie started rolling on the canvas. s it rolled I came to know that movie was on future water wars. Not only Water but wars on everything which will get vanished in our near or not so near future. And gradually it presented some crucial things in such a way that it made an impact on me. There was one scene when a Kingly status Man sitting very high on top of a rock(like the rocks we see on Grand Canyon), under the rock there was a close cavity. On the bottom of the rock there were thousands of people in the most deteriorated state they can ever be, holding some vessel. The Man on top pushes the lever so that the cavity under his place gets opened and water flows from the cavity to the people downside. Those people fought like animals to get their vessel filled by water. They were struggling to get WATER! of which we never cared about. And within few seconds the man pulled off the lever. People at the down where helpless,exhausted, fighting with each other and mankind was totally absent there.

Although the leader was cruel,merciless but he was presented smart also. In one of the scenes Vertical Farming was shown in his premises. This Vertical Farming technique saves a hell lot of water. It mostly uses drip irrigation system which is very much water efficient and also it produces the crop at very high speed and less cost. Urbanized Countries like Singapore have started using this technique at a huge scale as it allows farming without actually farming on land in a totally artificial environment. One SHOULD read about it at least once  !

There was an old lady in the movie who had a bag filled with different types of seeds. She had a dream of sowing those seeds somewhere. All the farm lands had became barren and poisonous. Every land was part of dessert. There was no land left where you could do farming. I believe that’s the reason Director gave a glimpse of Vertical Farming. The famous Grand Canyon has also dried up. The soldiers of the King were dependent on live humans who were their blood banks (literally!). The live human blood banks were tied on the front of the  war vehicles as a slave and the soldiers were connected to the human blood bank with a tube through which blood was constantly flowing from the blood bank to the soldier.

The film may have many more lessons which I have missed. But the way it taught me a few was very compelling. Right now we should be awaken. This is the time to act if we don’t want a mankind deficient Dark Future.

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A beard enough experience

There is no doubt that life teaches you but sometimes your actions and choices also end up teaching you something significant. So it was August 2015 when I got fascinated by long beards and geared up to attain it . I thought it was not a big deal to do it as it’s gonna take only shit loads of laziness which I already had. But I was brutally wrong in this. Seriously. you get to spend a lot of money and time in salons and in hair products, which was unusual for me.

As I used to follow more of hipsters I thought of complementing my beard with long hair also so that I can end up with an undercut pomp kinda thing. So with this long messed up hair and eccentric beard, majority of the people around me started denunciating it. I have had this unusual habit of trying new things like piercing my eyebrows, making an explicit mark on eyebrow, a geometric design on the sideburns and a lot more. And every-time I got the similar kind of horrendous reaction. But these things were little temporary so the criticism didn’t last too long.

I grew my beard for almost around 400 days. I did not want to prove or learn anything, I just wanted to grow it. That’s it. But the experience made me learn something  (and laugh while writing this) . People used to come and enquire if everything is fine with my life. Comments on religion conversion and intoxication habits became as common as  Trump is in memes now a days. I used to have terrorist jokes in every meal. My beard used to be the ecosystem of all the microbes in this universe for the people around me. Not a single conversation went without it in these 400 days. I got even counseled by few people. My friends were afraid to present me to their parents. But I not at all got affected by these things. I just used to laugh at those things and some times feel pity on the people who used to relate my beard to Islam and hence carping it. Common man, grow up. Not all the muslims are bad. Don’t condemn a whole religion race just because of few assholes.

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The thing which intrigued me was that it was only a period of few hundred days for me, but what about the people who undergo this kind of experience through out their lives. A lot many people including me show similar kind of behavior to the people whom we think have some or the other kind anomalies. It may be dark complexion, some extra pounds of weight, facial hair, being homosexual or anything.  I am sure many of my friends may have said those things in good humor and I took in that way. But not every one is good at adsorbing it.

Now I am gonna say something which has been told by hell lot of people since our childhood but since I have had a recent encounter with it so I am yelling it again. To all the unconventionally experimental people and the people portrayed as outliers by the world , do what you feel like.Trust me you are awesome. People will praise as well as criticism your normality and rareness. Don’t waste your time in making people understand it. Take it as good humor, because most of the people have good intention. If not, you can assume it. I still feel good that I had a beard which passed the second button of my shirt. Feel good about your identity and execute your ideas without worrying about the world (If and only if it is not destructive).

P.S There were many people who loved my beard as well as hair. Even I with few of my friends incepted a beard club also.