Grass-Green or Life-Green?

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

An idiom. A quote. Must have heard pretty often. Must have said more than once.

But is it so?

Well, the idiom also goes as: The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence.

I remember a friend saying once, “Asma, the grass is greener on neither sides!” That is way too pessimistic I think. Never mind her. But post attending SBAC 2020 yesterday, made me think of the application of this idiom in my life. Well, we will see how.

SBAC 2020 is a Business Academia Conclave organized by SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR). The theme this year was Innovation & Technology, The India Story #UnlockTheNext.

The topics discussed were…

  • Talk: Innovation and Technology Drives Business Growth
  • Panel Discussion: From Data to Insight to Foresight
  • Panel Discussion: Is Technology a Challenge for Innovation in Traditional Companies?
  • Panel Discussion: Industry Boundaries Reshaping; Business Models Innovation with Technology
  • Panel Discussion: Are leaders the drivers of innovation?
  • Talk: How Technology and Innovation Come Together to Create Superior Socially Sound Outcomes?

I am glad I registered and attended the conclave, an opportunity to meet professors, who taught me and contributed in some way to who I am today; alumni, who then were batchmates and a few now are besties; newer batches – the young, the vibrant, the robust ones; and of course, the conclave speakers, who were some of the most innovative minds from various industries in India. It is difficult to discuss on each Speaker. One-liners will not do justice. The picture below itself introduces each one of them.

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For more information on speakers, please visit: https://www.spjimr.org/sbac2020#field-conclaves-tab-3
Those interested in watching the Conclave Discussions and Talks can visit: https://www.spjimr.org/sbac2020#field-conclaves-tab-3

Each speaker had a unique personality, a distinct outlook on the subject discussed, each an achiever, a successful story. This made me think, “Asma, as an audience or otherwise, grass is greener on that side, not your side, not yet at least.” I am still to reach those corporate heights, yet to learn more and experience a different kind of adrenaline rush of the upper echelon. “Yes Asma, adrenaline, the fight or flight hormone.”

And then there was a talk by Mr. Sonam Wangchuk. His was a different story—outstanding in many ways.

The character Phunsukh Wangdu from the Bollywood Movie 3 Idiots was one of my favourite characters. Well played by Aamir Khan, remarkable in reel life—‘extraordinary’ in real life. Yes, Sonam Wangchuk’s story and life both are extraordinary. A Mechanical Engineer by education, Mr Sonam Wangchuk has been working in the field of education reform for more than 27 years. After he finished his engineering studies in 1988, instead of joining the corporate world, he choose to be innovative, not for a vision set by someone else, but for his own vision. And he founded Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL | http://www.secmol.org), which aims to bring reforms in the government school system in Ladakh. So far it has, and with clear focus and persistence, in future too it shall.

Besides education, Sonam Wangchuk’s contributions include…

  • At the SECMOL Alternative School, with students, he designed and built solar heated buildings that are low cost, made of earth/mud but maintain +15 Celsius even when the outside temperature is – 15 Celsius in Ladakh winters (Source: SBAC2020 Website)
  • For solving the water crisis faced by the people residing in the mountainous terrains due to climate change and fast melting glaciers, he invented the Ice Stupa, an artificial glacier, which stores the stream waters in winter in the form of giant ice cones or Stupas and releases the water in late spring as they melt just when farmers need water (Source: SBAC2020 Website)

The video on I Live Simply Movement summarizes some attempts made by SECMOL to save the environment. More can be read on: https://www.hial.edu.in/ilivesimply-movement/

Now, this made me think, “Asma, this is Ladakh. This is not green grass. This is life green on the other side.” This is happiness, contentment, satisfaction gained because others are happy, contented, satisfied. Here, the others are not just customers, who are some numbers to be achieved. But they are curious young minds, the future of the country, of the world—each one of them can be a different unique success story in his/her own little world. Every story may not be published, but every story will be remembered in your heart as your success story as well. Here instead of making just myself the success, I create so many little successes, together they will be much bigger than my own story, much broader than I can achieve in my lifetime, and much larger than I alone can contribute to this generation and the generations ahead. A priceless feeling. An unmatched experience. “Hmmm Asma, this releases endorphins, the happy hormones.”

So now the question is what do I choose? Adrenaline or Endorphins? Grass-Green or Life-Green?

I guess both—dose of Adrenaline mixed with Endorphins. I am not sure of the effects and side effects of this mixture. Could be lethal or could be curative. However, I think if I survive, then I will be able to narrate a very different kind of Grass-Green story. Success or not, I can’t say, I can’t guess but I can try, hope and pray for green, grass and life.

Well, those were some thoughts I was left with.

The conclave was held at Taj Lands End, Bandra, Mumbai, a beautiful venue. Each Taj is beautiful in itself, and has an inimitable ambiance, giving the visitor an everlasting memory, and if that is combined with great company then it turns into a cherished memory. Thank you SPJIMR. Thank you my friends. Thank you Lalita.

Some cherished memories…

Doodled version of the topics. Doodle Credit: Mr. Santosh Nair

Photo Credit: LalitaC and My Archive

#SBAC2020 #SPJIMR #UnlockTheNext #IamSPJIMR #SPJIMRAlumni #ILiveSimply

Ashu Bolar
ashubolar@gmail.com

The Five Senses and Common Sense

We all know about the known Five Senses.

  1. Sight means Eyes
  2. Hear means Ears
  3. Smell means Nose
  4. Taste means Tongue
  5. Touch or Feel means Skin

And then very important sense is common sense—all combined are very essential for survival. Unfortunately, common sense is a rare occurrence, rather very uncommon these days, especially in the smart phone era. I am not sure if a smart phone is making its user smart or dumb so that it (as in the phone) appears smart. In my experience, most of the time it is the latter; because intelligent use of any smart phone can make an individual really smart.

I have come across many Smart People (SP) in the last few years, who are busy (as in super busy) using phones, posting stories, just for the sake of likes and comments, most of which are only for trading purpose—I liked your post so now you like mine, a silent barter in the 21st century. I wonder sometimes have we evolved or the entire evolution is just an illusion. The infrastructure and ambiance changes, but has the behavior? Not sure.

Case-1:

Sometime back, I had travelled with one such Smart Person to a very famous and well known tourist destination where it is required to travel by a ferry. Now, the SP was busy clicking images and making videos and posting them, and during low network connectivity phases, there was visible anxiety switched to bouts of mood elevation when the signal bars increased to three or four as now the posts can be posted instantly. They are supposed to be stories. In my understanding stories are either fiction or non-fiction. But either ways it cannot deny the core logic. And my logic says if a story is posted and if you call yourself intelligent then you will narrate a story that will communicate something sensible to the audience. Otherwise it is mere waste of time. And time is life. Means it is waste of life.

Now, the images and videos were posted with some catchy lines and icons and emojis. Relevant research was done on the Internet to choose places to visit and make the so called instant stories. But the SP did not know the name of either Wharf of both the districts (extremely famous names, movies are made in and on these locations, and a resident of the city has to know it types of general information), which was a source of dumbness that created a lot of confusion and irritation to me (I got tired answering nonsensical questions) as well as service providers (who were managing a crowd of hundreds of passengers during the Holiday Season) as the SP constantly mixed the wharf name with the ferry service provider brand names (there was similarity in the spellings).

To me, it is like knowing a country and not knowing the capital city or the vice versa. It appears as if you were sleeping all the years in your school. Not expected from an experienced working professional. And not acceptable when you happen to be a trained Communication Professional because any communication is to be posted or published only after a thorough research. A little ‘sensible research’ would have been helpful. The instant stories and posts will get likes, but in real life you are collecting nothing but dislikes with incomplete knowledge.

Case-2:

Similar incidence was with another SP acquaintance, who is also very active on the social media. The person had come to me to discuss an interview disaster. This SP was called for an interview on a Radio Channel for a marketing position. Now the interviewer among various questions asked about the RJs – Radio Jockeys are essential to every Radio Channel as they are one of the main sources of content generation/communication and consumer engagement—very important when it comes to marketing a media service. Now guess what the SP did? Named RJs of another radio channel and mentioned that “I am a big fan of that RJ.” And the interviewer replied, “Great, but that RJ works for the competitor channel.”—which meant ‘if we select you, then you will be working with us but promoting the opposite channel on our payroll.’ Again, a little ‘research’ would have saved the face.

Attending an Interview for the position of Marketing Manager without knowing what is to be marketed is beyond dumbness. I don’t even know what to call it. The SP felt it was bad luck. I think it was good luck as it was not me who was the interviewer or else I guess it may have been the last time the person ever attempted a marketing job interview.

Case-3:

Another instance, a corporate communication senior executive working in a Giant MNC chain (Service Sector, Hospitality Industry) posts a selfie on a Monday during working hours on Social Media with hashtags #MondayBlues #BadDay #Boss etc. etc. If I was in the HR department, then my reply to the post would have been #Fired #LeaveImmediately.

Service industry – Hospitality, Hospital, Tourism, Aviation, etc etc. are very active on Social Media to reach the masses and to proactively or actively enhance the services for the consumers. I cannot imagine someone working in any industry, especially in the service sector (many time employees are expected to wear uniform), posting such nonsense on any day with or without the formal dress code.

Some people think owning a smart phone is smartness. Well, above are three cases of the Smart Phone Smartness. I will call these cases as we do in medicine, and not examples, because to me such SP cases appear more like addiction and obsession that requires some intervention. Now, if you have more than one smart phone, then think, think hard.

Any media, social or otherwise is a source of information. It can be News Paper or TV or Radio or Digital Forum or Trade Event or Any Event—it can be any medium of communicating with the audience. However, the basic rule of Communication remains the same: Always Authentic Information. When I say ‘research’ I mean content based on verified facts no matter who writes it. It can be a journalist or an author or a blogger or a social media influencer or anyone, but factual information. Anything otherwise that is nonfactual is a rumour, which is not to be reacted on, unless you want to Laugh Out Really Loud or you want to be Laughed Out Loud.

One should know what to like/share and what not to, when to comment and when to stay quiet, when to be a part of the discussion forum and when to just be an audience, especially those in the marketing and communication professions associated with media. Once you are associated with an organization, you become the brand ambassador for that organization/brand. One comment/like/share/post can have very detrimental effect on the organization/brand (that probably can still be managed) and on your career (that can kill your career).

Coming back to the Five Senses combined with Common Sense:

  1. Sight (Eyes): There is difference between Seeing and Looking.
  2. Hear (Ears): Hearing is not same as Listening.
  3. Smell (Nose): All that smells good is not roses.
  4. Taste (Tongue): Too much sweet is not good for health – literally and figuratively.
  5. Touch/Feel (Skin): Is it a good one? Or a bad one? Make a wise call. One mistake can ruin a life.

I hope you get the message. So once again, the choice is yours: Either LOL or Get LOLed.

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– Ashu Bolar
ashubolar@gmail.com

Sunshine 20.20

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
It’s not warm when she’s away.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
And she’s always gone too long,
Anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she’s gone.
Wonder if she’s gone to stay.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
And this house just ain’t no home,
Anytime she goes away.

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know…hey, I oughta leave young thing alone…
But ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
Only darkness every day.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
And this house just ain’t no home,
Anytime she goes away.

Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.

Songwriter: Bill Withers

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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo

The first time I heard this song was as a background score in the movie, Notting Hill. A beautiful song, lovely lyrics. And the lyrics go perfectly well with the scene that starts with a pregnant woman selecting clothes to ending with her smiling and carrying the baby in her arms, while throughout, there has been many changes—of seasons and relations, yet William Thacker (Hugh Grant) keeps walking, adjusting his jacket to the rising and falling temperature, and thinking, and reminiscing, and missing, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). The Bill Withers song is from a 1971 album Just As I Am, over a decade before I was born. So my information is Wikipedia based, hence the link/hyperlink for those interested in the details. But the movie is my generation movie, one of my all time favourites.

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Those interested in the movie scene, can check the YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce_BXD_ONQ8

Well, no one has ever called me Sunshine. That made me think, “Do I have to be someone’s Sunshine?” and the answer was, “Yes, No, May be”. ‘Yes’ and ‘May Be’ means waiting. And waiting can mean worrying. And worrying is a wasted emotion; it brings nothing, while takes away time. Thus, ‘No’ point waiting. Hence, I have decided to be My Sunshine. And yes, if that sunshine fades then there will be darkness and coldness within and around me, and I wouldn’t want that, not now, not ever.

This New Year,
it is the New Me,
the Metamorphosed Me,
the Sunshine Me,
the New Version Me:
Version 20.20, Sunshine 20.20.

Wishing you all Sunshine, Warmth and Brightness, within and around you, every day.
Happy 2020 my friends!

…Ashu Bolar
ashubolar@gmail.com

Change, Changing, Changed

Change, a six letter word, which means to create a difference or be the difference or both.

So the changing process…

Is it easy? Not at all.

Any choices? Not actually.

Change is constant. Well, it is. So you change, adapt or else the option is you become a dinosaur—extinct. Survival of the fittest. Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory. Natural Selection.

Change is always challenging. It means transforming, revolutionizing in some cases. A massive behavioural shift. Overcoming fear in many cases; a fear of being trapped in a vicious cycle.

How aggravating can ‘Change’ be?

Scenario A: Every time the Windows software or an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning – a business process management software) upgrades, there is an expression of annoyance on most of our faces and a silent question – “Why again?” Answer: It is the need of the hour. A want may be.

Scenario B: Every time we switch our mobile phones, the excitement of new phone is diluted with the anxiety of learning and getting used to the new applications. But still you are smiling. Why? Answer: It is a desire fulfilled.

Changing…we generally don’t like it. Yet, we do it. Why?

Either we do not have a choice or we actually want to adapt, or may be survive.

So how do we do it while smiling and not sulking?

By converting a ‘want’ into a ‘desire’.

How?

Simple. Apply Design Thinking.

Now, what is Design Thinking? A new management terminology for something that existed almost always. It simply means be creative, be innovative. Think out of the box. If need be, think beyond the box. Or maybe just forget the box that limits your thinking. Just think!

Remember the arts class in our school days? The art teacher drew a Mickey Mouse on the black board and every student was to replicate that Mickey Mouse. However, every art book had a unique Mickey Mouse sketched—somewhere the tail was long, some places it was missing; some had large ears, some had tiny; and then the eyes! Every student had his/her version of Mickey Mouse.

Now, if say, in corporate terms, Mickey Mouse was the company’s vision drawn on the board by the art teacher (the manager here), then every student (means an employee) had a creative strategy to achieve that Mickey Mouse, that Vision. Some may look or sound good. Some may not. But if the class had 30 students, then there were 30 Design Thinking solutions right there on the art paper in the classroom (board room here).

Another analogy is a craft class. The craft teacher gives an A4 paper to 30 students and says, “Do anything, but the paper in the end of one hour should look anything but rectangle.” Again every student applies his/her mind. A result could be anything from a crushed paper ball to a beautiful paper sculpture.

We all have been there. We all have done it. We all know it. Design Thinking to me is nothing but letting my mind think without any blinders on. It is the application of art to the scientific thinking process—generating a thought that can give a solution to create want, then convert it into a desire, and thereon, to bring about a behavioural shift without forcing or emphasizing on the word CHANGE.

With creative thinking any unhappy scenario can be converted into a happy one.

Let’s apply this to Scenario A. What if the person is informed that the new Windows version or upgraded ERP has more pros than the visible cons? Often a person is upset not because of the change, but because it wasn’t informed. Here, communication plays a significant role. Timely and effective communication can make an individual aware that upgraded software equals to increased productivity, and thus, enhanced growth, both organizational and individual growth. Make this sound like the desired new phone and there you go…all happy, all smiles!

Some wise person once told me, “Asma, if there are two glasses, one full to the rim and one an inch or two less than the rim, then in such a scenario, which glass would you pour water in and why?”

I would pour water in the second glass as there is space to add the additional quantity. And, if I try pouring water in the first glass, then there will be an overflow and waste of water.

That is exactly similar with our minds. When we learn and learn, then we become glass-full with no space to add any new information. Hence, no inclination to adapt, and thus, we feel we do not have to change. However, when we put in efforts to constantly learn and unlearn, then there is space to add new information, new ideas, and may be, bring about new changes—create difference or be the difference.

Changed?

Hmmm, it is a process. It is ongoing in my case. Because to me, creating difference makes sense. Being a dinosaur doesn’t. I read ‘Dinosaur’ as ‘Die-No-Saw’, meaning I just exist without any contribution to the society, not a good feeling. How about you?

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…Ashu Bolar
ashubolar@gmail.com

SingleTON: Goa

What is SingleTON?
Single TravellingOverNight 🙂

For now, that is what I could think for the ‘TON’ in the word Singleton. In future, if my grey cells get creative, I may change the full form of the acronym.

Well, this section is on my short trips in India. It may-may not be an overnight stay, but for sure it is on a short vacation.

Destination: Goa, India
Days: 4 days 3 nights
Travel via: JetAirways (then it was operative. Now I would opt for Indigo Airlines)

Venue: Lotus Beach Resort, Benaulim, South Goa
Cost: Stay is Affordable in October-November as it is off-season. Very Affordable if you happen to be an Orchid Hotel member (I was, so got discounts on almost everything plus had utilized the member discount coupons for stay.)
Breakfast: Inclusive with the stay. Basic but good. (South Indian Menu, Eggs, Milk Shakes, Fruit Juice, Corn Flakes, Bread, Butter, Jelly, Tea, Coffee, Milk, etc.)
Food (Lunch/Dinner): Delicious

Cost of a car tour for North Goa: 10 am to 6 pm around Rs. 3000 (Please negotiate! I think I could have done better here.) Car/Cab cost from Goa Airport to Lotus Beach Resort would be some where around Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1200. Pre-Booked Cab/Taxi is expensive than private car. But safety is priority. So choose wisely.

Places Visited:
1. Big Foot Museum (It has got a gift shop inside which is worth visiting for souvenir shopping. Entry Tickets between Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 for Indian Citizens. I don’t remember the exact amount.)
2. Casa Araujo Alvares
3. Basilica of Bom Jesus
4. Fort Aguada
5. Benaulim Beach (A candle light dinner at Roger’s on the beach is a great experience and they serve very good sea food. I do not drink alcohol, so can’t comment on that. But Mocktail was good. That I remember. Food for two may cost Rs. 1000-2000 depending on what you order.)

What did I buy?
Good question. Important question when it is me, who likes, correction here, loves to shop. Zantye’s Cashew Nut packets, Bebinca,  Jute Bag, Maxi Dress, Floral Chappals, Anklets (from sellers at Benaulim Beach; Remember to Bargain) and Mario’s Picture Frame (There is an outlet inside the Goa Airport in case you miss the Mario shops in the city). Goa Airport has some interesting outlets of Brands — books, jewellery, souvenirs, and more.

And now, it’s time for some Goa Glimpses…

Big Foot Museum

Casa Araujo Alvares

Basilica of Bom Jesus 

Fort Aguada

Lotus Beach Resort

Random Clicks

Until my next SingleTON, take care and keep reading!

….Ashu Bolar

 

Game Theory

The first time I heard the term ‘Game Theory’ was in Microeconomics Class. An interesting concept.

Now, that is the definition I got on typing Game Theory in the Google Search Bar.

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In case the image is not visible then the definition is…

‘The branch of mathematics concerned with the analysis of strategies for dealing with competitive situations where the outcome of a participant’s choice of action depends critically on the actions of other participants. Game theory has been applied to contexts in war, business, and biology.’

Hmmm, the words that appear important to me here are:

  • Analysis
  • Strategy
  • Competitive Situations
  • Outcome
  • Choice of action

Speed of action is also significant, which is missing in the definition.

When this subject is discussed in the class, it starts with the Prisoner’s Dilemma. A crime has happened. The (suspected) criminals (two people) are arrested but on interrogation they deny their involvement. Now, the investigating officer has got a job to do. Confession has to be made. Justice has to be served. But how?

Sometimes, it is easy because either the criminal is not smart enough or there is a strong witness or evidence. In this case, the prisoners have no choice but to cooperate. No cooperation means there both the prisoners get punishment. Cooperation from one prisoner means it is a bad news for the other. Cooperation from both means both prisoners get punished but the law may be a little less harsh on them.

If you want to know more on Game Theory, you can visit the article on Game Theory on Investopedia or Game Theory in Economics at MBA Crystal Ball.

There are many other websites and books on this theory. The above mentioned links are for easy understanding for those who aren’t familiar but would like to know its application in Economics or Business Management.

But what can an investigator do in a crime scene where there has been a crime, someone is dead, the body and related stuff are carefully discarded, criminals think they have tied all loose and have the capability of doing so, have strong alibi with no strong evidence to link and no witness to speak? Criminals are free as birds, but there is someone grieving over the loss of a life yet is helpless with the investigation files closed and buried among many other cases.

If you want to understand this Game and the application of Game Theory in such a scenario, then you must watch The Invisible Guest, a Spanish crime thriller film.

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It is on Netflix with English subtitles. Badla is a Bollywood remake. I haven’t watched the Hindi Film so I cannot comment. But the original movie has a very interesting script. So I think.

If you happen to watch, do share your views as comments.
And here is the link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epCg2RbyF80

…Ashu Bolar

 

 

Crazy, yep crazy it is!

“I know that you work very hard for that wife and child right there. I know you are real good at your job and that you take care of this company and you do things that they’ll never know about, that they’ll never appreciate. So, you’re very proud, right? But you’re scared. You’re scared because you’re dispensable. You’re scared because you know that, more than likely, one day, you’re gonna be replaced by somebody younger, somebody cheaper, may be even by an app.” – Sandy Patterson

An App? Ouch. You can’t even curse it or compare yourself with and feel superior as you would do if it was a human substitute. No space for blame game either. Crazy, indeed.

Those are the words spoken by the victim Sandy Patterson posing as Mr. Harold Cornish (his ex-boss) to the Account Processor while attempting a credit card fraud under guidance of a con artist Diana Budgie. Movie: Identity Thief, available at Netflix. Fun movie. I like both Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.

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Identity Thief Movie Trailer links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8ZI0H3_tdU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO12W35DpsQ

Well, coming back to the quote. Yes, that makes a lot of sense. Today it is possible to be replaced by an app. It is human competing with intelligent automation and bots. Not a pleasant picture. Unfortunately this is the reality.

However, it has always been survival of the fittest. Natural selection. I doubt if bots fit in the Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Not unless they reproduce, which is as of now, pretty much unlikely. This could be good news to our species depending on what we choose now and what we adapt to.

Something to think about, something that is discussed a lot in management classes these days and something to which we may need a creative solution to ensure a happy survival and selection. Scientific inventions always had pros and cons. May be by focusing on pros and taking care of the cons well in advance, we may not end up being as scared or insecure as we may be now. Interesting topic, subject to further discussion.

Till then, if you get a chance, do watch the movie, and it has one of my favourite songs…Crazy’s what they think about me, Fitz And The Tantrums – The Walker; Official Music Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGBLlFMn9Xc

And there you go with the lyrics (Lyrics Source: https://genius.com/Fitz-and-the-tantrums-the-walker-lyrics)

Ooh, crazy’s what they think about me,
Ain’t gonna stop ’cause they tell me so,
‘Cause 99 miles per hour baby,
Is how fast that I like to go.

Can’t keep up with my rhythm
Though they keep trying.
Too quick for the lines they throw.
I walk to the sound of my own drum,
We go, they go, we go, hey yeah yeah yeah…

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it.

I wake up to the city of angels,
To see my name headlining the coast.
They say I’m a walking dreamer, baby,
If I stop they would make the show.

Can’t keep up with my rhythm,
Though they keep trying.
Too quick for the lines they throw.
I walk to the sound of my own drum,
We go, they go, we go, hey yeah yeah yeah…

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it.

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it.

Everybody walk.
Everybody walk.
Everybody walk, walk, walk.

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it.

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it…

And I am humming the tune 🙂

Happy thinking. Happy reading!

…Ashu Bolar

Words, Meanings & Voices

Recently, I happened to watch a movie named Some Kind of Beautiful. Now, it has two more titles – How to Make Love Like an Englishman and Lessons in Love. Yes, slightly confusing. But with Pierce Brosnan in the movie, no matter what the title I got to watch it anyway.

It reminded me of my days as an English Literature student. ‘Romantics’ and ‘Romanticism’— important topics for a second year post graduation question paper. Poems and Poets from the Romantic era form a major part of the second year MA English syllabus. One can’t do without reading about and the works of Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Blake, Bronte, Emerson, Hugo, Scott, Shelley and many more.

But what the movie made me realize is that no one taught me the way Prof. Gordon Haig and Prof. Richard Haig are teaching. Very interesting approach. I wish I had attended or probably in the future would get to attend such lectures. The way in which the significance of Romantics is explained is truly wonderful.

Some of my favourite lines from the movie are…

“…Romantic age which wasn’t about love. It was about going your own way, defying authority and following your heart…” – Prof. Gordon Haig

“Forget the critics. Let them have their own opinions. Let them publish their books and brag about them at tedious faculty parties and let university librarians file those books away…there is nothing theoretical about the Romantics—Where true Love burns Desire is Love’s pure flame; It is the reflex of our earthly frame, That takes its meaning from the nobler part, And but translates the language of the heart. (Desire by Samuel Taylor Coleridge).” – Prof. Richard Haig

“I can tell you what’s behind the words for them, but I can’t tell you what’s behind those words for you…because this class is about you learning to find your own meaning, your own voices. Go read the poems. But know that at this moment you are the Romantics, you are the relevant ones. Let Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth inspire you to do your thing, to go your own way…Ignore anyone who says you can’t. Follow your hearts. Do good things, be bold and above all else…stick it to the man.” – Prof. Richard Haig

I totally relate to Prof. Richard Haig’s views. Finding your meaning, your own voice…hmmm…and that comes after learning from a lot of life experiences…some good, some not-so-good ones. What is important is that you find that voice, and then, cherish it, expand it and never let it go, and never stop learning, not just words, but the meaning behind them in your life.

Well, it made me think, what am I?

A Dreamer…hmmm…with open eyes and closed.

A Dynamo…hmmm… following heart has always been the way. Some label it as Drifter.

A Rebel…hmmm…if that’s what you call finding your own voice, then I guess, yes.

A Learner…hmmm…always was, always will be.

A Mentor…hmmm…in a way…boldness, advising, doing good things, guiding, comes naturally.

A Romantic…yes…a Millennial Romantic, for sure.

A very interesting movie. Some great acting. Some beautiful actors. Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek being my favourites. And there is the link to the trailer; movie is on Netflix.

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Link to the Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyF9TXiOnLw

…Ashu Bolar

 

I did right, or did I?

Three years to complete the four decades of my life, I stand by myself, but surprising some, shocking many.

I did right, or did I?

Ten years post grieving a broken cord, I stand single, but strong.

I did right, or did I?

Twenty years of continuous evolving from the acquired knowledge, work, life, I stand alone, but confident.

I did right, or did I?

Twenty three years of life after a life altering loss, I stand upright, but attracting many frowns, some odd expressions.

I did right, or did I?

I stand to grow.

I stand to what I believe.

I stand to fly, fly high.

Brows will be raised.

Frowns will be formed.

But I don’t expect the distorted expressions to understand my life.

Because my life is my journey, walked in my shoes, my heels, my flats, my sneakers, my boots, my naked feet.

Yes, I did alright, may not be perfect, but right.

On witnessing thirty seven revolutions of our planet around the sun, I wish myself a very happy birthday, a happy life.

I did right by wishing myself, or did I?

By setting my norms for myself, I have always done right. 🙂 😉 🙂

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…Ashu Bolar