Coincidence ?

Two unrelated situations, yet I took note of them on the same day.

One

There is this local department store, in my locality. It’s run as an outlet of a popular chain of departmental stores in Hyderabad, called “More”. I go there to get top ups for my kitchen and household consumables, which I stock up on a less frequent basis from Ratandeep, D-Mart, or hypercity.

Anyways, I’m invariably there every couple of days (think milk, bread, and eggs), so it’s not as though I’m remarking here about some random, isolated cases. I’m a regular there.

Some months back I saw a old man there. He has a very fair complexion and freckles on his face. Whatever hair exist on his head, are snow white in color. So is his moustache. Ever since then, I have started to see him with such a regularity that I almost look out for him when I go to the store. I go at random times. Early mornings, late mornings, some evenings, other night times. I go there, and he’s there, or he comes nicely strolling by.

I’ve observed him for quite some time now, and we haven’t spoken or even smiled at each other, for that matter. But we are (well, for the lack of a better word) comfortable around each other. He doesn’t linger around. Picks up his stuff quickly, and pushes off, quite unlike some people who are very slow and also make small talk with the people around.Like the way I do.

He dresses in track pants, and a collared T-shirt on most of the days. He moves with a certain swiftness and accuracy that compels me to make a guess about his lifestyle and background. I think he’s from armed forces background. I could of course be wrong, but I don’t see that kind of fitness, agility and poise in civilians of his age.

He’s a early riser, and I guess he runs/does long walks also.

He does not ever carry a re-useable bag to the store, despite the initiative by the store management to penalize the use of plastic bags for the betterment of the environment. Although I try to reuse my cloth bags, but he’s always there to ask for a plastic bag.

Whenever I go there, and he’s not already … I need to just look out for some minutes, and sure enough he comes strolling in. The coincidence is amazingly freakish. It has changed from being remarkable to eerie to just being funny now.

I think his is the face I’ve most often seen in my society.

Maybe, some day I’ll get to know him.

Two

I had wondered what I’ll do with one Bull Audio speaker that was working fine in my car. The pair had sounded great when it vibrated in my car, and cost me some good deal too. It was difficult decision to have a cheap Sony Explod as a replacement for that pair. I had also tried to sell it off to the car shop I bought the other set from but to no avail. So, these speakers came to Hyderabad with me (thanks to the road trip), I took them out from my car trunk (they were just occupying space there), and put them in my house. For some months they just occupied my closet space, and I’d just look at them and wonder … maybe one day, the defunct one will magically heal itself, and I’ll put them back in my car.

My home theater, a Logitech Zx-5500 had it’s center satellite speaker busted. Maybe too high a volume played by me, or maybe it had been dropped from it’s table. I opened the stand and got out the speaker, but it just wouldn’t play. So, I ruled out the possibility of a bad connection.

Although music was decent (only stereo configurations worked), the Dolby dts and Dolby digital movis had the vocal channel missing. It sounded horrible.

So it occurred to me, to use that one functional bull audio speaker, and hack it into my home theater. With a few tweaks, it was up, and sounded much more awesome that the existing scenario.

Wow, my home theater is a Frankenstein now :).

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I was generally thinking back . Every thing or a person has some role to play . An important role, which only he/she can justify. I suppose that is what they call as destiny. Lines like he was destined to do so and so…

We seek that out from the trying to filter out noise of our regular day-to-day lives.

Some of us find it. Some of us don’t.

I am my destiny’s Frankenstein!

What is the purpose of life?

It all came to being when we (me and some friends) decided to get together in bombay.

Amongst the lots of food eating and guzzling cocktails  came a point when someone (not in the group, but in a distant land, pursuing a MBA degree) had to give out a presentation on the topic,”What is the purpose of life?”. This was an ideal setting for finding that out, because there had been excess of good food, and nice tequila sunrises. The view was equally up to it, a lake surrounded by lots of green, absolutely lush, and full with life trees. The weather was murky, and the rain played a lively game of hide and seek.

All that good stuff had made us really merry, and when such a question pops up in the middle of such a scenario, there was bound to be lot of thought put into it. The conversation started off on a gentle note with lot’s of one liners being put on the table, including some of the cheesiest ones. Nothing was left to imagination.

  • Purpose of life is to have tons of money.
  • Kawaski Ninja
  • See the seven wonders of the world
  • Being a housemate with lots of scantily clad, well chiseled out males/females.
  • To be able to do things one fancies, without a second thought or major concern.
  • Being successful -> What might be success to you may not be success to me ? So what is success? Well, having your own yardstick and leading up on it.
  • Getting married
  • Having kids
  • Purpose of Life (universe and everything) is 42. But the sad thing is while we come to a more precise question to that answer, we’ll blow it all up, and go extinct.

I guess you get the drift. Then came a pensive phase, where we all went into some self thought process and lot of introspection. The objective was to come up with non trivial purposes. First observation : For different people, there exist different purposes. I mean, the purpose of life for various people in world is to just scrape it throught the day. This post is not addressing that.

This kid’s situation is a basis of the set of people we were talking about.

After we all came to concensus on that point, the other points emerged.

  • Purpose of life is about a feeling of well being, and safe state. Where one is able to express their thoughts without fear, and concern. Of course one should not be voicing offensive statements against others, but be able to call  spade, a spade.
  • Purpose of life is to make others happy. It starts with the ones who’re near and dear to a person, let’s say parents, spouse, kids and expands up to people who depend on them like those who’re employed by them, are their clients.
  • Purpose of life is to have enough time for leisure, where one can forget about somewhat petty things like getting the food on the table, and contemplate onto other non obvious thinking activities, like what is the purpose of life?
  • Purpose of life is to get involved in various activities and things that stimulates an individual. Offers new skills. Then making a mash up, and form a niche. Find a new road, and discover new purposes.
  • Purpose of life is to procreate. Some of us are the messengers. The warriors need to be in order to get the message. (This one was a little inspired by Transformers 3, with a spin from cocktails in Happy hours)
  • Purpose of life is doing those things which one feels for, which one is able to look back, and smile about thinking to self “I’m so glad I did that”, or smile and think “I should not have done that” and not of the types “What if I had done that?”
  • Purpose of life is pursuit of happiness. Not happiness, mind you . If you’d want to be just happy I could recommend drugs, and mind altering substances.  I repeat, pursuit of happiness.
  • Purpose of life is to locate and communicate with other like minded people around you. Those who are also looking for the purposes of their lives. Otherwise, one will feel like being present in the wrong century.

Do you have a purpose in life?