Amazing people who make me go on n on n on:)

22 January, 2011

Impressionable Reading!

It is amazing how sometimes some things that you read move you to the core n stay with you long after your eyes have waded though those written words that blot the paper.


I remember reading Ritu Beri, the famous fashion designer somewhere...
She was invited to a high flier brunch by one of her English friends.
She reached the quaint suburban villa to see about a dozen ladies sitting pretty and twittering little nothings around a round table.
Ritu was led by the gracious hostess to her seat and slowly the chit chat began. She introduced herself to a lady called Danielle and after the pleasantries, Ritu unconsciously harboured upon how tough she was finding it to manage work n social calls and her home, due to the fact that she had recently had a baby.

After sometime of whining n blabbering on her harsh calls, she suddenly stopped short and a little embarrassed, when she realized she had spoken so much about her troubled state of affairs to a stranger and muttered an apology saying she won’t really understand it.

Then Danielle remarked, “No, I wouldn’t...I am just raising nine of them.”
She was not just any Danielle you would find on the prim English streets.
She was THE Danielle Steele-the fĂȘted author of uncountable mush drenched, best sellers. Those were top selling books that she wrote between changing diapers and singing lullabies for nine babies...omg!

How bloody beautiful is that, isn’t it?
Makes you feel so small for whimpering about ‘me, me, and why me’ in the face of the mildest brush of a storm.

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I also vividly remember leafing through somewhere about the ‘mute romance or really?’ between Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Lady Mountbatten, the better half of the then Viceroy of the British-India Empire, Lord Mountbatten, apparently in the latter’s full knowledge and perhaps approval.

She was a striking embodiment of all the British suave and nuances and he, the charming leader of millions...an eloquent speaker and an unparalleled wizard of words.

It is said that after a very brief encounter of secretly admiration and then perchance open confrontation to each other of the unquenchable undercurrent of an attraction...they were separated.
Not bogged by distance, Pt. Nehru wrote a letter EVERY day to Edwina till the rest of his days, laying bare his love-anguished heart and a suitcase full of these heart rendering mails was discovered after her demise.


Omg...can you imagine the intensity of such love?
The urgency of performing this as a sacred and unbreakable ritual despite having a million teething troubles of a nation just born on your head?
What an unfathomable exchange must have transpired between the two to evoke this allegiance in the fickle matters of heart!
Absolutely unsurpassable!

Even in this age of internet when doing so is possible just at the click of a button and if not a mail...even a phone message would certify*thanks to free messaging plans*...would anyone still do it and continue to do it every day till the very end?

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Another impressionable mention should be made of what I came across about Umberto Echo, a university professor at Bologna, Italy.
He taught for most of the day as well as wrote books on semiotics, children’s books, academic texts, essays and also the best selling fiction novel ‘The Name of the Rose’ which had sold 10 million copies in those times. His written output is staggeringly large and he had acquired the equivalent of intellectual stardom.


When asked how could he manage to do it all within the constraints of just 24 hours in a day...how did he find time?
Echo simply and enigmatically replied with a brilliant allegory and explanation. The world is made of atoms, with empty spaces in between them.
If we remove the empty spaces, the atoms could fill up perhaps just in our palm. Similarly he finds these empty spaces in his schedules which gave him the larger-than-life attitude.
Between the duration when a visitor would reach from the ground floor to his doorstep through the elevator, he said he would have written an article.
That’s the relevance of such fissures that each one has in his life no matter how break-neck is his agenda.
Some squander it away in waiting for the next thing to happen, some use it...squeeze it to the core to derive the next big thing!

If only I could ever write/suggest/relate something half as inspirational...my job here is done!

32 comments:

A said...

Suruchi,

Wow. Back to back serious post. Awesome. :))) I am inspired now.

Scribbling Girl said...

wow what a post ....i just had a depressing moment and u gave me so much hope and inspiration :)
Thank u so much :)

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

I blog, that's for starters. The full meal will be served in a while.

Reading this article gave me an idea, I'll put it to use sometime soon, thank you for this.

I understand science, so Echo's words are going to echo in me for quite sometime.

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.

~William Blake

AWESOME post.

Cheers,
Blasphemous Aesthete

Pavitra .... said...

Lovely post sweetie! Made me think a lot...

Yes i do believe that our problems are as big as we believe them to be...I guess thinking of them as really tiny...helps us to solve them quickly..

And the last one, I'm inspired...if only i could spend my day without wasting time... :)

Very inspiring post! I too wish i could write something inspiring... :))

Tc dear...Hugs!

tanvii.com said...

What an inspiring post! I want to go and do something worthwhile with my time RIGHT AWAY! It is 1:30am so I should probably sleep first :P

WarmSunshine said...

Suruchi...

i needed this boost. I can stay useless for long, I just have to have something constructive to do. ALL the time. It has begun to effect me though. But I want to do the max I can. The MAX I can. And I can still do so much more. Thanks for the boost once more!

<3

Akshay singh said...

HEY ... I RMEMEBER THE RITU BERI THING TOO ....
i think it was in "sunday times" ...an article about mangaing family and all that :-D

suruchi said...

Hi Mr A,
I know...back to back serious posts...
It’s kinda scary...I hope I find my funny bone soon...
And wow at being inspired...
Waiting to see what magic u come up with.
Thanks for always dropping in here:-)

suruchi said...

Hi Scribbling Girl,
So sweet to say that u were inspired...
That’s the effect n relevance of good reading...
If it leaves an impression...it can change n unlock many a things.
Stay happy girl n keep scribbling:-)

suruchi said...

Hi BA,
So good to see you here...
And what great times we live in that we get inspired by others into little greatnesses of our own.
Would wait to see how u twist the idea and serve is the main course too;-)

And those lines by Blake...absolutely awesome.
You are a science guy and you quote literature...
That’s a super rocking combination if u ask me!
And yes you do blog...n blog how!
Hope to see you around:-)

suruchi said...

Hi Pavitra,
Where are you these days?
And you know why Echo made so much sense to me...coz it made me realize how uselessly I use my time.
I may have to go for a walk after half an hour...but I would begin with wearing my shoes...moving about a little...relaxing before I exert and the likes.
Then I would walk for an hour
And return and waste another hour or so in unwinding...relaxing post the walk...munching things in bits n parts and before I know it...the evening’s gone!

Of course a lot’s changed since Seeya...I lost a lot of my leisure to prolong such activities...ye we do do such blunders and later crib about having no time
My husband takes 1 hour in the loo n half an hour to eat his dinner and then another half an hour for the food to settle inside before he can move his limbs.
Then he says he has no time to give to me...
Baaah...this might end up in a post in itself:(
Thanks for being around:-)

suruchi said...

Hi Tanvi,
Yes, you should get all the beauty sleep possible...
You have a million eyes glued to your blog posts and hence staying awesome looking is your biggest responsibility...of course the witty write ups come naturally:-)

So looking forward to talking to you again...after that very brief conversation...
Hopefully today...I meet the fabulous n the famous in person...er..actually hearing you in all ur sweetness would be good enough:-)

suruchi said...

Hi Mehreen,
My god girl, you are almost going to break Echo’s record...
As it is you maintain your blog and that social blog and do a wonderful job of it...
Take it easy...you are doing enough n doing it so well.
But then...we don’t know how far we can go till we push ourselves in, right?:-)

Stay as inspiring as you say you have been inspired.
The feeling’s mutual:-)

suruchi said...

Hey Akshay,
Yes, it was some feature in The Sunday Times a few months back...
That’s the only day when I can grab the newspaper and do some reading...
And you and me do the same kinda reading...how cool is that!;-)

Alka said...

Removing empty spaces makes so much sense....Multitasking is a skill, a habit. Hats off to mothers who raise kids without any help and manage careers too.
Engaging read.

Bikramjit said...

Thank you I am smiling now


Bikram's

Neeha said...

Inspiring suruchi.
I didn't even dream DS had done such a great job.
Last week I am blaming her for writing such a boring & exageratingggg novel,'Sisters'.
Now I have to praise her.
How weird & unstable we humans are,esp me:)

Sakshi said...

You know you are right. It is the cribbing that takes up most of our time, rather than utilizing it for the things that really matter.
You darling have a knack of writing the right post at the right time for me!
Thank you! :)

suruchi said...

Hi Alka,
After Seeya I am reading to remove my hats n the rest of it all for working mothers who raise kids as though it was as simple as breathing...takes quite my breath away:)

Thanks for appreciating...coming from u who has such a writing prowess...I am going yiy yiy yiy:-)

suruchi said...

Bikram...thank u ji...
No long comments...but that awesome smile says it all, eh?:-)

suruchi said...

Hi Neeha,
Such are we..takes very little to make us go up n down like on a permanent see-saw:-)

I personally didn't read her though for I felt she was too soppy n mush...but doing what she did in how she was...she could manage to write even one book, would have swept me off my feet...and she has a history!

And don't bother too much about being weird n unstable..we all are sailing in the same boat:-)

suruchi said...

Sakshi,
I don't do any right things baby...U love me so much that u manage to see the right in everything I do..
Love u:-)

Sameera said...

Ending my day on such a beautiful note.. Thanks to you.. Its feels too good after reading what you write..
:)

Rishi said...

some like to multi-task... some don't...

its tough... but its better than being a devils playground

A Crooked Smile

Thousif Raza said...

those are beautiful references... loved it so much and yes you are true in saying that there are example of people who have done extraordinarily good with their time.... beautiful post suruchi b utiful :)...




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

Jack said...

Suruchi,

Finally caught up with all pending posts. As usual these are full of GYAAN laced with a lot of WIT, heavily most of the time. Enjoyed your observations, gyaan of kisses and this post is pure gyaan, yes, one will find time to do what one really loves to do.

Take care

sm said...

good post

Devil Incarnate... said...

O lovely post.. kind of refreshing frm the normal ones..
Bt the "o really" popped up in my mind even...

mohit said...

stopped by to say hello....

this was short, btw

:)

Aparana Pitale said...

Nice write up… Exceptionally motivating… :)

suruchi said...

@Sameera, Rishi, Thousif, Uncle J, Sm, Devil Incarnate, Mohit and Aparana....
Thank you so much guys...I guess a little late in expressing my gratitude to u wonderful readers, but heck, better late than never, na?:-)

tarunima said...

such an inspirational post:)
I read this chapter about Umberto Eco in school and i remember being motivated then ,but it just washed away with time,thanks for posting this:))

i really needed this.

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