The Book With the Most Impact On Me

I’m not an avid reader, but still of all the books I’ve read in my lifetime so far, there are very few which have really been able to create an impact on me. Not that when I read books, I’m not moved by the characters, their happiness or sadness. They do stir my mind as long as I’m reading the book, but as soon as I close it, they just disappear into the thin air failing to create a lasting impression. Still, there is one book which, I think, have totally changed the way I used to look at life and introspect. It has been able to etch its words on my heart forever.

It was some three years ago I laid my hands on Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. The book was bought by my sister. After she got married and shifted to Kolkata, I was rearranging the bookshelf one day while searching for a particular book on management. I bumped into Coelho’s book and remembered how my sister was overwhelmed while talking about it. I decided to go with it.

When I started reading the book, I didn’t even think that I should have finished the 163 pages in one go. But, it happened. As the book says,”When you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favour”- and I wanted to get more and more of it with every page turned.

The plot of the book, perhaps all of you know, is simple. A Spanish shepherd boy, Santiago, keeps on seeing dreams about some treasure hidden underneath the pyramids. He subsequently starts his journey, to achieve the Personal Legend, something equivalent to our own individual goals in life. Amidst the sand, tribe wars and many other incidents, Santiago learns the lessons of life, that one should listen to the heart, should love and strive to accomplish the mission he has been sent for on the earth. The hope and possibility of making our dreams come true make life an interesting journey.

The book is not only about the story of a shepherd boy and his journey. It is, rather, an introspection of life seen with deep philosophy, it is about the urge we find inside us to move ahead overcoming all the difficulties, it is about rising above one’s failures and pondering over the voice of one’s heart, the inner call. The description and the choice of words are impeccable, simply amazing.

The quote that has touched me most and, which, I think is applicable to all of us,“We are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it’s still there.” 

I find is so true! We often forget to listen to our heart, we forget to nurture the passion. It gets buried, but it remains there. This book can give the reader the much-needed inspiration to chase that passion, to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. It’s the book I treasure, with the words encouraging me always.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Impacts of Social Media on Our Life

Social media definitely plays a major role in our life. In this age of gadgets and smartphones, even a kid knows how to operate a facebook account. Gone are those days when a tablet meant a ‘goli’ you need to wash down with plain water when ill. Nowadays, words such as ‘like’ ‘follow’ or ‘share’ have meanings our ancestors couldn’t even think of! “I am following you” doesn’t mean you’ve done something wrong and, I’m keeping an eye on you. Sometimes, when I think of these titanic transitions, I can’t help laughing.

The impacts of social media on our daily life are irrefutable. Let’s discuss some of them in a lighter mood.

What is most important to a person when he is attending a family function? Well, earlier, this meant meeting with relatives, exchanging pleasantries, paying respect to elders. But now, the first and foremost thing a person does is updating his status on facebook as,”attending my cousin’s wedding”. That’s tolerable. But most of the times the status update is accompanied by a ‘selfie’! This tendency is more infectious with our female counterparts, and especially on wedding seasons, my timeline gets flooded with selfies! No idea why suddenly we earthlings have become so narcissistic.

With the proliferation of profile pictures and selfies, the demand for ‘like’ has also increased. It is the most active social media paraphernalia. Whether you actually have a liking for any picture or not, that matters a fig. You must hit a ‘like’ for all the photos of your friends, his dogs, his uncle’s false teeth, his grandma’s pair of glasses…so on and so forth. If you ever fail to perform, your friends would mark you as selfish or unsocial. Sometimes, I really pray for a ‘dislike’ button, of course, an anonymous one!

As in this country, there are now more mobile phones than toilets, no wonder that the citizens are busy taking pictures everywhere and of anything. We were supposed to gobble down the food as soon as they arrived in the post-smartphone days. Now, it’s mandatory to take pictures of the food from different angles before you start eating and, post them on your social media handles. Even if you’re hungry, you can’t just start eating…that’s not the social rule. Take pictures, post them, wait for at least a couple of likes, and then, start eating! Don’t miss the positive aspect of this phenomenal change, it has helped us to check our primal urge of hunger and temptation, it has helped us to increase the patience!

We used to play games of different types in our childhood, both indoor and outdoor. But whatever it might be, we never consistently nagged an unwilling friend to play a particular game. That was something  rude, irrational and irritating. But now, your friends can make you mad with anger and frustration simply by sending repetitive requests of Candy Crush or Farmville. You want to scream and crush their soul, but no way. You are a social animal.

So, let’s enjoy the parallel existence of two worlds in our life, real and virtual. Let the impact of social media deepen and live long!

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.