To Talk of Cabbages and Kings...

Have you ever noticed how prepositions can change the meanings of the commonest of words? For example, take the verb 'talk'. You can talk to people, about them, of them, with them and against them.

"The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things; of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings." 

Lewis Carroll

The one difference between human beings and animals is the art of talking. While animals can communicate in their own ways, man is the only creature that can talk.

Some people talk in public, others put down their thoughts on paper. Writers write; orators wax eloquent.

"Talking and eloquence are not the same thing: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks."

Ben Jonson - Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter

The gossip-mongers talk, but their words are empty, devoid of emotion, and filled with malice.

Talking isn't doing. One can talk and talk, but unless one acts, words re…

Seize the Moment

Life, they say, is for those who are brave enough to grasp the nettle, and not let the moment drift by. The present moment is all-important and poets galore have spoken of living in the moment, instead of depending on the dead past or the unborn future.

'Seize the moment' or 'carpe diem' is an oft-used phrase which was first attributed to the Roman poet, Horace.

Trust no future, however pleasant, said HW Longfellow.

Never miss the perfect moment, for time is fleeting and once gone, it is gone forever.

And finally, seize the moments of happiness and love, for they are the only things that matter in the world. 

Reading maketh a full man

Today, I get to write about one of my favourite activities of all times - reading. In school, we had to study the essays of Francis Bacon and one of his quotes has stayed in my mind.
"Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man." Francis Bacon
I grew up in a house abounding with books. My grandparents and my parents loved to read, and since in those days, books were not as expensive as they are today, they bought bundles of them as well. 
Not surprisingly, the reading habit continues in our family, with my daughter, and now her little daughter loving books as well.
Here are some quotes that seem to echo the thoughts of every reader.

I am sorry for posting so many quotes, but I couldn't resist doing so. The last quote says it all; 
"Reading changes us."
It has certainly changed me by opening up my mind and taking me to realms far beyond my imagination.

Quiet Minds

When my sisters and I get together, we make a lot of noise! And by a lot of noise, I do mean a lot of noise. It has always been that way, as we are a family that believes in talking and laughing. Our puns are lowdown, and our 'jokelies' (a word coined by my uncle!) incomprehensible to all, but the immediate family.

And here I am, writing a post on the virtues of being quiet. Why so? Probably because it is nice to see how the other half lives! Probably because the letter 'Q' is rather a loner itself, with not too many options around it.

Much has to be said about quiet minds. One of the quietest of them all passed away a few days ago, a man of singular brilliance who left behind him a legacy of facts that changed the world. He rose above his physical condition and let his intellect soar. His name was Stephen Hawking.

Hawking has been immortalized in 'The Theory of Everything', a movie that came out in 2014 and starred Eddie Redmayne in an iconic role which won h…

Perfection, Pleasure, Passion...

There was a time when our teachers insisted on perfection. I would cover reams of paper, striving for perfect calligraphy. In school, academic excellence was the final goal, and if we were also good at co-curricular activities, we were considered the perfect students.
As life went on and we moved on to college, where getting good grades was good enough, as long as one’s personality flowered along with them, perfection seemed outdated. Excellence was the goal now.
In due course of time, a new realisation dawned upon us.
“Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” Angelique Arnauld

It was when we started working that we realised that the two words that lead to perfection are passion and pleasure - pleasure in what we do and a fierce passion to make it work. 

Our Stories...

I have always wanted to be a storyteller. I recall those dark, gusty evenings when my sisters and cousins would sit around me as I made up fantastical stories and scared them all out of their wits. Maybe, that is where my fascination for writing my own stories started.

"Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright's pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace."
Maya Angelou

The strange thing was that when I told those stories in my childhood, my imagination knew no bounds. All I wanted was to create an impression, make the others laugh, cry, think and shiver.Today I realise that these are the emotions that every writer wants to evoke in his or her readers.

The only difference was that once I turned into a writer, I needed to own my story and keep at the process of telling it till it was done and dusted. And that is exactly what I did then, and continue doing even now.

For finally, the stories written by e…

Never ever give up!

One lesson that I have learnt is that there is so much strength in Quotes that begin with ‘Never ever!’ There are so many of them that we have used over the years without realising that we are doing so. They are life axioms by which we live and thrive. Here are a few of them that make so much of sense.
"Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come."  Robert H. Schuller
This is so true. Make your decisions when you are in good spirits lest you regret them later.

 Second chances are there to be grasped. Do so and get your life back on the path that you want to follow.

One of the main aims in life is to be happy. So, never ever apologise for anything that makes you happy.

I have known this to be true. Many of us have starting trouble, but once that is done, it gets easier.

This is a very significant quote tha…