HOBBY – WRITING

  • Dear Insights,
    I have always wondered that is it ever possible for an entity in this universe to attain completeness? Can a father ever be a complete father or a mother be complete mother, can a student be a complete student or a teacher be a complete teacher, can a rich person ever be completely rich or a sweeper be a complete sweeper, can a singer, writer, athlete ever be complete? Can we humans ever be complete humans? And can INSIGHTS.com ever be a complete INSIGHTS.com?

    My feelings elevated to their highest degrees, when I noticed the whole lot of new sections just launched on your opening page. “Being Complete” is such an easy phrase to knock our eardrums, yet so difficult to attain in its entirety. Perhaps this is the reason i never talk about perfection in my Motivational articles, which you post every day in one of your face, with a smile, hidden wherein is a storehouse of positive vibrations.

    Yes writing is my hobby. But Why? Is it because I wish to please people, or strengthen my resume, or gain appreciation? Absolutely Not. It has never been that way.I write because when I hold a pen in my fingers and let my creative thoughts take off from the ground level, I start loving myself more than ever. Yes my hobby makes me love myself. It makes my life more fulfilling. Its something I can do every moment, for all my life. When i write, I feel like I am my favorite.Perhaps a hobby is meant to make you feel this way.

    I have noticed people in interviews admitting to have multiple hobbies. But I wonder for one person to have so many hobbies. I believe we as individuals are designed to love ourselves deeply in very limited ways. Most of the time we are critical of ourselves because of the personal shortcomings. Having more than one hobby, two or three is believable to me and is in fact good. I too have two hobbies. But beyond that number, it appears a bit fake to me. I am really sorry if I am being critical to anyone or offending anyone at this point. Usually I am not.

    Anyways coming back to you, me and my hobby. I must admit here that writing articles for you was not just because I wanted to write more and inspire others, but rather it was about something else. Though I have told you but I want every one to know this. I have always been a late morning person. While preparing, my biggest challenge was to get up early. I thought of proposing to you the idea of starting a new MOTIVATION section on yourself. I knew nothing in this world can make get up early except my love for writing.

    I must admit that I was selfish at this point, and I feel sorry for that, but please don’t think that I used you. In fact i really wanted to get up early, and I felt no one except you could help me do that. Moreover I thought if this works, many more will get to read something motivational every morning.

    Insights I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity. I am blessed and obliged to share space with you. I don’t know if you will ever attain perfection, but the way you are trying to be COMPLETE, I believe very soon I will get the answer of my question in the first para. And the answer will be you INSIGHTS.

    On this Christmas eve, I want to say, I Love You.
    God Bless

    • NITIN

      “”Yes writing is my hobby. But Why? Is it because I wish to please people, or strengthen my resume, or gain appreciation? Absolutely Not. It has never been that way.I write because when I hold a pen in my fingers and let my creative thoughts take off from the ground level, I start loving myself more than ever. Yes my hobby makes me love myself. It makes my life more fulfilling. Its something I can do every moment, for all my life. When i write, I feel like I am my favorite.

      Anyways coming back to you, me and my hobby. I must admit here that writing articles for you was not just because I wanted to write more and inspire others, but rather it was about something else. Though I have told you but I want every one to know this. I have always been a late morning person. While preparing, my biggest challenge was to get up early. I thought of proposing to you the idea of starting a new MOTIVATION section on yourself. I knew nothing in this world can make get up early except my love for writing.”””

      Your this article seems to be MORE motivational Than even articles under MOTIVATIONAL THREAD…..nice RISHAVE …Respect 4 U

    • Dear Rishave,

      Thanks for opening the discussion with a lovely write-up. Your writing skill is very good. Keep sending your articles.

      I am sure if you maintain this consistency, you would become a published author some day. Hope you do. All the best. 🙂

    • Fabulous

      @Rishave: You write very well! I appreciate your skills.

    • Ananya

      Such a philosophical justification of your love for writing!! No wonder you write so well:) the questions you asked yourself are a mark of intelligence and only a rational being can question his path in the web of life.
      Rather than wondering why you love writing ;just write because you really do write well.also you can really not love a thing if you can justify it.who knows you may answer our philosophical answers while finding your own.

    • Aparna

      @Rishave, you write really very beautifully. nobody could have defined a ‘hobby’ better than you did in your article- hobby is something which makes us love ourselves more. I write short stories and essays but seldom make other people read them. they remain a part of me. and writing them has been the most important pillar of support in this long tiring journey of upsc preparation but it required me to read your words to understand the pure exhilaration that it gave me.
      thank you
      wish you all the best. god bless u.

  • I would say Welcome and Thanks.
    God Bless

  • Gaurav Sharma

    @Rishave

    Paragraph 4 –
    “I have noticed people in interviews ….. ”
    shows that you’ve really good INSIGHTS into other persons’ behaviors and it also adds more weight why INSIGHTS chose you for writing articles for this blog. 🙂

    Paragraph 6 –
    “I must admit that I was selfish at this point ….. ”
    In my view, you haven’t used INSIGHTS.
    Actually, YOU used YOU (or say, YOURSELF for being grammatically correct).

    I wouldn’t go into much details to explain it. As you wrote it, I’m confident enough you’ll instantly recognize the hidden appreciation). 🙂

    Merry Christmas !

  • Veni Vedi Vici…

    Somehow, I feel writing helps us define/communicate and explain ourselves as a personality which we cannot put forth to people in front of us verbally or physically (Hand Motions)

    Say, Like How Rishave opened up by saying ‘are we complete?’
    If he had said the same in front me verbally, it might have not been affected by it, as much as it has affected me now.

    This is because everyone perceives and understands things according to how they are.
    Yes, and this is why most of us are disconnected to each other with respect to any kinds of dialogues.

    Frequently, we don’t listen to people who are really giving us their valuable time by teaching us sometimes simply because their TONE is not in-sync with ours.

    Example,
    1 – Sometimes we find lectures boring in college/schools, simply because we try to listen and understand things as we are.
    but when the same topic is read by us, we tend to understand better.
    2 – Often we undervalue the words of our loved ones when they are verbally communicating which leads to complications.

    Writing is one such thing where we not only express ourselves in the way we want but it also humbles the reader in the same fashion and in which we had written.

    Best,

  • Being….and that too…… Complete!!!
    This phrase has such a potential that i could not be able to hold me away from writing.. though it is not my hobby….
    That Rishave could get answer of his question or not. Let me try ..
    And to answer him i would like to pose a few questions..
    Could a language complete enough to give meaning of “complete”?
    Or, is a language complete in itself to give meaning as per an articulator want to convey?
    Or, does an adjective in its highest degree limits its noun or liberate it, and if liberate than what does it mean?
    Or our mind is evolved enough to understand the meaning of a language???

    To answer these all, i need to mention the concept of Infinite. what does this really mean?
    If we start to count, shall ever we be able to come to an end?
    Nope. Never.
    This inability gives the birth of the concept of Infinite.
    So the term Infinite is having no meaning in itself but it is a negative concept.(negative concept in the sense that it is not having meaning in itself but it is our inability which gives birth of the illusion that Infinite has meaning in itself.(and to understand what is not illusion, is a sixty-four thousand dollar question”.It is however not related to the topic))
    The purpose of a language is to let an orator have ways to convey his ideas. This purpose must be served by all the means. And if we reject any means (like negative concept, which is an illusion in itself ) to decipher idea than it is not only impossible to convey our ideas but to give meaning of an idea too.
    So it is need of a language to have negative concepts too.
    Even though we are using all the means of a language but finds unable ourselves to decipher many situations. It shows limitations of a language that there is a need to make meaning of it & to provide word to the meaning. So a language could never be perfect in itself. Because of the two reasons
    1.It is always in the process of evolution &
    2. Always depends upon orator/Writer who themselves facing problem of deciphering, many times.

    As per the meaning of “complete” is concerned we need to see role of an adjective in a sentence.
    while an adjective in its Positive & Comparative degree compares a Noun with others at the same time it also limits there meaning in a sense that categories are being made to differentiate.And lower and upper degree limits the scope of meaning.for example a better boy falls between good and best boy . But in the superlative degree a noun is being liberated in the sense that in this category it is having only lower limit(comparative & Positive) but not any upper limit. for example the best boy has lower degree (better boy) but not any upper degree.
    So meaning of “complete” could be understand in its superlative degree (As i think Rishave wants to use “complete” in this degree only).So we can say a superlative degree adjective is nothing but a negative concept.

    So, is there anything in the language which could be complete, is not the question at all.
    The question is what do we understand by the meaning of “complete”?
    If i asked to Rishave, what does he understand by the term COMPLETE MOTHER, COMPLETE FATHER OR COMPLETE HUMAN BEING, i am sure no matter what answer he would find, will always has logical fallacy.

    So how do we treat a language?
    language is a means which helps us to understand situation. It is of course need for human civilization. But “Being” is not confined to the language only. That, the fallacy in language could not be the fallacy of a Being. There could be a question that a “women” could be a mother or not. And answer lies “in the moment” when a lady gives birth to a baby she becomes mother. this is the only criteria, rests are social economical or cultural, physical or emotional needs. Which varies from society to society. And this too could never be a criteria to become a “complete mother” for the reason that
    If any thing vary from situation to situation than it is subjective.
    So the term “complete mother” gives no meaning at all.
    Now if there is no meaning of the term “complete mother” than what have i decipher from it? And how?
    By saying “There is no meaning in it” i mean no logical meaning but there is also other ways to find answer & the other way is use of “common sense”. This common sense though notwithstanding with language but gives complete meaning even when meaning could not be deciphered by the help of language.
    And we know that many of us with the help of this commonsense many times have deciphered that there is “complete mother, there is complete father & there is complete Human Beings too”.
    As once Wittgenstein mentioned that though there is no sentence which defines the meaning of “Game” but still we understand it, enjoy it and articulate it.
    And yes! The last Question whether human mind evolved enough to understand a language or not?
    Though a language depends upon mind for its development but that is true with a mind also. Mind too depends upon language for its development. And
    both are evolving with the help of each other.

    .

    • satyaveer

      Oh…man you people really have writing as hobby.
      Keep writing nice interpretation .

  • Truetoheart

    I always find happiness in writing, in my mother tongue though. But whatever I write, I update it in my blog. Because updating my blog makes me much happier.

    So I wonder what my hobby is – is it writing or blogging? I’m confused. 🙁

    I’m very much thankful, if someone help me to clarify my doubt. 🙂

  • Truetoheart

    And one more doubt…

    If one makes money from his hobby, is it considered as hobby or career choice?

  • ilovepyjamas

    Writing sucks.

    Thats why i decided to go for civils.

    There.. how’s that for an interview.

    UPSC board members; (clapping, hooting) yeah.. cheerios.. awesome!!

    Sadly I don’t think this happens too often. You have to spin a whole lot more of bullshit to get through the interview, you know the usual stuff.. how committed you are to the job, how you wiped the faeces off thousands of poor children and helped the poor lady get a liver transplant.. that’s the stuff that the INdian CIvil servant is made of..

    Its ironical they call them servants, its not in their job profile to act so and neither do any bones out of it.. acting all high and mighty. Some of them are real humble but the majority is one cocked up official rifle….ready to fire you to smithereens. And probably that is the major reason why people want to do civils.. now really don’t start with the interview thing, of how concerned you are.. everyone burns his ass off for the prestige.. and a tiny bit of public service.. but i am here because writing sucks. .

    I tried to be a writer. My first book was about a guy who couldn’t write. Turned out too literal i guess. I sat down for hours thinking of something to write.. and all i could possibly imagine was the conspiracy theory of how Nehru was controlled by the Anunaki ( alies species ) leading our country to build bases for their use. Since that didn’t seem great, i spent time drooling over the laptop.

    years passed, then centuries.. then a few more days… then a few more ( you do get the hang.. ?) .. finally i decided to do something more productive with my life and start lording over the natives like the good old british did. And call myself a humble servant while doing that..

    bah.. there goes my interview..

    • You write well 🙂

      • ilovepyjamas

        haha.. i was born with an ink smeared mouth..

        • shelly

          haha..loved the way you’ve put that.
          I say it like, ” ink drips through the corner of my mouth, I have been eating poetry.”
          on a different note,I was wondering, can I rather put ‘mastering sarcasm’ as a hobby in my DAF?

  • Arati Nair

    I’m a fairly new member to this blog, having spent the past two weeks lurking around and reading all those awe-inspiring articles here. More of a poet(ess) actually with a muse that has gone on vacation for the better part of the last six months. Writing is more of a compulsion, a way of life if you will, rather than a mere hobby. I am completely floored by the bizarre thoughts that seep through my mind at the most inopportune of moments. There’s a weird craving that makes my fingers itch to put down all that jumble of insanity on paper. There is apparently no name for this high that one experiences after penning down a poem/article/story/thought process that lodges itself in your head and refuses to go away. I like to call it temporary insanity. Usually, anything I write morphs into a morbid spillage with some severe dark undertones (if it is poetry) or an epic sarcastic diatribe (if it is prose).
    Ever since I set my sights on the coveted civil services, I’ve tried in vain to curb this practice and deliver tamer write-ups; how far I’ve succeeded leaves much to be desired. An overactive imagination cannot be contained easily. I like to think of others of my breed who are bitten by the bug of writing and are stuck with it for life.
    At times, though, funnily enough, it’s liberating. The tag ‘hobby’ hardly does it any justice, but I’ve accepted it that way. The reason? Suprisingly, I enjoy it. (time to get my head examined, most probably).
    Would love to interact with all those share my interest.

  • ilovepyjamas

    As I walked out of the hall, having written for many many many hours, I thought I would feel liberated or at least releived. It was neither. The process had just started again, the clock had rewinded and the planning for the exam had begun all over again before I crossed the gate.

    I hadn’t slept well, thanks to a small miscalculation on my part. I had downloaded the Hindi paper for the optional exam and had been horrified by what I saw! Dauntless as I am, I started digging through the trough of knowledge about Hindi literature and by morning I could’ve attempted the literature paper in a manner of speaking.

    It must be due to the intensive training that my the rigours of engineering gave me. Many of the exams had been passed without so much as a look at the book a few days before the exam. But then, we always had the chance to give a supplimentary exam then. Maybe UPSC could do that too… ;p

    The cold in northern plains make it difficult to go outside and celeberate as it is. I read a post on facebook about how another one of my friend had got a job raise. The others are comfortably placed now, even the ones that I always thought never would be ( condesending jerk!), and here I am in monkey cap, my lucky old jacket and the ink pen my father gave me many years ago with which I was supposed to enter the vaunted halls of IAS academy ( not the coaching institute). The years passed in a trance, really. History, economy, polity and the reports and headlines are all that I remember about them. Living like a recluse without a mission other than to follow the regimen of eat, study and live. This is it!

    Why do we do it anyways? I had thought I wanted to help children but I could have done that with an NGO in a far better manner than what I am doing now. In any case by the time this selection happens, I don’t know whether I would even have the conviction to do anything else but sort out my loans, get an arranged marriage and then gloat about the crackign of the mightiest paper of all times.

    i have borne the costs
    i have fallen oft
    bruised, battered, shocked
    is it not enough

    the goal, if you can call it one
    is a misty island in fog
    of transpired vagueness
    i have fallen oft

    the rocks jutting in the flow
    of the river that fast flows
    have cut the last bones
    which held my back afloat

    the pauper in its shell roams
    for wind to blow
    it into peices once more
    into pieces once more

  • rumi

    HI, i,m a new born. yesterlife- – pen had been my greatest asset, a personal note book my only best friend, and books filled my atmosphere. but since this rebirth into an aspirant , my pen lies in the corner drudging my touch which presses it hard only to squeeze hard facts and my personal journal coaxes me in futile to give her some lovely dreams to survive. Books are fast depleting from my atmosphere and the air is being filled with newspapers. magazines and similar ” green house factoid emmitents” have started burning up brain cells…. yet my fingers long for the ink smears of yesteryears.