Sunday, March 18, 2012

The polar shift

It is amazing how life gets us back to the very beginning after all the turmoil and gruelling journey.

I often understood that to excel, one needs to get to the depths and be aware of the esoterics of any branch of pure science or knowledge. To impress one’s peer, one is expected to speak more often in sentences overflowing with jargons. Else one is ridiculed at his simplicity. It is quite true in the beginning. These details that we cling to can keep us going, however at the end what prevail longer are simple yet subtle basics. Basics are happily the easiest to remember in any field.

Same applies to life. In my opinion, we would all turn  lunatics in a day , if we cling to small details. It is just enough to get the big picture and move on.
Well, we have been over this...let’s get to the point.

Since my childhood, i have always admired the most knowledged and sharp witted people than the cordial and sweet hearted ones. Of late, time has shown me some of the intellectuals with no bookish knowledge but yet razor sharp wit and astounding intelligence who perform well in LIFE (the big picture) than most of the nerds so far seen. This is a shocking truth for myself included who believed and relied that bookish knowledge can take man to heights of glory. Could be true...but the horizons are very limited and confined to the four walls of a classroom in a school or college. It is never the entire apple.

Realisation strikes that practical knowledge does dominate over bookish  gibberish in this weird something they call life. Bookish knowledge evaporates as quickly as it seeps into the human mind whereas on hand experience and practice will still have its trail till the last breath of a man. Education is preached by others, Intelligence is cultivated within one’s own self in defence against the odds in life. Intelligence outweighs education in all respects. 

And this has brought a colossal shift in my outlook. 

Life is not just about success. There are countless more things to it..Think upon it. 


  1. It is true that just what we 'learn' from our formal education is not enough to have a full life. But you won't believe how important I think it is to have worked hard at something for a long time, even if it is simple minded studying from books. Of course, there's a ton of other things to do, but the important thing is that one spends time working, thinking and learning. It is right that intelligence lies well beyond just naive reading of literature, but I think you slightly underestimate how good a starting point it can be.
    Of course, this is just what I think ;)

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    2. Hi Pushkar, let me tell you i have been a bibliophile all my life. And somehow it now appears to me that all i have learnt from them has been so conditional an has had only fleeting influences in real life. This thinking is also inspired by someone in my life whom i admire for so many reasons. Ofcourse i did not mean it in the academic context where we work hard to have a hold over the subjects and excel in them out of interest or the mere greed for marks.That's a different story. Yes, all i meant was that people who deal with life practically and spontaneously perform much better than those who do it by the book. Bookish knowledge can ONLY be a starting point :) Of course this is just what i feel:) Thanks for reading. Your comment brought a smile onto my face!!

  2. oh! this is really so helpful especially when i have had some revelations myself on something similar. Maybe just like what u have done i shall try and be brief but definitely blog about it.
    For the simple reason that just like how ur words have helped me someone might get some sense out of mine.
    Thanks for sharing and getting the discussion rolling.
    i just hope more join in and offer their perspectives. After all things said and done about blogs i have found it very useful and helpful. It helps me see the flip side of some things that i might have completely overlooked what to talk of realizing.

  3. @Shivani:
    You know shivani,i really feel the impulse to write when revelations like this happen and i would appreciate or rather love it to hear from others on how they correspond over the same feelings. So go ahead and i shall be there to ditto to your thoughts as usual:) haha! Yes, most of the times, the flip side of things are the ones which have cruel truth hidden in them,than the open side.