Monday, December 12, 2011

Philosophical Nostalgia

A year or two back, I remember writing a post on how boring philosophy is. And I had started that post with a super philosophical paragraph. I always thought it was beyond me and my feeble understanding. But life and time teach you so many things. It surprises me sometimes when I go from normal to philosophical effortlessly and in no time. It's not a big deal, really. All you have to do is talk some positive and intellectual shit using a few heavy words. Elaborate a simple sentence in a profound manner and dang - you are a philosopher. 

I meet so many people each day. Everyone has a different take on life before and after a few drinks. And it's amusing to hear about their stories. How sad/happy they are before drinking, and two pegs down how things change suddenly. How senselessly sensible they become, how they look at life and talk about it. If only they applied all those principles in life, they wouldn't be drinking with friends.

I guess it's to do with age as well. I remember discussing about girls, boyfriends, heartbreaks, crushes, movies and such else during college. Then came the time when we discussed about work pressure, performance, target, promotions, lay offs, career options, marriages, family etc. And now mid-life crisis has hit us so bad that each of our discussion revolves around life and fight to survive. All of us have some or the other problem, nobody is entirely happy in one's life.

We fight. We work. We slog our asses off just to be happy, and at the end of the day, are we really happy? If I talk about me, I don't have any social life as such. There were times when I met friends without any reason and whenever I felt like. Now, I have to think 10 times before making such leisure plans with them. We go to fancy restaurants, good multiplexes or a nice holiday destination, but none of the meetings take place outside college, on marine drive, checking wallet before planning a movie, eating in fancy restaurants only when we get some birthday treat - that time was happier.

And no, I am not unhappy. Maybe I miss the simple and less complicated life. I miss the carefree and responsibility free life. I miss those nonsense conversations about nothing. And I miss being happy without any reason. Just a good sunny day made me happy, finding a 100 Rs. note in old book or bag made me jump with joy, birthday preparation started with shopping almost a month in advance.

Looks like I got lost in the memory lane. Philosophy can turn into nostalgia too I believe.


  1. yeah that's true... nobody is happy... some wants and other regrets.. the life mysterious turns makes someone smile & other frown.. ohh I'm getting philosphical uff :P

    Weakest LINK

  2. Midlife ? You are joking. Thats a long way off ! :)

    The many pangs of urban living and life have their own ways of sucking energy out of us. Even while providing us opportunities to choose what we want to choose ! :)

    Philosophy and nostalgia. Those two masters, I have no time for ! ;)

  3. seriously, life was much easier during our college and school days. I used to save 3 rupees for a lime juice at college canteen, I now buy it for Rs 20. Still it doesn't give that satisfaction.

    I'm not into philosophy that much. Just living life as it comes. Decisions have become on instinct.

    Good post dear :)

  4. Happiness is only a state pof mind.A Rs100 currency note made you happy,perhaps,two days hence Rs 1000 may not give you equal happiness.
    Keep your inner self happy,rest will follow

  5. Agree with Mr. Chowla... inner happiness is all that matters.
    One thing is that, you will remember the current times too with a smile, few years down the line. :))
    Take care and be happy always!! :)

  6. The title is so apt for your post. Well life goes on.. we just have to go with it. But every phase has something sweet and bitter about it... and there will always be bitter sweet memories for us to keep... many more memories to be made. This post of your will one day be a memory. It made great reading and I was in tune with your feelings... human nature types! :)

  7. the same things we discuss when we have get togethers ... we just miss the uncomplicated life we had once ... but then growing up is fun too :D
    though the thought of middle age scares me :P who wants to grow old :D

    Now your post has set me on blabbering mode :P I can just go on and on , on this topic :D

  8. Neha,

    Read 2 posts now. I know that when you are deep into work, it is difficult to write as you feel like using free time to relax. But I do find writing, may be short post, a good relaxing way. As we grow our thinking also undergoes a change. We look at life as per our age. Happiness is in own hands. One can find it in small things of life but in our rush we overlook those little blessings. I am sure you can still find time to meet ones you wish to with your heart. How about keeping Delhi also in your destination?

    Take care