Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rewind or Fastfoward or Pause(play is inherent)


Some time during Jan or Feb 2006.
College annual day celebrations were about to begin and we got an announcement.  For the first time in the history of the college, the cultural committee planned for a competition among different specializations.  The winner would be felicitated with the title-Czar of College.  Myself and my best buddy(Vijay) were choosen to represent Information Technology(one of the many specializations).  I was little nervous coz I rarely participated in such competitions but I took this one(may be because Vijay was with me then).  Two participants from each specialization were called on to the stage to answer one question from the judges.  There is no second question.  No second chance.  The trick is, the participants were given 10secs each to decide their answer.

The whole college witnessed the event.

It was our turn.

Host:  Assuming your life as a music player with rewind, forward and pause buttons, which button would you choose?  As a rule, you have 10secs to think before answering and your time starts now.

tick...tick...tick...

Vijay to me: Lets say 'play'(tick...tick...tick...)
My response to Vijay: No wait.  Pause is a better option(tick...tick...)
Both of us agreed on 'Pause'.
(tick...tick...tick...)

Host: Time up.  Your answer is...
Myself: Our answer is "PAUSE".

Host: Why so?  Why not 'play'?
Myself: Of all the animals in this creation, humans are the only ones with capability to think before acting.  Even the competition has a rule to think for 10secs before answering.  Hence the answer.  And of course, the second action/answer is 'play'.

The whole college burst out in applause.

This is one of the most memorable moments from my college life(there are too many to share).
The question got engraved in my mind.

If I have a option to rewind and re-experience the events in my life, would I really want to relive them?  If yes, which part of my life would I like to relive?  It means, not all of'em are worth living again.
Definitely not.  I wish to have a fastforward too.  Actually fastforward is a better option.  We can finish off our lives quickly(both good and bad times) and reach the conclusion faster.
Its actually a matter of huge confusion.

The bitter truth that everybody knows is, there is neither a rewind nor a fastforward button.
Its all a mind game.

I stopped thinking.  I am only bothered about today.  This moment.  I am no saint but...




Thank you Master Oogway!

10 Comments:

Blogger R. Ramesh said...

super post boss..ya..it is said there is nothing but now..past is gone future is yet to be born..all that happens in life is now..do read the Power of Now by eckart tolle..thanks buddy..u have always been encouraging...

September 6, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
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September 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Garima singh said...

Wow u deserve to b called guru ji :D
a super post I liked the kunfu piece as well... OFcourse every thing is in mind even fast fwd ...

September 19, 2012 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger Hari Akkavajhula said...

@ramesh ji...i started that book...very interesting...thnx for suggesting a good one :)
@garmia...thnx for the comments :)
@anon...wat r u procrastinating?

September 23, 2012 at 2:07 AM  
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