All Talk and No Action Thursday, September 9, 2010

Prasad stumbled upon Puri Sabzi and shared the delicious link with me.

The writing is fresh and honest, the look is perfect and there are some very interesting bits shared in there.

I haven't had so much fun reading an aggregator!

Okay, once again, Prasad shared this post.

I don't know about you, but I have always struggled to strike a balance between good writing and honest writing.

You see, being able to do both is quite a task, and mostly what one ends up with is cosmetic stuff.

But when you browse through Sudhir Raikar's posts, you feel happy to just enjoy the humility.

A fine piece on how to choose one's career.
Those professions which are not so much involved in life itself as concerned with abstract truths are the most dangerous for the young man whose principles are not yet firm and whose convictions are not yet strong and unshakeable. At the same time these professions may seem to be the most exalted if they have taken deep root in our hearts and if we are capable of sacrificing our lives and all endeavours for the ideas which prevail in them.
Marx needs much respect for such thoughtful illustration, and that, in 1835.

Link via Aditya


allthecrap said...

I read Sudhir's post. Nice anecdote.

I agree. Its way too difficult to share a honest thing on a blog (specially if things are very personal).

Writing a honest piece has its disadvantage, It kind of revealing your weakness to the whole world unless you are a Anonymous writer.

I wonder if Sudhir would have written this piece back then.

allthecrap said...

It doesn't matter if its mushy as long as its honest.

My point is after achieving comfortable life/good status, people don't mind writing about not-so-happening time about their lives, because its past.

Real courage is to write about happening,(specially) not so happening things in your present life, That's difficult.

All Talk and No Action said...

@Allthecrap - I agree with you here.

But I am guessing most people shy away from doing that because they don't want to attract sympathy and sound desperate.

Also, even after reaching good status in life, not all people can be nonchalant and humble about their roots. Most tend to bring in heroism to their past lives.

All Talk and No Action said...

@allthecrap - There was much sensitivity in Sudhir's post and, yet, it wasn't mushy.

Yes, writing about one's experiences is difficult since one loses all objectivity when it comes to personal stuff. At the same time, it requires some courage to bare your foibles to the world. There is always the possibility of being judged!

allthecrap said...

Infact talking about humble( not the embarrassing one) past is more heroic.

Just imagine Dhirubhai Ambani talking about his days at his fathers house or initial struggling days. Wont that sound heroic?

All I am saying is, his post doesn't give any "skeleton in the closet".Hence cant be categorized as courageous. Its more heroic (which is not a bad thing).

siddhya said...

hmm had never read Marx before. seemed more of a philosophical/spiritual nature than political.

All Talk and No Action said...

@allthecrap - Agree with you. Though, I seem to have lost account of the actual discussion on hand :-)

@Siddhya - Yes, the piece was on philosophy - and quite a remarkable one at that. I agree with him when he says that young, impressionable men should not be introduced to philosophy, unless they are ripe in experiences.

siddhya said...

yes. but with that logic we must also keep religion out of their lives and minds until later.
but that we hardly do ..

All Talk and No Action said...

@Siddhya - An apt observation. The only reason I can come up with is : Religion may help to make the child conscientious.