The traveler’s tailspin

Those who have travelled for the sake of travelling would relate to this well. Our biggest motivation to give up the routine and take to the wheels is to pull out of the player’s role, and become an outside observer. And travelling affords this keyhole view of life perfectly well. Reading, watching movies, attending a sport arena are some others. Yet travelling is superior, because it puts your very soul into motion. And not just for a few hours, but days on end. Your world goes topsy turvy. Everything, just changes! When I was young, I loved train travel. The sight of green trees and wild bushes, and the ever changing landscape that blazed past me would dull my senses and fill up imagination. So the traveller, no longer a part of the game, in a new land and among unknown people, now observes life go past him, people going about their business, yet not touching him the way they could do earlier. If he...
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Is happiness the only thing in life?

“Whatever we do is for our happiness,” my cousin sister put it across me, quickening her pace as she joined me on the night stroll. The conversation happened nearly two decades ago in a city adjoining Delhi. Years later, I sometimes reflected back at that small talk, wondering at the motivations, the tussles and tribulations of the young minds, that lay underneath. Those were the 1990s, when youthful aspirations were again in conflict with the preceding generations. My own state of mind in those days was one of inner absorption, undisturbed by the harsh grind of reality around. I was rather indifferent to the pulls and attractions of the world. Happiness is what everyone wants to reduce all of our actions and behaviour to. Maybe it is the case. But I always thought there were other matters that did not involve  pleasure. It couldn’t be just for my own happiness that I did everything I did. Everyone in the world today wants to be...
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