Time Out !!!!


All In Good Time

In this age and time, when we are all running out of time (all the time), can you imagine being surrounded by not one or two but 14 handsome wall clocks and alarm clocks.

And not one of them shows the correct time.

When my old aunt, who stayed with us for the Labor Day weekend, pointed out that the clock in her room doesn’t seem to show the right time, I casually asked her to check her mobile phone. Then realized that she doesn’t use one. So I went to get a replacement clock from another room. Well that one was funny with its hands giggling in the same place. It needed battery replacement, for sure. I went to the guest bathroom to fetch one; it was never set back correctly once the daylight saving ended.

My son’s room and bathroom together has 4 clocks, which I feel are still few considering that he is perpetually late. One has a fancy character based face, another one is more practical with normal alarm, third one glows in night & has brazen alarm music which can wake the whole neighborhood, and one is digital. All of these were running at least 30-32 minutes fast. That’s a deliberate lead-time that I have manipulated in his clocks. I am sure that he knows about that too. But since I keep changing the lead-time, he is never sure. But this trick is an utter failure. By now he has learned to check time on the mobile phones/ipads/laptops, even TV.

The rest of the clocks in the house were either competing with Usain Bolt or ambling after heavy meal. The one in office was on a different time zone. I had set it like that a few years back when I was working with global clients. I used to change the time frequently depending on the client location. Now I don’t remember which time zone it was set to.

It was embarrassing, considering this happened in my aunt’s presence who also happens to be the family raconteur.

Well. In the moment of need, I got one of the clock set back to show the right time and put it in my aunt’s room.

What about others?

All in good time, my friend, all in good time.


Just before my aunt’s next visit.

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Virtually Speaking

Imagine a world where people are rational and abide by objective thinking. There are no emotions involved. Every sentence said has a direct meaning pertaining to an agreed and understood context. None contrived, none convoluted. Every action is carried out as a defined task. Nothing is left for interpretation. No strings attached when the task is over and it is time to move on to another.  And if things are not clear open communication is received with open arms. Ultimately leaving all those who are involved in a satisfied and clear state of mind.
Such a contentious world, one would say, would be the world where machines thrive and it is no place for humans.The advocates for emotions and compassion would harangue that it is not possible for humans to live in such a world.
But where do the feelings and sentiments take us. To the state of euphoria, to the sense of emotional security. That is only true, if everything happening is favorable. What happens when things do not go as planned, what happens when feelings are crushed. On a broader scale, the mighty rule, the voracious snatch, the ostentatious flourish. And all those who get the short end of the stick, struggle to survive. The sentiments and emotions are very subjective. They vary from person to person, place to place, time to time. Pandora’s Box – that sums it up. How much resiliency is expected of us? Is each one us equipped well to handle this sinusoidal emotional wave at all times?
We know the truth, we are living it. We know the pain, we are enduring it. Is it time for us to test something different?
While attending a digital summit earlier this month, this notion of rational world hit me like a bullet. I think, it is not a world of imagination anymore. It is in motion, it is already shaping up. If we look closely at all the modernization and globalization, the virtual and digital world is where people are moving to. In all naivety, today many of us scorn at and even condemn those who live in & out of this world. We say there is no life, no compassion, no empathy there. But reality is there are more and more people crossing over everyday into this world. And they are settling in there, comfortably.
History has numerous proofs where new cultures form and evolve all the time. Many of them even prosper well.
Once refined, this one might just be able to stand the test of time and might end up non insidious after all.