Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bye Navy Cut!

Yes I quit smoking.
I can't believe I indulged in such filthy habit. All it took to quit was reading a book by Allen Carr, namely "Easy way to stop smoking" .

How I started this filthy habit.
First year in college I got introduced to Ayn Rand's Fountainhead. I think that changed my life for ever. Every young blood is considered "hot" and I think its because every young person(especially the ones entering college life) is looking for his/her place in this world and he wants his place to be that of pride and/or envy of his peers(read friends). He searches for greatness within him. Yes, this is true for everyone, one may be going for being the most normal (common) person and he is doing so because subconsciously he believes being common is being noble.

My Smoker Idol.
So, here I was, first semester, I don't have gifted brain like some of my friends, I am not talented in the field of dance or drama or sports. I was from a small town hence I wasn't "cool" like DASAs or Delhites. Then came "Howard Roark" a fictional man, the hero of Fountainhead, my Idol and I truly believed the following quote by Ayn Rand (to some extent I still do, but acting on it is neither easy nor provides much satisfaction or happiness):

"A man as a heroic being, is the man with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."

My hero treated cigarettes as piece of art, a thing to pray for, an instrument for achieving greatness via thinking while smoking. Ayn Rand's obsession with cigarettes is evident in her other book "Atlas Shrugged" as one of her characters praises it:

"I like to think of fire held in a man's hand. Fire, a dangerous force, tamed at his fingertips. I often wonder about the hours when a man sits alone, watching the smoke of a cigarette, thinking. I wonder what great things have come from such hours. When a man thinks, there is a spot of fire alive in his mind--and it is proper that he should have the burning point of a cigarette as his one expression."

I always believed smoking as a bad habit. One of my uncle died at a very young age because of lung cancer caused by his smoking habit. But now in college, I started to believe that smoking is not that bad and there is no harm in trying it. It's not like I ran out and bought cigarettes and started to smoke, now all I needed was a catalyst.

My smoker Friend (catalyst)
The first friend I made in college was a smoker since his school days and no he didn't ask me to try it. In fact he was against anyone trying it. But since he used to smoke regularly and we were hanging out a lot, there was only so many times he could say no to my request for a puff. Its been 10 years since my first cigarette and now I hate each and every puff I took.

Bye Navy Cut.
For the last 10 years I smoked only one brand of cigarettes namely Navy-cut, all smokers in colleges in India start with one brand(mostly Navy cut or Gold Flake as these are affordable brand) and then later move on to different brands which are lighter, cooler or better tasting etc. I loved navy cut so much that even my blog has its mention in the title. But all it took to say bye was the above mentioned book and 6 hours I spent reading it. I started reading it like 2 weeks ago but stopped in between because I FEARED that I might actually quit smoking after reading the book. Well all I can say now is that the smoke has cleared and things are looking brighter by hour.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

God, is he/she working for me!

Tried incorporating "it" in the above title but calling God "it" made me shudder, which made me realize that I am not agnostic but agnostic theist. Seems like having brought up in a typical Hindu environment has made me doubt, the doubt in existence of God, despite my logical opinion. The reason I am writing a blog on God is because I read this in user comment at Slashdot,

"Our concept of God is a entity that is inherently incapable of performing impressive actions. He might make impressive things, or be impressive to behold, but because his power is, by definition, unlimited, there can be no effort, or possibility of failure involved in his manipulations of the Universe. God creating a human being is no more impressive than a human picking a pebble off a beach; both are inherent skills that require no effort or risk of failure. But for a human being to create life, for a being of our meager abilities to succeed in reproducing, even in part, the awesome forces of nature and the cosmos... now that's impressive."

Although, above is true and full of arrogance, it reminds us of spoiled kids or in my case a pet dog. We bought him, fed him, took care of him when ill. Daily took him out for daily routine. Taught him to catch a ball. So now if he thinks that since he has limited brain activity so "him" catching the ball is more impressive then me taking care of him and decides to bark at me. Then I know its the time for my whip to come out and show my authority. I guess that God's whip is out, if we pay attention to recent natural disasters and bomb blasts.

Why, am I supporting the concept of God, simply put, recent blasts in Delhi have made me reconsider my point of view.

Friday, September 12, 2008

A day, country and intellectuals devoted to SB

Day starts with google reader, and when I find this quote "Of course Pakistan fighting terrorism is like a dog barking at its own tail, it’s not going to really do anything except bark." , more credible than the rest of the post by Bong, I move along to another post by Amit Varma, I get a thought in my head that now, even so called India libertarian are promoting SB.

I deliberately write it as SB so that you comic lovers ("self-lovers" inadvertently inclusive) will not be able get to it through this blog, nor will anyone searching for SB will land up on this blog.
"Not that anything is wrong with that" - Seinfield.

In last two days I have stumbled upon many famous Indian blogs, using SB as anecdote or comic relief or even for a whole post on it. Now I am confused, why, all of a sudden SB is getting so much attention. If it is to attract users who like SB and while searching for it may stumble upon their blogs. Even if that happens, will they stick to reading a-page-long-blog with no F words? Or rather in SB's case, no C word or T word or not even graphical support.

If it is to amuse their readers, well I will abide by it only if they weren't so blatantly promoting the SB website, making it almost a keyword.

It is necessary to mention here, that I have no qualms with Fly You Fool, as they make no false claims of morality or faith in humans. As they themselves claim "people are mindless cattle". I love their arrogant honesty.
But a little discretion doesn't hurt.

Well now going back to SB, I missed the last post.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Has LHC destroyed the Earth?

You will find the answer at this place.

If you are not able to find above funny this is not the place for you to pass your otherwise precious time.

Since we are alive (trust me on that if you are able to read this), I decided to start writing a blog, nothing creative, just a place to post the stuff that I read on various blogs and found interesting or repulsive. This blog is more for my collection, rather than for your appreciation, so if you find it boring or offensive, feel free to move along.