the only people for me are the mad ones


(guest blogger – Surabhi Shastri)

I just saw the Pirates of the Carribean -  On stranger tides because I started and couldn’t stop and because I absolutely love Johnny Depp!

When the movie ended I was generally so happy that it made me wonder! Movies are one of the coolest professions and actors have way too much power in everyone’s lives.


I was imagining what it would feel like to be able to make thousands and thousands of people laugh, cry be angry, be scared.When you direct something brilliant and an audience watches it, what is the kind of satisfaction you would get. And there are a number of professions like this, where you have the power to move people! Imagine what it would feel like to design the universal studios, the rides, the shows everything, What it would feel like to walk through what you have designed and created and see so many people enjoying themselves.And the same goes with books right? Through a book an author has the power to reach out to so many people! (And right now I am not even thinking about the ways these mediums can change your life, alter your decision making process and make you really the person you are, shape the way you think).


Recently my mom’s friend told me about her nephew who worked as VP for Amar Chitra Katha and that made me wonder about how fabulous it would be to be the head of an organization that shapes literature for children. I remember how I used to wait for Tinkle every fortnight and read it in a single day and fight my sister to read it first.


So how is it that when we make career choices we don’t think of the things that make us happy ? How is it that people don’t think of these as viable career choices? Can you imagine what it would be like to be an Imagineer for Disney?So I guess my point is that sure we should be ambitious but we should define things by our likes and dislikes and not the world around us. And we should not not not lose our hobbies and make an effort to keep them constant. And more than anything in the world -take a risk!


I read this quote on a friends wall recently—


The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road.

i love it :)


(p.s. – can’t wait to see On the Road – the movie. also isn’t surabhi an awesome writer?)





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