Contrasts

People have always fascinated me. They remind me of Miss Marple. Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors 😊. She maintains that in spite of  differences, people are similar . One person resembles the next in some way or other. Many a time when we meet a person, it so happens that they remind us of someone else. That shared characteristic makes it possible for us to gain some understanding of the two. It is an interesting study of character. Reading blogs posted by people from different parts of the world has made me realise that in spite of so many differences there is a sameness in our life.

Two months we came across a person who, on introduction said that he believed in speaking his mind. He did not care what people thought and believed that he had the right to say without hesitation whatever he wanted to tell. If people did not like his words, he would have nothing more to do with them. We were meeting him for the first time. My son asked me about him and I said he was an interesting person who had a lot of ‘aham’ or ego. In the course of the day, that person very gladly told us about his various educational qualifications. He was also quick to point out all that he knew and did not want others to tell him what to do and what not to do!

With all our achievements if we do not have humility, it is serious shortcoming. This person reminded me of some who are over- confident about themselves. They do not like criticism of any sort and are offended if they are criticised. They want an intellectual discussion without criticism. When I heard this, I wondered how could there be an intellectual debate without criticism. Strange are the ways of people!

Such people bring to mind a great scholar who has made remarkable contributions in the field of literature, language, computers, science and technology. He is humility personified. We see him often, walking back to his home. My heart fills with gladness when I look at this old gentleman.

He reminds me of another senior person who is in his eighties and is so interested in life. He writes and also translates. His translation of a novel in Kannada to English earned the prestigious Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award to him and to the author. Years ago, he told Aravind that early in his career he did not get what he liked, so he learnt to like what he got. He is now working on another book and is planning to write another.  For him age is just a number.

There are many like these two people who grow through life, doing what they want to do and realising their dreams without talking about them or shouting about their achievements from the rooftops. I think Rabindranath Tagore has rightly said,

 ‘We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.’

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

10 comments

  1. Really brilliant and talented people have no need to brag about their accomplishments. We don’t gain our brains or our talents on our own, so we have no right to take credit for them. I am always sad when someone feels they have to prove something to me when they really never do.

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  2. When I went to university, there was an old man who used to dine with the other professors and who looked nothing special. On one occasion, I pointed this out to my friend, who explained that this anonymous old man had won a Nobel Prize for Physics in the 1930s, and his discoveries had made possible the modern scanner. There is no need to boast about your triumphs!!

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