10 Things About An Escapist

1. I like escaping reality.
2. I like reading books because in books you travel far and wide to places real and unreal and meet people fantastical and maniacal and you reach the end and it is just a kooky little world someone cooked up in their mind and used their hands to write it down using 26 letters and that’s all that is there to it. And that’s all it took to make me feel like I just lived a life far and wide.
3. I like movies because one day someone decided that the human kind needs to learn the power of imagination and that it is within us to give a form to that imagination and include all kinds of people into our little world to share stories about girls and boys and men with guns and aliens and that not only can you imagine but you can probably shape it too.
4. I like painting because I like colors and I like to feel my hand make something that my brain pictures and my eyes see and then give my opinion about the whole affair.
5. I like boys. Because sometime their words can bring about a physical change in me and make me smile and make me blush and make my stomach flutter.
6. I hate boys. Because sometimes they will say something and make me feel small and make me cry and break things and make me confused about why I am giving someone else have this power over me and why do I lie awake at 4 am picturing scenes after scenes of what was and what is and what could have been.
7. I escape reality every time I fail.
8. I like reading books because in books I can forget that I woke up that night thinking I wanted to kill myself and I didn’t want to kill myself and instead lose myself in a world where I can picture a different life far from here.
9. I like watching movies because in movies I see someone else’s what was, what is and what could have been and finally, what became.
10. I like painting because I can always paint myself – with more colors and start over.


10 Things that make me Happy

1. Audrey Hepburn : My Happy Person
Because there isn’t enough words that can describe the love I have for Audrey Hepburn. And what’s not to love – the laugh, the smile, the hair, the films, the fashion, the girl, the woman. There hasn’t been any blues that Roman Holiday or Breakfast at Tiffany’s hasn’t cured. She is magic, child-like, elegant magic.

2. Something Red: My Happy Color
Because a little red goes a long way. In my food and on my body, there’s something about it – probably the high wavelength. Noticeable, warm and of the colors of strawberries, tomatoes and roses.

3. Fried Chicken: My Happy Food.
Because it is crunchy, crispy and spicy on the outside and juicy and soft in the inside. Not a chicken soup girl, give me a bucket of these over a bowl of soup any day – chicken wings ARE angel wings.

4. Comfy bed: My Happy Thing.
I hate winters – the cold, the dry skin, the chapped lips, shivering all the way, the only saving grace is bundling inside my blankets in my warm and cozy bed. Only to rip myself apart from the heaven on earth and take part in menial human tasks. I will only ever like winters if I get to hibernate.

5. Anyone else but you – Moldy Peaches : My Happy Song
Because we sure are cute for two ugly people.

6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: My Happy Movie.
Because there isn’t one other feel good movie as feel-goody or funny or bonkers as this. After all, life does move pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look once in a while, you could miss it.

7. The Beach: My Happy Place.
Because when the sun shines you get to play in the water and in the sand, feel the waves crashing against your body, collect sea shells and when it sets you see the most beautiful sunset, feel the wind in your hair, listen to the wave’s lullaby at night and somehow the moon makes the sand and the water look more beautiful than it already was.

8. Shorts: My Happy Uniform.
Because it is not stuffy as my jeans and it won’t fly like my skirt. And because it means summer, tans, legs and “I-don’t-care (for the world)”.

9. Lazy Saturday: My Happy Day.
Because Monday is a Monday,
and Tuesday is too early,
Wednesday is not here or there.
Thursday is hanging just there,
Friday I still go to work.
And Sunday I get the blues for the next Monday.
So Saturday is my day….

10. Old Books: My Other Happy Thing.
Because they transport you to a new world with new people, or those old worlds you have come to love dearly. And, well because, they smell familiar.

What I have learned

When in school, I’d always question the true use of the huge amount of meaningless cramming of information from books whose aggregate weight was more than mine. And now that I have been two years out of school, I am still wondering the same thing. I’d like to correct myself here though; the information overload was not of course a total waste. I occasionally bedazzle my friends with my knowledge of the reproductive system, and I wasn’t even paying attention! But what about all the calculus and algebra I did, I actually liked doing it, I was a math nerd, and it’s a bummer I can’t use it in my everyday life or even in my work field to make my life easier. Hell, I haven’t met one person who actually uses it. But that doesn’t of course devalue those topics, it’s just that the education system should really just slow down and help students to look through things that might actually help them apart from stuffs that just blows their mind off, and not in a good way.

I recently watched the Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris which apart from having one of the best stories I have seen lately was extremely rich in culture. For all those who aren’t familiar with it, the movies shows how one guy travels back to his favorite era, the 1920s in Paris and gets to meet all of the great of the time – Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, T.S. Elliot and others. And throughout the movie I found myself checking things on Google. And I felt stupid. Because I wasn’t familiar with so many of the greats and their work. And it’s a real pity. That got me thinking that the education system in India must really get students interested enough to look through these greats. Might be it won’t help us with our economics or physics paper, but a lot of inspiration can be found, and I know for a fact a lot of work by the greats done before our time is so moving, it has the power to shape life. At our school level, more than knowledge, what we actually get is a shape for our personality, and then we slowly mold it ourselves as we go by. And while going through electromagnetism of … (I dunno, I flunked physics) was a lot of fun and I really learned a ton, I learned more in the library browsing through fiction or watching a movie.

Speaking of which, movies are the most underrated source of knowledge. Second to which comes the newspaper. Seriously, newspapers have a bad reputation among teens, which is really intriguing because it means we are more interested in our past than the present, which has a bigger impact on the future. Movies I understand, there are tons of crap shit that comes to our nearest movie theatres every week, but there are some gems among them that just gets hidden and becomes obscure which is later found by hipsters and then becomes a cult classic. Movies about wars, documentaries about greats, even movies that actually depict the times and life of the Present. I bet a person would learn more about the wars in Iran and its implication on the people of Iran and specially women and thereby its implication on feminism today from one watch of the 2007 movie Persepolis than a 50 page chapter would.

I understand that it is rather difficult to expect the education board to cover everything between Higgs Boson particle to the Neanderthal’s bone structure, and it is in fact absurd to ask them to ask the student to read upon everything, but is it too much to ask them to at least work at opening the doors for the student to the much wider world of knowledge than forcing them to drop anything that is outside the curriculum of the student. Getting them interested is I guess, good enough. Photograph courtesy : Sato Photography