How is the US so different from India? One of the first things that strikes a first time migrant is how seamlessly life transitions from one place to another within the country. Whether one shifts cities or travels a lot, the favorite burgers / donuts / coffee / steak is always there, in fact everywhere. Supermarkets work in exactly the same way, stock almost the same product range and staff greets and deals with the same words everywhere! Wow. Cut to India.
Everyone wants to be unique. Well, the good news is everyone is. So the worry should not be about how ‘to become’ unique but about how ‘to find’ one’s uniqueness. Where most people falter is when they start their search for ‘uniqueness’ in ‘what they do’. It’s actually about ‘who you are’. The more you understand yourself, accept yourself, start enjoying your company and be yourself is when you are on the road to uniqueness .. because not most are! Let’s take examples from our own circle or from the celebrity of choice. More than what they do, what endears them to us is their enjoyment of what they do, their getting lost in what they do and their absolute comfort in what they do. […]
Out for a jog last evening, I was noticing the number of individual houses being razed to the ground in Delhi every day and unattractive clonish matchbox looking apartments taking their place. I came back home and a dance competition show was on TV where one after another the dancers competed on what seemed like matching acrobatics/ pole vaults / circus trapeze. I tried hard to find individual uniqueness but found none. Physical exercise benchmarks had replaced nuanced expression as differentiators. In our quest to define, clone and replicate success, we stifle out individuality that’s not up for repetition, even by the creator. It suddenly struck a semblance with the elaborate routine companies define for every individual. The do’s, the don’ts, the process.. Isn’t that […]