Thursday, February 14, 2008

A journey that changed everything..

..and it changed the world history the way we see it today.Was watching the movie "The Motorcycle Diaries" a movie based on the early life journey of the legendary revolutionary Ernesto (Che) Guevara.While he was studying medicine at Rio in his last year Che decided to take a year off and travel length and breath through South America on a old motorcycle with his friend Granado.This is what have changed the young exuberant Che to someone matured enough to think differently.Who felt for the poor people of South America and he came back with a belief that all the suffering of common man was because of the imperialism/capitalism.A journey that taken him out of the shell he was in before, immune to the outside world probably.He started to see the world with a different view.He started feeling the pain of the poor,neglected people.Fuser(his pet name) got transformed.He transformed into Che as the world know him today.This one journey he realized the injustice done to the people working in the mines of Chile or the sufferings of the leprosy patients on the banks of Amazon.This movie has made me think few things..
May be we all need to come out the comfortable zone we are in now, the shell that we are enjoying.May be we also need to take a journey, may not be as huge as Che's but we need this to view the world with a different eye.May be that won't change world history or anything, but that may change a few lives.Can we ? Can I ??

Monday, February 11, 2008

Life in the fast lane....

Fast cars,expressways and a destination but no time to look around and enjoy the beauty a journey can provide.No time to connect to that small town we've just bypassed, no time to wait for to see that small festival going on that village that we would've crossed.What about the coffee/tea at the roadside stall while it's raining. Instead of using the laid back journey of a small state-highway we prefer to travel by the six laned highway and have our dose of tea/coffee at A1 plazas.Yeah we do reach our destinations faster but that's all about it.We've probably forgotten to enjoy something called journey. And if I see the analogy, the same is exactly happening even to our lives.
These are the thoughts that came to my mind while watching the movie "Cars".It's a animated movie about a hot-racing car Lightning McQueen by mistake drove into a town called Radiator Springs on the forgotten highway of Route 66.Where he met few other cars and he learned something called friendship.The drive on the old route 66 he took with Sally Carrera(the Porche) and how he exclaimed to her how can people just miss the awesome beauty of this road and abandon it for the new interstate. To which Sally said about driving on Route 66 " Well, the road didn't cut through the land like that interstate. It moved with the land, it rose, it fell, it curved" and then the best part "Cars didn't drive on it to make great time,they drove on it to have great time". And exactly what our lives have also become.We are running as fast as we can on this rat race but we've forgotten that we've just lost time and never was able to enjoy the time that just ran past us.We are running towards some obscure destination far away, not a bit bothered about what we've missed.We are making big strides in our career in great time, but we've missed to have a great time.
Wish I can find a way to the route 66 but it seems to be just fading away in the horizon.