What I would like to do now is use the time that is coming now to talk about some things that have come to mind. We are in such a hurry most of the time, we never get much chance to TALK. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry for that it's all gone.
So, here is your chance to TALK. What started with a monologue sometimes results into very meaningful dialogue, with ideas flowing in from all sides - sometimes inspirational, sometimes creative, intuitive, imaginative...
Talking doesn't necessarily proceed by laws or by reasons. Talking proceeds by feelings, intuition and conscience. Talking, I would say, is a representation of thoughts and behaviour.
Let's see what a talk can do. The "meaningful" one will be unadorned but emotional and it may not look inspirational immediately. But it surely brings order to the chaos of mind and makes the unknown known. If not that, it at least helps us acknowledge the unknown, and sometimes helps us accept it. I would measure "a meaningful talk" by the control it has managed to achieve over outbursts of emotions.
And then, there is a talk which just eases your mind, brightens up your day, brings a smile on your face. It may not have a purpose behind it, but it certainly holds as much significance in one's life. Why would you otherwise long for those nonsensical, high-spirited, aimless conversations with family and friends and friends of friends and people waiting to be your friends over endless number of coffee/tea/alcohol sessions?
Talking, however, is an art. You may not possess it inherently, but you train yourself bit-by-bit. You learn the aesthetics, you learn to restrain or to set yourself free. You learn when to become straightforward, and when to add that zing of humour and you learn how to sound diplomatic and subtle.
27th October 2002
PS: I haven't known the art yet, 8 years hence. And what am I doing here sharing this long-forgotten thought? Reminding myself of the importance of talking, which I most often forget. I am also starting a monologue here, hoping that it will result into dialogues which will hopefully be consequential and comprehensible.