Vid Dev

Musings of a music student



A little Imagination

They say travel is glamorous only in retrospect. Maybe so. Because we rush doing things in the present that the actual experience is invariably recollected and nourished only. But what if we are able to retrospect in the middle of the travel!

I had been to a four day trip to Kerala, when things were not really looking up with respect to my daily life. It was Day2 in the Kondai Lip resort. Let me give a description of the place to you. It is something of an island, a few cottages surrounded by backwaters on all sides. A pond right in front of our room and benches along its brim.

I really needed time alone and was looking out for a spot to settle down. Cottage porch- strike out; pond benches – strike out (they were wet); dining area – strike out; I finally settled on a slanting coconut tree after checking for bugs.

When I was staring at the full moon and thinking of the ways of the universe, Sarayu came along and volunteered to narrow it down for me. It was pitch dark and I was already seeing mirages. We slowly started talking. First, it was the plops of fish, then the croak of frogs. Then we saw men in dhothis rowing boats, a bevy of swans and then that pink flamingo, gracefully standing with one leg up in the waters, patiently waiting to pick its meal. Or maybe it wanted some alone time, just like I did? Not really sure.

A little ahead of the canal was a strip of land lined with trees. I was trying to figure out the tallest tree. She said the farthest, but I thought that could be parallax error. And then further ahead was this mansion… her mansion. A house flanked by tall coconut trees, I think it was the backside facing the waters. You enter through the front which connects to the road, maybe has a car park. As you cross the living room there is a spiral staircase winding up. You take it and reach the master bedroom. Shall I say, the master mattress room, more likely. It is a room that has been plush-carpeted and nil-furnished; where you can lie down with a book or have a chat over a coffee, facing the canal behind. Music in low volume would have been really nice.

“What’s the time? Oops… its 2 already.” “I think we should go in and catch some sleep… atleast for tomorrow’s sakes.” And all the visions vanished in thin air, as we trailed back to our room.


– Until next,

Vid 🙂

Being Stupid

Sometimes we notice these patterns around us. A phenomenon happening at random appeals to us because we have something relevant in our mind. Yesterday the same thing might have been dancing in front of us and we would not have given it a glance. Such a thing happened to me in the form of a word – stupid. This word caught on like a meme on FB and suddenly I saw it everywhere – eavesdropping bus conversations, communities’ threads, friendly gossips, articles and so on.

Below is just my thought process on the same.

Who exactly is a stupid?

Stupid as per dictionary is a person lacking intelligence. But to think of it, stupid might not be a person; it has more to do with their action or reaction to a particular situation.

I used to think that the more knowledgeable and academically stronger we are, the wiser. You can blame it on my acquaintances with people with Masters degree, double PhDs, rank holders, geeks and nerds. Graduates from IIT -> Anna University/MIT -> PSG/GCT/CIT types -> affiliated colleges in Chennai -> any other affiliated college: this was the hierarchy of respect that we used to have back in college days. Thus, when I got to know of this person whom I imagined to be an MBA-from-a-big-university types fellow just because he made sense always while talking to, was wise and well – informed, turned out not even to be a graduate, you will not know how my ego got shattered.

Who can call someone stupid?

I had noticed the usage of this word with atleast a minuscule of sympathy for the ignorant person, though they are being a victim essentially. When exactly did this transform into a sarcastic outburst of name calling and humiliating someone at their face, I have no idea. That said, telling “I will go to the end of the world to prove that you are stupid” to someone definitely falls under the ‘being mean’ category.

Can I say safely that, there is a need to understand this – at any point of time or place, there will be a crowd dumber or wiser than you.

Is it good or bad to be stupid?

It is not a crime to be ignorant .Someone has the right to not know something that the others know. Of course it should not stop us from learning or understanding something new that we did not know yesterday. So, maybe it is not exactly bad or good to be stupid.

Being absurd maybe offensive. Like an educated man asking an illiterate to correct his grammar. But stupidity is merely not knowing.

“Stupid is as stupid does” – Forrest Gump.

– Until next,

Vid 🙂

The log of wood

The floating log, that is me,
On the river, on your left,
I bounce, I float, I do not swim,
The current takes me adrift.

You bestow me with swimming prowess,
Now I can travel both ways, to and fro!
Against the current I do progress,
As I always wished to do.

Its beginner’s luck, and the first
Phase proves to be a worthy quest;
Then by obstacles I get whipped,
Finally my fins get chipped.

I am back to being the log of wood,
And I go adrift again;
The same length that I went up
Now me (and my efforts) down the drain.

‘Peryaatru neervazhip padooum punai pol
Aaruyil muraivazhip padooum’, they say.
How do I react when I get blessed
With fins a second time!

photo courtesy - Sandhya Menon
photo courtesy – Sandhya Menon

P.S: Manipravalam is allowed in poetry, why not Tanglish!

– Until next,
Vid 🙂

Serene Sunday?

Well, serenity was nowhere near in the mood, as I got up at 3.45 AM due to a disturbed sleep. And I ended up writing for a theme post on Serene Sunday! Life is full of ironies 😉

This post is part of The Chennai Bloggers Club’s Serene Sunday series initiated to keep the spirit of blogging alive and challenging.

Serene Sunday – What is serenity to you?

Okay, so that is the question I am trying to answer here. First, I asked myself, what is serenity? Like I usually do, I rushed upto Google for help – “An expanse of clear sky or calm sea; calm, tranquil and untroubled”.

Well, I can think of stuff that does not mean serenity to me:

  • Waking up to the sound of someone scolding or yelling at you – I tell you, that can easily spoil the entire day’s mood
  • Having coffee in your backyard hoping for a good sunrise, but being treated to a sight of trees in your neighbor’s garden being cut down
  • Checking your mail and realizing that you have been selected for the finals of a certain competition, whose results you were awaiting (not serene need not be just agitation, it can be excitement also)
  • Travelling by train where a transgender demands you for money else they curse everyone in your family tree 😦 (it disturbs me because otherwise, I respect them as fellow human beings)
  • Starting late for a concert/movie, getting stuck up in traffic and swearing at yourself through the wait!
  • Having a row with your best friend and missing talking to them
  • Going to the beach alone, but your mind is in a total chaos

Well, hoping and wishing none of the above happens to you, who is reading this, and a happy peaceful Sunday to you 🙂 🙂

– Until next,

Vid 🙂


Some people have the uncanny ability to make you think. By an offbeat conversation, a mere question, or a passing remark. But it is upto you to take it up and actually think/ contemplate, or ignore and bury it a couple of layers deep, never go beyond.

One such instance happened months ago, where in I was asked if I was ready to analyze/know myself. Getting to know the true ME through a set of definitions. What made the definitions foolproof and unquestionable were, the fact that they were dictionary meaning of a certain set of attributes (virtues) that we talk about in daily life. And the surprise was, I did not recognize them as definitions initially (apparently that was needed to undergo the process right).

Then I had to map the definitions to the words… segregate them on headings such as “I am and I want to be”, “”I am not and I want to be”, “I am and I do not want to be”… and thus goes another 4 steps… well for one, I do not want to reveal the entire thing – you need to experience it personally, and another, it is not that easily explainable, I leave it here. But the take away was – What is the kind of person you are; What should you develop/shun in order that you become what you want to be. Basically what are the attributes you need to PRESERVE, ACQUIRE, DISCARD and AVOID.

But such things come with a negative side effect, it left me feeling completely vulnerable and also aghast that someone actually got to know all that about me!  And it takes you this long to get back to those papers, even to have a glance through them again!!! If I am being abstract / confusing here… mission accomplished! 🙂

Then there was another question at another instance – “3 things on why one should live?”

Now, to answer on this to someone, I needed to first convince myself on the stuff I am going to talk. And the longer I took, the stronger became the opponent’s POV that there is no reason. So here goes:

  1. Hope – that the moment right after your life is gone might be the most important moment in your life! And you do not want to miss it!!! Now if you think if you have crossed many such moments and think if it is not really worth the fight… Well, you will never know! Either wait, or miss it.
  2. You never know what’s in store after u r dead . Fear of unknown, say. Atleast this is known territory.
  3. (since I do not get any discounts here!) Because you are the only one who can live your life your way. Incase you lose it, who else can do that!?

One thing is for sure in the end… manda soodagidum…

People in question, pardon me if I had interpreted anything wrongly… I am armored now – go ahead with your comments…

– Until next,

Vid 🙂

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