Sunday, December 25, 2005

Schizophrenic existence in the prime(youth)of life?

Hindustan times publication "Brunch" December 18,2005. has come out with an interesting article, "Life of passage" on people who were trapped in the wrong jobs and living a dual existence. Some excerpts:-

Writers from professions you wouldn’t think of having the literary urge.Doctors, lawyers physicists , bankers are joining the field of Indian writers. Writing in English has found an expressive “coming out”.:-

A doctor who has attended gunshot wounds in rural parts is now writing a love story about a health worker coming to terms with the unitedness of her and her profession.

A former policeman is using all that experience to write Noir.

The full time writer is a rare breed anywhere”, says Sashi Tharoor,who works for the united nations and is author of the acclaimed "The great Indian Novel" .

Mumbai based Armin Wandrewala author of The Turning and a lawyer by training “ Its not so much an inner need to be a writer as an inner need to write”

A software engineer told me he couldn’t bear the life he was leading. He spent a lot of time with that pain himself and his fiction came out of that.

Balaji Venkateswaran who debuted with the Novel, Rage studied Technology because of peer pressure, “Unfortunately it was never out of interest or love,” he admits. Lately, he has become increasingly reconciled to the Schizophrenic and sometimes varying co-existence of his life as a technologist and his life as a writer

A surgeon, Kavery Nambian, author of The hills at Angori “ My profession offers me endless opportunities for rich emotional experiences which I have used in my writing.

Rajiv Dogra a Diplomat has written the heartburns and difficulties for diplomats than most people realize

This is not a part of the article but since we are discussing writers, . The great Indian actor Balraj Sahni who was a businessman’ son was a career dabbler- his father’s business, a printing press, Sevagram with Gandhiji, Shantiniketan with Rabindranath Tagore, London as a Radio broadcaster , Actor in the Hindi film Industry and when still unfulfilled, he went to his native Punjab to write in Punjabi.

It would not be out of place to mention here that former Lintas Chairman, Mr Alyque Padamsee has written a novel “ A double life” where he explains how Advertisements financed his real passion, which was theatre.

Some famous writers-Horis-karl Huysmans, Henry Miller , Herman Melville, Sir Arthur Conann Doyle, Anthony Trollope ,Anton Chekov , Somerset Maugham all lived dual lives.

The thing is what happens if there is an extreme case who is not able to do a job efficiently. I suffered from various mental ailments(I could have lost my life thrice) for 20 years when a chance reading in a magazine article I realized that I suffered from a depression common to writers and poets. This implied that there was nothing wrong with me except that I was in the wrong job. The psychiatrist did her best to hide the fact and said that my poetry was not real poetry and that I was just rhyming. However, after some days there was a coincidence- I had written a poem on “Nuclear Energy v/s Spiritual Energy” which I had sent to a publisher some days ago. He wrote back that if I could write twenty five poems like that, he would publish them. The doctor sheepishly then admitted that I had the problem and even seven years later there is no real solution because I am still not in the right profession. What happens to extreme cases-those who are not able to do the wrong job with a reasonable degree of efficiency? Also those writers who are not able to write Novels which alone has big money.


At 6:18 AM, Blogger Matt said...

ur rt buddy, it negative impact happens when we are practising anything that we are not interested in.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger RAHUL said...

Ritesh, its true if a person maintains a diary than you will normally find all his frustration coming out & he can leave relaxed life. Its known fact that if you share your sorrows it get reduces. Same thing apply to human being either they share their pains with other by telling or by writing & that is presented in a proper manner than you can earn some money. Who knows tomorrow you might publish your blog stories as book & it become popular. - Rahul

At 6:53 PM, Blogger LAK said...

Writing of course is the first step to getting it out of one's system.Like Alyque Padamsee, many people work at "uninteresting" jobs, so as to be able to indulge in what actually interests them. Some actors work in potboilers so as to earn their livelihood, and then act in "Art films" or theatre to satisfy their creativity. I think that is a healthy way to come to terms with this kind of dual existence. I guess most people in India lead such lives, because of perceived standards of jobs and lifestyles.

At 9:21 PM, Blogger Thulika - My pen said...

Read your Blogs, Most of them. I have worked with a group which work with students of the 11th and 12th standards and beyond who have been forced to take up educational/ professional streams because their parents thought it was 'good' for their 'intelligent' child. My parents both college professors have known closely many such casses. I myself took aptitude and IQ tests before choosing my line of intrest. The combination of inteligence nad apptitude is believed to tell you what broad areas you may follow (or not follow) and still be happy..:).. Standard aptitude tests are done by many pshycologosts and are gaining popularity now. These are best when done before a child becomes overly prejudiced (say 7th to 9th std) or manupulated to fantasise a profession or field. It is really hard for people with above average intelligence and above average aesthetics/ creativity to deciede as to wether to follow their intelligence or to follow their creativity. Few luckey ones find areas which require both..:)...

Creative writing as an occupation enriched by experiences, people, events, happenings of a finacially and intelectualy satisfying profession I think would help keep a writer closer to reality than overly dreamy...:)..

At 2:22 AM, Blogger dwaipayan said...

and me a studen of postgraduate studies in botany is trying to write about life at presi botany.and i' trying this in my new blog

At 9:36 PM, Blogger wise donkey said...

1.we might not be good at what we want to do
2.Worse we might be good at what we dont want to do.

its not possible for everyone to have "double lives" and it depends to a great extent on what we want to do.

its not an easy choice, but if possible, go with 1.
there is a bliss in doing something you want to do.

sure one may not be successful or perhaps make lots of money from society's point of do.
but then the Being Yourself, compensates for a lot, as long as you have money for your need and not for the greeds.

PS : If the point1 doesnt give even money for need, will have to go with point 2 i guess.

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At 5:20 PM, Blogger Prithi Shetty said...

This is a great blog. You are adding a lot of good data and new perspective.

About s/w engrs not loving it there, how many teachers, mechanics, bureaucrats & so on, do their job because they love it ? After all, not everyone has the luxury to convert their hobby into occupation. In masses, its either need or qualification which drives the choice of work.

At 4:35 AM, Blogger Shreyansh said...

Hiren , I feel there would be only a lucky few , who get to do what they really want to do (may be like JK Rowling), cuz most of us are not sure what is that particular thing doing which gives us the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction.

My experience till now has led me to believe that there is never going to be a single thing that gives complete satisfaction to a person. Satisfaction stems out from
the various aspects of our creativity and talents that show up at different points of time.
It is the managing of the plethora of things we can indulge into, that , I think, has the potential to give maximum satisfaction.
Otherwise the debate can also have a more philosophical view in which one goes into finding the purpose of existence. But I think I should not digress here.

A stray suggestion from my side --
Read a book , Siddhartha , by Herman Hesse.
And tell me if you want an e-book.

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