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Life is a long, wondrous and continuous introduction to yourself.

The act of creation — it leads me to unknown places. Only to make me realize that all was known, always. And yet, I live every day with the hope that I’ll explore, create and grow into someone new. Because what’s life if not a long, wondrous and continuous introduction to yourself.

In this journey, music lives by my side. I find melody in my writing, and a lot of writing in my melodies. Sometimes, I hear songs in the bubbles of boiling tamarind water. Or in the stroke of red paint over the canvas. Or in the giggles of a child after a good joke. Tunes find their way even into my boredom, curiosity and the thoughts in between. And a rhythm taps into my sorrow, so it can take the leap to laughter.

Such is music. Such is life — yours and mine.


The Myth called Independence

"Be on your own". Sounds fancy and challenging. But as we live our lives day by day and year by year; the fanciness fades away to leave us with some enlightenment. Independence in some sense is highly over rated, over-chased and in almost all cases, considered as the most important aspect of survival. Under the challenge of survival, co-dependency is looked down upon. A support system is considered as weakness and complete control of all your needs is treated with supreme regard.

However, if we look at chapters of highly successful people, their independent thinking is severely influenced by those they move with every day. Thoughts, opinions, philosophies are clearly a product of lives co-existing with ours. Madam Marie Curie's experiments would have yielded less results if not for her collaboration with Pierre Curie. Similarly, Sachin Tendulkar's performance is indirectly dependent on the wellness of his family.

We all have needs in various ways. Some of us need to be emotionally stabilized, some financially and some egotistically. To lead a happy life, all three factors need to be taken care of. And we draw our fulfillment through our deeds and from those we depend on.  Hence, it's foolish to believe that one can be independent in an absolute sense. Of course, if one does not want to be happy, they can be independent, aloof and in misery if that suits them.

However, to be productive and progressive, most of us very clearly depend on someone for fulfillment. We need to laugh as well as cry. We need to win as well as lose. We need to be generous as well as understand greed. We need to be noble and selfish. We need to desire as well as surrender. And we would be lying if we can experience all of it all by ourselves.

-- I have found more freedom in learning that I can never be independent.