No earphone project

If you are in your late teens, twenties, thirties, forties or fifties and your usual place of residence is earth, its highly likely that you work to earn a living. And to work you move out of your place of residence to your place of work (Unless you have a work from home job). And to reach your place of work you travel. More often than not your place of residence and place of work are gonna be in total opposite directions. And if you have the pleasure to live and work in the Silicon valley of India, well your patience is about to be tested. This journey can easily take anywhere from one, two, three hours depending on the source and destination. To spend or efficiently make use of this time people resort to do different activities.

So what do people do while on commute via public transport?

  1. Procrastinate, do nothing, think, stare out of window : Day dreaming while traveling is the best! Cause you don’t know how time flies by.
  2. Work work work work work : I have seen people pull out their laptops from their backpacks so quick. Its almost like a reflex like as soon as their butts come in contact with seats – swoosh – the laptop is out! For the rest of the journey you will find them stare at the screen, type / bang the keyboard with either uncontrollable delight or frustration.
  3. Sleep : A lot of them are sleep deprived cause the only way to avoid peek hour traffic is getting early and out of your home. Some company buses go around different locations to pick up employees so the route is longer than it should have been. And To compensate this sleep deprivation people sleep in the bus.
  4. Read newspaper : These people are the kind of people you thank when you need to start a conversation with your boss / colleagues to avoid awkward silence. Usually I find people flipping pages of Business Insider, Economic times or TOI. You can do this only if you sit on the seat behind the person reading the paper. Then you get a full view of the paper without being judged. But if you are sitting next to them you are gonna be annoyed AF with their flipping pages.
  5. Read books : Cool people. Ain’t saying more.
  6. Watch movies / tv shows : These people are just hell bent on breaking their necks.
  7. Phone calls : Some keep their conversations low – thats great – got no issues there. The problem I have is with loud freaks. It feels like they are announcing something rather than have a conversation.
  8. Listen to songs / radio : A majority of people fall into this category. Some of us have tiny noise induced earphone, some of us noise canceling in-earphones, while some others have Huge noise canceling headphones.

Thats about it. My traveling activities are usually a combination of the first, third and last.

I don’t know how this works in rest of the world. But in India, there are individuals appointed to halt buses at random locations and check if every passenger in the bus has bought a ticket or not. If you haven’t bought a ticket either you will be fined or the conductor who didn’t issue the ticket will be fined. Once when I was on my way to work, people came in to check on the tickets and I had my headphones on which meant I was in my own world. Apparently this guy checked everyones ticket in the bus and was waiting for me to hand out my ticket. I was blissfully unaware of his mere presence. Suddenly, I see a hand being thrust right in front of my eyes. Only when I remove my earphones do I realize that the person is asking me to show him the ticket. And at that exact moment I can’t find them! Now everyone is staring at me, some are angry the bus is on halt and they are getting late for work, while I am starting to phase out into a hyper panic mode. Alas! I find my ticket, show it to the checker and breathe a sigh of relief. Few minutes after the incident I am wondering why am I listening to music all the time on the bus. My favorite song comes up on the radio and I forget about it all.

On my way back as i pulled out my earphones from my bag, I have a mental flashback of that mornings incident. I have my earphones in one hand and my mobile in the other. I look around me. Everyone more or less has a earphone in their ears. I consider how boring the journey back home is gonna be if I don’t have my earphones on. I decide to give it a try. I mean, if I really get bored i do have a working earphone in my left hand and a phone with seventy percent battery still powering it in my right hand. Guess what? The ride back was not that boring.

So I decide not to plug in the earphone on the next day, the day after that and the day after that. So for three days straight in a row I did not use my headphones at all (YEAH!). I always had my earphones with me – just in case I needed them. Not using them while I had it, gave me a small sense of accomplishment. The origin of all sounds were atleast three two feet away from my ears (except when I got calls). Its not like I didn’t listen to songs or watch youtube, I did listen to them but on loudspeakers, at a volume that did not annoy my co-beings in the universe.

I wanted my streak to last a bit longer but annoying co-passengers, what can I say.

Heres what I thought while I was on a break with my earphones and even later.

  • You don’t have people getting annoyed at you cause your ears are earphone-less and people don’t have to repeat sentences a hundred times before you can finally comprehend what is happening or being said
  • You are more aware of whats happening around you (Unagi ūüėõ )
  • You have more control over yourself than you think you do
  • The world around you is more interesting than you give it credit for
  • You only listen to what you wanna hear

I have done this ditch the earphone a few times after that incident and plan to continue on doing so. I am calling this the no-earphones project”.

In other news, if you are an Indian you will probably know this.. the weekends here aaaaand Deepawali is right around the corner! For those who are unaware of what deepawali is, its a festival of lights. Some dumb morons confuse it with the festival of noise. I hope i don’t need to use ear-plugs to block out the loud sounds.

Wish you all a happy and safe deepawali!

Trailers for book releases?

Recently there is a new fad in literary town. Authors are making trailers for their books. As a marketing strategy ofcourse. But why?

Video trailers for books are not new, but now its spreading like wild fire.

Books and trailers/movies are two different mediums of storytelling. One takes advantage of your imagination while the other builds an impression through sound scores and visual treats. Clearly both have different requirements/skill sets and a different audience. Then why merge both? If the books were to be made into a movie i understand. Authors want the story to reach a larger audience by shortening the time span of conveying the story. even though some compromises are made in terms of plots, they do happen to reach a larger audience.

  

But a trailer for a book? I cant get my head around this.

Thecreativepenn states that

Video can directly impact your marketing efforts because it is a ‚Äúshareable‚ÄĚ medium that can create immediate buzz about your book

When an author describes “She wore a bright red dress”, you have the liberty to imagine a bright red dress.. its up to your mind to set the color (just like the brightness setting on your phone). You can imagine it to be clingy or comfortable or backless.. a low cut, a knee length, a boot cut or whatever the hell you think will suit the character. But when it comes to a movie its a knee-length, first shade of bright red dress. Done. And you are left screaming in your head “BOOT LENGTH DRESS SUITS HER YOU YOU YOU.. MOVIE MAKERS”. You might not believe this but it messes up my brain.

If anyone is interested in reading a book then they will go through the plot summary. With all the book trailers i have seen the written plot summary and the trailer are remarkably the same. They have to be.. they tell the same story.

Never judge a book by its movie.

When we have an believe n quotes like these. What would make us change our perception? I am not even talking about the movie here.. its a trailer. How can publishers possibly imagine that we would jump right in for the book just by seeing the trailer. Maybe for an upcoming movie a short trailer might work, but a book? nah.

If you pick up a book just by seeing the trailer you are going to be disappointed either way. The book may not be as good as the trailer or the trailer may not be as good as the book. In most cases people tend to end up having the latter opinion.

According to thecreativepenn one of the reasons a trailer is made is to gain the attention of potential new fans. If the reason is potential new fans then yes, but isn’t there a possibility that if a person doesn’t have the time to read a summary then boy, how are they going to read the book?

Are publishers mixing up their target audience?

Any authors/publishers/booklovers out there.. please feel free to express your opinion on this below in the comments section.

Why do we…?

 

Why do we..
want to be the sun around which the planets revolve?

 

Sun: I have the fire with the tendency to burn the people near me
yet have the gravity to have them placed around me
I turn some people into hospitable planets

and others as inhospitable as me.

 

Why do we..
want to be distant stars that from far look pleasant and peaceful?

 

Stars: If my sadness and silence ricochets as pleasant and peaceful to you
I have given you the ability to admire our forlorn beauty
Though hot as a sun we may be

like a diamond in the sky is all you will call me.

 

 

Why do we..
want to be asteroids that cause havoc to everyone who crosses our path?

 

Asteroid: Humongous and slow from far i might seem
Fierce and unstoppable i am at my fall
Unless in your vicinity you wont recognize me

When you do, I am there to wreck it all.

 

 

Why do we..
want to be Black holes that haul everything around us?

 

Black hole: Dragging in our surroundings to fill in my vacant soul
Can’t someone unravel my misery
The remedy to all my mystery 
Is i need some company.

Sustain biodiversity

I don’t know where exactly i came across this saying but wherever i did, it seems to have gripped onto my head.

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you are still a rat.

-Lily Tomlin

Pretty right huh? There is a thinking still prevalent in our society about our life being all about trying to be the best of the best among a ceratin cliche, and even if you are not the best just belong to that cliche for the sake of it (So that someone can brag about it). We need to be diverse for a better functioning of a society and to keep you sane. Imagine a butterfly being asked to turn into an eagle so that it owns a zooming vision. Well no.. you cant pluck out the eyes on an eagle and stick it on a butterfly. That would me insane!

Wait.. What?! Did i discover a new species? ūüėČ LOL ūüėÄ

Anyone recognise this? ūüėČ

In this rat race does it matter if you are a colored different from others? So what if you are colored different from others you are still basically a rat. And if you are calling yourself a rat you need to know that there is always going to be a cat chasing you. (Even stuart little gets chased by a cat!! ūüėõ )

If you really think you are best among the rats then run the marathon not a race.

Where is the practicality if we all turn out as rats? Lets be different. I mean i am not asking you to be a cunning Jackal or a ferocious lepord. You can be as tall as a girraffe or a cute little Pygmy possum. As colorful as a peacock or as monochrome as a zebra. As agile as a mosquitoe or as lazy as a hippopotamus. Just be different!

There was this little personality test like thing that google put up as google doodle on world earth day (April 22) describing you as a particular animal. If you are interested take the quiz Earth day quiz¬†and let me know what animal you are. I am a coral ūüėõ .

Today is International day for Biological diversity and this years theme is Biodiversity for sustainable development. Over 2 million life forms are known.. and the number is still growing. So lets promise to be different and not make the ones which are diverse, extinct.