It changed me

Just writing about some things that I think changed me, or at least a part of me

A Writer and two books: Fountainhead/Atlas Shrugged, yes it did make a difference, and it does make a difference in the great domain of lower minds, the indispensable engine of this world. After reading them, a lot of us start idolizing Howard Roark , in this great competitive circus, where everyone is so proudly replicating Peter Keating lives, these old fictions come up as a reality check, as an honest mirror display! There is one more impact Ayn Rand has on your thought process and that is the ignition of the ‘so-what’ mindset. And believe me, the ‘so-what’ mindset is far calmer that the ‘what-if’ mindset.

A Bank: Another book that impacted me immensely is the freshly completed ‘Banker to the poor’, which talks about Grameen bank, its genesis, functioning, people, and a lot of things about it. For someone who has believes that the world economy is depressingly polar, this story came as a hammer, and a followed up relief. Very motivating and logical. The biggest question that has been asked to the world still remains “How do we eliminate poverty from the face of the world”, in our lifetimes; a few answers like Grameen bank will help. Amen!

A Movie: I love movies, from ek ruka hua faisla to Amelie, from the incredibles to Raincoat, from Memento and the butterfly effect to Ghost World, I love them all. They entertain me to the core. And in this midst of all these great movies and the great directors, arrived ‘Into the Wild’, the only movie that I have gone back again and again and again. I just can’t get enough of it. And even if the movie’s magnetic field diminishes, the music and lyrics of this movie takes over. I once told about this movie to my simple very motherly mother, she quietly asked me ‘Everything’s ok son?’, she surely loves me a lot :). Time to quote from a song from the movie

When you want more than you have, you think you need…
and when you think more then you want, your thoughts begin to bleed.
I think I need to find a bigger place…
cause when you have more than you think, you need more space.

A Person: Ravi Gulati. Met him only twice, and I am a fan of his, admiration comes up naturally for this IIM A graduate who runs a subtle NGO called Manzil based in Delhi where he teaches under privileged kids necessary skills.  One of most humble persons you will ever meet, and he will surely make you rethink and ask ‘What am I doing?’, anyways I think I am still young, and I cant run away saying that for a long time. Though I admire him a lot, but I wouldn’t say that he changed me, in that category only one person can fall, and that’s ‘She’, call it obvious, call it bourgeoisie, call it rule-of-world, but I am a different person when I am with her, a different person for her. We are two different ends of this world, but it clicks and it clicks pretty well for our comfort. I am always asking questions, feeling sad, wanting to do this to do that, and she has a pretty simple solution to my mental turbulences – ‘Why do you think so much’ and thus she conveniently shuts me off. But I guess it’s time for me to tell her on a public platform, thanks for being there!

There are more things that changed me, events, more people, my stay at my college DA-IICT, my stay at Mumbai and Bangalore, troubled times at home, my dad’s drinking habit and his management skills, and perhaps a few more. And my own belief that a person changes completely in a span of 4-5 years, lets see, if that continues to happen.

This is not a tag post, but i would like if some of my blogmates pen a similar post, it would be interesting, so requesting the following to pen the same:

Luthra, Shakti, Ankit, Richa, Naresh, Navin, Kamiya, Steve, Biraja, eesha, Desh, Vineet, Prateek


11 Responses to “It changed me”

  1. d sinner Says:

    hmm…havent read the two…have them still smhow i always start andr book…

    into the wild is amazing…i have seen it thrice in one week and i know this is one movie even i can go back again and again…so, m planning to get the book as well 🙂

    and to conclude change is inevitable but the direction it takes is something we have a say in…

  2. Aditi Says:


    i am readin fountain head
    n surely can relate to it

    once wn i finish it i am sure ill be a changed person too

  3. compulsivewriter Says:

    … i could completely relate to this and in so many ways… what i really appreciate about your writing is your ability to talk about a social cause with the same passion as you talk about a personal matter. Just goes to show how close you hold these things to your heart. We need more people like you in this country or in this world for that matter. With people like you around, I still have faith that this world will be a better place, someday.

  4. Prasoon Says:


    Writing changes people – hell, it does and does that magnificiently. reading does that even more sometimes I agree.
    Talking for the movie – yes that movie is amazing but lemme tell you of one more – watch Control – you should love it for it shows the helplessness where you would never want to fall into. I watched Into the Wild and Control on the same day and couldnt decide which one was better. They are both amazing when watched together. Leading a life like how he lives in “Into the wild” – it’d be a dream and I probably am inching towards it finding everything around me just wither and distance itself.

  5. Ankit Says:

    Ha bhai ,

    Post is amazing.. I knew that this is on its way … somehow since a long while now…
    I will try to write on same lines but I guess it will take another month to do so…

  6. Alok Says:

    Movie and those 2 books … haha… good you wrote what I so wished to read … and write about as well … 🙂

  7. Diwakar Says:

    @d sinner: yes we have all the say, but how long u listen to that one thought of yours, if there is infidelity in this world, its in your thoughts 🙂

    @Aditi: See you soon, as soon as you finish the book, and you shall take up atlas shrgd after that Miss Dagny taggart 😉

    @Compulsive Writer: Yes, this world has to be a better place to live in our life spans, i dont think i am coming back sooner or later, lets take a step forward, lets metamorphise!!

  8. Diwakar Says:

    @Prasoon: Into the wild life is desirable, lucking we are in India, all the time we get lost of our lives we can always think of the great Gandhi Talisman, and ask the question ‘what’s this life for’, there are answers available on every street in this country. We could have never been luckier than this, certainly!

    @Ankit: ya ya i know, life is busier for you managers, aur waise bhi, this is the only time you guys are gonna work hard (or rather work, i should say), waiting for your say though!

    @Alok: Welcome sir welcome, the two books and the movie club!! Welcome sir welcome 😉

  9. Richa Says:

    dude….into the wild was so expected from u…was hoping to see that at the top of the list…all in all dont tell me abt the social and worldly aspects man….they are things that chnged ur impression…what the f*** changed u (see me trying to be decent)….my blog coming soon..same topic…more introspective… thou knows why…
    all in all a good read…must say walker…u’ve really impressed moi this time

  10. she Says:

    just want to thank you and say another brilliant write up 🙂

  11. ray Says:

    Hi ,

    I was reading ur blog posts and found some of them to be wow.. u write well.. Why don’t you popularize it more.. ur posts on ur blog ‘pentropy’ took my particular attention as some of them are interesting topics of mine too;

    BTW I help out some ex-IIMA guys who with another batch mate run where you can post links to your most loved blog-posts. Rambhai was the chaiwala at IIMA and it is a site where users can themselves share links to blog posts etc and other can find and vote on them. The best make it to the homepage!

    This way you can reach out to rambhai readers some of whom could become your ardent fans.. who knows.. 🙂


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