Thursday, 31 July 2008


Frankly I'm tired of the glorified rat race.
Not because we rats join it, but because the race breeds more rats, or so it is designed.
However, I should clarify that rats are the most supreme intellectual beings in the universe, as the conventional wisdom(1) goes.

Frankly, I've stopped looking forward to count Gandhiji's face.
Not because it's the means not ends, but because there's much more to get yourself aligned.
However, you may say that you need to buy that alignment too. I disagree. After me, my alignment goes.

Somehow, I've put my dreams on the backseat
With the faith that the spark(2) will live for long
I am taking up more responsibilities, few which are a burden.

Somehow, there are no drums and no beat
With the assurance that my life will be song
I am falling in the trap, and not exploring the garden.

I am pushing time, another month passes
Buried deeply in work, study and classes
Not bothering to take a look outside
Snubbing others' existence(3) in my own pride.

I will be another one among oh-so-glorious faces
Looking at the world from my rose-tinged glasses
This poem should become more structured, I decide
I lack the taste, but there's no restaurant I've not tried.

Notes -
1: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
2: Chetan Bhagat's speech: Keep the Spark
3: The Disadvantages of Elite Education, by William Deresiewicz


apratim said...

nice one buddy ... i especially liked the 'citations' :)

keep it going ...

yo DT \m/

Sandeep Chauhan said...

nice one dude......especially the last 2 lines :)

Ritesh Agarwal said...

Sahi likha hai dudey... Finally I have also realized that it is a RAT race :D... And about this - "However, I should clarify that rats are the most supreme intellectual beings in the universe, as the conventional wisdom(1) goes" - even I seriously doubt it.. Lots of them still suck..

Ashchord said...

ofcourse it could have been more strcutured but that would defeat the whole purpose of it !! :) wonderfully put straight forward thoughts .. may we all get the strength to not be a part of this rat race :)

Kartik said...

thanks apro, sandy, ritesh and ashish :)

@ritesh - i think elite institutes attract more wonderful variety of people, not necessarily more wonderful people. we choose our friends, but stay away from more.

@ashchord - it "became" structured... so yes, having structure from the beginning would have defeated the purpose

Ram said...

Hard for me to agree with you more. And it is just about a month and a half!

kavity said...

Nice one.. but a little too pensive, no?

Kartik said...

sorry for late reply.

@CRam - :)

@Kavity - I agree. A bit to sad, and I do hope nobody ends up like what the poem tells.