Comedy of life.

GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 22nd Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1k-k7etz/
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Life is a funny thing for it follows its own rules. Often it follows no rules at all. There is no way to predict what twists and turns it takes.

Comedy of Life.

Life is a strange thing for it follows its own rules and often no rules at all. It doesn’t show what’s in store for us and leaves us bewildered most of the time.


The best laid plans of men and mice often go awry, and we, often, find ourselves at cross roads of life not knowing which way to turn. We get to this situation in many matters: profession, finance, marriage, love. When at the cross roads, we get disoriented, lose decision making power and stare at different roads ahead.


Most of us like to take the beaten track although we know full well it’s those who choose the road less traveled succeed and strike the pot of gold. The fear of failure compels us to go on the road oft used. A fortunate few like Columbus strike gold even after selecting the wrong route, and some unfortunate guys land in heartache ally even after selecting the right road.


We also tend to look behind our shoulder and wonder whether we took the right decision. This fear haunts us until we hit the jackpot. Unfortunately, life is full of twists and turns, and there is no way one can say with certitude he took the right turn all the time.


The management gurus advise viewing all options, the gains and pitfalls one may come across in the new path before the selection. However, the logical mind does not rule always and gives way to the heart that has its own fancy. Facing cannons to the left and cannons to the right, a few followed the heart, charged ahead and immortalized themselves.


When one changes his route or horses midstream, he suffers from the fear of the unknown, which is worse than fear of failure. While at cross roads, it is best to stop, take stock of the situation, analyze all the options and then select the best possible route. Unfortunately, the traffic signal may permit us proceed only in one direction. Any attempt to change lane at this juncture is likely to invite the ire of fellow travelers who will hoot and boo at us. Taking a decision well before reaching the junction entails denying ourselves all other options. This is a dilemma we face most of the time, and we need to take a tough decision. Battles are not for the faint hearted.


Westerners rooted in a different work ethic believe that, in the final analysis, it is the amount of effort put in that determines ones chances of success. They, therefore, plan, strategize and determine the tactics for success. Easterners believe Karma plays a significant role in our success or failure. The devout believe that, irrespective of the route we take, success depends on the grace or scorn of the Almighty. Western education and scientific temper change the degree of belief but cannot shake its fundamentals.


Westerners also believe a good man can never be put down for long. In India, many talented men are put down due to extraneous factors like caste, creed, sex, faction, clique or coterie to which they belong. Further, sycophancy also plays a decisive role in gaining upward mobility or scaling the peaks of success. Those who fail to hitch to the right bandwagon find themselves left out at the junction sooner than later.


Courage of conviction is another crucial factor. A few who have it go through a lot of turmoil withstanding external forces that batter their inner beliefs. Some give in to the outward pressures and swim with the tide. Those few, who stand by their conviction, swim against the tide, battle all odds stacked against them and finally come up a winner, merit praise. Everyone wants to be in this group of select few, but the attractions of wealth, power and perks force one to prefer expediency and choose the wrong path.


Some believe a rolling stone doesn’t gather moss and always stick to the original path without ever thinking of deviating from it. They trudge along the path they chose originally, either out of free will or compulsion. Some of them realize they are square pegs in round holes a bit too late in life to reverse course and start all over. They end up as misfits and may even cause harm to the society out of frustration. A few change their tack, get back to some cross roads and chart out a course of their liking and succeed. Some suffer from “the myth of Sisyphus” rolling the stone all the way up the hill all the time nearly reaching the top only to see it roll down to the base. They need all our sympathy.


Reaching cross roads is perhaps inevitable for most of us. What is essential is to realize that there is a rainbow at the end with a pot of gold. It can be reached only by pursuing one’s chosen path with determination, diligence and single minded purpose.


This piece is dedicated to all those lucky few who chose the correct path and succeeded, and to give a word of cheer to all those who are going to reach the cross roads in the near or distant future.


Finally, those who succeeded should also remember that,
“It is not the thing you do
It is the thing you leave undone
Which gives you the bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.”

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar The Ohio Tinkerer
22nd Feb 2012 (#)

What a great article. I agree with a lot of this, I am actually working on a poem about people and the myth of Sisyphus. Once again, great piece.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

My dear The Ohio thinker,
Many thanks for your appreciation. With best wishes, RR.

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author avatar jayababy
22nd Feb 2012 (#)

Since the house is on fire lets warm ourselves. Great share Ramaraogaru.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

My dear jayababy,
Many thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Feb 2012 (#)

You have covered life from every angle, GVR. I am led by my conscience - spread some cheer around, within my reach, and accept a lot with patience. That is the only way to survive with whatever dignity one can muster! If I sound defeatist, I am sorry, but I better be a realist for whatever lies ahead. When expectations are little, everything turns out as a bonus! siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

My dear Siva,
I appreciate your comment. Have it your way. It's your life and lead you must the way you like it.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd Feb 2012 (#)

You are right in that without some form of control excerpted by ourselves then life often has no rules. We have to provide the rules and the direction in which we must move.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

My dear Peter,
This is nothing compared to the valuable thought for the day you post every day.

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Feb 2012 (#)

What a well written piece. Just packed full of great wisdom. I always have in my mind and have spread to the ones I love, have no regrets. Well done. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

My dear Denise O,
Many thanks for your appreciation. With best wishes,

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author avatar Buzz
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Wonderful post, GV. Thanks.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Many thanks Buzz.

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author avatar Songbird B
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Wisdom always written in your own wonderful style GVR...A pleasure to read..

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Feb 2012 (#)

My dear Songbird B,
I'm overwhelmed by your comment.

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author avatar richardpeeej
24th Feb 2012 (#)

There are many of us who find your words very helpful in so many ways GVR...thank you for sharing your thoughts with us my friend :-)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
25th Feb 2012 (#)

My dear Richardpeel,
Many thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
25th Feb 2012 (#)

Ditto Peter's comments above.
Great article, GV. A thought-provoking and stimulating read.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
26th Feb 2012 (#)

My dear Sheila,
Many thanks for your comment.

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