Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Aviator and his Demons

17 July 2005: Things are slowly settling down on the career front. I remain enthused about the power, reach and impact of the Internet on our lives and am keen to take up the challenge of doing some real constructive work in terms of Broadband-enabling the website I am working for.
Saw The Aviator at home today, and as I write this, I am still in awe of the man who staked everything he had for his dream. DiCaprio is absolutely amazing as Howard Hughes, and Scorsese’s direction is truly spellbinding. I am most touched by how Howard struggled and dealt with the demons of his OCD, and yet continued to scale new heights. The battle with our own private demons takes a long haul but I guess we all have to fight them. The trick is not to expect quick and final victory, but minor triumphs. It’s a protracted and taxing journey but one has to keep faith and go on. I wonder what is it that makes some of the smartest and brightest people fall prey to imaginary demons that look so real and haunt them day in and day out. Maybe it’s because we are all frail behind the veneer of toughness and smart talk. And since outright victory over our fears may not be possible for all, the best way is to perhaps ‘quarantine’ our fears, keep them at an isolated place, humour them once in a while, but never let them overpower us. Just don’t give in to their rapacious demands. That’s the way to go. Do take care, my friends.


Blogger soven said...

Dad..this is a way too serious post for my peace of to dad...pleez!

5:01 AM PDT  
Blogger Soumyadip said...

Howard Hughes had an eccentric trait about him, and it was because of this that he was able to put all at stake for the fulfillment of his oneiric ambitions. For most of us, our dreams are bounded by a limit. A limit perhaps set by our own incapacities or the ignorance of our real abilities. Even if someone dreams big, its fulfillment requires bridging with the reality. And that bridge is built of courage, determination and recklessness. These are scarce commodities. Therefore there is Howard Hughes and not me.

7:37 AM PDT  
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