Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Bastard’s in Love.

As the bullets flew over their heads in the mucky trenches, he looked at John. The mud splatter mixed with remnants of the Captain’s brains, were on his shoe. The ground underneath shook with every bombshell that landed within fifty meters of them. He wished it would stop, but he knew it wouldn’t.

The sparse tree cover did little to shield him from the enemy’s fire. The trenches weren’t deep enough to stand and be covered. There were guts and limbs and stray chunks of some godforsaken heads lying around him. He just looked on at John.

John just kept firing, reloading and firing. They still did not know the enemy’s exact location.
It was supposed to be a simple mission. Their exact commands were – “Get to the trenches, locate enemy bunkers and wait for C – Company to relieve you.”

It had been seventeen hours and C – Company was still nowhere to be seen. Maybe they were just lost. Or worse, dead.

John had a twinkle in his eye as he fired at what he believed was the enemy. At that rate, his bullets would run out in a matter of minutes. And, that is what happened. When John realised the situation, he started laughing, picked up the Captain’s gun and kept firing.

As he looked on, he knew what was coming. The mud under his feet seemed to become slightly wetter. Even though he had no idea as to where the enemy was, he felt he was not shooting straight and true. His bullets just seemed to get wasted with every pull of the trigger.

That’s when he turned, looked at John one last time. He fired straight and true.

Just last night he had found out, the bastard was in love.

- Dhaval Shethia.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

(500) Days of Summer.

Yes, I saw that movie today. For the first time. I thought it was quite a nice film. The story that it told, aeh.

Here’s what I think, now, this may not be related to the movie at all, but, I’m writing this, so I can do whatever I want with it. I think the whole idea of love is possible. Very, very possible. Only as long as it is convenient to ALL those involved. It is probably one of the largest scams this world has to offer. Not even God, can come close to ‘Love’.

They say only ‘Love’ can replace God. Again, this the mindless bullshit that causes the non-productivity and feeling of utter helplessness among the masses. If you don’t get something, you go to God. When God fails you, there only salvage is ‘Love’.

I say scratch that. I say go get it. If you don’t, too bad. Try again, till you get it. If you never get it, then just bloody well face it. You’re just not good enough.

Try as you might, love will not fill your stomach.

- Dhaval Shethia.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

"What is dead may never die."

What is dead may never die.” the words of House Greyjoy. For those of you that haven’t read George R R Martin’s ‘A song of Ice and Fire’ series, it is a line from the book. Period.

All it takes is one word, a simple act, a minor reaction to end it all. Everything that you built from endless hours of labour. It is the easiest thing to lose it all.

Every time you make a mistake, you regret it later. Don’t. It seemed necessary at the time. If it did seem necessary, it must have been so. Regretting what you’ve done in the past is going to bring you nothing but grief. It is done.

It may seem to be an absolutely stupid thing now, but it wasn’t when you did it. When you did it, it was the best thing you could have done. So, why look upon it with sadness? It isn’t going to change things. Trust yourself.

Believe in yourself. Even when you were at your most impulsive, you had the power of reasoning. Albeit a little less, you still did. Trust that fact that you used that power. You will never be able to put yourself in the same situation.

The consequences of that action are the only things that are going to stick with you. They’re the only things left to remind you of what you did. If they make you feel bad, remember, you did it for a reason.

That reason may seem hazy to you know, just like the consequences of the action seemed then.

But, it is done. And, you will have to live with it. Might as well do it without regret.

“What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.”

-  Dhaval Shethia.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Not A Writers’ Block

It’s been more than a month since I last wrote something. Well, something on the blog.

It has been quite a month. Many things have changed, new prospects have some up. I seem to have remained pretty much the same. Although, I’ve surprised myself with this post. I never imagined writing a post on my blog, where I’d be conversing with you.

It hasn’t rained much. Although I’m not a fan of the rains, I want it to rain. Just not when I’m out of the house.

This is not a writers’ block. It is only a temporary hiatus. Not caused by an emotion, just lack of time and will.

Something, I’d like to share, before I go. Somebody told my friend, that she was always happy because she left her sorrows at home. My friend said, that was a good thing but not the best thing, “Why leave your sorrows back at home? Instead, leave them back in time? That way, you never have to go back.”

I'll leave you with this. Where would you rather leave your sorrows? Back at a place where you can visit them, see where you went wrong and learn, or somewhere inaccessible?

- Dhaval Shethia.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

“You want to know what Heaven feels like? Try being God.”


The power of creation is the most mystical and beautiful one there is. It’s so simple yet so complex. One moment there is nothing and the other it all makes sense.

I wonder why it is so elusive. Maybe it’s because it is also a big responsibility. Immediately, you start thinking of SpidermanTM, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Are the powerful always responsible? It’s what everybody is trying to do. Become powerful. Everything that anybody does is to gain some sort of advantage, a small piece of authority over everybody else. However, is everybody worthy of it? Is it alright to be able to scare innocent people away from doing something entirely harmless just because you don’t think it is “decent”?

Talks about power and responsibility are always around. Everybody has an opinion. It’s a good thing to discuss and hopefully someday, we will come to a solution. But what till then? Are we ready to have so many Gods roaming amongst us, bashing what they don’t like, ripping out things that displease them?

Are we ready?

- Dhaval Shethia.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Life Lessons from The Beatles

It isn’t easy doing what you want. For a number of reasons, actually. For starters, every element in the universe seems to be working to stop you from doing that. Isn’t it always the case? You set out to buy chocolate ice cream, but when you reach the shop, it is shut. The next shop doesn’t have the flavour in stock and the shop after that is too far and you don’t have the means to get there. So, you have to settle for the next best thing.

In retrospect, it isn’t a very big deal, settling for the next best thing. In fact, you were pleasantly surprised with the other flavour. It made you rethink your chocolate-ice-cream-only policy. But, what if you really, REALLY, wanted chocolate ice cream? Deviating from the chocolate-ice-cream-only policy may be a sign of things to come. Or an evaluation of your life.

Let’s look at the chocolate-ice-cream-only policy as a sign of your perseverance. Judging from your experience with the other flavour, you don’t seem very keen on pursuing what you really want.

What DO you want? You did set out to buy chocolate ice cream. However, what did you REALLY want? Was it just ice cream or was it chocolate ice cream? You may have a policy but isn’t that limiting your potential for variety? What are your priorities? Set your priorities straight, you won’t have to make difficult decisions then, they say.

There comes a time in a man’s life, when he must let go. When he must throw caution to the wind and disregard his priorities. A time when it becomes near impossible to do what he really wants to do. It is a point where you must choose between what you want to do and what you must do. At this point in life, everybody knows what they HAVE to do.

Some make choices. Others, well, they let go.

Let It Be by The Beatles
When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me,
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be…


-  Dhaval Shethia

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Little Things For Us To Ponder

Kramer: I got news for you: handicapped people, they don't even want to park there! They wanna be treated just like anybody else! That's why, those spaces are always empty.
George: He's right! It's the same thing with the feminists. You know, they want everything to be equal, everything! But when the check comes, where are they?
- Seinfeld

It’s quite true. If you want something, say it. Mention exactly what you want. There is nobody who can give you anything unless you ask for it. And you must ask for what you want and not what you think is ‘right’. Because, in the process, you don’t get what you want and later on you blame the other person for not giving you what you wanted. All you had to do, was, simply ask for what you really wanted.

It’s these little things.

Everybody has some apparently inconsequential, yet evidently monumental things. Everybody has their own little things. And everybody shares these with somebody. And that is somebody who they may talk to all the time or never.

It isn’t about the person. It isn’t the amount of time you spend, or the amount of subjects you discuss. It’s all about the little things.

For most, it is a person who is constantly present. This is a person they like to have around all the time. This is probably the most common one. The problem starts when for one of them the other one does not remain, in no clich├ęd sense of the word, ‘the one’.

The person should merely be a medium. The point isn’t about sharing all eternity with somebody. It is about sharing eternal ideas through the medium. The medium may only be momentary, say, you get drunk and talk about little things with the bartender and you’ve come out of it gaining happiness, you’ve had a meaningful exchange. However, if you’ve spent 20 years with somebody and at the end of it, you’re all but sad, well?

It would probably be perfect to have the same person you talk about little things with for your lifetime. But, it doesn’t happen. By the end of it, it is only ‘good’. It seems ‘great’ because nobody else you know seems to be near ‘good’ after all this time.

You didn’t give great a try.

Little things.

-  Dhaval Shethia.