lauantai 19. toukokuuta 2012


‘Life is art without and eraser so be careful while taking any small decision about valuable pages of life’

Or on the other hand,

‘Life is like a novel and every day is a new page. So if one page is sad, next page will be happy. So don’t worry, turn the page and enjoy life’

Examples of the quotes that people send each other as SMS, usually in the mornings or evenings. 

Some like to share quotes concerning views or guidelines for life daily whereas some people, like me, are happy with less frequency. Nevertheless, exchanging these quotes is a nice way of keeping in touch and communicating with friends. Sometimes I also feel that the point of sharing the thoughts is in sharing than actually following the views conveyed by the quotes. The advice may in fact contradict each other resulting in that after reading a number of them, one gets easily overwhelmed by all the alternative guidelines for life. On one day ‘life is art without eraser’ and the next day ‘life is like a novel and every day is a new page’.  Both expressions are nicely formed though, things that are well said.

Related to the interest that people have for things-well-said, I have noticed many people’s fascination for good song lyrics. People like to sing old romantic classics and discuss about the lyrics -at least with me while they are translating them for me, sometimes highlighting some specific expression as especially beautiful or true.  The old songs that usually tell a love story undeniably deliver the message in a very nice form and many people like to critisice the new Bollywood  hits for the lack of depth and imagination.  Of course, people everywhere share admiration for good lyrics but somehow I feel that here (in India?) the importance of putting thoughts into words or speaking well is emphasized.

Amartya Sen starts his book The Argumentative Indian like this: ‘Prolixity is not alien to us in India. We are able to talk at some length’.  In the text that follows he analyses the importance of heterodoxy and argumentation, having different kinds of ideas. This is not exactly to the point but I do feel that the fascination for words and things well said might be somehow related to putting high value on speaking and presenting different kinds of views. Words in them selves are important if they are well chosen.

Of course, coming from Finland where every act of speaking and using words (which are scarce) are considered as something that one has to cope with for the sake of communication and where small-talk is non-existent, to me the extensive use of words may sometimes feel like excessive. ‘Silence is gold', there’s a Finnish quote for you.  I don’t want to go too deep into the national stereotypes but I do feel that words are differently used and represented in India, compared to Finland. Interesting case in point might be to compare the Facebook posts and updates...

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