‘It is written ’
If there is one thing that all you ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ lovers would have taken home after watching the Mumbai slums saga unfold it‘s the three words mentioned at the start. The film made you believe (at least for a brief moment) that some things are bound to happen in life. You can call it sheer luck, destiny, god’s will.....refer it by any name....it will still happen if it has to happen (sounds similar to Murphy’s Law...isn’t it? :-))
Arvind Adiga in his Booker prize winner ‘The White Tiger’ mentions that “The Muslims have one god...Christians have three...and Hindus have 36,000,000 gods....also adding Buddha to the list it makes a grand total of 36,000,005 divine forces to choose from” But I being a half-atheist will take the liberty to add one more to the list ...“Destiny”. Yes I think there is one supreme power that controls our life and is responsible for everything that happens with us.......I call it destiny.....probably others call it god..!
How often have you come across situations where you badly wanted something....you plan for it way in advance and then you see things going terribly and horribly wrong? You start to develop a lot of negative emotions: disappointment...even frustration. The “Why Me?” syndrome starts to bug you. But suddenly some stroke of luck comes your way and things seems to work out automatically for you...the way you wanted it and you are left with another mystery.......... “How on earth did this happen?” . That’s destiny for you...constantly posing unanswerable queries.
Most things that I have experienced were governed by my so called ‘destiny’....but I must admit most of these things turned out to be good for me...a blessing in disguise.’
I know people say......'You make your own luck’....’ Your actions
decide your destiny’....but I think (strictly personal opinion!!) if things were always dependent on you and if it were in your own hands then why would the word destiny find a place in the English dictionary ? But that does not mean we stop chasing our dreams...cease to put in hard work...discontinue striving to reach out to our goals and leave it at the mercy of destiny. That would be similar to stop enjoying and living our life just because we know that one fine day we will be going to the grave. We need to try our best always...accept what we reap from our efforts...and don’t crib about it (Pretty easy to write in a blog...I know :-) but worth trying..!)
I end this blog with quote by Douglas Adams; a famous British comic writer which I felt is very pertinent to the points mentioned above.....
“I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be”