Friday, August 14, 2009

Balancing Act

Life, I think, is all about balance and imbalance. This thought occurred to me when I was watching the celebrations of Lord Krishna also popularly known as Janmashtmi. A human pyramid formed to break a pot containing butter and curds, and in the end the winners get thousands to lakhs of rupees depending on who the sponsor is. The victory is all about how well you maintain balance to form the human pyramid and thereafter sustain it.

The other one is about tightrope walking , which is witnessed in towns and cities in India. Here again it is all about balance. I remember a story of a father training his daughter in the art of tightrope walking, and telling her that if she at all fell down, she would be married off to a donkey. I heard the donkey after hearing that is still waiting for her to fall. And finally it is about what we hear in corporate offices. Yes, you are right ‘Work life balance’. This coinage always make me wonder whether work and life are different or whether there is no life in work. In recessionary times, there is no work in life. I am confused and conclude telling myself ’ It is, once again, a fine balance and it is a thin line that separates ‘life and work’ or ‘work and home’’

20 comments:

Anu...:) said...

Well,your post reminds me about the teaching of Gautam Buddha..who said a balanced life is the correct life.

Nice post.
Happy Independence Day :)

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Your post was nicely balanced between thoughtful and humorous as usual. Great read. And Jai Ho!

Ugich Konitari said...

Such a perceptive post . And I think we need both balance and imbalance. Because then we learn to learn. About values, hard work, judging people around us, and making choices.Thats what life is all about. Whether at work or at home.

Unfortunately, we seem to have lost all balance in our public celebrations. And thats really the inconvenient truth...

Greener Bangalore said...

Beautifully explained post sir and belated Janmastami and Independence day wishes to you too!

Sylvia K said...

I always enjoy your posts because I learn something new about your country. I also like it that you have a way of blending the thoughtful and the humorous -- as other readers have mentioned. There is such a need for balance and unfortunately it seems to be harder and harder to achieve.

Happy Independence Day!

Have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Kavi said...

Work and life are one and the same sir !@ I personally dont think that there is any difference. Not even a thin line. Its the same life in a different setting !

And in all angles of life, it is tightrope walking and breaking handis !

:)

nsiyer said...

Anu, Happy Independence Day. Thanks for your nice comments on balance.

Jai Ho and Happy Independence Day. Sucharita, fine balance eludes but the search keeps us going.

Anu...:) said...

I would be very happy if visit my blog today and comment over there :)
No compulsion though! :D

Aparna said...

Maintaining a balance specially between home and work is very difficult.
But most essential is to be a balanced human being, where you see both sides of the story, you do not be judgemental and you let go of your prejudices.
Happy Independence Day to you.

sujata said...

Being balanced is the most difficult thing, its so tempting to sway to your hearts content, so tempting to be impulsive and spontaneous, atleast for me it is, I strive to get balance in my life, its very difficult for me.

Vivek Patwardhan said...

Well said, NSI. Insightful. Enjoyed.

Vivek

http://whysoserioustoday.blogspot.com said...

hey thanksy man :)
happy Indi day :)

nsiyer said...

thanks Ugich Konitari for your nice comments.Actually it ia that 'tandav' betwwwn balance and imbalance.

Thanks Greener Bangalore for enjoying the post and inspiring me.

Thanks Sylvia as always for the appreciative comments and allowing me to come up with my thoughts.

muthu said...

I think balance in life is a perspective....

U need to get to know ur own balance as the ropes everyone walk are pretty much different....

Babli said...

Very beautiful post.I like your each and every post as they are very interesting and conveys message.Wish you a very Happy Independence Day.

nsiyer said...

Kavi, you have a different view since work is worship to you.

I do agree Aparna. Harmony is necessary.

Hi Sujata. Ithink it is about polarity.

Patwardhan Sir, if you find it insightful, I am blessed.

nsiyer said...

Whysoserioustoday, thanks a lot.

Hi Muthu, if knows the balance, that's the trick.

Hi Babli, thanks for your encouraging comments.

Rush said...

loved the blog..first time here.
and yea with all the work from home happening here in the US, there seems to be no line between work, home and life.

nsiyer said...

thanks Rush for coming over.
It was inspiring and egging me to write often.
I will visit your blog.

Minoshka said...

As always very insightful, in particular your thought about 'whether there is no life left in work'

I am of the opinion that if one can find life in their work, then the issue of maintaining a balance& finding the thin line wouldnt really matter. It'd be more like moving from one room/place to the other, because you enjoy both, then you dont really have to think much about finding that thin line that differentiates one from the other..