The three tenses – Past PRESENT Future

‘Rang De Basanti’ is one of the contemporary works which has had a long lasting impression on yours truly.

What the protagonists accomplished by the time the movie came to a close, was inspirational as well as shocking. Whether to let law take its course or wield to arms … is debatable. The hardliner notion is to adhere to long laid rules and live on. Yeah … live on, no matter what is happening in and around you. Excuse me but I don’t buy that logic.

There were umpteen takeaways from the movie but before I digress, let me come to the point.

The one message which stuck to me and continues to spur me on is the conversation at the lounge where DJ says:-

“Ek pair past mein aur ek future mein, isiliye to hum present par moot rhe hain” which simply means that one frets about the past and worries for the future without paying attention to the pertinent – The Present.

Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong in sitting back and reliving the glorious past or at times recalling the hardships which befell upon you once or for that matter, planning for the future. But over indulgence in either of these – the past and the future, is not advisable.

Firsthand experience reveals that when one starts to be in the present, (s)he begins to live and not just exist. Sounds cliche’d but that is how it is. Just give it a try and I promise there’ll be no looking back.

I leave you with a wonderful narration which is one of my favorites. You may watch the video here.

Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
than my own meandering
experience…I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you
imagine. Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm
on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing everyday that scares you Sing Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours. Floss Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes
you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
yourself. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you
succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements. Stretch Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe
you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky
chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t
congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your
choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body,
use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people
think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever
own.. Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for
good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the
people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you
should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you
knew when you were young. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live
in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel. Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will
philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize
that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
noble and children respected their elders. Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund,
maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one
might run out. Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will
look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it for more than
it’s worth. But trust me on the sunscreen…

So long folks. Carpe Diem! 🙂

11 thoughts on “The three tenses – Past PRESENT Future

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  2. Anwin, twas quite fantastic though dragged a bit towards the end. But, it was fun. Good job done 🙂

    Ani, Yes it does … it is eternal/ageless … holds true every moment 🙂

  3. Wow..beautiful..I read something from this book called “The Prophet” a few days back. Though its not about any of the tenses but about love and life in general, it goes like:
    Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
    You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tommorow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you..for life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
    Loved it so thought I’d share it with you.. 🙂

  4. Sam, another thanks for all the typing! 🙂
    guess there is no need of reading the book coz u gave me the summary … rite ?
    time-stamp was a configuration issue. stands corrected now 🙂

  5. wow, the sunscreen logic has lot of facts man, damn, should start following few things listed there, nice find man. Oh btw, i went through your entire blog (yeah archives too!) nice writing style, do post more such stuff.

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