What’s Your Favourite Feeling?

What’s one of the best feelings you’ve ever had? For me, it’s the exhilaration at having finished a new series of books, the sense of completion at having ended what has taken hours, or days. It’s the feeling of longing for the story to have gone on for a bit longer, it’s feeling my eyes hungrily devour the words on a page. It’s tapping into the emotions of the characters on the pages, feeling happy when they’re happy, and sympathising with their pain. It’s the awe of seeing in the mind’s eye the spectacular performances of one’s heroes, the crushing sense of despair at the loss of another life in those black-and-white pages that contain so much more than the words that entertain us. They contain the heart of the author.

I just finished Pittacus Lore’s Lorien Legacies series, and boy-oh-boy was it an awesome ending. The story wasn’t any less either. Each twist in the plot, each new development had me aching for more. Alas, all good things come to an end. Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle was –and still is- the best series I’ve read so far. But Lorien Legacies has come as close as no other. At least, none other that I can remember.

To be truthful, I’m writing this because for once, I’m inspired to write something and have no homework bogging me down. Also, once my VMC classes start, I don’t think I’ll have time for much else other than, “Eat, read, sleep”. Don’t worry, though. I’ll do my best to keep this blog up to date.

This was mainly an outpouring of whatever was going on in my head after finishing United as One. I would’ve ranted on longer but was called to do a two-minute job. It broke my stream of thought. No matter, this miniature rant is getting long enough. I hope you enjoyed. I certainly did.

What I want to be…

I got this as a topic for a writeup, in school. I like what I wrote, and whenever that happens it comes up on this blog. I haven’t been active lately, what with getting the hang of a new school, going to 11th (really, CBSE should try and smoothen down the quadruple-or-so jump in syllabus between 10th and 11th. That is not how you challenge students), and basically trying to mentally accept that I’m gonna have a lot more work now. Anyway, moving on…

The Writeup

What do I want to be? I don’t really know. It’s not something I’ve devoted much thought to. Sure, people (read: nearly everyone) has asked me what I want to be when I grow up, and my standard reply is “software engineer.” It’s not a lie, but it’s not exactly the whole truth either. Really, all I wan to do is something -anything- I love doing. Additionally, whatever I do should pay well. It isn’t exactly a positive thing, but the world runs on money and there isn’t much you can do about it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to end up being a ruthless (dollar) billionaire who loves what he does. But neither am I going to be content with earning a lakh (hundred thousand) of rupees a month for the rest of the foreseeable future. I want to stay a rupee millionaire. Preferably with a few options to grow, and not just monetarily. A successful startup would be nice too. If I don’t have something to work for, then what will I do? In my opinion, life is only going to be worth living if you have something to work for. Something that will get you to punch the wall in frustration. Repeatedly. Something that you can spend weeks sweating over.

In short, I want to do what I will enjoy doing, earn money (more than I need, less than Mukesh Ambani) and always have a challenge to beat.