My Yet Another Aspiration…A Conversation With My Inner Self
Me : Inner Self!! Inner Self!! Where are you? I wanna talk to you. (That’s an agitated me!)
Inner Self (IS) : Hey, you don’t have to shout. I am near you, within you. Calm down. And what is it now?
Me : Last time, you talked me out of being a Miser. I have a new aspiration now. I want to be a Sycophant now.
IS : A Sycophant?? What is that?
Me : Hmm…let me get you the right definition from Google, the God….a Sycophant is a servile person who, acting in his or her own self-interest, attempts to win favor by flattering influential persons, with an undertone that these actions are executed at the cost of his or her own personal pride, principles, and peer respect. Ooooh, that was a pretty detailed one!
IS : Why do you have these weird aspirations? Earlier, a Miser and now a Sycophant…I am disappointed in you!
Me : Listen IS, just chill and listen to what I have to say.
IS : *SIGH*…Go on…I am all ears!
Me : See, I see these Sycophants or Chamchas doing so well everywhere. I want to be like them, be successful, get what I want….
IS : Don’t use such words..Cham..
Me : Ok, if not Chamch…sorry, you can call them informers or pettifogger, a nosy-parker, a liar, a slanderer a conspirator, or a false accuser!!
IS : What do these people…errrr Sycophants do?
Me : Oh, they do a load of things, to get their work done. Like..
- They’d invite the influential people (IPs) to their homes for dinner and serve their favorite dishes.
- They’d pay utmost attention to the needs of IPs…will get them a drink or coffee, or light a match and hang on to their words, will go out of their way to do small things for them.
- They’d encourage the IPs to talk about themselves, their families, their interests and would show overt fascination and adoration for them, thereby manipulating their ego.
- They’d tell them their ‘deepest secrets’ and confide in IPs about things that they had “never ever” told other people, thereby gaining sympathy.
- They’d be the radar systems of the IPs, giving them all the information and insights of things around them, thereby becoming indispensible to the IP as they become their eyes and ears. And may be plays politics too!
IS : And what do these…emm…syco..sycophants gain by all this?
Me : You dumbo, so many things.
IS : Don’t talk to me like that!
Me : Ok, ok, cool down. They can get…
- A job, a promotion or a good salary hike at work.
- May be a new boy friend or a girl friend…
- Influence, because of their proximity to the IPs, thus making others jealous and insecure.
- Some gifts or goodies…
- A favor…
IS : And what do the IPs gain?
Me : Its a give and take relation. It suits the IPs too.
IS : But wouldn’t you become unpopular among your peer group and friends?
Me : Today, the world is all about, I, Me, Myself. My objective should be achieved, rest is immaterial.
IS : What about your morals, ethics, principles?
Me : Yes, they would be compromised, but my objectives would be met.
IS : Can you not achieve your objectives by your hard work, determination and grit, by following ethics, ideals, rules and systems.
Me : I can…but…
IS : No buts…Our ideals resemble the stars, which illuminate the night. No one will ever be able to touch them. But the men who, like the sailors on the ocean, take them for guides, will undoubtedly reach their goal.
So you can reach your goals without this
Psycho sycho thing.
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
Me : Yeah…you are right! **A big sigh, as another aspiration is crushed**
Images Courtesy: http://www.hindu.com & http://www.theaccidentalsuccessfulcio.com
July 18, 2009 2:08 am|
A good one… with ‘spoons’ and all 😉
‘IP’ = Intellectual property…!
July 18, 2009 7:07 am|
@ Roshmi: Thank You! 🙂
July 18, 2009 7:22 am|
Why do you always write whats on my mind and that to exact……….
Very well written ..
July 18, 2009 7:38 am|
@ Sweet Nothings!!!: That’s because great minds think alike 😉
And Thank You! 🙂
July 18, 2009 8:35 am|
you are really good at talking to your inner self.Your talk reminds of bollywood movies where the IS appears in the get up of an angel.
Nice topic ,so true, you can get things easily by making yourself a chamcha but that kind of success is meaning less.
July 18, 2009 10:49 am|
@ Kunu: Am glad! 🙂
Hmmm…my IS seems to be an angel too, that’s why its not letting me fulfill my aspirations! 😉
I know, what you mean, but there are so many of them around us! !
July 18, 2009 11:24 am|
oh sure, no doubt abut the angelic qualities of inner self.coming to fulfillment of aspirations I’ll quote late Mr.Harivansh Rai Bachchan who used to say “dil ka ho to achha, na ho toh aur bhi achha” ( it is good if things are going as per your wish and if not it is even better)
It doesn’t matter how many of what kind of people are around us,the only thing which matters is what we are?
July 18, 2009 11:37 am|
wow..good one..I liked those pics very much…..
July 18, 2009 11:50 am|
@ Kunu: Wow! Nice thoughts! I liked it, “dil ka ho to achha, na ho toh aur bhi achha” 😀
@ Shankar: Thank you, Shankar! 🙂
July 18, 2009 3:54 pm|
That’s a nice post.
July 18, 2009 3:58 pm|
An interesting way of putting across ur point.
July 18, 2009 6:42 pm|
hmmm…….u getting better by the day baby !!!!
i like this one !!!!
keep it up !!!!
July 18, 2009 8:21 pm|
@ Lokesh: Thanks Lokesh! 🙂
@ Shas: Thank you Shas! 🙂
@ Aashi: Thanks a lot girl! It means a lot! And Thanks for the support too! 😀
July 18, 2009 9:11 pm|
I like both of the conversations with ‘inner self’! Very funny and thought provoking…
July 18, 2009 11:45 pm|
nicely written. Interesting also.
July 19, 2009 8:48 am|
@ pra: Thanks you! And Welcome on “A rose is a rose is a rose!” 🙂
@ M Verma: Thank you Mr. Verma. Am glad, you liked it! 🙂
July 19, 2009 9:47 am|
First time here.
nice style of writing 🙂
July 19, 2009 10:32 am|
@ sHiNiNg sUrYa :-): Welcome on, “A rose is a rose is a rose!” Hope you have a good fun time here!
And Thank you! 🙂
July 19, 2009 8:46 pm|
Wonderful Post! I love these conversations..I always have these kind of conversations with myself.
Check out one of the conversation I had with myself. (Or click on my name..to follow the link)
July 20, 2009 8:26 am|
@ Amrit: Thanks Amrit! Same Pinch again!!??
Your conversation with yourself is cool! 🙂
July 20, 2009 9:57 am|
Shilpa, I find “Sycophants” more in Indians… though it does take you far… it gives initial gains though…
Good one again!!!
July 20, 2009 11:51 am|
amazing! get more of ur IS posts out!!!
July 20, 2009 12:43 pm|
@ Dhiman: Hmm, you are right!! And Thanks 🙂
@ Subhayan: Welcome back and yeah, am thinking of a series! 🙂
July 21, 2009 3:43 am|
Wonderfully presented the confusion of whether or not to break the moral ethics to be successful.
July 21, 2009 4:48 am|
@ Mou: Thanks Mou 🙂
July 26, 2009 8:41 am|
Hi.. seen ur comments on wrahoolz/harsh/shankar’s blog.. you have a very nice blog here.. I liked this post a lot.. I liked the chamchaya namaha pic.. hehe
July 26, 2009 11:52 am|
@ evanescentthoughts: Thank you! 🙂
And welcome to “A rose is a rose is a rose!”.
Hope you have a great fun time here! 🙂