Monday, April 20, 2009

Winds of Change

Once upon a time, I knew a guy named Vinay. He was a bully, kind of local don. When I saw him for the very first time, he was swinging a sword [a real and big one] in a fight, a local gang fight :)
Thereafter whenever I saw him, he was busy breaking bones, swinging swords, punching knuckles. I always admired his fighting style, as I was also a "chota~mota"fighter, have a look here, I always wanted to talk to him, when I was a kid. Then time moved, Life changed I left that place, came to college, then Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and finally back to the same place where I spent first 14 years of my childhood, the battleground of Vinay :)

Last friday while going to the market I saw him after so many years, he had not changed a bit, except some weight-loss. The fire was still burning.
Two days later I was sitting in my room, doing nothing, thinking about Vinay and Lo! he came into my room with my friend. We talked to each other, I told him how I used to admire him as a fighter in my childhood. He smiled and then he told me his story. He was a drug addict, he remained in lock-ups, drugs, politics and a lot of such things. He screwed his life, but as I have already told you he was a true warrior, he never gave up. He tried to regain himself, he locked himself up in his room for six long months, didn't talk to anyone, listened to the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this was told by him specifically, NFAK is an important figure in his Life, and he was changed.
To my surprise he was doing a Film Direction Course from Bombay, he studied at FTII-Pune as well. The best part is that he spent his 4-5 years in the upper region of Himachal, in a place called Chamba. He has done exhaustive surveys, studies on the culture and historical importance of Chamba, now he is going to direct it as a documentary. This is a change, this is Life. This is what Sunny Deol generally does in hindi movies, from a gangster to a respected man because he loves a girl. But this man, believe me, he loves Life, he is passionate about it and I am just happy for him.

Indeed the Winds of Change are blowing.
Life is Beautiful, njoy.

P.S: He came to my room because someone suggested my friend's name to play a role in his film/documentary. I expect myself to get a role of villain with a over-grown beard :)

14 comments:

Shantanu said...

gud one man.............change is life........ life is dynamic.....
one who tends to win.can change evn by an example of an ant........

BlowHotBlowCold said...

hey thanks for the comment. it really means a lot to me.
i love your book taste. anne rand is my hero! do you agree with her theory of objectivism?

Tarun Goel said...

@HotCold-Yeah I do, I love Ayn Rand, I love Howard Roark, I love John Galt and I just love Francisco'D Anconia

BlowHotBlowCold said...

OMG! I love Howard Roark! Did you read the edition wiht the authors notes in it?? IT was splendid!!

Smita said...

Hmmm it needs will, grit & strength to bounce back and it is real life stories like this which give us the confidence it is possible to bounce back...

Thanlks for sharing the story with us :)

Ankesh at Talk said...

great to see such a great change in the wind... I have seen many such street gangster at my town.. either they die in the localgang war or the get settle after marrying his or her love and live their life in the glory of their adventures and violent past.. Hardly I been seen anyone of leaving his past behind. But this man's stoey is great man.. He is true warrior...
Arre dost unse bolna agar hame bhi koi role dede... sayad apne andar ke mare hue theatre ke kalakar ko phir se jaga saku...:-).. tu agar vilan bane ga to tere right hand ka role muje de dena...:-)

AmitASH said...

True..The love of ones life has the undoubted competence that would change him into one akin to the wildest of his dreams.
Thats the best part about love..it ushers change for good.
Here "love of life" is very much subjective.

Kanupriya said...

Hmmm...nice post, well yeah change is life, but then change is also multi dimensional, some changes r pleasant ones while some r too hard to accept.

Tarun Goel said...

@Ankesh: If posisble then I will do anything to pull you out of the company :D
@Amit: Isn't life is what shuould be loved more than anything else? :)
@kanu: Thanx for the comment, change on a positive note can do miracles

Maya said...

Thats great,

i hope he does well in life, nice life story, something that i can relate to..

verbivorehere said...

WOw - now that is determination..hope he finds success in his endeavors..he deserves it

Anand said...

Yo,I liked this one. A lot actually.

V.Inspirational.
And the winds of change do blow. One needs to hv patinece.

Zainab Dhanji said...

Nice =)

BlowHotBlowCold said...

long time no talk
how are you bhaiya?