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Location: Hyderabad, AP, India

Program Manager Microsoft IT India

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Go away.. I'm busy doing nothing!!!

Sys. Soft exam just got over yesterday (and the paper nearly broke my arm off) and being in no mood to start up on DBMS, I dedicated the day to total and complete idling.

To those of you who think, well duh, I idle just around everyday: - well, you may be right in as far as your conception of idling goes. If you think that idling simply means not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, well that differs a lot from what I’m trying to project.

Many of you have said, when I’ve given you a call, and asked what you’ve been up to: “Well, nothing da”. When actually you’ve been seeing a movie, or chatting on the Internet, or doing something pointless. But doing something.

While my definition is just to lounge somewhere and philosophize and eat and sleep and….well, you get the idea.

And it’s not working. Because today is a day when I really have nothing to do.

This is a curious conundrum. Jerome expressed it aptly when he said

“It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of
work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do.
Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.”

Ah how true that is. Consider this scenario:

You have an exam the day after, and its one of those papers where everyone in your class has aced their internals. Everyone but you. So your hopes of saving your sagging GPA depend on a grinding all-nighter. But you’ve also promised a very close friend that you’ll fetch him a book he needs from your college library.

And your heart’s innermost desire is to be idle.

But in the hols, when society around you is giving you that break you always wanted: you’ll be the most active person around, going out with friends, chatting up with old acquaintances, playing games, doing all sorts of stuff.

It’s inexplicable.

But a treat to anyone who can find the answer to this one: Why does everything get done at the last minute?

And mini treats for wacky and imaginative answers.


PS: For those who want to read the entire book, I would wholeheartedly recommend it!
Click here to read Idle Thoughts of an Idle fellow, Jerome


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