Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement after playing the 200th Test © Getty Images
Now that Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from international cricket, Abhishek Mukherjee thinks of 10 ways to find a new meaning to life.
As you can see, all has not been lost. My life still has a purpose — even after today. Whatever part that has died today can be brought back to life. These are the 10 ways to find a new meaning to life:
- Read Kafka in detail – I have tried flipping through the works of Franz Kafka, but have never mustered the courage to finish one. On the other hand, the name often comes up in intellectual discussions in my friend circles, leaving me with a serious inferiority complex. What better way can there be to find a new purpose to life?
- Watch those European movies I could never understand – There exist a clan of European movies that the erudite often talk about and dissect (using complicated terms that I cannot remember, let alone understand); the best way now is to make a sense of these movies.
- Go bungee-jumping – So what if I have vertigo? So what if I am under the perpetual horror of the cord snapping? Bungee-jumping is fun, as I have been told. I guess I should venture into bungee-jumping (and with time, other adventure sports as well).
- Pick up management jargon – Now is the time when I should start using management terms during conversation. My inability to do the same has held back me climbing the corporate ladder for years now. I have decided that the first five terms would be value chain, wet signature, a dynamic environment, rough order of magnitude, and my personal favourite — paradigm shift.
- Ask waiters to take pictures at restaurants – This is something that I have never done. I have, however, been fascinated by the ease with which some people go on and ask the waiters to take a picture of their groups (more, in case someone’s eyes were closed at the exact moment of the click) and really want to emulate them on a regular basis. I will also tip based on the quality of the photographs.
- Invent that printer – You know that printer, right? It does not matter what computer (or some other device) you want to connect it to: it will never ask you to install a driver. Additionally, I need to ensure that papers will never get stuck inside them and cartridges will have a small emergency container that will last the night when no shop is open.
- Memorise poems – I envy people who can easily quote line after line from the likes of John Keats, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, and other champions. This is the time when I can spend hours over the works of these giants of English literature, memorising them to heart, and quoting them from memory to impress people.
- Learn Linux – Basically learn to use terms like Kernel, X Window System, Shell, Ext4, and BTRFS. This way I can participate in conversations with the computer geeks who talk in a language that is a mixture of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. This also means that…
- Learn Greek, Latin, and Hebrew – I should learn Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. The ability to communicate in any of these languages sounds profound. Just try saying Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon and Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus: which one do you think is more impressive?
- Learn to play the piano – This will be the toughest of the lot — for the simple reason that I need to find a residence that can accommodate a piano. Several of my books still exist in Flipkart boxes (the process of which, as I have heard recently, is in the process of becoming an Olympic sport).
(Abhishek Mukherjee is a cricket historian and Senior Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He generally looks upon life as a journey involving two components – cricket and literature – though not as disjoint elements. A passionate follower of the history of the sport with an insatiable appetite for trivia and anecdotes, he has also a steady love affair with the incredible assortment of numbers that cricket has to offer. He also thinks he can bowl decent leg-breaks in street cricket, and blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in. He can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)