The Journey Into Twilight

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Ah! How I remember those days now
Like a lore or a poem or a distant dream
Those younger days of mirth and joy
Upon which I had once tread

How fair and majestic shone the sun then
How its rays kissed the morning mist
How green and exuberant the grass danced
Like a toddler with his favourite toy

The morn turned to an early noon
Bringing youth and energy with its powerful gleam
My days were spent with books and gale
The best part of my life, I now feel

But the early noon not lasting long
Quickly turned aged and pale
The abrupt death of morning and youth
My two strong pillars suddenly fell

Thus alone I was left with my lone companion
To face the harsh and barren sun
Oh how swiftly had he changed
From glistening light to a burning train

I battled long and hard lonesome
To give my two parts their misty morning
And after the strain and all the pain
I wished for rest and tarry for my wounds

Oh how rightly were my wishes met
For there came the evening and shadows galore
Not dark and terrible as those of the noon
But cool and glorious with stars and an early moon

My body is now tired, I feel so spent
Like too little butter on too much bread
My heart feels stretched, my mind feels drained
The weary long journey is now coming to an end

And now as I ponder, being in the twilight of my day
My heart runs in and out of those memories
Some fair and white, some dark and sorrowful
I see, I have come to a far, distant land

Oh! How I started from a misty morning
And how has the darkness crept
The day has been long, longer than many
For this one day has seen numerous nights already

But still I live on, waiting with anxious heart
For not long ahead my night now lays
As I reach here upon the high night
All alone, not even my lone companion to stay

But don’t cry my friend, for it has been a lovely day
A perfect one, as many would say
It is not of the departure, that should sadden your heart
But of the loss and fall of a wonderful day

I now bid adieu to all my friends
So distant and yet so near they feel
My day is over and night has come
I do now into darkness, fade away

Let your heart be happy, oh dearest of all
And always remember an unforgettable journey
For the journey to twilight was not a waste
A journey of pride and of a mortal day!


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Sciolism: What am I reading in 2018?

Having got back to my reading habit in the latter half of 2017 with 8 of my targeted 12 books, I have decided to take on 2018 with a modest goal of 16 books. My ‘Wishlist’ includes books across genres like finance, investments, bios and autobios, world history, fiction and non-fiction to name a few. Today I’ve listed down 5 of the 16 books that I am sure to read at some point this year. Each of the books further some of my life goals and I am excited to read ’em all:

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A mind filled with books is a satiated one!

1. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
I picked up this book from my office library recently and coincidentally heard Howard Marks recommend it on one of his Talks at Google. Having gone through a few pages, this books seems to be an interesting read and related to an area of life I want to develop.

2. The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks
The fact that Warren Buffett offered Howard Marks to write a foreword if he ever decided to author a book speaks volumes of how well-respected Marks is! Taking forward my goal of becoming financially independent, this is one book I’ll take up during the year to learn from the experiences of this revered investor.

3. A Song of Fire and Ice by George R R Martin
The fiction series that I am currently hooked on. I recently completed the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones. I must confess, I came to the books after watching 7 seasons, so most of the characters already have a developed existence in my mind. But just reading the book somehow gives me that sense of satisfaction I need while going through an epic fantasy novel series like this.

4. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner
Again a book on financial learning, and what better way to learn about the Financial Crisis of 2007-08 than from US Treasury Secretary of the time. Looking forward to get my hands on this one soon!

5. How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Joe Studwell
Life is good being an Indian in 2018. There is a buzz around my country and everybody seems to be cheerful about everything Indian. In words of one of my Uber drivers in the US, where I spent some time last quarter, “You guys are rockin’ and rollin’ out there!” It is therefore absolutely timely for me to pick up this book and understand how Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China managed to achieve what they did. It will make my perspective about India and its policies clearer and give me a better viewing glass. Also, Bill Gates recommended it.

So there it is.

My Reading List is always expanding. Currently I have exactly 100 books in my Wishlist, which you can find here! There are 9 more books that I need to decide on and I am completely open to suggestions.  What do you think I should read?

This is the Sciolist.

Signing out!!!


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I Want To……

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I want to run
Faster, farther
Relentless
Focused on the goal
Attain the un-achievable

I want to fly
Stronger, higher
Unafraid
Challenging the sky
Ruffle the world’s feathers

I want to dream
Bigger, wider
Uninhibited
Boisterous to folly
Armed with passion

I want to create
Unmade, unthinkable
Unparalleled
Rival the impossible
Set a new world order

I want to be
Freakier, crazier
Unhinged
Heart on my sleeve
Living by the sword


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Chester Bennington: An Inspiration

Two weeks back, after a gap of almost 3 years, I stumbled upon my old Linkin Park playlist. Almost instantaneously I was back to listening to some of my favourite songs. What I’ve Done. In the End. Papercut. Crawling. Castle of Glass. A Place for My Head. One Step Closer. Robot Boy. Numb. From the Inside. Faint. Somewhere I Belong. My playlist was on loop. Three days on I was still ‘across this new divide‘-ing under my breath on my way to work.  So much so that I even tweeted about it!

I was excited like hell. The timing of I stumbling across my playlist could not have been better. I had recently decided on some new life goals and LP was just the boost I needed. I was screaming out verses in my head. There was this sudden surge of energy. I realised that I was back to the ‘Linkin Park’ phase of my life. The phase where I felt I could make things happen. The phase where the songs were going to carry me through to the next big thing!

I think all LP fans will relate with me when I say that somehow, their songs had a way to inspire you to do great things. Whether you were sad or low or even happy, they always had a way to help us rise above the ordinary, move beyond the usual. It was the lyrics, the music, the rap, the metal, the composition. But most of all, it was the voice of Chester Bennington synergizing all of the above. Chester channelled so many emotions through his singing, it was impossible not to have goosebumps by the end of the song. He had this raw energy about him, this piercing honesty in his voice. Like millions of LP fans, it was his voice that made me first connect to LP. Not the lyrics. Not the metal. Chester Bennington’s voice.

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Chester, doing what he did best!

 

 

 

So naturally I am shell-shocked to know about his suicide! It was disastrous to know that hung himself and may have been depressed. He in fact also did a video about it not too long ago which I have linked below.

The world is a poorer place bereft of him. There will be lot of tributes flowing around and social networks will be flooded with consolatory messages over the next few days. But his true loss will be felt by people like us, who used to take inspiration from his songs and his voice. For us, he will always remain the person who helped us to never give up. I am reminded of a few verses from his song ‘Easier to Run’ that sound strikingly similar to what happened. I’d like to leave you’ll with the same.

It’s easier to run
Replacing this pain with something numb
It’s so much easier to go
Than face all this pain here all alone

May his soul rest in peace.

This is the Sciolist.

Signing out!!!


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20 images that will make you jump on the next flight to Iceland

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Hallgrímskirkja, Þingvellir National Park

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Öxarárfoss – Þingvellir National Park

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Behind the waterfalls – Seljalandsfoss

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Stunning view from Skógafoss Waterfalls

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Unearthly, thy name is Black Sand Beach

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Dyrhólaey Arch

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Icelandic Horses – Look at those fringes!

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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

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The  beautiful town of Siglufjörður – Northern Iceland

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A stunning stream near Dverghamrar – an unplanned halt

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Dalvik, Northern Iceland

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Gufufoss Waterfalls, en route Seyðisfjörður

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Are those…. Yes they are…. Reindeer!

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From a distance – Goðafoss Waterfalls and the environs

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Solfar – The Sun Voyager – Reykjavik

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Game of Stones – Reynisdrangar Cliffs, Reynisfjara Beach

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Random Spotting – Rainbow over Lake Masvatn

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Hverir Geothermal Area

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Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik

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Road near the northern coast


Iceland has been my best travel experience ever – the diversity of the landscape, the raw beauty of its nature and the warmth of Icelandic people – all this and so much more has left me utterly spellbound and forever in love with this island country!

Snow clad mountains, ocean, glaciers, geothermal eruptions, lakes, volcanic craters, beautiful harbours, alien landscapes, lava fields, rains, nature trails, scenic fjords, ice caves and a vibrant capital city – No other place on Earth holds as much natural beauty as Iceland.

In May 2017, my wife and I spent 12 days in Iceland. And just like millions before us, we instantly fell in love with this magical country. Every road, every intersection in Iceland is an adventure waiting to be unfolded, a story waiting to be told. I’d read somewhere “Earth is alive in Iceland”. That was not a lie!

And there, in the midst of pristine natural beauty I felt alive! It felt like I was in the bosom of Mother Nature! Like a child – curious, excited and playful! Iceland has brought back my strong affinity for discovery, instilled a deep urge to rise beyond the mundanes of my existing metropolitan life and as is evident, reinvigorated my spirit to write!

Over the next few weeks, I shall be penning the memoirs my travel to this beautiful land and also helping you plan the best trip you’ll ever take – to the Land of Fire and Ice – Iceland!

The Toil of Life

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Forever has industry, been the soul’s bread
Mountains were moved, for heart’s desires spread
Journeying into unknown, we oft marched ahead
Nations arose, as hunger of enterprise was fed

Lofty minds conquer heights, when ambitions wed
Honest hand breaking soil, not a doubt’s shred
To err is existential, but if abeyant, you’re dead
Mistakes are incumbent, but that’s how the cocoon is shed

Take strife in your stride, prepare to be bled
To rhyme may be harmony, but dissonance is life’s thread
Scratch your knees, break your teeth, overcome that dread
Conquer that dusty road, it’s ever the one less tread


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