Midnight Snacks on Mars with Owls

The cool wind, fine moonlight, twinkling stars. You catch a peek of Mars now and then in the night sky and sigh for you love this time of night. Trees seem to sway in rhythm, almost singing to the moonlit skies and the cool breeze appears to serenade the scintillating stars as the wise owl looks on.

It’s that time again, when everyone is asleep, no one interrupts you, when you can actually hear your own thoughts reverberating through the cosmos, uninterrupted. Maybe, you’re tuned in enough to hear what the universe is saying to you, too. Yes, being a night owl has many perks.

The city one lives in has a completely different feel post 10 p.m. – it’s like a whole new place one yearns to explore. Forget pubs, try going to the beach or a park at night. Sigh. Few things are of such breathtaking beauty.

And, midnight snacks. Ah, midnight snacks are comfort food like none other. Whether it’s an orange or a yummy leftover chicken sandwich, few things are more satisfying than a delicious midnight snack! Also, enjoy your Mac n’ Cheese as you stream the newest episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ or ‘Gossip Girl‘, internet speeds are awesome at night, try downloading 300 MB movies in less than fifteen minutes at any other time of day!

Some people find the night-time to be ideal for studying, writing (O Hai There!), reading, introspection, composing music (Chris Martin, A.R. Rahman) and what not! It is truly an exquisite time and, for all those morning birds missing out on all the action, fear not for an early riser and a late sleeper are not that many hours apart!

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The Lost Art of Holding a Conversation

Being a conversationalist, I enjoy a discussion on just about any topic. I find having conversations about anything and everything under the Sun not only triggers thought and results in exchange of information but, it also gives one food for thought to introspect and look at things in more than one way. I find talking things out not only to be therapeutic but, also enlightening.

Sadly, nowadays people value conversation less than cheap cologne, debating is misconstrued as arguing, discussions transform into gossip sessions and dialogues often become monologues. I find there is an increasing gap between those who are actually open to exchanging ideas and finding solutions and those who just want to shove their opinions down one’s throat. Isn’t the whole point of a conversation taking away something indelibly constructive, something that helps us piece the larger puzzle called life or am I missing something?

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory. – Emily Post

Often, when a group of girls start talking, it seems kinder to throw myself out of an adjacent window than endure the hateful gossip and bitching that ensues. Guys are not far behind, in fact guys can be nastier than girls when it comes to gossiping! Cattiness, thy name is gossip!

Another sad fact is with the advent of Social networking Sites, organic conversation has taken quite a hit. Facebook chatting and Skype never really seem the same and often when one meets a pal or actually talks to them on the phone after a long, long time, conversation is muted and awkward.

Moving on to body language during conversation; People hardly maintain eye contact, fiddle around and seldom display any interest if the conversation doesn’t involve gossip or dirty little secrets or confessions. Not only does this make the other person feel like they’re not being taken seriously, it also makes one doubt the interest factor and the validity of the discussion!

Also, why do folk keep talking about useless stuff like movies or music? I don’t think discussing movies and what-not is insipid but, it’d be great to discuss something worthwhile once in a blue moon! Why don’t people like discussing things like society, politics, philosophy or art? And, every time one initiates a slightly serious topic, either the topic is changed or turns into a mud slinging fest. For instance, try talking about politics and the ‘Obamacare‘ bashing begins.

At the end of the day, sometimes I just want to have a meaningful conversation about something meaningful – a heartfelt one-on-one about something not related to Taylor Swift’s newest song about her newest ex-boyfriend.

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