Life is like a box of chocolate…you never know what you gonna get.
– Forrest Gump’s Mother
I just realised there are more “draft-posts” on my computer than those I have managed to complete and post on my blog. Like most other entries, this entry is also starting “titleless” and
I have no idea what I’m going to call this post I just decided the title (good thing about writing on computer!). Nonetheless, I’m typing away, despite the tiredness but surprisingly without the sleepiness that it usually comes with. I also managed to burn my hand while cooking a couple of days nearly a week ago, possibly for the first time since I left Nepal all those years ago! Not a huge burn, but since it’s on the wrist that usually rests on the edge of the laptop while typing, I am having a slight difficulty with typing these days. A good excuse for not updating the blog? May be…
And I don’t know whether I should post this blog “today”, i.e., give today’s date, or give the date on which I started. I must have started this entry at least a week ago, so its strange coming back again just to add a few lines here and there. But I have so many things in mind, so many issues to respond to that I don’t think one entry will be enough. So, this will probably be one of those “mindless musings” and nothing else.
Yea, I must mention why I
started this post with added a quote from “Forrest Gump’s Mother” at the top. Well, I was planning on finishing up some academic papers yesterday (Sunday, 3 December…I feel like the exact dates are necessary now, for I have been writing bits and pieces here for so many days that just writing today and yesterday could be confusing!), like I usually do for the weekends. But I just couldn’t get my mind to those. I was feeling tired and lethargic all day, and didn’t even want to go out for a walk. So, I decided instead to watch Forrest Gump, a movie that I never get tired of watching. One of the few movies that I can watch again and again. And it must be at least the 6 or 7 times that I have watched this movie already. And that quote is just too good to ignore – plus I love chocolate, although I always wish I don’t get any nutty flavours from the box of chocolate when I pick one. Not too keen on nuts when it comes to chocolates!!
Anyway, talking about not being able to work on academic papers, I was thinking the other day about how life gets less and less fun as you move up the academic ladder as a student. Being an undergraduate student was definitely a lot more fun than being a post-graduate student as I am now. In fact, I think the fun-factor/happiness of being a student decreases as you progress through your educational ladder. I think I had the most fun in my secondary school (primary school was fun too but not as much as secondary school!), followed by higher secondary, followed by undergraduate, followed by masters, and now the fun-factor is quite low compared to what I had over the years of my school years. I thought I might be able to explain with clarity what I mean by drawing a figure (putting my economist’s hat on here!), which I did after struggling a while with this new drawing software that I recently installed on my computer. And here it is:
If you are environmental economics type, then you’ll probably say that looks very much like EKC (environmental Kuznet’s curve!). Replace School Years with per capita Income and Fun-Factor with Environmental Pollution, and voila, my Happy School Days figure turns into an EKC! That’s what I thought too when I finished drawing! How sad !?! To be thinking of EKC, when all I want to do is forget about being a student and write about something else.
An inescapable fact of life (for me) – I have been a student (literally) all my life so far, so its hard to get away from things you learn at school even when you try to… like this EKC!
Anyway, thats all I’m gonna write now. I have to get back to one of my academic papers now and get it done tonight at any cost. In fact, I have to get most things done this week, as I am leaving for India early next week, after which I don’t think I’ll be doing much work for the rest of December and early January!
Listening to Franz Ferdinand’s book, Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand, on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week. Franz Ferdinand – one of my favourite contemporary bands. You should listen to them if you haven’t already.