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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Talk 'bout it!

There are times in your life when you are it. This it, mostly believed to be a phase, often tends to stick along longer than a normal phase would; like maybe a moon cycle or a temporary phase of pseudo-depression. Trust me, this goes a lot farther. A real lot.

Before you come to the conclusion that I have flipped my lid or gone cuckoo in the head, let me tell you a bit more, a bit more about it. The feeling probably comes closest to a feeling that was described around the 15th century as melancholy, but not quite . When you are overpowered by melancholy, you are sad, you are slumped; you are right off the rack. Not when you are inflicted with it. Stephen King immortalized the word by creating the perfect piece of fear in the form of one’s darkest nightmare, in a novel of the same name. You use it when you don’t have a gender for the object, or want to give a more objective view of the given situation. How do you find out that you are being bothered by it? Let me give you some indicators.

I am being bothered by it for a while now. I can comfortably blame my ‘not writing’ on this simple comprehensible two-letter piece of English Language symphony. The strangest and probably the scariest part is that it doesn’t make you realize that you are inflicted in any way. It just draws you away, from work, from pastimes, from anything that previously occupied your current train of thought. What it puts in place is, something, which you would not have possibly expected to be there. Take me for example (considering that we don’t have any volunteers here). I have always loved writing and was almost on the verge of shutting off this blog. Not because I got bored. Not because I have a block. Not because I wanted to give up writing. Not because I hate hip-hop. Not because of any reason that I could think up of in my rather infertile imagination.

Rather because, it struck.

I have switched to watching movies. I have seen close to ten flicks in the past week alone. I watch a movie everyday. I have been seeing movies ranging from Trainspotting to Madagascar 2 to Wall E to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I saw trash when I saw Burn After Reading. I watched three plays, one of them presented by a company called the Mad Cow Company. I don’t know what I am upto.
Maybe I should get back to horror. Maybe I should pick up something different. Maybe I shouldn’t pick my teeth. Pick up the broken China pieces of my strange life and glue them back. Maybe…
Maybe ask it

[P.S.- a little cuckoo I know; but I shall return in all splendor...shortly.]

42 comments:

Banno said...

Now I know what has struck me.

Trinity. said...

It's not the time yet,Mithun.

You've a long way to go. :)

Nikki said...

Yeah ask 'it'

ABHISHEK SiM said...

it is no fun. pun intended.

Arunima said...

"It" ws confusing 2 me.
that is it...

Divya said...

'it' sounds complicated.

Swayam said...

stagnation is what i think it is... wherein you no longer feel inspired... just go about doing stuff without feeling it... uninspired is more like it...

Preeti said...

Scrib...
just yesterday i wrote a comment asking you to come back soon and i deleted it. i kind of sensed that something was wrong with you.
dont worry this too shall pass. just remember that you have a gift. i dont know about others, but you dare not disappoint me.
and catch up on all the movies that you've always wanted to see. you'll love it.

PS: I miss you and your writing!
:-(

Meira said...

Tell me about it :D

d gypsy! said...

u have solved the eternal mystery for the human mind----


its IT and only IT

:P

btw, next part is on -on stories and I think you were right with the advice but sometimes IT happens and IT stucks and you can't write the next part... :) cheers

Creation said...

i hope IT passes soon...

in my case, IT still persists
:(

Mads said...

sh'it' happens.... :D

Ganga Dhanesh said...

Interesting...i dunno whether I have been struck by 'it' but I certainly have been watching a lot of movies...

Illeen said...

Get out of IT..

Vin said...

De, great to see u back, whatever 'it' is, it will pass off, dont ever close ur blog!

dont think, dont analyse, laze off with nature whenever this happens...

its common, dont worry! carry on with new horror stuff..we dont wanna lose such talent at least!!

scarlett thunder.. said...

it !!

btw, eternal sunshine....is one of my favrtzzzz :-) u liked d movie??
:-)

P.S: it's okayy..u'l get ovr it !!
:-)

solo said...

darn "it"!

Roopa said...

Hmmm...been there, done that. And I think a part of me is always in that phase of "it." My medical mind calls it anhedonia :D. You want a dose of narcissism, my friend. Drink from that elixir of self-love ;)

Think Tank said...

ki korchhe baba...i don't know how it got you..but jerk him off i'm missing my dose of horror

Anurag said...

c'mon maan ...That shouldn't happen to a guy like you ....
Don't worry ...as cliche goes ..."This too shall paas" :P

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

very interesting, I like the whole idea :-)

Rohit Talwar said...

Damn it. (!)

And quickly, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind became one of the movies I dig big time the day I saw it.

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pj said...

hmm..the it phase happens....
happens with me all the time.

Trinaa said...

eeeeeeerrr..depression hua hai na? inna saara IT bolke confuse kyun karte ho bachon ko?

i was doing pretty much d same thing..wanted to close my blog..was/am watching a movie a day
but then everything became normal again..i have wonderful friends u c :D

tc ji..n eat loadsa chocolate..IT helps ;)

Sayani said...

thats a phase "it" ... i sometime failed to define it and therefore started ignoring you. tho' you have defined it.

But the movies shud help in .....coz i think that a good remedy ....and if you like to play ...it will help too

take care :)

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Tara said...

Guess that it phase is something which everyone goes through...am in it right now! :| But it too shall pass! :)

Amrita said...

hmm had been struck by "it" but then slowly i think situations improved and it passed over....

hold on tight and catch up on the movies....

Fali said...

Liked this blog a lot
I know what you are saying
Sometimes change is scary. It strikes me as well sometimes and I really do not welcome it because it attempts to change something which ha been "me" for a very long time.

Zubin said...

an awesome post once again..
and an awesome explanation to the most trivial phase...

IT(by Stephen king)..btw was a great piece of writing..


welcome being almost..back..
loved reading 'it'(the post).. :)

swati said...

dnt wrry u'll come ovr it very soon..:)

Homer said...

oye.. the "it" Post was splendor!!

nefariousoutlook said...

well it has been some time since i have read your posts....good one i must say..."IT" always passes...anyways..keep posting man ..dont want to lose fellow writers from the dark side :)

Stupidosaur said...

it does happen to me.
it leaves me too numb even to shut down the blog.

chuck it.

have some vitamins.

from natural food, not supplements

go-phish said...

Mad Cow... you talking about Moo collections???... darn..i really wanted to watch their play...apparently it was REALLY good...and also another one.. chaos theory... sigh..

ps- melancholy... ive been calling it the blah factor for SO long :(
i think its the winter...nearly everyone i know seems like they have a terminal case of i-dont-know-why-im-bummed-out ...sheesh. an epidemic.

HP said...

read comics ..! they're the best !

and it too shall pass. :)

Zlaek said...

I'm back :)

You've described a seemingly inexplicable concept with utmost honesty and yeah, with accuracy too.

Two of the best things you've stated (which help one to gather what 'it' excactly is) are- "The feeling comes closest to a feeling that was described around the 15th century as melancholy"
And the fact that you ruled out all the obvious/possible causes that might have driven you to shut off the blog..

Really food work....I'm half hoping you experience more of these strange things (:P), so we get to see more such descriptions.

Zlaek said...

food*

Zlaek said...

good**

sorry

mikimbizi said...

Ah that 'it' been wondering wot to call that it. Now that I've read about 'it' I think its best to call it just 'it.
Lovely write up seriously !

soul writer said...

'It' is my constant stage. I hoped 'It' to be a phase but 'It' became a state.

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