Saturday, June 11, 2005

E Vestigio - From Where One Stands

A good way to start is to explain why the name E Vestigio, perhaps? E Vestigio - Latin for From Where One Stands. It started a few weeks ago, in another city I call home, over dinner and drinks with friends. I should add, I had gone back for an interview with a "Multinational Company". A landmark dinner, this one. You see, these were people I had gone to University with. We were people who had seen each other through various nadirs of poverty and today, as corporate professionals, not one look at the pricelist - even sideways!

Conversation flowed, nostalgia and the present intermingled pleasantly and so the evening continued... or did it really? Until just before a swig from my vodka. The situation hit home with the force of a dream.The things, the life I "desired" in this city had turned into things that didn't make any sense now. And that's what's still not making sense. After having chased the other life... an MNC job (not even something I really wanted), some friends (that I couldn't even relate to any more)... for the better part of six months, what had changed. Me, my dreams or the city... or my friends... or everything?

I came back home, rejected the MNC offer and have decided to chase my real dreams instead. Now more than ever, it seems a time to do the things I never thought to start and something as simple as starting a blog being among them. Now more than ever, it seems a time to make things count.

Could any one have described the human experience better than Jorge Luis Borges... I wonder?

"A writer -- and, I believe, generally all persons -- must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art."

--From "Twenty Conversations with Borges, Including a Selection of Poems: Interviews by Roberto Alifano.


Words Worth said...

You like douglas adams! There is yet hope for you. And gosh, you actually write well. :d Great start, now keep em coming.

ChampsUnltd said...

Good, not everyone can make that decision for whatever reason.

Now, don't let it all go to waste. Go chase your dreams.

And yeah, a good writer may draw upon "whatever happens" as a resource for his/her works.

The best of em draw upon "life" itself.

Drawing upon certain incidences is like picking out your fav fruits out of a salad, the ones that you like, easy to spot. Some, relish all of the salad. Which one are you?

Again - author said...

Absolutely brilliant.
Both - the attitude and honesty.

Anonymous said...

just a little note to let u know that i have been looking out for you, and taking a fresh look at the things you say. the one thing that comes back to me is how engaged i was by your little nook, and that has not changed a bit. you must keep writing, and more.