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WHAT DO YOU GAIN FROM LOVE Musings By VIKRAM KARVE
In today's materialistic world you must have a motive for doing something. You must “gain” something from doing an activity. So if you spend your time and effort pursuing some activity there must be some material motive for doing that - you are expected to gain something - it can be POWER, WEALTH or FAME, mostly Wealth or Money. WHAT DO YOU GAIN FROM BLOGGING ?
Many people ask me why I am wasting my time and effort Blogging when the same time and effort could be put to “good” use doing something worthwhile to earn money.
“You spend so much time and effort blogging,” they say.
And then they ask me, “What do you gain from blogging?”
“Why don't you monetize your blog?” other well-wishers say, “at least you will earn some money for your efforts.”
Why can't people understand that a person can do something for the sheer enjoyment of doing it, without any material or ulterior motive.
To buttress my point I would like to quote an Urdu couplet I heard long back.
(I cannot translate it exactly but will try to give you the gist)
Someone asked a loverइश्क का क्या फायदा (What do you gain from love?)
The lover replied फायदे का क्या फायदा (What do you gain from gain?)
Why do we look for profit or reward in anything we do?
Why do we have expectations in a relationship?
Why can't we do something for the sake of doing it - like in the case of true love or इश्क
इश्क का क्या फायदा ? फायदे का क्या फायदा ?
Would some connoisseur be so good as to translate and interpret this couplet for us in a better way please?
A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and he is currently working on his novel. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.