Lights, camera, action!


Since the day we are born, we are assigned roles to go about each day in different phases of our lives. Without questions, we play our roles and effortlessly so, we act. This acting is internalised so much so that we cannot separate it from our being. Yet, we are not ourselves when we act.

We have been honing our skills forever; how to smile, how to conduct ourselves, how to greet and talk and what not! Just give it a thought, do we really behave like ourselves in every minute and hour of the day? I bet not. If so, we would have been called ‘mad’ or at least I would surely be called so.

I think we all are empty notebooks. We allow others and even experiences to leave their mark on the pages. We are never the same when another page fills up. According to me, it works in phases. We act, become someone else in a certain situation, meaning we are distant from our true selves and we allow the person or the incident to write something on a page. It can be understood like a wet clay tablet on which the scribe has to write the letters before the tablet dries.

Maybe this is the reason we grow with each little experience and all the people we have met. We change bit by bit, everyday as each page fills up.

Haruki Murakami, in his short story “Drive my car” which is one of the stories in his book, “Men without women” had written

Then back to the stage, and the acting. The bright lights, the rehearsed lines. The applause, the falling curtain. Leaving who one was for a brief time, then returning. But the self that one returned to was never the same as the self that one had left behind

Haruki Murakami ‘Drive my car’

Murakami talked about professional actors but I sensed he meant more. I tried to interpret the idea my way. We also seek the applause, don’t we, the validation from others? Somehow or the other we all are actors(in a positive way)

Murakami is a great writer, one of my favourites. You would get the story ‘Drive my car’ and others in the internet or you could always buy a copy of his books. I have read his short stories and they baffle you in a way you love!

So this was basically my idea and I would love to hear what you all think about it. Any constructive criticism is welcome.

Thank you so much for reading❀️

Β©Tryst with mind -18/10/19

33 thoughts on “Lights, camera, action!

  1. Very interesting topic and what it says is absolutely true. I like your interpretation of this topic. I think the moment we start to interact with others, we begin to wear a mask. The more extroverted a person is, the more masks he/she should wear inorder to please others.

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  2. I think we all are empty notebooks. We allow others and even experiences to leave their mark on the pages.Β 
    Wow! This line and the whole blog is indeed beautiful and Interesting. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ
    I loved it. We all are actors. True that
    Also, Murakami is one of my favs too. I haven’t read men without women. But the actor line surely has a depth to it.

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    1. Thank you so much Sid. Your comment made my day, when I was wondering if this post will work. It means a lot to me.
      It’s amazing that Murakami is one of your favourites! You should read Men Without Women. It’s amazing! I am sure you will love it❀️😊

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  3. I do think we are an empty book when we born and day by day we fill the pages with the new experiences.
    Unfortunately some may look for the validation from others, but I think this is not ok…we don’t need the others approval to know our value πŸ™‚

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  4. Well first of all sorry for being late. Exams and all have taken over. But I am glad you posted in between all this, coz you know there’s no other better way to release stress than to read, and especially your writings ❀ Hehe!
    anyways! jokes apart. You know, out of your innumerable and outstanding qualities, one is the way you observe things. the way you look at them, your point of view. I must say that very few people have that type of POV. I rightfully agree with you as you said we are mere actors and the world is a stage. If I can recollect properly, I have read it in one of the works of the Great William Shakespeare, "As you like it". There also he portrayed that we are mere players acting on the world stage.
    Well it becomes difficult sometimes to act 100% yourself, because of this complex society and complicated world. But still I feel that showing one's true face is better that wearing a mask cause ultimately every lie comes with a price be it for good or bad. Mankind has evolved and learned and accepted to pay the prices, which is a bit saddening part but the world still has person who show their true self no matter what.
    I am very impressed with the short story you quoted, I guess I will start reading one or two books of Haruki Murakami, Plus the name "Men without Women" attracted me towards it. So I wanna read that book for sure.
    Thanks for sharing your extremely valuable thoughts on this matter. Your Thoughts+Your Writing = PERFECT STRESS RELIEVER DURING EXAMS!πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ You never fail to fascinate me! Well done again! πŸ‘πŸ‘β€πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘Œ

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    1. Now, I am sorry for being late Lol!
      Yes, when you talk about observation and point of view, it’s true. I like to observe people and try to deduce what they might be thinking. Sometimes I feel like sitting somewhere in a park or cafe and just look at people πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      World is a stage. Yes. I remember. I actually took inspiration from that as well.
      Of course showing one’s true face is what we should ideally do. But what I am talking about is the act we all do, the role we play, the conflicts of roles that we face.
      And I really recommend you to read the book, perhaps I will gift you the book so that you can read, that would be a good idea!
      Thank you so much❀️😊


  5. You are right we all are empty books when we are born and fill it with day by day experience! πŸ’•And I like the write up about the writer Murakami! I tagged you in 3.2.1 quote me “Food For Thought”, about food. Have a great week ahead Ramyani! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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