Friday, July 12, 2013


Philosophical Musings

In materialistic world of today, you must earn money from doing something. 

You must “gain” something from doing an activity - and in most cases the “gain” is money.

After all, you are investing your precious time, talent and effort in the activity.

So you must get your RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI)

Like I said, 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, but mostly it is Wealth or Money.

After my retirement I spend a lot of my effort and time in writing and blogging.

Many people ask me:  WHAT DO YOU GAIN FROM BLOGGING ?

To put it in Hindi, they ask:

ब्लॉग्गिंग का क्या फायदा  ?

Most 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 you can do something for the sheer enjoyment of doing it, without having 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 lover:

इश्क का क्या फायदा  ?

(What do you gain from love ?)

The lover replied:

फायदे का क्या फायदा  ?

(What do you gain from gain ?)

Why do you look for profit or reward in anything we do? 

Why do you have expectations in a relationship?

Why do you always expect a RETURN ON INVESTMENT? 

Why can't you do something just for the sake of doing it, for the sheer enjoyment of that activity?

Just like you do in the case of true love or  इश्क 

Do you look for Return on Investment  when you love someone? 

When someone asks you: What do you gain from love ? 

You must answer: What do you gain from gain” ?

Like when the lover was asked: 

इश्क का क्या फायदा  ?

The lover retorted back:

फायदे का क्या फायदा  ?

Would some connoisseur or philosophical poet be so good as to translate and interpret this urdu couplet for us in a better way please? 

My Dear Fellow Bloggers:

Please tell me:




ब्लॉग्गिंग का क्या फायदा ?

More importantly, on a broader plane, think about all your relationships and activities. 

Are all your activities profit oriented? 

Are all your relationships motivated by expectations?

Do you always look for some gain or profit whenever you do something? 

Are you always motivated by RETURN ON INVESTMENT or ROI ?

What is the use of Love? 

Is there a ROI on Love?

I eagerly await your comments.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2013
Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this story. 
© vikram karve., all rights reserved.

All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
No part of this Blog may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Blog Author Vikram Karve who holds the copyright.
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2013 all rights reserved

Did you like this blog post?
I am sure you will like the 27 short stories from my recently published anthology of Short Fiction COCKTAIL
To order your COCKTAIL please click any of the links below:
If you prefer reading ebooks on Kindle or your ebook reader, please order Cocktail E-book by clicking the links below:

Foodie Book:  Appetite for a Stroll
If your are a Foodie you will like my book of Food Adventures APPETITE FOR A STROLL. Do order a copy from FLIPKART:

About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) 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 is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional  and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

Vikram Karve Academic and Creative Writing Journal:
Professional Profile Vikram Karve:
Vikram Karve Facebook Page:
Vikram Karve Creative Writing Blog:
Twitter: @vikramkarve
© vikram karve., all rights reserved.

No comments: