"We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes."
Last night I was out with a friend of mine, and we ended up at Ulsoor Lake for the dirth of any better place to go to. The lake in the night is a sight to marvel given the commotion that has become synonymous with Bangalore. The Philips building in the background and the moon's reflection on the shimmering lake. The peace and the quiet. The sound of the waves, mild and sweet. You do not need to go down to Coorg to experience all this. Just drive down to Ulsoor lake :D I wish I had my camera with me...
[Suggestion: If you happen to be in the vicinity just take a drive around the lake to understand what i mean] All the gates were closed but we found a small opening and squeezed our way in. We went down to the pier that juts out into the lake, and we sat there, mesmerized by the sight. After we had recovered from the trans we started talking, mostly useless stuff that we generally talk about. And then I had another of these i am a spectator experience... I could hear her talking and her lips move but her voice failed to register in my consciousness. Anyways I got back to reality pretty soon. Had she realized that I wasn't listening to her, she would have promptly pushed me into the water... :-)
I felt really nice and peaceful after a looooooong time...
UPDATE: Taken from EnJay
"...They're sharing a drink they call loneliness,
But it's better than drinkin' alone..."
- Billy Joel, The Piano Man