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Insightful Letter 13
September 10, 2020
Why the world is trying it's best to make you just everybody else?

Hi ,

I hope you are well and doing great.

This week I was reading about some of the ideas of Dr. A.P.J Abdul kalam and pondering on them.

For anyone, he is an inspiration.

Today I want to talk a little bit about one of his ideas.

 The Idea      

A.P.J. Abdul kalam is a name that inspires millions of people in India and outside India.

He is a perfect role model for people. 

I still remember those days when I used to visit bookshops and looked for all his books. His ideas have left a deep impact on me and many more people.

The last book I read about him is 'What can I give by Srijan Pal Singh'. That book is one of my all-time favorites.

A few days back I was watching one of Dr. Kalam's speeches at IIT Madras. I still watch his videos very often.

A few lines from that speech stuck with me since the time I have heard it. He said

'"I learnt, every youth wants to be unique, that is, YOU! But the world all around you, is doing its best, day and night, to make you just "everybody else". Being like everybody else is convenient at the first glance, but not satisfying in the long vision.'"

I am sure you have heard these lines. It makes me wonder

Why the world is trying it's best to make you just everybody else?

I believe there is a mysterious force within each of us that tries to drive us towards activities that we love and enjoy.

This force manifests itself in the form of curiosity.

When you are curious only then you try to learn or do something on your own.

Think about your childhood, you knew what you liked and what you didn't. There was no confusion. 

Your curiosity was pure.

But as you grew up, the world around you adulterate your curiosity by creating confusion for you.

They make you believe that they know what is best for you and what is not.

And you become confused about whom to listen, the world around you, or the inner force within you. 

As a result, we lost our connection with our inner being. 

And who is the world around you?

People with whom you are surrounded. Your parents, relatives, friends, teachers, etc.

It's not that your parents or teachers want bad for you, it's just that most often they are limited by their thinking, maybe they haven't seen the world that you are seeing.

If they told you or still tell you time and again to become a doctor or engineer (without asking your interest), it's because they want you to have a safe and secure job.

Maybe they have seen bad phases in their life and they don't want you to face such a situation. That's why they want you to take up a safe job (even if you don't like).

They are not culprits but they are also not right.

They are seeing the world from their point of view that might not reflect your worldview or your vision.

It is like someone from the 1st floor cannot see an aircraft but someone from the 20th floor can clearly see it in the sky.


Ironically, people suffer even more when they realize they have a safe job but still not fulfilled in life.

That's what I call living for survival.

To live a full-fledged life, you need to do things that are inclined with your inner being.

Of course, it is not always easy to hear your inner voice and act according to it.

Your curiosity has been contaminated by the world around you.

Maybe you don't know what you don't know or you don't know what you love doing.

That's why you need to explore.

You need to prepare yourself before any idea struck you.

You need to believe that

'What you seek is seeking you'


If you remain in a good state of mind where ideas can be cultured then a great idea will manifest itself through you.

You can't expect to run a marathon when you are eating junk foods and sitting idle.

Similarly, you can't expect to come through a great idea if you remain in a fixed and negative state of mind.

Try to cut negative things from your life, stop eating junk, and putting junk in your mind.

Nobody knows what is best for you except you yourself. But to know that you have to go through a self-discovery journey.

As Dr. Kalam said-

"The challenge, therefore, my young friends, is that you have to fight the hardest battle, which any human being can ever imagine to fight; and never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place, that is, a UNIQUE YOU!"


Book/article recommendation


What can I give by Srijan Pal Singh

A book written on Dr. Kalam's ideas and life by one of his closest person Srijan Pal Singh.

I read it again and again and you should read it too. 

One video suggestion

A short clip of the speech of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at IIT Madras where he talked about uniqueness.

One quote

"Excellence is not by accident. It is a process, where an individual, organization, or nation, continuously strives to better oneself. The performance standards are set by themselves, they work on their dreams with focus and are prepared to take calculated risks and do not get deterred by failures as they move towards their dreams. Then they step up their dreams as they tend to reach the original targets. They strive to work to their potential, in the process, they increase their performance thereby multiplying further their potential and this is an unending life cycle phenomenon. They are not in competition with anyone else, but themselves. That is the culture of excellence. "


                                                                                  -Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The first blog post I wrote on January 15, 2017. It was consist of just 192 words. It was written more like a personal diary format at that time. 

I didn't know anything about blogging at that time. But I feel sooo good looking back at that small post. So many memories are associated with that. I am posting that small blog post below. You can read it.

January 15 , 2017
What Can I Give?

Read the full article

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Until next week,


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Jayabrata Das

IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai

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