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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Do you have any regrets?

This is one question that every celebrity has been asked more than a few times. It creeps into every interview. Be it on television or in the print medium, celebrities, and even wannabes, are asked this with boring regularity. Most incredibly, their unfailing answer to the question is, “No, I have no regrets at all.” I am amazed that people can say they’ve gone through their lives without regrets. Not one lousy regret? How is that possible? An angry word, a little rudeness, a letter they didn’t write, something they said, a bad decision, tiny bit of indifference, a casual remark…there must be something they think they shouldn’t have done. There must be something they wish they had done differently. They cannot have lived without making mistakes. Me, I have plenty of regrets in life. Oh boy, there’re so many things I wish I had done differently.

But, really, to say that one has no regrets in life smacks of arrogance. Or, maybe these guys don’t even think about what they’re saying. Or, worse still, maybe they actually mean it. Maybe they really have no regrets.


Blogger Fingers said...

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog.
I've had a somewhat similar harrowing experience with little birds dying in the balcony. But it's always so darn sad.
And I just read a bit of your blog and saw you like Neruda too.

12:30 am  
Blogger Rat said...

Well I suppose they do but it would be a bit silly to admit that to someone psycho like Simi Garewal or something no ? And isnt she like the only who asks questions like that !!

10:20 am  
Blogger Ash said...

oooh I know the answer to this one. Success = 'I dont give a shit about all that has previously happened in my life and all that I have done'
If I were successful (read 'money') I would go around saying the same thing. Not a regret.

10:21 am  
Blogger N said...

So true! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog. Your blog is interesting. Will keep coming back.

12:31 pm  
Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

fingers: Read about the empty nest this morning...sad!

rat: "psycho like Simi Garewal" - that made my day :-)

ashley: Hmm, you'll go far :-)

anindita: Thanks. Your poems are fab!

10:47 pm  
Blogger Selma Mirza said...

They all have plenty of regrets, I am sure. Honesty is not common among them, maybe?

1:00 am  
Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

evenstar: Not sure if they lack the honesty...though it's very possible... but, I think, it's more a case of not thinking about what they say.

2:27 pm  
Blogger Jinal Shah said...

I'm not sure I agree with your logic here. A lot of people do sincerely believe that in any given situation they do the best they can --maybe it is a little idealistic, but maybe.. some people don't have any room for regrets in their lives...?

Maybe it's just me then- I give people the benefit of doubt.

1:29 am  
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