"Some birds aren't meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright"- Morgan Freeman, Shawshank Redemption. This blog is from one such bird who couldn't be caged by organizations who mandate scripted software testing. Pradeep Soundararajan welcomes you to this blog and wishes you a good time here and even otherwise.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Fletcher Lynd Seagull

I am not Jonathan Livingston Seagull. James Bach is. I am Fletcher Lynd Seagull. At a time when I was asking how do I fly fast and swoop like birds should ideally do, I met Jonathan Livingston Seagull who along with Michael Livingston Seagull and plenty others taught me how to fly and swoop.

They set me free from the crowd and here I am, appearing to most likely do what they did to me.  Not all birds want to fly and swoop, they are just happy sitting in the sun and picking up a fish that pops out of the river. It matters a lot to identify, care and help the birds who want to fly, learn how to do it. Every bird is born with an ability to fly but the kind of flight that birds can do requires tremendous amount of skill which comes out of passion to fly, perseverance towards practice and focus.

The beauty of teaching birds how to fly fast or swoop is, I get to learn equally good things from the bird I try teaching. Every time a bird that claims to have learnt something from me demonstrates its flying skills, I get inspired. That inspiration makes me want to do more.

To contradict my previous paragraph, I don't teach birds how to fly, I just act as a mirror and show them how they appear to be flying now and ask them is that how they wanted to fly. They make the corrections, not me. I am humble but as I fly higher than birds who do not want to fly, I may not seem to be. They are not supposed to be there. They are supposed to be here. The air is thick and cold but the fun here is more.

Some of my colleague birds work with me in Moolya and you know who they are. Some want to take a different path and if I did oppose that, it would be ironical to what I have learnt or teach.

Read an inspiring story of a bird from India, who recently set itself free

Signing off for the moment,

Fletcher Lynd Seagull