"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


Rahul Verma said...

"Some want to take a different path and if I did oppose that, it would be ironical to what I have learnt or teach."

And you must know how much I respect you for this gesture.

Thanks for sharing a link to my story. I would be successful if I help someone else learn to fly higher or someone closely watching me does it anyhow.

lalit said...

Its been while i started reading your blog.I have one question..why do you talk so much about yourself..sometimes i find it little too much..we get it dude..what you are and we respect you for that.:) #respect

Pradeep Soundararajan said...


Firstly thanks for leaving the comment with a name. Most people would have done with anonymous and not chose to let their name out while writing something like that.

Secondly, so much about myself? Couple of reasons why I do so: a) I take a lot of pride b) I am not humble and I acknowledge it c) I don't know how much is too much in this context d) it makes me do better next time e) it serves as a boost to me whenever I feel bogged down f) because its my blog and I have the freedom to write what I want to g) if I pretend to be humble, I would end up portraying a false picture to people like you which I don't intend to h) I have a larger mission in life and I need to tell myself a few things i) if I were to be too bothered about someone noticing if I am writing too much about myself, I would end up ruining myself and the joy some people have in reading my blog.

So, there you go.

APARAAJITA Stuti s_1_A Maverick_I said...

Many thanks for sharing this story!