in·spi·ra·tion [in-spuhrey-shuhn]:


— a thing or person that inspires.

Vishesh tagged me, and this time, its an interesting one:

Think of THE song that most inspires you to write, whether it gives you an idea for a story, script or just puts you into a better frame of mind AND/OR peek into the lyrics and find a verse that sums up the theme of whatever project it is you’re working on. If possible, post a video of the song to convey to readers the full context of the song and the mood it puts you into. Finally, send the assignment to five other writers to do as well.

There’s this tiny, weird-looking, double-chinned, mousy-haired, tinny-voiced, dark-skinned, blue-eyed, long-eared man with unclean nails and long, spindly legs, wearing tattered white clothes and sporting a toothless grin and a mega-halitosis, and he resides inside my head and is responsible for everything I write. He sleeps in a bug-infested mattress that’s in a bad shape with lots of holes. He has a tattoo on his right arm, near the shoulder, which reads, “I write, therefore I am!” – a tattoo he got while partying in Bali, a few years ago.

There’re very specific things that inspire this gentleman, and music is one of them. Music of any kind sets him off, and if I had to pick one, then it has to be INXS’s Afterglow. The lyrics speak to him directly, reminds him of someone special, and he dedicates all the things he writes to that person. He loses control of himself while listening to this song, and for hours together, he sits and listens to this song over and over again. The youtube link for this song is here below:

The lyrics are, I must agree with this gentleman, somewhat inspiring. I like this song a lot myself.

At the tiny, weird-looking, double-chinned, mousy-haired, tinny-voiced, dark-skinned, blue-eyed, long-eared gentleman’s request, I have withheld his name.

Now, I need to tag five other writers, but since writers aren’t the only ones who need inspiration, I am going to tag a few poets and rockstars too: They are: Mariacristina, Fruity, Priya, Shiwani and Balu.

Anyone else who feels the need to share their inner creative selves with the world, are, of course, free to pick up this tag and do it. From the shabby gentleman inside me and from myself, I raise a toast to you, dear accomplished reader!

Cheers! 🙂

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

15 thoughts on “Inspire…

  1. How funny, I was going to tag you for this one! Nita already tagged me. But I’ll mention you in my post. I still have to think of a song.

  2. your weird man who lives in your head sounds like he’ll take you on some bizarre adventures. I really like INXS. They were around even when I was in college! Now that’s a long time.

  3. @mariacristina
    You’ve been tagged twice, that’s so cool! I was once tagged thrice! heh heh… I feel almost as famous as u are..! 😀
    And the weird man inside me has taken me on so many adventures that I’ve become air-sick now..! INXS is my FAVORITE band!! all time!! and this song especially!!

    nursery rhyme?? which one? you’re kidding, right? 😀

  4. Duh ! It says video no longer available !
    Buhahahahahahaha. 😐 Want to listen to this song badly. Better embed another code soon.

  5. still trying to place it…but the vdo is not from nurseryish( i youtubed,because of the error)…i think it sounds something like twinkle twinkle little star 😉

  6. @Priya
    I’ve changed the video now! Thanks for pointing it out! 😛

    Twinkle twinkle..? Hmmm… now that u mention it, yes… some parts in the middle does sound like that!! 😀

  7. so this tag has reached here..not surprising. 🙂
    Glad you changed your name to Nikhil, which I presume in your real name. Yaake sounded Japanese.

  8. I have heard this song like a zillion times before ! Din know that it was from INXS. Rohit Barker and Fiona keep playing it on the radio 😀
    Btw, the Vocalist is soooooooooooooooooo cute !!
    Is he gay ? :-O

  9. @Nita
    Nikhil happens to be my real name, though I’m really not happy with it… I wished I had a “real” Japanese name! 😀

    I dunno, I’ll ask around… 😛

    “little star…” 🙂

  10. You wish you had a Japanese name? Come on, I hope you are joking! Nikhil is such a nice name and by the way it means “whole” according to this site. That name then should make you feel whole. 🙂 That site also mentions that the popularity of the name is going up although it is still rare. I have a cousin named Nikhil and I always thought it was a wonderful name. And even if you didn’t like the name Nikhil, why prefer something foreign? Anyway, all this is just off the cuff, not serious. 🙂

  11. @Nita
    Yeah, Nikhil means complete and whole in Sanskrit… I don’t particularly like it because, as u said, its kinda rare and I feel weird when someone calls me Nikhil! hehe… I’m used to variations like Niks, which I grew up with… “Nikhil” sounds alien! 😀
    And I prefer japanese names because its so hard to pronounce them!! hehehe…

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