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Free - II

Single. Footloose and fancy-free. Ah! I am so familiar with these words. I have often been accused of, panned out, trashed, dismissed and sometimes envied too for being these three. You know what! If I were a blog post, the trio would have been my “tags.”

Hold it a second! Did you say footloose? Is not that supposed to be a compliment? Reminds me of a great line.

“It should not be denied that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations. Absolute freedom.”

What say!!


YICA 14 March 2009 at 19:34  

Every coin has two sides.

Trevor Penn 14 March 2009 at 22:30  


Btw, how can one be single, footloose or fancy-free with "tags." Aren't tags like chains restricting your degrees of freedom? ;-)

Agnes 15 March 2009 at 00:51  

"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realized, somehow, through the screaming in my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn't sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it's all you've got, that freedom is a universe of possibility. And the choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life."
Gregory David Roberts (Shantaram)

Your post reminded me of this.

Talking To My Soul 15 March 2009 at 01:18  


True. I guess, I am looking at the right one.

Thanks for coming back.


Talking To My Soul 15 March 2009 at 01:29  


I would beg to differ. Freedom, as I see, is in the mind. Tags or no tags. Nothing can chain or restrict it.

Thanks, Crooner. :)


Talking To My Soul 15 March 2009 at 01:32  


That's the best comment I have received yet. Profound. Just profound. Like I was telling Trevor freedom is in the mind and nothing can chain it.

I felt honoured. Thanks, Agnes. Thank you so much.


~vagabond~ 15 March 2009 at 18:44  

I agree...freedom is a state of mind. And of course, everyone envies absolute freedom. :)

Talking To My Soul 15 March 2009 at 22:17  


I can see I have company, dear. Am glad. And I completely agree that everyone envies absolute freedom. But why is the question.

Thanks for reading.


Diana 16 March 2009 at 01:14  

Single, footloose and free...U love ur life...isn't it?

I so want these three things in my life back!!

Talking To My Soul 16 March 2009 at 02:04  


I love my life or not? What does the post suggest?

So far as yours is considered, decide what you want. That's more important. Most important, in fact. Then you will know how to go about it.

Thanks, Di.


Keshi 16 March 2009 at 09:21  

I agree with u 100%! Im loving my life just like that too :)

And I believe everyone has their own definition of FREEDOM...but those who dont force their definition on others r the truly FREE.


WarmSunshine 16 March 2009 at 11:34  

"Freedom"... you know well this word only leave me thinking harder and harder.

I don't know what else to say...

Talking To My Soul 16 March 2009 at 11:42  


How lovely! That's such a beautiful perspective and so true.

I am sure you are enjoying your life to the hilt now. Let me say Keshi is footloose and fancy-free.

Thanks, lady. Howz you doing?


Talking To My Soul 16 March 2009 at 11:46  


It's there in you and there will come a day when you discover it. Remember to tell me then.

Besides, the soul is always free. Is not it, Sunshine girl?

God bless you.

I am happy the political tension has eased up a little in Lahore.


Charmed One! 16 March 2009 at 16:30  

Single. Footloose and fancy-free

ahhh a great way to lead life :) ..

Talking To My Soul 16 March 2009 at 21:41  

-->Charmed One

I bet it's a great life to lead. I'm gung ho about it.


Towards reclamation 17 March 2009 at 01:03  

in one of my old poems i had questioned thus ..
you say i am born FREE,
then you say I live in a SOCIETY ...

to be defiant , to be unconventional , to look at the world in your own way and to live a life free from "What ppl will say" factor ... isnt it a great feeling ???

Talking To My Soul 17 March 2009 at 02:48  


It is. I believe one can be free in society. One does not have to be in the wild to be free. To me, it largely depends on how much freedom we have allowed to others.

Thanks, mate. It's good to have you here.


Towards reclamation 17 March 2009 at 08:25  

bingo .. yes thats exactly what i believe .. and the lines were sarcastic in their tone ...
i can be free in a society .. but when u say society there are rules .. but then there should be a flexibility in these rules which provide space for individuals who are different from each other, something which i feel is lacking today ..

Talking To My Soul 17 March 2009 at 21:16  


Right. Spot on. Space for everybody.

Thanks, man. Thanks a ton.


Margie 18 March 2009 at 02:31  

Oh, great post on Freedom.
I'm very much in agreement with you and I have to metion I was so happy to read Keshi's comment about her loving her life...

And her comment about freedom is spot on!
You know Keshi & I think very much alike.
I guess that is why we have formed a bond together.

Thanks for your posts...they are always very enlightening!


Q 18 March 2009 at 07:13  

Dear Soul,
To be free, for me, is to be one with spirit in the now.

Ekta 18 March 2009 at 08:37  

aaah...i remember those times...but then yet again...its all in the mind..isnt it?

Talking To My Soul 18 March 2009 at 14:42  


You are right. I too was very happy reading Keshi. Good to know she is enjoying it now. And I know you and she form a "formidable" duo.

Thank you so much. Glad to know you liked the post, Margie.


Talking To My Soul 18 March 2009 at 14:44  


Your perspective always amazes me, I must say. It's a pleasure to have you here.

Thank you, Sherry. Have a good trip.


Talking To My Soul 18 March 2009 at 14:50  


You are right. Sometimes we wish..Then you are right again. It's in the mind. Isnt it?

Thanks, Ekta. Welcome to my blog. Pleasure to see you here.


Kartz 20 March 2009 at 00:37  

Sid beat me to it. ;) Anyway, coming to what I wanna say - freedom isn't quite free, is it?

Freedom from something is not the same thing as freedom for something. Period.

See you around...


Yes, it was indeed a pleasure conversing with you on fb the other day...

moi 20 March 2009 at 11:20  

you didn't go in depth about fancy-free!!

Talking To My Soul 20 March 2009 at 17:11  


Well taken. Freedom from something is not freedom for something. And yes, nobody is quite free as we would like to believe.

But I would like to believe I am footloose. :D

Being footloose, for me, is allowing others freedom which I guess is the first step towards attaining it.

Thanks, Kartz, for returning. A ton of thanks.


Talking To My Soul 20 March 2009 at 17:15  


I have stayed away from commitments as yet. Scary, eh! Not that I deny responsibilities.

Does it say anything?

Thanks, Moi.


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Marutham 22 March 2009 at 23:29  

Thats terrific trio! ;)
I am just two of that i would say.. I leave it to you to guess the missing one! And man, i envy you for being 3 in 1 .

Btw, i love your template. I would soon want to change to something good like that. Haven't changed mine since college final year!

Have a Great week!

Talking To My Soul 25 March 2009 at 02:48  


Heyy thanks for arriving.

I saw yours. It's wacko and funny.


Talking To My Soul 25 March 2009 at 02:49  


Thanks, man. I intend to keep all the three intact. Lets see.

Thanks for reading.


Just call me 'A' 25 March 2009 at 04:22  

i love the picture. everything else...i don't know!

Talking To My Soul 26 March 2009 at 03:03  


Ah! Thanks.

But by I dont know, did you mean you are sort of confused?

Be well.


Keshi 27 March 2009 at 10:54  

So Im bak :)


Talking To My Soul 27 March 2009 at 14:02  


I am so relieved, Kesh. And so absolutely glad and happy today. Thanks.

Made my day.


Lena 27 March 2009 at 18:50  

freedom does not require tags.. there is nothing like the freedom of speech or the freedom of actions like many think.. there is rather the freedom of thoughts and the freedom of making your own decisions and following them... no politics can chain us unless we let our minds and hearts be chained.
But i dont believe in absolute freedom, or rather dont want absolute freedom for myself. In the end absolute freedom leads to loneliness.

Talking To My Soul 28 March 2009 at 03:16  


Thanks, lady.

Heyyy, I would like to differ with you on many counts but that's not the issue. It's what I agree with. Yes, nothing can chain us unless we let our minds and thoughts to be chained. You are right.

About absolute freedom, does it lead to loneliness? Then, are not we all lonely? Lonely at the end!!


Lena 31 March 2009 at 12:40  

i dont know anyone absolutely free, as well as i dont know anyone absolutely lonely.. hope it answered your question :)

Talking To My Soul 1 April 2009 at 23:11  


Yes, it did. Thanks, Lena.

Thanks for arriving.


renaye 2 April 2009 at 18:35  

free!!! i yearn for my share!!

Keshi 6 April 2009 at 06:29  

Where r u these days?


Just call me 'A' 6 April 2009 at 08:03  

nope not confuse. I just don't know whether i agree or disagree with the "Single. Footloose and fancy-free" :D

Talking To My Soul 7 April 2009 at 16:17  


Heyy hi. You will have your share. Sooner than later. But you need to work for it. We all do.

Thanks for reading.


Talking To My Soul 7 April 2009 at 16:18  


I am back. Aint I? Just caught up with work.


Talking To My Soul 7 April 2009 at 16:20  


Okay. But I can sort of relate to these descriptions. Trust me.



Keshi 8 April 2009 at 06:57  

Good to hv ya bak Soul! ;-)


Agnes 9 April 2009 at 06:16  

I totally love the new design!!!

Talking To My Soul 9 April 2009 at 15:03  


Thanks. Me glad to be here too. :))


Talking To My Soul 9 April 2009 at 15:04  


Heyy thanks. Where are you, by the way? The trip still on?


Agnes 14 April 2009 at 09:07  

Yup, still at the hotel.... the house won't be ready for another 6 weeks...

Keshi 14 April 2009 at 12:10  

wake up Soul! ;-)


Talking To My Soul 14 April 2009 at 14:37  


Wow! Another six weeks at the hotel? Jamies must be over the moon. As it is the little guy is dreaming away and we can see that.

Thanks, Agnes.


Talking To My Soul 14 April 2009 at 14:39  


Am trying, Kesh. Trying real hard. Looks like this sleep will never end.

Howz you?


Agnes 15 April 2009 at 06:39  

I think he wants to go home and play with the ducks :-D

Keshi 15 April 2009 at 10:54  

goog ty! :)

sleep if u must...we all need that blog-free, pc-free break every now n then.


Talking To My Soul 15 April 2009 at 15:02  


I bet he wants to go home. Jamie is getting bored. How long can he laze around, sleep away the hours.

But six weeks! I mean, does it take so much time to fix the flooding???


Talking To My Soul 15 April 2009 at 15:05  


:D. Tell you what? I am not PC-free. No. Blog-free, well not. I still see a few of the my favs. I just dont have the energy to write anything. Bad, I say.

I will be back soon. Sooner than later, I swear.


Agnes 15 April 2009 at 17:43  

Oh yes, Soul. We basically have no walls and no ceiling , all gone -- major damage. But it's OK, really, everybody is fine and that's what matters :-)

Hope you're posting soon :-)

Talking To My Soul 16 April 2009 at 12:56  


Oh! God. No walls, no ceiling. Was it like dangerous, the flooding?? You and Geoff take care.

Yes, I am back, lady. Just posted.


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