Profundity is the name of the game! A friend of mine recently raised a very pertinent question. Pertinent at least according to me. He asked me why a heavy food at day made you so sleepy but the same at night would make you an insomniac. Honestly I never thought about it ever, though I had experienced this several times in my life. Though I am aware that some of the more enlightened ILites will have some plausible answers for this, as far as I am concerned, this will be one of life’s many riddles that will remain unsolved forever. Coming to think of it, it is our ability to contemplate on such little riddles of life that makes us stand out as extraordinary individuals. For example, if you muse on the above question even without finding any answer but could pose more such questions, you are bound to reach dizzy heights in your social ranking. Like, for instance, why do we wash bath towels? Are we not already clean when we use them, and if not, what's the point of having a bath? Or you can show that you are tech savvy with questions like ‘If you are in a vehicle going at the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights?’ Throw around a few more of such probing riddles and you reach a philosopher status. I have heard quite a few exponents of Gita, philosophers and erudite scholars my life. People tend to evaluate them not by the depth of their knowledge of a particular subject but by the anecdotes that they narrate. The farther is the relevance of such anecdotes to the main topic, the better. Why is it so? Let us take an exponent of Gita for example. Most of us know Gita in its simple form and understand its meaning in its fundamentals. We do not go to listen to an expert to hear what we already know. The expert also knows that. In order to prove the depth and extent of his knowledge, he is under pressure to build his own repertoire of jokes, anecdotes and questions that would apparently supplement his lectures on Gita. Even if they don’t, he will still stuff them into his talk so that he can continue to ride the crest of his popularity. The latest trend is to address a few questions to the audience and not expect a reply to such questions. The only thing is that you do not make it look like a question but a profound statement by adding things like, have you ever wondered why it is so etc! Put that way, it is bound to hit the audience as a monumental example of your sagacity! You may try questions like ‘ Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?’ My suggestion to you, therefore, is not to dismiss anything as too trivial to merit your attention. Everything can be built up into something very profound by presenting it in such a manner that it evokes some introspection in others. While doing so, body language too can be an effective tool. I remember an occasion when a friend told me that he could remember what he ate this morning or a day before but not what he ate a week before and looking deeply into my eyes, for a few minutes, added, “You know why!” And I was lost to the world for a whole week trying to find an answer!