I went shopping day before yesterday, and ended up in a bookshop for several hours, reading almost every book there. Yep, I did it,;just the cover though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I bought a few novels. One of that is 24 Declassified โ€“ Vanishing Point by Marc Cerasini. I didnโ€™t know about the novel before, but itโ€™s a series of books based on the TV show 24; the hit FOX series. It’s the fourth book in the series, the first one is Operation Hell Gate. Eight books already in the stores and the author is still busy writing more.

I came home with something else, that I havenโ€™t bought in a very long time; a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle. Actually, I wanted to buy a 1000 piece puzzle, but the finished-size of that is so big that it wonโ€™t fit on my table. I started working on it that night, and finished in 30 minutes. Wow, can I really do that! No, I cannot!. I sat at my table constructing this interesting and colourful thing and it took me almost 3 hours to just complete the outline alone. The pieces are very small and the picture itself is complicated. I still havenโ€™t finished it because I got busy with some personal stuff today and I wonโ€™t be able to touch it for the next 2 days. Now that Iโ€™m here talking to you guys, thatโ€™s alright. :). I really like this one, you know, because it represents re-creating that past to me (reconstructing something you already know). No wonder why it intrigued me to write this article.

Anyway, what Iโ€™m trying to say is that life itself is not different from a jigsaw puzzle, except that we donโ€™t see the clear picture of how the finished-piece would look like. Every day we move several pieces of this enormous puzzle consciously or subconsciously; every thought, every decision and we breath we take is all about solving it. Itโ€™s sovery intricate and obscure. Things we do, that may seem insignificant to us, would have an effect on this jigsaw.

When you are constructing a puzzle, you would misplace pieces and it might seem perfect there then. But, as you go along, youโ€™d realize the mistakes and you definitely have the chance to change it accordingly. Is it the same in life? Why not? You misplaced a piece today, yesterday, or 10 years back. You could always change it (If not all the time, most of the time) and move it to where it belongs. Some of your actions in the past that you believed as the right thing then, might not be worth that much now. As time goes, youโ€™d get a better understanding of it and you would figure out things that need to be changed. Even if it is a piece that seemed right for a decade, isnโ€™t it? Then why should we regret some things, if not all, in the past.

Embrace and appreciate everything you have done, everything that has happened in your life. Most of the time, we live it up so fast, without taking time to appreciate little things that shaped the life we live today, and the person we are today. Some of us are too busy with work or studies, jumping on the staircase of life. Stand still, just for a moment, turn around and grasp the picture you created. Acknowledge it and donโ€™t ever forget to criticise. You would see a lot of boo-boos; nobody is perfect. You gotta be more worried if it’s “perfect”. In such a case, I might hire a private investigator ๐Ÿ™‚

Donโ€™t sit back and cry, put an effort to reconstruct it. You picture doesnโ€™t have to look beautiful to others, though yours, mine and everyone else’s pictures are connected somehow. It doesnโ€™t mean that you have to totally sacrifice the happiness and beauty of your life for others. It’s just me thinking out loud. Maybe it’ll be good for you to think about this as well and I do welcome criticism. 
Good luck with your zillion piece puzzle. ๐Ÿ™‚

I would be unavailable for about a day or two at the most. You guys have a great time here; Iโ€™d be back soon… Cheers!!
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  1. Keshi says:

    lovely post! Life is indeed a puzzle. And we hv all the pieces..just work it out and build it.

    **Don’t sit back and cry, put an effort to reconstruct it.

    sometimes u’ve got to sit n cry…to sink it all in. And then u wipe ur tears and start all over again ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. @ly n@@shid says:

    Life is a puzzled, may be your right or wrong. But i dont agree with most of the part in article. No offence..hehe:D anyway send that puzzle to me, i can give you some help. You cant alone build your life..cheers

  3. Neobe says:

    Life is a puzzle more or less…but let me tell you in a real puzzle no matter what, the end results would be same…but in real life the final image depends on huv we places the pieces together.

    In real life a misplaced piece of puzzle can’t be taken back, but you can keep the next piece more carefully…so that you don’t do the same mistake you did while keeping that misplaced piece 10 yrs back…

  4. .mini says:

    i agree with what neobe has said although i love the way you’ve written the post

  5. Solving puzzles means you have no problem puzzles in your life…nicely written

  6. I-kko says:

    agree with neobe and wow that was a cool post

  7. anjelica says:

    hey hammet… its really an interestin post..luv it :D.. keep it up.. frend

  8. bulhaa says:

    i love puzzles..hmmm
    *adds buying a puzzle to the list of things to do after june*

  9. Anonymous says:

    Intelligent thinking, goodluck hammet!

  10. samrina says:

    Agreed… we all have our own definitions to define anything like i call life an exam but other way around its all same…

    Nice post!!

    Take care

  11. subcorpus says:

    though i dont agree with the latter part of your post …
    i say its a good post … thought provoking to be the least …
    like your posts … keep ’em coming …

  12. Hammett says:

    Keshi – I agree with you… thankx…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nashid – Yea.. we all have different views.. hehe.. now u have that puzzle.. start constructing.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Hammett says:

    guys… i’m in a rush now.. would respond to your comments later tonight… i’m in male’… so good to be here…

  14. Nessa says:

    Puzzles are good. They keep your mind sharp.

  15. Solitaire says:

    I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, the world does not allow you to reconstruct your puzzles no matter how hard you want to try, as in the case of any stigma..

    Divorce, Rape, Mental Illness, Physical handicap, AIDS, etc etc..

  16. Hammett says:

    Neo – I agree with that; not totally though… misplaced pieces can be removed, or replaced… Can’t totally disagree with you on that, coz that ‘taking back’ and ‘replacing’ depends on what context you put it in here…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers..

    mini – Thank u.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Hammett says:

    Raghu RP – hehe.. you might be right… thanks .. ๐Ÿ™‚

    i-kko – Thanks a lot… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Hammett says:

    Angelica – So glad u loved it… wud do, but now that I’m in Male’ for hols..haven’t found much time to update this yte… thanks… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bulhaa – hehe.. that’s a gud one to add to your list.. good luck… I saw this jigsaw puzzle… which is like a huge globe.. u construct it and put it on the stand.. hehe… gonna buy it next.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Hammett says:

    Anonymous – Thanks a lot, even though I don’t know who i’m thanking.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Samrina – Thanks… ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Hammett says:

    Subcorpus – Yeah… Thanks a lot.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kukulhu – The picture or writing.. ๐Ÿ˜›

  21. Hammett says:

    Nessa – Yep, they r so gud.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Solitaire – Maybe… yea.. but that could be done… hehe.. sometimes… Thanks.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. shaari says:

    what i like about your puzzles & life analogy is how positive it sounds. you’re definitely an optimist. love your attitude…

  23. Hammett says:

    Shaari – Thanks a lot.. cheers!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. anjelica says:

    hey u didnt tell me tht u were comin here…. for how long vill u wait here in male’??? U didnt get online these days, dhoa?? maaaa busy dhuvas kolhakeeeetha??

  25. Hammett says:

    Anjelica – Sorry about that.. It was a last minute decision… I’m leaving on 5th Feb… i don’t get online much…. it’s mostly about coffee-hopping.. hope to see ya.. cheers!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. c e e d y says:

    two things….great post dude….

    makes utmost sense to keep the focus…

    and two please post a timeline pics of your struggle with the real jigsaw…will be an interesting blog…

  27. c e e d y says:

    you have been tagged

  28. Hammett says:

    Ceedy – thanks dude.. I’m completely lost on my jigsaw… nothing makes any sense right now.. so what am i gonna write about that… hehe.. anyway, would keep that in mind..

    by the way… me tagged??

    cheers!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Lena says:

    beautiful post! loved it.
    Though i want to say that some things cant be changed in life. They cant be replaces as you cant go back in time.
    But still, no regrets as since they happened, they were meant to be like that.

  30. Keshi says:

    how hv ya been? ๐Ÿ™‚


  31. Hammett says:

    Lena – Guess you’re right.. still, i’m not sure abt it.. i’m thinking.. hehe… thanks a lot.. cheers!!

    Keshi – Thanks for asking.. I’m doing good… back home for a few days.. that’s why i don’t find much time to update the blog.. anyway, i’m going back to london on 5th feb.. would be back in blogville soon… how u doing? tc.. cheers!

  32. romila says:

    Nice post, man. You’ve been tagged. Please go to my post and pick it up. Hope you’ll enjoy doing it.

  33. great post!
    but no one can possibly fit in all the pieces of the jigsaw of life can they?

  34. let me tell you that i absolutely love 24 ๐Ÿ™‚

    You are right, life is indeed a puzzle. We try to make sense of it and it scrambles itself again and again.
    cool post.
    How did your exams go?

  35. kaiza shozey says:

    that was a really good post ingey. hope u finish the puzzle asap and hope u have fun in male’.

  36. leena says:

    its really interesting.. enjoyed reading it..

  37. shaari says:

    so, still puzzled by life? wat’s new at your end?

  38. Hammett says:

    Romila – Sorry that I haven’t checked the tag sooner. Have been away from blog for a while. Now that I’m back, would have a look.. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    Control Freak – I guess everyone does complete it at the end, don’t they? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  39. Hammett says:

    Raaji – So sad about what happened to Jack. I was looking forward to season 7 so much.. hope it’s gonna come out soon.
    exams went great.. got the results as well.. thanks for asking.. cheers!!

    Kaiza K – Thanks a lot.. I had so much fun in Male’. cheers!

  40. Hammett says:

    Leena – welcome here.. thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Shaari – Not much puzzled now.. hehe.. I’ve actually figured lot of stuff.. it’s going great.. thanks.. ๐Ÿ™‚