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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Surathkal - 2 Trips!

Two trips to Mangalore in last two weekends was not tiring but exhilarating.

The first, to attend a function at home, meet relatives, watching a Yakshagana Thalamadale program and quite observations at the Beach. Watched a very inspiring movie called – The Blind Side.



Second trip was to attend few functions. Buddy Subbu had few weddings to attend too, so he came over on Saturday as well. Watched Iron Man -2 (Interesting and entertaining without comparisons); Ate ice creams at Pubbas; Went to the Surathkal beach to have egg-Maggie and bread omelet at my friend Vasu and Mine usual stop – Guddu Angadi; Sat by the beach till almost 8:30Pm observing the Colours fade, people move, waves rise and fall and ships sail. One can enjoy silence at its best at a Beach.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sprout

When I saw this on a website…I loved the idea and ordered one – An eco friendly timepiece. How?



At least 86% Eco-Friendly Materials. The natural bamboo dial is left in its pure unpolished state, allowing the warm beige color and raw grain to take focus. Surrounded by a charcoal corn resin inner ring, forest green corn resin bezel and charcoal corn resin case and finished with a dark forest green organic cotton strap with matching stitching. Charcoal corn resin buckle.

Corn Resin Case and Caseback, Bezel, Reflector Ring and Movement Holder
Corn Resin Buckle closure
Certified Organic Cotton Strap
Natural Bamboo Dial
Mineral Crystal
Mercury Free Battery

Got a bed of seeds along with the watch, that I now watch sprouting at my office desk. :-)


Saturday, May 01, 2010

Judged!


People are larger than life or smaller depending upon the pair of eyes that is observing them and on the mind that analyzes these sights. We, based on our observations create an image of a person to be extraordinary and then when that image behaves in a manner unacceptable or our perception of perfection, we tag him/her with names. Most often it is people, their judgments and their rules that make someone popular or infamous. A very good example in front of us is Swami Nitayananda who has recently been on headlines for all the so called wrong reasons. His doings are debatable and hence I do not wish to bring that up but what strikes to me is how people change their perspective towards a person. He is the same today as he was yesterday but all that has changed is how we look at him based on our judging capabilities, our strong opinions of how others should behave and our perception of perfection that we want to see in others.

This could happen to someone famous or to people around us. We tend to see someone as an astonishing person and we create image of him/her which is larger than life and then as days pass we expect the person to behave in the way we have perceived of him/her; when they do not, the image is shattered and behind it is a very common man.

I can’t agree with Virginia Woolf any less when she writes- “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” Every moment as one is observing us, we become a prisoner of an opinion. I am presently reading a lot of stories on common people who have done extraordinary things, “India today” list 20 great innovations and “The Hindu” frequently records stories of farmers who have made small innovations in their field to ease their burden at a nominal price. And in many of these stories there was one common sentence everywhere – “People always laughed at him, calling him insane.” And we still quote examples of a Galileo or a Socrates.

During late 2007, I was very fond of Script writing and hence joined a script writing workshop. Everything went well until the instructor shared one thought – Observe people with a critical perspective; ask questions – What are they thinking? Did they have illegal relationship? Only then can you come up with a good character definition and a story line. When I came back home, I hated that learning. We all do it, we question others actions and credibility and this statement made me conscious of that truth. It had made me aware of the fact that we humans judge others so easily. I gave up script writing soon after the course and it is taking me a lot of time to unlearn this teaching; teaching not just from the course but from childhood, where we are compared with siblings, neighbours, classmates through competitions, marks we score in exam, games we play, friends we make etc. I would love to observe people but I don’t want to judge them, I don’t want to be skeptical.

I recently read an interview of director Mahesh Manjarekar where he says – “I rather be a farmer growing tomatoes because he shall have a satisfaction of having created something without being judged.” Great thought but I really doubt that. We perhaps cannot escape the judgments but can only ignore them; earlier the better.