Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Sound Of Music - Part I

If music be the food of love, play on... - William Shakespeare

JANFEST 2006

Yesterday at precisely 5.15 PM, I came to realize that Janfest 2006 was starting at 5.30 PM. Rushed as soon as possible to make to St. Xavier's. Made it at 6.30 PM. Tried to buy a ticket for the BAITHAK, but was told that all tickets are sold out...

Luckily I met an organizer I had met last year too... As we greeted each other, I explained to him my unfunny situation... And he managed to get the pass for me... Thanks man... I owe you one...

Entered the venue at 6.40 PM. Removed my footwear and sat on the diwans arranged on the sides...A vocal recital by Ashwini Bhide Deshpandeji was in progress... It was enthralling to say the least.... So melodious and the notes just kept flowing... By the time it ended, it was 7.40 PM.

A break of 10 mins was announced... In the break, I shifted myself from the diwan to sit on the floor close to the pillars to get a better view...

After the break came the piece-de-resistance... A mandolin performance by U. Srinivas(Mandolin Srinivas) and U. Rajesh accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee(Tabla), Tanjore. K. Murugabhupati(Mridangam) and S. V. Ramani(Ghatam).... They began with Mahaganapatim(Composition of Sri. Mutthuswami Dikshithar) and played compositions of Sri. Tyagarajar ending with a Sai Bhajan...

Pramadam....Nirmal Anand...

The hours just went by and when they finished I noticed that it was past 10.15 PM... Thanked the organizer and was coming out when I saw an old but not forgotten face... Senapati from Agrawal's...

This guy was the most gifted mathematician Iv ever seen... We were together in 12th Classes at Agrawal's and I have seen him solve calculus and parabola,hyperbola sums verbally.... Dude's done his stint at Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore... Anyways chatted with him for sometime and made it back home...

Wanted to catch the morning performance of Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharmaji but since I was getting only 2 hours of sleep tonight, I decided to skip it... Hope to be able to see Panditji's performance very soon...Anyone comes to know of any events, do let me know...

Well, so long and so forth and seeya next time...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Thank You God...

A couple of days back I was sitting in the bus waiting to come home... The bus had stopped right in front of a shop selling liquor for sometime...

I saw an old man, about 60+ atleast, really tired, poor, probably a daily labourer walk up and buy some stuff from the shop...It was a small bottle of colourless liquid..... Now he came out and set his belongings(a rackety old torn bag) on the pavement, slowly removed his slippers, very slowly, as if his feet were really killing him, then equally slowly, leant back and sat down...

Then he brought out a couple of things from his bag.....
  1. An empty bottle bigger than the liquor bottle.
  2. A plastic bottle having some water.
He slowly opened the liquor bottle and emptied the contents into the empty big bottle... Then for good measure, to get every drop of nectar in, he kept dipping it...After this, he opened the water bottle and mixed water with the liquor...Then he carefully closed the (now) empty liquor bottle and placed it so it wouldnt hurt anyone who walked by, brought out some savoury from a torn packet to have with the drink, and took a swig...While I looked on...It got me thinking...

We all know alcohol is nothing but toxins(please dont start with red wine, I havent seen anyone drink it yet)...yet many of us dont mind having a few pegs to

  1. "relieve the tension in our lives"
  2. "coz our peer group does it"
  3. "social commitments"

Now I started wondering, should this man be knowing about the reasons of people like you and me to drink?

We are educated, well-off, lucky people born in nice homes, with loving parents, having the best of things in this world. We are incredibly lucky to have been born into places through which we were able to get so many opportunities in life... Prime being a good education...which enables us to stand on our feet any day... In contrast that labourer would most certainly have not gotten any such basic privileges in life that you and I consider ordinary...

Ethan Rasiel writes in The McKinsey Way about the rabbi Hilel who taught a man who wanted all the knowledge in the world taught to him while he stood on one leg...

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. The rest derives from that. Go and learn."

I find it incredibly difficult to understand how educated, strong, confident people in todays world get swayed by what people say and do... Are we so weak that we need a spirit to solve our problems... Are we so easily swayed by people around us that we dont know how to stand up for ourselves... And who exactly defines my "social commitments"? No one but myself... I am who I am... Stand with me or walk away...

I guess I dont mind people drinking, smoking or doing drugs(trust me... I know people doing all three)... But let them do it because they CHOOSE to... Not because they have to...

Have we as a society become so used to being in groups that we do not know how to stand up for what we believe in individually? We are becoming a nation of clones, where one person is a reflection of another...Very few people actually "break the mould"... And yet "we are different" is the illusion we all live under...

It used to be a popular topic in school debates: "Indian Culture"... And invariably there was this point about guys piercing their ears coming up... And the response was "It was a part of Indian Culture... Westerners learnt from us..."

Point noted...

Now can u follow the same culture and find some time to take care of your parents instead of putting them in old age homes where they die a death every day...(I WILL come back to this some day) after they have invested their lives to get u where you are...

Can u please treat people as people and not opportunities to be used to get ahead?

Can u please learn good things from the West..... the same people whose fashions whom u love to ape and the accents u pick up without even living abroad... For one, basic manners...( In the west, no matter how senior a person is, the one who reaches the door first holds it open till the others pass through... Here we know what the scene is...)

Well all this started with my observation of that old man having a drink... Is it the same for someone who labours physically and drinks to forget his real pain and someone who gets sloshed in a club?

I dont know... Drink still is toxin for both...

But there is difference... We have our opportunities, our friends, our families.... And above all.... our education... Value it people... It opens up doors for you in ways you can never imagine... Above all... be thankful for what we have... Be very thankful... Some of us lose out on promotions, friendships, individuality, love...

But remember this too shall pass...

Song for tonight

Imagine - John Lennon

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today...

Imagine there's no countries,
It isnt hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

Imagine no possesions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,

And the world will live as one.

Have a great evening all...

Last Note: This post is dedicated to a part of me that came back two nights back... @>--

Monday, January 16, 2006

Who Am I...

I saw this on TV a couple of days back.....
Imran Khan said : "Always compromise for your objective...Never compromise on it..."
Powerful words indeed. And it got me thinking that, yes, I want to implement whats he's said into my life...

But wait a minute...Who am I? What are my objectives? What can I compromise and not compromise on?

I have this alter ego whom I keep communicating with at all times... We discuss what course of action to take, what to do in a given situation(though I finally only do what I want to), he cheers me up when Im down and brings me back to earth when I go overboard with my inconsequential achievements... You get the gist...

Now the funny part is that in my mind's eye, I have assigned him the image of my guru(No Im not religious, I dont goto temples to please my parents or others, though I do go when I need answers from myself and Im a firm believer in only one religion... Truth and Humanity... I think that covers all there is[I'l have a post on religion someday])... Anyways, im digressing....

My guru is someone I have put my faith in.....Itz coz I need to be reminded there is someone above me... Not because I might forget myself....but to know in my weak moments.....theres someone to carry me.....and to thank in my good times for having done that..... It could have well been the stone next to me.....But there are somethings in life better left unexplained.........

Now, the point is when I have conversations with Me-Part II, amongst other things, we discuss my future...what I need to do... how I need to go about it.... And it dawned on me today that after 22 years of discussions, I still have nothing more than a clue as to who am I?

I dont know if I will walk through life being this way...but for now... I'l put my pen down and just get back to living my life... One day at a time...

Song for tonight..... from one of my all time favourite artistes..... Pink Floyd...


Wish You Were Here

We'r just two lost souls,
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year....
Running over the same old ground, what have we found?
The same old fears....
Wish you were here...


So long and so forth and seeya next time...

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Time Is So Many Things...

"Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, Time is eternity."

I came across this quote yesterday... Was feeling speechless as usual thinking what to say, but somehow there are somethings that really make u wonder how well someone said those words... And somehow u want to bring out what u feel when have read this...

Some people i know are really facing the wrong end of luck at the moment... For them, time is just dragging...
Some feel the heat of "evals"... Never have time since when i cant remember...
Some lost someone close... Life is just a series of rebuilding measures...
Some just got 6 IIM calls... Life is moving so fast... Wish it would slow down
But for all, its the last line that represents a goal to reach... The nirvana so to speak...

Was speaking to a pal today who said he was keeping it "simple". Just give a few exams and thats that. Great!!!

Speaking of exams...my favourite example is the MU exams. Each of the 8 semesters was a real event :-)

Scene:

Exams round the corner(any engg worth his salt knows that as a rule, gals actually study durin the PL and guys do TP and study only on the last morning of the exam)...
samples:
"hey that class ka notes se hi aayega paper"...
"XYZ prof from VJTI is setting the paper this time..."
"Tera toh sab ho gaya rahega..."
"Tu toh faadne waala hai is time..."
"Exams postponed..." - My favourite... I believed it every time and most times ended up getting screwed even more :-)

On those fond and funny memories... I'l bid u all goodbye for tonight....

Will leave u all with some of my favourite words from the song...
"Silver Spring" by Fleetwood Mac

You could be my silver spring,
Blue, green colours flashing...

(And the ultimate words....)
Time cast a spell on you, but you wont forget me...
I know i could have loved you but u wouldnt let me...

You could be my silver spring,
Blue, green colours flashing...

Good Day All... And A Very Happy New Year...

May this year bring to you all that your heart desires and anything that I may have missed out on giving you :-)

P.S : This reminds me of MAHABHARAT's narrator "SAMAY". Its shown as a circle... I just noticed that i began this post with a reference to Time and ended it on that note too... LOL... Such is life...

So long and so forth and seeya next time...