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Chain Reactions

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment
The point where all things were possible.
The moment when a choice was made, 
or an action taken.

The breath inhaled before
a first step forward.

And the most lasting chain reactions
that are started by those moments
and actions
and choices...

are always the ones that
are started by love.

-Touch, Season 1, Episode 13
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Change

November 13, 2012 Leave a comment
Every day, every moment, every nanosecond the world changes
Electrons bump into each other and react
People collide and alter each other’s path
Change isn’t easy
More often it is wrenching and difficult
But may be that’s a good thing
Because it’s the change that makes us strong, keeps us resilient
It teaches us to evolve…

Few beautiful lines from Touch (Season 1, Episode 12). This was accompanied by the following background score..

Rise up this morning
Smile with the rising sun
Three little birds
On my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
A melody that's pure and true
Saying, this is my message to you
So, don't you worry
About a thing...
'Cause every little thing
Is gonna be all right... 
Categories: Inspiration, Musings

Art creates an analogy

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Art can be fascinating as well as equally intriguing. Quite often, I have come across pieces of art and artists who want to convey a message through their paintings, sculptures, music, films, graffiti, installations, etc. Sometimes the message is clear to an ignorant like me, sometimes it is hard to understand. However, it does get clearer once I talk to its creator and when they explain their perception of it. This always leaves me with one question – “Ok, I understand it now but how will it change anything? People like me will come, see and soon forget about it. Can art ever have any relevant impact?”.

I have never understood how art can bring about a change. I got a convincing reasoning for it, in the following quotes from JR

Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy.

He further continues, “Actually the fact that art cannot change things makes it a neutral place for exchanges and discussions, and then enables you to change the world”. I saw this very interesting TED talk of JR where he shows how he used his art to make a difference. He is a French street photographer who prints his pictures and pastes them on walls of cities across the world. Check out this talk to understand his idea for his art –

I would especially draw your attention to the part of the video from 15:47 to 16:56, where he becomes creative in pasting posters in India when he wasn’t allowed to. Also get a quick overview of his work from 17:07 to 18:35 and 20:20 onwards.

He has also started a project called “Inside Out“, where you can upload images to their website and they will send you back printed posters which you can paste in your community. Off course, the images and the idea of pasting the posters must have a social relevance. You may read more about it at this TED blog.

What inspires me about JR’s work is the new aspect of social relevance that he has brought to photography.

Guzaarish

October 6, 2011 2 comments

Life is short…
But it is long enough if you live with all your heart…
So go on… Break the rules…
Forgive quickly…
Kiss slowly…
Laugh uncontrollably…
Love truly…
Never regret anything that made you smile…

A few beautiful lines from the movie “Guzaarish”. Having heard good reviews about the movie, I had been wanting to see it since a long time. I finally got a chance to see it aboard Turkish Airlines on my flight from Brussels to Beirut. It was interesting to see that they had couple of Hindi movies even on routes, not to India.

“Never regret anything that made you smile… “ – kept lingering in my mind for rest of the flight and even now :). I want to share this beautiful thought with you. May be, like me you can think of incidents which if did not bring smile then would surely do now…

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Conan O’Brien’s Commencement Address to Dartmouth College Graduates 2011

June 14, 2011 1 comment

A commencement speech, humorous and involving, yet dropping deep thought invoking nuggets, by Conan Christopher O’Brien to the graduating class of 2011 at the Dartmouth College.

I always have this confrontation in my mind about what is a dream. Is it something that once you think of, should not change and your entire life should be spent pursuing it? Or is it something which is okay to change with time but holds your attention, motivates and inspires you during the time it accompanies you? If my inspirations and pursuits have changed over time, then does my life not have a dream? Having failed to find a convincing answer, I always let these doubts to simply pass-by whenever they appear.

After a long time, my doubts were resonated by Conan’s words –

…your path at 22 will not necessarily be your path at 32 or 42. One’s dream is constantly evolving, rising and falling, changing course. 

…whatever you think your dream is now, it will probably change. And that’s okay. Four years ago, many of you had a specific vision of what your college experience was going to be and who you were going to become. And I bet, today, most of you would admit that your time here was very different from what you imagined.

The wisdom which he shares towards failures and disappointments is worth mentioning here –

…it is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention.

…no specific job or career goal defines me, and it should not define you… whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.

A Few Good Men

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

… Why Mr. Narayanmurthy must come into politics, unless he is insane….

A very pragmatic and honest view on current Indian politics and plausible fixes to it by Dr. Jayprakash Narayan

(this is the first of the four part series of videos)

Dr. Narayan’s speech at Google on Indian politics and economics –

The Dark Side of The Lens

May 4, 2011 Leave a comment

I never set out to become anything in particular, only to live creatively and push the scope of my experience for adventure and for passion. They still all mean something to me, same as most anyone with dreams. My heart bleeds celtic blood and I magnetize the familiar frontiers. The raw brutal cold coastlands for the right waveriders to challenge – this is where my heart beats hardest.

I try to pay tribute to that magic through photographs. Weathering the endless staunch for rare glimpses of magic each winter is both a blessing and a curse I relish. I wanna see waveriding documented the way I see it in my head, and the way I feel it in the sea.

These are the lines of Mickey Smith, a renowned surf photographer, in his short film titled “The Dark Side of The Lens“. The visuals in this film are simply stunning and its monologue is incredibly inspiring. About the film, in Mickey’s own words –

“I wanted to create that something that would give insight into what it takes to grind out a living as a water-based photographer in the surfing industry,” Smith explains, “to provide a short, experimental glimpse into life lived in the shadow of what is, for me, an obsessive pursuit.”

Transcribe of the video

Life was never something I was raised to embrace. My ma always encouraged us to open our eyes and hearts to the world. Make up our own minds to experience, to be inspired.

I see life in angles, in lines of perspective – the slow turn of a head, the blink of an eye, subtle glimpses of magic – other folk might pass by. Cameras help me translate, interpret and understand what I see. It’s a simple act that keeps me grinnin’.

I never set out to become anything in particular, only to live creatively and push the scope of my experience for adventure and for passion. They still all mean something to me, same as most anyone with dreams. My heart bleeds celtic blood and I magnetize the familiar frontiers. The raw brutal cold coastlands for the right waveriders to challenge – this is where my heart beats hardest.

I try to pay tribute to that magic through photographs. Weathering the endless staunch for rare glimpses of magic each winter is both a blessing and a curse I relish. I wanna see waveriding documented the way I see it in my head, and the way I feel it in the sea. This is a strange set of skills to begin to acquire. This is only achievable through time spent riding waves. All sorts of waves on all sorts of crafts. There is more time spent learning out on the water, floating in the sea amongst lumps and swells, you always learn something. It’s been a lifelong wise old classroom teacher of sorts and hopefully, it always will be.

Buried beneath headlands, shaping the coast, mind-blowing images of empty waves burn away at me.

Solid ocean swells powering through deep cold water, heavy waves weighs in wait, coaxed from comfortable routine, ignite the imagination, conveys some of the viny spark, whisper possibilities, conjure the situations I thrive amongst and love to document.

We all take knocks in the process – broken backs, drownings, near-drownings, hypothermia, dislocations, fractures, frostbite, head wounds, stitches, concussions, broke my arm – and that’s just the last couple of years, still look forward to getting amongst it each winter though.

Cold creeping into your core, driving you mad, day after day, mumbling to yourself while you hold position and wait for the next set to come. The dark side of the lens – An artform that to itself and us, silent workhorses of the surfing wake. There’s no sugary cliché. Most folk don’t even know who we are, and what we do or how we do it, let alone what they pay us for it. I never want to take this for granted so I try to keep motivation simple, real, and positive.

If I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living where I’m scraping.

If there’s no future in it, this is a present worth remembering.

For fires of happiness and waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on earth at that moment in time, to do something worth remembering with a photograph, or a scar -I feel genuinely lucky and hand on heart say I love doing what I do. And I may never be a rich man, or live long enough, then sadly I have a tale or two for the nephews. And I dig the thought of that.

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