“Life becomes precious and more special to us when we look for the little everyday miracles and get excited about the privileges of simply being human” ~Tim Hansel
I couldn’t agree more, it’s so apt as this is all what I am trying to look for these days. Though I have got comments that “philosophy and spiritualism sounds a little offbeat - from you...nevertheless its a good change …” Keeping this in mind I will continue as I feel like. ‘Change’ is the synonym of ‘life’, one must change – even lifeless rocks do change over a period to time, therefore we all must (good or bad is a matter of perception). I am changing and will continue to until the day I stop breathing and at that moment I will metamorph’ in to some thing very different but my soul will still hang around…
Last week was as if entire city is transformed in to a very serious euphoric bout of religion. All the jains (including me) had a sense of urgency to get rid of all the sins committed in past one year so that one could start all over again! The socializing had stopped (most funny part is that client’s used this as an excuse for not making payment of our fees – including those who were not jains!!!). I too followed some aspects of my religion by only eating absolute jain food (this I did with the sole objective of making my parents happy as I do not need to do such things to make my god happy – he already is happy). As socializing -recreation and eating out is concerned – I need to forget it for a week or two as every food joint in town would be over croweded by Jains, as paryushan is over and Muslims, as ramzan is also over and Hindus, as shravan is also over. The best part is that this year 3 major religious events – Samvatsari (for Jains) – Id (for Muslims) and Ganesh Charturthi (for Hindus) was on the same day. This couldn’t just be a coincidence – there is a very strong message that – no matter what your beliefs/faiths are – GOD is one. Every one is familiar with the differences of two faiths – hindus and muslims. I fail to understand how could there be a difference within jains – some had their Samvatsari yesterday and some are having it today and you know what – it seems there have been fights over this issue. I am sure GOD must be very upset and annoyed that he created humans.
As a feed back I got calls and emails from quite a few, informing me that they would like to join in the Ahmedabad Photography Yatra (APY). I am making a route of this APY and it will be spread over 3 Sundays. I am not sure how will we manage if 15 of us go to a place with camera’s and the reaction of people (anxiety and panic). We will be a group of 3 and form (as of now) about 4 to 5 groups (depends on the final number to join). We assemble at some designated place and after completing the first route we meet for lunch. I will post the details by email to individuals in this week but tentatively we keep it for Sunday the 19th.
I am posting some of my pictures I have taken in different parts of the world. I am going to upload all of them in flicker shortly but here are just a few.
|Composition - Cat on a window sill.|
|Composition in Red|
The Kumbalgadh sketch is missing at the moment - I will locate it and post it in near future. What I am attaching here are two simple sketches of plants from my farm (the message here is that one need not only go to historical places or great distance to sketch - it can be one right at home).
We may go for sketching excursions in future but for now - remember next Sunday, we have our first Photography Yatra. Be there. I promise, you will have a great time rediscovering yourself as you walk along with me sharing my journey of life.
See you next Sunday.