Sleep outside on a cold winter night No quilts for cover, no hearth or warmth Stand and watch in scorching sunlight Bricks and rubble that once were called home.
In the seemingly repetitive flow of monotony is a continuous unfolding, Life is happening to us while we are busy making other plans (paraphrased from Beautiful Boy, by John Lennon).
A view is a perspective (merely one way of looking at something), sound is a vibration, and form is light reflected; That’s all. What then is there to dislike or criticise? A question on which this post is predicated.
Where? is my response to the pandemic, to the fear and anxiety that we have all lived with these last fifteen months. Human minds have a tremendous ability to respond to difficulties, not merely to overcome what is apparent but also to understand and accept what is incomprehensible or hard to accept.
Nijeder Mote, Nieder Gaan: Artists collaborate to erase the imprint of hate, to show that solidarity is not merely part of a rhetoric, and to give generously so that we may all sing this song of love.
Inspired by Gandhi and E.F.Schumacher and Driven by Love, Consumer Circle, Mumbai is a small initiative to gather together and reimagine our villages so that they become self-sufficient and progressive economic centres that people are happy to live in.
Ambedkar was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution and he was a social reformer who advocated equality. He came from the much-discriminated untouchable community and he wrote Waiting for a Visa, a short book to highlight the reality of their situation for international readers. When he returned after five years of study at Columbia University, New York (USA), and London School of Economics, London (England), the oppression of casteism had been erased from his mind, only to be vividly revived by the people with whom he shared water, land, air, and cultural roots.
'Perfect as is', is a story about a gender-neutral mango that receives much attention till it grows ripe. Realising then that its personal image of a beautiful self was only perception, built on the way the world saw it, till it no longer did.
Natural wisdom may topple self-serving economic ideologies, while benefiting the wider collective. Would a simple act of good sense then become a seditious act of anti-government sentiment?
What is the true cost of our purchases? Aren't we paying with contentment, free will, and the privilege to exist as natural beings. Created by nature, converted by thoughtless consumption. Let's restore our agency.