Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Thoughts- Trust

Delving in the question of what it takes to trust others, I discovered that through trust, we evolve in our lives. Sometimes it's easy to trust others than trust ourselves. However, I realised that we can trust others only to the extent of how much we trust ourselves. We reflect our inner life in the outer world. Trust yourself and the world will trust you. 

Monday, May 27, 2024

Geneva Journals- The Dinner Table Conversations

There are a very few people with whom I have confidence to share the food I cook. I called S & T over a dinner and the conversations flowed. I love the naturality they bring in the conversations and the ease with which we talk of anything and everything under the sun. Talking of vivid dreams to what it takes to grow as a person we spoke for hours. I go back and forth in stories, sometimes narrating a decade old stories with vivid details. As I'm currently inspired by the concept of time. It's interesting how we visualise 'time' with or without bringing numbers into the imagination. 

Music- Preme Pora Baron

I have no discrimination amongst languages. Thanks to my Dad who showed great enthusiasm when he was trasnferred to Tamil Nadu. He learned the language quickly and got imbibed with people, culture and their customs. Embracing a new language, I got introduced to it's songs, culture and alot more about stories revolving around it. I do not remember how I picked interest in Bangla. I had interest in the life of Rabindranath Tagore. To know more about him, I wanted to know about the land he lived. Eventually, I invested my time in Bangla stories and songs. I got introduced to Ray movies and watched a few classics. Over the years, I met a lot of friends who introduced me to some good music, movies and stories. I was happy to receive a bangla suggestion from a friend and I began to listen to a few of my favorites from Bangla. Today's Bangla song of the day is Preme Pora Baron.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Geneva Journals- Walk the Talk by WHO

World Health Organisation is organising Walk the Talk- Health for all challenge, a walk event joined by UN family, people from Geneva and all walks of life. I met Arabelle, Franc and found familiar faces at the run. The walk began after Tedro's speech. Tedros was mentioning how his team members make him look good by all their work. Good to see him appreciating his teammates at the big stage. I walked around and found many stalls promoting their work in the health field. I was impressed by 1.8 billion for change- PMNCH, the world’s largest alliance for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being. I tried my hand at hoop, shooting basketball. 

As the walk began, the drummers walked along, cheering people with their beats. These percussionists cheered the crowd, walking along. Psycodrummers, they are called. Loved their percussion. 

Pumped up by the beats, we walked across and reached WHO head quarters. There, I tried my hand at boxing and was excited to throw some punches. After a quick run, returned home with a few goodies. Thanks WHO for the run, enjoyed it. 

Friday, May 24, 2024

Thoughts- Solitude and Boredom

How does one stay in boredom? To be able to entertain oneself by an observer of one's own thoughts, one can be bored. To be bored, one needs to enjoy their own thoughts. Even if it's shallow or negative or wild or positive thoughts. If one can sit and witness their own thoughts and get entertained by it. One can be bored for long time. And to stay bored is not easy. Right now in this world, we have everything to beat the boredom. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Thoughts- Time and Priorities

The lesson I learnt early in my college days is about not complaining that 'I don't have time.' I still learning to practice this. I stop myself whenever I tell myself, I don't have time. 

It's all about priorities. When I find a lot of people complaining 'I don't have time,' what it really means is, they don't have priority for what they don't have time. 

We prioritse tasks, people, events, work based on different reasons. When we get our priorities right, we get our time for the tasks we wish to do. For all the things we don't have time for are not on our priority list. It's time to look at our priorities than the clock. 


Music- Find You by Pineapple Express

Balaji and Veda got this music curated in one of their wedding video. I missed attending their wedding and whenever I watch this, I feel very warm recollecting a lot of memories. I love the sargam portion of this song a lot. Now on loop. Find you by Pineapple express. 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

A new KO-FI Journey

If I knew that I'd never fail, what would I do?

I'd write, paint, share stories. Believing in it, I've decided to sign up on the platform, Ko-Fi and see where this journey takes me. Here's the link to my profile. 


Friday, May 17, 2024

Thoughts- The time, trends and the trails

 As I've been over stimulated by the information load through Instagram, I deactivated from the application for good time. This is not the first time, I am out of the application. Back in 2019, I was away from it for nearly 6 months and life was simple and great. As I got out of the application, a lot of conversations seemed to be on what they've seen on the social media screens. Oblivious of the stories, I had to come up with a lot of basic questions to the people. 

Talking about my absence on social media, I mentioned that I'm regular at blogging. 'That's so 2005' remarked a friend. Instagram and TikTok is the trend now! suggested friend. 

I do not have any fear of missing out on those applications and especially, I pondered on how medium matters. With new applications, there's a lot demand for our attention. At this point of time, I realised that I'm very sensitive to information over load through these social mediums which is affecting my thought patterns. I strongly believe that there's going to be a dialogue on technology hygiene in coming years. 200 years ago, health hygiene in hospitals was a new concept and now we take it as a granted one. 

For the sake of my technology hygiene, I've deactivated my social media accounts, started spending more time on my art pursuits and other physical activities. 

Movie- Manjummel Boys


Spending time at home, very casually, I scrolled through the apps and got onto this movie. Manjummel Boys is a survival thriller based out of a real story. In 2006, a group of boys from arts club visit Kodaikanal from Kochi. On suggestion, they visit Guna Caves- caves which got famous after Kamal Hassan's movie shooting. One of them in the group suggests to enter the prohibited area. As they explore the prohibited areas, one of them fall into a hole by accident. That place also had another name- The Devil's kitchen. Whoever has fallen never survived as it's a steep cave. and how the group saves them is the movie. It was a difficult one to watch as I got reminded of all my friends who gave up their lives to save the other friends. Very moving. 

Music- Lakshminarayana Shankar - All for you (India Fusion)

S shared a piece on Saxophone. Amused by the instrument, I was browsing music that comprises of Saxophone and got stumbled by this piece from the album- Vision. 

Got hooked to this piece and L Shankar's music.  

Geneva Journals- LaFarce Haul

After several weeks, I'm back to LaFarce. Over a cloudy day, I headed to LaFarce, walking across the streets to the library. I went to the library and found some nice children literature. A few hardcovers and as well as Trevor Noah's- Born a Crime. Headed to LaFarce and was welcomed by a whole new orientation of the place. Had a quick errands, picked Crepe and headed to Lidl. A few veggies, I was out greeting people who came across my way. Under the rainy weather, I carried my groceries, veggies and got down at Place De Neuve. Boarded the bus and walked home, sharing a conversation with Jian, french class friend. Good day. 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Soliloquies- Attention

I contemplated on the question of what's the best gift one can give to others and themselves?

I realised, it's attention. Being attentive to others and to ourselves is the big act, gift we have. I felt that there's a lot that I'm missing out by not being attentive. Do we need to be attentive to everything that's out there? How do we learn to be attentive to what needs to be attended? 

For me, for now, my body, my thoughts, my emotions, the flower, the sky, the rain, the lake, the water, the bed, the food I eat, the house I live in needs my attention. 

Let me see where I'm paying my attention during the beginning and ending of the day. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Conversations - Amman Madan with Avijith Pathak


I know Amman Madan through a few conflict resolution courses I've attended. I'm grateful to spend some time and listen to him sharing his thoughts. Through this conversation, I got introduced to intellectual, Avijith Pathak. I'm so happy to hear them speak how art and sciences are so intertwined rather than seperate silos. 

Speaking of Avijith's education journey, I'm amused how he emphasizes on the quest of learning throughout life rather than study merely for some exams or validation from the society. 

Movie- Matti Kusthi

Aishwarya Lekshmi as Keerthi is starred as a wrestler in the movie. Everyone are afraid to get hitched to Keerthi. As her father struggles with ill health and emotionally blackmails for a marriage, she agrees to confirm to few lies and gets married to the Veera acted by Vishnu Vishal. He wants an obedient, illiterate woman as his wife. Quite contrasting to the well educated, wrestler Keerthi. They get married and how they manage to keep up with the lies and confront themselves is the movie. Enjoyed watching it.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Soliloquies- The Termites treat

A shared how much she reads daily as a part of her reading. The number is always a double digit and some times hits three digits as well. I pondered on how academia has the power to nurture and also kill the act of reading for pleasure. One can either derive pleasure from the act of reading irrespective of what they're reading. Also, one can approach reading as a pursuit to gain something out of it. 

Thinking on reading, I approached to my shelves wondering what books I would pick up to read, glance through. I reached out to the books to find that termites had eaten a lot of my books. Noticing Lang Leave's poetry completely eaten by termites, I couldn't feel a thing. As I began to look at the books, The ivory throne, a big bulky book is completely gone. A.R.Rahman's Spirit of Music is eaten out, Charles Bukowski's poems is gone, All the light we cannot see, Emma Davis poetry and alot more is gone. 

M's birthday gift, Musicophilia is gone. As I looked at the books, I prayed that my journals remain safe. I can buy the printed word but not my own written words. I kept removing the books and parents began to ponder on the utility of the books. I prioritsed books over clothes for all these years. I consider my books as basics and hoarded a lot of books. Losing them to termites, I was unable to respond to the situation. In the past, one of my friend was overwhelmed to find most of her books eaten by termites. I stay in the question of what it is to lose and how a mere object turns into a precious memory. I was sad to lose books that were gifted rather than bought on my own. A lot of my friends gifted books thoughtfully with lot of love. Parting ways with them reminded me of Anchal's book- Remnants of a Seperation. 

As I went through each book to find if it's spoiled by termites. 

We got a iron rack to place all the books at one place. The one that I had in Jaipur house. Books are placed at one place. Hope no visitors walk in and borrow the books and never return. 

Thoughts- Friends and Conversations

I never had to put a lot of efforts to catch up with friends. I'm glad I've decided to put efforts to reach out and not get disappoi...