Its a definite sign of bad times when you start to be judged by friends and start to feel alone. They are the ones who are to accept you for who you are. Oh yes! they can correct but don’t you think they should hear your justification too.
Its sad to lose your friends to the other life. They all just seem to slip away and you are left wondering if your destined to be alone. Everyone seems to have so much to do and you are just standing there watching; a silent observer as life passes you by.
But then again, maybe its meant to be that way. Life moves on after all, it’ll all pass.
December 8, 2007 2 Comments
Happiness… it something I’ve been chasing since I don’t know when. But happiness is like that mirage of a water woman in the desert. I know she holds the secret; its there in her smile, hidden behind the veil. And I follow her as she runs the sand dunes ridges, trying hard to catch up but she’s there, right there, just beyond my reach. I don’t even know if she’s real but everything depends on getting to her. I call out; she stops and as I shade my eyes and look up, the breeze lifts her veil and I catch a glimpse of her smile. I stop in my tracks stunned, the blazing sun seems to have become warm, the sky seems rosy, and the world seems alright again. This is what am looking for but its just momentary for she takes off again and am back in pursuit. I must get to her, else I’ll have just these fleeting moments. All of everything depends on reaching her.
December 3, 2007 No Comments
Its been a while since my mythology obsessed days but theres still some of the lore lurking in dark corners of my mind. So recently when it just so happened that the topic of centaurs came up, I dug around my mind and also did some reading. Here’s some stuff I found about these fantastic liminal creatures.
In Greek mythology, the Centaurs (Greek: Κένταυροι) are a race of creatures composed of part human and part horse. In early Attic vase-paintings, they are depicted with the torso of a human joined at the (human’s) waist to the horse’s withers, where the horse’s neck would be.
This half-human and half-animal composition has led many writers to treat them as liminal beings, caught between the two natures, embodied in contrasted myths, and as the embodiment of untamed nature, as in their battle with the Lapiths, or conversely as teachers, like Chiron.
The most common theory holds that the idea of centaurs came from the first reaction of a non-riding culture, as in the Minoan Aegean world, to nomads who were mounted on horses. The theory goes that such riders would appear as half-man, half-animal. (Bernal Díaz del Castillo reported that the Aztecs had this misapprehension about Spanish cavalrymen.)
Centaurs have been made quite famous today in books, movies and games like Harry Potter, Narnia, Artemis Fowl, The Golden Voyage of Sindbad, Xena: Warrior Princess, Guild Wars and Age of Mythology. How much of what is depicted of them is true; is a question. The characters here are based on the age old centaurs but moulded to fit into the expectation of the author. Some of the qualities attributed to them are not very true.
A centaur is one of the symbols associated with the Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity. Whereas centaurs in Greek mythology were generally symbolic of chaos and unbridled passions, DLP’s centaur is modelled after Chiron and represents honour, moderation and tempered masculinity.
Chiron or Cheiron, in Greek mythology was held as the superlative centaur among his brethren. Centaurs were notorious for being overly indulgent drinkers and carousers, given to violence when intoxicated, and generally uncultured. Chiron, by contrast, was intelligent, civilized and kind. He was known for his knowledge and skill with medicine. A great healer, astrologer, and respected oracle, the last remaining centaur, most revered as a teacher and tutor. Chiron tutored a lot of famous heroes including Achilles and Jason – Captain of the Argonauts.
His nobility is further reflected in the story of his death as Chiron sacrificed his life, allowing humanity to obtain the use of fire. He was honoured with a place in the sky, for the Greeks as the constellation Sagittarius, and in modern times represented by the constellation of the southern hemisphere, Centaurus.
The Milky Way as seen from the Earth is at its densest as it passes through Sagittarius, as this is where the galactic center lies. Consequently, Sagittarius contains many star clusters and nebulae.
In mythology Sagittarius is often associated with the mythological figure of Chiron. Sagittarius is also associated with the Greco-Roman god Zeus/Jupiter and sometimes the goddess Tyche/Fortuna and the Norse god Thor.
Centaur is also -
A minor planet whose orbit around the Sun lies typically between the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune (5 to 30 AU), though it may extend inward almost as far as Mars (as in the case of Damocles, of the Damocloid family) or outward beyond Neptune (as in the case of 1995SN55, which ranges out to about 40 AU). Because centaurs cross the orbits of one or more of the giant outer planets, they are also known as outer planet crossers.
The orbits of the centaurs are dynamically unstable due to interactions with the giant planets, so they must be objects in transition from a large, outer reservoir of small bodies, believed to be the Kuiper belt, to potentially active, comet-like inner solar system objects. Known sizes range from a few tens to a few hundreds of kilometers across, though there are doubtless many smaller ones awaiting discovery. Their composition is probably intermediate between that of comets and ordinary asteroids; indeed, the first object to be called a centaur, Chiron, is now also classified as a comet following the discovery of a coma around it.
Reference – My Mind and Wikipedia
September 6, 2007 3 Comments
It’s been a while since I posted here. Sorry…
Got back home a few months ago but was just too spaced out to say anything. All fine and the trip was great. 8 months and 8000 km stolen from life.
Oh! I know lots of people have asked for write-ups and snaps. I’ll do them, I promise but just not right now
Life’s good as of now and I’m off to enjoy the space a bit more
August 1, 2007 4 Comments
It’s been ages since I saw a gorgeous man, the kind your eyes feast on and just can’t get enough of, until…
I saw him from the bus window on my way home standing at the bus stand laughing. It was the sound of his laughter that first made me turn to look and from there on I just couldn’t take my eyes off him.
He stood there with a smile playing about his lips and a sparkle in his eye that seemed to light up the world around him. As I sat watching and drinking him in with my eyes, I had a smile playing gently on my lips too. I wondered if he would get on the same bus and he did. He did!!
I was thrilled with my choice of seat once he settled in coz it gave me an unobstructed view of him. I could watch to my hearts content and yet not be caught staring.
Let me describe him for you (am not very good at this but I’ll try). He had the skin tone of just the right shade of coffee, neither black nor milky but just the right strength. My kind of coffee . A wide forehead with wavy black hair that just hinted at the receding due soon. His nose was beautiful and called for attention. Mind you it wasn’t large or pointed and yet neither was it small or podgy. And well shaped cheek bones that showed laugh lines.
As I sat watching he seemed to be smiling secretly and his eyes, oh, they had a life of their own. They had this mischievous sparkle that made you wonder what was going on in his mind. And his lips added to the mischief. Thin and well shaped they were inviting with an outline of a well maintained moustache.
I dragged my eyes away from his face and looked at the rest of him. He had a well toned body which showed muscle and yet no bulges. A lean mean body! His fingers were slim and shapely, the nails cut at the right length and palms clean.
This was one of those rare journeys where I didn’t reach out for my book and spent my journey gazing at him. It was with great reluctance that got up to leave at my stop.
As I got off I hoped to see him again and so looked up for a bus number but there was no number just details saying it went from Majestic to Devanahalli and didn’t allow usage of the pass for travel. I did get the bus reg. number though – KA 01 FA 828. Now it shouldn’t be too difficult, should it; I just have to make sure I travel by this bus. After all he drove the bus; there would be no missing him.
August 1, 2007 No Comments
*** The below piece may not be appreciated by some people, I’d like them to know that I don’t care. This is what I think and well if you think otherwise you are entitled to you’re ideas too All religious groups mentioned below are not in capitals coz I don’t think these groups are important, what I think is important is the religious ideas which seem to have got lost over centuries in each religion ***
Some years ago while at college I had had an argument with friends over Islam and Muslims and it had left me fuming. There was no one to discuss the topic with then without getting even more upset and hence I had sat down to write and vent it all out. (The article I wrote then is added right at the end.) It helped, but this whole ‘Muslim Issue’ was not to be resolved so easily; it’s been resurfacing regularly through the years.
I am not a staunch muslim though I believe in Islam just as I believe in all other religious ideas. I am a muslim by chance and not choice. Asked to choose a religion I guess i will never be able to make up my mind, all religions seem just as important and just as loaded with pros and cons.
However, a while ago I noticed that something said about muslims made me jittery and unhappy. I started to wonder if it was just thing muslim thing that upset me and started observing myself. Well, it’s not only muslim but also any other kind of religious biases that upsets me. So, thankfully am still neutral.
Though muslims seem to be at the receiving end of this bias more then other religions. Why this is so I guess I will leave for another day. But it is so and its so in you’re face its difficult to ignore it. Most often people don’t realise that am muslim and its not nice to hear some of those things that are said.
Oh yeah… quite a bit is said, ranging from being called that/those muslims to saying that muslims do everything in the opposite way. Anyway recently I was travelling through coorg and chickmaglur and had to live with a lot of talk of that muslim man is so difficult and these muslims you how they are…
It filled me with so much frustration coz I have hardly heard the same kind of grouping done with any other religion. How often have you heard of this hindu fellow or that christian man or any such religion discrimination. All I’m asking for is to stop defining someone by their religion, what defines them is their beliefs (not ones imparted by religion), their values, their personality… Grow up; get over these petty childish biases.
**** This goes for all muslims too ***
————–An Article I wrote sometime in 2000————–
” They are all bloody Pakistan-living SOB’s” was how someone I knew described Muslims. Why should we Muslims be treated this way? What have we done wrong? Where have we gone wrong? And tell me why should we love Pakistan when there are other Muslim countries that are much better off? We aren’t the only minority; there are also the Christians. Why aren’t they called America-loving people or something like that?
Most of the Muslims I know are anti-Pakistan, which is completely understandable, for first of all Pakistan is not the best Muslim country in each and every way, a much better choice would be Kuwait. Second all that Pakistan is doing is disgusting (I am sure even the Pakistanis are disgusted) and thirdly even thought it is a Muslim country, it does not treat Muslims well. The few who are for Pakistan are so because they are pretty uneducated, they do not know the way Pakistan treats Muslims and to add to this the way they are treated by some people in India gives them the illusion of finding peace and acceptance in Pakistan.
Did u know that the people who decided to move to Pakistan at the time of partition are treated like outsiders there? They are called “Mujahids”, they belong in Pakistan but still are not complete Pakistanis. They have lived there for 50 years but still cannot call it their home. And the Muslims in India have lived here for years and consider it their one and only home.
A lot of soldiers in the Indian army are Muslims and they never think twice, never put religion before nationality when they lay down their lives for India. In the recent Kargil war there were so many Indian soldiers who lost their lives, no one told them that hey you shouldn’t give your life for this country. Why is it right to be Indian when there is trouble and a for-Pakistan otherwise?
So many of our film industry people are Muslims, why don’t we have a prejudice when we like them? Why do the Khans have such a great fan following? Why do we hum all the songs of Muhammed Rafi and the like, they’re Muslims afterall? And let’s not forget some of the best lyricists are Muslims? And gazals, which are a favorite of so many people, has its origins somewhere in Islam.
Some of the best instrumentalists are Muslims, and Zakir Hussain and the others are proud to be Indians.
There are so many great Muslims who are Indians and all of them put their country before their religion, and talking about people who have contributed towards the progress of India how can we forget Abdul Kalam who was the person behind India becoming a nuclear power. So it’s plain dumb and stupid to say that Indian Muslims are more for Pakistan then India. And hey next time any of u want to say Muslims are not a part of India remember, Muslims also have had a major roll to play in making India what it is today.
May 3, 2007 1 Comment