Kolam

rare these days

rare these days

Now what is confusing is all that star talk and astrology they do. Why do i find it confusing. Obvious reason, i am a stranger to the whole field. So am i against?? Do i object?? Nope, neither. As a part of being realistic, most of us find it hard to perceive the theories they put forth but it is interesting to watch and listen.

Well, am not coming to all those controversial topics instead today’s talk is regarding kolams (rangoli or muggulu ¬†or what ever you call it). To be frank i miss it. Well, i am not a person who grew up with lot of kolam homes and kolam competitions around me but i have always been fascinated by it.

The whole idea is of high applause. Lakshmy, Goddess of prosperity and wealth is invited home with such a beautiful drawing in the front door. Totally true, i find such homes neat and disciplined. The bad spirits get caught in the drawing and they are refrained from entering. One of my city bread foreign friend said “dude, that is totally kool”. But the basic idea was ants need not walk a long way to get their food as the drawings are made with rice floor (psst..psst, or is it like we divert their attention that they do not get to mess up the kitchen and crowd around sugar tins and chocolate bars, aha, our clever ancestors). Kolam competitions are also talk of the town and this competition, i have always found is a class apart. Creative people draw it with a surprising beauty and perfection.Some one told me another interesting bit. They are mathematically planned drawing, geometric in shape, going through or around a matrix of dots, yeah, i had my mouth open hearing there is a room for high research here.

Talk no further, i learned my abcd’s in this. I heard my star had something to do with deer (they say each one of us have an animal, a bird, a tree, a flower, a what not representing us or may be, making us complete and i heard the animal representing me is deer). That is how i developed a kolam regarding this. And i must say, the creativity was not bad, and i guess you guys agree. Adieu.

In search of…

So much barren it feels at times
rains yet it is all dry around
the pain i feel for a reason unknown
the fear that engulf walking on the path in see,
i extend my hands hoping someone would catch
the tears that flow down go unseen
the strangeness around get stranger and stranger
and i continue to walk the unknown path
searching for a hope light somewhere…

Too glad that school is over

Life is a process and no one ever excels finishing their studies here, but i am glad school is over. Oh yes, i started with a very serious lecture lesson but am not going to write anything about it. Taking a break from routine life is something everyone would like to do. I too got a chance and traveled to without an aim for a day. Not something like what the very creative people do, but only because i thought i will accompany some one. So our bus traveled to the interiors of the town ship where there was more of greenery and less of traffic and people. Before i start saying about what interested me there, i rather want to talk about what interested me on my way to the destination. Our crowded bus had halted in front of a big government school which was disciplined but i could see how the lessons were progressing, apparently they did not have much of the campus. The bus stayed there for a longer time and watching the kids were definitely not very exciting for me. I went to my own school days and i am just glad that school is over. Watching them reminded me of those rainy days, uniforms, school bag and school books, homework and including the worst part which is exams and daily class questions. It used to surprise me on why teachers always asked us so many questions and they wanted us to reply correctly, and if not punishing and further worse they talked to our parents. Parents always had expectations which i respected and honored but i never could understand why the teachers had to expect. I had this feeling because they expect from every student and they wanted everyone to answer correct and score the highest. Discussion forums, competition, debates, we all had that urge to come as the best but if the same is required today none of us would do. This might have done good in long run which is now but i really really could not agree with them when i look back. I am not eager to advocate any corrective mechanism but am just glad that school is over.