Friday, August 26, 2011

What is on the moon?

Take 1: Man creates the aeroplane, flies above the clouds -discovers clouds are water vapour and dust particles.

Take 2:Man climbs the Hindukush, Everest, Annapoorna and K2 - and Mt. Kailash - the Lord was not to be seen.  

Take 3:  Munnabhai MBBS - The Dean says - ' when you operate you dont think that it is a person- it is flesh and sinew- and that is what makes my hand steady while holding the scalpel'. 

Take 4: Neil Armstrong lands on the moon

Three takes - so what?  Heard of these stories that we were told as kids - and many more built around these...

Story 1:  Heavens are above the clouds

Story 2:  Lord Shiva lives in Mount Kailash

Story 3:  Your heart 'contains' dreams, hopes, love, hatred...

Story 4: Cow jumped over the moon, Angels live on the moon...

Compare Take 1 with Story 1, so on and so forth ...

... so is each story a myth?  

Man has checked on the clouds, there is no heaven.   Man has climbed the Mountains of the Himalayas so many times, Lord Shiva is missing.   And so many cardiac operations have happened, nobody has dug out a 'hope' ' love' 'hate' or 'dream' from the heart.  

What is above the clouds? What lies atop of Himalayas?   What  lies beneath the blood and tissue?  What is on the moon?

Niel Armstrong found craters, rocks et al on the surface of the moon.   Chandrayaan discovered water later. 

May be we have found water in the Moon and Mars.  May be microbes.  May be life.  With life,  may be hope and dreams.    And our grandparents will repeat the stories.   Stories seed dreams.  Dreams lead to discovery.   And the cycle goes on.

So believe me,  there are angels on that moon!!!

-The One

Photo courtesy the Internet

Monday, August 22, 2011

Facebook - never the inner circle...

After sometime into Social networking esp., facebook, I have made more than 500 friends.

Most of my friends are either family, or friends who have common interests with me.   Then there are few friends, whose profiles either Facebook suggests, or I like, so I got connected.

When one posts a status, note or blog, less than 1% of friends actually react.  Of course, everybody is not expected to react to everything.   But most of these friends are good to have around.  

You change cities; you change jobs - some of these friends disappear.   But facebook connects you and somehow keeps you still available to your friends.

Cut - now to real life.  You have your family, work and 'real' friends who you meet / interact on a personal basis.  The 'flesh and blood' aspect is real.   Your private moments are with them.  

Some of my friends go off facebook once in a while to actually spend time with their family and friends.   Either because they find facebook too crowded, or because facebook  is not part of the inner circle.   Anyways, one is too busy to care - when any of the facebook friends miss you.

May be facebook is a good tool to stay in touch. 

Couple of my friends are in a relationship - 'engaged' to be precise, and facebook keeps them connected.  They chat on facebook, like each others' status more often than not - always near online.  But once they get married, the facebook relationship changes, as is obvious.  Their presence will dwindle, and facebook becomes a thing- outside the relationship.  Perspectives, same tool, different time.

Can we conclude that facebook relationship is a measure of distance?  Either you are closer in relationship, but away from each other, or you may be in the same city, but a distant acquaintance?

In a sense, the world is more round than flat - a tool is a tool - but never an element of the inner circle of one's life in 'flesh and blood'.

-The One

Picture courtesies Internet.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The incurable disease of Laziness and the missing T...

Suffering from laziness on this Sunday morning ... a 'bean bag' mood.  From the traditional south Indian 'kaapi' to the modern 'cappucinos',  have been a childhood coffee fan.  Even now, I still go for that one time day starter. 

But, office habits or not, have become a tea-monger for quite some time now. Tea has become more than an occupational hazard - for more than a decade.  One peaceful sip brings in nice memories.  

One cup of it without milk, with a dash of lemon and mild sugarine... the all-time drink. One sip - that and the eternal laziness continues ...

-The One...