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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Its about time that you spoke...

The best way to have a healthy relationship with your loved ones is to communicate well with each other. One may find this post a little autobiographical but at the same time it is indeed a story of each and every person's life. Many a times, we fail to understand that we are doing things or think that we are making things better for our close ones, but we simply do not realize that if that person really wanted our help or just wanted our support. 

Parents-Children Relationship

The parents-children relationship is one such where the parents bestow unconditional love onto their kids but most often, it is a less ratio of children who understand this and the remaining don't. When parents encounter such situations, that is, if their children are stubborn, don't listen to them or even bother to respect them - parents don't seem to take it in the right manner and assume that by punishing their children or by showing their authoritative nature over kids, they can handle the matter.

Honestly, aren't you parents doing a mistake?

Children understand your situation only if you care to spare a few minutes to talk to them about it. The present generation children are pretty smart, so you don't have to be doubtful if they will understand your situation or not. And again, it is only by talking to them that you will get to know. A child learns from his parents initially, therefore, it is in these plastic-years of a child's life that parents could play a vital role either to ameliorate the child or to ignore him/her and destroy him/her. Parents have to imbibe the quality of being authoritative and amicable at the same time, so that if something bothers the child, he/she must immediately think of talking about it to his/her parents.

And here's a note for the kids as well, please don't see your parents as strangers. Remember one thing that the phase in which you are going through right now, may be your parents might have undergone the same situation, ask them what would they do if they were you. Talk to them, you will definitely understand how much your parents love you and how much they care for you.


Relationship Between A Couple

Well, what can I possibly say, most relationships run on the complicate tagline. Most people become possessive in a relation, it is quite common. But the reason should be the love that goes into the relation and not the feeling of insecurity. When you like someone for a particular quality of his/her's, don't just stop there, try to know more about the person. You might see the same person as an altogether different person.

In most relationships, man falls prey to the element of lack of trust. Understand one thing that a woman wants her man to love and respect her and not to be treated as if she were meant to be an inferior person in the relation. The husbands must allow their wives to have a say in every matter that they deal with. The woman in the relation must also be able to understand her man, learn about his work-life and his problems; this would indeed minimize the unnecessary fights. Trust is built between the two when each one realizes that their partners are there for them always. And this can be achieved when they spend time together asking each other which quality in them that they must change or rather which quality in them that they must improve on.There should be some understandings between the two.

Teachers-Students Relationship 

"माता , पीता , गुरू , भगवान" goes an Indian-vernacular saying. A teacher is indeed above the status of the God. The quality of teaching imparted by the teacher unto his/her students define the student individually per say. And this reminds me of a line from the movie The Karate Kid, where Jackie Chan as Mr. Han says, "There is no good or bad student, there is good or bad teacher!" Teachers play an indispensable role in shaping out students' characters. At times, when a child fails to have a proper communication with his/her parents, he/she can always seek help from his/her teacher.

A good teacher must be an inspiration, a proper mentor and a motivating factor to his/her student. The best way, once again, to understand his/her student is to become amicable and talk to the individual student, ask him/her what is bothering him/her either in the academic field or in his/her personal life. At times, a teacher must take up a role of a good counselor and help his/her students to help themselves.

Children remain children always and therefore their mistakes, little pranks and naughtiness must not be the factors based on which the teacher should decide the students' characters; and this leads me to making yet another strong point that a teacher must be non-judgmental.

The above relationships are the most common ones and there are many. But I am certain about one thing that if any individual holds a healthy relationship with his/her parents, friends, lovers, spouses and teachers - then he/she is the most happiest and the wealthiest person.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Journey: Endless

The questions are innumerable,
And the answers, all equivocal.
There is a constant search, yes,
The soul's journey has no end,
For the ultimate end is not fixed.
And here I am, like a new born,
Oblivious of the world in and out,
Intricate, curious yet interesting.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Review of Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

"Schneider Fountain Pen - Apt for a daily-use basis!"

I had heard of Schneider pens but hadn't used it until yesterday. The fountain pen is made of plastic and the body comes in different colours breaking the long running monotonous saga of 'single' coloured elegant luxurious fountain pens. The nib is of medium font but it doesn't show a heavy flow of ink, instead keeps the flow smooth and accurate which suits the smallest 'single-lined' notebooks. The quality is good, not heavy and this leads to writing at length, that is, writing for hours together. The pen uses the ink-cartridge system, so, you don't have to make your hands messy by ink filling.

I ordered this particular pen from Flipkart (please click on the name and it will lead you directly to the product page), payed Rs. 175 only. I recommend this pen for all those pen collectors who consider smooth writing in their list of pen-collecting features.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The Pen Addict

Ferrari Racing Fountain Pen (Red)

Sheaffer Agio Compact Fountain Pen

Waterman Matte-finish Fountain Pen
Sheaffer, Ferrari and Waterman

Parker Vector Series Fountain Pens: Gold, Matte and Simple

Quill Set

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

"An Introduction" by Kamala Das

You can read the poem here: AN INTRODUCTION

Kamala Das
An Introduction is a poem which provides a focus for an exercise in autobiography. Kamala Das impresses by being very much herself in this poem and the tone is distinctively feminine. Critical response to Das’ poetry has been intimately connected to critical perception of her personality and politics; her provocative poetry has seldom produced lukewarm reactions.

Kamala Das’ poetry has been often praised for the originality, bold images, exploration of female sexuality, and intensely personal voice; however, there is a lack of structure and craftsmanship in her verses. We, the readers, often find powerful feminist images in Das’ poetry, focusing on critiques of marriage, motherhood, women’s relationships to their bodies and power over their sexuality, and the roles women are offered in traditional Indian society. Many critics have analyzed Das as “confessional” poet, writing in the tradition of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Denise Levertov. Though Das does not adapt to the poetry writing in the traditional aesthetic form, she has created a new language for the expression and many scholars agree that Das is an important figure whose bold and honest voice has re-energized Indian writing in English.

Das’ An Introduction is a poem which experiences a few shifts in the mood; what starts of as a sarcastic comment on politics and on the label of ‘Indo-Anglian’ later shifts to the personal and biological aspects of the narrator, which according to Das is a story of ‘every woman’. By the end the poet calls herself a ‘human’ who is very much sensitive to everything just as how a ‘man’ is.

The poem begins with a note on ‘history’ and how ‘memory’ plays its role in storing the past. The poet says that she knows all the names of those who were and are in power and can recite it anytime but one thing she doesn’t know is the role of ‘politics’. By saying so, Das mocks at the political embodiment in the society and by whom is this political organization run by.

Kamala Das touches upon the issue of language as well. She detests all the categorizers and who tell her to write in her regional language instead of writing in English and her reply, as she quotes, is;
          “… I speak three languages, write in
          Two, dream in one…”
Though Kamala Das prefers writing in English, she claims that it is original and still Indian and the distortions and queerness present in her writings is her own. She uses simple animal and natural imagery to substantiate that she can best express herself in English than in any other language. Also, this particular issue is seen in yet another poem which can serve as a good reference here - Don’t Call Me Indo-Anglian by Syed Amanuddin deals with almost the same issue. The poet is categorized under the title ‘Indo-Anglian’, meaning an Indian writing in English language; and he too abhors the ‘label-makers’ justifying his say by giving various nostalgic moments from his life and stay in India.

An Introduction then shifts to a different mood where the poet talks about her early youth and how she asked for love but was deceived.
Kamala Das as Kamala Suraiya
          “...For, he drew a youth of sixteen into the
          Bedroom and closed the door, He did not beat me
          But my sad woman-body felt so beaten.”
These lines show how Kamala Das (as an autobiographical character in the poem) felt insulted not because she was a victim of abuse physically but her character and the ‘womanliness’ was misused and abused. After having said the bitter instances of her past, Das now turns to raise a voice of protest where she ignores her “womanliness” by wearing a shirt and her brother’s trousers and cutting her hair short. She steps out of the so-called “domestic arena” and begins to add weight to her say in the world. The poem rests on a very impacting message to those women who need immense support in voicing out their opinions. A reference can be made to a poem, Trouser Enthusiast by Paula Glynn, where she too begins the poem by saying that she is a ‘feminist’ and that she too has equal rights to see, learn and enjoy, what the world offers, in great depths.

          “…I have no joys that are not yours, no
          Aches which are not yours. I too call myself I.”
These lines depict the very heavy emotions of a human being, meaning, the poet wants to be treated equal and that she is no less than ‘man’ in holding responsibilities. Also, we, the readers, get to know the sense of ‘identity crises’ being portrayed. The very word ‘I’ which is referred to someone who can take a firm stand in the society and someone who can make decisions and enjoy freedom; and ‘I’ in this context is referred to a man, but Das contradicts this and substantiates by calling herself as ‘I’, as someone who should be respected.

In a way, Kamala Das’ work, to an extent, is connected to larger historical and cultural contexts and complicated, shifting postcolonial identities. Though many scholars do not approve of Kamala Das as an aesthetic poet, they still find her as a prominent figure for the explicitness, honest and bold expressions in her writings.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

"The Wasteland" by T.S. Eliot

You can read the poem here: THE WASTELAND 

The Wasteland is a post-war poem of 433 lines and was published in the year 1922. Eliot has chosen the themes of alienation, unfamiliarity, isolation and disillusionment with modernity, in this poem. Also, The Wasteland is a poem which is basically a passing juncture in one’s life and it portrays the landscape of dryness in human soul. The poem is divided into five sections and they are;
1.   The Burial of the Dead
2.   A Game of Chess
3.   The Fire Sermon
4.   Death by Water
5.   What the Thunder Said
The five sections are in a fragmented form and many lines, in the poem, have biblical connotations, have relations with different fables and plays – suggesting that the poem is a collective effort when it comes to stating the aftermath of the war.

The main causes that linger throughout the poem are the advent of scientific technology and the loss of human values. There are references to the elements of loneliness, meaninglessness and the idyllic life. The structuring of the titles of each section in the poem delineates a sort of pessimistic notion and simultaneously reveals a sense of sinister element attached to its meanings.

The poem begins with a highlight on the change in the seasons and it is seen as one of the major themes of The Wasteland. The poem opens with an invocation of April, “the cruellest month” – indicative of the fact that ‘what brings life into the world also brings death’. The seasons fluctuate; spinning from one state to another, yet in its own cycle maintains stasis and this is very evidently pictured towards the end of the poem where the ‘wasteland’ becomes almost season-less, devoid of rain, of propagation and of real change. The world hangs in a perpetual limbo, waiting for the dawn of a new season. Also, the arrival of a new season is sort of a mockery at the humans for no matter how high and evolved man’s thinking becomes, nature’s ways can never be challenged.

Death is another theme which is seen as a very prominent aspect in the poem. The term ‘death’ has a synonymous meaning of ‘life’, in other words, by dying a being can pave way for new lives. Eliot asks his friend Stetson: “That corpse you planted last year in your garden, / Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?” Similarly, Christ, by ‘dying’, redeemed humanity and gave new life. The ambiguous passage between life and death finds an echo in the frequent allusions to Dante, particularly in the Limbo-like vision of the men flowing across London Bridge and through the modern city.

Themes like ‘rebirth’, ‘love’, ‘lust’, ‘water’ and ‘history’ also stand highlighted throughout the poem and these are not just words that stand alone, they too are interlinked with each other. The references to Tristan und Isolde in “The Burial of the Dead”; to Cleopatra in “A Game of Chess”; and to the story of Tiresiaus and Philomela suggest that love in “The Wasteland” is often destructive. A sense of ‘nothingness’ is brought out through this theme.

Lust, one of the seven deadly sins, is also discussed in the poem. The episode of a typist with a “carbuncular” man is a depiction of a scene as something akin to a rape. Sexuality runs through the poem taking the center stage as a cause of calamity. The act of sex is too easy and too rampant in Eliot’s London, what should be looked at as an act of reproduction, here is looked at in a perverted view, that is, sex, in other words is not sterile.

The Christ images in the poem, along with many other religious metaphors, posit ‘rebirth’ and ‘resurrection’ as central themes. Eliot finally turns to heaven to seek for the climatic change in the skies – Datta, Dayadhvam and Damyata – is the poet’s vision of a world that is neither dying nor living; to break the spell and a profound change is required. Hence, the prevalence of Grail imagery in the poem; that the holy goblet can restore life and wash away the wrongs. And this is another reason for which we see the constant references to baptisms and to rivers – both are seen as “life-givers” in either spiritual or physical ways.

The Wasteland lacks water and water is an element that promises rebirth. But we see water as a destroyer in the poem. However, when the ‘wasteland’ finally experiences the rain, it does suggest the cleaning of the sins, the washing away of the misdeeds, and the start of a new future. The hope is immediately shattered as with rain comes thunder and with thunder there is lightning and therefore perhaps the presence of ‘fire’ which becomes one of the harmful forces of the nature. Thus, the imagery of ‘destruction’ lingers throughout the poem.

History, as Eliot suggests, is a repeating cycle. At the time Eliot wrote The Wasteland, the First World War was definitely the first – “Great War” for those who had witnessed it; there had been none to compare with it in history. The predominant sensibility was one of profound change; the world had been turned upside down and now, with the rapid progress of technology, the movements of societies, and the radical upheavals in the arts, sciences and philosophy, the history of mankind has reached a turning point.

A reference can be made to The SecondComing (poem) by W.B. Yeats where a nightmarish scene is described in the beginning lines of the poem – the speaker asserts that the world is near a revelation and that the minds of the majestic living creatures (humans) are troubled and polluted. One cannot simply let go off the fear and have complete faith in the divine; instead the development of science has questioned the values of faith at the very first step itself.

Eliot, through works like The Wasteland and The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock, became the voice of Modernism and his poems use the “objective correlative” of symbolic, meaningful, and often chaotic concrete imagery. Eliot may not have as much influence on poets today as some of his contemporaries but he has had a far greater impact on poetry. And thus, in some way there is the presence of prophesying tone in his poem The Wasteland.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Names Changed!

"The reason I changed the name of my blog, its URL address and the description is because I want my readers to grasp the essence of my writings by the very name it carries."
- Suhasini Srihari

Blog Title
Earlier - Expressions . . .
Now - Adhyatma
Adhyatma is a Sanskrit word which means the subjective self. I believe that a person's style of writing portrays the self of the person in some way and thus the name, Adhyatma where the writings are influenced by ones own desires, thoughts and reasons.

Blog Description
Earlier - A space that I call mine own!
Now - Ananya Chintana
Ananya Chintana is also a Sanskrit word which means completely absorbed thinking or contemplation. To write something, one must think and then comprehend the various facts amassed with the help of sciences (sciences here means the knowledge that exists) and thus the name in the description slot.

Blog Address
Earlier -
Now -
Atmanubhava is again a Sanskrit word which means experience of the self. When one writes, it only means that he or she is writing on a particular topic (may it be a joyous moment, sad moment, moment of inspiration, etc.) only because he or she has experienced it, again the period of time may vary.

The usage of the ornate Sanskrit terms give me a sense of Indianness and the self-explanatory nature to my blog.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Photography & Photoshop


I knew that photography could help me in capturing several moments, moments of joy and laziness, party time, play time, etc. but photography has more to offer. Even a match stick becomes the central object of photography - revealing the beauty. May be that's why, I think, many people run around with cameras, clicking as many photos as possible. You may consider me as one amongst them but I personally feel that I am interested in photography and I am indeed spending time to learn about the intricacies involved in this art.

Just yesterday I was clicking some photos of playing cards and later edited the few photos with the help of Photoshop and Picasa soft-wares. I would like to share them with you, and I have put up the unedited image along with the edited ones, so that you too can appreciate my effort at photography!

A Sequence of Aces

Unedited Image
Edited Image

The Joker

Unedited Image
Edited Image

A Set

Unedited Image
Edited Image

Hope you all appreciate my effort!