Category Archives: Happenings

Restrain

What is anger and why do we get angry? This is been a question which keeps coming to my mind every time I get angry; which is quite often. As a close colleague once said “You ‘don’t suffer fools do you?”, I get angry if people are not rational and logical and start getting emotional.

However, herein lies the question. An issue which is rational to be may be irrational to another and vice versa. What’s to say my though are superior to another?

A good example is a recent incident which took place. I got invited to watch pole-dancing, a form of dance associated with bars and seedy night clubs. This was neither, it’s a legitimate school catering to interested students who want to learn this for fun and exercise.

My folks hit the roof. Not at the fact that am doing it (am not) but at the fact that am attending a show and watching it! This blew me up and shit hit the fan.

The question is, who is right? Am I right for being open-minded and not passing judgements on a form of dance which unfortunately is used in circumstances not acceptable to society? Or are they justified in following the 3 monkeys principle? Or are both of us right in our own way? Or, are both wrong?

Who actually decides this? The world currently seems to be quite wacked up, it’s being led by narrow minded people, or narrow minded in my sense. But who is right? The guy who is just trying to protect his people above all rest? Or the group who says that people are people and geographic demarcations in this day and age should not occur?

Philosophy is a great thing, it forces you to think. Ultimately, it also forces you to be tolerant with everything and anything coz ultimately, it can be rationally explained. However, philosophy is a double edged sword. If you are the only tolerant one in a sea of intolerance, it ultimately becomes you who are intolerant.

And that, leads to anger.

Resolutions

It’s been hardly 3 months since I made a resolution to paint every week; and that resolution has happened a grand total of 3 times. True, I did travel for 2 weeks, but the rest?

The important thing in resolutions is mental willpower; the will and determination to keep it up. This is especially true if the task is difficult; may it be labour intensive or skill intensive. Both require an effort to learn before we can reap benefits. In this day and age, it’s the will to apply effort to learn that is lacking, and am no different.

The other resolution I had was no sugar. I manage to maintain it till the day before yesterday, when I downed a huge, delicious chocolate cake for my birthday 😀

Am going to try to resurrect my resolutions; let’s see

On a sidenote, an interesting article on the independent on how intelligence people are lazy!

Flower in a vase

Another take at painting flowers.

There is one major deviation in this picture; I did not draw it first but painted it directly. The mis-shaped vase shows the effect of this but I realized that most painters do not draw. I think I should end up drawing till I get a hang of this though.

The Original

My Take

Budding Flower

I found this very nice site which teaches you how to draw / paint step-by-step. That’s when I realized I do not have the right kind of brushes to do a good job.

Below is my effort at of a very beautiful painting using broad brushes. The stems are not crisp and clear as they should be – improvements on the way!

The Original

My Take

 

Pongal

14th Jan was Pongal, a very important festival in India. In some parts, especially North, it’s called Lohri while in South, especially among Tamils, it’s called Pongal.

Pongal is essentially a harvest festival. Respect is paid to Surya, Madu and a sweet dish with rice, Pongal prepared.

Below is my take on Pongal

Original

Original

My Take

My Take

 

 

8th Jan

I have made a resolution to paint every week; it could be anything but by the end o every Sunday, I should have dabbed my hand at painting.

My resolutions usually do not last so to encourage it, I will post the original that I have tried to copy and my copy every week on this blog. Trust this allows for some consistency.

The original – as found on google

My copy

 

The copy is not that great – the blue have not been replicated and the swing looks off. I have also taken some liberty to suit my temperament and skill; I could not quite get the leaves in the order presented. Good first try 🙂

Dust if you must

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.

  • Anon