September 24, 2007

Bravo, India!












Monday, 24 September 2007.

India won—actually won—the Twenty20 finals against Pakistan, in South Africa!

• As soon as this happened, the skies lit up with fire crackers.
• The Hyderabad roads came alive with wild revelry.
• Groups of people, young and old, began to dance on the road, waving Indian flags, stopping traffic in jubiliation. It is now 11.20 pm, and they are still dancing to the sound of drums.
• Motorcycles, scooters and cars drove past, shouting and madly waving flags of all sizes!
• The stationery shop wallah on the main road began to do brisk business—selling flags!
• TV channels are full of this victory - ah! sweet victory, after a long gap of 24 years! The last was the World Cup in 1983, where Kapil Dev became a hero.
• Headlines Today went berserk...all the staff began dancing as Kapil Dev entered the studio. He too joined in and for a good 10 minutes, all we saw in the news bulletin were the journalists dancing with Kapil Dev!! It was the best form of communication...no words could have expressed gladdened hearts better!

I wonder if this was what it was like on 15 August 1947---at least in some parts of India. I am witnessing a nation drunk with happiness. One cricket victory is all it takes to make this happen? Are we a country full of carefree, immature children?

Suddenly I worry, as I usually do when there is too much happiness. Be careful, my dear people...we live in times of bomb blasts.

I look out of the window to see another frenzy of dancing, more flags waving, hear more shouts and screams.

I tell myself to throw all serious thoughts and analysis out of the window. Perhaps I should go out and buy a tricolour and go for a spin on my scooter.... ?!
Photo from The Hindu 25 Sep 2007

September 12, 2007

An animation link

This link was sent to me by my friend Giridhar. Anyone interested in animation will love this. Have fun!
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Animator vs. Animation
Alan Becker

Artist's Comments: An animator faces his own animation in deadly combat. The battlefield? The Flash interface itself. A stick figure is created by an animator with the intent to torture. The stick figure drawn by the animator will be using everything he can find --- the brush tool, the eraser tool --- to get back at his tormentor. It's resourcefulness versus power. Who will win? You can find out yourself.

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/34244097/

This took three long months.. i think it's worth it.

September 04, 2007

After an year of blogging...

It was in August 2006 that I hesitantly started blogging. I was not sure I would have the courage to write frankly, week after week. But I have written a lot – 20 posts in 2006, and 25 in 2007, so far, which is way more than what I had expected to write.

What has my blog given me?

Lens and Sensibility has given me a space to celebrate, a space to vent, a space in which to react to situations, a space simply to go to, at the end of a tiring day. It has given me an expression, an outlet for my creative energy…an outlet, where, unlike in the physical world, I do not feel constantly judged and assessed. I love freedom, and I cherish the freedom blogging allows.

I do not get too many comments; nevertheless, I thank the people who have communicated to me through their comments. Some people I know tell me they regularly read my blog and I tell them, Thank you. I love people who read my blog!

There is one person who almost always leaves a comment: Dharmabum from Pondicherry…I do not know him, yet he now seems like a friend, because of his regular comments, and because of his own blog (http://www.debum.blogspot.com/), which I read regularly. The famous Bishwanath Ghosh (Journalist, New Indian Express), who I admire, has also visited my blog, and left a comment, and I feel thrilled! Sometimes, there are comments from total strangers, and that is a reward in itself.

I always give credit to people to whom I owe something in life. I was inspired to start blogging by my friends Buchamma and Usha, and Bishwanath Ghosh’s blog http://www.bytheganges.blogspot.com/, which I discovered through his Sunday Express column. Thank you, friends, for this invaluable gift, and of course, to the best thing that happened to us in recent times: The Internet.

Lens and Sensibility has also made me discover who I am. Sometimes my writing disgusts me and I am very unhappy with myself; yet there are times when I am pleased with the reflection I see here.

And yes, my blog is also a place that allows me to dream. And that is important to me, because I believe that I dream, therefore I am.

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