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I am into this ‘mindfulness’ fad(?). Mindfulness , I believe, has helped me to get over difficult situations.Good number of books and blogs are already there on the topic.I have tried to practice it, though not consistently.When I just observe the thoughts that run in my mind and not judge those thoughts, that is mindfulness for me.It is liberating.It is not a very easy thing to do.I have followed ‘mindfulness’ through Jon Kabat-Zinn’s videos.

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Left Right

 

The right-brain left-brain theory is said to be simplistic nonsense and has been despised by experts as much as it has been hailed in the popular culture.As I took the test today I found that I am 75 percentage right brained.Language, strategy, mathematics, logic all goes to the left brain.The right brain is left with chaos, creativity and other things which don’t count much;those emotional bits which pull you back in the rat-race if you are not using it right.

Interestingly Betty Edwards has written a popular book on drawing based on the split functionality of the two sides of brain.I remember seeing it in an old bookshop in Anna Nagar.Despite the right-brain left-brain theory now been thrown to trashes the book uses it as a premise to explain that you need to think differently if you want to draw.I don’t know if anybody has learned drawing after reading her but I have made a note to myself that I will read it fully at some point of time.

As of now a beautiful melody wafts out from the neighboring room.Let me listen to that.

 

Celebrating Lights – By Arun of DOMS IIT Roorkee.

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It’s two weeks after Holi and the green door to my room is still coloured with powders of purple, yellow blue and red.I can feel the coming of summer heat and oddly I feel a little relieved that all the vestiges of winter are over.There was a time when I romanticized severe winters but when the real winter came I realized I was no longer the me I used to be.

I stand in front of the mirror and a stranger stares at me from the other side.I drop my eyes and try to peel the layers of myself as you peel away the onion skin.I shudder at the thought that the stream of emotions in me had dried up; it is not so because I long for an emotional catharsis but I feel already empty, mind like a desert in a starless night.

I try to remind myself of the choices I made and the logic behind them.But then my rootlessness, my existential troubles , my directionless stares at me and then the mirror becomes fuzzy with the vapour and I no longer see the stranger or anybody else staring at me.

Places

Auli was chilly with the snow and all
Delhi I visited many times and it’s different from what I thought it to be.
Tehri* has a dam and submerged memories; damned if you do not go
Dhanaulti was calm:A cold night on a bike disturbing the deodar valleys.
Mussorie has got gun hill and mall road,Sorry to say Iam forgetting it
Agra has a white tomb and an auburn fort, Yamuna is beautiful here.
Roorkee? Its present tense is sepia coloured: It smells of old book pages.
Attari or Amritsar, greenfields or golden temple,mustard flowers or red fences
I travel in time,disoriented in time warp

* Tehri town built by Maharaja Sudershan Shah is under water now.

I am using Android’s  wordpress application.It’s not that comfortable to use this application and type it in here.But let me write it lest I may forget.
I talked with a couple of Europeans here inside IIT.When asked about their stay in India their chief concern is the road traffic here.’Terrible’ and ‘scary’ are the adjectives they use to define it.They are pretty convinced that they are never going to learn this adventure sport here.
Last week there was a talk by Deepak Bhardwaj, Director at Texas Instruments.He shared his experience on how his American friends found it difficult to comprehend the way people drive in India.His chief concern  was the limitations of the governments and business houses in tapping data regarding the Indian traffic using any technological advancements including Internet Of Things.’Europeans can mount sensors at lanes and the data analyst can safely assume that nobody is going to cross the lanes whimsically at any point of time’ he said . Using the data , policy makers could do root cause analysis of accidents and could come up with precise solutions.In a country where reservations in employment and education  can be made based on a data collected 80 years ago, policy limitations due to haphazard traffic is not such a big deal.Only when somebody looks through a different lense and tells how scary things are, we notice.

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