19 January 2013

Two Evenings with Serendipity! - Man of the Heart, A Lalon Phokir Story @RangaShankara

Day 1:

My Office is in J.P Nagar, We go to Lunches with Colleagues and Friends around the place for Our Guests to Experience what Authentic food in Kannada / Rajasthan Looks like, in that process came art, Chris and Chase wanted to get some art back home, based on Badri's Recommendation we went to explore the place "Walking" After Lunch, Directions were clear and simple, Opposite "Ranga Shankara " WoW !!

We were at work, need to go back soon, there are tons of things to complete before winding up, however, checked the schedule and regardless of the play wanted to be there because Theatre is simply irresistable, I wish I remembered the name since I visited this place for the first time. Nevermind!

We Got to this amazing place Frame Define , picked few beautiful frames,idols and paintings.

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Next Day, after sendoffs and plesentaries and lot of Running literally and figuratively in the future, I Just started but in the Art front not the tech front which I am going to any ways.

Waved my Hand, Ranga Shankara, Damn, This Auto Guys ... Insanely demanding or reluctant when you need them most, One turned off my route, he has got priorities, and most of the time more pressing than the demand. fortunately I made it when I explained its J.P Nagar Police Station Road, Ran and got the tickets.

Then I remembered my friend who wanted to pick another wonderful painting at the store, well ... the painting guy was taking time, as you know about Bangalore traffic already. Knowing how much he wanted, I checked if he arrived, anxiously looking if every guy is carrying the painting, then comes a car, my friends and most important - They Are Guests of Honour. Athithi Devo Bhava, Never Turn Down the Guest. Went had really good time, There comes a Buzzing sound Starting the Play ... 

No Regrets! First lesson before you start making your choices, My Friend Shyam told, years ago. Important one.

After seeing my friend happy with his precious possession, and sending off, I waited hoping the people to come out during interval , ofcourse I did not miss the detail there.

Rangashankara On First Day 


Hours passed while I was slowly eating finger chips in the cafeteria, cakes and More Tea  ... I wish I had a time machine, apparently for the plays there is no fixed interval, and No one came out making me wait out side till the end of the play. good I had my laptop there to do some Pure tech at Pure Art place.

Finally People started coming out one by one and guards getting ready to do something I am not sure of ... then asked how long is the interval ? They said looking at me like a fool, The Show is Over! I got furious, frustrated for waiting there , hoping to peek in during the interval. There Ends my first day of serendpity. Just Outside the walls of "RangaShankara" - Unpaid guard.


Day 2:

I went in the afternoon during the Lunch to check if enough tickers are there, there were but there was no change for 1000, and the person at the counter was good enough to confirm that there were many tickets available. Went back to office after lunch and got into work, when I looked out of the monitor it was 19:14 Damn, I thought I am going to miss it today aswell, jumped out of the office,took a cab and reached JIT, Not knowing what is in store ...


Suman Mukhopadhyay enters the stage, explaining something about Music, and Unknown Fakir, Music is fine what this fakir life is going to be and did I waste my time ? were my thoughts ... he departs and the same buzz, only difference, I am inside!

lights go off, with focused lights beaming on gentleman (Sudipto Chatterjee) dressed as "Lalon Phokir" and his team coming on stage singing and simple instruments to support themselves.

This is what I wrote during the interval --

Amid Traffic Jams and High Octane Life ...

There is a place witnessing power packer performance, a treat to ears,eyes soul and brain "RangaShankara" playing "Man of the Heart - A play about the life and times of Lalon  Phokir." It is not 3D, nor Digital Dolby, Yes the professor used multi media but probably its not the reason why the people never left the auditorium.

5 "Simple" Subjects, You might ignore in the broad day light, Joins to tell a story of equally pedestrian fakir, For the souls longing to realise the secret of life in much simpler subtle ways one doesn't expect. His Name is Lalon Phokir as they might call him, but name you can ignore, his songs, his philosophy are as contemporary as they were 2 centuries ago, they are lullabies to ears, hearts and souls , however they wake up another world awakening you to see the life inward and out.

I didn't feel I was breating, only making subtle moves when the legs or hands paining due to prolonged immobility. It was not just one , its Music, its Philosopy, Its Religion and Its beyond.

I Strongly Recommend reading about this Phokir, (mendicant

Water of the Ganga is called Holy.
But it's the same water filling
The puddle on the road we call dirty!
That is how the Saain shapes Himself…
in size with the vessel He fills! - Lalon Phokir


He lived simple life against the British rule, social injustice and bringing Unity across regions around him.


08 January 2013

Doing the "Right Thing" not based on Popularity. #DelhiGangRape


There is a part wanted me to Hang all the Six involved in Delhi Incident, so strongly that felt the need for the govt., to ensure safety to girls now and more seriously in 3 more months when the juvenile is going to be released with what ever spirit that might have got him through wide media coverage and attention and other things not to mention his exposure to more criminals in & out.

We all more or less raised a voice, the govt, though did not acknowledge or support or act to protect the people, rights and assurance of security to people, it did recognise there is revolution under way and protests are just at the face of it.

Govt., did high drama of sending the victim to singapore, without asking logical/humane questions that should have been asked by a life saving doctor or a protective govt., rather they did successfully washed their hands, repeatedly without slightest sense.

Courts have taken up the case, amidst protests and Judiciary despite the gravity of the situation acted and acting so much responsibly making sure the judgement process is as per the perfect legal guidelines.

They checked the criminal's ages, chargesheeted 5 and verifying the details of sixth one. Fortunate or Unfortunate he is a Minor in legal sense, and can't be punished beyond the legal framework how much ever terrible the crime may be.

I was listening to some random channel interviewing his principal from school, he clearly said the boy is less than 18 year old, left school after completing 3rd std. so how do I react to that ?

should we kill this guy for what ever he did or should we kill the system or the govt., or probably each one of us who are directly or indirectly helping the people to drop out of schools because we are not being responsible in selecting the right candidates, we don't want to get into politics or teaching or we don't take up any socially responsible jobs and we fight for mundane reservations, partitions and all possible non constructive activities.

I am not just worried about possible victims of this juvenile, but many more possible ones that have already dropped out of schools and getting trained in the same school this boy or may be much worse than the one this kid got exposed to.

Its not about dress code, nor it is about sex education or some other weird non practical idealisting thing like teaching karate to women to protect etc., because you can't practically teach 2 year old to fight back and how much ever you do ... its not going to be strong enough to stop from the malevolent eyes.

Our priority shifts to education and governance. may be there is some saint who can explain talk and make this guy reasonable human being or what ever . but We Should stick to most important agenda of bringing the Right People to Power, giving the Right Education.

I felt proud listening to what judiciary did because its easy to do the right thing when it is popular, but doing the right thing knowing that the world wants something else either logically or emotionally or what ever needs lot of commitment. we should Thank and Appreciate our Judges and Lawyers in the courts.

Thanks to a friend who made me watch 12 Angry Men (

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=12+Angry+Men+1957) for thought provoking reflections.


22 December 2012

Yet Again, A World is Destroyed,Is not the Only One! #DelhiGangRape

Excerpt from Manusmriti 3.56  Reads:


यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवता: ।
यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफला: क्रिया: ।।

अर्थ = जहां पर स्त्रियों की पूजा होती है, वहां देवता रमते हैं । जहाँ उनकी पूजा नहीं होती, वहाँ सब काम निष्फल होते हैं ।

English :-

Yatra Naryastu Pujyante Ramante Tatra Devata ।
Yatraitaastu Na Pujyante Sarvaastatrafalaah Kriyaah ।।

Meaning: "Where Women Are Honored , Divinity Blossoms There; And Where They Are Dishonored , All Action Remains Unfruitful."

We are Born in India which believes in Manusmriti, and believe Ravana was destroyed because he abducted Sita - Wife of Rama 

And Kauravas destroyed because they insulted Draupadi - Wife of Pandavas

Its so unfortunate that the girls irrespective of their age,dressing or anything being insulted in various ways unspeakable by any human or animal and most disgusting of all, being made responsible for their actions.

I Blogged Here way back in 2005 Now after 7 years there is no difference NOTHING, things have gone from Bad to worse. 

Delhi remains insecure for both men and women and more so to the women.

When a Girl child is born, her parents will be dreaming of her eyes, she speaks her first words and all small naughty things she would have told, then the schooling ... Dreams of her education, marriage, grand children and husband Dreams ... Dream and Dreams ...

Then comes a fucking moron, who thinks her like an object, satisfying his desires, satisfies his sadistic pleasures and leaves her on the road ... For a bastard like that it doesn't matter if he just destroyed a world, he is just concerned about pleasure he experiences (I am not sure if that is the case too) Or just for fun.

Then some report, some are too scared to face the "Society" that doesn't console or support but despirate to castrate her as if it was done willingly or because of "HER" attitude.

There are kids as small as 2 , 3, 4, 5 being used as objects - Who are these so called moral police? Do they even know what humanity is about ? without blaming the victim ? 

Its Physical and Mental Torture for life for the victim, from the burns and bruises and the Society. 

While the news and headlines of Delhi News is still in the air there are more scrollings going about kids being targetted in 3 states of about 5 yrs age. 

This time we are not silent, we need action, we need involvement, We need support from all walks of life volunaring to protect our girl child.

We Need to be proactive, protective or what you see is a country full of barbarians - Justice is only reactive in a country full of corrupt policy makers busy protecting their asses in the cover of Z category security.

We Need people who dare to go there stand up and make decisions. Not Puppets.

BTW The 23 year old girl who is undergoing emergency surgeries and in ICU was on her way to become a doctor to save lives. Its the pathetic state of the State.

Legal system in India gives right to defend and protect yourself or protect some one, so any Ideas about how to treat a rapist before handing over - Comments are welcome to make India a better place again.  

20 December 2012

Secret Block - That was never mentioned.


Thank You My Son, I thought for a moment, It took almost a week to figure out how I can use,present and make it usable,reusable and adoptable. 

Now Let me tell you the story.

Me and My 2 year old son were playing with the Lego Bricks, Tracks and Trains as usual, while I was trying to build some thing, he was (In my opinion) disturbing the structure continuously, I looked at him and presented what I thought is my point of view. He obviously did not agree and he has got his own Ideas of construction or what ever he may wish to call the process.

Like a typical seller for the product Idea, I pushed, requested, begged and tried to act as if I am angry (which I am obviously not) nothing worked. I continued to play for a while and had to take a break to attend a call from colleague.

I returned after a while, observing if my son learnt to construct or if messed up the half built structure I created before leaving, He doesn't seem to change much but still enjoying what ever he has been doing but only with different tactics this time and different blocks.

Then I asked myself, why ?

This Manual for the Blocks come in 8 pages, explaining beautiful three dimensional images with handsome / beautiful kids as if they are being constructed by them, Here I have a guy busy not seeming to build or let us build any of the structures or shown in those pretty manuals, still happy and may be more happier than the ones in the manual ?

I think this is the problem of growing old/ growing big and expecting every thing as predicted/designed/assumed with expectation of getting the results that we perceive as natual outcomes of the actions we do. That happens in dreams.

Before I loose track of the story, My Mistake was assuming the happiness is constructing a building, while it is in experience, exploration, learning and doing mistakes and doing more mistakes in the process to learn. I forgot to enjoy the process while expecting the out come which My son was doing.

It took me long time, and a small break to come out, observe and analyse to understand it systemically.

This holds true for every thing. When you are in the middle of something people expect you to talk, your clients expect you to provide solutions and may be family expect you to guide. But It will always be better to come out and observe then provide solution or try to understand for better control over the situations.

In Scrabble you have a Blank Tile this is that tile in life, which is never mentioned in management - Take a Break , Sit back , Relax. This gives you both perspectives as an Insider and out.

Good Luck 

15 December 2012

Google Maps for iOS6 *Not ready* for iPads. #iOS #GoogleMaps #Apple

I am sure many are mislead by the articles that are pouring in about the iOS Maps App, but that is built for small screens like iPod,iPhones iPod Touch Etc.,Don't get mislead by the compatibility ... It does show the maps on your giant ipad screens but you won't like to if You have already done that mistake.

Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.