The Walk

I still remember the walk I took,

After my school, towards the forest.

The magnificent beauty in every nook,

Mesmerised me like a song to chorist.

 

The trees, the grass and the flowers

Were looking so beautiful.

Seemed like blissful showers,

Under which hours could be delightful.

 

Under the spell of bountiful nature,

I got disturbed by the ring of my duties,

Telling me to watch my time and be mature,

Confronted by real life cruelties.

 

At that point, the bitter dogma was realised,

Life is a race and many are to be beaten.

There is no time for things to be relished,

Save yourselves from being eaten.

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It’s Never Too Late

It’s never too late,

My best friend said this in the phase,

When thoughts were in doubt

And future was on stake.

Dreams are like poetry in motion,

If you don’t realise them, my friend

They will turn into

Utmost dilution.

This is the dogma of the world.

Follow your dreams, make your own path.

Then each day will be a steam bath.

Why don’t you realise?

Happiness will be the ultimate prize.

The goal, the prize you always craved,

It can lead to your name being engraved.

It’s never too late,

To realise your euphoric fate.

At the end,

Age is just an illusion

That shouldn’t be misused

For your dreams’ avulsion.

Indian Classical

 

I am a bharatanatyam dancer and I’m writing this post to promote the dance form. I will be quick with the history, origin etc
India has been known for its culture and historic and unique dance forms and music. There are eight classical dance forms of India and all are guided by the religious text Natya Shastra which literally translates to Dance treatise. It was written by a sage called Bharat Muni.

Bharatanatyam is among the oldest dance forms which can be traced back to 2nd century. There are many theories regarding the origin of the name. The word is broken into two ” Bharata” meaning hindu and “natyam” meaning dance. Another theory says that it is made from three elements “bha” meaning bhaav ( emotions and feelings), “ra” meanibg raag (melody), “ta” meaning taal (rhythm) because the form is made from these three.

The decline of Bharatanatyam started after the arrival of the East India Company and commencement of colonial rule which treated the dance form as vulgar and banned it. It led to decline of the dance form. The dance form used to be performed by women called “devdasis” meaning servants of God in 16th century.

It was when the popular artist Rukmini Devi Aurandale revived Bharatanatyam after constant revolt. She not only promoted and revived the form in India but also abroad.This made the dance form popular and demanding abroad. I’m really proud that I learnt this form and yesterday I got my degree in which I passed with flying colours.

The sad truth is that despite being of Indian culture, today’s youth doesn’t value the dance form and mocks it. I was surprised to see the response in Austria when I performed there. They all were awestruck. They weren’t acquinted to the dance form but still it felt they understand it more than most of the Indians. Last year, I asked my school teacher to present the form differently, inspired from the youtube video of Poonam and Priyanka. You can checkout their video here. When I performed the similar fusion style at my school, it was that moment when everyone realised how incredible this form can get and I got popular among my teachers and schoolmates.

 

The beauty of the dance form lies in its unique half sitting posture, elegance and “mudras” meaning depictions by hands. The sad truth is that foreigners appreciate the form more than Indians do and still Indians take pride in it.

 

Childhood

Childhood is the most precious stage of a person’s life. It’s a stage where a person’s mind develops. A child grasps whatever he sees, hears and experiences. The mind is really sensitive at that time. We all experience childhood but why do we fail to understand it. It’s the time when that child has creative thoughts which are smart most of the time we, adults, laugh them off. Why do you forget the time when you were a child who was eager for answers to some questions? Whenever you suppress that child’s thought, it effects him in the way more than you think. The child feels stupid and thinks there is no point in conveying their ideas. It’s that point when their creativity keeps dying and they stop thinking outside the box. That child will think about all these things in the stage when he has to choose his course of life and realise that he was right and the adults were wrong.

That child still exists deep inside within every single adult. It maybe hidden somewhere deep inside or maybe you still know him. The main idea of the blog was to never suppress the budding ideas of that child. Let them grow and let him rise.

 

Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder

True beauty comes from inner glow…

This popular saying originates a long time ago. One of the most popular theme among classic authors and poets which we all cherish has a really deep meaning. What may be ugly for you, may be attractive for others and vice versa. Beauty is perception. Perception is point of view. The degree and definition of attractiveness varies not only among  different cultures, countries but also person to person. Beauty is not only outer beauty but aldo beauty of mind, heart and soul. The concept of beauty being a perception can be understood by different beauty standards around the world. For example- Korean beauty standards identify a perfect women to be skinny, fair skinned and have large eyes whereas perfect women in Africa are expected to be curvy with big breasts and wide hips.

This quote doesn’t only revolve around physical appearance of the humans but also other beings and things.

Some paintings from famous artists may appear silly or out of nowhere to most of the people but a person paying thousands or even millions for it sees the beauty of the art created, what the artist is trying to convey.

It may seem that another saying, “Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover” is a tributary of the given saying. It may be rectifying the wrong meaning taken by the people. The former saying may not only imply for physical beauty but also the inner beauty as it is well said that true beauty comes from inner glow. Whereas, the latter only talks about the physical appearance. It also conveys the idea of not to be judgemental. 

Your beauty is not only in the eyes of the other person as a beholder but you as a beholder. Successful people say,” Make Them Look Through Your Eyes”. Similarly, if you don’t see the beauty in yourself, then don’t expect the other person to see it. Self hatred is the most unattractive thing about a person. And, if a person tries to show the beauty in you, don’t become self obsessed but try to accept it with dignity. 

As we all know that physical beauty doesn’t last forever, be beautiful at heart, mind and soul.
Happy Reading 🙂

CAMILLE PAGLIA

Hello Readers,

These are my viewpoints about Camille Paglia. This blog is written after the special request of my fellow blogger Fredheiser. You all can check out Fredheiser’s blog.

  • Who is she?

Camille Anna Paglia is an American social critic and also a feminist, often called “Anti-Feminist Feminist”. She is lately been in news because of her viewpoints on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

  • Statements made by her and my views

 

‘Embarrassing’ Madonna Gets Destroyed by Feminist Camille Paglia

You can read about it here. Here Paglia accuses Madonna that she sets women back by objectifying herself. Paglia also stated that Madonna is unable to deal with aging and is trying to show that she is still young by sexualising herself. This can be justified when she bragged about her oral giving skills on a stage.

What I think is that, yes, Paglia is totally correct but it’s not only Madonna but also many a female singer and actress. Nearly every music video is sexualised whether it is Fifth Harmony or any other group or an individual. Even Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony as she realised that the girls are sexualised because of the thinking ‘sex sells’. Sexualising has become a new trend among popstars which is really unnecessary and cringe-worthy. I lost all the respect for Miley Cyrus I had in my childhood.

Calling Hillary Clinton a “disaster”

You can read about it here. People believed that if Hillary Clinton becomes the president, it will mark an era of feminism. But Camille didn’t seem to agree; rather she called Hillary a disaster. She justifies herself by saying that she didn’t accomplish anything and her actions led people from North Africa flood into Italy. She makes miracles a living disaster.

I don’t know how to react to this comment. But I feel that Hillary Clinton does not think before acting towards a situation and makes it even worse. She doesn’t respect anyone and is only a rich spoilt brat who doesn’t show her true side and only pretends to be good. Her racist comment about black community explained everything.

 

Clothing

You can read about it here.

What I feel is that some women are really pushing forward the idea of free will in clothing. Ok, you do have a right to dress up how you like but there is a fine line which shouldn’t be crossed. I totally agree with Paglia here as she mentioned that you are sexualising your office clothes too. It is true. There should be a degree of professionalism. You can’t dress up in street meat clothing and expect men not to stare. Even women stare a man walking in short shorts and tight tank top in the streets and are like it’s not a beach. Don’t even mention celebs like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj who just tape their nipples. It’s not fashion forward and it’s disgusting. There is a way of showing sexiness and skin. Some women just don’t get it and term it as feminism.

 

CONCLUSION-

What I believe is that Camille Paglia is extremely strong woman who isn’t afraid of making bitter but true statements and doesn’t fear the reactions. I agree that she is a hardcore critic who isn’t afraid to criticise powerful people. She is really intelligent and determined as she said, “I do feel that I’m going to win in the long run,”. She represents true feminism and what a woman is and can be to the society. I truly look up to her. The world really needs more women like her.

Do words have God in them?

I was reading ‘Brida’ by ‘Paulo Coelho’ yesterday. The novel was so captivating that I finished it in a day. His books always does this to me. Whenever I pick up a book by him, it feels as if I entered a magical words. The best part is the language, so simple yet elegant and beautifully written. The beauty of his novels is awestrucking. I do agree the way it ended felt incomplete and didn’t reach expectations but he enlightened us with ways of life.

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