Fragility

Years vanish. Months collapse. Time is like a tall building made of playing cards. It seems orderly until a strong gust of wind comes along and blows the whole thing skyward. Imagine it: an entire deck of cards soaring like a flock of birds.”
― Dani Shapiro, Hourglass: Time, Memory..

A flower from my office’s garden nudging that life is fragile.

Sonder n.

I’m adopting this from The Dictionary of Obscure SorrowsIf you think about it profoundly ,that’s absolutely remarkable. It’s detailing about those “extras” in the background of our routines and a realization that each of them has their own intricacies. I believe, sort of an empathy is manifested through this, only if you think deeply about it. God bless =)

sonder n. “The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”

Pondering on the Wonderland Within!

Some nuances that leave you in awe. Sharing the reading. I shall call this the ponder series wherein I could share in my readings so that we can ponder together. Apart from the technicalities of any subject, it’s the inquisitiveness and inference that matters. And that’s where we explore the child within ourselves.

Going inside the body and then inside the cell is a journey to wonderland. Enclosed by its outer membrane, a cell’s functions are walled off from the outside. When we look at any structure from outside, we get a highly simplified version of its essence. We decide to pick up a pencil and then do so. Not much to do it. But in the path leading from the thought to the act, millions of cells and millions of atoms acting on command were required to accomplish that mundane feat. From the outside, it seems so straightforward like starting a car: Just turn the key. Or a computer: Just press the power button. A myriad of hours were required to design the circuits and invent the components so that one simple act will activate the billions upon billions of atoms in just the right sequence needed to ignite the motor or light the screen.

If we could see within as easily as we see without, every aspect of existence would be an unfolding encounter with awe, almost a religious experience even for a secular spectator. A biology text presents a diagram, a cutaway view of a cell. Within the cell, a dozen or so components are shown and labeled – the nucleus, chromatins, cell membrane, ribosomes, and so on. If this were the reality, our metabolism would be one thousandth of what it actually is. A sketch showing all the cellular organelles would be one smear of ink, such is the density of the parts pumping life within. 
– Gerald L. Schroeder

#PonderSeries

Gazing at Stars

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize there are more important things than what people do all day.”
– Bill Watterson

Original photography by Mervin Harif.

‘The Border of a Mind’ – Studios

This is sort of a prelude of my concept of kind of a “studio of the mind” vision, let’s put it that way for the time being.  In the note about the intent of the blog, I had mentioned that these would a personal repertoire of my deliberations. Today, I’m postulating my thoughts on The Border of a Mind Studios.  Au fond, this is my vision of a virtual studio of arts, ideas and minds built on the idea of embellishment of childish curiosity that we’re born with and to manifest it through fine writings, arts, visuals, and moving images. It’s to articulate that novelty visually in the best way possible without any slack of any form. It could be a photograph that would paint a beautiful story from a timeless memory in its attributes or it might be an illustration that conveys an intent in its subtlety.  I’ve been running this on the backdrops over the past several years as a private project with visual gifts crafted to delight my friends and loved ones. Personally, I’m enamoured by the repose it instills within me and also the gratification of using this craft as my signature to put a smile on their hearts. Here we emerge! (chuckle!)
God bless you!


Original photograph by Nasna Nassir.

Serenity

A mosque near university city, Sharjah that I frequent for evening walks and occasional prayers. I’m just drawn into the silence and serenity at this place during non peak hours. If you think about it, regardless of wherever we are, chances are that there’s some sort of noise that plays an extra in the background. It’s difficult these days to get yourself a taste of some pin drop silence. Walking here with some calm music is a penchant and pastime now =)

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Sunlight is Painting!

Couldn’t agree more =)
Beams of light could be captured and crafted well to transform chores and normal subjects to be a ‘painting’ in the realm of our mind. Haven’t we ceased to be in awe of such simple luxuries when we are engrossed into our routines? May your day be beautiful.

Original photograph by Nasna Nassir.

Money!

Found this interesting piece while reading. Sharing  = )

Money rules our lives. You can rail against it. You can claim to be above it or indifferent to it. You can do all the moral and intellectual gymnastics that you will. But when all is said and done, money is at the very center of our existence. Yet money is not of central importance. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the lasting values that make life worth living. This is one of our great dilemmas. How are we to reconcile ourselves to something that is not important but is at the very center of our lives?

 

People who measure their money against their desires will never be happy, because there is always another desire waiting to lure them. People who measure their money against their needs can gain control over their life by gaining control over their needs.There are certain needs that have to be met. If the burden of poverty comes over you, do not look for money. Look for work. The money will follow, and you can begin to move money out of the center of your life and return it to its rightful place as a tool that helps you live a meaningful life.Financial well-being is nothing more than a balancing act on the back of circumstance. You can be thrown off at any time.

If you know how to be poor with dignity and grace, nothing short of massive financial disaster can disturb your peace of mind. Knowing how to be poor means developing an unerring instinct for the difference between what is essential and what is desirable. It means knowing how to take control of your life–how to repair and maintain the things around you, how to purchase wisely and well, how not to purchase at all when you do not have the means to do so, how to take joy in simple pleasures of life. It means not getting caught up in what is lacking, but finding meaning in what you have. It means knowing how to live with style and creativity without basing your life on money. “

[Source: Simple Truths by Kent Nerburn]

Havelock

Flying over Andaman Islands. Havelock is literally a paradise with its white sand shores and lush, untouched landscapes.  Visual treat for the soul.