Saturday, June 23, 2012

مسکرانا ہے

tum jitna bhi gham kar lo, ek din muskurana hai,
Wajeh se nahi toh be-wajahi pe muskurana hai.

Ek din aadat ho jaayegi tanhaayee ki Besabr,
Uss waqt sirf mehfil ke khiyaal pe muskurana hai.

-besabr(hp). بےصبر 

Musings: Artist Vs Scientist

To have a different motive for thinking than to simply rationalize is a new revelation that I have achieved today. Although I believe I have always had a hint of it whenever I pursue poetry or other forms of art, today was the day when I could articulate and fathom the first statement I just made. To instigate someone into thinking and to not convince them is a worthy motive behind writing a philosophical piece. However I still have my reservations to which I return elastically but my flexibility has increased.

It all started with Mirant suggesting that fear is the driving force behind everything we do and I was nodding diagonally till it was reserved as a root for all the actions. However, when he suggested that fear is a driving force behind evolution, survival, as well as basic instincts, I could not accept it. After all, how could you possibly justify Darwin's natural selection of a favourable trait in a species using fear. Or how could you reason out a newly born animal's instincts which are genetically embedded in that individual using fear  - which is an emotion arising from processing thoughts and realizing the potentially ill consequences of doing something.

I do not agree to the idea that fear is such a vastly pervading reason for progress and functioning of all the life forms. We had a lot of arguments and I was open to believing that there could be something more fundamental which leads to instincts, survival, fear and connects them. But again calling that fundamental quantity 'fear' was not acceptable to me on the grounds that it leads to ambiguity and miscommunication.

Going back and forth a hundred times on the same route of words, meanings and arguments, I realized that what Mirant was trying to put forward was an idea that fear 'could' be a reason for everything and if I give it a second thought, I could perhaps try to imagine everything as a consequence of 'fear' (which does not hold the same meaning as in the conventional sense). His motive to make such a statement was to instigate thoughts on the matter and not to make me cave into believing that fear is indeed the reason for everything. So he justified the ambiguity of his language by clarifying that his motive was to provoke thinking and broaden perspective.

I still consider the statement 'Fear is the route for everything' debatable. But thank god, we had some agreement at the end about different motives of thinking and expressing.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Kuch Nayee Nazmen

Zehen mein aksar khayaal tairtey rehte hain,
Gehraayee mein kahin labz doobey rehte hain,
Jazbaati toofan ki zaroorat hai Besabr,
Tabhi kambakhat yeh nazm mein dhalte hain.


Chhupaaein pardeh se agar hum khud ko
Chaahe dum ghute sambhaaley hum khud ko
Phir bhi Besabr nazren hazaaron ghoorti hain
Tasavvur mein jee ke bachaaley ab khud ko

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jhanjhari (Zanzri) Waterfall Trip Travelogue

Target: A pleasant road trip on bike with meager hopes of seeing waterfall so early in monsoon. Somebody once rightly uttered these words so that I can quote them here 'it is the journey that matters, not the destination', bless the wise man who spared me from the contemplation leading to such a profound thought.

Companion Biker: Mirant Tiwari , renamed Mr. Mythology. Very protective of his six month old Yamaha but not so much that he can refrain from narrating the creation of universe and philosophies of Hinduism while driving on the country roads. Also, he has given me a deep insight into being a Brahmin and having to please Shiva. 'Dear Brahmin readers, do please Shiva-Shankara since he is the only one who has the right to kill a Brahmin. If anyone else touches you, it is against the constitution of Hinduism - please raise your concerns in a temple nearest to you.' (@Mirant, yaar... no offence intended. It was sincerely enlightening but you know my readers like me as a stand up comedian - or so I think right now.)

Route: Okay, some serious talk here and no jokergiri. This was my second time on the same route and it was painful to recall memory by memory and re-chart the map last night. Result: this blog entry.

Just giving the landmarks on the way, you can connect the dots via google maps if interested. Otherwise you will find too many down-to-earth village folk anytime of the day to guide you.

Ahmedabad - Subhash Bridge - Airport Circle - Noblenagar - S.P. Ring Road - Dehegam - Dehegam to Baayad Road - Go Untill Dabha Village - Go to Jhanjhari via Dabha. (Total about 80 km, Roads are smooth, well shaded and you will be driving through farms once you cross S.P. Ring Road )

My return route is a little different:

Jhanjhari - Nirmali Chokdi - Vyasji na Muvada - Utkanteshwar - Dehegam - Ahmedabad. ( You could visit Kedareshwar between Vyasji na Muvada and Utkanteshwar if you like. )

Experience: If you had asked me about 5 hours ago, then I would have hardly spoken anything and given you an extremely uninteresting facial gesture. We came back on bike in partial cloudy but hot! noon so I was very drained by the time I reached home. But let me rewind to the time when we were trekking on the river bed rocks under clouds and in cool wind... it was bliss! To sit with legs dipped in cold water and touching the algae on the bottom of water with legs to release trapped gas bubbles... To see red wattled lapwings create a ruckus just because we were 10 feet away from its nest with one chick roaming around the tall grass walls... To get up and start walking again when the sun shines... To wonder if those are tadpoles or small fishes and sometimes pretend to read a book in an idyllic place like that... To have company of a crazy lunatic writer who can weave a cliche silly romantic movie script on the spot with you and who dreams of dinosaurs and imagines crocodiles in a river dry like a desert with too many oases...

The road trip was like cutting your way through a smooth vanilla chocolate cake sitting in the comfort of your home. (Okay, I can confess here that I have been dying to find this cake of my dreams in Ahmedabad). You can expect to witness closely a small part of farmers' life while you drive through these country roads with ample of 'stop here' and 'stop there' moments. I had a nice brief chat with a farmer plucking mangoes who was nice enough to gift me a sweet desi mango :).

Caution: Take enough water or keep buying water on the way because you will need lots of it to survive the sun till the end of the day.

Wildlife: If you are an amateur birdwatcher like me, you will find a lot of variety of birds. I saw a number of Indian Rollers, Little Green Bee Eater, Black Ibis, Open billed stork, Woolly necked stork, little egret, pond heron, purple heron, white breasted kingfisher, A bigger variety of bee eater, a swallow, a raptor like a harrier (also collectively named as 'take your binocular next time' :) ).

We also saw an Indian Monitor Lizard and the Yamaha almost became the Yamaraja for a number of squirrels that were venturing on the streets without any zebra crossings.

Some more photos:

Where do I go from here? Oh shoot... I should have thought my way out first.. :P (Mirant, don't take revenge please...)

Not nomads/gypsies... just tribals who transfer goods from one village  to another using their camels and donkeys.