Walks with Strangers

Morning or evening walks

Everytime crossed

On the same path

Initially a hesitant smile

Then a broader one

Then a casual wave

Then a tentative Hi

Then a greeting

Then a small talk

One day we sit together

A Shared conversation

Begining of the journey

From strangers to friends

 

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Paradoxes: What We Say We Want but What We Strive to Change

Thought provoking

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But well-behaved dogs don’t spring fully formed from the womb. They must be actively raised — which is not easy. The same goes for kids.–Jeff Koyen

As I returned some books to the library this morning, I drove past a straggle of four-year-olds from a nearby preschool.  The first two kids in line held the teacher or caregiver’s hands.  The rest followed in two loosely constructed lines.  Each of the approximately sixteen kids carried a colorful plastic waterbottle as he or she trudged along.  One young lady  marched virorously, swinging her waterbottle in one hand and  sucking strongly on the thumb of her other hand.   You can make me carry this waterbottle but I’ll do what I want with my other hand.  So there!

We proclaim that we like the naturalness and spontaneity of  young children and puppies.  Yet we spend a lot of time and effort teaching them appropriate…

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Khoi Vinh on How His Blog Amplified His Work and Career

Experience sharing, good tips

Own Your Content

It’s fair to think, what if you never monetize your website? What if no one reads your blog? What is it all for?

We spoke with Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe, author of How They Got Here: Interviews With Digital Designers About Their Careers, and a writer who’s been publishing on his blog, Subtraction, for nearly 20 years.

In his first blog post published on July 30, 2000, he meditates on the idea of having a journal, an online place where he can publish his ideas. He writes:

“I’ve been reckoning with an immense docket of changes and challenges. All of which seem like ideal fodder for posterity; an amateur writer in me feels compelled to record what I can.”

The initial inspiration has empowered Khoi to tell stories, share ideas, and offer wisdom on design for nearly two decades. The key is to look at…

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Introspection -life or plastic ?

We , humans, are creatures of convenience and in that process often get ourselves into unmanageable situations .
How slowly the menace of plastic came into our lives and is now a threat to our very existance. A small example :
I remember as a child we use to take our own bowls to buy milk or yogurt/curd
Then
Came the bowls made of leaves for yogurt
Then
The white plastic bags
Now
The packed containers with plastic lids and plastic bottles
Everyone welcomed the replacements and happy to be saving time (by not waiting in queues)
Relevant to mention here that those milk shops used to be the first meeting point most morning, from exchanging the plesantries to politics to cricket to sharing few laughs and jokes. Fresh morning Air and a morning in the bargin
Today the question is :” Is the damage repairable?
A few suggestions
– we can try to go back making curd at home like our mothers/grandmothers
– using of clay bowls by the mass manufacturer. ( experimental and possible if will is there?
– avoid small packs

The plastic not just around us but inside us, now is the time to INTROSPECT and ACT

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Inspiration-Creative hands

Age is limitation of mind

Passion is bound by imagination

Imagination creates Art

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Dr. Padha an intense learner

For me inspiration is not found in the books or idealism of known names. It is in the extra ordinary people whose daily routine is an example for others. Exploring, experimenting and innovating not only creates Artist , also the world of harmony.

Would like to share with you life of someone, who in his view is very ordinary, but for the people who are associated with him in any way (friends, relatives, neighbors) his simplicity and disciplined way of life is worth to follow.

At age of 78, when most people feel that they have nothing to learn or share, here is a man who is multi talented and still learning. He is into wood sculptures , mostly miniatures, a self-taught attempt. Bonsai is one of his interest and he has good collection of these.
Dr S. P Padha ,a medical professional ,an eye specialist ,retired as professor from Medical College Jammu. He lives in Jammu , INDIA. His childhood was spent in a small town of rural background, nothing like extra curricular activities or hobbies during those days.

When I asked him what lead him to learn pottery?

In his own words “ I was often fascinated by artisans like blacksmith and Potters giving shape to objects. I came in contact with Sh.Suman ji a couple of years back and became morning walk buddies. I learned about pottery workshop being run by Ms.Jyoti ji (Suman’s wife) at Blue River Cermics pottery centre With my interests in different art forms, I attended one of her workshop as an observer. Fascinated by the running hands on that wheel my creative instincts and their encouragement lead me to try my hand on Potter’s wheel. Jyoti ji is a very patient teacher which made me to learn about basics of pottery.”

Wood sculpture

It is not just the art but he keeps himself update with the fast moving world of wi-fi and technology. His views are that Internet is a great help in dissemination of information and knowledge.
His simplicity, humble and disciplined life is a message of encouragement for anyone looking for a mentor.

“We are the hands of potter

We are the clay

We are the wheels

And

We are the result too”

All images are copyright of Dr. Padha

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