Thursday, June 02, 2005

Sunrise and Windows

When did I see a sunrise last?
I am wondering for sometime about this-when was the last time I saw a sunrise? I remember seeing that on a coffee bottle whenever I shop for groceries! What about the real one? Last month, on a flight to Chennai, I saw sunrise. Before that? One sunrise I can never forget is one at Kochi, near Lakeshore hospital. That sunrise is a part of an experience I am trying hard to forget. But this sunrise on the way to Chennai was very nice!
It was an Indian Airlines flight and the AC was not working. Many passengers complained, many of them were rude. After some time, a senior air-hostess came to answer the people who were complaining. I overheard the last part of their coversation...She was saying: "This is the first flight of the day and it takes time for the AC to start. What can we do?"
Strange-an AC of an airbus A320 takes 40 minutes to start?
No apologies and no word from the captain. May be, he was not aware of all this.
We didn't have any minister on board to force his way and open the emergency door!

I was giving a talk at Chennai and I asked this question to the partcipants. There was a deafening silence after that. After some uneasy moments and lots of ..., ..... and .... and pauses most of them said they dont even remember when was the last time they saw a sunrise!.

When was the last time you saw a Windows screen or a keyboard or an ATM machine? Very easy to answer!

This throws up so many uneasy thoughts in my mind. Are we moving so much away from nature that we dont see any of the beautiful experiences gifted to us?
Are we being cleverly engineered to believe that webshots sunrises are better?
We start to believe that a computer can solve all our problems?
Everything is turning digital. Searching for a partner, fixing up a date, chatting, exchanging notes, finding out astrological compatability (see the kareena-shahid advt in TOI today?), finding a name for a new born baby, fixing up a holiday, booking a ticket, bill pay, applying for a loan..............everything is digital now. Of course, some are very useful.....I loved the onlinesbi site and use it to pay so many bills........it is very convenient to book your tickets online!
But how dependant are we on computers?
Should I spend some time without this digital leash?
Once my wife was looking at a sunset and pointing out to a lovely streak of some unusual colours in the sky. I looked at it and my first reaction was that " Oh! Looks just like a clour correction in Photoshop!". Wife lost it. She screamed about my fixation towards macintosh and photoshop.
A year later, I was wandering about at the faculty of fine arts and M.S. University, Baroda (my alma matter) and looking at the annual display of work by passing out students.
It was a great experience looking at the works of Painting and Sculpture students! I always feel so small and humble and sense my ego getting smaller and smaller when I see these kind of students doing such brilliant work.
Every visit to an art school teaches me lots of lessons.
The most important one is to take time off from Macintoshes and Windows and start looking at the world beyond that!
Thanks to my wife and all those brilliant artists and art students who keep reminding me of many more surises to see!

12 comments:

diaphanous said...

Machan, I am glad you have started the blog. I haven't been able to come over to IDC despite several enticing invitations, but now at least I can know what you are thinking.
I did wake up pooped at 6.30 this morning to attend a conference, but didn't look at the horizon. It was a cloudy sky anyway. But, I get the point. We need witness sunrises for there is perhaps nothing more beautiful and breathtaking. When did you last hear birds chirping before the sunrise? It is a serious music therapy for the soul. Believe me your day can't go wrong man.

congratulations for starting the blog. do keep writing.

satish

G.V.Sreekumar said...

dear tushar
i am extremely thankful for the wonderful words you have written. it is very inspiring! sure, i do listen to the chirping birds almost everyday now! (except sundays!! zzzzzzzzzzzzzz)
regards
Sree

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a r t | m o n k said...

oooy Mashe...yr blog is cool :)
Little busy these days...
Let me come back and read all these things

HashbasH said...

Hi Sir,i was just going through
your blog.i used to have the same uneasiness at times.. i felt this is happening more in IDC these days. we are seeing things through our camera lens instead of using our own eyes..
so i have started a campaign already and the slogan is "Life is NOT design"
-Hashim

neYYan said...

saare, satyam!!!...

verum satyam!!.

What you've written is all about me.
And I couldn't resist laughing AT me when I read that photoshop color correction part....

true...very true....

:)

butterfly said...

dear sreeku sir!!!!
Reading this post it just reminded me a few moments spent by me with my friends... it was when me, biju and varun decided to go to lake side after having breakfast in maddu mess... we where a bit early for the sun to come... those hours waiting for the sunrise. i had never felt as peaceful in my life ...and that first ray of sun! what a feeling!!! made me realise what happiness really mean...

sURi said...

Dear Sir,
ya it indeed felt great and inspiring after reading ur post..

Not just about we getting used to digitalization.. but lot more.. About relationships..
About God...
Things have really changed!!

Would love to have some kinda club in IDC with this kinda discussions every fortnight.. :)

regards,
sURi.
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NRS said...

This is how a good student has to offer his tributes to his departed teacher. And this is how a good teacher remembers his own teacher. Excellent. Exhaustive too.

chirag said...

Dear Sree,

Good to see your blog. I bookmarked it. But what a shocking news about RK. I remember listening him at MSU fine.

Keep writing.
Congrates

Chirag Rana