Saturday, December 25, 2004

Is this a happy song or a sad song?

Ok, I have always thought of this song (like most other Cohen songs) as an intensely, poignantly saaaad love song. A friend recently told me about how she thinks this is one of the most romantic (read: HA-PPY!) songs she’s ever heard! This got me thinking…and so I leave it to you guys to tell me what your interpretations of this song are. Ps: Even if you don’t have anything to say…just LISTEN to this song (if you haven’t yet…) it is beautiful.

Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We're both of us beneath our love,
we're both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now,
though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand
or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Easy route - II

The gore behind the gori

Wanted! A fair, domesticated, convent-educated, unmarried, vegetarian, well-cultured, virtuous life partner with good moral character for 34, 170, 60,000 monthly. Kshatriya, educated and employed at education centre, having bunglow, car, etc. All materialistic amenities, prosperous, teetotaler, religious youth. Dowry, caste no bar. Orphaned, helpless, poor, lowly educated, simple-natured preferred. Her character will be main consideration. Please remember only sober, good charactered need apply.

No. This is not an extract from any fundamentalist organizations periodical circulated among like-minded is a serious matrimonial advertisement published in a leading national daily by an urban educated male youth, who much like most of his peer group, seeks this unrealistic paragon of virtue. The business of selling (...and buying) seems to have extended to the echelons of the so called ‘eligible’ bachelors in urban metros. The barter? ...presumably between high morality and higher status. Thus, his list of virtues begins and ends with indications of his moneyed status - as this is the presumed parameter of success.

So where do hardcore Sales skills come in? Let’s begin by describing the market scenario itself - With virtually (pun unintended) negligible competition from other players (read: those who can ‘adjust’ to the ways of lesser perfection), the seekers of a suitable replacement for their mothers, the washing machine, Mother no particular order of priority, have a considerable monopoly here. Thus, armed with an established market share, and a clear image of the requisite ‘brand’, it is no wonder that such adverts are more the norm than the exception. So, what role does the ‘brand’ herself get to play? Let¹s pick from the following:

  • Watch fairness cream commercials and get brainwashed into believing that they are the sole route to marital bliss.
  • Watch innumerable soaps (preferably back to back) which defines criteria for being ‘good’ and ‘bad’, almost as radically as being either the self-sacrificing, and eternally sugary and virtuous Snow-white (...complete with seven dwarves, in the form of ever doting relatives) versus the archetypical villainess, Cruella DeVille.
  • Learn newer, and not-so-subtle nuances of how to make ‘Demigod’ (read: respected other half) live starving on Karva Chauth and other honorable equivalents.

Needless to say, with this sort of an advantage, new players - both buyers and sellers, find it hard to penetrate...often considered radical, and a definite threat to established rules and regulatory measures. So, new-age brands who not only don’t conform to the afore-mentioned, but also dare to introduce new standards are made to believe that they are injecting/infecting the purity of transactions thus far, and they are held up as examples of deteriorating standards in quality, the prime cause for the current recession, inflation, a dip in sales, etc.

So, much like other market scenarios today, this one too is facing a dearth of suitable openings, severe recession, and fluctuating fortunes among those who dare to venture into these stormy seas. Oh, and in case you¹re inclined to respond to the above-mentioned advert, remember that the transaction will be deemed null and void, if under the influence of alcohol...since ‘sobriety’ is clearly a non-negotiable clause.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Easy route

...posting something *just* to populate this artcile I wrote quite some light years back...

Dream a little dream

Has something or someone ever really, really inspired you? Have you ever felt so touched by some thoughts, words or actions, that you feel that if you had to ‘feel¹ anymore, you¹d burst or something? Quite like, if you had to put the feelings in words, you couldn¹t?! (So, its quite ironical that I find myself attempting to write about it now!!)

Well, its certainly happened to me ever so many times...while hearing someone speak, while listening to music, while reading a book...over and over again. True inspiration at its very best. And that is precisely what mentoring is all about - to see some sort of a road, or atleast a garden path, where you¹d like to walk on in the course of your life. To emulate the inspirational aspects and imbibe them such that you attempt to scale those giddying heights for yourself.

Is it really that easy? No way! But, I feel, and I am sure if you have identified any bit with what I have written so far, it is the actual walking-down-the-path and not what you will find at the end of it that really matters. The sheer thrill of just being there! I once read a book where one of the more ‘insignificant¹ characters opines about ‘dreams¹...he said, ³I think that dreams are more fun when you are dreaming, rather than when you actually set foot to try and achieve them...

Coming back to the mentoring process, I have known myself to be ‘mentored¹ by all kinds of things...sometimes, it was the music I was listening to at that point of time...only to be replaced by the music-makers!! The constant in all these variables being the awe that they inspired each time.

Which brings me to a series of question that keep occurring to me. Does proximity play any role in this? But, of course! Not necessarily physical proximity, but more in terms of the bond that you feel. So, does one rate mentors viz. their influence on you? This would be like getting an artiste to rate his work and judge which is the best! It is all relative to different times, situations and circumstances in your life. That which strikes you at a particular point in time as relevant, is what remains with you. Do our mentors have mentors too? Whoever we choose to mentor us have their inspirations too! Even celebrities and distinguished achievers have mentors to guide and inspire them...after all, they¹re human too!

So, what do we take away with us? That we can find a mentor in everything that we see or do...that it is entirely up to us to decide the extent to which these affect us, and in what way they do. And that, at the end of the day, it is you walking along a path that you yourself have chosen to tread. Penultimate question - so, what’s stopping you?


ok, well, I have never blogged before...and as a matter of fact, got 'familiar' with the concept only when another non-internet-except-to-research/mail-user-y friend started blogging. This is my feeble attempt at the same...

*smashes coconut*