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Hope is by far one of the best feelings to associate with in life. It gives us reason to go on when we are helpless. But be warned, Hope can be a dangerous thing. Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Hope is the worst of all evils, for it prolongs the torment of man.” This is with reference to the myth of the Pandora’s box. It is said that when the box was opened, all evil flew out into the world, and Hope was the only evil to stay behind. In some translations it flew out last -hence its concealed nature. So is it a good thing at all?

To ask someone to not expect anything from anyone at all is next to impossible. And none the less, Expectation itself is one of the worst evils there is. It leads to all dispute, hatred, and evolves into dramatic proportions. Expectation is what makes Hope evil. None the less, if there is no hope, people will give up. Hope is the fuel that drives all of mankind (until they achieve stages of being saints or sages and have isolated themselves completely from all of the material world).

On a daily bases, we hope that there are no sudden deaths amongst people we know and care for, we hope that none suffers from physical or mental pain and agony, we hope that everything shall end well and we hope that the world doesn’t come to an end. I guess what I am trying to say is that there is a thin line between Hope being a good thing and a bad thing. For the things we face in life -work for them, do hope for the best, but DO NOT expect a promise, a surety, that things will be exactly as you plan/hope, because that is not how the universe works. Things may or may not work out the way you want them to. It is a mere chance, and we can only keep our fingers crossed. Hope is having faith that the dice may lands in our favor while knowing that it might not. Hope is driving strength from the minor possibility that things shall work out while knowing that they might not. Hope is not a promise for a better future. As long as we are clear about that- hope is a good thing; It is indeed by far one of the best feelings to associate with in life.

Contrary to popular belief ‘design’ is a very underrated field. Unfortunately it is perceived quite the opposite due to its associations. The society needs to know better.

The practical importance or credibility of fields, at least in India, is more or less like this: Civil services (Administrative fields -not to be confused with politics), Medical, Engineering, Law and then the rest.
I don’t disagree to the importance of the above mentioned fields, but I don’t see equality in the social mindset.
Design is perceived as a superficial, not so important, just beauty-related field. And needless to say Politics is hated in general (I will get back to politics soon).

Design is not art. Design is not fashion. Design is not product.
Design is not graphic, textile, knitwear, animation, ceramics or jewelry.
Design, by definition, is plan.
A designer is a planner. His/her efforts include considering various possibilities, outcomes, waste, waste disposal, hazards, precautions, feasibility, ergonomics, stability to name a few. And they can create a can-opener inspired from a lotus, or a nation changing political system inspired from the courts of Akbar or Alexander.

So instead of ignorantly opening the tap, bathing from the water magically appearing from the faucet, think about what must have gone into designing it.
How the tap works?
How much work has been done to make a pipeline and the entire sewage system for the tap to work?
It all needed design. Design is everywhere. Look around you.
Be amazed. Be thankful.

All I want is a change in perception.

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Edited: 21st Nov 2013

Polyprop designer Robin Day passed away earlier this month.

Who was Robin Day you ask?
Robin Day, a UK-based polyprop designer, who in 1963 made one of the first chairs to really take advantage of injection molding for mass markets -a single mold could crank out 4000 Polyprop seats a week, and since its inception over 14 million have been sold in 23 countries. When licensed copies are tallied, the sales figures are estimated at between 20 and 50 million.

Stacking Chair by Robin Day

How many of us gave credit to the person who made this? And people like him who make things like these all the time?

Printed on a recycled USI (Uni Style Image) carry bag.
Be aware. Be responsible. Do whatever possible from your end however small may it be.
Or at least resent to such activities, and don’t support them.

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Good work USI.

About an years back I remember passing by an article on ‘how to face interviews’, and a read a bit out of curiosity. Their was a section about what to answer when they ask you for your own cons? Very thoughtful! You cant be honest so as to not get a job! Neither can you deny answer! Nor can you say you don’t have a flaw at all! And why?

“Why” is the question.

About two years back, in college.. i remember being a person who would run after perfection. No that doesn’t mean i would get even close to it, but i would really try. In work, in assignments, in speech, in which pen to choose, in which paper to wrap ..in life. I couldn’t understand why would i be so disappointed almost all the time.

Then in one of my history of design classes, i was told about some ancient Chinese professional craftsmen who made very intricate pottery. They were perfect in what they did. They made a perfect vase, painted it with detailed oriental style, and when it was almost complete with perfection, they would make a vary small deliberate mistake. Like a slight brush mark. This was symbolic, for their acceptance, of being human. I couldn’t forget this lesson.

Also my favorite Salvador Dali‘s quote is “Have no fear of perfection. You will never reach it!”

So was this it? The answer to the ‘why’! We are humans, and we cant be perfect no matter how hard we try. This is why a perfectionist would be disappointed almost 70% of his life i guess! But if you accept imperfection ..it is very relieving!

Ask me what i like about the band Red hot Chilli Peppers? Their music seems a bit offbeat sometimes, it may have traces of imperfection ..it is studio edited but they dont make it appear as if it was sung by perfect angels! It is lovable!

Everyone want to be perfect.. even a tiny atom, the smallest thing in the universe, whose duplet/octave is incomplete tends to achieve a state of perfect balance! So trying to achieve perfection is human too. What I am trying to say is not to stop seeking perfection. But to be wise enough to not expect everything to end up like they show in the movies ..stop trying to bend everything, and let the chips fall where they may.

What i have to say ends here, but you might want to read the lyrics of a track called ‘This is your life’ by Dust Brothers.

Ref:

[ Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se51hDh26GI

This is your life.. Good to the last drop, doesn’t get any better than this.
You are not your bank account, the clothes you wear, the contents of your wallet, your bowel cancer, your grande latte or the car you drive.. The things you think you own, end up owning you. You have to give up.
I say let me never be complete.
I say may i never be content.
I say deliver me from Swedish furniture!
I say deliver me from clever art.
I say deliver me from clear skin and perfect teeth.
I say you have to give up.
I say evolve, and let the chips fall where they may..

Delhi completed its 100 years yesterday on Dec 12, 2011. “Happy Birthday Delhi!” to began with!
So yesterday, I and a few of my friends went out to click some pictures of this awesome city showing its various colors.. turned out, it can’t be compiled in one post, and neither can it be clicked in one day! So I’ll upload more as they come, meanwhile..

A recent trip to Kutch district in Gujarat was far more than I had thought it would be. I expected that Id see some village, some artesian, some desert and I would try to get some pictures. But perhaps I had imagined less. Far less!

This trip showed how much is left for us to see, and more importantly understood. What I saw was a rich heritage untouched from industrialization (well almost, till lately) suspended in time, and immortalized by their Handicraft. The craftsmen are truly God-sent, but it is sad to know that they are not completely getting what they deserve most -Acknowledgement.

Id like to take this platform today, to bring to your notice, the people, their art and their self-less endeavour to keep it alive. But before that, a brief go-through of the place and the trip  :)

A mini pick-up lorry, and don’t miss the paint! No one does kitsch like India!

A Temple, and the flags..

Sunset at the Great Runn of Kutch, a White saline desert. I hadn’t witnessed such a sight before! 

The tradition, still prevalent..

How could I have missed the Turban!  :P

And the journey..

(I was accompanied by a few of my colleagues, forming a design team which went there and did this project. You might want to read from a different perspective, perhaps Legend of the 16 tribes and the soul of the embroidery art: http://saumyanagar.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/44/ )

It is only in War, or Cricket that we see India as a nation, so united. Today, April 2, 2011, the nation is once again united, and Im glad to say, its not war! Cricket World Cup final has India vs Sri Lanka with either of the teams, taking away the cup. I am less of a cricket enthusiast but still I feel the need to witness it and be a part of the privileged audience, so you can imagine what must be going on inside the real fans! People are painting themselves saffron white and green or are wearing the flag itself! or are wearing their favorite player jerseys! There is only one status everyone is putting over facebook or twitter and that is ‘bleed blue’! Blue is the new religion of Indian unity which defies all borders of state, of caste, of race, of status. Blue is the colour of team India.

We have won the Cup before, we know what its like. And believe me it is historic. I say so also because i wasn’t born then, and iv just seen pictures of 1983, which we still cherish, so it would be more like once in a lifetime moment for me (i believe a lot of us) if we win and Im desperately and very optimistically waiting for it. This match is also Important because Sachin Tendulkar, the God of cricket, the one to be honored by being called “The Indian” as seen on his jersey recently in IPL cricket with the rest all wearing their names, the one I have seen playing since my childhood, leading India to glory, the one who broke records, the one who gave the best players nightmares, is (as talked about) playing for the last time in world cup, in his homeland. There are also possibilities that he could score his 100th century in international cricket! And obviously, the possibilities of us winning the world cup again after so long..

It is only in War, or Cricket that we see India as a nation, so united. Today, April 2, 2011, the nation is once again united, and Im glad to say, its not war!

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*[Below lines of the post uploaded April 3, 2011, 12:30am]

WE WON!!!  WOOHOO!!  After all the anticipation, India is finally out on the streets dancing and celebrating victory the way no one else can possibly dream!

*pheww!!!*

Well, another two days and the excitement will probably go neutral again ..but we will never forget this. The day the nation roared for an encore due to cricket after a 28 year wait which was every drop worthwhile.

The nation will sleep well today. (If it can that is!)

Unfortunately, i found quite a few of my friends in trouble in the past few weeks. And nothing works accept for a good advice, which is probably why i am writing this. Perhaps in times like this, sometimes, the situation may be so bad, you might not have someone to give you any advice at all. Or you could be the listener but you might not know what to suggest. For all of you in trouble seeking suggestion, i would be glad if this piece of advice works.

First, talk things out to someone who listens. “Listens” not “Hears”. Make sure you have and maintain such friends. And all you need to maintain it with people like these is to keep your ego, mood swings and attitude aside. If you are the listener, and do not see a solution, do remember this (*this is where i usually fail) that sometimes, just listening is important.

So, Advice no.1: Let it be. Let it pass. Stay with it.

Advice no.2: Face it. Hard but usually true. Remember, It isn’t going to last forever. When you don’t see solutions, start walking with the flow till wherever you see the road. When you reach there, you’ll see further.

Advice no.3: When you are through with it and things start to get in shape, do all you may, with all it takes, for you to be where you need to be. Get back up. Stop talking and prove yourself in actions. (though rushing isn’t always necessary)

You might be wondering why I did not mention ‘Making all efforts to avert the situation according to your will‘? Well, that is because if that is an option, you are not in trouble yet. Not the trouble that is really worth being called trouble. The trouble im talking about is when you have tried everything and are now helpless.

A few other general advices are..

Advice no.4: Sometimes things can be sorted out by talking out, if the matter is relevant. But that only works when whom you need to talk to is sober and hasn’t lost his temper. Else talk when things have cooled down.

Advice no.5: Saying sorry and accepting fault will do no harm. Learn from it and get back. But this helps usually only if things haven’t gone intensely wrong.

Advice no.6: Time is the best healer. All in time, things will get better. You will get better.

And yes, having faith also works.

In my recent posts i talked about planting trees, recycling, reusing etc. Those facts go for me as much as they go for you. So if im not doing it, i have no right to question anyone else on the first place.

This post is just to tell you that im not all words. And I hope you do your part  :)

Meet Joe. A plant in a repainted used can which now reads “Hope -is a very strong word”

Sitting on my work station, and staring at my computer screen, i suddenly realized something ..and felt like Mr. Incredible stuck in a place not really meant for him.

Wow! what a co-relation! HAHAHA!   ;)

So here’s a typography poster. Or call it a try  :D

*Ref: Disney -The Incredibles.

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