Monthly Archives: February 2016

Love is in the air …Really?

 

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Valentine’s day just passed by . With such  mammoth marketing , even an orang-utan now knows that is the day where you go on your knees down and proclaim love for your dream boy/girl .The newspapers , media everywhere  is flooded with heart shaped balloons and advertisement asking you to take for helicopter ride , candle-light dinner and what not.

Is it really Love ? A boy meets a girl and their hearts melt and slowly they are wedded in bliss . My dear that’s nothing but our raging hormones and nature’s own way to proliferate. The intrinsic character of Nature is to grow. And hence the biology of animals and homosapiens is shaped like a way that they desire to copulate and we confuse it with eternal love.

In my journey till now I have discovered my own definition of love . That definition may not be perfect but surely I have deciphered my own nuances of love.Love is not object dependent .It is only about you , about your own existence , being comfortable in your skin and accepting yourself .In the tribulations of life we are sometimes so engaged that we forget about ourselves and self loathing starts creeping in .When  you  accept your flaws then only you can love yourself . And when you love yourself , you can love others. If you cannot love yourself you can never love others. But sometimes people love themselves so much that they forget about others . That is nothing but pride , ego and arrogance. Where there is love , there is never any ego.True love asks for sacrifice of ego.

Love is a state of bliss , a state where you are so ensconced that anybody who comes near you get the whiff of that fragrance. . I an a big follower of Sadhguru , his philosophy and his teachings. In one of his discourse he explains that you can be in love with a tree or a stone too. When you want something in return that is not love but transaction. If you are in love with yourself  a feeling of compassion comes in . That itself is s beautiful . Love and compassion are two ingredients that make our life worth living for , devoid of this we will turn into animals. Love is our intrinsic nature , we need to cultivate that , this can only help us to transcend and enter the realm of Godliness. I truly believe that in such tumultuous times , the world needs more lovers and healers . Lovers who transcend the boundaries of religion , country and  caste . What are your thoughts on love ? Have you discovered its eternal side ? I would love to hear your side of story too….

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Earthy , vibrant and beautiful..

Yes these are the words which comes to your mind when you look at her . So did  your mind went  all bonkers  about which actress/Celebrity I am talking about . Nah…Actually not.. But they are even more beautiful … And their charm never fades… Once you make them part of their lives , they will stay forever with you.. These are the beautiful hand made wooden vases , toys , candle stands and other useful artefacts from Chennapatna.

Chennapatna is a small town on the Bangalore Mysore highway . It is known for lacquerware wooden artefacts which include votive , vases , wooden toys , curtain rings , coasters and many other useful artefacts which we use in our day to day life . The artisans has been provided lathe machines and other equipments  from the government of Karnataka . It is just amazing to see how a piece of wood is converted into a  piece of art with their skilled hands . These artisans work hard in not very comfortable condition just to provide for their family and kids . Their whole body was covered with the dust generated from these lathe machines.

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A handmade product is not only beautiful but an array of emotions and sweat goes in making that product . So , when you buy a handmade product you are actually buying a piece of their life , a piece of their emotions. In Artsgali we aim to build a platform which aim to showcase these unique and traditional forms of art which has been part of our legacy from many generations.  These products are Indigenous and MADE IN INDIA. These are not produced in assembly lines with a thousand replicas but each one of this is touched and moulded in a piece of art with bare hands.

We spend so much money in malls eating and buying stuff which are overpriced but will bargain for few rupees from an artist who works day and night to make pieces of great artistry and imagination. Seeing it and experiencing the pain and hardship which these craftsmen take to build these artefacts , my heart is filled with pride and compassion . Our country India is not just another country but many countries in one and each traditional art tells an unique story about our heritage. To preserve this , the onus rests entirely on us.

 

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