Friday, March 7, 2014

Bleed ... do not break down

And when your heart aches … as words slowly circle around it ... captivating it ... forming clots ... you know that it is time to bleed. Bleed words -- Soumya Menon

Saturday, March 1, 2014

To Her ...

 I was born to write. I cannot think of any other methods or ways of expression other than words, written down as it flows. I often suffer from word constipation and I cannot write for months. And that is the fate of some of my writings that has not been revisited as I have literally choked for lack of vision maybe.

Yet, the only other mode or medium that i find so similar to writing is painting. I have seen some best works, I have met world-renowned artists, spoken and understood their urge to say what they have to say through a palette of colours.

And I see an artist everyday, waking up to dreams of colours and sleeping to those achieved dreams. My mother, born to paint dreams. Her heart, her soul belongs to the world of colours.

She is a floral lover. Every petal, every leaf looks like it is alive. She started at five by painting little lilies on handkerchiefs for her grandmother. Today, she designs ensembles that are worn by every woman who understands the beauty and story that goes into painting flowers.

My mother's love for flowers is so adorable that I would wonder if she could paint a flower that never existed. And she did. Unlike me, she does not suffer from any constipation, but then she says, "when you have designed your masterpiece, replicating it is not advisable. It is called your masterpiece for a reason".

I believe this is true. When I suffer my constant stagnation, she says, "why can't you write? Why cant words flow like colours flow for me?" Every painting is a story told by her. And one can see it for themselves.

I always wish that I would be able to at least tell the world the story of my hero who has told many stories through her beautiful talent.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Shiva Trilogy...

When the thought process to write on Shiva Trilogy began, I presumed that it does not require a review. The trilogy speaks for itself, with its extensively intricate cover designs, which lures any reader and the massive response to the author Amish Tripathi’s first attempt at writing.

I would not call this a review. It is my take on what the author has intended to pass on to the world. I must tell you specifically that this piece of work is beyond spirituality and religion, beyond cultures, race, caste and all the man made discrimination in society.

Anybody can pick up the books, a non Indian too, and I assure you that they would finish it within a few days. Also, for all those people who think that the book might be a layman’s take on mythology or Indian mythology simplified, well, I warn you that you would be disappointed.

At most times, Indian mythology is equalised to the thousands of reincarnations that the Trimurthy or TridevBrahma, Vishnu and Shiva take. I do not know if it is ignorance or just lack of knowledge that most of the Indian population are not really aware of all the reincarnations.

Again, I must warn you that this book just does not touch reincarnations. Also, do not compare the mythology to this.

So, do not pick the book having a certain mindset. Pick the book with a blank mind and just go with the flow.

The trilogy – The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras is an author’s understanding of mankind. It gives you a scientific explanation to what we know as Indian civilisation and our system.

Yes, what you can expect from the book is a whole lot new and a more sensible understanding of the existence and belief in God. Lord Shiva, also known as the Destroyer of Evil, is a magnificent character of will power, raw manhood, a warrior, a dancer, a singer, a romantic, a father, a lover, a husband, a decision maker and a reliable individual. He is a modern man born in an age old world with his liking towards alcohol and marijuana.

The book covers all issues from global warming, politics, crime, music, dance, culture, traditions, sports, history, geography, science, transport system, infrastructure, communication, international affairs, water system, medicine, health, terrorism, women empowerment, child development, education, business, patriotism and several others. Amish does not stop there. The seven vices are also incorporated in some way or the other by the author.

It took me one year to actually pick the first book – The Immortals of Meluha. But then, when I did, it took me less than 12 hours to finish the book and order the next one – The Secret of the Nagas. And then the wait was unbearable. I have chewed my nails wondering how is Lord Shiva going to fight Evil.

The character Lord Shiva enthrals you, grips you, makes your heart pound as Amish unfolds each character associated with him like Nandi, Badra, Bruhaspati and several others. From the discovery of the Neelkanth to the understanding of his purpose on Earth, his third eye, to being called the Mahadev, his association with the moon (Chandravanshis) and the sun (Suryavanshis), his association to the snake, river Ganga, the trishul, the rudraksh, the damru and marijuana astounds you as Amish fills you in with mind-boggling information. The love that brews between Sati and Shiva takes you to an entirely different universe. Lord Shiva’s love for his sons Ganesh and Karthik, his understanding of what is Good and Evil, his encounters with the Vasudevs and Parihas, his moments of pain and anger, his moments of joy and oneness, his moments of loss and gain, the understanding of heaven and hell, the understanding of Lord Ram and his idea of civilisation, who is described as a common man again, Lord Shiva’s idea of war and peace, his idea of friendship and many more comes through.

Sati is portrayed as today’s woman. Every woman will associate herself with this character of poise, beauty, intelligence, principles and independence. And her love for her man is undying and eternal.

The climax will definitely surprise you. The Oath of the Vayuputras is a mountain of interesting events that will leave you completely intrigued.

The books have a moral that should be understood by the reader and not told aloud. Each person would connect to the book in his or her own way, but, the feeling is of peace.

It takes you on a journey of not just India, but, the universe. From Mount Kailash and Tibet to South India, Amish, takes you on an emotional battlefield.

If I have not already spoilt enough for you, it is time that you own the Shiva Trilogy and let your thoughts and emotions flow. Remember, there is a scientific reasoning to everything!

Om Namah Shivaya.