Monday

What You See is What You Get

What you see is what you get – Does it ring a bell? Well, most of us in IT industry would have heard WYSWIG interface in web and content designing tools. 

Let us take this concept to the next level, where seeing = focusing!

You see, even while shooting pictures, in mobile or DSLR cameras, if you miss to focus your subject, either you get a blurry shot or loose the context in which you wanted the picture to be. In a broader sense focus is the key to succeeding in anything and everything. 


Focus - Our World

To stay focused, you need to have three things: 
  • dedication - to learn
  • determination - to understand what we have learned 
  • discrimination - to prioritize on what is important while applying the knowledge
Let me explain this concept with a story, from the great Indian epic, Mahabaratha. I have heard this story from my grandfather several times. Each time it used to feel fresh because of the way he made us to see it in different vantage. This is the episode where the Guru Dhron was challenged for his favoritism towards the prince Arjuna who was known for his remarkable skills in archery. It was agreed that a test on archery skills would prove who the best archer is.

A wooden bird, with a painted eye, was suspended on a leafy branch of a large tree. Now, the guru stated the rules of the contest.
  • Every student would get a chance to aim.
  • Before striking they must answer guru’s question.
First came the senior most prince. As soon as he raised the bow and aimed, the guru asked him what he saw. Immediately the prince turned towards the guru and replied that he saw the wooden bird, the branch on which it was perched, and a nest. Then, when the prince shot, the arrow misfired. Similarly, all the princes came, aimed and gave a variety of answers.
  • One said he heard birds chirping merrily 
  • Another  said that he saw the large tree and a nest just below the branch where the wooden bird was perched.
  • Yet another one said that he just saw the bird.
But, all of them missed to hit the target. Finally came Arjuna’s turn, he raised his bows aimed, and stood steady. The guru asked the same question, ‘what do you see?’ Without taking his eyes off his target, Arjuna said ‘painted eye of the bird’! The guru tried to distract him by stating, what all the other students saw, but he was undeterred, and finally when he pulled the strings, the arrow flew with laser like precision and pierced the painted eye of the bird! What he saw was what he got!

Arjuna won because he saw what he had to hit. 
Life is like a camera, focus on what you want, you will get it!



Tuesday

Belief - Beyond Comprehension

Every visit to our farm house brings in new experience, as it is set in a remote village. The native villagers mostly live along with nature, may be that could be due to non-urbanization! Look at what I was intrigued at this time!
These are plantain stems. First I thought these people were slicing the stem and drying it up to make crisps, but I have never heard of such a thing. Well, we normally add these in daal or finely chop and toss it up and use as a side dish along with rice based meal. Now, curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to know what exactly it was, so started chatting up with the lady who was deftly making these stuff. She was equally excited to explain what she was doing!

They were oil lamp wicks, which is used in Hindu special prayers and it was called as வாழைத்தண்டு திரி (Vazhaithandu Thiri)! Meticulously she showed me how to make it...here we go

Slice the stem > pull out the fiber > wrap it > dry it. Roll the dried ones and make a wick, whenever you want to light the lamp. It is believed that lighting lamp with this wick will be relinquish any form of curse! 


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