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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Dance like no one’s watching....

This isn’t only about dance, this is about everything that you held dear- an interest or a passion, but owing to lack of time, or other genuine (and not-so-genuine )constraints, have given up pursuing.

My last stage performance was on Freshers’ Night in my college when I was in 2nd year.
After that, it has only been the usual accolades at dance parties and the much talked about infatuated camera men of TV channels in college fests.
I have enthralled, I have loved and I have lived every moment of when I have danced…

Be it the confines of my hostel room, or a huge gathering.. I have been given credit for making those people dance who never stood their foot on the dance floor.

But,recently, I have been wasting my gift…

Fortunately, I have 66.8 GB space in my local disk, and I intend to utilize at least 10 GB of it to store songs. Assuming 5 MB to be the average length of one song, I can store at least (10 *1000)/ 5 = 2000 songs in my lappy.

All these boring numericals, only to prove how serious I am about shaking my leg,
(and the obvious other things)
I will be doing free -style…but God-damn-it I will do it!!

As a matter of fact, even now , while I post this, my brow is wet with perspiration..coz I have been dancing for the past one hour non-stop.

And I am feeling great. Naaah!!! AWESOME!!!!

So what are you waiting for?
Read the post na?
Now do some justice to yourself.. grab that old tennis racket, or pluck the guitar strings or simply dust your canvas and sit with your pallete
Life isn’t just to exist, it is to live.
GO! LIVE IT!!

And yeah, don’t forget the comments if this made a difference to you. :)

60 comments:

pdey said...

YOYO - you on your own :)... lets all make it a LIFE festival.... passion on the go ..whew..whewwwwwwww.....

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music" - Friedrich Nietzsche

Vj said...

Wow it's such a wonderful sight to see a girl doing that kind of data calculation . i have 8 gigs of songs and i never purchased a single CD in my life.All downloaded , pirated stuff. but then that's how we all accumulate music in India..Isn't it

Shashi Rajasekaran said...

hmm..well have never seen u boast of ur literary vigntte..but have been treating myself with them for over six months now..

hmm...seeing u dance and then looking at my two left feet ..guess should have been a note to of the ripping numbers rather a blog reader..

do all that keeps variegated sky painted..

zoxcleb said...

so u finally started with that music collection! about time i must say :-)

so hows the shaking going? altho ur title says dance like no one's watching, me wonders, who is watching?

never mind.. dunno,... me rambles..
does this mean, however, tat u will be working shorter hours now?

Aparna Kar said...

@Pdey

I love that quote!
In fact, it's my status msg most of the times,
Another on insanity:
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every moment of it

And yes, it's the music we hear that others don't ,that makes them call us insane. The rhythm of life..

@ On ur own

Believe me..nothing beats it..
to be able to enjoy one's own company

Not that I am much conscious of the people around -even when I am in a crowd.
It is only the music and me..and an occasional unfortunate or equally insane dance partner maybe :p

Aparna Kar said...

@vj

About that data thingie: WO! quite a sexist remark!
Lol..jokes apart..

It was the only way I could place my intentions precisely:)

P.S wudn't mind if u let me know a few of the websites u d'l-ed songs from ..

Aparna Kar said...

@zoxcleb
dance like no one's watching is a general statement to remind u..dance like there's no one even whn u r in a crowd :P
Doesn't mean u shud step onto others' feet with closed eyes
It shud only be u and the music...and nothing else..
Oh, n it doesn't mean i will be working any less- only will be giving myself more time :)

Btw, u never know..if walls have ears, they might have eyes too :D

Aparna Kar said...

@Shashi

will buddy...

will all the colours I have :)

Ruchika said...

Wow! You sound a lot like me! I love dancing too and it gives me a real high just to move my body to a rhythm.. I also went through the same phase though.. work and other things in life took their priority and I wasted away all the potential.. but recently I started dancing again.. have taken up Salsa classes just to get myself moving again and lovin' it! It never matters whether there is a crowd or no one, I dance for myself! Good to see someone sharing the same passion!

candid diary said...

Wow! Some post (and really good one) after 18 days. All these days I used to expect a post from u & open ur blog everyday.
U r probably storing ur music in AVI format. Please go for MPEG-3 format. This will diminish the sizes of ur music files at least to 1/3rd. If u have extremely sensitive ears u will be fussy about the very small difference in the shrunken data in MPEG.
U did not give any indication about ur preference in music. Otherwise every reader would come to help u. Now, let me guess:
Bob Dylan? Probably, no. U did not react to his song in ‘It rained yesterday’.
Bryan Adams, Sir Elton John, John Denver? Probably yes.
Tagore songs, Old numbers of Kishore, Lata, Hemant? I will say, ‘All yes’.
U will find a large number of free download sites for any song of ur choice. Let us know.
Please keep the good work of blogging (& dancing too) gooooing!

zoxcleb said...

very true.. am uite sure they have eyes and ears too... reminds me of a story i read in Class 10... cant remember the name tho.

and going by what candid said, if u suggest some genres u prefer, u can be introduced to more such songs by the bloggers of the world!!
while u at it.. try www.pandora.com
gives u fantastic music to listen to, and it obeys ur taste!

Aparna Kar said...

Hey people, want to share something I liked...


At the bottom of the scale

we have man an animal.

Definitely, man an animal.

See that? At the upper end

of the scale, in extremis,

we have man a god

lone_wolf_dead said...

Was expecting to find more poetry when you gave me the link on orkut ... but I like this stuff too ...

Deleted my previous comment .. there was some typo.

puchku said...

"Here, where the world is quiet;
Here, where all trouble seems
Dead winds' and spent waves' riot
In doubtful dreams of dreams;
I watch the green field growing
For reaping folk and sowing
For harvest-time and mowing,
A sleepy world of streams.

I am tired of tears and laughter,
And men that laugh and weep;
Of what may come hereafter
For men that sow to reap:
I am weary of days and hours,
Blown buds of barren flowers,
Desires and dreams and powers
And everything but sleep.

Here life has death for neighbor,
And far from eye or ear
Wan waves and wet winds labor,
Weak ships and spirits steer;
They drive adrift, and whither
They wot not who make thither;
But no such winds blow hither,
And no such things grow here.

No growth of moor or coppice,
No heather-flower or vine,
But bloomless buds of poppies,
Green grapes of Proserpine,
Pale beds of blowing rushes,
Where no leaf blooms or blushes
Save this whereout she crushes
For dead men deadly wine.

Pale, without name or number,
In fruitless fields of corn,
They bow themselves and slumber
All night till light is born;
And like a soul belated,
In hell and heaven unmated,
By cloud and mist abated
Comes out of darkness morn.

Though one were strong as seven,
He too with death shall dwell,
Nor wake with wings in heaven,
Nor weep for pains in hell;
Though one were fair as roses,
His beauty clouds and closes;
And well though love reposes,
In the end it is not well.

Pale, beyond porch and portal,
Crowned with calm leaves she stands
Who gathers all things mortal
With cold immortal hands;
Her languid lips are sweeter
Than love's who fears to greet her,
To men that mix and meet her
From many times and lands.

She waits for each and other,
She waits for all men born;
Forgets the earth her mother,
The life of fruits and corn;
And spring and seed and swallow
Take wing for her and follow
Where summer song rings hollow
And flowers are put to scorn.

There go the loves that wither,
The old loves with wearier wings;
And all dead years draw thither,
And all disastrous things;
Dead dreams of days forsaken,
Blind buds that snows have shaken,
Wild leaves that winds have taken,
Red strays of ruined springs.

We are not sure of sorrow;
And joy was never sure;
To-day will die to-morrow;
Time stoops to no man's lure;
And love, grown faint and fretful,
With lips but half regretful
Sighs, and with eyes forgetful
Weeps that no loves endure.

From too much love of living,
From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving
Whatever gods may be
That no life lives for ever;
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
Winds somewhere safe to sea.

Then star nor sun shall waken,
Nor any change of light:
Nor sound of waters shaken,
Nor any sound or sight:
Nor wintry leaves nor vernal,
Nor days nor things diurnal;
Only the sleep eternal
In an eternal night."

------Algernon Charles Swinburne

And life is all about dancing to the tunes of music if you can hear..till it stops one day.

It all depends on "if you can hear". One heart so close chiming to another and what a waste if the other cannot dance because it just misses and does not hear it.

It is all about the story of your dancing and not doing so! It is all about "..those who could not hear the music" and those who could. I believe apart from sex(read true love if it helps you understand what I want to say) dancing is one case where your body is your mind and your mind is your body.

debottam said...

hi Aparna...cudnt agree more with you..har pal yahan jee bhar jio..jo hey shamaa..kaal ho na ho..

lone_wolf_dead said...

nope not scared of reality ... just typos :)

Anonymous said...

Oh how I wish if I was equally dumb !!...lone wolf I am really jealous of you....wish I had been equally selfconcious and insecure

lone_wolf_dead said...

hey anon... take care buddy ... sounds like you aren't having a good day.

If you wanna leave more comments, you can do so on my blog instead of messing up aparna's ..

aparna .. sorry about these notes. Please feel free to delete 'em off if you wish ... nice blog

Anonymous said...

Anon 2 to anon 1....."arent you scared of lone wolf?"....He can do anything to plz the missie...
Anyways anon1 to anon2 ....its great fun to have pun

I can see the immediate result falling off though....no anons :))

Aparna Kar said...

@Anonymous1

I deleted ur comment bcoz I didn't want to spread ur ill humour..

I agree with lone_wolf_dead, if u r having a bad day, it's not our fault...

Some people are like black holes..they just suck the happiness out of others..

I don't feel wrathful, I pity them..

Aparna Kar said...

@ruchika

Glad to know u yaar:)
Let's shake hands.

Btw, just wanted to abt those Salsa classes. I knew about one in GK-I
But then the guy shifted to Mumbai.
Mail me the details if u can at aparna.kar@gmail.com

Aparna Kar said...

@candid
It felt great to know that the post was so awaited.
Hope it was worth the wait..

Thanks for the suggestion..will try to save some space :)

Aparna Kar said...

@lone_wolf_dead

Don't underestimate prose buddy..

I have already started a battlefield here..

:P

Aparna Kar said...

@debottam

good :)
I feel the same..

(but some people are already the living dead- ZOMBIES!!)

saurabh said...

Seems Like a storm brewing up here.
So here i am to help my pals :)

saurabh said...

You can stop the hurt inside when love and hate collide :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah .....isnt it a mad world...well black holes are the most elusive thing in the world....not for common people to comprehend...but alas they are real.
Atleast have pitty on your lone wolf and delete my other messages...after all you have the supreme duty to spread the bliss of happiness

Aparna Kar said...

@anonymous
Go get a life yaar!
All u need is a hug from someone...

puchku said...

I hate flawed arguments...and words that does not add apart from "hatred"..I guess I should not be here.

lone_wolf_dead said...

I noticed some Richard Bach fans around .. so here is something from illusions ...

Don tells Richard when he's teaching him cloud vapourizing, if you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production of it, you just relax and remove it from your thinking.

So, let us just ignore this person who is so ashamed of him or herself as to not even use an id ... just ignore anon and don't even bother to delete the comments.

Hope everyone has a good day!

candid diary said...

My appeal 2 every person brawling for nothing:
Please make this blog a hate-free zone.

candid diary said...

Please visit http://furius.ca/salsa-book/ and get Latin Dance Study Guide.

rohitsahib said...

hi aparna,

I'll repeat again : "Who can say no to a young girl? "

haha!

Anyway, i lived in osho commune for few months & there i danced 3-4 hours everyday with closed eyes mostly. That was wonderful.

And later, i attended many meditation camps in delhi & enjoyed the same thing : dancing madly.

Cheers, Rohit

Anonymous said...

Its seems that I am the only person enjoying the brawl....specially brewed up for me...
Lone wolf leads again the pack of the "intellectual" people with wise saying and all....
Don tells Richard when he's teaching him cloud vapourizing, if you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production of it, you just relax and remove it from your thinking.....
vade log vadi batten....by the way I was talking about John Sabestian Bach Lone Wolf...
What an irony....'Lone'....but so much into the pack...dude find your way out soon.
Anyways , I am seriously enjoying it and it would have been a greater fun had the original message be there.
BTW , dont worry , I am free just for some time and so would like to pester you people now and then :))

Anonymous said...

Hey plz plz plz...one more last msg...
@ everyone....picked up from lone wolf 's passage...let me quote..
"So, let us just ignore this person who is so ashamed of him or herself as to not even use an id ... just ignore anon and don't even bother to delete the comments."
It just reminded me of that cliche dialogue of bollywood movies....
"Kutte, agar ma ka doodh piya hai to samane aake dikha"...or something like that.....

The message below is only for kids above 18 and has an A certificate attached to it
---------------------------------------
@Rohitsahib...hey man whats the point of going to Osho ashram and meditation et al...
If you really want to have that outer body experience try some LSD and for inner body experience try some " Golden Brown "....ofcourse you wont get girls, but then after experiencing it you wont need them.

Aparna Kar said...

What the hell is happening here???

@ Anonymous..
go get some other form of entertainment to amuse ur sorry life...

mycarnegiedaze said...

@ anonymous
Beautiful language u have & ur language betrays ur class.
Come, visit my blog and u will get handful of weird stuff (I plan to put some more stuff up to ur taste).
Please leave this girl’s blog alone.

Anonymous said...

Hey really man , I dont want to bug this lady.... women get intimidated too fast....Aparna you can delete my messages...just give me some blog id which is active....
Adieu friends....sad none of you appreciated my cynicism

Anonymous said...

@mycar....
Your blogspot is too gross...chee chee, I am not a pervert ;)...really I mean it, I like some pure witty fun..
(with scorn on my face)

saurabh said...

@Anonymous : What kind of person you are who has to hide behind a curtain and then throw daggers at everyone.

You are welcome to your opinions but do not brawl.
There is a difference between a discussion and an argument,don't drag it, for the heck of it

saurabh said...

@anonymous : where do u live,give us ur address. U really need lot of love we all will collectively help u overcoming the sorrows of ur life

Anonymous said...

@Saurabh...
Ohhh...again that cliche...."dum hai to samane aake dikha , kayaron ki tarah peeche se kya waar karta hai"...
Get some originality man...
And guess I am not a big fan of "The Art of Living" ...so no hugging et al...please keep yourself off me ;)

@Zoxcleb....You are the only person I like on the blog, what does your ID mean ?

mycarnegiedaze said...

@ anonymous
It’s a pleasure to read ur admission that there r chappies more disgusting than u r. Why do u start a competition in craziness, then? Btw, did u like ur photograph?
@ Aparna
Will the young lady b considerate to clean up the whole mess, including my comments? Oooh, the ‘sphere already smells cleaner!

Ruchika said...

The website for Salsa classes where I go is www.salsa-india.com

They have classes in GKI, Vasant Vihar etc etc.. take your pick.. fyi, next batch begins on 9th July I think..

Ciao.. maybe we'll bump into each other at the classes! :-)

Angshuman Sarkar said...

Hmm.. dont know much about dancing! Remember the Genesis song .. 'I can't dance!'. But good expressions. What are you? A linguist?

Prasoon said...

esutahmm.. interesting piece of writing..
speaking of passion - why guss it - u ain't busy nowadays - are you ? :P

and i'd say again re-quoting the words u love in a diff form - keep dancing n let the people who're not hearing the music believe that "U ARE INDEED INSANE"..
ur last stage performance was more than 2 years ago or was it 3 - very long n so - give urself a big BREAK n find a stage - how long should tha talent confine to just a room..

now am rushing to get my camera tho after reading the last statements here :P - have to LIVE A LIFE !!

n btw, looks like u have a lot of cleaning to do in the comments here - its all messy..[u may consider disabaling anonymous comments]

Abir said...

funny - i was abt to pick up the guitar after dinner tonight!!! read ur blog while cooking ... :D
nice 'un girl ... dance away!

Aparna Kar said...

@Ruchika
Thanks Pal..:)

@Angshuman
LOL..no way!!

to quote someone I know
"aami paati ekta meye" :P

@prasoon
goood that my post had some positive influence

Btw, forget those messy comments..tried cleaning a few n then gave uop..waste of time

@abir

Way to go boy!!!

raven said...

excellent post. pathetic comment war!

~ one life, live it ~

(thats my email signature)

Aparna Kar said...

@raven

The way is over...

I guess

we are resting in peace now...

Athul said...

gr8 blog
gud job
checkout mine www.athuljcn.blogspot.com
i am new to blogging!!!

Spaceman Spiff said...

wow. a nice, direct dil-se writeup, reflects the sheer joy of dancing :)
something even an unorganised dancer (like me) can really understand and FEEL

positive,feel-good post. bound to brighten up anybody

Anonymous said...

A vast radiant beach in a cool jeweled moon
Couples naked race down by its quiet side
And we laugh like soft, mad children
Smug in the wooly cotton brains of infancy
The music and voices are all around us

Enter again the sweet forest
Enter the hot dream
Come with us
Everything is broken up and dances.

Tapan said...

hei.. u r awesome in putting ur thoughts.. although i m not a dance enthusiast... concluding with a saying ..
"Sing as no one listening...
dance as if no one is watching...
love as if u've never loved before...
live as if heaven is here on earth... "

keep blogging..

abhinesh said...

very true..its gr8 to do things in our own manner like no one is watching us...

Anonymous said...

Guess I was the devils advocate ..
It was really imprudent of you to delete my original message , do you remember it , could you just post it somewhere, I did like it when I posted it first

Ritesh said...

I like the way your thoughts flow.
And has it made a difference to me..?
well its been only minutes since i read it; but it has certainly made a difference tho not in the intended direction but not far off the mark either.

redundant to say "keep blogging" but i shall read your posts :-)

Cheerio.

candid diary said...

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http://www.43things.com/things/view/8745

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Priya Ranjan Singh said...

haha i wont say its worthless to put up my comment :p no offence. but the post makes NO DIFFERENCE to me. why? cos neither do i like to dance nor i like it :p I posted 'cos m different from other 54 who seem to have enjoyed [ i din read comments].

But. i do live it. the life thing ;)