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Friday, August 24, 2007

Joining the dots



When I was a kid, I liked to while away some time by joining dots on the Sunday Telegraph. Sometimes, the dots made no sense at all in the beginning, until you meticulously connected them serially one after the other. A stray mark with the pencil could spoil the whole picture. The challenge was, in a way, to know where to put smooth curves and where to place the sharp angles.
Life is like that. Many a times, I have seen things happening for apparently no reason. Though, I would not have been concerned by a pleasant occurrence as much as I'd have been by an unpleasant episode. In the language of Fine Arts, happiness is like a set of parallel straight lines where the vision shifts swiftly. While despair is like a tangled mass of complex curves where the gaze moves slowly, probably taking in more than there is. That is why, according to me, hard times seem to last longer than bliss.
But I have realized that in the end it all makes sense!
The universe has a plan.
And all we can do is join the dots with all our efforts, hoping to see the picture at last.

28 comments:

arnab said...

dude! that was deep :-)

Aparna said...

Really? Thanks if you are in sync with what I scribbled

Srividya said...

well written... waiting to see what pattern the dots of life finally form :)

Still searching said...

Hey, that was a really nice thought! And I actually agree, that the universe does seem to have a plan... there is a reason behind everything that happens to us! I'm not sure what the reason is, but each of us has to do more self-analysis to find that out!

s.H.a.S.h.I said...

wow.. thts really well said.. see we come up wid so many meanings out of small things... human mind has no boundaries...
nice blog.. liked ur other posts too..

abir said...

honey, u r really lost aren't u ?
let's go get a drink ... this conversation has endless possibilities :D

Aparna said...

@ abir
Lol. Thanks for the ultimate solution but I think I already had a drink too much at home. Will be practicing abstinence for the next couple of years :D Until you intend to get drunk on goat's milk like the Gauls.

Aparna said...

@ Shashi
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour. "

Aparna said...

@ abir

Btw, don't go for that "rambling" tag. Even if you think I might get lost without my radar in place :D , I think there's someone with strong "remote-sensing" capabilities somewhere who will manage to find me out. So my desultoriness can be excused :)

Abir said...

oh no ... i read ur thots and felt that the tag was appropriate! as for the direction, i am getting sm sense of the invisible ropeway along which u r moving ...
oh and another thing, wd u settle for orange juice instead of goat's milk? ;)

Anand Sarolkar said...

Brlliant post!

Can't say what I liked more, the thought or the way it was expressed.

Still thinking...

Aparna said...

@ abir
That invisible ropeway is what keeps me together, helps me from falling apart or going astray. And if you ask me, I'm going to stick to it. No detours :)

Aparna said...

@anand
Wow thanks :D
let me know what you conclude :)

Aparna said...

@ srividya
Aren't we all waiting?
I'm subscribing to teleology here, where there's a directive principle for everything. The utilitarian would say "for greater good" ( Albus Dumbledore for the Harry Potter savvy)

Arun Srinivasan said...

hmmmm...

going by the rule of joining the dots...why is it that only few come out with dazzling art in joining the dot where as some get lost in joining the dots? (now i am not a pessimist)...but the way u have perceived it was really wonderful...and about lines...that was a new one to me...my perception about lines were quiet different...but what you have said has opened some new doors to introspect few things...btw r u meaning by joining dots as doing something or ur some thing else?...will reply in detail...this is jus to chill u down as of now :-)...but one thought...life ain't that easy as like joining the dots..whts ur take on this saying?...

1. Everything happens for a reason...

saikat said...

ahem ahem..

dots and dashes..
some blind alleys and roadsigns flashes...
eating sugar and dumping molasses
healing touch and painful gashes

yeah life is journey joined by dots and dashes

impromptu creation..critics spare a thought :)

appu nice post...deep meaning thoughts ... give me a call before leaving :)

keep smiliN :)

passer by said...

no stray mark spoils the picture..its all perception..

life is full of dots agreed..but its pointless pondering over the points..keep jumping to the next point, and then the next..do that till you can't jump any further..

walk not the dots as planned by others...

Saurabh said...

comment.. kar diyaa.. as ordered.. :) ab kuch naya... naa

aparna said...

@saurabh
bery phunny!

saikat said...

oye meri maa...koi khabar nahii..when are you leaving...have you already left.....are kuch to update kar.... ssssshhhh pakaa main kisi ko nahii bataoonga :P:P:P:P

Appu said...

@saikat
I'm leaving for Delhi today, will come back to Kolkata on Tuesday evening. Uske baad Visa clear hua to I'll fly to Boston from there. Will try to call you from Delhi/Kolkata if I can. Tu apna khayal rakhna aur khana theek se khana. Datne wali busy hai to kya hua.. I'll be watching you :P *Robert De Niro in "Meet the Parents" style*

saikat said...

*sniff* *sniff*

tussi jaa rahe ho *cry*

waise dont worry...visa bhi clear ho jayega..and u'll be flying to your long awaited dream..i know how much you have waited for this day..n all my insane wishes are with you...n dnt worry abt me..agle baar miloonga to aur hatta katta miloonga...

keep in touch...

n btw when da hell were the secret cams hidden in mah room...that was my speciality :P

dnt worry..my agents up there are already on work to set up a secured hidden cam network..to monitor insanity spreading :D:D:D:D

do call me up if u can...will wait for it... :)

n once there pass my ellos to a certain mad scientist and a certain mad future biz baron :D

do take care..keep smiliN :)

The Phosgene Kid said...

Very well put, though I am a paint by numbers man myself...

Tapan said...

Wonderful article.. nicely written.. n good luck for ur MBA...

The Phosgene Kid said...

I connected the dots came up with a wonky looking cat - is that right?? It would be all so much easier if I could count!!

Aparna Kar said...

@saikat
Awwwwwwww... cho chweee.. I almost fainted with delight:D
Tujhe pata nahi? Doordarshan ne aaj kal apne TRPs badhane k liye ek naya program launch kiya hai -"ZE ZAICAT BOZE SHOW". Is mein hidden camera se tere subah se leke shaam tak k saare karnaame dikhaye jaate hai. Sunne mein aaya hai ki raat ko bhi telecast karne ka soch rahe hai. They are just waiting for the approval from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting who wanted to confirm it had no adult content and was fit for family viewing. I vouched that the protagonist is more seedha -saadha than a egg about to hatch :D

Aur sab theek chal raha hai yaar. I have discontinued my Hutch connection. Will have to call up from Dad's cell now.

Aur baaki woh mad scientist and business baron- will convey them my regards when I see them. Take my love and stay crazee :D

Aparna Kar said...

@The Phosgene Kid
Honestly? I didn't try this one, but thanks for telling me. I was intrigued and wanted to know what form it could possibly assume.
While you are a numbers' guy, I go for words. Some create with vibrant colors, some with a mere charcoal. The mode of expressions may differ, but the language is universal and someone who understands one mode usually appreciates and respects the other.
I believe , there is no "ONE" sublime art. We are all striving to achieve it. Thanks for your acknowledgment. I am humbled.

saikat said...

eeks thats the prob of not having da idiot box at home...i miss the screening of my own show :P

gosh i just wonder how will the world react seeing the night version of 'Ze Zaicat Boze Show' :P :D

well i 'll stay krazee ...u keep on spreading insanity..n do take care...

lotsa love...keep smiliN :)