a monk who sold her camera.

In essence of celebrating World Photography day– 19th august, I would like to share my perception on how monks & photographers are related.

Photography by Paavani, clicked at Bodhgaya, India

Monks are not simple human beings, they wear a peculiar dress and follow a set of rules. Just like photographers, they also observe extra ordinary in ordinary. Monks live an unconditional life and photographers try to give unconditional expressions via visuals. Monks change themselves from the very roots of his being and photographer present the things the way they want. A monk’s quest doesn’t end and a true photographer never gets tired of being hermit and rootless wandering habit to get her subject right. A monk gets peace when with God and a photographer gets solace with her gadgets which isn’t necessarily hi-fi. But just like having proper knowledge will lead a monk to a clearer route to God; proper equipment makes the findings easy for a photographer. But she can even do wonder with a mobile camera, and not necessarily a canon 5D mark II.

And if you have questions regarding what photographers do whole day, just like a monk, a whole day is less to pray (play) with images. So enjoy this photographic journey my dear photographer friends, and wishing lots such photography day (events & exhibitions) in your life.

Ps: it’s a pure religious post. A photographer relation with her camera and her respect hidden in photographs. Thank you.

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Do “Not Mind”

How many times have you run out of ideas? How many times have your mind gone blank? Forget about out of the box thinking, you could not even suggest an ordinary idea. It happens with each one of us. Accept it or neglect it, choice is yours. And who gives this choice to you? Your tired, rotten mind!

After all, mind also needs a change, a change from the routine life. Just sleeping with a thought that an extraordinary idea will strike in your dream and you will wake up like August Kekulé; who day dreamt about snake and formulated the Benzene structure. That’s not going to happen. Better find easy and reliable method.

meditate everyday

Innovative ideas, creative skills and design skills depend on mind. Meditation is the key. Because in meditation you are not suppressing the thoughts or ideas rather your mind is in relaxation state. It is not running behind finding solutions. The peace, power and purity that your mind will experience after meditation, will be immeasurable.

Also mind it, doing meditation is not easy. In past, I tried and failed. Because, the mind keeps wandering and doesn’t stay focused for sufficiently long duration. A new thought comes and the mind again become active and starts working. Practicing it in a right manner can help. (One can try Sudarshan Kriya by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar). It will not only give you peace but also help you in concentration and focus.

Our day to day life stress and working style (all the time glued to computer screen) makes our mind linear and stressful, and it needs rather it “demands” NOTHING. Yeah, no more wandering mind or forever search for peace. It just wants to DO “NOT MIND” state.

Try this or join Art of Living beginner’s course. I am sure, you will love it. This article, I wrote specially for H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar birthday on 13th May.

So celebrate the silence of your mind by doing meditation. Creativity will flow after this golden silence 🙂

Let’s make a brand!

There is so much talk about Social Networking as hottest thing in 2007, even a network (Orkut) chosen as MTV youth icon 2007. It’s like making YOUR presence, staying in touch with people either for personal or professional growth.

And there was Time magazine (early 2007) cover page saying ‘Person of the Year is YOU’.
Recently I read an old article ‘Brand you by Tom Peters.
That made me to recall a quote by Isabel Allende “
You are the story teller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not.

Quite true.
Whatever you are doing (or going to do) is reflecting in your personality.
Either the way you dress up or the way you hold the fork. Your very individualistic style to signature to the favorites programmes on T.V. Everything is composing you.
It’s not a simple system. One might feel it’s a single entity, but it’s a whole complex system that is composing the YOU.
And as Mr. Peters the management Guru says, there is no way to escape from the Me Inc. One has to create own brand. Now up to you how you do.
So,

How to get BRANDED?

 The Brand You. How to stand out in similar looking crowd! Picture taken by Paavani

Compile- Strengths, Weakness, Power, External factors, Risks, Time (very important).
Just to make you stay focused on goals, how to achieve that.

Compete-
Learn & Improve, Keep yourself updated.
What you learnt was past. Think future, work in present scenario. And for that updating skills and being informative is a need.

Stay Tuned
–  Meet others, Talk, Discuss, Argu, Laugh & Enjoy.
Express yourself. It not only gives attention but makes you happy too. And getting noticed among in crowd is important if you really thinking of Branding yourself. So either blog or upload a video on youtube but do something to shine.

Balance-
Work, Family & Networking.
Don’t be you only, be the complete person. Know how to equilibrate everything. Getting the right rhythm to balance everything is making the real you.

Rejuvenate- Mentally and Physically.
Pamper yourself either with music, books or join health club. Keeping fit will make you more fresh and full of energy.
And come out with new innovative visionary ideas. After all you are the brand. Be Brand new in every stage of life.

There are so many How would you rise and shine in same and similar people.

Green Alphabets.

5th June- The world environment day.
So what are you doing today, planting or what great are you doing to make our world green?
World, which is loosing the greenness of it day by day as the consumption of hardware and robotic life is expanding, World where global warming is increasing and source of water is evaporating. What are you guys doing, why not learn something; like Alphabets!

A – Awareness – Making people aware, they are literate still they don’t know.
B – Beware – Warn them, what they are loosing, what will not see at all in near future.

C – Confess – What bad & good you did to your mother Earth.
D – Degradable – What ever you create/generate is it degradable.
E- Eco friendly – Go eco friendly- Take a jute bag, Wear khadi.
F- Friends– Talk to trees, Yes, you never know your next design‘s form and functionality is inspired from a plant.

G – Green design – Think green, to generate green designs ideas.
H – Honor it – Environment gives you so much like O2, one should be grateful.
I – Imagine – If I am a tree, what would ‘I’ expect from the world full of humans like us.
J – Join – Communities/ groups/ Network to spread the message and to learn from others.

K – Keep cleanness – don’t spit, don’t throw garbage on roads.
L – Love it – Love the smell of nature that you can’t enjoy by sitting in an A.C. room.
M- Make it happen – even a single person’s steps can make it happen.
N – No to pollution – Noise/ water or any kind of.
O – Obey the rule – Know your rights and follow it.

P – Prevent the extinct – Wildlife animals even the existing one before it’s too late.
Q – Quit bad habits – Like smoking.
R – Recyclable products – Use it i.e. using handmade paper will save 1 tree at least.
S – Sustainability – Whenever design, manufacturing think of it.

T – Trees – Plant a tree and celebrate it birthday.
U – Use wisely – Save the resources- don’t waste water, paper, petrol or anything, use it wisely.
V – Vivacious – Full of life where wind is passing from green tress, dew drops are shining bright in sun light.
X – Xperimental – Don’t restrict yourself; come up with ideas that are really good to protect our earth.

Y – Young – As you like to stay young, full of energy why not do the same for Earth.
Z – Zing up – With all this show up vigor for green and clean earth.

So are you ready to Go Green !

Paavani © 2006
Disclaimer :
When some of friends doubted by saying its not written by me, here I have to mentioned it’s by me only and 45 min effort to write and if you see, these alphabets are more focused on ‘Green design’.