Sunday, November 24, 2013

Haiku: One of the most expressive and restricted form of poetic expression

"What is HAIKU?" In simple words, Haiku is an iconic and most famous poetic form of Japan, (Its also quite popular across the world, nowadays) which conveys a vivid image or a poetic moment within 5-7-5 syllables.powerful ancient Japanese style of poetry, which is adored by millions of modern readers and writers.

In nutshell haiku is:A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.(Its the first information you get on Google search when you type: What is haiku?)

Its powerful art and bit restricted in sense of words but let you define even the contrasting elements with clarity.

The below poem by master of haiku-Kobayashi Issa expresses an almost brutal comic contrast and describes a poetic moment so vividly that one could almost see it through Issa’s eyes even after centuries have passed.

Japanese Warbler(bird)
"Look at that warbler –
 He’s wiping his muddy feet 
 All over plum blossom"
~ Issa 1762 – 1826

I have tried to jot down few Haikus which are based on five human senses(I know they are not to be called exactly as Haiku,but i am still trying to figure it out)

Sound of Silence
Music to the ears
Cacophony muted

Eyes felt the heat
Sunrise stirred the memories
Life metamorphosed

Tactual of intangible 
Elements far beyond the logic
Throbbing escalated

Aromatic morning
Olfaction an extreme bliss
Stink unbearbale

Supper on the fragile table
Taste-buds invigorated
Foul food consumed

Let me know if you have any of HAIKUs to share.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

KRISHNA: Beyond Space and Time

KRISHNA as per the Hinduism ancient epics goes is considered as eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.The God himself: Krishna. Known by numerous names. Adored and prayed by millions.

Krishna is an entity beyond the concept of GOD. He is primordial, not just a person or even God but a whole regenerative concept in itself. Never ever a concept(not a person or God) so divine occurred in epics around the world. It is overwhelming  and fascinating to understand the KRISHNA concept.

He is a light, a concept, an idea which transcends the space and time, base of whole universe. He is in all dimensions, even in the dimensions yet to be figured by modern science. Krishna alone seems to be more important in present day and awareness.

Number of western philosophers consider religion of India as “LIFE NEGATIVE”(As to attain peace/moksha one has to shun away from regular life). I am sure these philosophers didn't have the deep insights about the Krishna. He is one who cherishes life as it is. In the middle of routine,consciousness is held by him and all the worldly things are embraced.Its hard to understand that one could even in midst of whirlpool of attachments and relations could be calm and attainable and vulnerable at the same time.

This is what makes Krisnha more feasible and is future proof.

He is not just avatar of the God  or a different versions at various phases of his incarnated life; gokul, vrindavan orfor that matter the mighty and charioteer of Arjuna at the kurukshetra. He is not someone who just recited Bhagwadgeeta to his disciple right at fierceness of battleground. Krishna is ever righteous, even in mischief or wrong-doings. His flute creates the music of  life,among the whole hush-hush of world the music signifies the trance.

All the civilizations in the world which are acknowledged consisted usually of a primary figure bestowed with divinity by its followers. Krishna in that sense is sum total of all the Yin & Yang of those divinity existed or created by mankind.

Krishna accepts all the highs and lows of life, standing victorious .Full of compassion and love. From Radha to Rukmani he possess different versions of love, which are at par from power of words to define it.We could attain him from various ways apart from which usually the disciples think is praying/meditating. Meera got Krishna by singing, Radha through her sheer love and Rukmani through her devotion.

From Gopal, Vasudev to Krishna is not just his phases of growing up but his multi-faceted look into a life lived as mortal, comprising of all the highs and lows, wrongs and rights  which could be easily connected even with lives of most humdrum beings on the planet. Understanding Krishna transcend even the space and if Aliens exist, they may found his life/teachings/pedagogy appealing.

When refuge is sought in Krishna(as a concept) the Karma takes the driving seat and even through the fury of routine life the calmness is rooted deep within. As it happens sins start purging, more importantly scope of wrong is minimized.

श्रीकृष्णअर्पणमअस्तु !

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

MICROMAX: Not Micro Anymore

  When I first read the story: DAVID &GOLIATH, I was mesmerized. It is fascinating to know that an underdog (David){Definition of underdog-One at a disadvantage and expected to lose} defeated the giant (Goliath).We all love such types of stories as it tells our unconscious mind that almost everything is possible.In real life it’s quite rare that DAVIDs stood victorious, but when it happens, they turn into GOLIATHs. When it happens in world of business,it gives a sign of new Dragon who becomes bigger and bigger to extent of dominating the once leader.

Advent of technology disrupted the commerce long ago and new businesses nowadays emerge around the ecosystem of modern technology.

Mobile Phone may be one of the biggest invention yet(apart from internet off course)and catapulted the company-Namely: APPLE and SAMSUNG.They have recreated their businesses around it and as a result their brand is even solid now and their other products are more visible than ever thanks to their smartphone penetration.

14 years:Global Market- Motorola dominated Mobile Phone era for approx 14 years and after that Nokia for another 14 years and now  Samsung overtook it but 14 years dominance this time seems unfeasible.

China and India are the fastest growing markets for mobile phones,thanks to its evergrowing poulation,as a result local vendors Micromax,karbonn,Intex etc.(Indian mkt) and Coolpad, K-Touch, Xiaomi, Gionee etc.(Chinese mkt) are in process of rewriting history.

Micromax’s Merits-
  • Low pricing of the phones,
  • Free and open source Android operating system platform.
  • Determination of these (including karbonn,maxx,intex,lava etc.) companies to launch good products into the market.
  • Aggressive about their market presence and are offering smartphones at price points which a consumer finds difficult to resist

 18.4 per cent of the devices sold in the quarter (last year) were from Micromax. Currently its the second in terms of shipment in India. Micromax logged in a record Rs 3,168 crore in sales revenues for the financial year 2012-13. It was more than a 150% spike over the Rs 1,486 crore sales turnover it registered the previous fiscal

Their marketing strategy is simple: Fill smart phone market with budget phones or giving away the same functions (as from other companies) in about half of cost,also targeting not just 1st tier cities but 2nd and 3rd tiers too.

Micromax as per news will going to launch 30 more smartphones,thanks for its canvas series which changed the wind

Micromax’s Demeirts:
There is a difference between BRAND and product.Its hard to create a brand but easy to churn products.As I have heard their phones are not durable and long ques could be found in their service centres.Its easy to fill market with phones(as seen in case of mobile phone nowadays,its turned into a mass marketing),create a product and it will sell.Quality of their phones need to be escalated from product finishing to flawless rendering of Android OS on their phones.Right now micromax doesn't creates its phones,in long-term it has to think about in-house production which will help them in delivering better quality.

Its not micro anymore but turned into MACRO-MAX.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Yeh Jawani hai deewani- Review

 "YEH JAWANI HAI DEEWANI"(YJHD) : lots of things have written about movie and overall critics and public praised it.

Directed by AYAN MUKHERJI,his 2nd direction after "Wake up Sid"(WUS).YJHD is slated to be typical summer blockbuster;big production house,commendable director,melodious music,aggressive promotion and superb star cast. 

While WUS was innocent and very grounded film,YJHD is bit loud and grand in treatment.Its good movie but missed the bulls eye by being too predictable and to some extent typical Bollywood romantic flick.

YJHD moved too much on fun and romantic side,it tried to be Magnum-Opus and in the process soul of film is corrupted.Conversation/scene between Ranbir kapoor and Farooq Sheikh(Son and father) are just too good,intense and very few.Movie tried to explore the extent of friendship,dreams,love;chronicling ups and downs in lives of four buddies/lovers.Aditya Roy Kapoor(Ashiqui 2 is hit and i think he will be liked by all in his heavy boozer/drinker avatar in this film too) and Kalki given a good performances.They were not side-kicks(as usually happens in movies with big stars) but were integral part of YJHD. Deepika Padukone looked pretty and few places she dominated the screen but over-all she doesn't fit in the avatar of desi girl(Modernized version of Kajol from DDLJ).

Now coming to crux of this movie: This movie belonged,dominated and ruled by RANBIR KAPOOR(RK).Its RK movie and with each movie this lad is breaking the barriers from his acting to dance steps each of his energized acts are feast.His acting is evolved even faster than "Theory of Evolution" and i am sure Charles Darwin must have amazed by it. Sheer magic of RK is enough to take this bit loop-holed movie into the boulevard of Superhit. 

P.S- After watching this movie,few of us will be rekindled with our dormant longing for traveling the world.

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