Modern Art.

Some of what can pass for art today is simply unbelievable.

The more bizarre, the greater the publicity and attention.

I do not want to add anything more to what this writer in the Guardian says. Had I written the piece, I would not have been as gentle with the artist.

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Much Ado About Nothing.

When I wrote All Hope Abandon Ye Who……., I either missed it or it was not mentioned in the article that led me to write that article that the survey covered only hipsters! Now let me quote from another interesting article in the Guardian – “The reason this was deemed newsworthy is because beards have become what we in the fashion column-writing business call A Thing, and the reason they have become A Thing is because they have become associated with a certain demographic called hipsters.”

This was in response to a reader writing in with this question – “As a near lifelong beard sporter, I was concerned to read an article in the Guardian last week saying that we have reached “peak beard”. What does this mean, exactly?
Jimmy, London”

I was intrigued enough to try and find our what hipster meant and must say that I am very relieved that I am not one. “Hipster is a term popularly used to denote a contemporary subculture in North America, South America, Australia, and Europe primarily consisting of Millennials living in urban areas.The subculture has been described as a “mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior[s]” and is broadly associated with indie and alternative music, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility (including vintage and thrift store-bought clothes), progressive, independent, or far-left political views, organic or artisanal foods, and alternative lifestyles. Hipsters are typically described as affluent or middle class young Bohemians who reside in gentrifying neighborhoods.” – Wikipedia.

None of those qualifications apply to me, and I mean NONE. Particularly, the affluent part living in gentrifying neighbourhood.

To the best of my knowledge, my friends, Shackman, David and Mike don’t qualify either.

It is therefore greatly satisfying to me that I have not reached peak beard and therefore can keep my beard. So can my three friends listed above.

That leads me to the next development which was for my to change my avatar to one with a peruke following a suggestion from Grannymar. Now that my trademark beard is safe, I can revert to my normal avatar.

An interesting thought however is the suggestion in the article that “the only really impressive thing a man can do with facial hair is growing a Salvador Dalí-like moustache”. Let me see how that will look!

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Steve Balmer, Thelma And Louise.

Life comes up with unexpected treats of various kinds, and it happened to me again. A friend of mine sent me a link to this fascinating speech by Steve Balmer at the Oxford Union Debating Society after he retired from Micro Soft. This video itself is worth spending time on.


Right at the beginning Balmer asks the students if they had seen the movie Thelma and Louise and most students look blank. He prods further by stating that this was the first film in which Brad Pitt acted. No doubt thinking that it would elicit some response from the female students sitting there, to no effect whatsoever.

I however remembered seeing this film on TV many years ago but did not remember seeing Brad Pitt or he did not register then. I therefore decided to send for the DVD and I saw it earlier this evening on DVD.

Quite why Balmer asked that question in the context of his speech beats me. Unless it is to point out that in real life many things happen to be people without any plan or purpose and quite often one just gets carried away allowing events to overtake one. Believe me, this happens in corporate life quite often and perhaps that is what Balmer wanted to point out and like Thelma and Louise do, corporations too can take off into the blue yonder like Enron did or our own flashy Kingfisher Airlines did.

Be all that as it may, seeing the film was an exhilarating experience and I enjoyed every minute of it despite seeing it for the second time, though after 22 years. The woman centered theme, the twists and turns and magnificent photography all add up to some awesome viewing experience. The Thunderbird as a serious member of the cast is very impressive too!

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Rummuser With Peruke.

Grannymar made an excellent suggestion in her comments on my blog post All Hope Abadon Ye Who….. : “If you are worried about your image, why not bring back the peruke?”

So, I took the help of some graphics editing and came up with this version of me with a peruke.


Rather startling effect I should say!

Grannymar, do you think that my fortunes will change despite my beard if I were to look like this?

What do my other readers think?

PS. Having sneaked a preview, Manjiree believes that I should make this my avatar! I suspect that she wants me to be the laughing stock among her generation of friends.

Life has a way of bowling googleys at me. For my American friends, the equivalent is curve balls. Hardly had I reconciled to my ambivalent state vis a vis my facial hair, I come across this piece of writing that gives me some major complex issues. Should I shave my chest too?

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My devious mind thought up all kinds of ideas to write about this topic but finally and considering the sensibilities of my readers, I decided to play it safe and seek the pardon of Will Knot who came up with this topic, but who unfortunately is tied up elsewhere and does not participate any more. I bet that if he was to return to writing on LBC every Friday, he will write about other undone things.

One of the problems that regular walkers and joggers face is the shoe laces coming undone which can cause one to trip and fall. It has happened to me and I went looking for solutions till I found these two clips which I would like to share with my readers as part of my contribution to the weekly Loose Bloggers Consortium where five of us write on the same topic. The four other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok gaelikaa, Maxi, and Shackman. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

And another simpler and as effective a method.

Knowing that some of my readers will shoot me if I do not come up with something more profound here are two more pictures.
If we sleep on flowers, it’s called our first night.”

“If flowers sleep on us, it’s called our last night.”

That is a whole life undone.

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The Missing Husband II.


Despite my current status of persona non grata with my friend Nirmala, the mischievous in me just cannot resist the temptation to share with her, Arun and all my readers this gem.

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All Hope Abandon Ye Who…………


…… Who Keep Beards.

If you did not know, that is me.  Hardly any hair on top to crow about but a neatly trimmed beard.

Despite the absence of hair on the top I was hoping till about half an hour ago that I still have some chance with the ladies. My hopes have just been dashed. As usual, some academics with more money to spend than subjects to research on have found that I am now passe.

My bearded friends, we have two options. Bravely decide to stay with our single isolated status or shave the damned things off. I am opting for the former and modern taste be damned.

What about you Shackman and David?

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The Missing Husband.


My friends Arun and Nirmala live in a farm house outside the city with three dogs for company and only day time help. Since it is summer and the temperature is quite high and dry, they use a huge desert cooler which is more effective than air conditioning.
Their home is a kind of circle with three bed rooms and a studio on one half of the circle, all in a line and sharing a common corridor and the other half of the circular building consisting of a kitchen, dining area, drawing room and a central court yard.

I heard this story the first thing in the morning today to give me an idea of the kind of problems living in farm houses can produce.

At about 3.30 am in the morning, Arun woke up because the cooler had really made the room chilly. He went to the toilet and on his return found the largest of the three dogs, a huge labrador called Rascal had occupied his sleeping area and would not budge from it. So, Arun decided on a tit for tat maneuver, took out a sheet and spread it over Rascal’s sleeping mat on the floor of the bed room and went to sleep there after covering himself. After a while, Nirmala in turn went to the toilet and on return found that Arun was missing on his side of the bed and went all over the house and kept searching for him with increasing panic. All kinds of stories fed by too much television kept popping up including extra terrestrials in UFOs.  By the time she returned to the bed room the second time around, Arun had moved back to his side of the bed with Rascal coming to reclaim his place on the floor. When she found Arun on the bed Nirmala got a shock of her life and almost had a stroke.

As the story unfolded, I kept laughing and could not quite get the panic part and therefore my multiple entry visa to their home has been cancelled and I have been declared persona non grata by the lady of the house.

She still finds it difficult to believe Arun’s story and thinks that Arun was up to some mischief or the other at that hour and at an age of 70! The only witness who can corroborate Arun’s version of the story is blissfully enjoying the desert cooled comfort of their lovely home.

Have you had any missing spouse incidents like this in your life?

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Grumpy Old Men.

Mr. Wislon

Shackman in his comments on my post Greetings And Farewells, had these two nice things to say about me.
“Wow – I never realized what a crotchety old geezer you are. :-)” and,
“Upon reflection I find you are not so much a crotchety old geezer but very much an affable, inquisitive curmudgeon like me with very little time for fools, though they (fools of course) can be very entertaining at times.”

So, I took solace that despite being over the hill as it were having crossed the proverbial three score and ten, I can at least be entertaining. All my good feelings have now come crashing down because some University in the USA has studied curmdgeons for fifteen years and has come to the conclusion that they can only progessively get worse! Shackman, what do I do now?

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Code Name God.

cng book

Yes, it is the title of a book and not something that I wanted to expound on.

My cousin Damodaran was browsing books in a local lending library when he came across this book, was intrigued by the blurbs “This book may change your life” – Sydney Sheldon; and “The author’s personal odyssey… in an attempt ot find common ground between Eastern spirituality and Western science is eloquently told and makes for fascintaing reading.” – Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao Of Physics. He borrowed it from the library, returned it after reading and decided to buy a copy for himself to keep as a source book and a few more copies to be distributed among his friends. After he had done all that, knowing my interest in Buddhism and Vedanta as well as my involvement with Vipassana for over three decades, he ordered me as he is wont to, to get myself a copy which I promptly did and have just finished reading it.

I can safely say that I finished ‘reading’ the first half of the book but for the second half of the book, I should really be using the word ‘studying’ instead. The second half is when the author gets away from the background story of his rags to riches story to how he gets on a journey of spiritual enquiry and how he reconciles his background as a Scientist with Eastern mysticism and meditation.

There is really nothing new in what he writes as Capra has written extensively on the subject and I have read all the latter’s books, but how he writes is where the book scores. It is easy to read and understand even for a non scientist and the examples he gives lead one to understand the complexities of quantum physics and that makes all the difference.

I recommend this book to people who are interested in exploring how Physicists are now validating the findings and experiences of Eastern mystics without access to sophisticated equipment like colliders. It is also a fascinating story of the journey of a poor farmer’s son from penury to riches, despair with materialism and eventual happiness through spiritualism.

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