Sachi R

Obiter dicta on music, men and matters

Life paints in water colours

Posted by rsachi on October 3, 2009

As I see everyday the beauty of flowers that bloom for a day, as I see the seasons change ever so subtly to bring a new song to birds, I think how subtle and changing every aspect of life is. It is delicate and transient. To appreciate it calls for a great sensitivity and willingness to accept change. After all, life seems to paint in delicate water colours, easily washed away. Not with permanent markers.
It isn’t too hard to know it, but to accept it calls for great serenity on my part. Akbar, the semi-literate but wise emperor, carved at the entrance to his Fatehpur Sikri fort this message :”The world is a bridge, pass over it, but do not build upon it”.  Everything moves and changes, but I hold on, asking for things to last for ever, to be the most intense they can be, and lose all subtlety. How insensitive all this makes me indeed!
I think Indians are particularly fond of holding on to things. We are also forsaking subtlety for hard impact. We make and preserve masalas, (the most processed of all food stuffs, and going beyond seasonality and subtlety) and garnish everything with tons of salt, ghee and sugar. We have moved away from subtle chamber music to stereophonic cacophony. We now wear polyester dhotis and Chinese nylon sarees. We have thrown away our woven straw mats and hand painted wooden toys for a plastic world. No more oil lamps. It’s all neon, my dear. Temples and function halls are garishly decorated with plastic flowers.  What a mega-maha confession of lack of subtlety and true aesthetics!
Just remembered how even great Carnatic musicians have produced albums garnished with pathetic orchestral embellishment.
Life paints in water colours. Here today, gone tomorrow. Living in the moment calls for an aliveness that I must again cultivate. I was born with it, but have lost it in this make-believe world!
The picture at the top is my way of going back to subtlety. It is a water colour rendering of the original photo I took at Monet’s impressionist garden in Giverny.

3 Responses to “Life paints in water colours”

  1. preeti said

    Sir, just read this- its awesome- infact the writings below match if not surpass the beauty of the lotus above- lotus incidentally is my fav flower. Planning to start growing it in my garden. The depth & meaning that each of the thoughts penned by you exude is profound. The beauty of life in water colours is that we have the ability to paint it in a different color each day! Have a gr8 day— Cheers Priya

  2. preeti said

    Cudnt help but write in once more as browsed through a lot of your posts. There is so much knowledge in there on music, on our culture & the various threads that weave the beautiful culturally rich lives we've inherited & lead. All the info on music i must say i'm reading for the first time n it seems really vast n complex. Also the post on Osho's take on music was interesting. The fact on true approach to worship which is neither bribery nor begging was also so correct.Thanks got to read thru such different n beautiful stuff. Its a welcom change for me- as you've mentioned in your latest post Change is the only constant.

  3. preeti said

    Phew read through all the posts. Each very interesting, witty, visually gr8 n enlightening. The pics you've posted are real classy ones- the flowers, abstracts, images etc.Will look fwd to the new additions. You mite be surprised to see Preeti as the author of these posts – its cos i dont have a google account which seems mandatory for saving my comments, hence the pseudonym!CheersPriya

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