Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Where is the Melody?

As quoted from wikipedia

Ganesha Chaturthi is a Hindu festival of Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. it is the birthday of Lord Ganesha.
Before 1893, Ganesh Chaturthi used to be an important public festival during the Peshwa rule in Maharashtra, but that year, Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual festival into a large, well-organized public event.
The most elaborated celebration is in the state of Maharastra. The energy and happiness of the festival can be read on the faces. Since in States I have been attending it almost every year, though I never celebrated it in India. The festivals and their celebrations are different all over India from the (devotional songs) to the rituals.

For past 2 years a lot of us gather together and then just to show our devotion some of us sing at the highest note from the bottom of our lungs all out of sync as if thousands of hen just laid eggs and they all cracked at the same time. It no more is music to ears, hymns have lost their flavor. Some make sure that they are last to give that Alaap... for whatever reason. May be thinking that Ganesha will get irritated enough to appear before them and grant all their wishes.

The most irksome is that some want to sing just one more Aarti that no one else has ever heard of. A sudden calm of chorus and single vocals, while others flipping pages of the Aarti booklet. I dont know about the rituals in Maharashtra but from where I come there are some sacred numbers (11,21,51..) that we try to stick to. As a family, the eldest in family or the host of the event leads the ceremony. Ahh needless to say all those giggles during the prayer make me wonder, is this a rehearsal of a prayer performance to be held tomorrow?

Its not to offend any devotees feeling, neither is to declare myself as an atheist. My point is humans don't bray, when they pray.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hemp Fest 2009 - Seattle

Me being pro-marijuana had to go to the annual Hemp Fest at Seattle.
It is the largest annual rally/gettogether for the legalization of hemp/marijuana. Speakers from sectors of community present their views and advocate the idea to legalize this natural product. They invite anti marijuana figures to debate.

The place is worth visiting at its water front venue Myrtle Edwards Park on a beautiful 3rd weekend of Aug. There were vendors selling some really interesting hand blown glass pipes and bongs. The slogans and graffiti were witty and interesting and the bands playing at the fest were a treat to head bangers. As newspapers quote the year had a gathering of 100000+ people.



Sharing some of the pictures from the event with the biggest bong in the slide show made with gatorade bottles, Lusty Lady as usual had its own style of supporting the cause with their witty, hilarious, to the point statement, and the snack bar called the "Happy Hooker" and "lollypipe"

Thursday, August 13, 2009

....today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday ...

Reading about an interesting theory that time could be vector and not scalar since the direction 'forward' is associated with it (past to future passing the present), lead to a casual conversation over the lunch at work. Needless to say that several projects are now at a days risk and the lesson learned is never initiate a thought provoking question among geeks specially in a cafeteria.

Several theories were presented based on physics, quantum mechanics, theory of relativity, laws of thermodynamics, etc. But still the question remains unanswered : "How the time came to existence?". Physics answers several questions and explains what time is. But living beings are aware of it probably since their first night on earth given the life spawned for them during the day. Its just relativity of the events that bring this thought of light fading into dark and darkness into light. Time can be circular based on the events like day n night winters and summers, and time is also uni directional like that apple that ripes on the tree and the glass that flower that just bloomed, and the action is irreversible.

When I speak of yesterday you think of past. Time carved the great canyons of Arizona, and its time that actually made birds chirp in the valley of volcano Mt Ranier.

Its a convenient convention for us to just compare events and quantify them based on past present and future. We made time complex and garnished it with units and equations just to provide definition to itself in terms of speed and acceleration, to make our conversations better measurable. Else time is just past, present and future.

But why banging heads in philosophy when... when Floyd's already did it for us. Quoting it again:

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Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but youre older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death
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Time will exists till the earth exists and those galaxies twinkle, and this leaves me with a question "What defines the existence of universe"