Sunday, September 25, 2016

Take a leap of faith

Life always has few surprise cards stashed away from the deck of cards you are dealt with. It's not everyday that you chance upon meeting people who leave you with these little nuggets of powerful message.

Just the other day I was at this party on the shores of Kovalam Beach. Needless to say that after a long day of chatter and conversations largely related to work, the soul seeks a way to unwind.

In midst of the busy gathering a conversation that I had gave me enough fodder to share few interesting thoughts in this blog post of mine.

This conversation was with a man in his early fifties, I am assuming that his age should be there about. The conversation generally kicked off with the rhetorical question, "so what do you do?" "Travel photography", pat came the reply. Being an amateur photography enthusiasts I couldn't resist not engaging in the conversation.

The next few minutes we talked at length about the places he has traveled to and some of the recent pictures he has shot.

The interesting part of the conversation was when he told about having given up a 27 year old career as an advertising guy, in his early fiftees to purse his passion for travel photography.

The zeal with which he spoke about his passion and the glitter in his eyes made it very evident that the soul within him was at a joyfull high. He spoke with a serene sense of satisfaction.

Chasing your passion isn't driven by age, the realization is intrinsic to one's existence. What I do realize is the reality that we need to push ourselves out of the comfort zone. The false pretexts to deny our souls what it craves for. Freedom is what it seeks to work toward fulfillment.

I have seen that glow many a times, adorning the face of the people who are living their passion. It's never about how other people feel about it, it's about how we as individuals feel about our passion.

When you decide to shut your ears to the cynics and take a leap of faith, a new you is born.

- VJ says ~ Cheers and peace 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A soulful singer and a surreal evening

It was one of those evenings I wished to wrap it all up as soon as I could and hit my sack. Well quiet understandably the escape route wasn’t going to be an easy one. Considering the fact that it was the sun down event of a half a week long brand summit I was participating in.

A few awkward moments and a good strong drink later the urge to escape was subsiding. Yet I was a tad unsure the mild intoxication could hold me in that place for long. The sound of the sea waves hitting the rocks by the beach of Kovalam and the breeze of wind blowing across was helping me calm down and sink in to the surrounding.

Just then an unknown, unheard artist came on the stage. It was a band comprising of a vocalist and a music mixer AKA DJ. It was only a matter of time before the soulful voice of the vocalist signing some of the best indie classics, sufi songs and ghazals filled the open air gathering.

I could feel the music slowly growing on me. Well it wasn’t me alone, a careful look around and it was evident that the vocalist had made a strong connect with the audience. The co-artist and the vocalist seemed like a great team, making the crowd wanting more of that surreal music they been dishing out.

It was only later, post the performance I got to catch up with the artist duo. They were an absolute pleasure to talk to. The conversation was the much needed trigger, to rekindle the passionate music lover in me to write a thank you note through this blog post.

For all those who wondering who the artists were, Madhuparna Vaidya the vocalist and her accompanying music producer DJ Aar. The vocalist in particular was an absolute delight, a trained singer with a mystical ability to make people stay engrossed and melt away in the sea of musical notes.

Mere words can never justify the portraying of my experience. I am only glad to share the link for all of you to check out some of the songs sung by her.

Go ahead and discover for yourself this amazing singer and her brilliance in dishing out really moving songs. She has a good collection of many covers and a couple of originals to her credit. A fusion artist you should have on your radar and not miss out on listening to her live if you were to ever get a chance.

- VJ Says ~ Cheers and Peace

Friday, September 16, 2016

Belief makes us strong and triumph

"Difficulties scare you and me, 
Uncertainties question our confidence, 
Expectations make us doubt ourselves, 
Belief makes us strong and triumph." 

There sure is always a time when we all feel a little perplexed about the life we lead. In moments of silence we look back at life and wonder why wasn't it the way we dreamt it to be. In these moments of weakness we let into our minds a dangerous evil, self doubt. With that unknowingly we slowly get consumed by it. Many a times we know it's a dark alley that we are letting ourselves into but fail to stop ourselves.

If we however dive in a little deeper within ourselves, we may realize that a lot of our actions are influenced by our surrounding in the formidable growing up years. Another perspective to look at this is, the surroundings might have been challenging but the responsibility of letting in creep in and influence our decisions was always ours.

Difficulties and uncertainties are a given, it's only human at times to crib about it. They sure scare us and slowly eat into our confidence. But it's also important to snap out of the cribbing and get a grip on life.

Expectations of oneself and expectations of others around us are the extra baggage which no one wanted to pack and carry. Yet we all seem to get weighed down by them.

Its easier said than done, is how we think within our minds when someone else tells us to look at it all from a  positive prism.
Certainly the battles of life are everyday challenge for all of us. We sure got to suit up and face them. The ammunition for the battles is right within us. It only needs to be strengthened. It's the sheer belief within our minds, that shall help us be strong and triumph over the challenges we phase.

- VJ says ~ Cheers and Peace

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The muse, the artist and their journey

The journey of life is quite strange and uncertain at times too,
There are people we meet, uncertain at times why the paths crossed.
It sure sounds a little delusional and a few battles are fought against reality,
But a few people don't let you forget the impact even after they are gone.

I wasn't sure what was it about her,
She never said anything about being my muse.
Never asked her if she would be one to accept,
In this conflict of emotions I had found something interesting in her.

People around sure wouldn't understand what it meant,
They had already got more than few names to stick a label.
I sure didn't worry about it or I at least I think I didn't,
But it sure was eating up some corner of my mind.

How bad it could be to face the cynics and the critics,
I found myself asking the other me within me.
The reality of life could be different but not to me in that moment,
It was time to stay clear of the opinions and just be me.

- VJ Says ~ Cheers and Peace