One Art…

This is a poem by Elizabeth Bishop, which features in the movie “In Her Shoes” which I absolutely love (both movie and poem!). It goes like this…

The art of losing isn’t hard to master:
So many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something everyday. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing further, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring you disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last,
or next-to-last, of three beloved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, and lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

-Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
The art of losing’s not hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) a disaster.

PS # I don’t know what is with me and poetry these days, but I guess I was thinking of Rashima and hence “In Her Shoes”

Lost and Found…

This is a poem called “Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep” by Steven Cummins which I had penned down somewhere and mislaid. I came across it suddenly today while flipping through the pages of a notebook and thought I’d share it…

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die.

A really beautiful poem…I think Mansa will agree.

The World of Studies…

Today, I realised the futility of education. As a matter of course, we students of BBA are required to study a subject called ‘Organizational Behaviour’. An admirable subject, one that I quite enjoy under ordinary circumstances, but today it reached heights of ridiculousness like never before. Today we studied the ‘Punctuated Equillibrium Model’ which applies to temporary groups working with deadlines. If it sounds very impressive, let me assure you at the very outset that it is nothing of the sort. You will see what I mean when I give you a simple example of a school project in which you have to work with a group and finish by a particular date. Hasn’t it always been the experience that, before we know it half the time is over and when the deadline is looming, the best work gets done at phenominal speeds (usually the night before!). That is exactly what this ‘Model’ attempts to explain, using words that could easily bounce off your head without a moment’s notice. Behaviour of human beings working in temporary groups with deadlines have been studied and the performance v/s time graph has been plotted to tell us what we’ve known since atleast class 7, that performance is always at it’s highest when the time is short and the pressure is on. Except that the ‘Punctuated Equillibrium Model’ would say, “Temporary groups go through transitions between inertia and activity”. It really beats me hollow sometimes how so much time is wasted in telling us things that we’ve known for years. Anyway, before it becomes preachy, all I’ll say is that there has to be a limit to the nonsense so I guess I’ll wait around for that. Till then, bye!

Happy New Semester!

When life throws you lemons, make lemonade…I just love this saying. It just encompasses in itself everything that you need to know to survive in this world where, lets face it, you never know what life will throw at you. Make the best of every situation, no matter what, simple isn’t it? Yet, we are all too often prepared to quit at the slightest hint of trouble. It’s human nature, I guess. Anyway, not wanting to preach, I shall get to the real point of this monologue. Vacations are over and yet another new semester has begun. A lot of people would like to believe that it actually begins from Monday, so hope to see them in class then. Let us all take up the challenge, to make the best of time we have and have a bright and sunny semester ahead (especially since the monsoons are setting in!). Oh I almost forgot, kudos to all our erstwhile toppers, keep it up guys. Cheers!