PHOTOGRAPHY

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Kick start your imagination. This is a narration of a picture. A photograph. He stood still for a moment. He was climbing the steps. With one foot on a step higher and the other foot on the lower step, there seemed to a movement of the subject. A male figure called “Bensen”. The yellow grills were thick and bold. The entire photograph had a ghothic sentiment. The subject, Bensen looked sure and purposeful and yet a little lost to any specific activity. The direction was clearly upward. Bensen stood with the grill in front and the stone wall behind.

A gate with fabrication of metal, synchronized with the fence. This gate and fence added volume to the heavy body in the picture. All these formed the middle ground.

Bellow the grilled fence, we see the depth and a lower level from the steps. This contributes a lot of shadow that complements the bright white sunlight above. Such contrasts have worked well to contribute much meaning to the picture.

Both feet and the hands are visible of the subject Bensen. A sense of completeness in the subject is essential to give the photograph; it’s needed idea of legitimacy.

The immediate, back drops are made from heavy granite stone. It is in a studied formation and a strong wall. As if to kill the monotony, the next background is lush green and a rich forest. The depth of field, as if the eyes can travel through far, right into the horizon. And much white sun light is visible among the gaps of the trees. All these, fore ground, middle ground and multiple layers of backgrounds provide a great appeal. Then, is the firm and sure formations. All the geometrics are strong and clear. Vertical lines, horizontal, circular and angular shapes are incorporated. The picture has a value of a rural and extremely rustic character. The male subject Bensen shares screen space with each and every other factor and component that is visible. No, one part, inside this picture can stand alone. Therefore the composition looks full and total.

The use of outdoor sun light is impressive. Especially on the dark fluffy jacket of Bensen, the light falls on the arm, sleeves and collars. This gives the needed definitions of contours and curves in the dressing. The Architectural accentuation in the ascending frontage and descending tail part bring forth the cultural spirit in photography. Over twenty shades of grey have been produced by light, shades and shadows.

There is an intrigue about the discovery of such location where the green forest is in the upper half of the picture.

The forms, shapes, light and colours all, work in harmony. These compositions of items that complements one another, effortlessly drives the movement of the eyes of the viewer. Where ever the eyes fall, it is then guided like a walk through to all parts inside this frame.

There is richness in the expression. Pleasant and comforting attire. A calculated smile. And a bit dab of melancholy has the viewer, taste a little drama of the director.

In all, one would be safe to rate it towards the winning grade.  The photographer’s strength is to convey a context, for his subject and the location. If the picture has proved an imagination of a specific story in the viewer, then the purpose is achieved, by this photograph. The fulfillment in the photographer is in the imparting and the impact of the, message in the viewer. The judges will qualify also, the ability of this photographic work, to communicate.

A good photograph is an award in it’self to the art of visual communication. Really, words may be able to render the true sense, of the photographer’s intentions. As is the author to a script, so is the photographer to a picture.

In this photograph, the clicker must, fill in the blank space behind the subject, “Bensen”. The space at the tail end seems to be empty. A still object or a different colour on the floor of the tail end was needed as a filler. That space, proportionately looks empty. Well, nothing is perfect from the scrutiny of a critique. Any which way, this is shot in a mobile cellular phone. This is evidence that everybody who has near, ten mega pixel camera, fitted into a smart phone, can become a photo artist.

Good imagination of the story behind a visual and quick processing of technicality of location is needed. Then you can capture the event or situation in the equipment that is fitted into your smart phone.

You can get visibility on applications such as instagram. You can develop your own photo blog. And migrate yourself to a new photography hobby. Photo journalism is a full time career that has become trendy. An eye for the unique story, that generally misses the attention of the people, such observation can get you glory in the media industry.

A great photograph, good technical understanding of photograph, some imagination can develop your art sense. Narrating the photograph into a technique of storytelling can make you a journalist and reporter.

Many activities are possible when you begin to own the smartphone. Most of all, you are now the Author and the publisher. The social media can give many opportunities for you to publish your content. Finally the saying is, that the content is king, but the promotion is the Queen. So begin photography, write the narration and then publish your work.

Now, is the exercise for the reader. Simply read carefully with full attention. Then, keep ready a pencil and paper. Now, make a sketch to illustrate in picture form, the story that you have read. It is then, that this communication is complete.

               

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THE PERSUADER

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The plain ground of ten acres lays unused for most part of the year. Just on the outskirts of the city is this mega sized land with no utility value. Nobody would go there for a stroll, a pass time, to play games or even to park vehicles. This is the reason that the organizers of the Music Expo And Concerts (MEAC) chose this as venue for 2016. Suddenly, this scrap land got much value.

MEAC became the most popular word trending in city and neighbouring township. This sleepy society suddenly woke up. Every individual in this geography became provoked to procure and acquire a piece of the activity called MEAC. Everyone wanted to make profits. A stampede enroute to the path of making gains, became imminent. The society has discovered a new mental experience. That is scarcity and deprivation.

Before, MEAC decided to occupy this scrap land, the individuals and citizens was in a sense of abundance and surpluses. How did this sense of prosperity, downgrade it’ self to lack?

The arrival of MEAC and it’s occupying of this piece of ten acre land, that nobody wanted, has kick started new dynamic in behavior. The people became divided. Each began competing with the other. Many fought to retain prominence in this public music concerts. Disputes has now become common, to attract the organizers, to choose appropriate vendors. Contracts will be awarded and nobody wants to be left out. The social map and space became virulent. The tone of confinement and shortages became evident. Now it has opened up to an opportunity for social reformers, to step in and work for social harmony.

Have you been in such, situations of hostility between people? Do you have an accountability to resolve conflicts in your society? Well, we can debate about this topic. But actually, these confrontations, though external to your neighbourhood, are not isolated events. Your home may not be isolated or immune from rogue social behaviors.

Disorder in any part of your neighbourhood can have repercussions in the way you live. The people of your community, can impact the comfort and conveniences that you need. Your parochial and limited social view will be demolished. Now, opening up to learning of demography and new social order will be inevitable.

What method will you use, to scale up your social Reach and Influence? Identify and recognize that many parts of your culture need to be upgraded and updated. It will be difficult for all to hide and stagnate behind the cover of tradition. Such Veil of ignorance must be busted, internally. Within you lies the strength to remove the cobwebs in your understandings.

New normals of economic and political indulgences can enhance, your clout and leverage in your society. The objective is to discover the serenity and tranquility that prevailed, before the arrival of MEAC. Strangely, modernism of MEAC and progress, will not be reversed. There are strong equalizers of social conduct and tenets that levelise all equations. These rules and laws will prevail.

The lethargy and complacence has to be vanquished. But you want to remain invincible. For this, the method, is to train yourself to be the persuader. The persuader will shake off all psychological grips and other controls, upon himself. The persuader is aspiring to be an expert in transactions. The persuader can profile and calibrate the sentiments of the mob and public. The persuader gets the training to dilute the torments, and diffuse any turbulence in the people. He participates in social issues. The persuader is eager to express spontaneously and work with strong intent. The responses from the persuader has traces of intuition and lots of good luck.

The persuader is benevolent and charitable. He exudes generosity and kindness. The public spirit gravitates to persons who work for other people. You may term it as social conscience.

But there are adversaries to persuaders. The adversaries are rogues and bullies. They charge with duress and are a menace to social harmony. Intimidation to others is a common weapon with rowdies, who coerce those who comply with law. The persuaders are energized and lively. They can activate the people’s attitude, so that the threats can be neutralized. But the skills and talents to be elected as the persuader in society, is not easy to achieve. For, this, we must prepare, work, qualify and be experienced. Everybody has basic abilities. But your honesty, courage, integrity and confidence will help to be a persuader. Invest in your own daily improvement, towards accomplishing, the art of good social quotient.

Construct the plan by which to improve the way, that you live. Decide to be nominated as the social persuader. Social harmony is a result of joint effort. Therefore, you must work to get your listeners to align to the same page, as you.

The lifestyle of the social persuader has three indicators. That is sacrifice, service and austerity. Persuaders get dividends from social capital. They are never ignored, neglected or discarded. The trail and analysis shows that the rise in cost of living, inflation, monthly earnings and inflations does not destroy the social persuader. He has no fear of big purchases like the buying of a refrigerator, car or not even the house. The requirements and home needs are given to the persuader at the cost price.

The centres of social care also comes to help the persuader. The hospitals and services of care are willing to give support, to the social persuader.

Therefore, take your mind audit. Are you a coachable person? Will you enhance your responsibility to make a New Harmony Zone in your society? There is an obligation to be engaged in the events and activities of our neighbourhood. The talent of the future is to be able to converge and merge, the people who are polarized. The people have the right to be diverse. But the inclusiveness and the ability to accommodate pluralistic lifestyle can make you the master persuader.

The people need the education. That the concerts from the Musical Expo And Concerts is limited to a duration of two weeks. After the fortnight, they will dismantle all equipment and leave the city. All the expensive tickets and precious car passes will have lost all value. The entire ground will once again remain wasted. All things that you thought as rare, will become almost garbage. The performances and entertainment will be shelved, as only a memory. The perceptions will change and be transformed.

The social harmony will be restored. The futility of all confrontations, will become revealed. The persuader need to be alert. The expert persuader must make this, a society of learners. The persuader is the behavior coach. The MEAC is only a temporary activity. The social authority is reward, that stays for the longer time period. Salutes to the social persuader!

STORY TELLER

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The initiative is the first requirement. As in anything else, so is the case, for you to become a story teller. Every human being tells stories. And every activity that we indulge in, can become a story.

Certainly, every human being expresses, and seeks a voice and gives opinions. But mere talks and speeches cannot become stories. The craft of storytelling is a precious talent. And not many have taken interest in this valuable art form. Perhaps it may not be the most monetarily enriching stream. But certainly, listening to a story can motivate and inspire the individual and society.

Bed time stories that allows the child to go to sleep is a universal phenomenon. And so are stories of romance, family, commerce, adventure, valor and even wars.

Every human being who exposes himself to risks and changes in living is, a story by himself. Goodness, bad, pleasure, pain, success, failure are all part of the art of storytelling. Happiness, grief, bitterness, cynicism and sarcasm are all the nuts and bolts of the story within other stories. And there are skeptics of the story tellers.

The start of story-telling has to capture the attention of the listener. This is achieved if the listener connects with the content of the opening lines in the story. So, examples have to be relevant to understanding of listener.

The content creation is toughest part of story. How much open, are your ears and your eyes? Do you recognize, subtle and details and other insights that are going on around you? Every situation and event is information to eyes of story teller. He picks up most sensitive message and can sensationalise this, into various formats. The story teller can cut into very many, tiny pieces, every part of an event. May be to its molecular and atomic and nano level of the existence of the event. Then the small and bits and pieces are classified. Their categories are studied. Because only then can these appropriated pieces be given designation inside a structure. The structure will conform to a specific sequence of events. The story-telling has begun.

Immense clarity of mind is an absolute need to enable the writing of a story. The story teller visualizes the forms and shapes, as story plays itself out in the mind. The coherence of various frames and synchrony of situations need much care and attention. Any mismatch or mishap in relating the action, emotion, event and it’s expression, to each other, will make it unattractive. The adherence to a principled style of expressing the story is expectation of the listener. The viewer of story must not be, made to exert, to comprehend the visuals. Many stories are shown visually. Very good visualists, who create appealing visuals for the story, may not need much words and languages.

The visualists communicate the story by manufacturing visual scenes. But only experts at visual communication can become effective in this genre of storytelling.

It is the genius in each person, if they can discover, even newer mediums, to tell their story. The domain expertise needed is the ability to persuade your listener.

What is content that you want to communicate? Everybody has many ideas, feelings, thoughts and even deep experiences. But all those need to come in a specific and articulated sequence to make it to the story line. The tone and sense must be strong, so that even if interspersed with humour, yet goal and target of the story remains steady.

There must be stability in characters so that story has strength of consistency from beginning, till finish. The pace at which, story rolls on is a factor that many amateurs over look. The expert story teller sets the rhythm in revealing each segment. The suspense, thrill and introduction of each separate sector within the same story, adds the intrigue and curiosity in the listener.

The experienced and expert story tellers have invested much time and effort to study the psychology of consumers. They have investigated on how the listeners assimilate and learn the content of the story. The process of recall of frames from the beginning, and fitting it in, to the middle portion and then, stringing it till the end, is all a fascinating education in our nervous system.

The listener will be impacted only if,messaging and coding of the matter is efficient. The short sentences and expressive language will give desired effect.

Relying only on visual communication is an advanced method of story telling. Actually, when you go inside a forest or on the high mountains or even on the beach of the ocean, the language ceases to exist. The visual content then impresses your mind. Observe these scenes for about forty minutes. Can you visually innovate a method to express the impression of your mind? This nature, communicated to you only with visuals. The nature did not use a language to talk to you. The story teller can learn new techniques to visually narrate the story. It is not easy. The exercise must ensure that the listener can comprehend much of what you intend to say. Many disconnected separate incidents are woven together into one single theme and the story.

To a normal person, it is just that the monkey sat on tree. But the story teller will tell that the monkey on the tree looked below. Then he will continue to tell that the monkey looked down and located an ant’s nest. Then the monkey looked above and identified a bird’s nest.

Both the nests served same purpose but looked absolutely different from each other. The function of the nest being the same, yet the shape and form are different. This confused the monkey……..and the story teller can continue.

The perspective of the story teller has multiple angles. He cannot be rigid with one view on any one thing. The story teller is an artist of word crafting. He is a word smith who can sculpt a story, by bringing together diverse emotions. Converging different ideas and knitting the shades of the environment into one single fabric is the art of the story teller. You can make the beginning today. Choose to be the story teller.

TESTING TIMES

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Everybody has a drive from within. This is a drive to do something. Nobody is free from this subtle need to be doing something. In effect you are watchful about the doing of other people. And in turn you are cautious about them, evaluating and assessing your activities. So here, it is that you have a need, which creates a ripple. The ripple pushes you. You are then driven to do an activity. You assume that others are suspicious about your activity.

Exam and performance:

So, in a day how many times have you felt that you are subjecting yourself for an examination? Everyday don’t you face the assumption of testing times? Look at children who are compelled to give exams. This isabehaviour that you have been put in to, since childhood. Are you readying yourself to give the exam? Unfortunately this habit has stayed within you. Isn’t there an anxiety about pass or failure? Are you alert to this anxiety of being examined? Everybody has testing times. And it is only natural to go through the results. Every failure or success has given you an experience. Sometimes you are too  pre-occupied with your performances alone. So you are unable to be alert to the experiences within you.

 Experience and emotion:

For example, you have readied yourself to givea driving test.  When you look a little in to your mind you will see an anxiety. You may pass or failthe driving test. Either way you are so focused on your performance.This uni-foculness is blind to the experience of failure or success. See if you can scratch and go beneath the experiences. There lies much emotions. The experience has left its residuein the emotions. Though they are not toxins, there are deep impressions on your mind. Sometimes emotions are painful. Intelligence is the ability to link these various stages and yet penetrate deeper in to the mind. What is beneath your emotions? An excruciating sensation that has no cure. It is at a deep level. Very few people have access to these sensations. They are very patient, investigative and alert to the sensations. All sensations are triggered with an impulse.

Sensation and pain:

It is in the times of excruciating pain that one has to relate with himself. That is called awareness. The objective of all activity must be an imminent freedom. We can agree that we are bound to activity and performance.  But a person, who is aware,can delink a sensation from its impulse. It is only in this level that there is freedom.The level of sensations, which is beneath the emotions has triggered many ‘gazals’. Many prayers of devotion have emerged from such sensitivity. Many artists have put colour on canvas to represent deep seated pleasure or pain. Many dancers have expressed their profit and losses as dance or songs. Theatrics, fashion, poetry and even tragic stories have narrated this principles of the mind.

It is a relief that nobody is spared from the performance anxiety. Everybody has to work to make a living. Transactions and trade are inevitable. Interactions can make relations. Many times even mere conversations can result in breakup of bonding between people.

Equations:

How do you evolve an equation between two people? You have experiences of inferior/superior complexes when pitted against another person. It is not possible to be free at this level of expression. Actually all performances and productivity are only expressions. So how to correct and set the equations among people?

De-link:

It is a valuable skill to be able to ‘de-link’. Are you in a rat race?  Why do you always need to catch up in cricket? It is called chasing runs. One team has set the score at three hundred runs. In the second innings the other team is chasing the score set by team A. Obviously it is stressful.

Unique and free:

Where is your uniqueness? Uniqueness cannot be found, if your excitement is limited to chasing somebody else’s score. How to arrive at individuality? Many times you do activities because of obligations. Put some intelligence called de-link in to the incidents.  De-linking from having to chase other people’s score and then de-link from your obligations. The ‘de-link’ from obligation and chase is at the level of sensations. De-link and be free. You can identify each shackle. Wisdom is living with freedom. Living is an expression. Your uniqueness is your freedom. Testing times are your expressions and unique times is your nature. And meditationsare a trendy tool to discover your unique times. There is freedom from the consequence of performance. But indulgence in activity and productivity is mandated. Trade is inevitable, the exertion of the mind is necessary but any mental worry about your business is optional.The businessman has a motive of making profits. Good investments are made only by those who have a taste of economic freedom. The times are really not testing you and the people are not examining you.

THERAPY

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Everybody needs healing. Hence the relevance of the word ‘therapy’. But there are some bizarre therapies. Can going to do shopping be categorized as a therapy? Well, for some people it is almost meditative to do shopping in the mall. Window shopping can also be a therapy. But I would call these pass times. But some experts claim that boredom and loneliness can be cured when people walk through the mall, keep in touch with other people or even when they socialise. These rantings may not be supported by scientific data, but then in matters of results, these are testimonies.

Smell therapy, flower therapy or even food itself is considered as therapy. Councilors may claim that every food that people consume, can have therapeutic value. Walk therapy or even simply opening your mouth and talking out loud is considered therapy for some emotional imbalances. Hug therapy is when you decide to go to professional huggers. They hug you for specific duration for against a cost. Yes. All therapies are linked to a cost.

A bizarre therapy, that is switch therapy. Couples who are considering divorce as the only way out of misery get another last chance. They articulate their aspirational qualities in their spouses. The marriage councilors and psychology experts have a list of few married couples who has these aspirational qualities. Then the troubled couple are paired with strangers for two weeks. The strangers have these traits of aspirational qualities. They live together as if husband and wife. Yes, total strangers but having matched the corresponding aspirational behaviour and qualities are coupled for two weeks. This is switch therapy.

Do these bizarre healing or behaviours qualify to be called therapies ? You are licensed to a research on the authenticity of these behaviour modulations. Music therapy and other games and exposures are common. But water, sand, mud and shout and scream are also used as therapies to bring confidence and other healing. You can predict the future trend of bizarre therapies. Can taking ‘selfies’ on your cell phone camera qualify as a therapy? May be to those introverted people who seek a window and door to express themselves, ‘selfies’ may be good therapy.

Romance therapy may be a bizarre trend of the future. Has romance already outlived its therapeutic value in sixties, seventies, eighties or nineties? We have not yet heard of technology therapy. May be technology therapy is the bizarre trend for the future.Dance therapy and other physically exhaustive technique has some base in the art of healing. But in days and years to come, it is normal to look forward to more number of bizarre therapies. Beach walk, terrace stroll, park benches or even camping and trekking may be listed on the menu of therapies to choose.

So, normal, alternative, mainstream, parallel or even bizarre, there is no end to therapy. Living well itself has much therapeutic value. The merit can be discovered only if we probe to find correctness in our living. The worth of the self esteem, confidence and many personality traits will decide the quality of your living. Skills, talents and domain expertise will bring the needed resource and livelihood. But then, when everything is as expected and predicted, the therapy may have no place to exist. Developing a personality of progressive ideas, initiatives and innovations are outside the ambit of healing and therapies. That will bring the need you, to work intellectually.

Giving away gifts is a welcome therapy. Does training other people, qualify to be called a method of healing to the trainer?Another bizarre therapy is ice bucket or dancing in the rain? It is a great relief that prayers and meditations and yoga and breathing techniques are not therapies. They are called a growth exercises. What ever be the case, it is important to have a scientific understanding.

The regulators and government must find methods to license and certify the therapy practitioners. The seekers of the therapies must become informed of the risks and benefits of the bizarre therapies.

Why are not there rules and regulation for the burgeoning therapy industry? These conduct of therapy initiators must follow a standard and certification from government. Ensuring these methods are not irrepairably intrusive or irreversibly invasive.

There can be amusement if in case a touch therapy is invented where people would simply sit a touch each other’s body in the guise of a therapy. Well, in imagination if drinking coffee and cafe sittings are a therapy, then I can offer as the master therapist of the cafe circuit, considering the enjoyment I derive from leisure and lounging.

Social support and encouragements from family system is on the low.When people become too distanced from family and friends, then issues and imbalances in the mind become evident. Mental health also needs exposure to therapies. Good amount of yoga, breathing techniques and meditations must be administered only by trained and certified practitioners. Much of these therapies may look shallow and empty if they are not supported with scientific research and evidences. The research must be done at molecular and atomic level and not limited to the superficial and general rhetorics.

Have you heard of the gold fish swallow therapy? There is a claim that some breathing troubles are healed by fish swallowing. I am sure, all of these must display a disclaimer to consumers to protect the therapist from liabilities. Well, the popular line, ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’, seems to validate these therapists. Wonder for how much longer will it all last.

In the mean time, due diligence on the part of the purchaser of the therapy must be recommended.

Do some spot jogging. Five minutes of jogging in on spot inside your home. Drink up to one litre of water everyday. Twice a week, spend fifteen minutes to stretch your body and bend your joints. Fresh vegetarian foods. These may be your own contributions to keep your body healthy. Many doctors, clinical specialist, and physicians are very poor in communication skills. The authoritative tone and lack of verbal skills in doctors may be a deterrent for patients to go to modern medicine. These rebutted patients also queue up to the therapist who exhibit an additional skill of good conversation and communication with their patients.

I recommend that a reflective and introspective practice, in to their mind is essential. Do the necessary talents, transact and encourage a social hobby? Be healthy and happy and ensure that you keep the big smile as your signature-expression.