Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Memoirs of Tanjore Painting Workshop

Today, while I was browsing randomly, came across a very creative video on Tanjore Painting:
And, I was reminded of my own version of it! Yes, it was at Saarang. True to its name - the event meant to add colors to life - and colors to my strokes. This time it was a two-day Tanjore painting workshop, to learn the native art-form from the ancient city of Thanjavur. It began with a usual lecture, "Tanjore paintings are known for their richness and compact composition. Typically based on Puranic themes depicting Hindu deities....". So it was time to choose one, and the first name that came to my mind was the Goddess of Knowledge, Music and Arts - Saraswati.

What followed is a meticulous art-work - making a preliminary sketch on a cloth pasted over plywood, applying chalk powder to make the embossed parts, decorating the jewelery and apparels with Jaipur stones. And for the beginners, ready-made boards are available to save all this trouble.
We spent the rest of the day pasting gold foil using Arabic gum. With only two small gold-leaves provided to complete all the embellishments, we had to take extra caution not to waste a micron of the 22 carat gold! No doubt, these paintings appreciate in value over time and the glean of the gold lasts generations.
The canvas was now ready for painting, and dyes were used to add the finishing touch.

The way a couple of portraits came out of the workshop, didn't look like those were done for the first time by amateur artists! What was common among all of those was: figures centered inside beautifully decorated arches; round bodies and almond shaped eyes; conventional colors - white, light blue for Gods, light yellow / pink for Goddesses; and ornate dresses. 

What made the workshop more entertaining was the terrific company of my friends. After spending the previous night hooting at the pro-show, my throat wanted some rest. Seeing me in complete silence, unable to utter a word, gave my gang a wonderful chance to gossip! Nevertheless, credit is due to my working partner for all the help.

So that was my modest attempt to learn this rich heritage and here's how it came out of the shop!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Life n beyond...


Saddened by the sad demise of grandma some days back.....it brought back some childhood memories of the life those days and the questions on afterlife.

"A generation gone!"...a blank face of dada, whom I've not been fortune enough to see; a religious face of dadi, who was such a strong lady to do all her chores herself even past 90; an encouraging face of nana, who would inspire us to touch the sky; and finally a loving face of nani, who would disclose the mommisms and shower all the goodies....all stood frozen in the mind! There's always a special relation with the grandparents....when your parents are strict to you, it's their parents who are the authority to appeal!
Whatever has happened can't be reversed, the shared memories will forever bind all of us together!

"What's beyond life?” is a question that catches every child's imagination. Whether it will be the familiar face of the Gods and Goddesses in heaven that we try to appease once in a while? Or the demons in hell! Whether it will be the scary face of ghosts that we saw in those horror shows? Or the angels in fairy tales! Whether it will just be a new face, a rebirth...as a prince or a pauper, a human or an animal, on earth or on a distant planet? 
Whatever is to happen can't be prevented, for now it's just good to be in the state of eternal oblivion!

Neither will those days return, nor will those questions be answered...but it reaffirms the premise of living life to the fullest. And for both the believers as well as the non-believers of the 2012 doomsday theory, a message to live every single moment like there's no tomorrow!

Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun - Shakespeare (Funeral song from the play Cymbeline)  
Fear no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art done, and ta'en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o' the great;
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke;
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The Sceptre, Learning, Physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the'all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.

No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have,
And renown├Ęd by thy grave!

PS: Picture courtesy Google. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Re-visiting Signature Selling Concept :)

While working on the Marketing Analytics project, we realized its practical implications...what began as a passing remark over the lunch in the office, has far-reaching outcomes. So, introducing to you the 'Signature Selling Methodology' for identifying a prospective life-partner.
Is your life upside down ? Do you have the force to convert the prospect to a partner ? Is your CRM system effective ? Do you feel a stomach churn caused by too many lost or delayed deals ?

You studied hard, climbed the corporate ladder, and enjoy the fruits of labor put in the yesteryears; when you realize the universe has started conspiring to make you settle down. The idea itself is so unsettling. But, this inertia in itself is not an insurmountable obstacle. The key ingredient for any successful transformation is a clear vision.

Traditional or arranged methods either ignore the prospects' expectations or dominate them, rather than moving in harmony with it. A successful search process must recognize that it is a part of a comprehensive life-plan. Since your situation is unique, you need to tailor your own requirements, specific to your circumstances. But you are not alone, as you'll realize when you explore the market.

You'll find the world around you changing rapidly: competitors re-orienting themselves to go after your crush; prospects expecting more and more, and faster than ever before. To accelerate win rate, you need to set high objectives to improve the speed, quality and volume of your opportunity pipeline; and generate more mind-share within a shorter selling cycle.

So, take a closer look at the seven stage sales funnel; to understand the tools and techniques of the trade: 
1. NOTICED: It's important that you catch the eye of the right person. So you need the right segmentation, targeting and positioning. Understand your territory, set the preferences and PartnerPlan. Various matrimonial websites will help you kick-start. Perform a secondary research through publicly available sources to generate a lead.
2. IDENTIFIED: This happens when you find a lead, i.e. someone you've not spoken to, but is worth pursuing. It's when someone demonstrates interest in you or you express an interest in a profile. So mull over your options and prioritize your opportunity portfolio. Tools like dialogue prompter will come in handy to initiate a conversation.
3. VALIDATED: At this stage, detailed profiles are exchanged, personal requirements are confirmed, and credentials verified. Conduct a feasibility study, and if it's a good fit, the lead gets converted to an opportunity. Here you may adopt primary research techniques, site visits and BG check.
4. QUALIFIED: Now is the time to articulate your capabilities, adjust your marketing tactics, engage the person in hearty conversations, set regular check-points to review the progress, and provide a compelling reason to act. You can thus choose to qualify or dis-engage from the assignment. Utilize electronic or digital media like mail, call and chat.
5. CONDITIONAL AGREEMENT: A formal meeting is now arranged with the prospect. Forecasting techniques can be employed to predict the win-odds. Prepare a benefit case of the cost of you losing your freedom vs. the gains from the merger. Do a pre-proposal review and get the sponsor's or guardian's approval. If the condition of mutual satisfaction is met, negotiate a preliminary evaluation phase and place a reservation order.
6. WON: Wow! finally the verdict is out. You're committed to value a relationship. Refine the solution, and arrive at mutually agreed terms. Obtain the 'Signature' on the win-win contract. Implement the project and celebrate your success with a high flying ceremony.
7. LOST TO COMPETITION: Alas! unfortunately your interests don't match the prospects'. So, resolve the conflict between your mind and your heart. Reset to Stage 1 of the selling cycle. Iterate!

(Plz ignore the corporate bull-shit. On this V-day, may you win a million hearts).

PS: Picture courtesy Google.