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If The Omkara Could Sing...

May 10, 2005


Soon i'll have the courage
To leave my thoughts behind
I'll give back all the knowledge
And keep the wisdom precious in my mind

- Three

...that's what the tune would be (just THIS part, over & over, like a badass karmic wheel), methinks.

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This after pic is rather one-dimensional so I suggest checking out the project link for details, blueprints, and hot inside gossip...yea. Seriously, very very very cool project. It works in so many ways. First, the actual exhibition of this masterpiece in Dubai is quite touching. A mere two decades ago people flying in from India used to get their bags checked and their heathen Hindu idols snatched away. Keeping this in mind, the Omkara's exhibition seems refreshingly/ironically (dare I say the "S" word? No, not Sexy, foo, but...) Secular.

Second, Amrit(Raj) [I have no idea which one the surname is, kinda like George Michael] created this beauty from really thought-provoking inspiration. Two of his prior sketches to be exact:
"The first one uses architecture as an analogy to describe religion and deals with the concepts of planning ones life, destiny and the overall scale of a human soul to a religious belief. The second (my favourite) is a playful interpretation of religion as IKEA furniture - the primary concept being that religion stands at a point today where it has become a necessary feature to add and remove aspects of the belief system that we think is convenient and easy for us to follow - much like IKEA actually."


Amen and well-said. It's too bad more people don't think about their faith in this manner. After all, Ikea desks don't ALL come in yellow/plastic/one drawer for a good reason. One size never fits all. If people WANT personalization of material goods then most certainly they NEED the same for something as personal as faith, no? In Hinduism's case, this need for and fact of self-interpretation came answered and acknowledged in its post-Vedic founding texts. The idea that salvation comes to those who follow not one but any one of the designed paths is, to me, an admirably wise and foresighted feature. The essence of which is completely lost and muddled in today's 'us vs. them' philosophy that seems prevalent among many Hindus, hardliners and moderates alike.

Kudos, Amrit-jee, for your hard work and inspired spirit. Are you riding this puppy to Canada anytime? The National Gallery has this Trans Am with the Book of Revelations etched all over...it needs a friend :-).

posted by Neha
9:07 PM

10 Comments:

Blogger Wolfe said...

Tch. Get a room you two and get it over with.

5/11/2005 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

Aiiieeeeee! You musn't allege such scandalous sings. My monogamous mate Rajbo [desi rambo] might take them seriously and unleash his deadly fury like a vengeful god. Besides, what kind of hussy would bed a car on the first post? Not I, Wolfe, not I.

5/11/2005 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger Wolfe said...

Bring it on, Rajbo, is wot I say. Bring it on! I have the truth and a very nicely painted car on my side. I will prevail!

You're a kalank on hussies worldwide. Gone are my aspirations of getting it down and dirty with roosi strippers and you. It'll just have to be the strippers now.

5/11/2005 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Amrit(raj) said...

hah!! thanks for the badaboom ! ;)
am glad you liked it.

oi.. whats this about hussies bedding my car !??
SACRILEGIOUS!!!! - the trinity will not be happy and we shall all be reborn as vermins .... oh nooo ...

excuse me.. i have to make offerings to please the gods now ...
Off to the 'Hole in the Wall' i go to in Ajman. ;PP

5/12/2005 02:16:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

Hey Wolfe, the limo's nice and all but maybe it'll be easier to pic up ladies in a more...colourful car...preferably one with nice big 'Aum' painted on it.

Ajman is awesome. I went to school there for 3 whole standards. Serious. You can grunge it up and noone cares. Then I moved to I.H.S. and had to cut my nails and wipe the dirt off my face. Hmph.

5/12/2005 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger Wolfe said...

I think he just called us hussies. I think that's very rude. I'm going to boycott him.

And you. You've left me for a sleazy Ajman-going Padmini painter. That makes me very sad. Where's Rajbo? Tell him I'm coming over to cry on his mesh shirt.

Lekin usko Dubai mein Padmini mili kahaan se?!, my mother wants to know.

5/13/2005 04:44:00 AM  
Blogger Amrit(raj) said...

WOAH !
Hey you ... did u just call me 'sleazy' ? didja just !??
mmm i guess we are even now .. huh ? hmmm....

5/13/2005 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Wolfe said...

Wot I really wanted to call you was 'zaleel aurat' but that wouldn't be cricket.

5/13/2005 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

Uff yoom-ma, y'all. Lez-be phriends!

I think the Padminis started selling in dxb around 95-96. Cus my friends dad went gung-ho and bought one as an odd-job company car. Too bad for my friend and I, her mum used to drive us back from school. And when the mum was busy, the Padmini would come pick us up...from the marble-facade side of I.H.S. Oh the horror, the horror. Bleedin thing didn't even have a/c...

5/13/2005 02:57:00 PM  
Blogger Bladewidth said...

Dxb also had its fair share of bajaj scooters....ever found a purple one with green polka dots ?

5/15/2005 10:20:00 PM  

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