Universal Culture

I came to see this picture in Japan which reminded me of the same culture or tradition or superstition or belief or whatever-you-call-it here in my country. And in neighboring countries, and in countries far & beyond. This just confirms one thing that howsoever we appear different in terms of race, color, caste, creed, language and appearance, but our core emotions such as love, hope, fear, happiness remain the same. In different parts of the world people may have different ways to feel and show such emotions, still some ways remain universal.

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This is a photo I took in Sapporo, Japan of Ema, the prayers and wishes penned and hung in the grounds of Shinto shrines. From heartfelt hopes about exam results, or being noticed by that oblivious boy in your class, to wishes for a prosperous or healthy future, you can think of them as prayers and hopes  made manifest and left in public.

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This photo I took at the Shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Bhittai was a sufi saint, poet and a musician who lived around 18th Century. People visit the shrine, make a wish and tie the knots (of threads, a piece of cloth etc) to a tree inside the shrine. And when their wishes come true, they come to visit the Shrine again to pay homage to the Saint.

My favourite couplet of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai

Thou art the friend, the Healer thou;
for sufferings thou the remedy;
Thou divest; curtest disease, dost guide,
master thou art eternally–
Yet, I am wonderstruck to see
that you physicians still provide

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

 

Dummies guide to Elevator climbing!

Elevator is a great invention. It takes us up/down the taller buildings without us moving, in the shortest time possible. I don’t remember the first time I had the ride of this amazing capsule, but at my 10-floor workplace, I’ve been getting in and out of the elevators everyday (except on holidays off course) for the last three years. Throughout the period I have observed ‘hurrific’ (always in hurry) and atypical habits of people that can be classified as ‘irritating’. A few guidelines can help us become sound users.

  • Ask yourself where you exactly want to go, UP or DOWN. Then press the specific button and wait for the lift to come. Remember, hitting the button twice or thrice or millionice never causes the lift to come quick.
  • When it arrives, don’t rush inside at once (lest you be labeled as Dehaati [lit; villager: uneducated] by a person himself Dehaati), but let the people come out first, if there are any.
  • When inside, do not stand right at the door to make others feel that the elevator is full, rather take a corner and let people come in. The lift is taking all the burden, not you Jack.
  • Don’t look at people angrily who get off the elevator before your target-floor. You’re in hurry, so is everybody.
  • If you’re not getting in one elevator, then please DO NOT hit the button unless the door closes and the elevator leaves the floor you’re standing on. Or else you can very well feel the swears that will come out of the mouths of the people inside the lift.
  • It is far better to keep quite inside the elevator ‘coz you never know who is standing beside you. Especially when with friends, avoid saying/doing things you say to each other in your own company, because spectators always reserve the comments.
  • Please take stairs to go one floor up or one floor down. Otherwise taking a ‘one-floor’ ride will only earn you curses from the people in the elevator.
  • Hold the door open if you see someone coming towards the elevator. You won’t be late for anything, I swear! But keeping the door open for long because you saw your friend coming is again unethical.
  • While you see the elevator is jam-packed, just don’t try to squeeze into the crowd only to be alarmed by the elevator’s ‘overweight’ bell to simply GET OUT.
  • Please make a way for someone to get off the elevator, or even step out and then get back in. Trust me, the elevator won’t go anywhere in such a short time.
  • In elevator, avoid passing any adverse comments about your work, boss, colleagues or organization.
Hitting the already Hit

Hitting the already Hit

Happy Elevation!