on travel

As I read Arundhati Roy’s treatise on world trade, the hegemony of free markets and the growing disparity between the haves and have-nots, it brings tears to my eyes. Roy has a way of bringing out that humanity in you, that humanity that’s been lost in the frontal assault by westernization on culture, locality and non-homogeniety. It becomes even more apparent as you read and hear essays and speeches by various other similarly and uniquely endowed individuals like Chomsky, Blum, Fernandez-Aremsto, Zinn and many others.

It makes me want to do something about it, to document it, to show it to the world in pictures and posters and say, “here, see it as it actualy is”. It makes me want to travel around and bring back as proof, documents of poverty, pictures of “accidental” genocide and of corporate nepotism and slam it on the walls of the United Nations building in New York for all to see.

If you are reading this and if you feel similarly about the state of affairs in the world and want to do some documenting, please contact me at sandeep@newweb.net . I have a somewhat nebulous idea about what I aim to document and how. We can certainly discuss it. This I know, it will certainly mean a lot of travelling around the world, a lot of unwelcome places, a fair amount of grovelling for survival – a lot of hard but satisfying work.

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on change

Change is inevitable, even necessary. I don’t remember where I read this first. It is, I’m going to dare it and use a superlative here, absolutely true and applies to almost every aspect of our lives. We come from chaos and go back to chaos. We just hope to understand the in-between by trying to bring about order to our lives.

We haven’t evolved socially and emotionally to a point where we can handle the inevitable chaos in the everyday universe just by itself. We take aid in the form of social laws and unwritten rules passed on from generation to generation so we can withstand the chaos and build a wall of perfectly ordered routines and pathways around our own lives.

No wonder Buddha attained Nirvana by learning to let go. It’s hard to let go – of love, of pleasure, of sex, of devotion, of social heirarchies, of friends, of family, of ties, of hunger and everything else we do routinely.

I will try and attain that nirvana, through constant change and through the ability to accept it.

It has been going on for so long, I’m afraid it’s been engrammed genetically into our core being itself.