Where do you stand?

There is a thing about your past,

What you were in the past, what actions you took and the consequences of those actions, if had affected some people then those actions continue to haunt you for the rest of your life even if you stand in a comfortable position today. People don’t tend to forget the pains of the past. For them it becomes a reason to dominate every relationship that you have with them.

Humans waste a lot of time holding on to things of the past which don’t have a significant impact on what is going to be in the future. As Herbert has said, you must lose a fly to catch a trout. If you chose to stay in the past, then when will you enjoy what you have today and what is about to come to you. The past is like a rubber band. The more you try to hold on to it and more forward, the more it will pull you back. Unfortunately it is not easy to break it. It is the human mind which holds things, and it does so quite willingly.

It is not human to forget things, especially those which had caused trouble. The biggest dilemma of human life is to stay in the past or in the present. Not every beginning is a silver spoon, for some there is no spoon.  When you become fortunate enough to get a spoon, you still think of life without a spoon. With the greater level of understanding that we have comes the greater inability to understand ourselves. The human mind cannot manipulate itself. Harsh memories cannot be overwritten. What we have as a dominating factor compared to other animals becomes in itself a drawback. Reminds me of what Flores has said, you have to be able to risk your identity for the bigger future than the present you are living.

The world what we see today is a result of people living in the past, people living in the present and people living for their future. Where do you stand?

Cartoon Workshop by DNA

Here is a thing about being a political cartoonist

           "you tell the truth by drawing a lie......."

Never was drawing so interesting, at least not in Engineering Drawing of 2nd semester. I was amongst 25 of the lucky readers who got selected for a workshop (DNA Cartoon Workshop) by Manjul(Chief cartoonist, DNA) held at their office at Elphinstone road, Mumbai. Being from a engineering background the only relation I have with cartoons is doremon and comics. That doesn’t mean engineering students cannot draw. We do have to draw a lot of formal figures and on the informal part there are those words which we cannot understand in our friend’s assignment. When asked what that the word is, the usual reply is just draw the word (which we do). Also a few of us are indulged in creative activity of drawing portraits during lectures.

The workshop was conducted in a conference room. The conference room was a nice and cosy room with bright ambiance. There was participation from diverse skill backgrounds. The speaker Mr. Manjul started with an introduction on how cartooning began in India. Moved on to focus on political cartooning. He showed us his cartoons, their importance for that time period, how they depict the satire of the issue. Political cartoons do hurt a part of people (mostly politicians). That which cannot be said by news can be told by cartoons.

At one point, each one of us was asked to draw a cartoon. Mr. Manjul gave a review of each of them. Then he drew a cartoon of his favourite character (Dr. Manmohan Singh). It was then that I realised drawing on a digital writing pad is more convenient for a digital print, something which I missed a lot for a logo design competition. Then Mr. Manjul gave away the certificate of the event.

In the end the photographer took group photos. The event was nicely organised and a lot of thanks to Mr. Manjul, the organisers(my apologies, I forgot your name, please mail me if you read this), the photographer, the IT guy and DNA.