31XL01A.qxd 1/30/2013 7:08 PM Page 1 THURSday | january 31 | 2013 | LUDHIANA TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE QUICK EXIT John Abraham avoided his ex-girlfriend Bipasha Basu at the premiere of Race 2 by making a quick exit from the cinema as soon as he got to know that she had arrived. PAGE 3 GREY MATTER Using simple analogies, real-life case studies and latest CGI, an upcoming show, Brain, explains the frequent battle between instinct and reason while unravelling the mysteries of memory and PAGE 2 Þ decision-making. NEW KID ON THE BLOCK After appearing in several commercials, model Rahul Kohli makes his debut as an actor with a cross-over between UK and India. He recently completed the shooting and is now looking forward to the release. PAGE 3 Þ Þ ON THE FACE VALUE No, this is not what is expected of the Facebook Graph Search. In a highly speculated event, Facebook launched its Graph Search facility, which has been in Beta stage the last two weeks. PAGE 4 Þ PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN A century of running Age is just a number; at 101 years, Fauja Singh still likes to go the distance with the marathons Gurvinder Singh W RINKLED skin, drooping eyes, unkempt turban, he is just another old man on the street, until he puts on his shoes, that track suit and he is ready to go! He is a ‘youth’ icon in his own right. “I don’t consider myself old. I still feel the zeal to do anything,” he says during his visit at Arya College, Ludhiana. Fauja Singh is every bit a man of grit and courage, which is testified through his rise and the legendary journey that has made him a noteworthy figure throughout the world. “Once you have decided to achieve a target, just go on until you achieve it,” he says. “I just decide that I have to complete the distance, and it doesn’t matter even if I lose my life doing that,” he says. During his marathons, first half doesn’t cause too much exhaustion. But when the going gets tough for a few kilometers, he recites God’s name, he shares with us. When most of the old become effete and rely on medicines, the 101-year-old ❝ I don’t watch television, but do listen to Punjabi radio. One must learn. If I learn even one good thing in 24 hours, I consider the day worthwhile FAUJA SINGH doesn’t take any medicine. “Prevention is better than cure,” he says. “During old age, one must abstain from things that cause cold or constipation,” he says. Not eating is better than eating wrong things in this age, he adds. He takes pinni made with flax seeds throughout the year in the morning. He takes a chapati twice; likes masur and moth dals. He loves Punjab and feels that drugs have become a blot on Punjab. “It hurts that the image of Punjab has become tarnished because of the menace of drugs,” he says. The youngsters must stop their peers who might be destroying their lives, rather than ignoring them, he says. Fauja Singh is still eager to learn at this age. “I don’t watch television, but do listen to Punjabi radio. One must learn. If I learn even one good thing in 24 hours, I consider the day worthwhile,” he says. About the reasons for his good health, he says happiness is the ‘food’ for old age. Rather than worrying about home and family, one must laugh and do things that give happiness in this age. firstname.lastname@example.org While many thrive in abstract art, a majority of artists draw inspiration from the bulls, birds and tigers…in short, the rich animal kingdom… Animal instinct Manpriya Singh MF Husain’s Sprinkling Horses sold for $1.14 million at an auction at the Christie’s — one of the highest prices ever paid and one of the highs for the Indian art market. The work brought out the dynamism of horses paired with a human figure. Pablo Picasso used the bull as a metaphor throughout his art works. James Seymour matches his love of art with love for horses and became widely recognised for his equestrian art. Elephants, horses, tigers, bulls, butterflies…while the interpretation of animals in art depends on the context, the inspiration doesn’t. There’s no stopping the bear and the bull metaphor. “There’s a bull within each of us; then a man’s struggling phase can be compared to a bull, it symbolizes even the journey,” for professional artist, faculty NIIFT, Madan Lal, it’s been three complete years since he started work on the bull series. He adds, “Everybody hankers for dominance and power in society. A lot of works in the series depict animals and humans in mixed forms.” Inspired thought While some paint in ways that they later need to set the record straight, others don’t border on the abstract and draw upon the simplicity as well as beauty of an animal. Many artists find a metaphor in ways more than one. “We hardly sport sparrows as often as we would. For me, they stand for chirpy, bubbly women. The number of girls, too, in our society is dwindling reducing due to female feticide. That was an inspiration enough for me, to come with a series devoted to sparrows,” says Sadhna Sangar, professor, Government College of Art. She adds, “When sparrows chirp, they symbolise awakening of life. Similarly, women stand for beginning of life.” It’s been three-to-four years since she’s done thirty to forty pieces on the subject. Anjali Aggarwal, assistant professor at an arts college, didn’t have to go far for inspiration while working on a series on bull, birds and tigers each. “I was in Bhiwani, a place where you find a bull on every street. While I was scared of them, they also had a lot to them. A bull signifies power. It teaches us how to retain power and use it at the right time.” It could be something as threatening as a bull or a thing as harmless as butterfly; each has several lessons to teach. She adds, “Butterflies unfortunately are Art through the ages In the 17th century art, hunting scenes illustrating dramatic life and death struggles between man and beast became a popular subject. The 18th century artists chose to celebrate the natural beauty and majestic power of animals in their natural habitats. During the 19th century, Victorian artists painted sentimental pictures of their domestic pets and livestock. The artists of the 20th century explored the entire range of animal genres and invented a few more of their own. cat family is so powerful, yet if you don’t say anything to them, they don’t harm. You have to maintain eye contact at all times and stand facing them. It’s only when you show your back and run that they attack.” Each animal Surjit Patar The magic is in words... Mona Surjit Patar, the renowned Punjabi poet, found his calling right in his childhood. Poetry was not a vocation that got him much encouragement at home or school, but he chased his dream with utmost tenacity. Honours big and small have landed at his door, including the prestigious Padma Shri Award. For him, the biggest rewards have come in the form of experiences. The first time he saw his poems and name on a full page in Preet Lari, a Punjabi magazine, is the first instance that still stands fresh in his memory as does the rousing response he got at the International Poetry Conference in Medellín. Fifty poets from fifty different countries were there as Surjit Patar represented India. The last of the seven-day conference, Patar’s poem Jadugar was a huge hit. The magician of words, shares his mantras of success. In love with poetry During the Middle Ages, artists used mythical beasts to decorate medieval manuscripts while commonplace creatures often took on secret symbolic associations. diminishing. Even a common observation says that now we hardly get to see any of the colourful species.” Yash Pal Seth, amateur photographer, couldn’t stop clicking the cat family during his visits to Africa. “The SUCCESS MANTRA has a characteristic to tell, each artist a story to share. As Gaurav Jakhar, citybased artist, sums up, “Animals have always formed an integral part of story-telling, more so in art.” email@example.com A poet should be in love with poetry. Heer Heer na akhiyon adiyo, main taan Ranjha hoi…one must immerse oneself in the canon. I had such a thirst for poems to begin with. Soon after I returned one book, I would borrow another from the library. My first favourite poet has been Bawa Balwant. Ghalib, Iqbal, Dharamvir Bharati, Bertolt Brecht have been my other favourites, though I have read a whole lot of Indian and Western poets. Follow your inner voice To create true poetry, you must cross the layers of your heart to reach that inner- most voice. You can take a momentous theme and might not end up writing well, however, the smallest thing you have felt might make a masterpiece. The best of poetry comes from this inner journey. Imbibe the technicalities Just as you internalise the language without learning the grammar, so should you the canon of poetry. It must become an intrinsic part of you. The meter, rhythm and rules should flow naturally rather than mechanically. Focus on work If your eyes are on your work and focus on how well you are doing it, it will take you a long way. All that is in our hands is to be diligent and sincere. Just leave the rest. I will quote Muhammad Bakhsh, here: Mali da kaam pani pauna, bhar bhar mashaqan paaven, malik da kaam phul luana, laven ya na laven. Learn from criticism Ours is public life and criticism an essential part of it. When your work gets negative feedback, the first impulse is — ‘Why did I ever write it’? But one needs to move on; must objectively analyse each piece of criticism and see what’s there in it for you to learn. And finally his message to the youth - do not follow the mad trends; make your own way: Main raah ate ni turda Main turda haan ta raah bande. Yuga to kafile aaunde Ais sach de gawah bande. Yeh tapdi rait dasdi hai Ki rasta theek hai mera. Yeh sadle pair, tharde dil Mere sach de gawah bande… firstname.lastname@example.org
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