Drunken Elephants, Wild Horses and Blogging

This week has been a week of great learning. I was fortunate to have been at the receiving end of hateful discrimination. I say fortunate because it helped me see how I respond when I am threatened. It is still too fresh and raw for me to be able to write about it at length but I know I will. Reading and hearing about writers who have had to face similar challenges and enjoying the festive air all around has been of great help. This post is more of a filler as I allow the several piqued selves within me to settle down.

The goodness of Himalayan Mist tea, SF '11, unfurling as they brew

On a more positive note, for those who follow our work and our life, here is some news. Our long-dreamt-of project, the tea outlet, is finally shaping up, initially as an online outlet. This has kept me a little busy and we will be out on a tasting and sourcing expedition next week. I cannot tell you how excited and grateful I am for the way the universe has brought us to this point. I hope to be able to update my blog during this time, though I am not entirely certain. I will keep you posted as it evolves.

On the writing front, this week, I had the opportunity of writing guest posts for two bloggers whose work I follow and admire. I had a lot of fun writing these posts, and they are different from what I usually do. Do take a look.

A Gift From a Guest at Crack The Sky, a post on how blog posts really get written.

and

Three Easy-To-Grow Plants at Rachna Says, a post about a different kind of gardening.



As the country celebrates the birthday of the remover of obstacles, as the country struggles to find political solutions to greed and arrogance, as the air and the sunlight turn mellow to welcome the festive season, do take care and stay protected. Neither drunken elephants nor wild horses can prevent you from achieving that which you are destined for. However, that does not mean that drunken elephants and wild horses will not show up. We are setting out on yet another adventure at a time when the nation is very disturbed. Keep us in your prayers. We will be back before you know it.

Study for Three Treasures, 2010, Glass Painting

42 comments:

  1. I wonder about the discrimination that you are mentioning. And, I wish you luck with your tea endeavor. Take care.

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    1. Thanks, Rachna. It had to do with unwarranted, unpleasant and malicious responses to an earlier post. I have read a lot of posts about bloggers who face this, and I have received my share of hate mail too, but this was different. Hope to be able to write about it soon.

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  2. Shubhorup,
    What's this about..? A quiet and a balanced blogger like you also get hate mails..? This world is full of obnoxious people..!! Writing is therapeutic...so, hope your hurt heals. Take care,
    Am waiting to read more about your Tea outlet.:)

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    1. It is not always easy to understand what makes people feel the way they do. I would like to believe that the kind of hate I faced stems from conviction. That makes it all the more difficult to address. I cannot agree, and I must temper my expression of my disagreement. Live and let live is easy to preach, tough to practice. I am so grateful for the fact that writing lets me not only express what I am feeling but also to refine my thinking and identify the contradictions that lie within me. Will surely write about the tea project as it shapes up. Stay tuned.

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  3. It's hard to imagine your post on frugal and healthy living ruffling some feathers. Anyways bon voyage on your mystical tea trip. Hope to see some good pics when you come back.

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    1. Thanks, Sandeep. Sometimes you step on people's toes without realizing it. There are a whole lot of people out there who suffer from the same sense of injustice and rage against the system as do we. It is just that you and I have found sensible ways to address it. There are some who are led on to believe that the answer to their injustice is to pass it on. That is the core of all abusive behavior.

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  4. Like I've said before, it's difficult to digest the fact that a blog like this gets hate mails. So sorry. Hope the rest of the week is good.
    Love that first picture. :)

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    1. Thanks, D. I can only pray for such people who voice their misdirected anguish and hope that they will see the light of compassion and love. Healing is a basic right for all.

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  5. Hope you have figured out how you are going to respond to the negative responses. Good luck with the tea sourcing!

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    1. Shankari, the best way to get it out of the system is by writing about it. Thanks for your good wishes.

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  6. hmhm... honestly I don't know what this is about. But I think that being hated is not just a part of blogging but a part of life. And I loved the fact that you addressed your hateful discrimination as a learning opportunity. I agree with you on that- Its only when people don't agree with me and go against me, I tend to learn a lot about myself.

    And I don't really think that people as of are bad and obnoxious. Its just the way world is- a bit of variation and spice.

    You have a good blog going here. Will follow. Cheers. :)

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    1. Welcome to SJD, Muthu. I enjoy your crazy tweets and am glad to see you here. You are absolutely right. Hate is universal. Yet it is also crippling, and for most people, the response to hate is hate. This attitude only leaves the world blind. Like you have noted, the perpetrator of hate is also suffering, perhaps much more acutely than we are. I am so glad I wrote this post, since this discussion is not only helping me heal, but also gain much greater clarity about what is required to heal.

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  7. I follow ur blog closely so I was surprised at the malice and hate directed towards you. After the initial shock however I looked at it from the Buddhist point of view . Everything happens Because there is a cause . We may not have consciously created the cause or we may not see it . We can only see the effect and process it . My elder brother always used to say "u get what u deserve " . Hard to accept but once you accept u know that you are transforming your karma and some thing so good is going to happen that it will take your breath away .So you should be grateful to those who have caused u hurt and pray for their protection,wisdom and happiness. they dont know how badly they need these . True it is a great learning experience and you can turn inwards and further purify your life . love .ma

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    1. Thanks, Ma. I am trying to apply the things that you have written about, and with every passing moment, my conviction is growing that it is the only way to lead humanity to a peaceful and meaningful future. Thanks to you, and of course, Dad's work and views on Islam in India, I have the good fortune of being able to see both sides of the story. Hate is the other side of victimization, and it is perhaps essential to have compassion for those who feel that way. Very hard lessons, but inescapable for those who have committed themselves to the truth.

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  8. My Best Wishes For Your Venture.

    About all the hatred and malice, I've this gut feeling that you will handle it remarkably well. And before we know it'll be all out of your life.

    May God Bless You

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    1. Thanks for your good wishes, Anupam. It is a project driven by passion, and some would say even contrary to business logic, so you can imagine I am very excited that it is happening. As the sage says, when great evil occurs, great good follows. I must admit though that when it did happen, I was not responding like this at all.

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  9. you take your timepass musings too seriously, old man.

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    1. God bless you, Rahul. I am guessing you are referring to the hate and not the tea project! I had thought your dark wit would have immunized me some, but it obviously wasn't enough. My fear is that if I lighten up any further, I might just fly into the sky.

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  10. The cyber world surprises in more ways than one....I write a personal post and a reader labels me schizophrenic...you write non- controversial, sensible posts and are discriminated.....I guess we should not give much attention to the crazy minority.
    Keep going.

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    1. Thanks, Alka. I look at the discussion here, and on one hand I am glad to be able to process this out of my system, but on the other, I wonder if it is worthy of all this attention.

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  11. I am sorry to hear this, but I can only say what others have already said - Stay strong and keep calm. Mom's advice is always the best:) All the best in your online venture - sounds exciting. Would love to know more about it.

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    1. Thanks, CW. Mom always knows best. Only if it didn't take a lifetime to realize that! Will be keeping you updated on the tea project surely.

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  12. all i can say is... keep rocking!

    and i love the pics :)

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    1. Thanks, Ash. I too love the pics! Watching white tea or oolongs brew is a meditation by itself. And the other picture is my attempt to juxtapose the concept of what Ganesha symbolizes on the Buddhist principle of the three treasures - treasures of the storehouse, treasures of the body, and treasures of the heart.

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  13. Hey Subho,
    This is the second time I am reading your blogs... or I never interested in any blogs, but you changed my views and ofcourse its really touching your mom's comment. I too agree with her Buddhish perspective.
    I hope you are expiating your karma... can I ask you one thing are you still in practice? Your blogs got a touch of our practice thats really very nice (I feel).
    Warm regards

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    1. I am so glad to hear you say that, Vinod. It is interesting that this particular incident that I mentioned here is also about religion. My coming across the appreciation of the mystic simultaneity of cause and effect has been the single most important event of my life. Like any seeking person, it has guided and continues to guide all my actions. All my writing is directed towards that one goal, to help my readers to understand the value that can be unlocked through courage, wisdom, prudence and firm faith. Do keep coming back, Vinod. It is truly wonderful when old friends like you follow my work.

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  14. Good luck for your venture. Do keep us posted. Hope you make peace with whatever is troubling you. Sometimes we just have shake ourselves of these things and move on. People cannot change and since we write on an open forum, all of us bloggers should be open to criticism.

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    1. I am so fortunate to have people like you around, Vinita, who make me believe in the worth of what I am doing. Thanks a million.

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  15. I am surprised about this hate mail.i must have missed a few of your posts therefore i am in the dark.but consider this--------that was one mail against so many others which i read here,so why concentrate on that one speck?
    Good luck for your venture.

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    1. Thanks, Indu, for your good wishes and your words of encouragement.

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  16. like the style and the content ! great blog!

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    1. Thanks, Varsha. Not certain if this is your first time here. If it is, I am sorry that it was with this post. Do look around, I do write peppier stuff sometimes. :)

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  17. Successful guys are more likely to get hate mails. Let the whole world envy you. You just move ahead on your passion. Do what you love to do without thinking about the hate mails. I know that it at times pains. I get many from disgruntled wannabe photographers who are jealous about the success of my film. Just ignore those. Focus on your goals and move ahead.

    I was wondering on your title. Why drunken elephants? We human beings are drunken with ego, hatred... all the time. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sabyasachi. Your words have helped me put the matter inperspective. The drunken elephant bit is a reference to Buddhist writings about the dangers that lie in wait for the determined pursuer of the way, and wild horses is from a Rolling Stones song. Just my convoluted way of saluting things that mean a lot to me.

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  18. That is really bad Subho. A rational, sensitive and sensible blogger like you getting hate mails suggests how terrible the times are. But great to hear about your Tea Outlet project. Sounds very interesting and I wish you all the very best. I am sure it will turn out great.

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    1. Thanks, man. The terrible times are probably a message that should strengthen our resolve to carry on. The online tea catalog is shaping up but much slower than I imagined, Raj. Will definitely have all of you in on the latest news.

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  19. I can totally understand how you feel. I was there myself sometime back. I just smiled and moved on. This world is full of people, who are full of S**T. So ignore :)

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    1. Thanks for being so supportive, Ghazala.

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  20. Marvelous post....
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  21. Sir, I know whatever the problem is, you will come out triumphant. Haters are gonna hate, because they aren't good enough to do anything better. Just ignore them. And I am happy about your new Tea venture, I wish you all the very best. :)

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