Everyone should have a friend who is a complete opposite of what one is – outright opposite, never mind pretty manners. Maji, is one of those, and can shred your self worth, but he is priceless. I don’t know that Maji cares, or ever wants to look good in society. If they interviewed him on global TV he’d still say the same things …
So Maji tells me , ” Ray you ‘re an idiot to be so concerned about human rights issues, get a grip on your own life woman .”
He then quoted and misquoted some things from the bible,but knowing Maji, I wanted to hear this , ” Vanity vanity, all is vanity ! A mere wind passing thru’, a mere rolling of stones and picking up of stones, a flower quickly fading, a vapour going nowhere… .”
I had no immediate reply to Maji, whose words make me extreme philosophical for weeks… and negative about some of the things I am engrossed in. Human rights – all that. Why bother.
Why bother. The words follow me around like foot prints. I have no immediate answer. The earth has her share of critics, her share of walls and moats, castles and dragons, catwalks and pavements, foot path and courts of justice / injustice. Halls of fame and shame. Kids and crime, men and women of leisure, seizures…
I do not know about Maji, but today I have work with Art – contemporary issues.
Am surfing some headlines – ” …more Wardrobe malfunction / Real estate ballet / Petrol price ballet/ Dress code in colleges/Elections/ PolitiChefs/ Crime chat/Star gossip/ page 3 Wine and cheese/ page 4 Whine & tease/Weather/leather/ drugs/ jail stories/ juvenile needs/ agony aunts/ horror/horoscope/stardust/ more star dust../ suicides/ roof collapse/ gold price / rupee story/ toy stories/ other games and garbage travails/ lunch box ( movie)/ Kannada film at oscars ?/Cricket sadness/ Capitalism sadness/ Miss India finalist ‘ next ‘ to winner at Ms United Continent@ Ecuador :)))) whats that..?… & ‘ Under -trial hangs self with shoe – lace… “
Contemporary issues. Maji… I know, NOT pretty, but if I have to submit a ‘ Contempo ‘ piece of art ; somewhere, someone will ask, ” Why isn’t there some good news ? ”
I wish I could shut up and play remote, can you ? Like a coffee table, or yesterdays’ newspaper. All read up and cooled in a cane basket for Collage snippets. Maybe I should do a newspaper collage, a collection of images that do not offend people who prefer ‘ detached ‘ , but say it like it is. Tough. But will try.