Abstract Art

IS there any thing called Abstract Art? often we have heard of Abstract Mathematics? Abstraction? what is abstraction? In Art too i find there is lot of confusion.

When some one talks about Yantra or tantric paintings then they laugh and try to ridicule it saying all these are superstitious, blind faith, hindu paintings. following are few such images. However, these yantra images are based on centuries old science-Jyotish, or so to say Astrology.


Now see few of modern day paintings. Painters claim they are the most creative painters.

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following two are inspired by Mural painting s of Kerala.




Each of above must have a story behind them, and only creator or painter can tell all those things whatever was in his mind at that time. I am also trying to interpret few of these in my words. on Twitter

now following is a Madhubani painting, this also has many symbols. but way of drawing is done by women, who have never attended any Art School. This Art as a tradition has passed down from one generation to another.

gettyimages-450781929-1024x1024karva-pic-l Often i have seen on many occasions, women of house draw or paint many such ritualistic paintings. I mean as a ritual they are painted and without these that pooja cannot be performed. On sevreal ocassions a story-legend is attached to such day of celebration. Karva Chauth, Har Chath and many more. It is sad that in India which has vast diversity of rituals traditions etc, we dont have a large database or documentation of folklores. ALongwith them all such rituals and paintings will also have to be documented. Few of our traditional arts have come to limelight, but many are vanishing. Those which have come to limelight got place in Dilli Haat, Surajkund mela, emporiums, and duplicate versions adorn large walls of either homes or galleries or govt buildings. Not much benefit to the original artists.

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This is warli painting done in villages of Maharashtra, bordering Gujarat, Rajasthan? It is said to be tribal art. but i hate using this word. Villagers i use. they paint walls using natural materials, rice paste, mud or Goru(color). that we find in our villages and it is mixed with Mud or cow dung to paint the Mud walls.

there are many surrealistic painters, few say they paint realism. But I love the work of respected Smt Anjoli Ela Menon ji. She has been multi medium artist, in times when such word never existed. When i did an appreciation course at NGMA New Delhi, there were few of her work. Later i read and saw many of her work-in news! yes. She had painted suitcase, chairs Doors etc.


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So it i snot good idea to praise painters of modern times. As you see there are many such things exists around us that we fail to appreciate. We need to be more observant.



Dance- through Photography

Many times words fail to describe- in exact way what eyes see? i have named these photograph as SPLASH. that’s the common theme in these photographs. Tell me what you feel?

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#EVM machine of #ElectionCommission never falter?

I am shocked at allegation of #EVM #hacking? #ElectionCommission of India has made elaborate guidelines to b followed during #election. If Strictly adhered, not a single mistake can crept in? It’s a multilayered checks-checkpoints.


Most simple is that at #PollingStation or Booth at first a #Mock Poll is conducted in presence of candidates or their polling agents-duly appointed by candidates-party. Mock poll confirms that EVM machine functions correctly. If one polling agent of a candidate pressed button two times & similarly all polling agents cast their mock vote. In end just to show the result Presiding officer demonstrate that how many votes are recorded in EVM. If any discrepancy is found, polling agents can demand another Mock Poll or register complains or another machine EVM can be setup for the purpose. hqdefault (2)All this happens within polling station and before polling starts on that day. Later, if all ok, means everyone agrees that EVM is working properly then, following a procedure EVM is sealed. There is a paper seal given to each polling party, it has serial number on it. These numbers are already registered somewhere. While fixing this paper seal in the EVM all poling agents can put their signature, if they desire. They ought to note that serial number with them. Two or three places the thread/lac seal is still fixed, along with a tag, Containing all details of polling station number, signature etc, as the case may be.

Prior to distribution of EVM to each polling party(a team of govt servants) proper records are maintained at the distribution centre. After election/poling is over earlier their were certain types of returns are to be filled up and kept under sealed cover. These have all details of paper seal-serial numbers, EVM number, total number of voters for that polling booth, number of votes casted, recorded in machine, Gender-wise voters. Again after voting at each poling station the EVM is sealed again properly, along-with tag, with details. Finally when door of EVM is closed and properly sealed, no one can enter VOTE. I mean without breaking so many tags, seals then only the crucial button can be accessed. But then each and every destruction can be noticed. In event of any problem, Presiding/polling officer can trigger a button, if any untoward things happens at polling station, after that no vote can be casted in that EVM. Earlier we have seen many of such news items on TV when BOOTH CAPTURING were reported. In those incidents BALLET PAPER were managed, bogus voting was done. In our remote villages/rural areas, such incidents happened but no one could dare to report these incidents, fearing backlash from DABANG, DON, MAFIA, LAND LORDS and POLITICAL GOONs of those areas. But now many cases are reported as Proper Security forces are deployed at polling station. Even VIDEO recording are done in areas, Election Commission so as to avoid such or any incident. Based on Video footage Election Commission, inquire and take necessary action too. Now days Opposition and all candidates are so well aware of these VIDEOGRAPHY by Election Commission, even they get a chance to register complain along-with these videos done by Election Commission.

Even New MEDIA is so well equipped that they also cover Elections, via Direct Telecast Voting process. Video reporting or so called LIVE REPORTING. Each and Every step/Action by candidates is recorded by MEDIA, and even People(common people- not leaving out supporters too) they are well equipped by the Technology. Video Mobile Phones, and Hidden Cameras. Now days we see lots of STING OPERATIONS by News Channels. They immediately highlight if any illegal incident happens. We are now used to see BREAKING NEWS.

At the COUNTING centres, counting agents are appointed by each candidate/party. At a designated counting centres all such representatives of contesting candidates enter and take their place at designated TABLE. First EVM is brought to counting table. Then its details are shown or told to all those present. If any discrepancy arises/noted, immediately these agents make hue and cry. If no then counting progresses.

On the table where Postal Ballets are counted, all contesting candidates are seated in front of it, or their representative. One for each candidate can sit and see the proceeding from that table. Postal Ballet packets are opened and counted in front of candidates. Thus at each and every step Election Commission guidelines are very clear about taking steps for total TRANSPERACY in entire poling/Voting process.

When I was Returning Officer for one election in Municipal, for few days there was no times for any laziness. I used to survey all polling stations so as to see the conditions, whether electricity, water and sanitation facility is properly available. I have written few of such shortcomings to the main election managers. I talked to people, such principals, head or in-charges of those govt buildings in which all poling stations were earmarked. One of my intention was to see how palling party comprising of govt workers are going to rest in those polling stations. They ought to have proper facility. I had even discussed in few offices that kindly let open that room so that they can take rest in night-instead of getting bitten by Mosquitoes and without fan? In summers? To these on my discussion few govt officers might have laughed at me? But I don’t care. I had to do my job seriously as a RETURNING OFFICER. During election times all such govt functionaries are considered working on LOAN with ELECTION COMMISSION.

From start at the main election cell of any state or district or Taluk/Tehsil, work starts with regular interaction with political parties and contesting candidates.

They are given various instructions. They are told about process of EVM, all political parties, candidates are shown functioning of EVMs at various stages. Even when at the main centre, prior to distribution when al Returning officers and teams are called to check and prepare EVM and polling materials that time we were also instructed to invite all contesting candidates to the Main centre. At such occasions they inspect and witness all process along with our teams- Actually they participate in all such activities- It’s called actual People’s participation. Many meetings are conducted along-with political parties/contesting candidates and all media persons too. Every action happens in full media galore!

Recently held state assembly elections such as MP, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh etc News on TV channels shown that political party’s people gheraoed the strong room and kept overnight vigil there, so as to see/monitor movements of EVM?

At slightest controversy Election Commission immediately takes action. Even recommends transfers of IAS, IPS etc officers.

EVM cannot be hacked? As each poling station/booth has different population of VOTERS. On the poling day EVM cannot predict as to how many VOTESR will cast their votes. How many votes will be registered in EVM. Today heard on one TV channel that one secretary of Maharashtra, Congress party told that someone telephoned him asking money in exchange of hacking EVM? He said that that person said 2 days before he can tell that by how much margin they are going to win?

These statements are crucial. As who is that someone? His number may be available with Mr Pakash/Prasad? Such things are very serious nature, and he cannot say that he ignored the number and did not notice(recorded) that number? He did not talk to anyone else in his party? He didn’t talk/report it to his party president?

And another point is that no one can predict as to how many votes are casted in EVM? If after poling happens, EVM machines are brought to strong room and locked then no one can open that strong room. Now days even Keys are kept under proper watch. I experienced a new thing. When strong roelectronic-voting-machine_7cfd3608-d105-11e7-ac2e-6fc61cbabe91om was locked. Few people properly wrapped the lock and latch with cloth and then lac seal is affixed. So that even if someone tries to open then it can come to light?  Moreover in 2014-15 proper Video recording was done when I was locking the lock and door of strong room. In that strong groom EVMs of two RO-Returning Officers were kept together. So other person was also supposed to put the lock. He said it is ok with me that Mishra ji locks and keep keys with him. I said NO. If so much FANFARE is done, all Videography was done, if I am a celebrity? Then he ought to have his own key and lock? So that next day when strong room is opened he brings his own keys? Instead of blaming me for, if anything happened?india-vote-election-politics-counting_359d453a-19c9-11e7-aa2a-1591876ff7cf

Thus two keys and two locks were put on door of STRONG ROOM and on counting day both Returning officers had to open their locks. He came late so I had to keep waiting for some time for his to arrive and open with his set of keys. All these things are Videographed.

Even when the last day when withdrawing names was allowed, and result of acceptance of candidature was supposed to be announced, a team came and did Video recording of all proceeding in my room??? What I said and what all candidates said? My god that time I also felt STRESS!!

We are also Human beings so it is natural certain shortcomings do happen once a while. But blaming whole process is wrong.

Now this VVPAT happens. Each VOTER can see/check/Recheck as to his vote was correctly recorded or not? A print out of a slip comes out of EVM with name/symbol of candidate to which votes is casted.

In media there was a news item about malfunctioning of EVM. When the Election Officer-IAS- randomly checked VVPT then media shown that printout was wrong. It can never happen. There is a panel on front of EVM where list of candidates is fixed along with their SYMBOL. Accordingly the button functions. But if while printing that list of fixing that list on EVM is done with mistake then, such kind of malfunctioning can crop up. But when officials check functioning of EVM months before the Elections that time itself such problems are sorted out. It may be mistake of persons and not of EVM

#Dharmakshetra on #epic

Why our Indian society is tolerant? For some time now there is lot of buzz around the word Intolerance! English media also lapped the idea of impertinence around this word. Majority of Indian people are tolerant. Most of people are Hindu? If I write this then many will object? without knowing our history. Our land is land of spirituality. Outsiders gave a name to our dharm, as Hindu. Many debate that since there was a river Indus and hence people living across it were named as Indian(of India or may be Indica?)? The river was also called as Sindhu. Thus Sindhu became Hindu and land is called as Hindustan? Or the place where hindu people live is called as Hindustan? Now so called pseudo-secular Historian can produce any historical fact that how the name Hindu is given? Who wrote Hindu for the first time? in any Vedic or Post-Vedic literature? Now days I have read that linguistics are also doing lots of research through literature to find out the period of time in history, as to when such thing was written? Many years back i had read in some of Bhavan’s journals about our late Shankaracharya-Swamigal of Kanchi Math/peeth saying that we are thankfull to those who gave our religion a name-Hindu.

One program aired on EPIC TV channel titled as Dhramshetra. It has many good concept. Characters of Mahabharat were summoned in the court at heaven where as our myth says chitragupta keeps records of our Karma-deeds done on Earth. All episodes are full of various interesting questions and answers of these characters. Kunti, Karna, Draupadi, Duryodhan etc.

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Program is such that through this various types of questions/allegations are leveled on each of these characters-paatra. Whatever comes to mind of our common man. Such questions are not written anywhere nor in Mahabharat. But writers of this program take liberty to question and also write their answers too. Either to justify those acts done(as described in Mahabharat) or to question that what ought to be done?

episodes are there where Draupadi accuses her mother in law Kunti of wrong doing, knowing something. Kunti then asks few questions and story goes on.


Similarly Karna accuses Kunti of wrong doing towards him. Disowing him as her son, even knowing that he was her son. When Duryodhan brings Karna to palace, they met Kunti. That time She saw those kundal-ear rings and asked that how come these karnphool are with you. He replies they are with his body since birth. Knowing this she faints-As shown in episode? That time she could have recognized him as her son. But she did not. to this allegation Kunti asked Duryodhan tell the truth, if you come to know that Karna is brother of Pandava, that time would you have still be friend with Karna? knowing that he is a great warrior and can be a rival to you? etc etc. ccmpxmmxeaeedfm


I think such kind of liberty is possible in India only! Great society we are. But, Yes certain sections are there who take to roads on some of very trivial issues. But still at large our society remains calm.

In past we have seen how when someone made a cartoon in Europe whole of world faced as storm by a section of humanity that follow a so called religion that has its written words only 1400 years back. In India we have a continuous civilization with each century having its own addition to that running/flowing Ganga Vaitarni of humanity.

However in two three years back we saw some people-who were called as award wapsi gang. Many more give comment over intolerance in our present day India.

I don’t agree.







today’s breakfast- Bengal #Gram or Black Gram or just Desi gram

one option for Indian #Breakfast


Indian traditional food have always been beneficial for health. Is there any claim to disprove it? However over-indulgence is always harmful. I think nowhere on this globe we have a written treatise so elaborate as Ayurveda on the aspects of Food habits and lifestyle including the health conditions. When Ayurveda was written? i think some thousands of years back. 

Gram has been considered as one of the healthiest among all food-grains. It has many varieties, Chickpea, Bengal gram, black gram. But I have always known it as chana. Kabuli chana is most famous, as it is used to prepare chole- छोले. it is a famous Punjabi dish but has now become most famous/popular dish world over. Around the globe people know this dish. This gram plant is consumed raw as “greens” also called as चने का साग।After, the legumes are filled with green grams inside, we often eat it…

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