July 7th, 2007


Anjali's excellent collage of the Mason Wasp building her nest...And bad news for JLR

When I went to meet the people who were taking the Naturalists' Training Program, at the JLR property in Bannerghatta in May this year, I found every one fascinated by the mud nest that a Mason Wasp (also called a Potter Wasp, for reasons obvious below) had built. She proceeded to lay her eggs and then brought a paralyzed caterpillar which she stuffed into the nest and sealed in, as food for the larva when it would hatch.

This process has been posted as a very nice collage by anjali_ar...and here's the link to her journal entry:


This morning I switched on the Suvarna channel to watch the music telecast (they are continuously telecasting bits and pieces from my concert recording)...I got the news that there was a fire yesterday at Shrungar Shopping Complex where the JLR office is situated, and there was actually video footage of the damage done to the JLR main office. I will have to ask Karthik what the damage is...looked rather bad.

The buildings have a tangled web of wires everywhere as they are very old; and a short circuit is believed to have caused the fire.

Thoughts on doing and being


When I read it, I thought....

That is an excellent post (well, imo anyway)...and Rohan is doing something which very few people actually do...taking conscious time-off.

I have always been very impressed with the words of my son-in-law's dad, who, after quitting his job as the head of a group of newspapers (you can imagine, his office address was "One, City Center"! struggled to lead a quieter life...and he said, "we seem to be always human 'doings'..never human 'beings'." Very wise. How many of us CAN just BE instead of constantly doing something? The first question is to anyone, after asking the name, is, "and what do you do?"

One reason, of course, is economic; as Rohan points out, the loss of revenue during an off-period may not be affordable and that could rule it out entirely.

But even if we could afford it...how many of us would be comfortable doing nothing at all for some time? We would still feel the need to DO something else...travel to XYZ destination, some other course to attend, things to take care of...a week of "doing nothing" would surely be classified as a waste of time, and we would lead the list of classifiers!

And I think activity is hard-wired into us;if we are not hunting/gathering in reality, we should be doing it figuratively; we must at the very least have some "time-pass" as it is so graphically called in India...at least gaping at the idiot box and its images of frenetic activity elsewhere.

A few days ago, in the middle of a hectic day, I decided to spend twenty minutes just wandering around in Lalbagh. The twenty minutes stretched to more than an hour; but the sense of peace that came from that hour is truly priceless.

I am truly thankful to be privileged enough to have enough leisure in my life, and to have the ability to appreciate that privilege.