thinking and feeling aloud on issues personal, universal
Monday, March 7, 2011
o be of any value, immortality must keep me interested,
To be of any value, immortality must keep me interested, and how can it do so if it is frozen into a fixity!
If immortality means living for all times to come with the same person I have always known as me , how many would really want it? I would then probably have to cast a stone into the mirror to make it behave like a kaleidescope. May be thats precisely what death does - cast a stone into the mirror to create new patterns by changing the old. The only immortality that can excite me is the one that defies a definition in an endlessly unpredictable shifting patterns. I too have to keep appearing and disappearing - with the teasing uncertainty about reappearance -- to keep me engaged with the show. Hence, the kaleidoscope. To be of any value, immortality must keep me interested, and how can it do so if it is frozen into a fixity!
I experience boundless humility and happiness in the presence of God as I see him spread out in nature but none at all before the common image of God as a confused tin-pot dictator unable to decide what he wants to be: a cold and brutal hangman or an affectionate and all forgiving lover. God better make up his mind before the increasingly awakened children of this planet completely abandon him.
I am from Mahilpur, a village in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab in India and famous as the country’s soccer nursery. I graduated from there and did my Masters in English from the Govt. College, Hoshiarpur . Later, I taught English as lecturer at several colleges, including famous Baring Union Christian College, Batala, which was then run by American academicians . I later taught English and journalism at the Punjab Agricultural University, which had an amazingly popular and successful Department of Languages and Journalism. The Department had cradled the literary genius of Professor Mohan Singh and Surjit Patar. While in the University, I wrote extensively in newspapers and magazines on art, literature and social, educational and political issues. Also, some humour of the romantic variety.
In 1985, I was picked as Advisor (the post was then designated as Press Secretary) to the Chief Minister of Punjab. I am curently working with Mr Parkash Singh Badal as Advisor on National Affairs and Media to the Chief Minister, Punjab. This is my fourth tenure to the post, which has been upgraded to the present status.