thinking and feeling aloud on issues personal, universal
Monday, July 30, 2012
HAZEL: If I wear a mask and love it, it is no longer a mask.
My life is a mask. "
" You obviously know more than I do. If your face is unscarred and your masks are
scarred --and you know that -- then, obviously you don't need any advice from
me, my friend; I need advice from you. Lead on."
On another level,
if I wear a mask and love it, it is no longer a mask. It reflects a face that
exists somewhere in me, desperately seeking to be seen. Mask is its way of
coming out in the open. Masks hide nothing and reveal a lot of choices I make.
A mask is a declaration of what I want to look like, and what I want is a part
of who I am; my wants also define me; they are my wants. These are my masks.
Hence they speak my features.
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.