…to the Blogosphere! Where was I? Travelling? Not an excuse, thanks to iPhone and the Blackberry before it.
Thinking? Well, think out loud and share it with us then. Naah, I have been revelling in two critical aspects of human life which I have always tried to stay away from; Negotiation, and Human Relationships.
These two apparently contradictory but essentially complementary “disciplines” form the backbone of almost every serious interaction that we undertake; and I would be the first to admit that I have not only been traditionally weak in these two areas, but have downright avoided them whenever possible. Leave the fighting to others, leave the fretting to them too, just leave me alone in my room with some books and music, and a guitar of course, and I’m a happy man. For someone whose job often requires him to meet 5000 people a week, I am happiest when I have no human contact at all.
But the curiosity was always there — I would pick up my camera and walk through crowded bazaars and rural settlements, and spend less time shooting and more time observing what makes people and relationships tick. How complex are our interactions as humans! For those of us used to a computer-driven WYSIWYG world, all these subliminal hints and innuendos are a pain. There is no one formula that can ensure success on this front, and anyone who claims to offer you the secret in a pill, bottle or self-help book is talking through his hat. When it comes to human relationships, there are no rules.
Somehow we keep trying to impose a sense of order into what we consider a chaotic universe, but perhaps we should be considering that it is our relationships that are random
and unpredictable in a universe that is a vast, organised system — either way it’s a paradox.
Guruji has often used the phrase “living the mystery of life” and that’s the most fun way to go about it — so much to learn and discover every day, so much to share and receive, so much food, so little time…. As for Negotiation, well I’m still working on it, reading up a bit —
it’s a fascinating topic but guess it’ll take a bit of time. Check
out a movie called The Negotiator feat. Kevin Spacey and Samuel
Jackson, it’s awesome.