In one of the interactions with my neighbor the other day, she was ranting about the way her daughter-in-law was taking her 1 year grandchild to functions and parties. I was puzzled and enquired about her discomfort in this matter. After all it is her child and she is taking her to gatherings and certainly not roaming with her in hot sun. To my dismay, my neighbor started a long lecture about how her grandchild falls ill the very next day after being taken out to such parties. I said probably the kid might have consumed some food which might have upset her tummy. She vehemently disagreed and said it is all due to Kann drishti ( Nazar in Hindi, Evil eye in English). I was a bit taken back by her statement and then casually asked do you mean people like me seeing your grandchild is making her ill? The lady nonchalantly said Yes, it happens without your knowledge and it does affect my grandchild. That is why I insist to my daughter-in-law to put in mai (kajal / kohl) in her cheeks such that the child does not look attractive. But she never listens and also takes cute pics of the child and puts it all over social media.
Social media has helped in the revival of quotes, proverbs and adages. Open any one of the accounts in the morning and we see many messages carrying interesting ones. To us, it may mean just words with a simplified meaning at the onset but dig a little deeper and we get its real purpose. Many of such adages have lost in time or got misrepresented in their meaning and are being considered out of time. But if we contemplate if we really know the purpose it is intended for, we may be in for a surprise.
Mystic Traditions Team has moved into the realm of History and its travels as in the case of Hinduism. Once when we visited Poompuhar looking for idols, we were enamored with the sculpted beauties and appreciating the intricate works of the artisan in a fierce looking Durga idol, a lady next to me could not contain her curiosity. She asked me about my interest in picking up such an idol when many other pleasant looking idols were around. True to her statement, the showroom was filled with Dancing Nataraja, beautifully etched Narayana idols, six faced Subramania swamy and innumerable forms of Ganesha . We could even spot school going Ganesha, swinging one and also many forms that we could relate to our daily life. She picked up one of the Ganesha idols and said she is a collector of his different forms and could not even think of any other form of god.
Memorizing is one of the key techniques taught to children by parents in our days. Right from multiplication tables, Thirukkural , solutions to simple mathematical problems, we did everything mentally without touching the paper. Many of my nights had these as my lullaby and quick responses got me a cashew nut as gift. Every mind has its own way of absorbing things and this subtly nurtured the habit to explore the techniques that best worked for me. Definitions, formulae, theorems, laws, poems and everything that had to be memorized never had any block as we knew the way our mind can learn and unlearn by the time we reached this stage. Till the mobile era, phone numbers, account numbers and every aspect of things that we look up or need were memorized. It is a constant exercise for the mind and a healthy one to memorize and recollect. Just think how we recollect a rainbow and its colors. VIBGYOR is the term and every child can relate to it immediately.
Ola ! It is a Friday and we are back with Director Naga’s video. What we saw in the previous Friday was the intention behind the channel with a story, we are sure you would not have forgotten the Purohit and his intent in asking for the second manaikattai (wooden plank). We were mesmerized as you were in listening to Naga sir narrating it with the mirror subtly playing the visual effects. For those who have missed the earlier video, check out this post – Director Naga Launches our Online Video Channel Mystic Traditions MyTra
We are happy to announce the launch of our new YouTube Channel Mystic Traditions MyTra by Director Naga. To professionals with expertise in their domain, scaling to an online channel is not easy both in terms of emotional and mental makeup and technical parameters. When we talk about Vlogging, it is another domain and the intention of it must be made clear. We chose to keep this Channel in English to reach more people and we will soon launch a Tamil version too.