He Lives and Breathes Art!! 1102

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

-Feels a self-effacing artist Padmanabhan, who loves to sketch his thoughts and mind.

Those were the days when drawings, paintings, and art was thought just as a hobby and a lot many young artists were discouraged. Lack of knowledge about art, poverty, less motivation were few of the reasons for many not pursuing their career in art. Today with the emergence of appreciation for art and exposure, people are really following their love for art professionally.

But, coming from a family in which arranging daily food was also a struggle, following your passion for art and keeping it alive really deserves a salute. For Padmanabhan, passion for art was the only thing that made him never to give up. While his father spared no effort to feed the family and make the ends meet, he as a child was always interested in drawing and sketching everything that caught his eye and mind. With a hand to mouth existence, Padmanabhan could not even afford an eraser.

Well, an artist without a pencil and an eraser, it’s unimaginable, right? But as they say where there’s a will, there’s a way, his adoration to art made him invent his own ways.

I used the tyre rubber obtained from tyre shops as erasers. I used to mix various household things and made my own colours. Like, the turmeric makes a good yellow, while the turmeric with blue ink makes a green. I used rouge vermeil, coal, and other stuff from daily life for my paintings.

– says Padmanabhan with a megawatt smile as he gestures to emphasize just how deeply he loved his mission.

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Recognising his talent and determination, his father’s friend took him to a village exhibition where all the children could participate in a talent show. And Padmanabhan got his first break to become what he dreamed of. The officer of National Extension Scheme who was in the exhibition found him extremely talented and decided to fund his education through scholarship. With the scholarship, Padmanabhan finished an art course of five years in Mysore and started to work in Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Heserghatta as an artist.

See, God helps those who helps themselves!!

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Remember those children books that you might have read from Amar Chitra Katha about our epic mythological and other comic stories? When such books were introduced, the use of computers was not much. Artists like Padmanabhan were hired to draw the pictures by hand, lettering, writing captions and write the entire ready script. He has written 100’s of such amazing story books under India Book House. He used to do those books after work, that’s what a passion is all about.

Today, Padmanabhan paints posters and wall hangings for free. He donates all his paintings to people, temples and to all who are interested in them.

He says,

When you love an art, you do not try to put a price to it. Because the kind of peace it offers you is something that one needs to experience to understand and it’s priceless.

True to his word, he also loves to teach children his techniques of painting. There are so many children who visit him to learn how to draw and his contentment becomes obvious with the patience he teaches them. Surprisingly, he does not charge even a rupee from them as well.

Padmanabhan is an artist who believes in simplicity, hard work, and being humble, truly an inspiration for youth who are aspiring to follow their passion in life. Isn’t he??

His message to youngsters is-

The world has changed in so many ways that today you have all the facilities to learn what you want. Do not waste the resources you have and use them to learn what you are interested in doing. Never give up on that one thing that makes you happy. There is always a purpose for why you are uniquely special in something.

Now, did that push you to do something? Well, his story has definitely made me work harder to follow my passion, writing. I have learned to walk that extra mile for what you want to be.

If you are inspired reading about him, do share it.

 

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How I was Duped? 178

This happened many years back, probably in 2011, early months of my marriage. Till date, I still feel ashamed of my naivety. However, I would like to share my story with you all, hoping to warn, if you find yourself in any such a situation. Although I doubt anyone can be as stupid as me, but opportunist and cheaters are found everywhere. So be warned and be careful.

It was one of those busy and hot summer days and I was totally engrossed in my work at home when suddenly the door bell rang. I’ am always careful not opening the door to strangers and so opened the window to check who it was. There was a salesman who wanted to do a survey on a new toothbrush that was introduced into the market. He said he will give me three brand new toothbrush for free and he will be back after a week. I am supposed to use the brush and answer few questions for his survey. Along with that, he will also give me a ticket with a number which has a lucky draw. There were different prizes and if my ticket wins he will get the prizes along with him the next week. All in all, I thought there is no harm in taking those sealed brushes with the ticket. I took them and kept it aside and forgot all about it.

After a week, the same man appeared in front of my door again. I remembered him very well. He said I have won some gifts worth 800/- Rs items and he showed them all to me. He asked me for the ticket. I searched all around the house but in vain and told him that I have lost the lucky draw slip. He told me that there is another customer who have won a refrigerator and those people have shifted their house. He can give that lucky draw slip to me along with the other gifts that I have won and all I need to do is pay him 600/- Rs and I will be getting the refrigerator too. He said he will also give me his phone number and his office number if I need to check. For a moment I could not believe my luck and got carried away. For more than a year I was talking to my husband about buying a new refrigerator as ours was an old model and desperately wanted one.

Now, this man tells me that I would be getting a refrigerator of a lucky draw, was like a God sent a gift and I did not think further. Though I was doubtful, the man convinced me that I need to pay first as he needs to report about the changes in his office to send the refrigerator to my address. Finally, I gave in and paid him 600 Rs and took the other gifts. He said he will be back within an hour. Once he left, I had to finish some work. Later when I got free, I checked the other free items that he gave me and found them all used items and some of them broken though the packs were new. Then is when I realized of foul play and called the phone numbers he gave me. One of the numbers went to a gold shop and the other to a placement consultancy. I realized that I was duped by the salesman and there is no refrigerator on its way reaching our home.

I consoled myself thinking that I was lucky enough that the man did not hit me on my head and steal the house. I learned my lesson and since then I am always careful with people around who wants to sell something to us.

The True Face of a Resume!! 309

I am not sure how many of you believe in a resume but I for one, have never believed in one. It may sure tell us the educational details or some other information which a person can directly tell while in an interview. Sure it saves a lot of time, yet I wonder why an interviewer asks them again though. Such are the times our minds keep screaming “It’s already written in my CV, can’t you see it, sir/madam?” Oh! Well, our face might be deceptive at that time. A resume can never tell you so many things and a lot many times talented people may lose a chance of meeting their destiny or companies may not be able to hire good and talented people just because their resumes did not fancy the interviewer’s requirement. Given the chance to write one cool resume, what would you write? Here is mine.

Objective

To find a job that actually pays without asking me to work more than my limits, giving plenty of free time to relax and have a word with family and friends while I catch up with some of the work.

Personal Skills

a) I might be the first – in walking out of the office doors at the evening

b) The best talking and chatting companion you can ever find

c) cat-like reflexes- The moment you see me and decide there is something wrong in my work and needs discussion, Meow… I am not there.

d) I can sleep well any time of the day and anywhere.

e) I have good communication skills. By phone, by SMS, by group chats, by emails, and also through other Internet facilities that you provide.

f) I know my way around MS Word.

Experience

I am well experienced in any kind of arguments and can fairly win. I have a good experience in eating all kind of tasty vegetarian foods. I have good experience in trying to control gaining weight. I can tell you well as how to write a CV, just like this one. I am a good listener you see because I usually don’t try too hard to listen to what other person is talking. I am extremely good at researching on Google for information. Am a good dreamer, as I have spent most of my time in day-dreaming.

Education

I can read and write. I am educated enough to understand the basic languages ( ie., Hindi, English, Kannada and so on).

I have fairly got through a degree without trying too hard to pay off my pockets. Half way through various other certificate programs. We shall discuss that when we meet.

Reference

Me- Because who else can tell you better about me than I?

There, now you know everything about me, lets meet and talk about some important things that I might have missed mentioning here and you can give me the joining papers. You can also share what would be my salary on joining without feeling much shy. I am quite friendly and adaptable person.

See Ya soon,

XYZ

[Got any other crazy ideas for a resume. Share in the comments and let’s have a good laugh together]