Sunday, June 29

About A Name

A journey of a thousand li begins with a single step. And for a blog, one must perforce start with a title. Having flirted with the idea of starting one for long, it surprised me yesterday afternoon that this seemingly minor detail had missed attention. The evening went by musing more the volume of traffic on saddi Dilli's roads on an otherwise uneventful evening. The mind, though, kept going back to questions of a nominal nature, even as the choice for dinner was made in favour of Khan Market next-door over Select Citywalk. Regardless, the condiments on offer failed to stir any divine ideas. Nor was my favourite resident critic in one of her more indulgent moods!

So I slept over it.

And it came to me early Sun morning - confessedly a rather uncharacteristic action for the hour for sure - that the math was rather simple: there are really only two original numbers, zero and one. If you went from zero to one, and then again more than once, you would have many. Equally, there are no other ways to get to many than to start with one. Hence, One is Me.

Of course, that may open one up to charges that could range from mere egotism to ominous megalomania! My defence is simple: the Many refers less to any precocious assumptions of following, not that any would be unwelcome, than to the multiple touchpoints that we call Life - its myriad hues and shades, inspiring ideas and individuals, inimitably varied emotions and expressions; of atoms and Atlases - that marvelous interdependence for existence - and beyond. Let it be my stated, honest intent to open up this multitude of experiences; and to seek to add to them through feedback, reactions, suggestions and comments.

From One to Many, and back some - and then some more :)

6 comments:

Sushant said...

Wow. Now that's a start. A good start, felt a lil rushed towards the end. Do we need endings all the time or leaving it open like Jiddu may not be a bad idea. Sushant

Lochan said...

well..its really nice to see a first step being taken and i will really look forward to see more steps taken..surely wanna see the person who sees something in nothingness, sounds in silence, light in darkness..

Rahul said...

Well Begun is half the work done, but r we realistically applying ourselves to the work that we have assigned ourselves to? or are we just engrossed with correcting our regular demeanour to please the powers that be having completely let go of the inner self belief and conviction that we set out with to achieve what we always desired, the etennal peace of self and surrounding.

AK said...

....euphonic...perhaps a bard hiding somewhere within...fearing to come out...is life all about making choices...wonder why something which I read more than a decade back still keeps echoing. The irony is I didn't quite understand it then... after enjoying / living / enduring for so long the verse which once was a part of my examination syllabus now depicts the journey so far..."Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both... I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference"...

Rajesh said...

The title choosen seems to be the real meaning of blogging..... Idea of one shared, corrected, appended, suggested, critisized by many and of course applauded by many too.
We must try to be more user friendly in using the terms with the same idea as of the title..Echohum (Eko-hum Bahu-shyam ). The thoughts of the authors must get to all and so the comments.
Nice beginning.....No path is long, once you take the first step, which you took.
All the best for ONE to ALL.

Anonymous said...

My dear ....why have you left zero and started with one......dont underestimate the importance of zero ..in ancient science,astronomy,astrology,decimal system ...the shape of the world ...so many things flowed from zero to what all we know in current mathematics..not to forget what the addition of few zeros can do to any figure,amount...there cannot be a perfect score like ten of Nadia k or a hundred in some examination without the innocuous zero. In many organizations,say GE,the effect/importance of adding zero/s can never be underestimated ! Have you ever thought that all the numbers/digits can be written by fragmenting zero and giving a different shape to it ..! Rohit.