Work is worship! so they say……
Whether 19 or 90, the people who excel are those who give everything to whatever they do.
In my journey of life, while on work, I have been very fortunate to have had the camera by my side to capture a great number of people, eminent and also commoners, who are always giving 200% in every aspect of their life. For each one of them, the cause is the almighty and their work is worship! And yes, for a few, worshiping is the work! Though I have been collating this collection, I realized the MAY DAY is apt, to pay tribute to the worker in us!
“We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.”
— Earl Nightingale
I was inspired by Balendu, when I noticed his affectionate interactions with every passenger while screening each one. In a matter of couple of hours he screened over two hundred fifty passengers, bending, sitting, turning and twisting over 1000 times! Still as cheerful as when the day began!
“Remember every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.”
I have observed in the western part of India – Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharasthra – a segment of citizens make it a point to feed any animal or a bird by buying a couple of fists of feed – fodder or grains. It is like a worship. By doing so, they believe that sins are washed away and they gain ‘punya’ (positive gains). Kokila is one among many women and men who bring the fodder as well as the cattle to the streets, so as to help people buy fodder to feed the cattle. In making this transaction happen, they also get paid.
“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”
— Elbert Hubbard (Inspirational Writer)
You have to enter chor bazaar in Mumbai to figure out how the second hand market works. From swanky automobiles involved in accidents, to recycling of jeans, to trading in stripped house items and artefacts …. all happens here. Though most of the citizenry looks at this market with disdain, the workers here make sure the world is better place to live in – reuse, recycle and repair – everything under the sun!
“Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement.” — Paul J. Fleyer
Krishnaswamy comes from a family that has been singing paeans to the lord at Madurai temple for nineteen generations. Every morning they start early morning at five and go on till eight.
Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. ~Edward H. Harriman
God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland
“The choice of a work community defines our lives and identities more powerfully than our choice of a suburb or a senator or even a house or a vacation destination. Yet many people look on a job only as a necessary evil, the unavoidable means of achieving a desired standard of living. They don’t expect principled management, just a generous paycheck. They don’t expect to get meaning and spiritual sustenance from a job, just to spend by far the greatest part of their waking hours working at it.” — Frederick F. Reichheld: The Loyalty Effect
“Happy is he who looks only into his work to know if it will succeed, never into the times or the public opinion; and who writes from the love of imparting certain thoughts and not from the necessity of sale—who writes always to the unknown friend.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American author, poet, and philosopher
The septuagenarian Ali narrated the stories about how he used to go to the Rashtrapati darbar of Delhi in 1950s and 60s along with his grandfather and father who were revered by the powers to be in those days, for their expertise in making ‘ittar’. Fifty years since, he still sits in a small shop of ‘Ittar’ in Ajmer city next to the dargah!
Many a group of fishermen venture deep into the sea for over a couple of hundred nautical miles and lay a large net across a tens of yards. They then drag the nets all the way to the shore with long ropes. When their boat hits the shores, it is time to pull the long set of ropes to get the catch of the week! At times they venture into the sea so deep, that they take a few days to reach the shores again.
The one thing that matters is the effort. It continues, whereas the end to be attained is but an illusion of the climber, as he fares on and on from crest to crest; and once the goal is reached it has no meaning. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands,
Any creative pursuit or research demands highest levels of rigour to help one excel. Most of the times, a dancers first solo performance, ‘Arangetram’ (entry on the stage), happens after a couple of decades of learning. Likewise a scientist pursuit gets rewarded after a few decades of focused work. And there are many who not only continue to excel, but also mentor and train many more to excel. That is the ultimate contribution to the physical and intellectual well being of the societies and communities.
Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm. ~Sidney J. Phillips
“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”
— George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. Desiring is helpful, but work and desire are invincible.”
— Thomas Robert Gaines
“No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life. All the opportunities in the world are waiting to be grasped by people who are in love with what they’re doing.”
— Samuel Goldwyn (the “G” in MGM)
“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” — Malcolm Forbes
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
“Always you have been told that work is a curse and labor; a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, and in keeping yourself with labor you are in truth loving life.” — Kahlil Gibran
The Three mantras of worshiping that Albert Einstein used for work :
“Out of clutter, find Simplicity.”
“From discord, find Harmony.”
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
“Work with others as much as possible. By working with others you tap into knowledge, strengths and new ways of looking at things. Focus on forming alliances that can work for you now and in the future. The more eyes, ears, and of course brains working on something, increase the odds of a favorable outcome. Being part of a team, lets each person bring their own particular strength to the issue, while having their individual ‘needs development’ area covered by someone else.”
— Edward W. Smith, Sixty Seconds To Success
“Stop fighting your creative spirit that is struggling to break free inside you. You will not be the person you were meant to be until you free this creative spirit and find ways to put it to use. Freeing your creative spirit will not send you into financial ruin or cause havoc with your life, if you acknowledge the creative side of you and find ways to gradually blend it into your thought process. What will happen is that you will find happiness you didn’t know existed and you will become the person you were meant to be.”
— Edward W. Smith, The One Minute Motivator
– Indus Art Gallery, Campus – Indus World School of Business, Greater Noida
Display / Collections
– At my Alma mater : Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
– Various schools of Indus World School chain
– Private collections
Recent Publications featuring my work and in Media [know more]
– The India Idea, Wisdom Tree publications for Ministry of External Affairs, Public diplomacy division, Aug 2011
– Penguin India, Top 5 “India through my Lens” 2011
– Femina Magazine, Anniversary issue, October 14, 2011
– Photographs featured with poetry in the book Hindustani Poems ‘Shayad, Yaheen kaheen se ho’ by Satya, April 27, 2012