“Saundarya”-Beauty-Prof.Lal Bahadur Varma

A two day bashing and hammering to a subject closely knitted to our lives,


The two days full of fun,awesome introspection and close remarks on a subject we hadn’t understood in reality.

[Part One]

I was late on the first day due to illness, but I guess I hadn’t missed much, lucky me..
It appears the first session was that of relating Beauty to whatever comes to mind.On a large board I found people had written..

-Beautiful Moon
-Beautiful Love
-Beautiful Life
-Beautiful day
-Beautiful nature

Saundary Board.

The second activity I guess was to introspect the most beautiful and ugly events of our life..I don’t have the details of these both.

I reached just before lunch when the discussion was moved to that of the relation between a teacher and a student. A new angle of seeing this relation..Some notable points were the way a teacher should proceed with his teachings. Does a teacher always give 100% to his student? I guess, he may give 99.99%, that 0.01% is what helps him to take over in cases where they both have differences over some issue..Funny this happens so..

So how should a student ideally proceed, he should interpret and take what the teacher says as a point of start, this forms the base.This knowledge is waste if not put to test and further research. This is a beautiful process as it leads to birth of new knowledge…

And how should a teacher proceed then? Varmaji says its totally unethical a teacher shows the student a path, a way..[huh!]
Well its straight forward, the student is an individual being. He isn’t here to live the life of his teacher is he? He will live and search a new way, a new path. So the teacher shouldn’t indulge in leading or showing a student the ways, but make him proficient to search and lead himself.

{My unanswered question: Well then how should we scale someone who doesn’t show us the path but teaches us how to see the path?[cynical me.]}

Some proverbs were touched later, showing the importance how they are two fold or may mean something totally opposite.
-After every night, there’s day.[Well night follows doesn’t it?And how come night’s bad?Seema says-“Sundar ratra”..:-)]
-Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
-You can’t clap with one hand.[Bang a table ya’ll.]

End of note was…

How right it is to take the teacher as god? References were made about Karl Marx. As Voltaire says -“There was only one Christian,He died on the cross..”..The reference raises the question, teacher or any other ideal…well they lived their principles..So the best practice would be to incorporate their teachings and not idolize them. Marx lived his ideals, no person who even follows the total life of Marx can be a Marxist[?], well should we proceed ahead?It’s been 150 years now, should we think beyond Marxism?[No negativity included,It’s our duty to help progress and mould a new era and pool of ideas.]

Lunch it is then..:}[Loads of fun as all gather around in huge circles and dive into God knows who’s tiffins,mine is nowhere in my view..]Its always a delight eating fighting over food..Yummy..

[Part Two]


Post Lunch was the real fun. Well nothing can be learnt by theory alone…And of-course not such a beautiful subject as Beauty[Pun intended].

So off we were sent into 6 groups to come up with “a statement on Beauty” in 30 minutes.It could be anything from a play, a poem, a story, a one liner,etc..Everyone chose the safest escape..A play!!!

So I was in with Balakrishna[Bal.],Abhijit,Medha,Shakuntala[Shakhu],and yeah our creative lead Prashant.

So all teams went to separate places for discussion. We began with ours. First the media of expression was debated over.. A play…a musical one? A sonnet with a play? Reading poetry from books over Beauty, on some words..
Play was decided unanimously,ideas poured in and we chose to portray a Circus..So how was this relevant?We wanted to display the sight,angle by which Beauty is seen. For some, Circus is an elegant and beautiful show to watch, for the others its the pain a Lion feels, the long workouts of calisthenics…



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