16 August 2009

Get in touch with your Crayon Box


Note : The title and the concept of this post was inspired by "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch.

As children, we used to have so much fun with colors. We used to color anything and everything into a color scheme of our own. The sun need not be yellow or orange, the trees need not be green, and the mountains need not be brown. We were not restrained by any rules and had fun rendering the black and white lines in our coloring books to any colors that took our fancy. The only objective was that the page should have more colors than black and white.

Somewhere along the line though, we develop a penchant for the black and white colors. Everything is either black or white. If someone does this, he is bad. If someone does that, she is good. As adults, we become more judgmental and conventional. There is no room for more colors, they are suddenly regarded as gaudy, superfluous and distracting. Especially people like me, who are in computer science field, tend to see everything in binary - true or false! But over the years, I've learned to appreciate that a good crayon box might have more than two colors.

I still take a lot of pleasure in filling colors with crayons in coloring books. You may find this childish, child-like, quaint etc. but believe me filling colors in a black-n-white picture is very therapeutic. Besides, this activity requires so much focus that there is no room for any disturbing or stressful thoughts in your brain while you are coloring. The pleasure that one gets on seeing the finished picture full of various colors, is unparalleled. Those of you who have had their homes painted can identify with this. God created so many colors and gave us the ability to discern between them. We are partial to some colors, but we must remember that there are so many others to enjoy too.

5 comments:

Shruti said...

Excellent post, Nilu. Loved it! There are so many layers in it and each refreshingly original.

Shruti

Veena said...

Lovely Nilu! Especially loved the first paragraph.. I remember , when I was in my 4th std, I had a classmate who had drawn mountains and had drawn a ladder drawn from the bottom of the mountain to the top of the mountain :)

swapna said...

very true ! just the way, we take pleasure in decorating our drawing books, the same satisfaction is achieved in doing your house and the self too. Your thoughts show so much enthusiasm for coloring the soul too. Such thoughts are good for bringing more color in one's life

Rajagopalan said...

but at some point.. its better if we see in just black and white..

Azra said...

Nilu, i was pleasantly surprised to know that you take pleasure in this activity. Actually to feel that i tried doing the same with aashi in her colouring book.... It was really fun......

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