Monday, March 28, 2005

Comprehension of a vision

As he stared out of the window, he thought about what he had left behind. And what he had seen. Travel always gave him a new perspective. A new perspective to things that he might have believed in earlier. Or the perspective that already existed within, but did not have the time to come out. But this time it seemed to have been different. Like it was everytime. And everytime he traveled, he had this feeling.

And as the edge of the wing seemed to touch the painted sky, it all came back to him.

In black & white. Strange how, the recent past came back to him in black & white. And how the oldest memories were in vivid colours. And those in between, were in between. Colour fading to black & white, or black & white getting coloured, depending on how old or new the memory was.

It was then he realised, that the new perspectives that came to him, came to him in black & white. Just like his recent memories. Travel always gave him a new perspective that was in black & white. Cut & dry. It made things clear. Clear for those moments at least.



As she stared out of the window, she thought about where she was heading towards. And what she was going to see. Travel always gave her a new outlook. A new outlook to things that she might have believed in earlier. Or the outlook that already existed within, and was about to come out. But this time it seemed to be different. Like it was everytime. And everytime she traveled, she had this feeling.

And as the edge of the wing seemed to touch the painted sky, it all came to her.

In black & white. Strange how, the near future came to her in black & white. And how the distant future was in vivid colour. And those in between, were in between. Black & white getting coloured, or colour fading to black & white, depending on how near or far the future was.

It was then she realised, that the new outlook that came to her, came to her in black & white. Just like her anticipation of tomorrow. Travel always gave her a new outlook that was in black & white. Cut & dry. It made things clear. Clear for the moment at least.


15 comments:

stan laurel said...

Traveling allows us to pause in the moment (possibly during the plane ride, car ride, train ride) and evaluate our wants, needs, desires, etc... When you travel, you are suspended in a moment of peace, so that you can ask yourself "where am I going?"

PoeticMermaid said...

Won't try to analyze this, but I will say this. I like the contrast of colors and tenses of time and genders throughout this piece.

gulnaz said...

travelling can even dispel ghosts.

Ubermensch said...

travel and experience, wheels and slangs...
ps: its time you moved out of third person :) its obvious :)

thoughts said...

For my part," writes Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey, "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." Like drugs - travel becomes an addiction. At times it brings time to a standstill .. at times things whizz by...like poeticmermaid - won't try to analyze what u wrote - don't even think wud come any where near comprehending it.. but i like the contrast and the way u played around with color and gender....

thoughts said...

For my part," writes Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey, "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." Like drugs - travel becomes an addiction. At times it brings time to a standstill .. at times things whizz by...like poeticmermaid - won't try to analyze what u wrote - don't even think wud come any where near comprehending it.. but i like the contrast and the way u played around with color and gender....

Pincushion said...

'Clear for those moments at least.'

Ahhh..how I always hope that the clarity will last..but..
its always for 'those moments', isn't it?

. : A : . said...

stan laurel - Very true. That moment of peace really lets you ask the questions you need to ask.

PoeticMermaid - Thanks.

gulnaz - Nice perspective.

Ubermensch - :-) Well, the previous piece was in 1st person!

thoughts - Thanks for dropping by and for your perspective. You are right, it becomes an addiction.

Pincushion - Yes, it is for those 'moments'.

Ph said...

LOVE the pictures.

Geetanjali said...

I loved those juxtapositions of space, colour and sex...it's interesting how you've seperated the yin and the yang by the image, which itself slices the space so neatly with the span of the wing, only to give them exactly the same perspective on things...says alot abt gender differences/relationships without saying anything at all.
Incidentally what do you think about Androgyny?

. : A : . said...

Ph - Thanks!

Geetanjali - Thanks. Yes, I find it a very interesting style to write in. You'll find some of my older posts also in a similar style. I find Androgyny interesting but I am not for stereotyped roles for people in society based on gender. However, the study and hypothesis of masculinity and femininity is interesting. How about you?

Geetanjali said...

Yeah me too - stereotyping I think is what has landed us in all these ridiculous gender wars - but as you said it's very interesting to study masculinity, femininity, whether it is inherent or picked up later (nature v/s nurture) - as for androgyny...sometimes I think we are all androgynous in a sense, whether we exhibit it depends on how influenced we are by gender stereotypes...a topic worth discussing, debating n studying!
:-)

. : A : . said...

Geetanjali - Agree with you. Even I think we are all androgynous in a sense. :-)

StaticCompost said...

Cool pic, I have a similar one on my blog, not as good as yours tho: the ligthing is just right!

. : A : . said...

StaticCompost - Thanks. Will drop by your blog now and check it out!