Saturday, June 23, 2012


Exposure in itself doesn’t have any label—the content and the context give it one.

Thus what is being exposed…and what is being exposed to…and the extent to which it is being exposed, and to, all form the complete package, with a label affixed thus.

And for photographers, exposure still has a different meaning. They play by varying the amount of exposure they subject the shot to…and thus roll out not indiscriminate shots, but distinct ones.

In the times when digital cameras were not the norm, it used to be a happening (more so for non-photographers!)—or should we call it a casualty, nothing short of a mishap on those days?! A roll of film, when extracted from the camera (or while still inside the camera the chamber containing the roll was flipped open), faltered and met with exposure, the roll of film would go for a roll as a ball, rendered completely useless!

As are varied colors of life, so are varied the exposures, with and in, their impacts, their meanings in life, which is everything that is relative—absolutely relative.

That is the only label life could be ‘exposed’ to…Absolutely Relative!

Sushmita Mukherjee,
June 23, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


As I am led to a blog posted on Linkedin, Where do we get the need to write?”, by Tim Sunderland, I find myself repeatedly trying to access the link. Yet each attempt is led to the same message: the server is unable to connect to the link.

But nothing goes in vain. Something intervenes always, serving as the purpose for a situation. And many a times, the real cause is camouflaged as something else, which ultimately bares itself. The same meaning the incident beholds for me as I find myself completely unplugging, as the answer forces its way out through me—the answer of the being that I am. The ‘title’ of the blog post is enough, even without accessing the contents, as it allures me to come out with the answer which directly alludes to what I feel and believe thus. It is a healthy provocation, as it invokes the churning spontaneous, within. 

It indeed is a question which each writer is asked by others...and at one point is asked by self of Self too. Either way it is the conviction that is being questioned. And the answer depends on: what writing is for us, means to us, and feels to us, writers. We know writers are not created. Writers are born. Some realize their Calling—As Writing and In Writing—sooner than others. But sooner or later, each does.

Creativity, one is born with. It is not something which is created after the being is created.  This holds true for all forms of creative expressions. All are expressions of The Divinity Within. Herein is being shared the perspective of a writer, with respect for creativity in any and all forms.

Writing is the truest form of self-expression for us writers—expressing the experiences with the expressions creating further experiences. Like whole of life it goes in a cyclic fashion and we marvel at how our own writing leads us to know what we know, yet little do we know, that we know the same, till those words encapsulating our knowing, our knowledge, come up and out...through us. Writing is a journey with self—as self—to merge with The Self. And this journey is a journey of sharing with all, all that a writer gathers, as blessings—the revelations, realizations...everything—and keeps gathering as journey proceeds...forever...and thus sharing too, forever...

The need to write is embedded in our essence...and thus runs to the unfathomable depths within. It is BE-ING who one is. The need to write is as elementary and as indispensable as breathing.

As we breathe so we write and as we write so we breathe.

Right?! (To my writer friends: feel free to disagree)

A Writer is Born. As the Writer evolves, so does the Writing and vice-versa...merged as One. As one writes, so one breathes and as one breathes, so one writes. It is not something one does. It IS Everything That One IS...

Sushmita Mukherjee,
June 19, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012


What comes to the fore does so because a dose of something definitely has visited before. Every effect has a cause and the cause comes into effect, gains an identity, only when an effect comes to the fore. Inseparable they are, as is everything in life.


Same holds true for what you all happening to be reading—in the form of these words. For that please take a look at the Post Script, as in this case what the Post Script contains has actually led to the script of this article.


Coming to the aspect of pain, pain is experienced, but that pain too doesn’t come on its own. It has a triggering agent. And the pain too serves as a triggering agent for something else and thus goes on the cycle, as life in its entirety is cyclic. Every facet is so…but yes what we learn from the various faces of life that is indeed in our very own hands. On our choice depends our subsequent experience. Experience is constructive only when one evolves from the same.


Pain doesn’t weaken you, but awakens you to your strength. Simple, as is unscrambling of the word—WEAKEN: add an ‘a’ and remove an ‘e’ and it is transformed to AWAKEN, as you yourself are transformed through such times. Well these words are not intended to hurt anyone. I know it is difficult but not impossible, as you yourself have accomplished it, repeatedly. These words simply wish to lead you to your own strength that you have shown time and again.


Unscramble your thoughts, which cause one to vegetate, and ponder on those times, painful, which didn’t weaken you—rather awakened you to your true strength and potential (and real-ization of the same) and ruminate on how you faced the situation which faced you. You will become your own inspiration. And you will be infused with strength at the further realization of a Force acting in, as and through you, and manifesting things which would be logically not possible.


It is something within, unseen which made—and makes—you face that painful face of life that you were faced with, with such a brave face. With this you begin to face life forever with gusto, glee and gratitude as you know that the Highest Powers are Within, guiding you, available and accessible 24x7; but yes only if you will allow It to guide you and only if you choose to access It. It has, and does, even when you are not aware of It. Now is the time to access it consciously. Is it not?


It Is All Yours…the only ‘Thing’ that you Own and can call your very Own, Forever…


Sushmita Mukherjee,

June 15, 2012


Post Script:  My friend Bhavesh’s beautiful quote on pain which doesn’t weaken  but strengthens one triggered this. All of a sudden the word Weaken flashed an image of the word Awaken as I awakened, with gratitude, to the potential article which has now turned into a reality. I am grateful to Bhavesh and the Force Within