Wordsmith Classics : Wisdom in a post

Fiver years back, we had started an online business school for freelance translators called Wordsmith University.   Eventually, the  school discussed on many themes not directly related to business.

In these years, thanks to my life as a Li-Der (Life Designer) which means getting modest income, more valuable leisure and narrow and minor global fame, I was able to study some classic works of philosophy, literature, science, political philosophy, history, art, architecture and law. The word study needs qualification and some anatomical explanation. For me, study means – reclining or sleeping and holding a book (printed book) and reading. Then for a break, leaving the book somewhere (where ?) and after a tea/coffee/ smoke, coming back and continuing. Sometimes, reading two books and then losing the threads.

Purpose : In the Vedantic school, definition of ultimate reality is not given in a positive manner but in a negative way – neti, neti – not this. I shall use similar negative definition to explain my purpose

  • Not for passing any exam – far or near
  • Not for teaching students – far or near
  • Not for any seminar / workshop as our Professors must
  • Not for any publication – will not perish if not published
  • Not for any research impact (by the way, I had found that some 20+ writers whose book I have written will have very little research impact, judged by current standards of academic excellence)
  • Not for becoming a scholar (The Sanskrit / Bengali word is পন্ডিত – “pandit” and in a summer afternoon, hundred years ago, Rabindranath Tagore classified, light-heartedly, a pun with the Bengali word “পন্ড” meaning “Someone whose all the enterprises did not come to any fruition”.
  • Not for becoming an intellectual

Format :  2300 years back, a Greek whose name was Aristotle, while expounding the Art of Rhetoric gave an advice which was put to fantastic use, first by Martin Luther in Germany (he nailed his protest in the form of a document having 92 bullet points and put the presentation having 20 slides [ 5 bullet points per slide] in front of a church some 500 years back, then by  Microsoft Power Point some 20 years back and by Twitter some decade back. The core insight is this : In a democracy, people individually are generally weak, distracted, in a flux and although in continuous activity, they differ much from one another. Hence for any important idea to burn into their mind, all the devices of Art must be marshaled and minimum demand must be made to their attention and energy.

What this series will do :

This series will feature great authors and thinkers and will compress their core teachings in the size of a face-book post with pictures and videos.

This is Wordsmith Tribute to all the classics of the world and as I make out, this is probably one of the foremost duties of an University – to borrow light from the past to illuminate the future.

 

New York via Brooklyn

I am writing this post at the insistence of my friend Mr. Sushobhan Mukherjee when my journey to New York to Calcutta was finalized.

A city like New York is like a global shadow – it touches a modern man’s life pretty early as he moves along. In my case, the shadow touched me when I was 14 and I read a book by Srila Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of ISCKON who started his worldwide movement in New York in late 1960s. There I learned about Brooklyn.

Coming of age, I came first time in New York in 1998 while as an employee. Then in 2013 as a freelancer. I wrote a micro-novel entitled – The Enjoy-er and the Enjoyed..  This time as a business owner to attend a Conference and also to visit Brooklyn – to keep an appointment promised some 30 years back.

In between, two films made me realize the import of the phrase – City as a Novel. The first was Godfather I and the second was Once upon a time in America 

A Brooklyn girl left a lasting impression in me, especially in an age when once reads Shelley and Keats in rapture and in the next moment wants to see the housemaid undressing. This Brooklyn girl appears for 2 minutes here  and I had kept the appointment.

I stayed in Brooklyn this time too and after customary sub-way visits in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, I embarked on a small journey in the morning in Manhattan on foot. I put on a cap – in tribute to my  childhood and present hero ( one has lesser number of heroes left as one grows older) Mr. Sherlock Holmes and started walking in the Southern tip of the Manhattan area. A chilling wind was coming from the Harbour and I remember a Strathclyde Professor of Mathematics commenting on the area over dinner in an unusually warm summer day in Glasgow : “the architecture of the place has a theology of its own”

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“The Architecture has a theology of its own – minus Theo (God)

I was strolling by – watching busy bankers at lunch and towering buildings – all dealing with money. It is interesting to observe that a hundred years back, the tallest, the highest towers of any city in the West was the church – the Gothic cathedrals that symbolized power of the institution  called church and its sway over people’s lives. A German named Mr. Luther first started a heretical idea of having a separation of the state and this idea was a lemma in America’s constitution – a water tight separation between the church and the state and this is continuing. However, Glass-Stegall Act did not remain so watertight and this eventually played its way, culminating in  2008 crisis.

I had an appointment with a young banker of Indian origin working in one of the financial institutes. A graduate from India’s I-institutes of both technology and management – a man in his late twenties, a bachelor. I had a coffee with him and found the theology aspect as told by the Scottish Professor to be on the mark. He sits in a small enclosure and being at the entry level, handles reports and power-points. He is digging dirt now to access gold in the future.

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Inside the Grand Central Station – Photo Courtesy – Wordsmithz Buena Vista  

I took a train from Fulton Street (the person who invented steam’s engine and that changed the global sea trade and made New York harbour ) direct to Grand Central Station and the architecture consoled and solaced me. I felt peaceful and relaxed. Architecture is a living thing. It impacts something deep within us.

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Brooklyn Bridge – my Brooklyn girl lived quite nearby this bridge

Finally, all these walks and I came to Central park – the entry at the Columbus Circle. I was tired and wanted to rest. Central park the ideal place.Most of the trees were barren and leafless – a grey spectacle and occasional pine-green and cherry blossom.

There were very tall towers being built and these towers are casting their long shadows. Plutocratic rich had claimed light and air of the park. The Atlantic air now hits the walls of those towers instead of the trees of the park

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One of my friends described his first experience with cannabis Indica as – ” my head is being formatted.”

A city like NYC has also an effect close to “formatting” you. The city takes you inside the ‘matrix’ and suddenly you feel as if you are someone else. This formatting aspect – this personality shifting aspect is interesting, painful but worth understanding

 

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A New Yorker, walking his dog in the park, florid-faced deserves my thanks for shooting the picture below where the tallest tower in the background made me feel like Diogenes the Cynic telling Alexander, who stood in front of the philosopher just before he embarked for world conquest – Do not block the sun. 

 

What is Art for ?

“Science can manage with talent, Art requires genius” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Artists and creative people, in our times tend to be hesitant in answering the question: “What is Art for?” Aren’t we able to run our lives with our technologies, our face-book, our pornography, our petrol stations, our corporate offices, our ATMs, our you-tube, our Google, our gadgets and shopping malls?

What can be the answer to such a clear and blunt question?

I reproduce two definitions, one from a poet of classical Sanskrit of 7th/8th century central India and another from an Algerian Frenchman of our century.  The poet Bhratrihari says :

sahitya-sangita-kala-bihina-sakshat-pashu-puccha-bishan-hina

–  A human being without any interest / association with Literature, Music, Art is an animal in entirety, sans tail and horn. In the next stanza, he adds with caustic humour : such animals live without eating grass and animals are fortunate, otherwise they would have starved.

Albert Camus, while expounding the absurdity of existence, declares: “Life is inconsequential, so is Art and hence Art captures Life so completely.” This is a devastating exposition while we contemplate our great technological and material edifice and tremendous labour we have put individually and collectively to build. However, there is great wisdom, a penetrating wisdom and a backdoor definition of Art and creativity itself. Consider Music or Painting – music and painting both are de-materialized matter. An artist works in his craft (for example cinema) in a highly controlled environment but the end result liberates us. A Mozart symphony is absolutely faithful to all the rigorous demands of the craft’s grammar and rules but it liberates something inside us. It captures something inside us so completely and consistently that we awake from our illusion and from the larger existential illusion.

Art is a therapy of the soul and close to what is psychoanalysis for mind.

History propels art but Art is clever – history thinks that Art is his hand-maiden but Art has a hidden lover – The Great Time and she has one face of her always beholden to the seminal father and the amniotic space – Eternity. History is the record of emphasis and de-emphasis of dominant power and hence Art, in one of her exposed persona follows the script: it directed people’s attention to dominant power: religion, royalty, communism, corporations, democracy, liberty, freedom, revolution, ideology and so on.

The whole history of Art (which lies within the historical time) endorses this. Had this been the only potency and receptivity of Art, Art would have been classed in the same category of technology which has history but no critical history. By critical history, I mean being self-referential or self-critical and this means that one must step into the value-pool. One must, as an individual make the choice of value. This gives Art her most mysterious power: individuality and attendant autonomy. This autonomy of an individual at the level of Being is the guarantee of our divinity.

Hence Art and madness are so close and intertwined. And this madness which stems from an existential struggle of an individual with the cosmos is the heirloom of all artistic geniuses and what Schopanhuer alludes at the quote at the start of the preface.

Two hundred years back, at the start of the century, great minds of Europe felt a deep pessimism about human condition. Human condition seemed to be in eternal slavery of war, empire and un-freedom. Man was nothing but a pawn, a plaything of History.

Two hundred years hence, when I write this, human condition has entered a phase when the danger is that men and women will become machines. The great celebration of un-thinking has begun. The value-pool is shrunken and there is no one, or very few who still want to exert a value statement. The end of such un-thinking is the elaborate practice of a philosophy called ‘Anything goes’.

What will rescue Men and Women from becoming machines? What will rein the horse of technological materialism? What can re-echo the faint stirring of human nature in the bosom of men and women who are convinced that Heart is a machine that pumps blood and counter this through a demonstration and not simple assertion that human heart is something from which Great Thoughts gush forth.

What can balance both Reason and Freedom? How can we rein our technology and re-direct them for a fulfilled life? What is in our disposal which does not need anything else to interpret (scholars and experts) and implement (Government, Corporate and their combination) it?

This must be something so close to our Being that we must have forgotten it. The greatest wonder and miracle of our time is that we are un-conscious to have overlooked the greatest happening of our times: trans-valuation of human nature.

It is this trans-valuation of values that is sweeping the globe. This process is unfolding in front of our eyes and we are fortunate to be real time witness of this process. “Man is a reed, but a thinking reed” – so goes Pascal while he finds the inconsequential nature of Man in front of the impenetrable Universe but the same Pascal was celebrating human freedom that we can comprehend it. This ‘comprehension’ is not possible now as we are in the cusp of Unthinking.

This comprehension of existence through science and technology has already degenerated into speculation and specialized speculation and hence into the domain of careerists and celebrity scientists. The mathematical certainty of science has evolved into statistical doubt. Man resembles a madman of Calcutta footpath playing snake and ladder with God.[1]

A great opportunity beckons us. A great opportunity to dive deep into our Being – inexhaustible and autonomous. There is no statistical doubt or consensus – even the language of Being is so different and radical that we get a glimpse of it – we do not build or capture it – it gets revealed.

Art must become a Revelation, minus the religious aspect of revelations  and this is the great triumph and autonomy of Art and our Being.

Adda-Fe must work, in its greatest scope, while networked with million minds to re-echo and re-direct this Revelation again to human beings who may yet be re-deemed into the fold of Human Nature.

 

[1] Inspired by Mr. Suman Chatterjee’s song ‘Pagal’

A Lecture on Music by of Dr. Hans-Juergen Nagel

An executive summary of Dr. Hans-Juergen Nagel’s lecture on  What is Music and its relevance for a society – Perspectives from Western musical tradition, organized by Wordsmith University on 12th December 2015 at AJ Block Community Hall, Salt Lake, Calcutta.

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Wordsmith University Founder-Teacher Pritam Bhattacharyya introducing the speaker 

The lecture was structured in a very novel way. Dr. Nagel introduced the topic but instead of discussing the relevance of Music for contemporary society as how he thinks, he had read a series of reflections by internationally renewed musicians and conductors on the inexhaustible mystery called Music. These reflections were collected and translated by him. The reflections include musicians like Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Alfred Brendel, Yehudi Menuhin, Edwin Fischer, Helmut Lachenmann, Luciano Pavarotti and many such luminaries. What was interesting was that he read those verbatim and the audience had the opportunity of hearing directly what these musicians thought about their craft and its relevance for society and human life and human nature.

A very brief survey of these reflections is given below:

  • Music and culture are not some extravagance or embellishment of civilization but the umbilical cord that nourishes us. Without this nourishment, we shall lose what is called human nature. This umbilical cord is the guarantee of our divinity.
  • Man has a hammer in one of his hands and a violin in his other hand. The hammer signifies technology by which he brings material comfort and he may tend to think that this hammer can bring him fulfillment. But without the violin, he loses his human nature. He may look into the innermost part of the atom using his technology, machines and automation but without the violin, he loses what is human nature within him.
  • Music deals with de-materialized matter and combining intuition and retaining the purity and accuracy of what the musician wanted to convey through his music, an artist creates something anew. This is told best by the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer – Music is the world recreated once more.

 Dr. Nagel then discussed something interesting with regards to culture of a society and he argues that it is the municipality which knows culture of a community better because it deals with their daily lives more than the federal or central government. This is very interesting and novel idea about a society like ours.

Dr. Nagel went on arguing that Culture must be financed by public funds. Sponsoring is an exception, because it serves basically private interests, culture events are not commercial events. Financing has not to be covered by entrance fees.

The most important cultural body is the municipality because it has to serve the interests of the inhabitants of the city and it is close to the pulse of people. Normally it finances opera houses, music schools, conservatories, orchestras, theatres, experimental activities, contemporary music, museums, non commercial films, festivals.

He had mentioned of a historical period of music in Germany when common people used to attend musical performances where music of the great composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Bach were played and is still done. In a sense, it was a cultural exercise which was close to the daily lives of common people, not restricted to the elites or of a specific class. It is the community that organizes funds and runs these events and not some central and distant government.

He then touched something very important for any human society: living a fulfilled life as an individual and a member of the society. He mentions that Music and Art have always signaled the coming of change much before the actual change manifests itself. He touches the impact of Mozart’s music and its eventual impact in the urge to change society in terms of revolution in thought and philosophy of life in that period. In other words, politicians and policy-makers need to be aware of the fact that political and social changes will be captured by Music and Art much earlier because of its mysterious power. Hence, if we need to mould our conduct to live in an age of change and transformation, something inside our being must change and Art and Music have played this role throughout history. It is this mysterious power that makes art and music not something external or decorative but something extremely powerful in shaping our being in our existential journey.

Furthermore Nagel referred to aspects of the nature of art and its possible relevance for an enlightened civil society. He related to some positions according to the history of philosophy.

Art can be understood as an appearance of the depth (origin) and is defined by philosophers as the absolute, the divine or as the truth, which means by qualities through which art becomes recognizable as hermetic and perfect, comparable to nature. This is a metaphysical world, beyond our daily reality which we usually experience.

The ability to produce art and to find ways for its understanding belongs to the most important qualities of a human  being.

According to Heidegger’s Time and Being, everything is there and at all times, but is concealed (revealed) and must become unrevealed. This happens with regards to historical processes, but also during the development of an artistic production.

It seems to be obvious, that somebody, who finds an access to the depth or truth of art, will also find an access to deeper meanings of the world beyond the pretensions of which we are confronted in our daily lives. He has become knowing. This is the reason, for instance for political systems to oppress the freedom of expression because of its danger in terms of influencing the political opinion of its citizens. Those tendencies are also relevant for the so called open societies, as Karl Popper has demonstrated in his publication – The open society and its enemies.

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Apples and Biscuits by Cezanne – 1884. This was used by Dr Nagel to illustrate how art looks in a fresh way and recreates 

He mentions that we need to learn the art of living life and only scientific knowledge of the world or the technology to do so will not be enough to have a fulfilled life. This is evident in many highly technologically advanced societies grappling with the crisis of living a fulfilled life. He examines the world ‘fulfillment’ in a direct, ironic and humorous way through the example of a newspaper dated 12th December 2015. The newspaper shows an advert of some real estate company, asking people to buy their apartment and claims boldly and in bold and highlighted print – Fulfillment starts at 43.8 Lac!

There was a great collective smile – both wise and ironic in the faces of the audience and thus the lecture ended. The curiosity is to know as to what level the fulfillment ends if it starts at a certain number!

There followed informal discussions after that one of the interesting observations by one of the members was that in the supermarkets, a very special kind of booming music is being played and continuous exposure to such kind of music destroys the ‘internal composition” of a person and he/she now responds in a controlled way to such kind of musical stimulus.

Note: Wordsmith University is working with Dr. Nagel to publish the reflections of the musicians in the form of a book entitled – What is Music – Reflections of internally renowned musicians and conductors on an inexhaustible mystery. The idea is to circulate this book to music schools and academies, politicians and policy-makers in addition to music lovers and interested readers.

Why is Philosophy important ?

Since the beginning of recorded history, two opposing  thoughts regarding human progress are visible :

  1. Human progress is towards development, things are becoming better. Most of the scientists since Newton till date are more or less subscriber of this ‘faith’. Technically, this is called ‘telos‘. Engineers and technologists subscribe to this faith more unconsciously as otherwise they will not be able to bring the next improved version.
  1. Human progress is more complex and not linear and not towards any ‘development’ – human stupidity increases with human intelligence just as an amplifier amplifies both signal and noise.

But we ask : How to live our life in the best possible manner ? Science and Technology cannot answer that because this is beyond their scope. For science, every new theory transcends the previous theories. Technology, especially the technology of our times is so interwoven with business that it is impotent to be sufficiently critical of its own ‘course’. Hence history of technology is the history of dominant idea / power of that period. Technology is a slave of power in all its forms and a demure and obliging hand-maiden.

Five hundred years back, Rene Decartes visualized human being fighting with Nature and winning it. The win came but what a sterile victory of bitterness it has been !

The same cannot be said of a question like : “How should I conduct my life?”

Only Philosophy deals with this question and this question is a hall mark of human species.

Today, philosophy is important because of all sciences and technologies, it asks : ‘Should I join facebook ?”

The answer is not important or not even relevant. The question is important and this habit of mind is what philosophy teaches us.

In certain circumstances, this question may save you

Beware of the the ‘cult’ of entrepreneurship

[ I acknowledge my thanks to many ex-cult members who kindly shared their experience but for obvious reasons remains anonymous ]

After interacting with “entrepreneurs” ( those who do not call or do not like to call them petty or growing or established business owners, professionals, freelancers or by function – programmer, content writer, video editor)  for some three years, I have detected some orientation of mind which borders on cult psychology. A brief summary :

I. Never graduates, an open ended becoming into a vague, fog-filled territory 

Most of the entrepreneurs cannot say what or what measurements will be considered ‘graduation’, ‘success’, ‘finish line’ for their journey. The journey remains open-ended.  I have seen the same with entrepreneurs running businesses from the range of INR 5 Lac to INR 25 crore.

Consider many cults : new entrants find near impossible but not clearly defined or verifiable goals – nirvana, freedom, eternal joy, zero exploitation system, eternal peace – an Utopia. The leaders constantly urge them to do more,  push more and a guilt pervades inside the entrant : I need to do more. How can I relax now ? So many things need to be achieved… so many impossibles to be made possible. 

II.  Post-Human icons, examples, leaders, role-models : change the world 

It is almost of the same probability to start a company and become like Steve Jobbs with that of landing into Bombay VT station and then becoming Shah Rukh Khan after a decade. But we always hear such talks – statistical miracles. Everyone is supposed to be now out in the morning to get the next great thing or that idea that will ‘change the world’

All hardcore cults, without exception drill into the recruit’s mind the overwhelming and urgent need to : change the world.  Some recommend chanting, some recommend some breathing exercise, some recommend armed or non-violent struggle, some say that becoming vegetarian is the key, some say greenhouse gases, some say the ice in polar regions, some opine that putting some RFID inside each individual and as such.  Without this motivation to ‘change the world’, human mind does not get sufficient traction.

III Environment control and closed social interactions – Us and They 

Entrepreneurs tend to live within a controlled group and since they are out to change the world, there is a sense of superiority and subsequent : us and them divide. The world is now divided into two parts : Solution-provider or saviour and solution-buyer and user. 

All cults create this divide : us and them. It is our duty to  make each one like us or we reject or ignore them and for some people – use them. This usage goes in subtle and gross way. Many cults keep attrition away by brainwashing their members that the world outside is ‘full of vices’, ‘under mensch species”, ‘nasty’, “filled with demons”, “full of low energy people”.

IV. Suppressing the inner voice and common signals – Delusion as heroism 

Reality still finds cracks and light shines into a world-view carefully created and sealed. Many entrepreneurs (as told by a blessed soul) are not happy doing what they do, they are neither motivated, they are irritated. General signals and their conclusions demand radical re-examination, even exit. But outside, the show goes on – the conditioned responses and actions and talks and the next great thing is just round the corner !

I know some ex-cult members whose mission was to make ‘the world a happier place”. Many after few years felt terribly unhappy inside and felt like running away. But they could not and in their closed group and with outsiders, they faked a ‘happy face’ with a crying heart inside. This kind of dissociation of personality will have attendant psychological disorders and dysfunction.

V. Sleep deprivation, Specific Food regiment, Sexual over (under) drive 

Most of the entrepreneurs I have interacted with suffer from minor to major sleep deprivation. They also eat in a regimented and mechanical manner.  Sexual life also gets affected. Now what these have to do with our subject ?It does. Read below.

Any influential cult, down the ages, will be observed to control three things of a biological person : sleep (wake up 4 am to do some work), food (eat some specific kind of food ), sexual abstinence or wanton indulgence. Why ? Because, controlling these things, a person becomes ready for brain-washing. In more direct way : his mind – the autonomy of the mind can be manipulated by more powerful group-mind. The result : doing away with all the autonomy and its attendant complexities of an individual person.

V. Learning, Learning, Learning …. the robotic urge to be programmed more and more

Entrepreneurs have a favourite word : learning. But it appears to me that many develop an insatiable appetite to learn (a kind of eating disorder for mind) – from conferences (paid), speakers (paid), seminars (paid), webinars (paid), talkathon (paid) and it goes on. They ask each other whether they did attend the last conference or not ? Most are paid ones and considerable learning-tax is paid. But just like lust feeds on its own appetite , learning hunger seems to increase and does not show any sign of waning.

Most of the famous cults have developed their wealth by either selling a mantra, book, literature, workshops, lectures, ideas, lifestyle (including sexual reticence or abandon), drugs,  physio-mental experiences et el. This wealth is created by the army of salesmen (and women) who are members of the cult. An ex-cult member told me that when he had joined the cult with the objective of doing some service for the world. However, a few years down the lane, the objective of  doing service gets shorted with selling the cult’s offerings to earn money. And – he was not clear whether the money such earned was spent in what manner !

An entrepreneur first goes to the first workshop / conference to learn something for the new journey. He listens to and then more hunger comes for advanced learning. Few years down the lane, he becomes a regular in all such ‘learning spaces’ and spends money and mixes with same group of regulars. His learning to apply and outgrow that part of learning seems to be shorted with the urge of learning more and more (and paying more and more) into an infinite open ended loop. See Point 1 above.

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De-programming 

  1. I am not an entrepreneur – I am a business owner. I have started a business which I own – legally and emotionally but I am not a prisoner of it.
  2. The business needs to be run while respecting the laws of business and not by some fancy words and its attendant lifestyles.
  3. Big Idea is dangerous : it can kill you !
  4. All your iconic entrepreneurs did not care to become an entrepreneur or not. It is your (and group-mind’s) projection.
  5. Your life has a worth and autonomy independent of your achievements (or non-achievements) as an ‘entrepreneur.
  6. Penetrate through statistical miracles.
  7. Any life-destroying thing does not appear first with red flags but with an overabundance of good intentions, great ideals, super-human call to achievements and changing the world.
  8. Sleep well, enjoy your food, exchange human warmth and closeness.  Your achievement is in the future – a kind of post-dated cheque but a good meal is realized cash ! Enjoy the grace and be thankful
  9. All movements, great or small, forces of history are programs or design – large and small and do not make them holy or glorious. Your icons may be a worse person – headed man to man with you.
  10. Do not ignore sho0ts of doubt in your mind : this may save you from greatest of catastrophes.

[Monsoon – 2015 – Calcutta / Kolkata ] Entrepreneurs de Bengal

My friend and colleague Sushobhan records a meeting of 20+ entrepreneurs of Bengal with a vision to start a lasting and blooming association. Not the chandimantap  variety but something noble. The land has long lost the idea of true nobility. However, without this sense of nobility, there is no culture or no civilization.

ENTREPRENEURS DE BENGAL

(Do not miss the poem he penned and also the translation. This invocation by poetry gives an insight into a Bengali mind : Heart has a reason which Reason will never comprehend)

1880 / Calcutta, India : Powerhouse of ideas, enterprise and confidence. High Renaissance of Bengal – fractured or not.

1930 / Calcutta, India  : Independence. National Mission Accomplished. Bengal like France in Europe has enriched India with the miraculous fertility of her womb.  Lethargy and Convalescence. Bengal has spent her last refined fuel.

1990 / Calcutta / India :  Crisis of the Cadre state – inception.

2005 / Kolkata : Almost no entrepreneurs, no dreamers, no lovers – only workers, cadres, deal-makers, operators and managers.  Three things went for sale : land, labour and women by the irrevocable law of history as a rich family descends into poverty.

Still, there were some who were keeping alight with their heart’s blood as fuel a spirit of entrepreneurship in the land. They were like lighthouses in the massive darkness. We do not know their names, most of them at least.

This monsoon, the spirits of those lovers of Bengal watched as a team of Bengali entrepreneurs assembled in East Kolkata with a noble purpose, generally absent in the land. The purpose is to consult notes of each other’s dreams.

Wordsmith Team welcomes this initiative. This is the stirring of a new life and as an obscure but passionate lover of Bengal and I welcome this :

প্রিয়তমা, সুন্দরীতমারে আমার – যে আমা উজ্জ্বল উদ্ধার

অমৃতের দিব্য প্রতিমারে – অমৃতেরে করি নমস্কার