You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
I had come across this quote quite early in life and it stuck with me. Surprisingly, it was only later in life that I realised the depth of these words. That it was about taking action.
I do jump into things head on, sometimes as there are no alternative options, and sometimes from mere impatience. I used to attribute that to my personality – but maybe, somewhere at the back of my mind, this quote just sat there since my childhood and prompted me on. The wondrous workings of a child’s mind!
I have had a bit of an unusual life where I have literally crossed many a seas and oceans. My father was a marine engineer and most of my childhood was about sailing with him and my mum around the world. It was on these trips that, my mum tells me, that I started painting the seas. Mind you, a four year old’s winding marks on a page could just as well be interpreted as ‘waves’, but made my mum very proud nevertheless! I think that’s where my love affair anything nautical began.
So it is only apt that my first post on this site would be about seas, and paintings and Tagore!
You can browse my nautical collection here