Oct 23, 2005 01:14 PM
As I get up in the morning and look out of the window,
I am reminded of the Microsoft Windows operating system
of my computer.
As I sit at the dining table for my early morning cup of
coffee, I am reminded of Sun Microsystem's Java coffee cup.
If only I were reminded of Lord Krishna in the same way,
looking at things, with something of a Barathi in me,
I could have been a far better person!
Have we ever stopped for a moment to think how many icons
we meet in our daily life? Virtual hieroglyphics haunt me,
taunt me, and control me like a friend, philosopher and guide.
Perhaps the most popular icons that every citizen of the world
will understand, are the male-female figures on a toilet wall!
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Perhaps an icon is worth a thousand pictures.
Icons everywhere! In petrol bunks, travel points like airports,
railway stations, bus shelters; shops, offices, hospitals;
traffic signs on the roadside; and the emoticons in my email!
Icons forcefully change the way I walk, talk, write and think.
The slew of technology that has permeated my daily life,
is gradually replacing the language, leading me slowly back to
the days of the hieroglyphics.
Idols are the icons of Godhood in Hinduism. Installed everywhere
in the Hindu world like the modern-day icons, they remind a Hindu
of his/her daily dharma.
When I need a plethora of icons for my daily life, is it not
sheer arrogance on my part to frown upon the people who use idols?
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