17 November, 2006

I just called...to say...no wait. I didn't call.

I was having a chat with a friend a few days back and we came to the topic of talking on the phone.
It got me thinking about things.

I can't tell if this is a good or bad thing.
I'm the sort of person who'll hear her phone beeping when its battery is dying, shrug and let it die.
I'm completely comfortable with leaving it there, dead, battery discharged, for days.

I used to get into tiffs with friends who would complain because they'd think I was purposely avoiding calls, but here's the truth : My cell phone is almost always on silent mode. Lying in the corner somewhere. I don't pick up calls coz (surprise)...I don't hear the phone buzzing.

Now about making calls. I've been accused of not caring enough to call. I almost never make calls..why? Not because I'm a snob..but simply because the thought doesn't cross my mind.
Yep, it IS as simple as that.

Lord knows I've been accused of being a lazy bum, and lord knows what I do with those 24 hours every day but making calls almost always isn't on the top of my list of priorities.

Does that mean I love my friends any less?
This is just my opinion but I doubt it. I've known people who talk to each other every other day, but take absolutely nothing away at the end of the conversation. I've been one of those people.
I've talked to long lost friends after MONTHS and felt so incredibly fulfilled and content at the end of the conversation.
I'm from the 'too-much-of-a-good-thing...' and 'less-is-more' school of thought (haha SOMETIMES.)

I was told that perhaps I'm a bit scared?
But of what?
To get close to people?
I'd like to think that I get as close to people as I want to, or as far as I have to.
I'd like to think that a phone call doesn't really tell you didley about how close you are to a person.
And I'd like to think that if you're meant to know someone, it'll happen in its own time.

On another vein-
Words are exactly just that- words, at the end of the day. They are thrown around a lot but mean nothing without context.

But that's just me.
What do you guys reckon?
A little food for thought.

In the mean time..a piece I've just finished..I still need to touch it up quite a bit.

Addendum - I was contemplating naming this one 'Knowledge' and then I read the adorable Lil Bohemia's comment (budding artist and daughter of the yummy Miz Bohemia, as you might have guessed). She said "Wow! I like your painting. It looks like she wants to kiss the sky!"

How apt! :)

'Knowledge' it is then.

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Anonymous UrbanPro did the happy dance and finally said..

You know my yearly bonus is inversely proportional to the number of hours my PDA-phone was dead during the year. (well... almost) Some people don't have that luxury *sigh* but then those people are no artists like you! Quite a fantastic painting you have there...

And you HAVE a list of priorities? Really??

2:17 AM  
Blogger Mediocretes did the happy dance and finally said..

Nice :).

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Rajesh did the happy dance and finally said..

Princess...you are soooo doing me a Mahi original artwork!!...I trade my cake for that!! im serious!

Personally, I prefer the face to face conversations, you knw, the kind where you actually get to see the reaction of the other party....but sad to say, that doesnt happen enuf these days

8:10 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

urbanpro - yes i have a list of priorities..i know..i never cease to amaze :P
thank u! now buy it! buy it!!!

mediocretes - you don't fool me. i still have my vial of poison with me...AND i have pepper spray.

rajesh - yea ure imaginary cake :P true true i agree. a dumbass friend of mine actually accused my blog of taking up all my time (sorry rishi u know i love you but that was just silly)

10:28 AM  
Blogger Miz BoheMia did the happy dance and finally said..

I hear ya my friend! I am more of the let's-take-face-to-face kinda person as phones are not my thing... although I do have one friend whom I speak with at least once a week for a minimum of two hours and we have yet to meet! Other than that, eh... calls are made cause they need to but to call to talk for years? Quite hard on bohemians!

I LOVE THE WORK YOU DID!! I will have to show it to Lil' B once she is up! She will love it FO SHO!!!

Have a good weekend sweet Mahi!

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous did the happy dance and finally said..

*philosophical abhi (getting off the wrong side of the bed ............. alone)*

I think to a certain degree, the actual form of communication makes little difference. Having said that, there are unavoidable situations in business and day to day affairs that need that touch of personal fervor. All being said, it's a choice we make and we're surely not directly answerable (unmistakably, with people we know very well).

*Abhi switches back (couplea knocks on the head)*

so it'll be ok if a proposal finds it's way thru' MSN?

3:27 PM  
Blogger Raindrop did the happy dance and finally said..

Mahima, I believe Mediocretes was being serious, for once in his adult life. I echo his sentiments. Nice! :)

And I'm not big on talking on the phone either, unless it's with my boyfriend. Most conversations leave me bored if they don't involve copious amounts of tawdry humor or extreme intellectual stimulation. Am I just jaded?

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Lil' BoheMia did the happy dance and finally said..

Wow! I like your painting. It looks like she wants to kiss the sky!

1:10 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

miz b - same here! i have my little circle of friends that i talk to for hours about once a week...we just pick up from where we left off! :D thank you m'dear! apparently lil B quite liked it!

abhi - *splutter* WHAT PROPOSALS!? and are you drunk while typing this??

raindrop - lol one of the rare few times you agree with mediocretes eh ;) same here babe..i dont think we're jaded..its just us (heh..i dont know if thats good or bad!)

lil b - you said it better than any of us could have, my dear! besos :D

2:43 PM  
Blogger Silvara did the happy dance and finally said..

Agreed....I have friends who cannot LIVE without their phone and I look at them in a mix of wonder and disgust LOL. I was absolutely stunned when I saw your painting...jaw dropped and all!! Nice is not not enough....the word that came to mind was STRONG. I wonder if there is a connection with the apple and the title 'Knowledge'.....hmm...

Take care :)

4:35 PM  
Blogger KJ did the happy dance and finally said..

super painting!!!!!!!

when are we seeing more of your video blogs as u promised?



8:15 PM  
Blogger Urban Bourbon Ninja did the happy dance and finally said..

I'd get fired if i left my phone off. Really :)

That paintings amazing, you know. You could get rich if you sold your art.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Grafxgurl did the happy dance and finally said..

she hasnt taken a bite out of it yet! * DONT BITE it!!!!*
looks like she's struggling against it.

sigh. i want my Eden. NOW.

Good Perspective Mahi, you do well in anatomy, strong lines, confident shading, very guttural. raw and real. nice.:D

1:18 AM  
Blogger Mediocretes did the happy dance and finally said..

I echo Ninja's sentiment. In fact, I'd like you to take the original, repliicate it (get it professionally posterized, that is) and send it to me. I'd like to frame it and put it up in my living room. It's gorgeous!

Of course, I'd love the original ;). I promise not to sell it and make a killing when you're famous!

8:19 AM  
Anonymous the pooh did the happy dance and finally said..

true..it takes time yo understand why people dont call or they respond...but there are people who avoid calling and who avoid picking up calls just coz they dont want to talk to that particular person..but such is life..and everyone moves on..

loved ur work:)

9:24 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

silvara - wonder and disgust is right! yes indeed there is a connection between the two ;) suckily enough i spent TOO MUCH time tryingto paint the damn apple (and i think i still messed it up) thank you babe! :)

kj - thank u babe! new video posts are currently on pause :( right now i have exams on the brain (sigh) but yes i do have something planned for next week *secretive smile*

ninja- believe me that thought has crossed my mind many times but i reckon the problem is getting the paintings out there to be viewed? lets see..maybe after i pad up my portfolio i'll try a little more harder to let the paintings be seen by the public :)

grafx - me too :( thank you baby :D my art teacher used to tell me i was too reserved and controlled with my art and he forced me to 'let go'..we both hated each others guts but i guess some good came out of it!

mediocreted - oh-kaaay officially freaked out now.
if you carry on being nice and devoted and all woshippy i might just send you a posterized version.
lol yea yea ill take your word for it

pooh - yup agreed but im not of them!! i swear! im too nice! :D
thank u!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Mediocretes did the happy dance and finally said..

Dude, you're impossible! :p

11:00 AM  
Blogger chitgo did the happy dance and finally said..

hmm interesting...i am very much a 'phone' person although i agree that having it stuck to your ear for updates of mundanities 24/7 is not my idea of 'being a good friend'

the painting was intense. is she holding an apple? (dhruv's extent of art appreciation)

boss you need to upload this stuff to www.art.com (my favorite site in the world except the bastards haven't delivered my fight club poster yet)

11:41 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

mediocretes - 'gorgeous AND talented' eh?
hmm i might not murder you in your sleep after all.
MIGHT not.

chitgo - yea exchanging mundanities kills me..im such a sucker for cheap thrill :D
haha yes chitgo thats an apple
i got myself an account on art.com afte ri read your comment..will get around to uploading stuff soon! would people actually buy my stuff or just look at it?
thanks for the heads up!

10:35 PM  
Blogger the wannabe indian punkster did the happy dance and finally said..

I guess you dont get freaked out by our similarities anymore (hee!), but my phone is almost always on silent mode as well and I *almost* never answer calls. Its not because I'm a snob, its because I dont hear it and the thought doesn't cross my mind to return the calls. As simple as that.

And eve must bite the apple. Knowledge is infinitely better than ignorance in my opinion. Aand I must say that I love your play with light and shade in this picture.

3:56 AM  
Blogger Dan did the happy dance and finally said..

Mahima, if my "friends" get upset because I don't call them enough, I wonder whether they're the type of friends that I really want. It seems folks are so attached/addicted to talking. Sometimes (most times) I just want to get away.

Did you do that painting? It's awesome! ;)

6:34 AM  
Blogger APOO did the happy dance and finally said..

Good, you are getting better. This one has a balanced pair of boobs!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

megha - NO. WAY.
are you serious?
shut up. SHUT. UP.
(hehe okok im done)
but wow..'similarities' is an understatement now:S
bite it she must :) thank you babe! i still have to touch it up in terms of the shading coz i did it over a period of time so the colours are a bit inconsistent

dan - aww i cant blame them really..we all have our ways of communicating and showing affection, and a lot of the time im the one in the group who's a bit of loner (not in a bad way of course..i'm comfortable on my own or with a group) so yea i reckon they do their best to check if im alive every now and then :)
haha yessir i did do that painting!

apoo - your art critiquing skills are mindblowing ajo!

11:18 AM  
Blogger chitgo did the happy dance and finally said..

they can buy it! and with your ever growing international readership you can now offer art to go with those pearls of wisdom....

too much flattery for one post. (dhruv swiftly catches mahima as she swoons to a fall..)

(dhruv proceeds to punch a hole in the wall as his verification word is 'bfkdtlci'

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous did the happy dance and finally said..

i was drunk from the time i was born dear

there's a book published on my journey from mum's womb to a cauldron of beer

6:03 PM  
Blogger Sue did the happy dance and finally said..

Well, at least you don't call up folks and then have nothing to say, so you go on for twenty minutes saying, "So, what else..." I hate folks who do that to me!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Scritch did the happy dance and finally said..

hear hear. I agree.

I've been agreeing a lot today.

now goodnite

7:41 AM  

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