Aim:

To prove that operating from a single point of view will compel you to reside in a one dimensional world.

Objective:

  • To prove that physically displacing oneself from Point A to Point B, can translate to mentally changing the point of view of an individual over a particular issue. To thus take the phrase ‘point of view’ in the literal sense.
  • To provide the above displacement through the miraculous process called Sailing.
  • To reaffirm the social experiment format of the previous blog post.

Armamentarium:

  • You need to pack a bag, buy a boat and sail away to far off coasts.

If you have enough spare money buy yourself a fancy Yacht with wooden floorboards and name it something preachy or after the name of the person you love so much.

If that is not the case, don’t fret too much. There are many rental Yachts available which await your arrival near the jetty number 4 at Gateway of India. Go hurry.

  • Trust anyone whose boat shoes are more worn than yours.

I believe that your knowledge about sailing or a Yacht per se is adherent to those landscape drawings you drew in school, with a schematic sailboat floating on the sea.boat

No, I’m not judging. All I’m saying is just make sure you have someone who knows tad more than this to maneuver your Yacht.

  • You can use any wind to go in any direction.

Procedure:

  • You are a busy, harrowed, and driven by the chaos, career driven individual, who migrated to the City of Dreams one year ago. You got sucked into the vortex of the fast paced life in Mumbai and have been struggling with a particular snag at work since a month now, with full knowledge that if one more week goes by and you do not tackle this obstacle, your Boss has full intentions to fire you. The nerves are firing at their peak even though it’s the Weekend, when your E-mail notification turns on. Hoping that it is not another thrashing from your Boss you open it half-heartedly, only to see that it is an E-Mail from a well wisher who has forwarded the link of this very Blog to you. When you realize that rental yachts are awaiting your presence at this moment, you have that screw the world moment and leave everything and rush.
  • You’ve arrived at the Gateway of India and contacted the savior who will be taking you away from civilization. You reach Jetty number four and are taken by a motor boat used by the Neanderthals to a Yacht.
  • The Man maneuvering the Yacht begins to brief you on the parts and the functioning of the Yacht to make it an educational experience and says something about how lucky you are to have chosen to encounter this life changing experience while the Sun sets.
  • Your nerves have not stopped firing and your mind is still at work. You find it difficult to concentrate on the words this man is throwing at you. As you hear something about a mast and a tiller, you snap into the present. You suddenly sense motion.
  • You realize that you’ve been facing your back towards the city and you turn around.

Observation:

  • What you see leaves you awestruck. You become an audience to the making of a miracle. You realize that the word skyline is not a noun which means an outline of land and buildings defined against the sky, but a verb which means what you can actually see being drawn by the rays of the setting Sun in front of your eyes. As you move farther away, the picturesque vision looks like those images you see in coffee table books shot by a 180 degree wide eye lens!
  • As the camera film develops in front of your eyes, the image of the City starts to appear. You begin to look at Mumbai from another perspective, a perspective your sane mind could not fathom. All of a sudden you could see Mumbai in its huge chaotic, sprawling self but at the same time it exuded a state of immense serenity and calm. Was this dual existence possible?
  • Just a few hours ago, you were suffocated in your matchbox sized apartment, in the same city whose sole vision was now liberating every cell of your being. As you chewed on this thought, you saw the sky change from a glorious orange to its twilight hues. The silhouette of the city against the dimming sky began to instill in you a new point of view.
  • As the wind hit your face, you turned to see the Moon peeking at you between the clouds. You never would have thought a moon rise was an event in itself. As the Moon reflected the Sun’s light in all its glory, its pure white reflection shimmered in the Sea.
  • You began to see the City for what it was, the BIGGER PICTURE.

Inference:

  • Sometimes you have to step back, change the point from which you view a situation, and look at the bigger picture in Life and you might be a teeny bit surprised at what you can see.

(In this case, I saw the solution to my snag at work in a jiffy.)

Conclusion:

  • “A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points. Perspective is worth 80 IQ points. Point of view is worth 80 IQ points.”- Alan Kay
  • When you change the way you look at the things, the things you look at change.
  • “The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

 

Yes, it’s me waving out to you from that distant Yacht! No, stop shouting I cannot hear you from that distance!! Just leave a comment and I will get back to you!

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