I don’t understand why people get so possessive at times. In school, fellow classmates hesitated to share their notes as they felt I would surpass them in some stupid way. I am sure it happened with all of you out there. Its the highest form of insecurity. Why can’t people think “hey let me help her out with this and in return learn something from her”.
This constant need to push the others down is damn cheap. Observe that people who are respected in our society and the ones who manage to stay on top for long are the ones who are people friendly, sharing and ready to learn.
Even in professional life, colleagues feel jealous of showing their work. Like we would go far by just copy pasting! Hello, we have brains too. Anyways, they be blessed. I will choose to share as always :)
I have been in the design field for some time now. Slowly I am realizing that we have great talent in the country and if put to good use, we could achieve wonders. Many of my seniors and colleagues have been discussing this off late. Specially in relation to our field, we think we can do a lot more if the government gave us enough incentives. We are playing with the idea of Ministry of Design. Yes Design! Give it a thought. We have this concept of small scale industries for people with good vocational skills but not many are successful. The idea at its core is appreciable. But to sustain them and give them business opportunities is a different game all together. The major reason for their downfall is the lack of market sense. These industries depend largely on government or NGO funds to sustain. But to make them self dependent, we must intervene.
For example, bamboo is commonly found in India. There are many villagers who make bamboo baskets or other such products to sell in the market. If designers collaborate with them many more interesting products like show pieces, furniture, light fixtures etc can be manufactured and sold in wider markets. These can even be exported. Apart from boosting the economic condition of those villagers, we can revive our craft forms and upgrade it to cater modern requirements. The government can help in organizing craft mela, in training the villagers for vocational skills and collaborate with product designers for the same.
Similarly, graphic designers can really help with learning activities of the younger generation. From illustrated books to simplifying complex problems, they can do it all. Graphic designers can also help in communicating social messages to the uneducated people effectively.
Industrial designers can help the manufacturing industry, jewellery designers can again come up with new forms of accessories and train people accordingly. Architects can think of rural and urban infrastructure.
These are just few examples. Government is taking efforts no doubt but it gets held up at the policy level itself . There is no one to streamline these things. If designers are given the responsibility to take this up, I think a lot of improvements can happen. Every profession that we have today needs to have representation in the govt. Otherwise holistic development is not possible.
I am not in a state of whim,
But walking on a line that is thin,
While I want to fly and shine,
And not be straight jacketed into the blind,
I get trapped in the worldly winds,
Losing out on what “ME” means.
My sanity is up for a toss,
Often at times I feel lost,
But there is a corner deep in,
Holding the madness within,
Throwing me back into the game,
Building passion for things I crave.
Time is flying and I will get old,
Where is the time to feel the cold?
I better buck up and give cent percent,
Fetch some caring hands to hold and dance,
As togetherness is what has a good chance.