Pongal – a day of celebration and reflection
Every ending gives birth to a new begining. Let’s welcome Pongal, the harvest thanksgiving festival.
Today we big adeau to winter and long nights.
We thank nature, man and god for the year past.
Our energies are renewed – as we welcome warmer, happier (hopefully!) times
Hold a second though, should we also not reflect for a minute on its relevance for us:
Our anscestors sowed grains and reaped a harvest. What did we sow, and what did we harvest?
Our anscestors lived in sync with a cyclical nature – and adapted to nature’s seasons. Winter went only to come the next year. Today, we live in a technology-fueled world with several “step” disruptions. Video tapes came and vanished, VCDs, DVDs, Blue ray….each comes and goes – but for ever – as its replacement takes center stage.
I typed my first blog on a PC at home, the next few on a laptop, then moved onto a tablet and this one on a phablet on the “go”. This is cool.
An impacted Ozone layer and El Nino, titanium wars, microwave hazards are uncool.
So technologies are cool, the way we use them may not quite be so. Time to turn back and ponder – what did we do last year, what did we harvest? And what do we look for this new year?