Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Vipassana - The Art of Introspective Calm
Even though I've been out of Silence for a while now, I'm still not quite as out of it as I always was when I didn't know it exists and how. My self-exile was my best gift, and I still do not know who it was from; I don't care to know either.
Only, often nowadays, I miss my tiny caterpillar friend who kept me company over the entire stay. I'd rush to watch it at every hour of the day, at every break, as it weaved its way around the green and orange young leaves to make itself the home that will become, later, its wings as it becomes something else. We call that 'something else' a butterfly, but does it know that; or, does it even know we call it a caterpillar, and its home a pupa? It couldn't care less! It just twisted its way away around the plant, preparing to find its next hiding place for me to find it out as I'd come back to it after a while. When at the end of it all my five years old came to take me back the early morning next, I took her hand and rushed to find it one final time and together; but it was gone. I told her how it peeped out from the end of its pupa when it wanted to chew more leaves, which is almost always unless it was sleeping. I'm sure my earlier me would've been happy for it that it now probably became a butterfly and fed on honey instead, but the newfound me knew that it was just as happy being a caterpillar already!
And guess what? The best part of what I say here in this post is that it is not a fiction. Ten days of Noble Silence, of speech, body and mind.
How was it, you ask? Well, it is rather easy to describe, more so in one word. Inexplicable!
PS: Never exactly planned to break Silence over it, but as they say - old habits die hard! :)
An alumnus of Indian Statistical Institute, Sinjini Sengupta is an Actuary by profession and a Writer, Painter and Public Speaker by passion. She writes in several literary genres ranging from social columns to poetry, novels to screenplays, and has won several national and international awards. As a poet, she won the national level English Poetry contest – Rhyme India – hosted by Times of India in 2016 and several of her poems got published in Feminist anthologies like She The Shakthi, etc. In fictions, her story won at the South Asia FON contest to be published into an anthology. One of her stories made into a short-film got selected at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival among many others and won best film award in Caleidoscope (Boston), Best Director in Kolkata International among many others. As a scriptwriter, she won the Best Screenplay award in International Film Festival PickurFilms among 550 films from across the globe. As a Columnist, Sinjini writes mainly on emotional well-being, gender issues, social reforms and parenting in a plethora of publications including Huffington Post, Speaking Tree – Times of India, Youth Ki Awaaz, Anandabazaar Patrika, Readomania, Our Front Cover, Baby Destination, World of Moms, Feministaa and several popular magazines. She was recently awarded the prestigious Orange Flowers Awards 2016 (RU) for her social columns. She won the coveted “Iconic Woman Award” at the Women Economic Forum in May 2017. Sinjini was a finalist at the Quarter-Finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2017. Sinjini is now working on her debut novel, Elixir. Sinjini’s blog can be found at: https://sinjinisengupta.blogspot.in/