Archive | April, 2012

My Identity…My Ink

13 Apr

Alright, now I spoke to a very wise person (Or so he thinks!!) about my blog and he mentioned that it was not so personal and very generic.So today, Friday the 13th, I am going to share something that is very personal with you, that I would not normally do, so please understand that now you are going to know a very private part of me and that is: My Ink.

Why do people get tattoos??The reasons are as varied as they are individuals.In the early ages people would get tattoos to symbolize their tribe and set them apart from other tribes.Some people get tattoos to represent their religion or the people they love, people who are in the military service to symbolize their patriotism, some people get tattoos for the fun of it and others get it as a mistake.

I personally believe you should have a  really strong and substantial reason for getting a tattoo because it will remain and even become a part of you for the rest of your life.Ya I know there are various tattoo removal processes, but those are far too painful.

And also, I don’t believe that tattoos are only for rocks fans, punks and metal heads… that’s just rubbish!!!!Anyone and everyone who wants to get a tattoo should be able to.Though still in many parts of the world people judge you when you have a tattoo or multiple tattoos.

I have two tattoos.the first is a tetragrammaton star and the second one is the wordings “Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever Ours”.

Now I have different reasons for getting each of these tattoos.

For the first one, the tetragrammaton star represents the ancient Hebrew language that the Hebrew Scriptures were written in did not have vowels. In the original Hebrew, God’s name is given as “YHWH.” This is known as the tetragrammaton. Because of the lack of vowels, Bible scholars debate how the tetragrammaton “YHWH” was pronounced.Now I got the Star which is one of the portions of this symbol and it is the Pentagram that expresses the dominion of spirit over the elements of nature. This magical sign can dominate the elemental creatures that inhabit the regions of fire, air, water, earth and ether. Before this demons tremble and flee in terror.

Now the reason I got this was because ever since a kid my mum always believed that I was not the “Holy Holy kinds” and maybe I wasn’t.Ya I believed in God, but there were times I questioned a lot of things and tried to find the logic and science in it.As  I finished college and moved away from home and far away from family,I found myself alone and times were tough and sad at times.There would be these specific things that would happen to me, things that I now have termed as God’s little miracles just for me that have made me grow strong in faith and understand God’s power and presence more and more.And for me the Pentagram symbolizes just that.

For the second one, that’s the lines “Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever Ours”. I loved the Immortal Beloved Letters by Ludwig van Beethoven. I must admit the first time I heard these lines were in the movie Sex and the City and it really caught my attention. So then I actually got a hold of the love letters of Beethoven. The reason I found these letters beautiful and intriguing was because the recipient’s name was never written nor known.And then later on, after a movement by people close to him they concluded that she was Antoine Brentano. Beethoven fell in love with her after meeting her for the first time in Vienna and she was married at the time.This is what kept them from being together.While she was in Vienna he wrote letters to her.

I fell in love with these words ever since!!So I have inked myself with these beautiful words to remind me of the kind of love that is Immortal and that we rarely find today.I know my love story is more of a friendship-love-fight-love relationship and sometimes it just drives me crazy.But I guess that’s love(atleast for me, coz I’m not the overly mushy,lovey dovey kinda person) and in the end of it all I feel that this is a bond that will be forged in time and will be always Immortal.

And now after getting these two tattoos over a year ago, I’m thinking of getting another tattoo, maybe that will make for another post at another time.But for now I’m happy with these two.

Cheerio!!

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Killer Queen-Freddie Mercury

11 Apr

Is this the real LifeFreddie as a baby

Is this just fantasy

Caught in a landslide

No escape from reality-Freddie Mercury

These words are by a very famous singer from the band “Queen” better known to all of us as the great and flamboyant Freddie Mercury with powerful vocals over a four octave range.Now I’m guessing most of you loved his music and still do,I know I do for sure!!!But there are alot of facts that many of us do not know about Freddie Mercury, I for sure didn’t!!

First of all his real name was Farookh Bulsara. And, wait for it…….yes he was a Parsi by birth!!!He was born on 5th September 1946.So ya he was Indian.But interestingly when asked by interviewers about his ethnicity he said he was from Zanzibar and to some other people in the press he said he was Persian.Yes, Parsees are followers of the Zorastrian religion whose ancestors came from Persia

Another interesting fact was that he did his schooling in St. Peters in Panchgani, near Mumbai and when asked he said this was because his father worked for the British Raj in India at the time…This was clearly a lie.

Another truth that Freddie Mercury denied was about being gay. He insisted the way he behaved and dressed was part of an act!!(Ya right!! we believed you dressed in those leotards!!)

Well there was no real reason for him to lie because one look at Freddie Mercury and you could tell he was gay.

Freddie or Farook was also the one who chose the name “Queen” for the band and that is when he also changed his last name to Mercury.In the news he was also mocked by saying”In this age of punk,what is more ridiculous than a Queen toasting his audience with champagne” which was what Freddie did at his concerts.

Some of the famous tracks by Queen are still played at most of the bars today like “We are the Champions”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You”(Though most pubs do not play the original one), “Under Pressure” and “I want to break free”.

Freddie died in London,on November 1991 from HIV/AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia one day after he announced it to the public that he was HIV positive.There was also a tribute concert held in 1992 at the Wembley Stadium, with some of the most famous rock stars of that time.

Even though he lived most of his life as a lie, no one can deny him the greatness that he was, specially in his music that still lives on.

And I will end this post with his mother’s words:”It is because God loved him more, that’s why he was taken away”

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