by Isha Baid | November 16,2016
Lennon was right. He isn’t the only one. Because we’ve followed suit.
Simply put, Dialogues is three floors of dreams.
There’s something for everyone. A library for the bookworm whose world is steeped in Oscar Wilde and Murakami. The smell of old pages, coiled up on a lovely hammock where she is perfectly at peace with herself. Not a soul to bother, except the chirping bird who calls Dialogues its home.
Far away from the flamboyance of social media posts, she sits with a hot cuppa masaala chai on a perfectly breezy day, laughing on some occasions and smirking on others. Well, because that’s what good books do. They transport you with them to an imaginary land. That nook at Dialogues understands that and fangs her imagination.
And then there is the young entrepreneur who dreams of carving a niche for himself. Often, you will see him blabbering something to himself. Well, yes, he’s mad, just like most entrepreneurs and indulges in what we call ‘self-strategizing meetings.’ At Dialogues he can proudly execute those.
Not leaving him far behind are a group of friends. Hustle, bustle, banter, chatter. Funny moments, meaningless advices, dating rules, broke travel plans, gadgets, bikes, shopping and President Trump – their conversations are far and varied. “This is the perfect hangout place…” somebody firmly declares and others agree just before they enter a fight over that last piece of sandwich; well because that’s the rule.
And who could forget the little board game aficionado? From Carrom to Jenga, she knows it at her fingertips. And when she defeats her father, she knows those are the very moments she ‘lives’ her best. ‘’Papa, we should come here more often!’’, she proudly declares.
To add onto each one, there’s the young employee who simply wants to sip a healthy juice over a conversation with his colleague or the brooding poet who needs the quiet of nature to pen down his thoughts. The poem completes itself as he feels inspired by the life captured in the countless green pots. He finds himself in awe because there’s not a place he feels unrestrained, other than this.
I am the breathing evidence for these experiences. I am the writer who was looking for isolation, for some imaginary world to get lost in. But there were too many stories unfolding right in front of me, and I couldn’t have just let them remain untold. Right from the smile that greeted me to the paintings on the wall to the lack of concrete in the seating area, everything, everyone was so stimulating but at the same time so tranquil. It just seemed like a perfect harmony.
Dialogues is an amalgamation of all these and more. Much like clay, mould it in any form you like and it promises to give you one of the best experiences of your life.
(Isha Baid hails from Calcutta and is currently studying at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She likes reading books, watching movies and petting dogs.)
by Noor Singh | June 05,2017
I’m often puzzled when this question is asked.
Firstly, in theory, anything we do is changing the world, and often in ways we don’t really perceive the full extent of. To say you can change the world in a tangible, quantifiable manner is to accept a linear cause-and-effect chain that can be traced without error.
Secondly, to say that you want to change the world assumes that the world is a static space with definable boundaries and objectively assessable characteristics – instead of being an ever-dynamic system that is never the same or is dependent on how it is perceived.
Thirdly, “changing the world” as it is used in its colloquial sense has moral undertones in its connotations, which assume a “good world” and a “bad world” – neither of which meaning is universally agreed upon in principle.
Fourthly, the phrase “changing the world” is often used in a speculative sense, where you attempt to change something about the world with a plan in mind. However, actual results from such planning tend to be very different from speculated results simply because there are so many factors that come into play for some result to come into fruition. There is such a high sensitivity on the initial conditions of a system and these conditions, especially for social dynamics, are so very numerous that it is impossible to take them all into account even if you wanted it. If you did somehow manage to take all these conditions into account, how would you go about assessing their effects? You can only assess in retrospect. Speculative changing of the world tends to be dicey as well, then.
Last of all, how do you measure a result? What do you make of something that is a “success” one year, bringing inspiration to many and providing what seemed like a surefire way to succeed to the frontier of popular ideas, guiding many people – only to crash and fail the next year, ruining thousands of lives and spreading panic? Was it a “failure” even when it was “succeeding”? A result is different at different points of time, to different people and in different cultural paradigms of thinking. This may sound as though I’ve given up or developed a defeatist, neutral way of looking at the world. As part of the youth, am I not supposed to be full of energy, working to bring about social change for the better?
People often think they need to do big things in order to make some kind of difference. Not so. Things we do can bring about changes in Butterfly Effect ways, which is why I advocate being mindful of the little actions that we do all the time. Although we can never tell what effects these little actions will ultimately have at different points of time, we can at least make sure our intentions behind them are good. This definition of good changes from person to person, so I’ll rephrase that slightly by saying – stick by your principles. Don’t make excuses to behave out of line with what you’ve come to believe in. Evaluate what you believe in from time to time, as you acquire new information, and then be full of integrity. Humans are good at lying to themselves and making excuses for themselves, but be ruthless in the policing of your own behaviour. Every little action counts. The world changing is a continuous process, so if you’re committed to it – be committed to living a life of integrity.