The Prism View

Prism is a fascinating object. At least for me, its one of the interesting things from a science laboratory. It is a triangular object made of glass and its characteristic is that it splits a ray of white light into spectrum of colours. Those who have been to physics laboratories would know what I am talking about.

I have been thinking of a story about my introduction to the idea of “Perspective” or different “View point” and simultaneously the Prism appeared in my mind. And I come to think of it as a beautiful analogy. Any fact, idea, thought, event, story has different perspectives, different takes, different responses and view points from people. These view points, these different opinions are the different colours that when brought together in harmony, combine to make a truth.

However, the world views through lenses and not through prisms. And we all have our favourite colours in which we would love to see the world. It is not always that we have a Prism view of the world, that we can see the totality on anything and understand it in both divergent and congruent ways.

I do not blame anyone for not having this view. I also have come to understand that not everyone of us is trained or experienced in prism viewing. It takes first to have a prism, and second enough practice to see through it.

I got it quite early on. It is an interesting story.

I have always been fond of watching movies. When we were young it used to be Doordarshan for all programs, be it news, serials, movies, songs. And there used to be fantastic movies shown on Saturday noon and Sunday evening. Since it was limited viewing time, our parents would not object to watching movies.

One such instance is etched in my memory because this was one rare occasion when we watched movie with my father. It was Pakeeza, one of my all time favorite movie. I loved Meena kumari, the story, the dialogues, the music, the costumes. I loved everything about the movie. 

There is a particular scene in the movie when the actress is dancing and she hears the whistle of train. She leaves her dance and runs to watch the train passing by. That train entices her because she had met someone in one of the train journey and has fond memory. 

After we had watched the movie, my father commented on that particular scene and he explained to me that her running away to watch the train is not just because of a chance meeting with someone. However, it is more. For her, the train is a symbol of freedom of escape from the life she is living. And every time, she listens to the train passing by, her souls calls out for her to follow her freedom and to move on (just like the train moves on). 

Papa said that the train is the symbol of the heroine’s yearning for freedom.

I listened to him, and seriously I was impressed with what my father said. I was blown off by his view point and more so by the fact that his idea made as much sense as my thought or what I understood. Only, that his view was a little more deep and not that apparent from the

surface. As if he could read the mind of the writer or director and decode some hidden message in the story.

This day, this experience, when I was probably in 5th or 6th grade, introduced to me the idea of looking beyond apparent, looking for symbols and considering different views to understand something in entirety. I found the Prism.

Ever since this has been me and it was difficult for me when I found that not everyone has the prism view in their life. Not everybody knows what it is to have differing view about something at the same time. The acceptance of opposing ideas and thoughts doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Therefore, we go on looking through our favorite color lenses, believing that what we are viewing is the best view or the correct view.

But the fact is that there is an entire spectrum of vibrant, fascinating and beautiful colors out there to see. So, why limit your view with just one color. After all, what lights up our lives and the world is that pure white light made up of all these colors and not just one of them.

Keep your lenses, they help you to focus and get a clear view. But, once in a while try looking through the Prism as well. You might just get to Love the view.

Prism is a fascinating object. At least for me, its one of the interesting things from a science laboratory. It is a triangular object made of glass and its characteristic is that it splits a ray of white light into spectrum of colours. Those who have been to physics laboratories would know what I am talking about.

I have been thinking of a story about my introduction to the idea of “Perspective” or different “View point” and simultaneously the Prism appeared in my mind. And I come to think of it as a beautiful analogy. Any fact, idea, thought, event, story has different perspectives, different takes, different responses and view points from people. These view points, these different opinions are the different colours that when brought together in harmony, combine to make a truth.

However, the world views through lenses and not through prisms. And we all have our favourite colours in which we would love to see the world. Its not always that we have a Prism view of the world, that we can see the totality on anything and understand it in both divergent and congruent ways.

I do not blame anyone for not having this view. I also have come to understand that not everyone of us is trained or experienced in prism viewing. It takes first to have a prism, and second enough practice to see through it.

I got it quite early on. It is an interesting story.

I have always been fond of watching movies. When we were young it used to be Doordarshan for all programs, be it news, serials, movies, songs. And there used to be fantastic movies shown on Saturday noon and Sunday evening. Since it was limited viewing time, our parents would not object to watching movies.

One such instance is etched in my memory because this was one rare occasion when we watched movie with my father. It was Pakeeza, one of my all time favorite movie. I loved

Meena kumari, the story, the dialogues, the music, the costumes. I loved everything about the movie. 

There is a particular scene in the movie when the actress is dancing and she hears the whistle of train. She leaves her dance and runs to watch the train passing by. That train entices her because she had met someone in one of the train journey and has fond memory. 

After we had watched the movie, my father commented on that particular scene and he explained to me that her running away to watch the train is not just because of a chance meeting with someone. However, it is more. For her, the train is a symbol of freedom of escape from the life she is living. And every time, she listens to the train passing by, her souls calls out for her to follow her freedom and to move on (just like the train moves on). 

Papa said that the train is the symbol of the heroine’s yearning for freedom.

I listened to him, and seriously I was impressed with what my father said. I was blown off by his view point and more so by the fact that his idea made as much sense as my thought or what I understood. Only, that his view was a little more deep and not that apparent from the surface. As if he could read the mind of the writer or director and decode some hidden message in the story.

This day, this experience, when I was probably in 5th or 6th grade, introduced to me the idea of looking beyond apparent, looking for symbols and considering different views to understand something in entirety. I found the Prism.

Ever since this has been me and it was difficult for me when I found that not everyone has the prism view in their life. Not everybody knows what it is to have differing view about something at the same time. The acceptance of opposing ideas and thoughts doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Therefore, we go on looking through our favourite colour lenses, believing that what we are viewing is the best view or the correct view.

But the fact is that there is an entire spectrum of vibrant, fascinating and beautiful colours out there to see. So, why limit your view with just one colour. After all, what lights up our lives and the world is that pure white light made up of all these colours and not just one of them.

Keep your lenses, they help you to focus and get a clear view. But, once in a while try looking through the Prism as well. You might just get to Love the view.