On Story Telling

Got this gem from Natasha Badhwar, who is a gifted story teller herself, on Twitter (follow her now). The quotes below are from Steve McCurry‘s (of the iconic Afghan Girl photo fame) wonderful blog.

The story was the bushman’s most sacred possession. These people knew what we do not; that without a story you have not got a nation, or culture, or civilization. Without a story of your own, you haven’t got a life of your own. — Laurens Van der Post

People did not wait until there was writing before they told stories and sang songs. — Albert Bates Lord

To be a person is to have a story to tell. — Isak Dinesen

Reminded me of a chapter from the wonderful book, “Soccer in Sun and Shadow” by Eduardo Galeano.

Have you ever entered an empty stadium? Try it. Stand in the middle of the field and listen. There is nothing less empty than an empty stadium. There is nothing less mute than stands bereft of people.

At Wembley, shouts from the ’66 World Cup which England won still resound, and if you listen very closely you can hear groans from 1953 when England fell to the Hungarians. Montevideo’s Centenario Stadium sighs with nostalgia for the glory days of Uruguayan football. Maracana is still crying over Brazil’s 1950 World Cup defeat.

At Bombonera in Buenos Aires, drums boom from half a century ago. From the depths of Azteca Stadium, you can hear the ceremonial chants of the ancient Mexican ball game. The concrete terraces of the Nou Camp in Barcelona speak Catalan, and the stands of San Mames in Bilbao talk in Euskera.

In Milan, the ghost of Giuseppe Meazza scores goals that shake the stadium bearing his name. The final of the ’74 World Cup, won by Germany, is played day after day and night after night at Munich’s Olympic Stadium.

The stadium of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia has marble and gold boxes and carpeted stands, but it has no memory or much of anything to say.

Tweets on 2008-04-22

  • We were out of Dor-i-tos! And I am out of all/any energy 🙁 #
  • Coffee always helps 🙂 #
  • Ye na thi humari kismat ke visaal-e-yaar hota
    Agar aur jeete rehte yahi intezaar hota… #
  • Total Ghalib mood today 🙂 #
  • Someone save me from all the metrosexuality http://tinyurl.com/6q7g27 #
  • Symonds gone to a bad bad shot – Deccan Chargers in deep s^&t!! #
  • Rohit Sharma kicks some Delhi DD ass and DCs are back in the game #
  • Sehwag making most of the life early on 🙂 #
  • @akshatt Arre zabardast match hai dost 🙂 #
  • @akshatt Hmm – not many follow anyways – so its not for people 🙂 #
  • @akshatt But I get the point – won’t bug too much #
  • @akshatt Something akin to live blogging an event #
  • @akshatt I know – but def worth a try sometime #

Tweets for 2008-01-11

  • Hugh MacLeod (Gaping Void) gyaan – Don’t turn hobbies into jobs, I agree #
  • Working at the moment #
  • I guess.. #
  • Give Jyotida the Bharat Ratna says CPI-M. Yeah, right! And give Musharraf the Nobel Peace Prize #
  • Will be watching Halla Bol tonight.. #
  • Bad day in professional life! #
  • Oh, I am going to Pilani for recruitment (long standing dream). Ok, mostly. Not sure yet. #

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Tweets for 2008-01-10

  • beating web(non)sense – one blocked gadget at a time!! #
  • putting it on my blog too! #
  • twitter – running sucessfully at mere funde! #
  • @akshatt – gross! #
  • The Tata Nano is here – Will it be my next vehicle? Only time will tell..
    http://specials.rediff.com/money/2008/jan/10slide2.htm #
  • @akshatt – Bingo! #
  • @akshatt – Not at the moment. Operator (Google), tell me about them #

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