The Plated Celebrations…

 This is the festival of navratri. The longest festival. Every festival of any country reflects its art and culture. Art and culture defined by the people. In my opinion, Life is a longest festival.      We are eager to celebrate and struggle a bit between eagarness and celebrations. 

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj)

   A festival of Navratri is now very popular across the world. It’s a festival of nine nights. I thought about how this celebration has changed in modern times?? It was all about worship of our goddess and the feast of adoration. It was the festival of Garba. Some women met in the square near their homes. They did worship of our Goddess and played garba. Garba is an art of playing with rhythm in circularly(Perambulate). They sang together, clapped and create the ‘laya’. What would be an incredible sweetness on those sounds !! ? They never needed any heavy drums or speakers to play but the rhythm had been created by their claps, Garba sung by women and playing circularly were everything  together.!? The rhythm from their claps and sounds from their singing was wonderful to hear. It was a divine noise created to worship. Everyone naturally could get the rhythm in their play. The ultimate joy was also there.! 

    May this festival is a worship of our mother earth?? Who can know about this.?? Somebody has written that a Garba is a symbol of the universe. Is it the perambulate of the universe. !!

   Now, the whole scenario has changed. This festival has taken a form of business. The loud speakers causing noise pollution.No worship and more drama to win competitions!?? By remembering those steps taught by dance masters they actually forget to dance naturally. Following those steps are not the worship or adoration. The joy of playing is better than following the steps.

   Festivals came from a small celebrations to love, respect and have faith in God.Those festivals which were the identity of our culture is now hidden by the way of our celebrations.  
Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

Karma is undefined….

What is Karma? Can anyone answer? The ages have passed, but no one has been born to define karma. It is estimated that karma is related to our earth element. A body of your nature dances always that’s unknown. It is a windy body where your nature is hidden. I believe that karma cannot be evaluated. Our karma is like nature that inside of us. How can one evaluate another’s karma even when he/she is not aware of his own karma? No one has never released from the bondage of karma.

Painting by me.

No one could escape the bondage of karma and no one knows what this karma or obligation is?. It is a time when you have to show a knot and at the same time you have to play your role as a visionary. Who knows when giving a speech about karma or writing a two line, are they freed from the bondage of their karma? One is never free from karma. No-one has the strength to be free from it. Find a person who never has any problems in life!


Mostly, there is a point of an acceptance when we are running towards attainment.

Thank you so much..

© Jigar Soni

Painting of the earth…

When we wake up in the morning we find the lights coming into the room. We see different angles which are paintings of everyday. Lights are the main source to create a painting for artist and nature. Lights giving vision to an artist and and every element being visible. From the beginning of this world when lights started to land on earth, the beautiful painting had been created. Every morning sun always ready to give vision to the world and we can see those colours changing on ground with the different source of lights.

Painting By Navin Soni(Bhuj)


We can see horizontal lines on the sea and land because of the visual capacity of us but actually it’s the difference of those two elements.!? Nature never created lines, its’ invented by the humans. Every tree that firstly grown naturally and where it stopped growing, humans draw the lines!! 

 By the long vision we finds the reflections of the sky in every element and uncleared lines. This circular composition of nature remains forever. It’s always depends on the humans that how we keep a rhythm of that painting.

Thank you so much.


© Jigar Soni


The Hypocritical films…

Entertainment is becoming a mainstream for today’s generation. Even the previous generation also like to have it. Mostly, I  used to talk of knowledge and human being with my mother. We watch news and discuss about politics and other factors of the economy. One day I was finding one music channel on television but unexpectedly I found some religious channels. A new monk with long beard came to market and we saw devotees listened to his speech very consciously. After sometime that new brand of monk stopped his speech and gave directions to start music. Devotees started dancing and there after the saint also dancing on the big decorated stage. Devotees were very excited to see that dancing monk and some of them were in extra joy. We enjoyed like a comedy show of seeing arrhythmic dance by monk on stage like that. People got mad and danced more forcefully to be captured on camera !?. After all that drama, the program completed and I changed the channel to view the music show. That actual show I wanted to see was ended but we found another show with DJ rocks on the floor. A one man that is DJ in the Bar, dancing and playing like a mad where people were enjoying dance.Though he was dancing in perfect rhythm. The DJ was very famous and people loved him so much. It was an entertaining club night there.

Painting by me..


Later, one day I got the news with photo that a new monk had been arrested against the scams and cheating devotees.?! That was really surprising for me that from those two persons,how DJ of the bar is way better than monk.? Both were entertainer but the DJ was a better person. There was no curtain of any religion or cults to cheat or playing a game with someone’s emotions because DJ was doing a job in the right way. On the other side, that hypocrite monk was cheating those uneducated people and settle properties from there. ?!

        Religion is never depend by onstage entertainment, It is self-immolation.
Thank you so much.

© Jigar Soni 


The worship of Nature

One day, I had a thought of tribal people who are living as nature in nature and protect it. Actually they love nature and so they can live there with less facilities and comfort. When we love someone we can live with them by less facilities. They do worship of nature’s five elements and understand the value of it.They never changed their living style who lives in nature. Nature has a profound effect on them and it seems to be an offshoot of nature. Though in some areas from last few decades, some had been addicted to alcohol and tobacco. Some organisations doing a very fine job for the tribal people to free from addiction.Government also has taken good initiatives for them to educate and turning them to basics and should do more about it.

painting by Navin R Soni (Bhuj)

Aside from the Tribal people, there are many people who live the same way.There are many people in the world who do not need any idol to worship. They worship the mountains and the river and wake up in the morning to worship the rising sun. Planting trees is worship to them. They do not expect an honour from the human society because they got a very special place and honour by nature.

The one who has found a place in the lap of nature does not need any other honour.

Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni
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Smoke of Economic growth…

   Yesterday, I received one message from my friend about  economic growth. A CEO of Euro Bank Ltd. told something different about GDP and economic health. He said that cyclist is a disaster for the country’s economy… !! He does not buy car, no loan for that,no insurance, no fuel, no need of servicing and repairs, no parking fees.? Though they are healthy but they are not helpful to boost economic health of the country.. !!  I have a different mindset for that because a cyclist has good health, reduce air pollution and noise pollution, less expensive, without fuel, no extra services, more uses of public transports for far destinations. Though I am not used to go with cycle but I should do that first.. !

painting by me.

Few countries in Europe are very famous for the cyclists. Netherlands is most favourite in the list. Many other countries are following and they prevent nature by maintaining those non-economic factors really well. They have enough natural resources with purity. I think GDP  or economic growth should not be calculated by unnecessary expenses but by the healthy growth of nature. In future, this non economic growth will be more important when less availability of pure natural resources.Many developing countries are struggling to provide enough basic needs  to their citizens and they need more concern to get a clean water, pure air, good food, etc.

 Our Life is based more with those non economic relations than purchasing power of us and it will remain like that always..

Thank you so much.
Jigar Soni

Eyes can’t be hidden by the mask.

Before few years, I went to one inauguration function where lots of well known personalities had been there. After all the welcome speeches, one very famous person gave his speech on that special occasion. He spoke about that special event and human relations.People listened to him and they got tears in their eyes. When he completed his speech, people gave a standing ovation to him.

Painting by Navin Soni (Bhuj)

After a few days later, one of our close friends went to his house for another invitation. He wanted to invite for a speech on that special occasion. He welcomed him and they sat on a well furnished sofas. An old woman came in the drawing room and served a water to both. Then he told that old woman to go inside with the hint. They talked and confirmed about a fees he generally charges for a speech. When my friend left his home, he indirectly known that an old woman was his mother.?!! A friend was very surprised to see a difference of that personality. He cancelled that event and later he organised an event with different perspectives.

Some Relations are not the slave of your mask, they are identifications of eyes from life to death.

Thank you so much

© Jigar Soni

Fast of a fast-world..

One day ,we went to a gathering of friends and relatives. A dinner organised there. Varieties of food items available and everyone was busy to full their dishes by putting every food item into it. I found that another counter with some chips and other items.. almost eight items were there on that counter.. After sometime one friend met us and they went to that different counter and took most food items in his dish. I got that a counter was for food who had a fast on that day and they were eating more than fast-food. It was food of fast and eat like fast-food. That friend came to us and told that it was his “fast day” with a smile. I was surprised to see that the quantity of food he was taken to his dish!?. In the end, he left some food and happily had a fast.

Painting by me.

So many times I have seen like this and having a question that what is important??. Doing fast like that or having a perfect lunch after delivering food to poor people who can’t afford that? I think, one who deliver food for poor people has no need to do any fast. Some organisations does a great job without any trademarks of religion. They know and apply a religion of human.

Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

Reflections of Our-self …

  We often think to grow our business or have a more proper job for the future. In any case we want to achieve more and more success in life. But for someone who lives in the caves,they don’t need to achieve anything or they achieved something more than everything??!!One day, I went to a deep jungle in Girnar. There was a guide with us and he took us to one amazing place.(kala ghuna). A saint was there and he welcomed us by calling “Aadesh”(Aadi+Ish, a lord from the ages).

Painting by Navin R Soni(Bhuj)

He made a black lemon tea for us and seated. I and our guide talked with him for a few minutes and during that talk my father made a pencil sketch of him. After all, my father gave him that sketch and waited for the reaction. He was really in question about himself and asked us that he looks like it.? There was no mirror in his place and he never looked at the mirror from when he stayed there in that jungle. So he forget how he looked. Father wanted to give his sketch to him and request to keep his sketch. But he calmly said that but how’s this useful to me.? I need to put this somewhere to save. Please keep with you, what will I do of my sketch?We were surprised to see that immediate reactions. Someone who doesn’t need any mirror to see himself, he just reach to the river and observe their reflections there. By the mirror in the home, we can be well prepared, but for the reflections of yourself we should go to the nature and try to observe yourself. Thank you so much.

© Jigar Soni


Sensations of Local world in the shadow of digital world…

Today, we are habituated with digital payment method with using e-wallets, Net banking or credit cards to pay our bills. Everything is very easy for us to apply and accept, but this can not be acceptable for someone. Recently, I heard a real story about an old man from my uncle. He told a very interesting story about that person. That old man used to collect electricity bills and telephone bills with the bill amount from shopkeepers in the market and paid their bills with small profit of 10 Indian Rupees per bill(startup in those years). he used to go with his bicycle and did this work for so many years. He could earn enough by the end of the month and fulfil his needs.

Painting by Navin R Soni


By the time, the uses of digital world, he came to know that everyone used to pay digitally. He found very few shopkeepers then interested to pay their bills like that. Everyone got the way to pay digitally and had some cashback too..!! But what about that old man, who was working hard to earn and satisfied with those ten rupees.. !?. The thing is that, by having that cashback in our bank account, we would not achieve much for our better life, but giving those ten rupees to pay their bills matters more for him and he can survive his life by it. A one man with old age, surviving by this small work, maintain the trust between each other and suddenly the relationship between them cut down. But, still some shopkeepers likes to give him their bills to pay and maintain that relationship of smile !! By connecting to the internet,we lost our connection to the people like him.Thank you so much.

© Jigar Soni.