Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Musings from someone who sees stories everywhere.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

On cabbages, kings, and Mauryan art

How do teenaged students unwind between strenuous exams and perusing titanic tomes? Ask my son. He multi tasks by watching cartoons while munching a sandwich on the run. And when on the Net, he contributes to Wikipedia.
I knew little about Indian art in pre-Christian times before reading his Wikepedia piece on Mauryan Art The lion capital of Mauryan emperor Ashoka is a beautiful classic example of the sculpture of that era. Time has taken its toll and very few examples of such ancient Indian art survive. The carvings on the walls of the Sanchi Stupa, a Buddhist shrine, are another rare example.
He has written, among others, this entry on the Hindu Joint Family. If all this sounds off-beat, well, he's the son of an eccentric mother. He's calling me from the computer now for another heated debate about cabbages and kings.