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Why do we dream ??

Dreams have always been an enigma to me. I could never find an answer to my dreams. For that matter even to my nightmares. I dream things which happened throughout the day and many a times somethings which have no relation to my life. Dream of people who are close to me and even the dead. Dream of abstract….no specific images, no meaning, not at all comprehensible. Many a times dreams have left me baffled with things which I have absolutely no idea about. The question that predominantly remains unanswered is why at all we dream and what relevance dreams have in our lives.

Dreams are very much a way of our lives. Even though we don’t know anything specifically, but dreams are important and always get our own interpretations. When we dream about anyone close to our heart, we love to believe that we are being thought of. At the same time when we encounter nightmares, we consider it as a bad omen. Knowing unknowing we do decipher dreams in our very own ways, according to our convenience. But scientifically, dreams do have theories with them.

It is said that if we have happy positive expectations we have happy dreams, but, when this system is overstretched and the dreaming process cannot cope with the amount of negative expectations (as when people continually worry), sleep balance is disturbed, dreams are miserable, even nightmarish, and depression can set in. An extreme stress overload can interfere with the process to such an extent that psychotic symptoms arise. And that is precisely when we say that we dream bad and consider it as a negative premonition. Our dreams are governed predominantly by our thought process and our daily lifestyle. Also dreams are metaphorical translations of waking expectations and it is said that only expectations that cause emotional arousal that are not acted upon during the day become dreams during sleep.

Dreams share many qualities with hallucinations also. They are the hallucinations we all experience. Both dreams and hallucinations involve intensive activation of the seeking system. Dreaming is the deepest trance state we go into and there are essential principles to understand them.

I have gone through a lot of theories which have different things said about dreams. But to me what I thought the most fascinating one was the Cayce theory. Let me briefly take you through what Cayce’s experience states…

Cayce’s Experience

When it came to the idea of dreams having purpose, Cayce’s theory was a bit different than the others. He believed dreaming to be the bodies way of “self edification,” which is the building up of the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. It was a way of quickening the dreamer to his/her own human potential. By getting a good nights sleep, any person could develop more mature values, stretch their thinking, and right one’s self.

According to Cayce, there are five different levels that dream’s stem from. These different levels are the body level, subconscious level, level of consciousness, level of super conscious, and the level of the soul. What they can do for you is anything from presenting messages of your body calling for aid during sickness to stating problems which must be solved within the conscious.

Cayce believed that if you were to interpret your dreams correctly you must thoroughly study yourself. Once you know how you feel about dreams and what they can do for you can you begin to study your dreams. If you have a dream, according to Cayce, it’s primary focus is to either solve problems and adapt to external affairs or awakening and alerting the dreamer to new potential within the self. The first step to Cayce’s method of interpretation is to determine which of the two major functions of dreams is the primary focus of the dream.

The second step is the process of taking inventory. You need to know your conscious and subconscious mind inside out. Know future plans, goals, interests, stances, and decisions. Know your hidden fears, longings, dependencies, and defenses. Know the cycles, needs, habits, and stresses of the body. Once you finish with these two steps you can begin to interpret your dreams and decide how they can help you better yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Nevertheless, dreams will always remain an enigma. To me dreaming deactivates that emotional arousal by completing the expectation pattern metaphorically, freeing the brain to respond afresh to each new day. Although dreams have different meanings for different people, the society we are a part of does impact on our dream imagery.We all collectively respond to aspects of life similarly. We are all concerned with our relationships with people, our general survival dealing with problems in our life, happy sad moments and our triumphs and tribulations.These are common to everyone.Thus, when these issues come into our dream life, there are common ways in which we all tackle them. But what remains a fact that our dreams does fulfill many of our lives’ unfulfilled dreams. And dream gives us our much needed hope !!! I read a quote which says, ” If only I could be with you in my dreams….let me sleep forever…..!!!! So true 🙂

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Long time back someone told me, ” when you smile I see stars….”. I smiled, blushed and moved on. But till date could never forget it. The very fact that my smile could make someone else happy, always delighted me. And now I remember this all the more because in this age of stress and strain I do realize how important it is to smile and to make people smile. A good laugh can any time lift anyone’s mood and can give a sense of happiness. Not only that, laugh helps a person emotionally as much as mentally and physically. A patient is always advised a good company and light conversation in order to recuperate fast. A emotionally disturbed man is advised heavy dose of humor along with the regular medicine. A giggle, a loud laugh or a simple smile is said to lift your spirits more than anything else. But have you ever thought why smiling is such an important part of our lives. Is it only because of the “feel good” factor or there is something more, lets find out….

Humor is infectious and it can change the whole graph of ones face. It is truly said “a smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.” The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough or sneeze. It has been proved by sociologists that when laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. A daily dose of humour is said to be quintessential in developing a health body, mind and soul.

Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. When ever I am depressed, stressed up or in a bad mood, I always choose to talk to people who can make me laugh. And believe me it works wonders. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Laughter is good for your health

Though for us it is just a sweet simple or a simple laugh, but do you know how much a good laugh can do to you?? First and the foremost thing is that laughter relaxes the whole body which is very very important in this age of mounting stress. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts your immune system and decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. It has been medically proved that laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. And last but not the least a good hearty laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Thus laughter indeed proves to be the best medicine.

Laughter help you stay emotionally healthy

Laughter makes you feel good and relaxed. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss. a gentle smile along with few good words can do wonders when you are down and out. And needless to say that there is absolutely nothing that can natch the beauty of a gentle simple or a heartfelt laugh.

Not only that, just a respite from sadness and pain is not all that a laugh can do. Laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh or even simply a smile can go a long way toward making you feel better. And laughter really is contagious—just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in on the band. Even remembering someone smile or a funny incident can pep up your spirits. So much so is the power of a good laugh.

Link between laughter and mental health

We know that laughter does lot of good emotionally and but hardly we realise that laughter has direct relation with mental health as well. Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing. Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more. Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, more positive and constructive and surely less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological edge, which can help you avoid feeling stressed out or nervous.

So, always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile and then say again….I see stars when you smile !!! I wish we all laugh our heart out and fill this universe with smiling stars. As they say, “A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.” 🙂

The latest Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone starer “Love Aaj Kal” have created lot of buzz around. Firstly, its a good movie and in no time attained a blockbuster status. And secondly, Deepika Padukone’s profession – a “Fresco Painter”. When I say buzz that is because lot of people (including me) don’t know really what Fresco is all about. The funny thing is even in the movie there is a dialogue which typically states that nobody know or understands what Fresco is all about. I too got curious and did little research on this form of painting. Let me share with you all about Fresco in brief….:)

What is Fresco ??

Fresco is any of several related painting types, done on plaster on walls or ceilings. The word fresco comes from the Italian word “affresco” which is derived from the adjective fresco (“fresh”), and has Latin origins. Frescoes were often made during the Renaissance and other early time periods and was highly refined form of artistic expression appreciated by diverse cultures for thousands of years.

Fundamentals of Fresco.

Fundamentally, fresco is the art of painting in which hand ground natural earth pigments are put onto a damp lime plaster wall. As the painted plaster wall dries, the lime in the plaster carbonizes and absorbs the particles of painted pigment into place. The chemistry that occurs between the lime as it calcifies and the earth colors as they are absorbed into the plaster creates an effect of inner light and luminosity that only intensifies over time. Rather than being an image made of colored pigments that sit on top of a surface, the fresco painting becomes part of the structure of the wall. This is why, in many climates, frescoes can be installed indoors and outdoors.

In fresco painting, it is necessary to have a well-thought-out design prepared before hand, as the medium does not permit experimentation or changes in drawing as is possible in most other ways of painting. If the plaster dries before it is completed, or if you have made a serious error, start over again with a new coat—a little bit of plastering experience will convince you that it is wiser to do the best you can with the piece before you—as plastering is really the only hard part of fresco painting.

Light, space, air and architecture are all determining factors in how the fresco shall be painted. The carrying power of the painting must be experienced in the actual setting, and it usually takes one patch, or less in establishing the right key. This is one reason why a fresco is painted directly on the wall, where it will always be seen, has a better chance for being right than anything painted on canvas in the artist’s studio, and later glued to the wall.

On a large fresco toward the beginning of the work it is sometimes difficult to key the color. The first sections are so high and isolated that there is nothing to which to key the color, value and intensity. In addition as the work progresses the fresh new plaster is darker than other previous (and dry) patches next to it; it takes experience to trust that each daily section will match the previously completed ones.

Here are some sites where you can get more info about Fresco Paintings.

http://truefresco.net/
http://www.truefresco.com/
http://www.italianfrescoes.com/

Today would definitely be one of the memorable days of my life…I along with my family decided to visit the ‘Art of Living” center here in Bangalore. The place was generally more crowded that its usually is. In my previous visits to the ashram I have not encountered such a crowd. In the beginning I was little taken aback as there was a big problem getting a parking. Soon I realised this is no ordinary day in the ashram. This crowed is for SATSANG!! It was drizzling but still were not allowed to visit the meditation center which was full of people. Near the huge convention hall was sitting the Ganesha idol and a chair serenely decorated, needless to mention for someone very special.

As the time went by, the crowed started gathering near the convention hall. And people sang Ganesha bhajans in unison. I knew guruji was around but could hardly believe my fate that I am actually going to see someone whose philosophy I deeply admired. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arrived in his usuall plain white attire. Purity personified I would say. Devotees stood up for their Guruji (as he is fondly called), raised their hands, bowed down…and I stood there completely mesmerized. Where I was standing I could see him clearly..but still now and then looked at the big screen….just didn’t want to miss anything at all. Guruji was welcomed with garlands and flowers. He accepted them with grace. No air at all in his gestures..he was calm and his eyes as if did all the talking. Some more bhajans ( devotional songs) followed. And then came the moment…he spoke. I just couldn’t believe my ears that am actually listening to him. He predominantly spoke about spirituality, Ganesh utsava and the mannerism of the universe. Answered questions with his subtle smile and always telling people in his own way that there is nothing or no problem in life that is not curable. People clapped, laughed and it seemed everything was just perfect… so peaceful…so devine.

About Guruji

Guruji was born ( 13th May 1956) to Venkat Ratnam, a businessman in the automobile industry, and Vishalakshi. His parents named him Shankar since his birthday matched that of the 8th century CE Hindu saint, Adi Shankara. According to his biographies, at the age of four he could recite verses from the Bhagavad Gita. He was said to be often found in deep meditation even at a young age. Some followers of the Art of Living movement claim he received an advanced degree in physics at the age of 17.
Shankar is a former disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. At his early age, his father delegated him to the care of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. IIn early 1990s, he added the honorific Sri Sri to his own name.

A non-government organization, Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) was established by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the year 1982. Though teaching people the art of Sudarshan Kriya served as the main focus of this organization, with time, he also taught the science of yoga, meditation as well as breathing techniques to people. Today, AOLF is one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the world, with presence in over 140 countries. It works for the educational and humanitarian development of the world at large.

About Guruji’s Philosophy !!

Guruji emphasizes ‘breath’ as the link between body and mind and therefore a tool to relax the mind. He emphasizes both meditation and service to others. According to Guruji, science and spirituality are linked and consistent. His stated vision is to create a world which is free of stress and violence through acquisition of wisdom, and his programs aim to offer practical tools to accomplish wisdom. In his view, “Truth is spherical rather than linear; so it has to be contradictory.” “Anything that is spherical is always contradictory,” says Sri Sri.
Sudarshan Kriya is the core component of the Art of Living courses. Sudarshan Kriya is a cycle of breaths—long, medium and short. Since the mind oscillates wildly between the past and the future, the breath, which is by definition necessarily in the present, is used to “rope in the wandering mind”.

The Art of Living(AOL) course combines the kriya(work) with meditation and teaches how to observe the mind, to live in gratitude and to discard expectations. The workshop also provides a value-based framework to life and tools with which to build the superstructure. The benefits of the workshop include stress reduction, a resurgence of vitality, mental clarity and joy of living. Those who attend the course routinely report relief in respiratory and spinal disorders, diabetes and heart problems. The program has been acclaimed by the World Health Organization.

I remember Guruji saying, “the language of the head is words. the language of the heart is love. the language of the soul is silence.” Today I would like to speak the language of silence so that I can hold this moment of truth..cherish this sublime moment… and admire our very own Guruji. I couldn’t stay there till the end of his discourse. But those few hours were a life time experience for me. Nothing at all can ever take away those hrs of my life when I saw Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for the first time………overwhelmed !!!

Spirituality to me is the search to know our true selves, our identity and to discover the real nature of consciousness. This quest has been the foundation of all the great spiritual teachings, and the goal of all the great mystics. Throughout the history of humanity it has been said that the self we know is a very limited form of identity. Ignorant of our true selves, we derive a false sense of identity from what we have, or what we do — from our possessions, our role in the world, how others see us, etc. And to create an identity we tend to take up things in due course of time. It has been rightly said that ” The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose”.Because the world on which it is based is continually changing, this derived sense of identity is always under threat, and our attempts to maintain it are responsible for much of our “self-centered” behaviour.

As already said before, behind this identity is a deeper identity, what is often called the “true self”. This can be thought of as the essence of consciousness. Although our thoughts, feelings and personality may vary considerably, the essence of mind remains the same. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? The answer is No !! We are each very different people than we were twenty years ago, but still we feel the same sense of “I”. This sense of “I-ness” is the same for everyone, and in that respect is there something universal that we all share? Yes, our inner mind, consciousness, our souls and our sense of spirituality !!!

When we discover this deeper sense of self we are freed from many of the fears that plague us unnecessarily. Frances Moore LappeI once said ” I’ve grown certain that the root of all fear is that we’ve been forced to deny who we are”. The moment we realise that a greater inner peace, an inner security does not depend upon events or circumstances in the world around us, we become less self-centered, less needy of the other’s approval or recognition, less needy of collecting possessions and social status, and become happier, healthier and more loving people. In many spiritual teachings this is called “self-liberation”.

Most spiritual teachings also maintain that when one comes to know the true nature of consciousness, one also comes to know God. If God is the essence of the whole of creation, then God is the essence of every creature, and every person. This is why the search to discover the nature of one’s own innermost essence is the search for God.

Spiritual enlightenment is a must for every human being. And as we go on with discovering our own self, we discover our strength and weakness. And thus able to nurture all the little nuances of our life, making our life not only lot more easier but most importantly peaceful and happy. A coherent existence of mind and body is the ultimate mantra of peaceful life and the only way to attain it, is through spirituality.

“Its nothing but soft porn”- was the first comment I heard when a friend of mine saw me reading Eleven Minutes by none other than the master storyteller and my all time favourite Paulo Coelho. For a moment I thought i would give up, but I choose to continue. The reason was simple my faith in Paulo’s creativity and his unusual thought process. And now that I have finished the book I dont regret spending my time and energy reading this novel. Unusual surely, this book does make you feel at times that its nothing more than Paulo Coelho’s knowledge about woman anatomy and sex. But a broader and a closer look does get you to think about the different aspects of a woman’s life from a different points of view. Can’t compare it with “The Alchemist” though, Eleven Minutes is definitely worth a quick read.

Eleven Minutes is a tale about Maria, a young girl living in Brazil’s unsophisticated interior. Maria’s unsuccessful experiments with men and romance at her girlhood days convinced her that love is a delusion, or at least it is not for her. Attaining her maturity, she becomes a sales girl with limited prospects for a better life in the future. But sudden change in fate becomes inevitable when a vacation to Rio brings her into contact with a Swiss tourist named Roger, who was looking to hire dancers for his club in Geneva. It was nothing less than dream come true for Maria who finally started believing that she is in for a high flier life. Unfortunately things were not as rosy as she expected and eventually after falling out with Roger, she drifts on her own initiative into life as a bar-girl. Quickly adapting to the coarse but not uninteresting role of prostitute, she endures nearly a year of service, until she has accumulated enough money to return to Brazil in style. Maria quickly mastered the act of satisfying men on one hand and on the other she lived a life of any ordinary simple girl with her dreams and aspirations. When Maria was all set to live Geneva for Brazil, she meets a young artist, Ralf Hart and begins to fall in love, disturbing her hard-won equilibrium and raising the issue of whether the two halves of her nature can be satisfied by any one man.

Eleven Minutes is by far a book about sex. You can cut a cake anyways, but a cake remains a cake. And thats what this book is about. Paulo in his own style has tried various interpretation but at the end that’s what it comes down to – sex is after all sex. The title itself refers to the length of time it takes to commit the act, eleven minutes. The world we live in revolves around sex, no matter how much people try to disguise or argue that fact. Rather than dispute it or make sex ugly, Coehlo presents sex as a beautiful lesson to be mastered as one gains experience. Interestingly Paulo has atributed sacredness to sex thus making it nothing less than a divine affair.

This novel is typically about Maria’s trials and triumphs-she goes from restaurant dancer to high-class prostitute-would make for an entertaining if rather prosaic novel, but Coelho, does not leave it there. Instead, he embarks on a philosophical exploration of sexual love, using Maria’s pseudo-philosophical diary entries as a means for expounding on the nature of sexual desire, passion and love. However, if you’re able to get through the more graphic parts with an open mind, you will find that this is more a book about love – and how we confuse sex & love – and how we no longer seem to be able to find the love in sex… Also cannot deny the fact that through Maria we are able to see some of the ugliest sides of sex. But it is through her development as a character that we are able to appreciate the beauty of the act of sex as well. And here comes Paulo’s mastery which is worth an applause. To have a thinking cap on for something so mundane routine human act as sex is highly commendable. Though at times the whole plot looks very preachy but a closer look does gives you feeling of how things are and should be.

The strength of the book is the simplicity of Coelho’s writing. It truly is fascinating, just that it is nice to finally see a prostitute not as a helpless victim but just a woman trying to survive even though many in reality might be victims…Nevertheless, Eleven Minutes if not like The Alchemist but does have a positive point in every stage. Though the only hitch I have is the opening line…”once upon a time there was a prostitute called Maria…” sounds as if the beginning of a fairy tale. I wonder how much fairy tale does a prostitute have in her life….!!!!

Being a Fan….!!!

I have been reading a lot about how Michale Jackson fans have been committing suicide after his sudden demise couple of days back and also the unprecedented attendance for his funeral service in LA. And I sat wondering how helpless and sad these fans must have felt to decide to end there lives. Kill one self for someone they might not have ever met in their life and have no relation at all.  A similar incident was told by my mom  about how girls committed suicide, slit their wrist, had poison and even went into depression after Rajesh Khanna (Bollywood superstar) married Dimple Kapadia. That was Rajesh Khanna in 70s and this is MJ now…fan remained fans and their attitude similar all across the globe !!!

Who is a Fan??
A fan, aficionado, or supporter is someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking and enthusiasm for a sporting club, person (usually a celebrity), group of persons, company, product, activity, work of art, idea, or trend. Fans of a particular thing or person constitute its fan base . They often show their enthusiasm by starting a fan club, holding fan conventions, creating fanzines, writing fan mail, or promoting the object of their interest and attention. In a few cases, individual fans may become so fascinated with the objects of their infatuation that they become obsessive and at times gets difficult to handle. These fans engage in behaviors that are considered extreme or abnormal.  This includes idolatry or other forms of worship, such as creating a personal shrine dedicated to the idol at one’s home, and can sometimes extend to the point of the fans becoming stalkers. In sports, some fans take their enthusiasm for the team to the point of attacking fans of the opposing team which we generally term as  football hooliganism. Sports stadiums have long been filled with such incidents. The sports fan is a strange, sometimes tragic figure who often goes into a frenzy over nothing more significant than a jersey color or even sometime the jersey number of their favorite player. An exploration of the mental makeup of those who root for such acts is something interesting to hover upon. Strange but not unusual isn’t it?? We all  at some point drool for something. We love things and people so much that we are obsessed with anything and everything related to their lives. Difficult to cut the upper limit, where to stop….we call ourselves die hard fans !!!!

Fan Psychology !!!
IN 2003, NEW SCIENTIST magazine reported that one-third of Americans were suffering from something it called “celebrity-worship syndrome”,  abbreviated as “CWS”. And added that the proportion of the population affected by CWS seemed to be continuing to rise. And that is what has happened over a period of time. With the media and the Internet taking over virtually everything in life, penetrating anyone life has become far more easier than before. But why are we drawn to celebrities in the first place? It certainly seems that most people in India are either fans of some movie star or some sports person. People who they feel are their roads to ultimate destination. On-screen, they play out our collective dreams about love, hate, good and evil. They do things which we all must have dreamt but could possibly never achieve. And off-screen they do it even better. Abhishek  Bachchan marrying Ashwariya Rai was possible the biggest show stopper of the year. A fairy tale wedding…Fans did everything possible to get a glimpse of the couple. And why not, they are the people we idolise. But  why the fascination..why idolising? Why do we care about the personal lives of people we’ve never met?

Why become a fan??

Social psychologists state that the reasons are complex, but some issues seem to reoccur. One is that we’re bored, and living through movie stars is a way of alleviating that boredom. Another is that we’re searching for identity, especially the teenagers whose wandering souls are most of the times unsure about what they want from life be it personal or professional. Few years back Anil Ambani (business tycoon) was voted the MTV person of the year. I heard a lot of youngsters saying that they are a big fan of Mr. Ambani and what fascinates them is his success, flamboyance and above all money. True I feel and there is absolutely nothing wrong in idolising a person like him. But only till one is on the right direction.
Identity crisis is again one very important thing…which leads to fan following. I remember after ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaenge’ was released every other man wanted to be Raj (Shahrukh Khan) and every other female, Simran (Kajol). And the result of which was the blockbuster status of the movie and the unprecedented fan following of the stars. It was nothing less of a dream come true for people to fall in love and actually get it, never mind even if it is only through the celluloid. It was as if DDLJ fulfilled their long lasting dream.
I believe that social fragmentation  also plays a part in the psychological development of a fan. At an age when as family and community values are crushed by the cult of individualism and an omnipresent media, perhaps fantasy relationships are becoming easier to form than real ones. It has become much easy to dream something than to actual make it happen..And that is probably a reason why relationships are more fragile than anytime before. Idolizing someone actually acts as a platonic relationship where there is absolutely no pressure of commitment or loyalty. And at the same time you actually end up being with the person you wanted to be with. A perfect act of  convenience I would say.

What do fans achieve??

One of the most important achievements is the self satisfaction people derive from being a fan. They find it very enterprising to keep themselves busy in fan based activities and in turn a better chance to see the best things in life through them. And also the very fact the they had something to offer to the people they love is always an immense source of delight. Apart from this, fame also have lot to do with fan psychology. Perhaps fame is the new religion, and celebrities our gods. And to be a famous, being a fan of a celebrity is probably the easiest way to shoot the limelight. There have been many instances where fans  have done bizarre things to gain attention of their favorite celebrities and been in the limelight because of that. Doesn’t matter good or bad, not sane too but certainly a unique way of seeking attention.

Nevertheless, before I conclude I would like to mention that when John Lennon said “The Beatles were more popular than Jesus”, perhaps he was onto something. After all, throughout history and across cultures, people have always worshipped idols. With all its myth, ritual and power to immortalise, celebrity could well be filling a similar cultural niche. And till time immortal there will be fans and celebrities as they both compliment each other. Fan make celebrity and celebrity make fan, a never ending phenomena of our very own society and culture !!!