I first came across the word paradigm shift while first reading Covey,it’s in his first habit “Be Proactive”. Covey has the best example of a paradigm shift: he was traveling in a subway, a man gets in with his two sons, the sons are running all over the place bothering the people, this continues, so he finally gets irritated enough to ask the father why he doesn’t do something to control his kids. The father replies, “We just got back from the hospital where their mother died. I don’t know how to handle it and I guess they don’t either.”
Suddenly you see everything differently. That is the power of a paradigm shift.
Sometimes you already know things before you realize them but in different ‘form’. I read Covey later, yet was aware of the power of “paradigm shift” actually before that (may be sub-consciously) from Gulzar’s trivenis. Triveni is a unique style of poetry writing. It was introduced first around 1972-73, but has enjoyed lot more popular success since the beginning of the new millennium. This form of poetry was introduced and made popular by Gulzar. It’s a beautiful modification of traditional Shayaree of Urdu poetry. In a traditional Shayari there are two lines in one Stanza which is known as a sher. In Triveni, Gulzar adds a third line to a normal stanza. The beauty of it is, that first two lines in themselves are expression of a complete image, but when you read the third one, a whole new dimension is added to the original one. A complete “Paradigm Shift”
Kaante waali taar pe kisne geele kapde taange hain
Khoon tapakta rehta hai aur naali mein behjaata hain
Kyon is Fauji ki bewa har roz yeh vardi dhothee hain…
You can see how the third line magically creates a different meaning to the first two lines. It’s a similar experience as listening to the father in Covey’s story. If a picture is worth thousand words, a metaphor is worth thousand pictures. The third line of Triveni does exactly that, a metaphor full of meaning communicating the unsaid. Triveni has its own taste. If you wanna enjoy its beauty then first read two lines, understand and make a picture that what poet wants to say. After that just read the third one and you will find that whole picture gets changed once you read it.
Udd ke jaate huye panchi ne bas itna hi dekha
der tak haath hilati rahi wah shaakh fiza mein
alvida kahne ko? ya paas bulane ke liye ?
The third line above poses a question, my take would be to consider the second option….i.e. paas bulane…as anyways you don’t know what’s the reality, what really the shaakh wants to communicate, then why not take the one that empowers? 🙂
To close this post I wanna attempt to express my thoughts in Gulzar saab’s form:
Sunna hai Hindustan develop hua hai
main ab GPS use karta hu dhundne ko
“Aazadi 60 sal peeche, Umeed bas agale mod”