This post has been inspired by one with the same title by Cheerful Monk.
Cheerful Monk goes further with a follow up post on the history of the naming of the two lions in her next post The Library Lions.
I had seen these statues of the lions in New York as a tourist on a guided tour and these details were not told to us by the guide. On the other hand, when I visited Paris as a tourist at the museum the Rodin’s statue The Thinker which appears on my mast here was explained in detail by the guide and made a deep impression on me.
The point is that I learnt a bit about Rodin thanks to the guide and about the New York Lions from Cheerful Monk. In the case of the former, my curiosity made me follow up with more investigations later on. Another work of art that intrigued me and about which I investigated and learnt was this in Milan;
One is never too old to learn new things although I find it convenient to use the adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” when it is needed.
The masks on the lions made me smile. Do they you?
There are two issues here and I shall address them one by one.
The first is the name of my blog. To explain why this particular name, let us first see the definition of part of it.
My blog’s name is Ramana’s Musings. Ramana is my given name and my blog reflects my musings about life. The Tag Line for my blog is Wisdom by Hindsight. This explains my firm belief that all wisdom is only by hindsight as we learn from our experiences and thus become wise after the experience.
The second issue is the name of my domain. This domain name is owned by me and I have paid for it. When I came up with this name, the idea was to use part of my name and musing together and none of the combinations that I could come up with sound right. I then decided to use one of my nicknames Rum which some friends still call me though Rummy is more common. Combining Rum and Muser sounded just right and so that was born.
The image of Rodin’s The Thinker on the left top corner naturally followed to reflect the second part of the name, muser.
There is another funny story behind the domain name. One of my friends from the days of my misspent youth wrote to me to suggest that the domain name was misspelt and it should read as Rumuser. His logic was that my favourite drink in those good old days was rum and naturally it should be rum user. That clinched the matter for me for good and decided to keep both the domain name and the name of the blog as they are today.
This is my take on this week’s Friday 8 On 1 blog post topic. The other seven bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, Padmum, Raju, Shackman , Srinivas and Conrad. This week’s topic was suggested by Conrad. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.
I couldn’t resist the temptation to follow Kylie due to the answer to the last question that she came up with! I have retained it here as my own too, for its effectiveness.
1.What was the last thing you put in your mouth?
Mixture with puffed rice.
2. Where was your profile pic taken?
I don’t have a profile picture on my blog. The image on top is “The Thinker”, by Rodin.
3. Worst pain you’ve ever experienced?
Pre replacement pain in both hip joints in the eighties of the last century.
4. Favorite place you’ve traveled?
5. How late did you stay up last night?
6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?
I do not want to move anywhere else. I love Pune where I live and my home.
7. Which of your Blogger friends lives closest to you?
Pravin and Ashok. While they started off as blogger friends, I have met both of them personally and am in touch regularly through other means as well.
8. When was the last time you cried?
I don’t remember.
9. Who took your profile photo?
No idea. I took it off the internet.
10. Who was the last person you took a picture with?
My friends Neena, her husband Anil and their daughter Anisha on my last birthday at my home.
11. What’s your favourite season?
12. If you could have any career, what would it be?
A General Practitioner Doctor.
13 Do you think relationships are ever worth it?
What would life be without relationships?
14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be?
It would be my late wife.
15. Are you a good influence?
I don’t know. I haven’t however, heard anything to the contrary.
16. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
I have never had that combination so I don’t know.
17. You have the remote, what channel?
I don’t watch the TV.
18. Who do you think will play along?
Someone who is stuck for ideas.