Thursday, October 22, 2009


Expedia provides insider advice on how to match the right holiday to your personality


Mumbai, 21 October 2009 – Have you ever returned from a holiday feeling slightly underwhelmed, or possibly needing a holiday to recover from your holiday?, operated by Expedia, Inc., the world’s leading online travel company, believes that a holiday a bit too tranquil, or a ‘city break’ a tad too vibrant could be the result of not having chosen the right holiday for your personality type. 


According to Arthur Hoffman, Managing Director, Expedia Asia Pacific, the key to selecting the right kind of holiday is knowing your own and your travel companion’s personality types, researching the likely holiday scenarios, and factoring those in with other practical elements like time available, travel distance to your destination, and of course, budget. 


“Choosing the right holiday is more than just picking a place or experience that sounds fun or interesting. Travellers should carefully reflect on what makes them and their travel companions tick, and then research travel destination options and consult independent traveller reviews, like those on Expedia. This will help ensure the right holiday for the right person and their personality,” he said., with the help of an expert in consumer behaviour, provides some valuable ‘insider’ advice on what the different personality types should look for when picking their next holiday.


Dr Marylouise Caldwell, a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Sydney, said there are distinct travel behaviours that correlate closely with the Big Five factors of personality, also known as the Five Factor Model. This model includes five broad domains of personality that have been found to include roughly all known personality traits. Dr Caldwell discusses predictive holiday behaviours associated with the relevant Big Five personality traits:

  • Extrovert / Introvert
  • Apprehensive / Relaxed
  • Open / Closed
  • Conservative / Eccentric
  • Conscientious / Non-conscientious


So which ones relate to you?


Personality Trait No.1: Extrovert v Introvert

Extroverts are characterised by sociability, assertiveness, activity, talkativeness and the need for excitement and stimulation. Conversely, introverts are typically more reserved, and prefer to be alone or in small groups. They like to lead life at a more even pace.

Holiday behaviour: Extroverts seek holiday experiences that provide high levels of stimulation, novelty, risk taking and social interaction. They tend to prefer big cities, restaurants and crowded bars rather than art galleries and temples or churches. They love action-packed holidays that never stop, and ones where they might ‘shop til you drop’. They don’t like to rise too early – they are likely to stay out to the wee hours because they are night owls. Introverts are the opposite: they like activities that promote introspection, deep thinking and experiences that have an intellectual or mystical bent (like art-house film festivals or meditating at Buddhist retreats).


Personality Trait  No.2:  Apprehensive v Relaxed

Apprehensive people tend to experience negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, disappointment, embarrassment, anger, guilt and disgust, while relaxed individuals tend to have an absence of these feelings. Relaxed people are not easily flustered, shocked or irritated and they tend to be even tempered.

Holiday behaviour: Apprehensive individuals tend to seek destinations, cultural activities and food types that remind them of home, or past travel experiences. When travelling overseas they often seek restaurants that serve food similar to their country of origin. Unusual experiences tend to unnerve them. Although they prefer not to travel alone, they can find resorts or holiday experiences with high levels of socialising and activities overwhelming. Relaxed people are just the opposite. They are okay with trips involving unknowns, and deal with new challenges one at a time and take them in their stride. 


Personality Trait No.3: Open v Closed

Open people are characterised by vivid fantasy, attraction to art and beauty, depth of feelings (love experimental theatre, avant-garde art), lots of different actions (go abseiling, doing tai chi or the tango), intellectual curiosity and flexible value systems (listening to political debates). Very open people seek heaps of different types of experiences that are emotional, sensual, aesthetic or social. Closed people prefer familiarity over novelty and are resistant to new or unfamiliar experiences – similar to apprehensive individuals. 

Holiday behaviour: Open people will rarely go back to the same destination unless they have fallen in love with the place and wish to explore it further. They seek urban hubs that offer lots of variety, such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, London, Paris, New York or Sydney – not smaller cities like Nagpur, Coimbatore or Indore. Closed people visit places they have fond memories of such as their hometowns. They will often go back to the same holiday destination time and time again.


Personality Trait No.4:  Conservative v Eccentric  

Conservative types are cooperative, altruistic and easily fit in with others. They gravitate towards what is traditional or the norm. Eccentrics like to be different to others, staying clear of what they consider to be fads. They are often uninterested in others, let alone others’ opinions.

Holiday behaviour: Conservative types will often do what is socially accepted and rewarded – taking holidays that others will be impressed by within their immediate social circles. Hence they love telling others where they have been and showing them their latest holiday photos. Eccentrics take holidays that might not win them much social approval, such as bird-watching in Siberia!


Personality Trait No.5: Conscientious v Non-conscientious

People with a conscientious personality trait enjoy control, planning and order. They are always prepared and pay attention to detail, doing their best to control what’s going on around them. Non-conscientious people tend to be less disciplined and are inclined to be a lot more self-indulgent and impulsive. They often appear disorganised.

Holiday behaviour: Conscientious people like to plan well in advance – way before a holiday even begins. They want to know the exact where, when and why of their holiday, and often have a long list of must-see’s and have-to-do’s. They tend to have strict time and money budgets and will spend a lot of time researching on the internet, reading travel books and questioning their travel agents. Conscientious individuals will often record their holidays as photos, videos and travel diaries, to reflect upon after a holiday has concluded. Non-conscientious people are spontaneous, acting on their desires without planning or notice and will go along with the flow with whatever might come along in their travels.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

And God created Cosmos

He was born in a family of kumors – traditional craftsmen - potters of Bengal in the heart of Kolkata’s art land – Kumortuli. He spent his childhood huddled in a small hut with parents and five other siblings in a room that could not accommodate them all. From early childhood, his catharsis was his art. His canvas, the neighborhood walls.  Clay and paint, his medium of expression. His brush, the chosen tool in his fight against poverty.

Extreme poverty nips a million talents in its buds. Extreme poverty, and the pressures that it brings in its wake also transforms – and in the rarest of cases create diamonds whose value cannot be ascertained in worldly terms. Sanatan Dinda is one such rare gem.

Having explored all the avenues – sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of compulsions – from being an idol maker’s assistant to a political graffiti artist and having sailed through art collage in the interim, he started giving shape to his unique art form towards the middle of the 90’s. And then came the big bang.

Sanatan’s series – Sradha – took the art world literally by storm. His style unique in as much that his works were “painted in” on pre framed canvases, making the frames an integral part of the painting. Using layers of paint, Sanatan created a stone effect reincarnating the eternal sculptures of yore in his acrylic on canvases. Stones, replete with weather beaten, on-your-face realistic cracks. Cracks, that in the deft hands of the master appeared with recurring repetition, strategically on the tip of the nose signifying the destruction of the ego of the self, and on the tear ducts as a symbol of eternal suffering and pain. A cycle of perpetual damnation above which hovered the maha purushes of Sanatan – call Him Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Shiva or by any other name. The triumph over life’s cycles of attachment and pain, the attainment of Nirvana, was depicted by Sanatan in a manner that is almost as pure as the highest form of consciousness – a blue hue and an eternal smile that is both a symbol of timelessness and a tribute to time itself. Add the “dhaga” – the scared thread that is the common to all religions and according to Sanatan, the unique binder of man’s eternal quest to overcome all odds to emerge winners and the world had the first taste of a phenomenon called Sanatan Dinda.   

The rest, like they say, is history. As connoisseurs from around the world scampered to collect and acclaim this unique art form and galleries vied with each other to celebrate the emergence of this new prophet, artistic mastery merged with poetic symbolism to create an exuberant celebration of life itself.

But Sanatan did not stop at that. His quest for creation egged him on as he continued to experiment with various mediums and different forms to give shape to his inner voice. One move followed another as if being ordained by some higher spirit and Sanatan’s artistry and life view began finding manifestation in myriad ways. A phase, that saw his work travelling to all corners of the globe with critical acclaim showing no signs of abetting.

Sanatan is now in the process of stringing together his next line – Relationship Next. A series wherein he is playing with the theme of creation – of the eternal union of the male and the female forces paying obeisance to regeneration, celebrating the elixir of life by partaking the nectar of creativity, all the while freezing in canvas thoughts from the inner recesses of his soul.

 Watching him work is in itself a treat. Mixing his colours and painstakingly creating the stone backgrounds from which leaps out paragons of womanhood, Sanatan seems to be lost in some faraway time zone, humming a tune, his eyes in a dazed stupor, his brush caressing the canvas as if some supernatural force has haunted his being and through him, giving shape to its cosmic vision.

His women are trapped in stone. Ensnared. Even enslaved, by the rules imposed by the society as we know it. Women, who, imbibing the breath of man, finds salvation, attains feminity in its fullest - of motherhood - and in it celebrates life in a form that is no less than the attainment of nirvana. Viewed from this plane, a woman’s transcendence is no less than the smile that adorns the lips in his earlier works. For, it is only when the yin combines with the yang, that the highest form of spiritual realization is attained.

Typically, the canvasses are full of symbols – of the sacred thread that binds it all, the flute and peacock plume that hints at the presence of Krishna: the all pervading and omnipresent – the God of Love and male hands placed strategically pointing at the various stages of union and enlightenment. What is striking however, is the sheer energy, that is just under the surface. Energy, that is bursting to come out to manifest itself in the emerging figures. A positive energy that is capable of shedding all the shackles. Energy that is powered by hope itself.

Critical acclaim and commercial success seldom go hand in hand. In Sanatan Dinda’s case it is another aspect that is flowing with gay abandon. He is certainly one of the best things that has happened to the art scene in a long, long time and I for one will pray for his continued success. For, when God sends his chosen one, we should all pray that he continues to create for the entire mankind to savor and that his creative outpourings be as prolific as possible for lesser mortals to experience what is sheer ecstasy in its unadulterated best.

(From Core Sector Communique)  

Sunday, October 4, 2009

ami je jolsha ghore, belowari jhaar ...

agomonir shure dule dule, oi je ora bhoriye dei banglar math, mone ane anonder jowar, mone pore tader kotha? pujo shesh, oder kaaj shesh. khoborer kagoje oder chobi ra puja porikromar majhe, bhul bhal prize dewar majhe oder footage ete diyeche. bas. khel khatam. ebar oder shukiye jabar pala. puro ekta bochorer jonne. bangalir mone oder aar thai nei ... tai, rater ondhokare ora oshar kora jontrona niye opekkha kore ... amai niye jabi ke re, dino shesher shesh kheyai...

banijje lokkhir bash, tahar ordhek chash ...

kono ek ojana gayer pothe, lokkhi choleche cycle van chepe ... global warming ar climatechange er dapote mar khacche chash abad. matir tolar water level shore jacche niyoto. shilpor shopno ekhon nehat i golpo. tai ki mater kopale bhaj?