Bright Light Café Presents ...
Ravi was born in India in
1939 and grew up in Jodhpur,
the second largest town in the state of Rajasthan, India.
He is a writer, a musician and a self taught artist who has
been painting in oils for the last last forty years. He is
also a Retired Engineer (Wg Cdr) from the Indian Air Force.
Ravi has been happily married to Aruna for over forty years,
confessing that he fell in love with her when they first met in
1957. After 14 years of marriage they were graced with the
birth of their beautiful daughter, Mahima.
Ravi's father died when he was young so he was mainly raised by
his mother. Ravi admits this part of his life was not always
easy but he feels this time instilled in him a good sense of
the true values in life. He also found great solace and
joy by being creative - withdrawing into his own world of music, solitude and fantasies.
I was a dreamer … I still am.
As I entered college, I longed for my own room, which was not
to be. However, I settled for a tin-shed on the roof covered
by temporary partition walls. You could bake a cake there
under the hot-tin roof during summers! But I was happy, and
the way I meticulously laid out my things, including the organ
that my father used to play, impressed the whole lot in the
colony. It was my world where I shared my music with friends.
I wanted to be a musician or an architect, but I landed up
doing engineering in Benaras. I did more music there than
engineering. And then I joined the Air Force for the sheer
lure of the blue uniform. I knew that I was in the wrong
profession from day one. Despite a creative bent of mind, I
had got into a destructive field. The creative urge in me,
however, drove me to painting, of which, I have done a lot in
the years to follow.
I did not rise much in the Air Force, but my wife and I had
some wonderful, memorable times during the service. We made
lasting friends, and some who did not last! Eventually,
I left the Air Force at the right time to convert my ancestral
home into a small, but cosy hotel in town. I get to meet
interesting people from around the world, besides making some
money to put the meat on the table. Now, in my retirement, I paint, play the Yamaha, play golf,
and do some writing. The golf course is just across my house
that I designed myself and built just before I retired from
the service. I can Tee off from my roof- top, and play a
par-three dog-leg on the third green! What more can you ask? I have never enjoyed life better than
I am doing now.
Writing is a recent indulgence, and a difficult one at that
… for I learnt more abuses in school than English prose. I
am trying to be better, although painting, golf or playing
Yamaha is much easier.
for the computer, I would have been lost in my own world. Now
I can share with you all, my thoughts, my music, my writings,
and my art. Oh … there’s a lot more to be done … time is
running out. Let’s get cracking before it’s too late.