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A JOURNEY IN THE OUTER AND INNER WORLD
WANDERINGS AND PONDERINGS | Review by Manalee Nanavati
LA 68
What would you expect from an empty-handed wanderer who has set out on a journey merely to gather experiences; from an explorer who has been observing, sensing and thinking about everything that comes his way with a child-like wonderment? Stories of his manifold experiences, joys, learning, understandings and uncommon wisdom; and that’s precisely what this book has to offer. It reveals the ‘wanderings’ and ‘ponderings’, in their literal sense, of Shirish Beri through his poems, sketches and a handful of essays.
The wanderings and ponderings here are guided by an inherent search for meaning. Hence, the external journey into the physical world gives shape to a journey within. Through the explorations at places and with people on this journey numerous questions are raised, accepted and attempts are made to make sense of them. These attempts may or may not find absolute answers, but they certainly find manifestations in one’s life and one’s work, leading both in a meaningful direction. Shirish Beri’s own works are an example of the same. Many of us know him through his projects such as the drug de-addiction centre in Pune, where he has attempted to explore how architecture can guide the behavioural psychology of its inhabitants, or his own house ‘Laya’, where his architecture shapes a close-knit living in and with nature. Such meaningful and sensitive creations hint at a deeper search behind, a glimpse of which can be seen in this book.



 
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