I am NOT a minimalistic person, but the credit behind this post goes to Cee’s minimalistic photo challenge- I could not find any photograph that was suitable for this entry! I thought I could write a blog post sharing where I can and where I can absolutely not be minimalistic. (And the post starts with an image that is quite the opposite of minimalism…)
Just one thought against minimalism: It may be clutter-free and visually appealing, but it is not natural. Nature celebrates abundance, diversity and clutter, and everything follows the second law of thermodynamics: left alone, the state of entropy (i.e. disorder) of any system increases!
I celebrate minimalism in:
1. Writing scientific articles: Brevity is tantamount to elegance here.
2. Power point presentations: I try to put minimal data on my power point slides- easier for the audience to follow.
3. Packing for travel: I travel really light. (The added expense of checked baggage, along with traveling with a young child have taught me to minimize my load further.) One pair of shoes (that I am wearing), light clothes that can layer up, books are downloaded to the kindle app on my i-phone, and no laptop make up my travel gear. My i-phone is usually enough to browse the web, check in for flights and even provide directions while walking. (I do carry a small point-and shoot camera because I hate taking pictures with my phone).
4. Accessorizing: Usually I wear one or two pieces of jewelry or a scarf (though my collection is anything but minimalistic). I do keep only one non-fussy watch though.
Wow! This list is even shorter than I thought…and two of those entries are work-related, which is more of a learned behavior than instinct…Anyway, coming to all the ways in which I am quite the opposite:
1. Apparel: I come from a colorful land…where textiles are dyed in rich hues, embroidered and embellished with colored threads, where intricate patterns are woven in to fabrics, where white and black are both inauspicious (white- mourning and widowhood, black-evil). No wonder I find it difficult to stick to the all-black formula that is so popular in the US…I prefer pinks and reds, and prints to solids..
(This is also why accessories make it to the list above- my apparel is too bright and colorful!)
Image of brightly printed textile
2. Home Decor: Again, I gravitate towards bright home furnishings and wall decor, drawing inspiration from Indian craft.
3. The printed word: (except scientific writing) I love elaborate expressions and idiomatic language.
4. Cooking: I add every ingredient I like when I cook (all kinds of spices, ginger, greens, yogurt etc.) Results vary.
Well, let’s keep things even, so my list will be truncated here.
Do you believe in minimalism? How do you practice it?