World celebrates the pearl, but who has seen the pains of an oyster?

Pain and irritation for months at a stretch

Countless Moments of anxiety and mood disturbances

Constant changes in the Physiology – difficult to cope with

Unusual cravings – often going unfulfilled

Who has really understood the pains of an oyster? Yet, all that it understands and endeavors is to bear the pearl in its belly, carefully nurture it, preserve it, allow it to take its own shape, and at full term, deliver it to the world with joy and pride!

Oh, human oyster – Mother, offering tribute to thy Motherhood.

Footnote : Blogging started off as a passion with my most favorite (serious) post in my blog, even if all posts, before and after it, are minions of my thoughts. The favorite being Responsibility, next in the order is Criticism and Artificial Life. Signing off for now and looking forward for your views about them, fellow bloggers.

29 thoughts on “Tribute”

  1. Great post and images! πŸ˜‰ and about the post that you have listed… I will read them! They seems very interesting! πŸ˜‰

  2. Well i dont quite agree cuz u know an oyster doesnt do pearl making out of happiness or any service like milk or bearing fruits. its actually very painful and humans are now torturing them to get pearls. oysters even die after making pearls.
    “natural pearls form under a set of accidental conditions when a microscopic intruder or parasite enters a bivalve mollusk, and settles inside the shell. The mollusk, being irritated by the intruder, secretes the calcium carbonate and conchiolin to cover the irritant. This secretion process is repeated many times, thus producing a pearl. To create a cultured pearl, the harvester opens the oyster shell and cuts a small slit in the mantle tissue. Small irritants are then inserted under the mantle. In freshwater cultured pearls, cutting the mantle is enough to induce the nacre secretion that produces a pearl — an irritant doesn’t have to be inserted.”

    But i understand what u mean to say in context to ur blogging venture. Its just that i think its a wrong example.

  3. @Chakoli : Yes, mothers get the full due of their satisfaction only when they see their offspring full-fledged and ready to live in the big wide world.

    @Rekha : Plz refer Reema’s comment. πŸ™‚

    @Arvind : Thnx dude. i’ll be lookin forward towards your veiws abt them.

    @Smallstar : Thnx a lot. πŸ™‚

    @T : truth an sadness started their friendship when man started meddling with nature. an unfortunate and irreversible phenomenon.

  4. @Reems :
    First : thank you for the explanation so that Rekha will get her doubt cleared for sure! πŸ™‚

    Second : you have made a very good observation. In literal sense, the pearl is nothing but a by-product of pain and unwilling surrender of oysters. Agreed! But the beauty of the pearl, i feel, makes the life of the oyster apparently worth living. ‘Apparently’ because, we are talking of the human perspective in general.

    Metaphorically, even if the oyster suffers pain and the pearl which comes out of it is what gets the first recognition, somewhere deep within every pearl user, the truth that the oyster is responsible for this wonder will flicker. I just tried to portray this realisation as the recognition of the pains and situations bore by a patient mother to give birth to a child, which according to me, is the most wonderful phenomenon.

    Third : my earlier posts were written before i socialised on WP, when my blog was read only by real life friends. out of my inquisitive nature about my current readers’ thought trains, i wanted them to either agree with me, challenge me, or mentor me for further blogging, by reading the the older posts too. I said that they are serious, already. So, the mention here helps me have selective insights about the thinking of the society on a small scale, powered by the diverse readership that I, as a blogger, have usually come across.

  5. @Vimal : Every mother’s child who calls himself a human being needs no inspiration than the realisation that he, as a life form, is a consequence of his mother’s labour! The same thing holds good for me πŸ™‚

    @Poonam : I am at a loss too 😦 . i checked if it was blocked as a spam. result – negative. And, moderation is not present in my blog. Please, Please try to compose your view again.

    @Sakhi : I too could never think of it at one point of time, and here I am with this post! πŸ™‚

  6. wow! lovely post….liked ur comment “the beauty of pearl makes the pain of oyester sweet”…

    Will surely read those post of yours πŸ™‚

  7. Was that a poem? if it was then I must say it was very difficult one and I strongly oppose if someone wants to put it in school syllabus.

    On the other hand, those words are beauty…….but I agree with Reema and also agree with your explanation too. Now there is nothing remaining to agree with now.

    In my opinion, and if you don’t take me literally, irritation is the key for greater things. Try to recall the moments when u got irritated on yourself for failing at doing something and you tried with full force of brain to repel the irritation and you got something done in half of the time you normally would have done. I remember, when I get a brain pulse about something, I do it in such a power that I am unaware of normally.
    Ok leave it, its complicated process of mind, I will explain it on some sunny day later.

    Also I have made a PDF of *to be read* posts and kept it with me. Now I will read it in leisure. You know my speed(I am talking about me not my net :D) and so u can guess when I will be able to share my views πŸ˜€

    Anyway, I am feeling sleepy now and your username( harshasrisri ) is impossible to pronounce. (there is no connection between these two lines :P) Can’t you make it simple like Harsha or H etc. πŸ˜›


  8. Ohh wait, I forgot to put one line before that irritation para,
    “oyster makes pearls out of sheer irritation (refer Reema’s comment above) and ….

  9. @Suda : Thanks for the patient reply in spite of your connection. πŸ˜›
    Its my pleasure to have you in the discussion. πŸ™‚
    It was not a poem, rather, a set of plain statements written in a more readable fashion.
    I could understand what you meant by brain pulse making you more efficient than you normally are. It is quite true, the best instances of which, have occured to me while driving.
    If ‘harshasrisri’ seems long and impossible to pronounce, plz use my blog title, ‘Su’, which is my nickname too… πŸ˜‰

  10. It is so weird when people even eat oysters…though I know oysters die after making pearls- pearls are my favorites…and most of my jewellery is in pearls- probably I am still ignorant towards the pain these mysterious creatres go through…
    Motherhoood is still easier as the mothers gets to see the baby growing..but the oysters-they die…

  11. @ S : Thank you very much! I’ll be waiting to see your comments. πŸ™‚

    @Mahak : I am not at all against people wearing pearls. But, as i replied to reems, the very realisation that the oyster has provided us with this wonder is enough to serve as an appreciation to the small life cycle it is subjected to!
    I never knew that people eat even oysters! When man is becoming more of a carnivore by the day, it should not make most of us wonder about the fact. 😦
    That is the best part about motherhood! The joy in the mother’s face while holding her offspring for the first time cannot be paid even by the whole of world’s fortune! πŸ™‚

  12. @Harsha
    Marvelous!!! But I fail to understand one thing though. Whenever anything with respect to nature is considered, most people look at it only from the human point of view. Why more than 75% of the people that use pearls don’t realize that they are the products of oysters. I do not even want to start on that topic here. It gives me an idea for a poem though. Watch out for one soon. can’t promise anything. πŸ™‚ It amazes me that you don’t know about people eating oysters. For a guy who is a self-proclaimed not-guilty non-vegetarian, i think you should have known. No offense meant. Wanted to say it from a long time. I guess I found the right time to tell it.

    Oysters are marvelous creatures. According to humans, they are creatures who produce valuable pearls. And also make a tasty delight. Nothing more. This is the same case even with chickens and pigs. It makes me think. Why has man become such a carnivore? I know that our ancient predecessors lived on raw meat. But then it was survival of the fittest. Now, though a human may not be fit he still survives. My word for this? contamination of the food chain. Enough of that. Good that you know that oysters go through mortal pain to produce a single pearl.

  13. I’ve heard that they also, induce somehing into the oysters so that they can start making pearls. This is on the large scale pearl industry. They culture lots of oysters and process this.

  14. Hi ,

    I was reading ur blog posts and found some of them to be wow.. u write well.. Why don’t you popularize it more.. ur posts on ur blog β€˜SU’ took my particular attention as some of them are interesting topics of mine too; the pain of the oyster is correctly brought out in ur post

    BTW I help out some ex-IIMA guys who with another batch mate run where you can post links to your most loved blog-posts. Rambhai was the chaiwala at IIMA and it is a site where users can themselves share links to blog posts etc and other can find and vote on them. The best make it to the homepage!

    This way you can reach out to rambhai readers some of whom could become your ardent fans.. who knows.. πŸ™‚


  15. “But the beauty of the pearl, i feel, makes the life of the oyster apparently worth living. β€˜Apparently’ because, we are talking of the human perspective in general.”

    I think we can put a price on or judge the worth of an oyster’s or for that matter any animal or bird only on the basis of human perspective and its usefulness for us. Which is totally wrong. I think its totally wrong to even say that making pearls makes an oyster’s life worth living and implying that otherwise its worthless or life wasted. Who are we to judge the creatures of Mother Nature whether they are worth living or not?

    “Metaphorically, even if the oyster suffers pain and the pearl which comes out of it is what gets the first recognition, somewhere deep within every pearl user, the truth that the oyster is responsible for this wonder will flicker. ”

    I dont think most humans give a damn about the oyster or even think once about the source of the pearl. This is purely idealogical but doesnt happen in reality. So it can be drawn parallel to a situation where a woman is forced to become a mother. I have already expressed my views on motherhood in one my posts.

    As for the third thing u wrote I didnt understand its context with my comment? were u asking me to comment on those posts as well?? πŸ™‚

  16. @Reema: i understood your view. it is a sad state of affair to view everything from human perspective. many people are trying to change this w.r.t the way we see nature’s creations. and lets just hope that it will be realised someday.

    I did not intend to say this : “So it can be drawn parallel to a situation where a woman is forced to become a mother.” the only similarity i wanted to show was the pains that a mother has to bear during the gestation period.

    i really wanted you to read the older ones and post your views.

    PS:U made the discussion very interesting! πŸ™‚

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