a story about incompleteness and its celebration


An Incomplete story of an unbalanced statue

Vajrasan was a reputed sculpture in Vidhanpur, a  small kingdom  famous for arts and crafts, located on the bank of a legendry river, revati. He had not ever disappointed any of his clients who included most of  the famous elites of the kingdom. Some were even from outside the kingdom. He had only one problem, he used to leave at least one feature incomplete.  For instance, he will leave one leg unsculpted, or one arm or one ear or some part in human sculptures. So with the  other sculptures.

This was some thing people did not like but given his reputation, nothing could be done. They accepted his idiosyncracies. He believed that that incomplete part was the conversation starter whenever the people saw his sculptures. Very soon, they moved on to the parts they liked. One day a young trainee sculpture, namely nachiketa was working diligently with him putting things together. By mistake he injured a sculpture in making. Vajrasan was very angry and started shouted at Nachiketa. Nachiketa politely said, “sir, you any way leave some part of the sculpture incomplete, why can  not you leave the part which got damaged as incomplete? “ This infuriated the master Sculpture even more. Vajrasan, asked, “damned, do you know any thing about the theory of incompleteness? Unless I can see the emerging balance in a sculpture, I can not decide which part to leave incomplete”. In this sculpture, I have not reached that stage yet.

Nachiketa did not understand the logic, but he kept quiet.

Did you understand? Why should incompleteness be so significant and that too the way it is left in any act, in which part, when and how much. Perhaps, only these imperfections draw our attention to the perfections that any act or person has. Are not these imperfections which keep the act, or the event or the person stay with us, don’t we get over the perfect forms, acts, events rather easily? But then obviously these imperfections, incomplete acts in company of certain highly exalted acts make sense,

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Anil K Gupta