Ubuntu – this Nguni Bantu term translates to “humanity” and “kindness“. The feeling of “I exist because of you”. It is a feeling of mutual caring, of living and sharing in a community, of a belief that everyone is connected, that humans cannot exist in isolation. It is a beautiful word with an even more beautiful meaning. Something that we need to follow in current times.
It reminds me of an incident a month back. I was walking to the train station one evening, when I saw that just across the road an accident had occurred in one of the busy roads in Sydney CBD – a collision between a biker and a taxi. The biker was on the road crying out in pain. He couldn’t even get up. I saw a group of people surround him. Two girls calling the helpline, one diverging the traffic to the other side, someone else trying to talk to the guy asking for details. It was amazing to see how responsibly everyone acted like it all came naturally to them. That incident still gives me goosebumps. It strengthens the feeling of Ubuntu. Of generosity and kindness.
I made this Zentangle Inspired illustration because I was touched by the meaning. How one word could be so insightful and soulful at the same time!
The past few months have been extremely busy at work. After late nights, firefighting issues and meeting insane deadlines, the product finally went live. It feels so good to see it being used in real time. I had to catch a 5 am train in 0 degree Celsius to reach work. The support went on for the next 12 hours. My manager was extremely mindful of providing us breakfast and ordering only the best pizza for lunch.
Things haven’t slowed down much, but I am trying to go back to my routine of traveling, working out and drawing these illustrations. If I haven’t replied to any of your queries, trust me I am not trying to ignore you.😅 Hope you liked this post.
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