RECIPROCATION is an important conecpt in human relations. In a subtle way, it is embodied in the dictum preached by most religions: DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WISH OTHERS DO UNTO THEE.
Today, I am NOT using any DDC -- Da Desi Code -- because I need all my Esteemed Readers to fully understand -- not even an iota of misunderstanding is tolerated via this Post! -- what Desi is getting at.
I was on the chicken-run since Tuesday beginning with the impromptu date with fellow Bloggers at the G7 meet at Jaya Supermarket, attended by six Bloggers and writers. (I apologise if Desi failed to converse with the Commenters who took precious time at my posts the past week ... I promise from next Monday I'd try to normalise things, including a consolidated update on Petronas, much on every citizen's mind lately, or always.) The Bloggers were hosts at maverickysm. blogspot.com, howsy.blogspot.com, zorro.zorro-unmasked.blogspot.com, and desiderata2000.blogspot.com, and the sometimes-guest-Bloggers were Terence Netto and Vivien (the rumour grapevine says she hails from the powerful 3+1th floor!).
The chicken-run ends tomorrow with a Book Donation to CHHS, Seremban by PKR Information Secretary, Sdr Tian Chua, at the Seremban party headquarters at Jalan Rahang, Seremban, 2.30pm - 4.00pm when some surprising nuggets of information or innuendoes might be revealed. This is the bait to seduce some curio cats like host of allofhelen.blogspot.com, from Ipoh, and Furongite, anakmerdeka.blogspot.com, to make a cameo appearance.
First the definition from thefreedictionary.com:
v. re·cip·ro·cat·ed, re·cip·ro·cat·ing, re·cip·ro·cates
1. To give or take mutually; interchange.
2. To show, feel, or give in response or return.
1. To move back and forth alternately.
2. To give and take something mutually.
3. To make a return for something given or done.
4. To be complementary or equivalent.
[Latin reciprocre, reciproct-, to move back and forth, from reciprocus, alternating; see reciprocal.]
Synonyms: reciprocate, requite, return
These verbs mean to give, take, or feel reciprocally: doesn't reciprocate favors; consideration requited with disregard; return a compliment.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
reciprocate - act, feel, or give mutually or in return; "We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!"
return - return in kind; "return a compliment"; "return her love"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
reciprocate - alternate the direction of motion of; "the engine reciprocates the propeller"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
I believe the closest definition in tandem with the quoted Dictum " DO UNTO OTHERS..." is the following: reciprocate -- "3. To make a return for something given or done."
Desi came back to review this concept after reading Dr Mave sm yeoh (Yes, I must correct the misconception I had until the gathering that the maverick had obtained his doctorate only recently; it was his Law qualification that he acquired recently, but he does not want to practise, hence not pursuing the Certificate of Legal Practice. I am detailing this life-long learning in RECIPROCATION for his "long" tribute to Desi at his post titled " When East Bloggers meet West" (the greater part reprised later), which made me turn a mite red, but did land me on Cloud Number Nine. I teased in my comment at Mave's place that had one Helen turned up, I would have been upgraded to Cloud No. 10. (I struck out CN10 because that would infringe on my pledge of "No DDC"!)
Here I would steal the major part from maverickysm.blogspot.com; it's best you surf there to read the ending poem which he stole from Desi's, so it's rude to stael it back! It's a breach of that Dictum!
* When East Bloggers meets West
When East Bloggers meet West?
It should rather be: when South meets the North.Thanks to Desiderata YL Chong. It was so great of him to help organize a group of bloggers to meet up for a bowl of noodles at Jaya Shopping Centre in PJ.
It was great to meet Desi since we last met at the B.U.M. Forum many months back. He was still the usual handsome guy, resembling Tom Cruise except that Desi is far more handsome. When he arrived he apologise for not bringing along Kathie Holmes but I would have preferred Nicole Kidman.
I must thank Desi for presenting me a copy of his elegant Poetic Book. That book is a must read for poetry enthusiasts.
The Forward was written by our fame Dr Din Merican, the visiting Professor at the School of Business and Management, University of Cambodia. I have read the book, the poetries and I do agree with Din Merican that the poetries do carry messages of hope, compassion and optimism for humanity. However, there were a couple of it which carry other form of messages of which I will cite at the end of this article.
Truly, as said by Din, it is easy to underestimate Desi's considerable talent as a poet and an intellect. He is simple looking, speak-straight and unassuming. He is brunt...
Back to the noodle house meeting, the next to arrive is someone who looks like Shahrukh Khan. He was so handsome and young. I shoved my hand far out to ensure he holds it...he did; I'm so glad. He is Terence Netto, and he is not a blogger and thus would not be classified. Terence is a great guy and so knowledgeable. I am impressed with his personality, straight-shooting and wisdom.The next to arrive is Zorro, Don Diego Vega. Since his retirement from the silver screen he has renamed himself as Bernard, without his affix DON. He still retains his Misai, the Zorro misai except without the mask.
Next, arriving straight from the lecture hall is our great Professor Dr Howsy ! He had to rush there immediately after the class. I am glad to know Howsy will be going to the USA to be the political secretary to Barack Obama. Howsy will also be contesting for the US Presidency in 2020 (that's what Obama told me...).
Various others could not make it because of schedule conflict. AnakMerdeka did not come bcoz she is busy taking care of Nori's son. Desi said Elizabeth had called and apologise for not being able to attend the noodle testing session (sorry Eli, I had tried the noodles on your behalf). Nat and Rat were matching; so can't make it (hehehe...sori, joke, joke). Lucia was busy preaching at a resort.
We ended at 8pm. It was great food and talkcock... I love the occasion. Desi, please org again, will u?Before I end this, I like to share a piece Desi's Delight with u....
________________ Ends extraction from Mave's Place ____________
In the spirit of RECIPROCATION, let me try:
Maverick did not live up to his name -- he talks straight too, which is not a property expected of a maverick, to my expectation., as the latter twists and turns his viewpoints to suit the occasion and crowd, hence he ponders long minutes before he speaks. Not Mave -- his responses came swift and sturdy.
He says he has an eye for Nicole, but I insisted she is my territory (I almost said terrortry, but I promised potential Helens "No DDC"!). As the saying goes, Great Minds Think Alike, in bed or even in thinking aloud! Am I speaking in tongues? It's alright, that doesn't count as DDC!
Backgrounding a little, I first interacted with Mave via Howsy's Place located in London. Soon we ourselves tagged each other as part of the Three Musketeers, with Anak Merdeka (AM) always ging MIA, which is Missing-In-Action as the third. Desi being the last recruit was bestowed by AM the title of D*art from D'Artagnan (someone, like Zorro?, please check my poor spelling!)
Long story short, we seemed to "click" from Day One. Yes, another word is we had "chemistry". Or put another way, our "wavelengths" overlapped. So we enhance each other's Posts with cross references -- crudely put, it's a demonstration of "Do Untyo Others...", or cruder still, "I scratch your back, You scratch mine!" But that's a good way to survive in Blogosphere, I assure you, because we need to look after each other as mates. Sometimes if the Gods favour us, even as soulmates.
Hence when Howsy sounded the clarion call to organise a Socio-Political Bloggers Gathering (The term "SoPo" is Howsy's creation, I must acknowledge...), I jumped at the deep end of the pool, landing as chairman of bum2007, and the rest, they say, is history. Or herstory -- as Desi believes in equality of the genders in blogosphere.
Ah, I think I'll restore that truncated part of extract from Mave's -- because I don't think it's not theft if I quote my own poem, is it?
Till the earth touches the sky
The soulmate departs
after touching hands
because one heart gets restless
the other heart bleeds
so a person weeps
miss patience waits
One door closes
another is supposed to open
what if it doesn't?
Can the soul left behind rest or
can it now fly out of the window
and try to reach that rainbow's end
Where it's said, or sad,
that the earth doesn't reach the sky
so the hands cannot touch again
and the two souls cannot mate
(This Poem is dedicated to all my blogs friends, associates, readers, family members, and most of all to Desi and Howsy).
I hope I have done justice in the spirit of dedicating today's Post to all my Blogger friends as well as Guest Bloggers, and Readers and Voyeaurs so that one day we shall meet at another G7Bloggers Meet. Mark October 10, 2007 in thy diary. Coming soon to Ipoh -- as a RECIPROCATION to Bloggers like Helen and Howsy travelling South to meet others. Now it's time for us southerners to travel North!
Dear myGOoDfriends, Reciprocation, always remember in awe!