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The Magic Of Colours

The Magic Of Colours

The Magic Of Colours

How would it be, if there were no colours? The world would not have existed at all –  for there would only be infinite darkness, or nothingness. It amazes one to view and wonder the magic of so many colours in the world. Look around, and all you will find is colours. Your red laptop, your black desktop PC, your favourite blue T-shirt – even world outside –it’s beautiful bright green trees in different shades, flowers of so many colours – red, pink, white, yellow; the bright blue sky puffs of white clouds – It is colours that make our world, that give every object its identity.

The laws of physics define colour as that part of light’s spectrum which is not absorbed, and is reflected by an object. For example, leaves are green because they absorb all other colours of the spectrum, except the green part, which it reflects back. When the green light touches our eyes, we see the leaves as green coloured. Some objects appear to have different shades or specially coloured, because they reflect a combination of different wavelengths. White objects reflect all the frequencies of the light spectrum, while black objects absorb all the frequencies.

Could we apply these same principles to a person’s nature too? Could it be possible, that we all have different tastes in colours because our natures are different, enabling our minds thus to reflect back only few colours? For example, research states that people who love bright sunny colours like mango yellow, lime green and shocking pink, have such tastes because they are themselves happy, positive people, who are optimistic in nature, and fun-loving. Thus their minds absorb the other colours, and reflect back the sunny colours of their nature.

Many people have misgivings against the colour Black. Black is usually associated with darkness and despair. However, people who like Black are often steadfast, practical people who are organised and disciplined in nature. Red symbolises passion, love, aggression and style. However, most danger signs are often in red because it is that part of light, which has the lowest frequency or the longest wavelenght, and thus is able to travel far off distances. Due to this, objects painted bright red immediately catch a person’s attention, even at a distance. Blue again, has some variations. Different shades of blue have different meanings. Light shades represent peace, pleasantness and calm, while darker shades represent depression. Bright shades – like midnight blue or electric blue represent unconventionality, rebelliousness, and change. Yellow represents sunshine and happiness, and often, due to the use of turmeric in various Indian rituals, this colour is also considered to represent good luck. Like Blue, green represents various things ranging from peace and tranquillity to jealousy. Due to their calming properties, most hospitals have curtains in blue or green, in order to ensure a restful atmosphere for their patients.

Colours thus are not mere “options” for distinguishing between objects. They give the world definition and meaning. Light, in many cultures, is referred to divinity. Then it also holds true that colours are a part of the divine. What baffle’s us here is – if some colours are associated with bad luck, despair and evil – could it be possible that good and evil are parts of the same entity?

About Anindita Chatterjee

Career and Education: I am currently PGDM 2nd year student (operations) from K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and research, Mumbai. I had a prior work experience of almost 2 years at Verizon Data Services India, Hyderabad, where I served as a server administrator. My work involved troubleshooting all kinds of OS and Hardware problems with Windows 2003 servers. My graduation consists of BE in IT from CBIT, Hyderabad. Social: Born in Mumbai to Bengali parents, raised in Hyderabad, studying now in Mumbai, I am pretty much the PAN Indian. I love making friends and meeting new people, although I wouldn’t really call myself a social butterfly. I love writing, and am a voracious reader – be it fiction or non-fiction. I think that one of the biggest comforts in life is being able to curl up on the couch with a great, exciting new book after a day’s work. I also enjoy all kinds of music, and I am a complete movie buff. I realise that there are grey areas in most issues, but I do call a spade a spade, when it’s glaringly obvious. I believe in God, but I’m not religious. I feel that it’s important to focus on the purpose rather than the medium used to achieve the purpose.

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