Many Hands Make Light Work

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Ihad a taste of a “four-hands mas­sage” dur­ing a trip to In­dia’s Ra­jasthan state last month, where two mas­sage ther­a­pists kneaded my body at the same time.

The novel ex­pe­ri­ence was a pleas­ant one. With two pairs of hands work­ing on you, ev­ery part of the body gets its fair share of at­ten­tion and the mas­sage feels more thor­ough.

Ex­am­ples of col­lab­o­ra­tions abound else­where in In­dia’s largest state. For ex­am­ple, hote­liers have joined hands with var­i­ous ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers to con­vert many of Ra­jasthan’s im­pres­sive palaces and forts into stylish her­itage ho­tels. In mar­ry­ing the old and the new, they have re­tained the highlights of tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture while ap­ply­ing the mar­vels of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.

A grow­ing num­ber of such cre­ative al­liances has been forged across dif­fer­ent fields in re­cent years.

Top chefs around the world have part­nered one an­other to whip up feasts that chal­lenge culi­nary bound­aries. Ri­val life­style brands have teamed up to pro­duce cov­etable wares. Lux­ury ho­tels and car mar­ques have joined forces with brand-name de­sign­ers to show­case stun­ning ex­te­ri­ors and in­te­ri­ors. Nat­u­rally, we the con­sumers reap the ben­e­fits when cre­ative sparks fly.

It is easy to fall into a rut when you sol­dier on alone, whether at work or at home. Some­times, all you need is an al­ter­na­tive view­point or a help­ing hand to re­boot your cre­ative process or get back on your feet.

No man is an is­land. If you meet some­one who can share weal and woe with you, cher­ish your good for­tune.

双剑合璧

上个月在印度拉贾斯坦邦的几个不同地点,体验了“四手按摩”,两位按摩师傅同步为我全身上下松懈筋骨。试过以后,感觉真不一样。除了按摩,拉贾斯坦邦许多由宫殿和古堡改建的酒店也是业者与不同建筑师和设计师联手打造的结晶,几百年的古老建筑结合21世纪的现代技术,展现的是古今融汇的完美与合作的力量。

这样的“双剑合璧”最近在不同业界颇流行,跨界合作更常见,不同餐馆的大厨进入同个厨房,原为竞争对手的时尚品牌并肩合作,奢华酒店或高档汽车与不同设计师携手,以及不同领域艺术家的合作,都擦出光芒四射的火花,得益的当然是消费者。

事实上,长久一个人进行创作或生活容易在路途中陷入死胡同,当局者偶尔会迷,有些想法和概念确实需要旁人的提点,就像当你面对生活挑战一个人孤单的时候会觉得无助寂寞,当有人从旁扶你一把,甚至与你同行,就希望重燃。

在这个人与人的关系千丝万缕的世界,没有人能一个人生活,若在适当的时间空间和地点,遇上一个能携手同行同甘共苦的知心良伴,得珍惜。

执行主编吴庆康博士 Man­ag­ing Editor Dr Ng King Kang

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