Monthly Archives: July 2015
India’s 11th President Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam(83) passed away on Monday evening, July 27, 2015 at a hospital in Meghalaya, where he had gone to deliver a lecture. We will forever mourn the loss of this intellectual widely known as The People’s President.
We mourn the loss of this rare gem of our country, former president Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, but his ideals will forever remain engraved deep within our hearts. He lived a life of purpose and honor and his efforts for making the youth worldwide realize their potential was no doubt commendable. He has flown to the land of eternity but I hope we will always keep him alive within ourselves by walking on the path he showed us. Let us give him condolence by promising him that we will honestly do our parts in creating the nation he dreamed of. May his soul rest in peace.
Just to say that I loved this novel would be an understatement.Half way through the novel I felt as if I was reading Khaled Hosseini. I have always appreciated intense writing but believe me when I say this was different. Having touched upon numerous sensitive human issues Soniah has very intelligently weaved the words into a lyrical masterpiece. From the moment I started reading it I was captivated by some magic spell. The reader would not be at peace unless the book is finished in one sitting. It is that engaging. And long after you are done it will be lingering somewhere deep inside you, asking you questions, escalating conflict and forcing you to ponder over the issues cited in this book through a story that is undoubtedly the reality of lakhs of people languishing over parting from their loved ones, permanent loss of family and friends in wars and the dirty games of politics. This book has amazingly explored the issues of global concern as well as the inner torments of both young and old; all characters fighting their own battle. It brings cognizance to the plight of people still perplexed about their origin and history. It has delineated the picture of Kashmir in a way that would surely make the reader wish to know more about it, meet the people of this place, embrace the culture of this land. Laced with tragedies, haunting memories and unending misery this book will show you that even hope as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Happy reading!
Sympathizing over her broken appearance,
they ask her whether she regrets her battle with the tempest
and with a mirthless smile she replies
I am rather glad for the encounter,
for it made me stronger and more valiant.
Ephemeral was my dread and abhorrence
however ageless and eternal is my experience.
I have been trounced by mighty thunder bolts,
continually whipped by the merciless wind,
despite carrying a ravaged soul
I managed to keep myself warm
from the fire burning deep within.
I have tasted the water of seas worldwide,
have witnessed flashes of both hell and heaven
while adoring the revelations of the earth sublime.
Equally astounded by the viciousness of beasts in human masks
and beauty of the lands divine.
It was not my recklessness,
rather my ardor.
Others may say that it was not worth the price i paid
but that does not change the truth
that ships are not built to be held back
safe in the harbor.
Fragile, tenderfoot and a wimp was I
before i fearlessly sailed on the voyage of my life
and now as they see me
they say here goes the ‘Tempest Queen’
whom neither death can menace
nor fate can surprise.
Snatch away from me all my relations,
leave me lonesome like a desert flower.
But I live not in vain.
Despite my seclusion I will bloom.
Through my loneliness I will smile!
Rebuke me with sword like words
piercing through my flesh creating a thousand fresh cuts.
Scarring my soul with your ugly remarks,
mark me with your hatred and wrath.
Through my relentless pain, I will smile!
Write against me and spread it like fire.
Defame me in the worst ways possible.
Snatch away from me my dignity, reputation and pride.
Even if not a single soul stands by my side
I will fight the battle on my own.
Through my hardships, I will smile!
Crush my emotions,
trample my heart.
Drain me of all human sentiments.
Push me into the darkness of the dungeon with everlasting grief and pain.
I will be my own glow worm.
Through my resentment, I will smile!
Burn me down.
Scrape out from me every bit of life.
But, like a phoenix I will rise from my ashes.
Through my revulsion, I will smile!
Try to erase my very existence.
Drown me in the sea of stern agony.
But, like a feather I will float to the surface.
Devoid alike of love and care
I will smile through it all.
I will survive!
Rested on piles of pillows..wrapped in a blanket..sipping hot coffee from your favorite coffee mug..headphones pouring heavenly music to your ears..reading a book you wanted to read since long. For me THIS is bliss!!
“For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed…”~ Kahlil Gibran
Blooming like petals of young flowers
Captivating the passers-by with their buoyant smiles
Were playing a bunch of innocent kids
Unaware of the goings-on of the onlookers’ life.
He kept gazing at the vibrant souls
Recollecting memories of the good old days
When there were no worries of the future
And no fear of lagging behind in the rat race.
When his eyes were sore with shedding tears
And ceaseless was the burn
His heart wished for nothing
But for his blissful childhood days to return
When there were no ties and laws to chain his soul
And he was free as a bird to fly far and high
There was no fear of the unknown
And for him limit was the sky.
Captivated by his relentless ache
Mindlessly he walked on,
Shattered by the pang of truth
That his priceless childhood was never to return !
Soaked in the ceaseless rain
Pouring heartlessly from the endless horizon
Stretching far beyond my eyesight
I stand here watching the tides rise and fall
Allowing the painfully icy breeze to splash on my face
With the hopeless illusion as of washing away my pain.
My soul has been tired of being haunted by
The same livid sentiments
Trying every now and then to suffocate me to death.
All these years it has been crying, wailing, pleading me to let go of it.
But here I stand,
Still feeling your hold on my limbs,
Begging your invisible presence
Refuge to my tortured heart.
I dig my nipped fingers into the temples
Trying to ease the throbbing and pain
And drive away the confusion as of
Whether it is your intense love or immense hatred
That keeps us apart.
As I lift my eyes and stretch my sight
To the far visible divide
Where the still sky meets the stirred sea,
I see your face emerging out of the blues
Radiating an abundance of vitality,
Yet marked with grief.
Unconsciously I’ve started chanting your name
And my frame seems to be dissolving
As I walk through the soothing salty water
Allowing my waist to delicately cut through the waves.
As the night lapsed in peace and harmony
And the dawn breaks,
My moist eyes transfixed at you doubt my heart’s command
For what sorrowful eyes you fixed upon me!
I know you want me to live more
But tell me what life it is
Where my own soul condemns me,
My own conscience asks to dig a grave and bury myself alive
My own thoughts deny
to converse with me anymore
For they know it was the heartless, brutal, inhuman ME
Who sent you to that far off land.
How tranquilizing is the mere feeling of
Getting to listen to you calling out my name
After all these years of killing silence.
As I’m getting closer and closer to your sympathizing face
Floating half in the sea,
Half in the bending belly of the outstretched horizon
I’m recollecting all those brief but precious moments
When even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.
Once again I dream of reliving those moments
Letting your piercing blue eyes slice through me,
Caressing your innocent face,
Slapping you hard for leaving me alone to grieve all these years,
Crying on your shoulders
Allowing all my pain and anguish to flow away with my tears.
Maybe your face is simply an illusion,
Mere trick of the floating clouds
But I no more have the fear of the unknown
For at the bottom of the ocean my frame may stay
But my soul is destined to fly to that far off land where it can find yours.
With the ethereal happiness rushing through my nerves,
My heart is pounding like never before…
Perhaps death can give me what life could not!
I’m talking of the quest for the answers we all are seeking about our existence. We keep searching for the answers at every single place that gives us hope even as small as a mustard seed. They maybe a famous priest, a best-seller book, or even your grand or great-grand parents who claim that they have unfolded the purpose of their existences and know the secrets for a happy and serene life. We keep searching for answers outside, and in most cases even a life-time falls short and the body expires, while the soul embarks upon the journey to start another cycle of life with a new identity. But we never try to have a glance at our inner world, which indeed is a treasure trove of wisdom, which has answers for each and every question our vulnerable heart and mind keep pondering about.
The sole purpose of human life is to discover who we truly are, what all things we are capable of and most importantly to distinguish between our outer and inner world. Whatever happens in the outer world is what decides our knowledge, duties, responsibilities, expectations and of course the so called “impression”. Which in turn give us momentary pleasure or pain. However the more important aspects of our life like happiness and contentment can only be achieved in our inner world, the world that our soul belongs to. We are often mistaken when we think that we are our body. Whatever activities we indulge in are intended to give comfort and pleasure to our frame.
Speaking of the majority, we spend the first phase of our life in getting an employment that ensures financial security, the second phase in settling with a life-long companion to ensure emotional security, the third phase of our life building up a foundation for the new souls we introduce to the world and the fourth phase in religious practices to ensure easy landing in God’s land. We have all forgotten that the materialistic life is just an illusion. People are so much busy creating these securities for themselves that they have forgotten the joys of simple living and high thinking, the joys of peace, the joys of spirituality. Why is everyone running after security? Why is fear lurking in every nook and corner of the world?
Wearing attractive clothes, eating food that our taste-buds relish, achieving power and position. These are not the things we should be running after. This is not what our priority should be. Our priority should be feeding our soul. The healthier our soul is the happier we are. Our thoughts need not be directed to our outer world. We have to show them the path that leads to our inner self. We are not our body. We are pure souls. Innocent, fearless and loving. Happiness is our nature. We need not put extra efforts, be it big or small to be happy. Our happiness does not depend upon the situations we encounter in the outer world. Discover your own self. You and your body are two different things. It is YOU who decides whether you are happy and contented, whereas it is your body which decides who you are for the outer world. Your personality, duties, responsibilities, relationships, these things help the outer world create an impression of you and measure the worth of your life by scaling your position. However, how contented you are with your life is what you and your heart decide. Once we lay our foot on the path that leads to success we often forget about the path that takes us to our inner world. But there is a secret I would like to share. You can take up both the journeys if you are strongly willing and determined. One does not need two births to master both inner and outer worlds. The only thing you have to learn is making happiness and contentment your nature.
Be happy no matter what. Meditate regularly to rejuvenate your spirit. Work in the outer world using the energy and happiness you derive from your inner world. Let me again remind you, you need not choose a work that ensures financial security. We all have been born with a purpose. Find that purpose. Find something that can guarantee that you will always feel productive, efficient and happy doing that work at any point in your life. Ensure that the work you are doing is helping make the world a better place. Never run after the benefits that the job will be offering, rather think whether you are offering something beneficial to others. Lead a simple life. Forget about the external pleasures for your body is not to live forever. Keep feeding your soul for it is immortal!