You were attached to what once belonged to you,
The friend with whom you grew,
The dress that made you pulchritudinous,
The childhood crush over someone famous!
That relationship you thought was forever,
The song you thought you’d always remember,
The town you wanted to dwell in your entire lifetime,
The energy of youth so sublime!
You presumed you wouldn’t befriend your entire life,
Over the hatred for a friend from a childhood strife,
That job you tried but you couldn’t perfect,
All those relationships where you faced a reject!
The depression from the heart break,
Because of that relationship you didn’t realize was fake,
The scar glaring from your cheek,
From an accident you didn’t mean to seek!
When you think you have it all,
Life has its way to make you fall,
And when all seems lost and despair,
Life shines light into your lair!
Remember my friend today’s pain
It is a lesson, don’t let it go in vain,
Yesterday’s joy is now a memory
Remember, forever is just a transient eternity!
While she stood entangled,
In the binds of her society,
She let the wind carry her dreams,
And bowed down to the norms laid.
She was but a mere puppet,
Being maneuvered around on the stage,
Not in a manner she prefers
But in a way the assemblage saw fit.
She knew she could be more,
But a tiny trot in her own direction,
A string was ready to tug her back to position,
Reminding her that her voice wasn’t hers.
She didn’t belong there she knew,
She then surrendered to her fantasies,
That lay captive in the realm of her mind,
The ones she’d nurtured so long.
She was never going to be understood,
She knew she had to break those shackles,
And slowly the notes in her life’s song would alter,
And her feet would follow their rhythm!
Believed to be the fourth to stand this ground,
It’s three predecessors had catastrophe all around!
Struck by lightning the first went down,
Demolition took the second amidst public frown!
The third went up in flames, making way to the extant Phoenix!
Reborn from ashes over a century ago,
The Mysore Palace is an exuberant show!
Many Kings and Queens have come and gone,
So have a million nights and dawn!
This Palace remains an epitome of grandeur!
Illuminated by a million incandescent,
This Palace’s royalty is prominent!
Even in darkness it emanates a sense of strength,
One that’s felt across its breadth and length!
Its mere sight is a sense of pride and of gaiety!
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While staying at home was a mandate, For our physical well-being, Stepping out today was great For our mind and soul’s freeing! We began to pedal away, Just when the Sun started to peep out, It’s always the journey they say, But our destination stole the show, no doubt! The golden rays painted our face, The glittering water kissed our feet, Little kingfishers adorned the skies with grace, Being surrounded by nature was a gratifying treat! Overwhelmed, a bead of tear trickled down my cheek, Joining the ripples of water marching in a parade, Flowing in a labyrinth, a purpose they seek, And on their way a million lives they aid! While we are tuning ourselves to a new normal, Let us treat our surroundings with compassion, And cease all deeds that’re abysmal, Care. Support. Be a Paragon of Responsible Recreation!
I remember that day when I fell asleep, but I was cold
And then woke up in your warm embrace
I believed I had a happy life before all this,
And now happy has a whole new meaning
What a dream it has been,
And to a paradise my life’s akin!
I heard someone say that everyone has that one friend for life,
For me our moments are worth a lifetime
You are a friend, a mentor, a savior, an angel
And now life is a smooth sailing ship
What a dream it has been,
Reminiscing our time together I always grin!
I wish you were around and You know what they say about
If I had a penny for every-time, Well..
I’d be a millionaire, but still couldn’t have you around
And now all I do is keep waiting
What a dream it has been,
Wish there wasn’t time’s distance in between!
I dance out of sheer joy to the tune of your voice
Wisdom, Compassion, warmth, and love you glow with,
Even at times when most things around are all gloomy
And now I believe in that silver lining
What a dream it has been,
You are the yang to my yin!
Not too long ago when I visited Chikmagalur- A scenic hill station in Karnataka, with a bunch of dear ones, I was perched on a boulder that gave me a panoramic view of the place. And this view did not encompass long chimneys puffing smoke, chugging and honking automobiles, or proudly standing concrete structures. This was one that brought peace to the mind, joy to the eyes and a smile on the face. While being lost in this gaze at nature, I noticed something that was hidden in plain sight. It was the shape of a ‘?’ in the midst of the wide area of trees! Now it took awhile for me to comprehend what I was seeing. While I am not sure why, this revelation had me dumbstruck with so many questions proliferating my grey matter.
How much harm are we causing the planet? Where do we draw the line? Will it be too late by the time we realize? I know some of us are doing the right thing, but is it enough? When will this stop? Will the planet ever get a break? And so many more. These questions stayed afloat in my mind ever since. And now while we’re amidst one of the most challenging situations of our times, the same image sprung up in my head but this time with some answers.
Yesterday I remembered a sight,
A question camouflaged in a dense thicket
I was in awe of what I’d espied,
Felt like Nature was asking us to Introspect!
We’ve fought many a war,
We’ve felled many a forest,
We’ve left the ozone ajar
We’ve set the temperature at its warmest!
Industrialization, Urbanization, Civilization,
Planet’s destruction in the name of advancement,
And as a befitting answer to our action,
We’re challenged with a situation all too poignant!
Schools are locked,
Offices are functioning remote,
Our whole race is shocked,
For a tiny microbe has us by our throat!
The roads are deserted,
The minds are jaded,
Hoping the worse is averted,
And the Contagion degraded!
Looking to the laptop finishing up some WFH task,
I only wish we were done hiding under the quarantine cloak!
Looking up to the sky I ask,
Is this some kind of an early April fool’s joke?
That’s when I noticed the sky was clearer,
The air was lighter,
The birds were chirpier,
Felt like Mother Earth got a breather!
Once this is all over,
And I know it will be,
For this deadly virus we’ll clobber,
Never forget two things; because we’re paying a great fee,
Be grateful for what you’ve, and incept to co-exist with Nature!
When you finally step out,
Thank those in the frontline who’ve risked it all,
For while you sat in, they were on the lookout,
They’re our heroes in this brawl!
When you finally step out,
Smile your brightest at everyone, Never miss a day,
Give a friend an extra hug, Never be in doubt,
Accomplish what you can today, Never say another day!
Once this is all over,
And you finally step out,
Live, laugh, love, let go of that anger,
Only for things of happiness let us scout,
Let’s be grateful for what we’ve, and incept to co-exist with Nature!
PS: For those of you who missed it
One random day I sent a message to a friend of mine, Hareesh, “I wanted to invite me to your house in Kerala in January for the Pooram festival”. I bet he would’ve wanted to reply “Wrong number” and block my number, instead he replied ” OK! I will check with my mom and let you know!” And then forgot all about it until I received the ticket details from Hareesh to Thrissur. I was ecstatic! Growing up, I’d always heard about this Pooram festival and all I knew about it was that there were a lot of beautifully decorated elephants involved. And as petrified as I am of them, they’re a very interesting species.
A month later our day of travel arrived and we all wrapped up our work earlier than any other Friday, packed our bags, and 6 of us got into the bus in Bangalore and were on our way. The pictures of fully decked elephants were so stuck in my head that I didn’t realize that I was in for a treat bigger than that.
Located about 27 kms from the city of Thrissur, Anjoor is a small village that belongs to Thrissur district, Kerala. Although spelt as Anjoor(also Anjur) it is pronounced as Ani-Yur. We got down from our buses in Thrissur and took local buses to reach Anjoor. Hareesh’s house is a 10 minute walk from the bus stop and a peaceful one through narrow but clean roads. His aunt staying in the house adjacent to his was smiling ear to ear upon seeing us which woke all us sleepy heads right up! Standing at the doorstep of his house was a really pretty lady draped in a traditional Kerala Saree with a tinge of nervousness on her face. She was Hareesh’s mom.
While everyone were busy unloading their luggage and exchanging pleasantries, I was busy elsewhere. I was lost in this place. The place was so quiet and serene that I could hear the dried leaves crushing under my feet. The chirping of birds, the mewing of the neighborhood cat, the sound of my breathing – I could hear all of this without any interrupting noises from man made machines.
Aunty had a wonderful spread of authentic Kerala breakfast of appams and curry all ready for us. Once our tummies were full I just grabbed a bean bag plonked it outside the door and threw myself in it with a copy of Sudha Murthy’s “The Old Man and His God” in my hand. Sitting there, I could actually smell the peppers that were set to dry in the sun, the curry leaves being fried inside in the kitchen and the petrichor! There was not one bit of pollution in the atmosphere. And the best part about the place is that there are no compound walls dividing homes there. There are just small farms/gardens and beautiful houses in them. No fences, no divisions! All of this was too much for us to fathom. For the first time while traveling we didn’t want to go sight seeing, we just wanted to relax in the front yard and absorb as much as we could.
Halfheartedly we got ready and left to an elephant sanctuary that was close to his house, called “Anakotta”. What used to be a palace in the olden days, the 11.5 acres of land now houses about 59 elephants, all maintained by the Guruvayoor Temple authorities. The elephants here are participants of many festivities throughout the year locally. After paying an entry fee of rupees 10/= we walked amidst these tall pachyderms, watching them being cleaned, fed and trained.
From there we headed to Chavakkad beach. This lies on the Arabian sea coast and is by far one of the cleanest beaches I have visited. With not too many people around us, peace and tranquility was in abundance. Again with no background noise of vehicles, or people, we could hear the sound of waves, with no plastic strewn everywhere, we could walk feel the unadulterated sand under our feet. We just watched the sun set while letting the waves come and steal the sand from underneath us.
We’ve been to many beaches, played in many waves, but here we were in a trance!
Next day was the day of the Pooram festival and we were to visit the Parkaadi temple in the morning. Me and Boomika went all “Be a Roman while in Rome” and shamelessly borrowed the Kerala Saree from our courteous host, Hareesh’s mother. His relatives helped us both clumsy girls into their traditional attire and we were all ready to leave with a gang of his cousins. Draped in “Mundum Neriyathum”, and riding in a fleet of Royal Enfields on those roads had a different level of Swag to it. The whole day was consumed in the elaborately celebrated Pooram festival.
After a tiring day the following day was a breather before we got back to sitting at the desks, staring at the LCD screens ,inhaling the puffs from one too many automobiles, and trying to fit into our corporate lives. This day tickled the religious nerves in us and had us on the way to one of the most religious temple towns in South India- Guruvayur! It was a mere 8 Km ride and with these bunch of stud machas, it took a couple of blinks to get there. This town houses the famous Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple. If rumours are to be believes, this temple has its origin because Lord Krishna had asked 2 sages to bring his idol from the temple in Dwaraka to Kerala. This temple is centuries old and unfortunately allows entry to only Hindus. With the conflicting thoughts we stepped out and headed home to pack our bags and bid good bye to the Lady of the house who had been such a great host to us all!
“Waves are like relationships. Some come hard lashing at you and leave faster than they came, leaving you hurting. Some come close to you but are too scared to approach and retreat. And some come slow and nice, touch you tenderly and sweep the ground from under your feet!”
You start to hear from within – a voice
Unravelling the nuances,
Of life’s numerous choices,
Or the occasional hush,
The gargantuan manufactured structure,
Or the surreal unadulterated terrestrial constructure,
Contemplating the options, you step in,
The waves are touching your feet, soak in
The sand is giving away, sink in
The silence is encroaching, listen in
The darkness is seeping in, blink it in
Stand, watch, breathe, feel, Just be and let it in!