Holy haven

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Clouds laden with water, douse the fire, set aflame by the Sun.

The holy river receives the rain water, embracing it as its own.

Gently flowing , reflecting the sky, embedded with hot embers.

Dancing, jumping to the chantes , vibrating in the air.

Meditation haven for saints and sages,

tranquility personified from long gone ages.

Rishikesh, name signifies, the one who controls all senses.

Embodiment of all virtues, Lord Vishnu, from where life commences.

                                      Photo Credit Goes To Shalini Prasad

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To the young adult

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They say, your inner thoughts are your most loyal friends.

Inspiring you, motivating you, giving you strength to carry on.

 

Unfortunately, they are your most dissuading foes too.

Discouraging you, demotivating you, sucking the strength out of your life.

 

Control your own thoughts for you can’t control others’.

Instill positivity in your own mind, for you can’t remove negetivity from others’.

 

let your own thoughts guide you, let the light inside your heart shine through.

Don’t give others the power to penetrate your soul.

 

People are people, some love, some hate, some are calmly indifferent.

Their words, their actions should not be given precedence over your own.

 

You are who you are, for you were meant to be like that.

Cherish yourself, value yourself, be your own ideal.

 

No one but you are the protagonist of the drama of your life.

Be happy, be peaceful and applaud yourself.

Challenges.

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Sensibilities are challenged everyday by recklessness of people.

By actions or words or lack of them.

Empathy for others challenged everyday by incautiousness of  people.

By mirroring emotions or lack of them.

Sensitivity towards consequences challenged everyday by carelessness of people.

By maneuvering sentiments or by lack of them.

Caution should not be thrown to the wind. People not taken for granted.

Fondness not challenged everyday either by design or lack of it.

Summer Vacation

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Days and dates don’t matter anymore till the last day arrives, when we have to say farewell and depart.

Everyone feels secure in the chaos of children screaming, running, laughing and sleep at night comes fast.

Time is divided between meal times only, am and pm is recognizable only by children’s sleepy eyes.

Mindless gossip mixed with some serious talk is exchanged during tea time, food becomes the primary priority for all.

Healthy food becomes non-existent, even fruits are consumed like shakes, loaded with sugar.

 

There is no privacy, no quiet hours, no usual tantrums of , I want to be left alone. Sounds turn into noise, noise into peels of laughter.

No reading or writing time, no grown up time, nothing but cartoons playing on T.V.

Elders get dead tired, while children have unbound energy. There are no sleepy afternoons, or nap times, everything is rolled into one crazy time slot.

There is so much to take in, so much to give, so much to share, so much to accept.

 

Nothing makes you feel more trustworthy than when a toddler for whom you did not exist earlier, addresses you for the first time, pulls your clothes and asks you to take him for a walk.

Unsupervised baking experiments of children take place, when cakes are baked with salt, thinking they were using icing sugar and finally expected to be consumed with compliments.

Every other hour you are supposed to visit the park outside your home in the heat and convince children that they should stay in or else will catch some deadly disease due to the brutal heat.

In all, it is sheer madness, the madness which begins as soon as the children enter the grandparent’s home and ends only with the goodbyes.

Tempest of Emotions

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Tempest of emotions churning inside the stomach.

Unbearable pain which fails to subside.

 

Huge void which gets deeper everyday.

The absence of feelings arise.

 

Continuous pining for missing aura.

Dwelling within swollen heart.

 

Thoughts haunting like ghosts.

Clinging like vines.

 

Waiting for return.

Of presence.

 

Which imparts,

Life.