Wednesday, December 3, 2014

You’re always left wanting for more

There you were, thousands of miles away from me. Here you are, some good kilometres away from me. There, I wanted to have you near, here I want to have you near-er!
Does it ever end? Our need? Our greed? What if our need is an intense need, but becomes greed when put in a different cloak?
On second thoughts, Greed takes in a negative connotation. And then, all of a sudden Need jumps up asking “What makes you think I can’t turn evil?”. After a long pause, Love clears its throat, hearing all this while, and says “What if it’s neither need nor greed, but simple and pure love?”
Need and Greed give evil looks to Love, for questioning their identity. However, love being calm and composed offers them a smile, only to extinguish the fear of this darling beloved that her need and dependence may be turning into greed.
A year back she had asked him “What is the difference between dependence and love?” He said that he was as much dependent on her as she was and as went for the love, no words were offered for an explanation.
The green ginger tea lies there, offering much needed warmth, that which she yearned from his hug. “Isn’t it better to create metaphors and poetry around, when the literal isn't available?” she asks. Just then the cold breeze blows by, leading to her to imagine his soft kisses on her face. Nature has a way of moulding itself into love, to make up for the distance.

That’s what she did then, and that’s what she does now.

This space of imagination offers that which shall turn into reality soon. When it does, she wonders what shall encapsulate the space of imagination. That’s a mystery. May be certain things are better in an uncertain place!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

On thinking and writing

Every time I come back here at this space, I see how people continue to visit this blogger space, mostly, from abroad. I often wonder what pulls them to this used-to-be-abode of mine. What interests me more is that around 83 people search for my blog url directly, and the blog views are nearing 2 lakh. Now, that's a number! Isn't it? But somehow, that doesn't ring a bell in my head.
Guess, at different points in life, we value different things. So goes for me!

Considering that my quarter life hits the stumps next week, I feel that this blog has had a journey of it's own. It has grown with me. It has fallen, risen, swimmed in the tides, only to nurture a beautiful soul within me.

They say it right " The only experiences you get in life are from the worst one you had".

Don't all of us hit the lowest of the lows, wanting to bury ourselves under the ground, never to see the earth again. Then the night takes it's course, only to give rise to a gorgeous sun. The sun shines the brightest after the worst of the storms. So does life:)

Being optimistic in times which are tough is the hardest task. God however knows his ways. So do we humans.

Think for a moment all the qualities that make you 'you' today. Where did you get them from? All the lessons learnt, the toughness and the strength, where did you get all that from?

God is kind. And so are people.

Been too busy in life all this while. Thoughts come by and go by too, like a breeze. The only difference being, earlier they would be weaved into a yarn. Now they are just left being threads of a wool ball.

In good time, I shall write
About the pains that scratched the heart
The smiles that made a start.

In good time, I shall write,
About the battles that I fought
And those that I won

In good time, I shall write
About the valleys that took me in
And the peaks that were supreme

In good time, I shall write
Of the love that seemed lost
And the one that was kept alive

In good time, I shall write
Of the flame that died
And the one that is still ignite

In time, I shall write
In time, I reminisce
In time, I stand
In time, I swim

With time, I evolved
With time, I run
With time, I slow down
With time, I breathe

May time, bless us all.


today, let's be high on tea;)


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Things standstill and we continue to move

Paulo Coelho’s “Adultery” lies opened near the pillow.  Besides that lie two other books. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Kahlil Gibran’s collection. The floor is clean and the kitchen table a little scattered. The study table has books piled up. The Psychology of Learning, Other People’s Love Letters, along with calendar at the left, lens solution besides it, a mug with spoon from last night’s milk, still left to be washed, a nail remover waiting to be used, a highlighter waiting to ink itself on a textbook of physiological psychology and a watch which ticks every seconds, only to be looked at after a few hours.
The room today feels different. With the hustle bustle of the week, it loses its identity. The owner swept away with the laziness that a Sunday beckons re-structures and re-defines the room’s existence at least in his own eyes ( for doing it actually requires intense effort). The drawings on the wall and the inspirational messages become non- existent after a while, for they become more of an object of admiration than words with meanings. But what happens to the purpose for which they were written primarily? Time fades everything, purposes too. The lady, inside those pages, is asked a question “Are you happy?” Married to a rich man with two children, this question perplexes her. It throws upon her the deadness and monotony of living a routine life for all these years and those yet to come. The author writes “Sin is followed by a fear of being caught”. The owner asks himself “Am I happy? Is sin an essential element to strive for happiness?” The fact that why fiction still continues to excite people is that even as it is a fiction, the elements of reality play hide and seek amidst the plot just as sun does with clouds on many a days. On days like these, it feels that the mighty Sun too knows how to have fun. On other days we curse it for the heat that melts our bodies. Those who believe in the planets and how it governs their future are of the view that there are phases. Phases, where sun, moon or rahu exercises a force which determines their current phases of life. The owner asks “How do the planets act as a force? It’s I who decides whether I wish to finish my deadline or not?

In the way his life runs these days with multiple roles of the professional course, a lazy and relaxed Sunday is nothing less than a luxury. Some sun-days are strenuous for it means living with that time before another week starts, and some bring all the existential questions of life in the fore front. The latter feel much better, mostly when a book leads him to think,eventually to write.

The room is cold and so is the wet nose. The fan is off, with the dirt of the days stuck to the blades like black soot waiting to be inspected. Outside the door the sun shines bright, waiting to bestow it’s warmth into the room. The owner wishes to rest, but work as always call. This time, after God knows ages, he procrastinates in a softer and subtle way, knowing it shall be done. The peace of an author’s words can do many wonders. With this the owner signs off.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

May be as we grow, we start keeping things in-side

There’s so much you carry I ask; thoughts, wishes, desires, worries and despair. Despair, of the past gone by and cloaked in that, worry about the future that is yet to come. I ask, isn’t it possible to be mindful? “Ha! Really? Mindfull?” I hear. Things are never too complex as we make them to be. Then there are times, when she wishes to empty her mind, if only pensieve was an option. Sigh… in this era that may not be a possibility. Beautiful things are often hard to get, like that is meditation.  I asked her if she ever had a moment where her thoughts disturbed her to lengths that formed strings of droplets, only to fall through her cheek? She remained silent. I got my answer.
I read somewhere that true love enables people to overcome any fear. But, what happens when thoughts reign and kill the peace. Yes, thoughts. They are the sole reason for how the human species magnifies and falls at the same time. They are the tornado and the volcanoes, which when erupts, leaves their presence, at times for the world to see. On other occasions all that is left is a rainstorm in one’s eyes.
In- side is a vast space to live in. She recently shifted her residence to that place. There are not many neighbors out there in the locality. Those present, are busy making art in their caves. Her cave has many openings. One door leads to another and before she knows it, she is entrapped in a maze of her own. Some true people know her whereabouts. Only some. In-side she is finding many unchartered territories. There are some islands and oceans, names of which don’t exist. Names are not too much of an importance as much as the experience of being in that place is. There is this one spot where a newcomer friend drops by to say a “hello” and bring a smile at her face, even if it’s for seconds to pass. Then, there is a spot which she is struggling to put her feet into. It’s an archipelago. There is Confusion, doubt and indecisiveness circled amidst hotwinds of criticism, disappointment and fear. Her feet are yet a few inches away from the sand there. However, the boat of hope and belief continues to be her guiding light. There have been times, when the underwater beckons her grief. Those days, like a sleep walker she rides the deep pit, not distinguishing whether out-side is better than the in-side. Some places take time to explore. I know her as a traveller. I know she is blessed.

Monday, September 1, 2014


“I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. And I’m going to figure out what that is”*

In the background the instrumental paino plays with titanic’s theme, and how can it not bring tears, for there’s so much love in those notes. A picture of us hangs to my left in that handmade paper frame. The future stands still but we move in infinite space**. A space where a plenty of lessons have been learnt.; from haggling about money to breathing our own breaths with the rhythms of the nature, the walks, discussions about the extra-ordinary in the so called ‘ordinary’ life, and times where everything was said with not a single word exchanged.  

Your words were read by me again. They were fresh as a morning’s dew, giving birth to new feelings and thoughts about the magic of poetry and the charm of melodies. It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.*** Isn’t it? You always talk of how the ambiguity in your writings allows for everything to be said in a mysterious way. Mystery lures. Reminds me of how the life began, with the forbidden apple being eaten, for it was ‘for-bidden’. I ask, does the banality  of simple texts and proses defies itself? Aren’t they words too? Vocabulary, as much as it has intrigued me, has confused me as well. Vocabulary is like the different stages of life that a language possesses. When spoken, it feels like language feels alive! I heard him say “You write your first draft with your heart, you re write with your head. The key to writing is to write not to think”.**** As I reminisce these words, I smile, for poetic proses demand thinking, yet, not always! 
Those were the days when poems were written one after another, like epiphany.
The presents which are gifted to us everyday turn into past the next day. Some remain untouched, unopened, others are opened half-way, only to be rejected for it was not something we were expecting. By the time, we realise, a week of presents goes by, however the gratitude in our heart enables the smallest ones to be seen and opened. I often tell people “ looks are deceptive”, turns our so are ‘presents’. It’s better than not getting one, right?

Thank you for being a part of my present everyday!

'Presents' are sweet, even if bitter,
for they shall be remembered as memories one fine day!:)

*From Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
** From Letters to a young poet by Rilke
***Words By Robert Southey
**** From the movie “Finding Forester”

Monday, August 11, 2014

In your words I find so(u)lace

Hello you there,
How has the writing been doing? Any thoughts on penning down what you already have in your mind? I thought a little coaxing will help you write, sigh, what was I thinking? You continue to be a lazy snail and I race along the waves, attempting to occasionally sit by the shore and listen to the music of the waves. I’ll take back the word ‘lazy’ because I know the thoughts are going in your pensieve. I wait for the day they get woven into your yarn of words.

So lost in the world of words
My green tea sat there waiting
And a sip of bitter tea
Brought the memories
Of how someone saved me from choking

There are times when I’m quiet and silent and I can feel you, your silent presence is enough for my soul to find its link to its soul-ace. As I write, I wonder, why do we need words to define all our experiences? Will the experience not cease to exist and be the moment we start to define it? It shall morph into a memory. Won’t it? Then what shall be of the experience? It’s like killing it with words just when it takes birth. A rather tragic analogy, never thought I will be thinking of words in such terms! Tell me, if I do not speak, how thou shall understand the feelings deeply felt, the rise and the fall of the thought-provoking waves amidst the gleaming light bestowed upon by the might moon?

The names imprinted in the sand
By my feet, not my hand
Waiting to slip by, with the waves
When it’s in the heart, why need the land?

Your old posts are a treasure of gold for me. Every time they read again, a new feeling rises. At times it’s helps me reminisce the feeling I felt when I first read it. Your words aren’t banal, they are melodies written on piece of instrument which plays ‘the moment’s music’, uplifting spirits and words, themselves, to skies that don’t exist. That’s how I feel when I read Pablo Neruda, Kahlil Gibran and Rumi.
You would be surprised to know that even as I keep coaxing you to write, my own habit finds a rare place in this schedule of mine. Yet, here I’m, writing unlike you, literally in every word!

Thank them who taught us
To read and to write
Thank stars who showed us
The one path, amidst many blinds
For if it were not for words
What else would it be?
The locked door at this end
Finally did find its key!

*these lines have been written by my fellow blogger friend Kunal, the link of his post has been shared there and here. The post has been inspired by his beautifully written words:)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hard ships:Haiku

Hard shall it be as
Always; soft too on days so bright
Meant to coexist

On days so hard when
                                 Falls would be of tears; you dear                
Created hope smiles

Friday, August 1, 2014

That moment when you hear the song you once cried on…..

That moment when you hear the song you once cried on…..

Beauty isn’t just all happiness and elation.

Beauty, solace, is also the tears, the sadness, the kohl that was washed from your eyes once upon a time by droplets filled with salt. It’s like a sole and soul journey on a bus at night where the chilly city breeze enters your bones; even as you have a jacket to cover yourself, you let the breeze “chill” you. Deep down the exhilaration of that past moment comes by like a flash. Only this time, there are no salty drops, but a small sweet smile. The smile speaks of the hours that turned into days and that which are now counted as years. That smile speaks of the perseverance, the strength which took you to get where you are today.
In two words: It’s bliss

Woh ratein who seher
Woh sukoon ke peher
Bhool jayenge hum
Bhoolein kyun hum magar
Jeeye jao jo tum
Jeeye jayenge hum
Today, is…

 To the hurdles crossed
To the walks after falls
To the tears cleaned
To the will to last

Today…is to the present developed by past

Thursday, July 17, 2014


You, in eternity
Would in no way be matched.

You, in your grace and solitude
Define beatitude

You, in your silence and your calm
Gift bliss so warm
You, in your being
Emit an elegant sheen

You, in your presence
Help me forget any absence
In this world!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Dear All ‘so called normals’ out there, you say you wish to “be happy” and then when you get some time to spare you crib of “getting bored”; when I see you like that, I wonder “ What people are these?”

Those who have job, crib about getting job
Those who travel, crib about the hill stations not being superbly clean
Those who are rich, crib about not having enough
Tell me “what do you want in life?”

Ah! I so wish I could use grandiose words to match how my mind feels.
And here is what I say:

There are times when I’m happy, so happy, that I wish to dance, sing, run, shout, scream.

Of Course, I end up speaking and smiling way more than usual and I can almost see my brain getting activated by the happy chemicals up there.

The happiness doesn’t let you sleep and it’s difficult to focus. You feel like jumping on a trampoline, oh, by the way that’s how my chemicals dance. You feel like getting a ridiculously mad portfolio. Will someone do that please?

Happiness can be really tiring, but in times like these when the “real happiness” is a rarity and superficiality is the norm, I’m happy being happily tired and then going off to sleep.

Elated. Ecstacy. Hypo- mania. JubILANt. Over-JoYED.

Have a great weekend aHead Vanilla People:)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In between spaces….I realise how much I miss you

Yes, that day when I wasn’t well, when my mind was pre-occupied cribbing about the fact that ‘I cannot work!’, when the body was all tired and I heard a voice, re-assuring me, like always “It’s Okay”, few tears welled in my eyes. Coz I missed you.

That day, when the weather turned all breezy and beautiful, with the rains adding fragrance to earth, and me wanting to drink a cup of tea, even as I didn’t. I created a little smile. Coz I missed you.

That day, when I was way too tired to speak on call, or wish a sweet good night, even as I whispered, when a hug was all that was longed for, closed my eyes and imagined. Coz I missed you.

And here’s today, when the heart sighs for the few months seem like ages and the distance makes it worse. I MISS YOU!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

For the solemn times to come

Dear Sad heart out there,

I write to you, for the solemn days that are yet to come by, in the near future or far beyond. I read today about mood- dependent memory. While Rhonda Byrne talks of “laws of attraction”, our brains have a way of recalling sad moments when we are sad and pleasant ones when we are joyous. It’s called “the mood congruent effect”.

Remember the gorgeous smile you had as you walked from library to your room? The gorgeous rainy breeze, as it soothed your skin, enwrapping your soul and lifting your spirits. You heard a voice inside, it whispered “And when things go bad, good days won’t be behind!” I remember your gaze at the lush green trees, like a child you were all in awe of nature. The steps of yours felt like a melody played on the piano. You know why? Because you were simply mindful of your walk on your way back. You soaked in, your soul, every little particle of the wet earth and cool breeze.

When everything seems broken, when hours wash away like minutes and your shoulders droop with work, remember, that you’ve’ crossed hundreds of obstacles in the past. “This too shall pass”.

When you wish to cry out loud for no reason at all, be yourself, but at the same time, understand that tears, like always have been precious! Question, if the reason for your tears, is worth the transparent pearls?

When you wish to give up, rise, for few more steps and you shall be done! Rise! Not because it’s hard from there on, but because you’ve come that far and if you give up now, it shall make no sense!

When thoughts become blurred and you come across fork in the road, pause! Stop! And close your eyes, feel and hear what your heart says! Listen to it, coz nothing in life shall matter more!
When there are days you wish you weren’t ill and cursed your aches and pains, remember, that you are human and not a machine! The very reason that makes you feel shall also help your pains heal! When your body cries, listen to it. Rest! No matter how dire the work is! The adage “Health is wealth” doesn’t goes without its meaning!

For now, relax. Life was never meant to run; we re-invented the meaning to suit our own needs!

Listen to what you speak
Touch that fears
In which your mind believes.

Talk to strangers
For they are not as strange as they seem

Live in the present
Smell the true flavours
For life if lived fully

Even once shall do you good!

You: My Shadow

Life changes.Period. Change is the only constant.

11 months have gone by. The experience has been daunting, yet in retrospect with every day she has grown stronger. The other day she told me that there are certain songs she listens that stir not her mind, but soul to pen down words. “I see you” is what I said in my heart to her. She has underestimated her potential now and then. I’ve listened and felt her through her tears and sobs. As I write these words, I wonder why magic only exists in books. Miracles happen! That’s precisely why I know her the way I do, the way she allows me to be with her even in my absence.

 And on days when I see her smile through the telephonic conversations, I feel her mellifluous voice touch the strings of this heart. Days like these are at times a rarity; on other occasions they are like the monsoon breeze, showering on me the sweetness of the wet mud. I’m looking for a word to describe her. Sigh, it’s a task! She is life! Yes! Let’s put it that way.

Today as she gets up after every fall, my belief in her gets cemented more than before.

I’ve seen the world
Done it now
Had my cake now

As she jumps happily walking besides me on the drenched road, her smile mesmerizes me, just as it always does. The frailty she gives importance to, in her tough times, seems to have evaporated in this moment, perhaps only to seep through later. For now, her happiness radiates through the moon and lights up the stars.

Today and every night, even in distance, shall be ours.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Home Is.....

Linking up at haiku horizons...prompt "home"

HIome is where you are 
So raw that how you look is
question you dont know 

simply love it:)

I'm a big fan of DIY home just makes your work stand out, originality at it's best:) 

Rain: A Haiku

Here's a haiku on Rains
The clouds lure me to
Dance with the cool breeze; A book
Coffee amidst wet trees

Guten Tag Vanilla People:)

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