Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coming Soon: Today's Shravan Kumar

        The two ends of a strong bamboo were tied with equally strong ropes. A basket each, was suspended on both the ends. Father sitting in one basket, mother in the other, he simulated the weighing scale in his own unique way. Aged parents wanted him to take them to pilgrimages. Motion and transport was scarce and very costly those days. He had the utmost respect and sincere love for his blind parents. So he started their journey so that he could fulfill his parents wishes. After many successful visits to many holy places shrines in this manner, they reached the banks of the river Sarayu. While his parents were resting, Shravan was searching and picking fruits in the nearby areas for food. King Dashratha on his hunting journey, misunderstood Shravan for an animal from a long distance and shot him and killed him only to realize later that the King had committed a grave mistake. Somehow he found out about his parents, and he brought dead Shravan's body to his parents and seeked an apology for his action. Shravan's blind parents cursed Dashratha, they were devoid of their son's love and even he would face the same. Rest we know is history.
Since then, Shravan Kumar became the symbol of exemplary and unconditional love for parents and the responsibility we need to show towards our parents.

In an India of 2014, I present to you a real life story of a man who I perceive as a modern day (if not exact, the near-to perfect) Shravan Kumar. This write-up will include his way of life, dedication towards his parents and much more. Writing is in process. Will update once completed.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sketches of love (Part 2 of 2)

"I have coal, I have art" confidence seeped in me
"Will draw, will earn" I said in dignity

"My daughter is smitten, but You are poor.
She will need luxury, love is only what you offer"

"Will create fascinating magic on canvas; impress monsieur
Will return with truckload gold; give me a year"

He raised his eyebrows, thoughts in his mind,
~"Such a trifle lad, let destiny be his find."

"If that is your wish, prove your mettle,
You won't win, that's there to settle"

She held my hand, embraced and kissed amour.
The king took her back, "later you adore"

Travelling in nearby kingdom, I saw a dragon
Majestic as ever, none had ever seen one

The flames of his nostrils and the draconian eyes
I couldn't miss the sketch of the wonderous guise

His wings were gloomy, and he showed gait
I captured it exact, in my coal portrait

In bringing life to the art, I was so much engrossed
Amidst my sketch, our eyes crossed

Flaring up to vanish away, the dragon made an act
Whooshed above in the blue skies, a skill that I lacked

Awed was I, completely mesmerised
"THIS will nail it" said my inner voice

Rushed to the emperor's court, was excited a ton
"Your grace, I witnessed it; yes, I drew a dragon"

Said the king in his hustled voice
"Too good to be real, this sketch is"

"If true, this sketch is a very good perception,
If false, then it is an appropriate deception"

Counselled a wise courtier to the king's view
"My lord, dragon exists, is always seen to few"

"Astonishing, marvellous, impressive, no mistaken trail
5,000 livres I award, for cause of my kingdom, travail."

esteemly honored was I, my life coming to track
Worked patiently for a year, and then returned back

Ran to her home, to meet her and my to-be father-in-law
He was there at home, expecting me to come, waiting in awe

"She waited for you, prayed for you, destroyed her existence"
He took me to her grave, "She cried in your absence"

With tears, I gazed at her sketch, I brought with me
Viewing her grave, "You died for me, I live for thee"

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sketches of Love (Part 1 of 2)

Her beauty mesmerized me, her smile made me glad
Spellbound was I, by the charm she had.

Hours and hours, my heart used to play,
She crossed my thoughts, night and day.

I was just 18, an active young lad,
Pursuing my dreams, the journey like mad.

Her lustrous lock of hair drove me nuts,
I couldn't ask her out, didn't have the guts.

I sketched her pictures, with charcoal on my pad,
Pink were her dresses, a good taste she had.

"She won't marry you, you'll end up alone dead,
She's a princess, you're a pauper" that's what people said.

"Be afraid, the king is her dad",
They said to make me more sad.

She saw my sketches, seemed to amuse,
"Your drawing is very nice, very cute muse."

"You are an artist, not so bad,
You made my portrait, I am very glad"

She laughed at her joke, seemingly witty,
I glanced at her, Very very pretty.

She welcomed me home, an idea not so bad,
I was curious enough to meet her dad.

As I said "Sweet my love, I live for thee"
dignified was I, quite impressed was she.

As he entered, I felt snow clad,
My spine chilled cracked, yes, he was Her Dad.

"Hello monsieur, I am honored to meet,
I am here to marry you daughter too sweet."

"What do you earn, I ask you as a dad,
Frankly I am amused, not more but tad"

"Sire I have potential a lot,
I make sketches, live in a yacht"

"I feel you are insane, have gone mad,
coz she's a princess; the king, I am his dad.

How can I allow her to marry you,
she has a lifestyle, you cannot afford to?"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Where do I stand?

     "It is high time that I get a salary hike, but why am I not getting it?", "I and my girlfriend are in a good relationship for so long, but still why doesn't she accept that we marry each other", "I want to get along with my friends,but why don't we tick together", "My colleagues  have this evening gathering here, but why did they not invite me over"

At some point of time in life, we DO face such situations that we question our self, "Do I really deserve such outcast treatment? Am I THAT bad? Are they purposefully hurting me in this way?"

     The answer to these questions is a BIG BIG NO. The problem does not lie with you, despite the fact that it does lie within you. This does not mean that it's the end of the world for you and you will stay alone forever whenever and wherever you go.

How can I recover with that? How can I go ahead in life and become a priority for people, not their option?

OK, first of all, be Humble.
     Accept the fact that you are Currently not likeable among your friends' group or colleagues' group or amongst your peers. Once you truly realize that, you win half the race. Being humble is just not being OKAY with what everyone says but its more than that. It shows that you value the relation more than anything. The-sound-of-I, or quite simply the sense of the self or ego, When this sound is stilled, you are in touch with being egolessness.That will work wonders.

Secondly, have Patience.
     And this is applies to even the lest important aspects of life. If you dont have patience, no one will like to tolerate yourself. You achieve the power of being patient and keeping cool in all situations, there is no power on the earth that can stop you from going ahead in life and being successful in every aspect related to your thoughts.

Thirdly(and most importantly), Be Sincere.
     Do not try to imitate any other person You think is good. Just be sincere towards people, and you'll get a personality that people will crave for. Think for a hundred times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.Be yourself and you will conquer the world.

  • Always keep motivating yourself.
  • If you set a target too big, divide it into smaller achievable ones and reward yourself on the accomplishment of those.
  • Never leave hope in the most trying times, because it's the darkest hour before the dawn.
  • Respect people and their opinions. They will do it to you too.
  • Stand firm with your ideals. Don't change sides simply to earn brownie points. That attitude won't help you in the long run.

That's all folks! All the best, god bless everyone.!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Discipline, the need of the hour

After the serial bomb blasts on 13th July 2011 in Mumbai(India's financial capital), a thought that couldn't be avoided came to my mind and thought that sharing this thought would ba a better option...

This was the 14th incident of terror attack in Mumbai since the 12th March,1993 blasts...

Though the natural calamity Japan faced is not analogus to what Mumbai has faced, the attitude of the people towards the (either natural or man-made) disasters and the character they show during trying times matters the most. This makes Japan what today it is. Within 3-4 months of such a disastrous incident, Japan has resurrected to life and how...!!!

The main reason that pushes India below is the reaction of people during (and after) these times. Celebrities will spit some copied stuff on blogs, people will be say things to counter terrorism, politicians will cash in by showing helplessness and sympathy, blame games will be played and after few days, people will forget it and return back to normal life unless another such incident occurs. The cycle is going on since the last decade and no one is able to do nothing but just blaming others...

I pray to the almighty, such situation should not arise again, but we should learn somethings from Japan and this should definitely inspire us to take a strong stand against all evil... And my sincere salute to the true spirit Japan has shown in the time of grief...

The main reason that held Japan was the DISCIPLINE.

In more segregated manner, Discipline is just not analogus in being well-dressed or being punctual, it is more than that...
A glance at the following description gives a better idea on what I want to convey...

Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.

The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.

People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.

When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.

This shows us what made the difference...Rest is upto us, whether we can combat disasters well or get victimised each and every time...
Once again, a salute to the spirit of Japan

Sunday, May 8, 2011

All I can say is THANK YOU MAA...!!!

She smiles when I smile.

She sobs when I cry.

She gives me advice, I need

she understands it even when I dont say it to her.

She shouts at me,

for the mistakes I make.

But even in that yelling,

is hidden her love.

She knows that,

when a sculpture makes his idols,

he has to precisely hit the right part of the rock,

to make it a perfect masterpiece.

She cares for me, she loves me.


All I can say is THANK YOU MAA...!!!