Stairway to heaven

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With shaky legs and a thumping heart,

I stand,

I stand at the stairway to heaven.

My days have passed,

So soon, so fast,

I wait at the bottom, of the stairway to heaven.

Slowly, I climb, I see the light,

I fade, then I glow,

On the stairway to heaven.

A few hundred steps, illuminated, divine,

One at a time, I grow,

On the stairway to heaven.

Minutes, days, lives have passed,

For heaven isn’t for all,

I keep going forward,

On this stairway to heaven.

A time will come, when I shall reach,

Reach my heaven, and merge,

Merge with the light,

And look down at my journey,

On the stairway to heaven.

Stairway

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In a country like India…

Since a past few days, a thought keeps popping into my head every now and then…

What do people mean by ‘In a country like India?’

Is this a compliment or a subtle criticism?

When I think about the context in which this quote is used is mostly negative, describing the loopholes in the development of our country.

And what is more disturbing is the fact that these very words are most commonly used by Indians themselves!!!

I have failed, till date, to understand what are people trying to portray?

Yes, our country has its limitations but no country ever came to glory without trouble…

Yes, we are still fighting basic issues, but it is only when these issues are addressed that we will be in a condition to face more difficult tasks.

Yes, we fall behind in certain areas of science and technology but we also have produced some of the greatest minds in history and we still are.

Yes, we have to deal with the problems of poverty and illiteracy, but then these problems are present in the other ‘developed’ countries as well, to a lesser extent but they very much are.

Why can’t we, Indians, talk about what we excel in, our rich heritage, our successes, our efforts and our journey???

I, myself, am an Indian; born and brought up in this very nation and with a strong determination to die in India!!!

 

The Wicked Curve, Life.

Have you ever wondered how life would be if everything were easily achieved?
If everything was nothing but a straight line?
If all the paths and destinations were clear?
If every problem came with an easy solution?
If circumstances were never tricky?
If life was but a straight line?

Unfortunately, life is not so simple.
Life is eccentric.
Life is a curve.
And at times, life is a complete circle.

Circumstances are always going to be ever challenging. They will take a toll on ones’ sanity. And they will keep worsening at an exponential rate. At the same time, your answers will become more and more intricate and difficult to cipher.

Life, is indeed, a wicked curve…

 

Curve

The Previleged Poor!!!

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Who is rich?

Who is poor?

What is it that defines these terms? Money? Standard of living? What?

Let me help you out a little…


Don’t think money does everything

 OR

You will end up doing everything for money.”

Voltaire.


If you wake up with a smile, you are rich.

If you are happy with the work you do, you are rich.

If you have friends, you are rich.

If you have a family, you are rich.

If you have someone to love, if there is someone who loves you, you are rich.

If you sleep peacefully at night, you are rich.

If you are satisfied with what you have, you are rich.

If you are in harmony with yourself, you are rich.

If you are content with your life, you are rich.

If you laugh from your heart, you are rich.

If you feel empathy, you are rich.

If you believe in yourself, you are rich.

One doesn’t need a fat bank balance to be rich, no. This is a pure myth.

In fact with a bigger bank balance comes bigger responsibilities and tensions.

Many of you may say, I am rich, I party so frequently, I am happy and I sleep well too… but do you remember  the last time you woke up with a smile on your face and without a headache? The most common answer would be No.

Money cannot buy you happiness, it can buy you things that could make you happy, but does such a happiness last for long? No, we both know, it doesn’t.

Happiness cannot be bought. It comes from within.

Today, you, me, half of the world have the awesome-st gadgets and an internet access, everything is at our finger tips… but I would not hesitate to call us ‘The Privileged Poor’.

Yes, she has changed

Yes, she has changed,

Every bit and part of her…

 

Her skin shines now,

Her eyes glisten,

A smile lives on her lips,

She fears no pain.

Her hair is longer,

Her nose, pierced,

Her hips much slender,

Her touch, still tender.

 

Not that she has forgotten,

But she has forgiven the past,

For she has now realised,

Forever nothing lasts.

 

Her lovely heart now breathes,

When she looks at her man,

Her soul has new desires,

Her love has new plans.

 

 

Has morning arrived?

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Flying high in the sky,

With the breeze blowing my hair,

And birds all around

Below, the evergreen trees.

 

Passing through the forest

I see a blue river,

The water flowing hurriedly

Like a very strong shiver.

 

I see a deer, drinking water,

With his little one,

While the other animals

Were having a lot of fun.

 

Then came the end of woods

And I saw the calm sea,

With the seagulls dancing above

And the little fish flee.

 

Far across the sea,

I see a sky scraper,

Going it that direction

The image becomes sharper.

 

On the coast of the sea,

I see a couple of people,

A few performing Yoga,

And a few breathing deeper.

 

The Earth so wide,

With vehicles on her body,

Yes, morning had arrived

And so woke everybody.

 

Above myself, I saw a cloud,

A cloud so dark,

It wasn’t monsoon,

But came from a factory of lark.

 

The city so calm,

It looked at night,

But during the day,

It gave me a fright.

 

In the transition of my flight,

I see such different sights,

In confusion I remark,

Has the morning really arrived???

 

 

♥♥♥

 

Love

A greed, a desire.

If they don’t have it, they want it.

If they have it, they want more of it.

This, never stops,

Never satisfied,

Never saturated.

A life, anew,

A death, recurrent,

A hope, bright,

A faith, constant.

Illustrious,

Boisterous,

Delusional,

This love.

It can make you,

It can break you,

All smiling,

Weeping, in the dark.

Painful,

Yet an anaesthetic,

Numb,

Yet agonizing.

All giving,

Not receiving,

Unconditional,

Pure.

Demanding,

A little attention,

Appreciation,

Apologies.

Yet Serene,

So divine,

Devastating,

Killing.

Complete,

Hollowed,

A wish,

Unfulfilled.

 

Relationships!!!

With the turn of the millennium, relationships have taken a turn as well.

They are not even close to what they were, just a few years back. With the advancement in technology, love and relationships are becoming electronic as well. That personal touch is gone. Its more about smileys and emoticons now. Those teasing looks and naughty smiles have faded. Now all you do is smile at a dumb screen. That desperate need to see your loved one, that feeling of a skipping heart beat, those tears of happiness, all vanished. Those special efforts, despite all difficulties just to see your better half smile, don’t know where have they all gone! Now, a photograph is all that is needed to make you smile, because after all that is all you have. Time is running, people are busy, busy even to take the efforts to meet the one whom you want to spend the rest of your life with. Its a sad picture, but it is the truth.

I don’t say that feelings don’t exist, they do… but the crispiness, mirth, wickedness of a relationship doesn’t exist. The basic requirement to spending time together in reality and not in a virtual chat world is what is lacking. People claim to be together, but are they together is the real sense is my question. And the answer is ‘no’. Chats and phone calls don’t make up a relationship. Fear of losing, efforts to make it last, possessiveness and dominance, maturity as well as that little childishness, is all that matters.

In this time of competition, love has competition too. Observation proves it, attention is what people want. And in the absence of the same, people drift in whichever direction a little attention comes from. Attention doesn’t mean talking all the time or being with each other, but a sweet good morning and a beautiful good night, an occasional candle light dinner, a close dance, those mesmerizing whispers, romantic songs, little gifts, hugs and kisses, that is all. And without all this, a relationship is just a some boy with some girl, not a couple in love.

Today we are living in the fast forward phase, where everything happens at a tremendous speed. Relationship and breakups are a trend. Just normal stuff! If you have never been in a relationship in today time and life, you are probably the lamest person on this planet. This very idea is stupid in the real sense. It proves people have forgotten that patience is virtue and yes it truly is.

And with his little message I would like to conclude, “Take a break people, slow down. It’s no race, it’s life. Love it, live it.