THE INFAMOUS THREESOME

Tom, Dick and Sally
Went strutting down the alley

 

The sky was blue
On the green grasses were no drops of dew

 

“Look there,” said Tom pointing to his right
And the threesome burst forth laughing with all their might

 

For there stood a bunch of bullies
Pulling down the red pants of a teary-eyed Billy
(Isn’t red not a colour to be stitched into a pant?)

 

Thus strode ahead the threesome
Having fun a wholesome

 

Into the college gates they barged
Larry bowed before them removing his hat
(Ain’t freshers supposed to acknowledge seniors with humble obeisance?)

 

They were late for the lecture as usual
But they didn’t think it to be anything unusual

 

Out pulled Sally a Notice from the Outboard
Crushed and crumpled, it was tossed over her shoulder falling near the toilet door
(Ain’t rules meant for chicken-hearted morons?)

 

Sliding down the staircase railing,
They reached their classroom in the basement humming and whistling

 

The teacher’s disparagement
Wasn’t a reason to cause ‘em any discouragement
(Don’t classroom disciplines make robots out of men?)

 

Off they scooted to the campus canteen as the bell rang
To join the rest of their infamous gang

 

They grabbed the lunch plate from a hungry Bob
And ran away to their secret hub
(Isn’t is fun to eat off others’ money?)

 

Such and such their days passed by
Until their actions left them high and dry

 

Realization struck one fine day
When they were walking across the broadway

 

A repentant Dick resolved never to traverse his old paths again
Nodded Tom and Sally in affirmatory unison

 

If you meet them sometime now
Ask them what made them change and how

 

You’ll know then the secret of their transformation
That monumentally reset their lives’ foundation
(Isn’t life’s reformation a reason for celebration?)

Mendacity, in the guise of relativism, convenience and accommodation is one of the biggest roadblocks
to the discovery of the absolute truth.

Our life is given to us to be lived in a certain way.
If it is not being led in the way it should have been
then we struggle along the way. 

Self Belief may not make opportunities land up in your lap but it definitely arms you up with the capacity to foresee, evaluate, accommodate the opportunities from a long distance and channel them to your feet and propel you to the steering of your own destiny.

“Pray for Forgetfulness for if you tend to forget the good done by you to others and continue in your penance of compassion, the serpent of arrogance will never be able to poison your soul. You will be grounded with the weight of a jewel called Humility.”

 

AN END TO THE ENIGMA OF LIFE

I kept wandering in the pursuit of happiness that never had any definitey.

I was surrounded by the maddening chatter of desires that robbed me of my serenity.

I kept looking for flaws in others to prove my superiority.

I was an obnoxious, boisterous trumpet busy in singing laurels in self-praise,  deprived of humility.

I invested myself to the extent of immersion in the worldly ties that costed me my sobriety.

I propelled higher in the skies of baseless egos and crude pride that I lost connection with the reality.

I was absorbed by the frivolous vanity of material charms that left me with insanity.

I let my greed take over my senses and I became nefarious and lost even my humanity leave aside divinity.

I was flowing with the directionless wind until I encountered – Failure, Old Age, Illness & Death – Teachers who teach everyone without disparity.

I soon yet quite lately realised that I was so far indulged in a mirage hunt that never existed even remotely.

I now stood as a silent spectator, witnessing the changing masks, perhaps the real faces – shedding down inhibitions and civility.

I was baffled at first, agitated, and finally struck by melancholy to see everything moving away from my proximity.

I crumbled down like a brittle wall and wailed hard that echoed within, digging up and unearthing the dormant soul resting under the debris of mistaken identity.

I was now bound to listen to the resonating call of my true companion that completely shook me first with remorse only to bring stability.

I realised the riches I amassed throughout never comforted me, contrary to that delight dwelled in a charity that has never been my priority.

I always had a safe distance from compassion while arrogance choreographed my relations that weathered away in the face of a calamity.

I, now a solitary reaper of venomous fruits of bitter seeds of my deeds quizzed my companion to suggest a way if any that leads to liberty.

I overheard as my companion whispered to my heart “seek forgiveness and salvation from the ever compassionate Almighty”.

I was again left in the lurch ” how shall I go about seeking the ultimate one and escape from the world and its duplicity.

I was startled when a voice echoed from within “shall I call you ignorant or address as innocent?  Still searching out, paying no heed to the one residing in you since eternity”.

I stood sans commotion, letting the silence speak eloquently to and within me, taking the charge of my senses for the first time in a while now and soaking in the tranquillity.

I felt the warmth of my tears drenching my barren heart as his words are aiding cultivation of compassion & righteousness that would yield the crop of wisdom, the profit of salvation, making soul opulent, and lofty.

I latched onto the light of truth, dispelled the fog of ignorance that enveloped my being, the cluster that insidiously gripped me is losing its ground, a life that seemed enigmatic is now deriving it’s meaning while rediscovering its beauty!!!

GRAB THE BROOM AND SWEEP AWAY THE DUST

Ever since I shifted to Bangalore, I chose not to keep a household help and preferred to do the chores myself so that I stay active at home. People often are taken aback and ask me how do I manage to do so much all by myself and I tell them that I want to maintain an active lifestyle and without going out for work, this will ensure my routine in the house doesn’t get lethargic. Doing the cleaning job myself ensures that all the nooks and crannies are clean and clear from unwanted dirt and dust.

Lately, like many others, I too have become the victim of pandemic stress. Yes, I must admit that on watching and reading the news videos and similar stuff, I ended up fuelling up the negative thoughts inside me. I even wasn’t sure if I could write up my article scheduled for today because I was feeling too low until I talked to Chiradeep, whom I messaged about my inability to write. While we discussed the increasing rate of depression in this COVID era, we also conversed on how we can immerse ourselves in doing positive things.  It’s strange, yet funny at times when you know the exact cause of your worry and still keep thinking about it. The situation is similar to that web in one of those corners of your room. You know that you have to remove it with the broom, but you try to ignore it instead, only to realize that the spider has got enough time to build a bigger web. And, when it becomes too shabby, you just swipe it with a broom.

Our brain is now filled with numerous stuff- work, chores, kids (their health, online classes, screen time, entertainment, homework, etc), immunity of family, and a lot more. Above all this, we load our minds with all the negative stuff that we come across social media. And this needs to stop. We need to sweep away this adverse junk to make the head feel lighter and life easier. Apart from this, you have to trust. Trust in God. Believe in your prayers, asking Him to remove every dirt that you have in your minds. He is and will be there for you, forever.