A walk to remember…

So the winds come to me,

As I move along..

They caress me,

As I feel them on my face..

They play with my hair,

As I open up to their embrace..

The golden yellow sun,

hides behind the waves..

Waves that dance along playfully,

as the shore touches their bare self!!

Moonlit sands lead me

to a solitary spot,

where I sit and gaze

at the moon that is now up

and in the dusky sky looks like a big dot.

I take this all, let it sink in myself,

I let the aura fondle me, and let my soul wander away,

beyond my home, to the lands unknown,

where the calm finds me!!

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The currents are at rest and the oceans are conquered,

the anchors are dropped and the chords are broken..

The night smiles at me…

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And as I walk away,

I leave my footprints in the sands of time,

to be washed away by the waves of life..

the stars that show me the way, silently walk with me

setting me free.. letting me be..

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Ada..

Kaise keh du ki

mujhe chhod diya hai usne..

baat to hai,

magar baat hai ruswai ki..

raakh ka dher hu main,

aur wo hai mauj-e hawa…

usse milne hai mujhe,

aur bikhar jana hai…

ye kis kayamat ki bebasi hai,

k na main mera na mera yaar mera…

na tujh pe kuch ikhteyar mera,

na dil pe kuch ikhteyar mera…

– meherbaan

Ecstasy to mind and peace to heart is a rare gift. Gulzar saab has always created such beautiful magic with words.

Loved those lines!

The Zahir : Book Review

Some books, that can change one’s life forever, in many unexplained ways..

The Zahir is one such novel, written by famous author Paulo Coelho. I read this book long time back, dunno.. may be some 6 years ago. When I read it then, I found it as a nice book. I had liked it a lot. But a lot has changed since then..with regards to myself.  A few days back, as I was going through my Shelfari book list, this book caught my eye. Something stirred within me and I felt this sudden need to read the book again. And now, when I finished reading it, it was a completely different experience. It taught me a lot.

Zahir, in arabic means means Obsession, a thing, which completely fills your mind, and you cant think of anything but that thing..!!

Plot : The story mainly consists of 3 characters, The narrator, Esther and Mikhail..and the journey is put down in 4 parts :

I AM A FREE MAN, HANS’S QUESTION, ARIADNE’S THREAD, THE RETURN TO ITHACA.

The narrator is a famous writer who is living a comfortable life. All is going well(so he thinks) until one day, when he discovers that Esther, his wife has disappeared. Was she kidnapped?murdered? (well, she was a war correspondent), or eloped? (with the guy called Mikhail, she used to talk about)? The search begins. The narrator meets Mikhail who promises to take him to Esther. But not before making him realize that in order to find his wife, he must find himself. That the life that he calls perfect is not at all perfect, its too materialistic and fake to be called as Life. The obsession to find Esther turns into a journey that shows the narrator and the readers too, that it is always important to know when something has reached its end..that whatever that has started should always meet its end. His meetings with Mikhail force him to analyse his marriage and where he went wrong. This journey that begins with searching Esther ends in understanding energy of love and getting back the real self that was lost somewhere while climbing up the path..

The book is written in typical Paulo Coelho’s style, where the readers dont just find it as a story, but a pilgrimage that they are doing. Parts of the book are written in Paris and St-Martin in France, in Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, in Amsterdam, on a road in Belgium, in Almaty and on the Kazakhstan steppes. Every word that he writes is valuable..at least to me. All that is written feels like its going on within. He has used some real life illustrations. Coping with loss of loved ones is never easy, but if you try and look upon the past, you’ll find it easy enough to let go and stop blaming others for what you lost cz of your own mistakes. The words chosen and the conversations are amazing. At some points I really found it hard to believe that someone can be so true about what actually should happen instead of what usually happens. I found the book highly inspiring. It is not a self help book, mind you. At times the book becomes a little heavy, but all through the read, it keeps the readers bound to its concept. With The Zahir, Paulo Coelho demonstrates his powerful and fascinating storytelling along with an ingenious insight into relations, energy of love, soul searching and letting go of all that stops you from completing the journey of life in actual terms.

Well, I learnt a lot from The Zahir. It taught me:

  • How to maintain a relationship well.
  • Expressing love is very important.
  • You should constantly empty your heart, mind and soul of the past so that there is space for new thoughts.
  • Conversations help a lot.

Some of my favorite quotes are :

  • Complete the circle. Not out of bride, inability to arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.
  • In the last few decades, expectations about marriage as the road to personal fulfillment have grown considerable, as have disappointments and dissatisfaction.
  • If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy.
  • We can let the energy of love flow instead of placing it in a jar and leaving it aside.
  • ..there is nothing worse than the feeling that no one cares whether we exist or not, that no one is interested in what we have to say about life, and that the world can continue turning without our awkward presence.

I give full marks to The Zahir and would highly recommend it to you readers. It is a beautiful journey that gives an insight into oneself and should not be missed. I hope you guys enjoy it. Tc!!

Emoticons say a lot! ;)

So um..its been long. Yea, I’ve been away cz I am a lazy creature. Thinking needs a lot of efforts. Efforts..hmm.. this reminded me of the fact that these days almost everything needs an effort. Even laughing or smiling or crying or whatever. Even tid bits seem like a tough job.

So, the other day I was thinking about the same. Laughing also takes efforts?? Yes. The way we have increased using social networking sites and reduced meetings in person, the speed with which friendships and relations are made and broken is a part of our life now. And just because we dont find it necessary to meet people or engage in social activities we have lost the real smiles from our faces. We dont find this is an issue because technology has made life very easy for us. It has invented EMOTICONS.  😦  😥  😐  🙂 😉 😛  😀 :O o.O. These are just the ones used on a usual basis. There are n number of emoticons that have given online communication a new definition. Just as a smiles says a lot, emoticons tell almost the whole story!

In the virtual world we dont need to keep our hands on our mouth to hide our smile. We just have to sit with a still face and put a smiley 😛 or any other as per the situation that actually needs a loud laugh but since the person on other side cant hear us, just a 😀 would be fine. I agree that we have ‘HAHAHAHA’ also as an option but why type so much? Just  a LOL, ROFL or ROFLOL would be enough to express the bursting bubbles from inside. And those who are tooo busy(actually lazy) they again use emoticons. No need to give that extra pain to your cheeks to smile or cry or do hawwww when surprised. We may now have to invent some other exercise to keep our facial muscles working or I guess in sometime doctors will prescribe this as an additional workout for mouth.

According to the observations, emoticons have been very useful. They are skillfully used to pretend that you are very happy or sad when actually the case is opposite. They can also show your real feelings if you wish to disclose them, that is rare. Also, emoticons are very much used to end a conversation these days. When you have no more words to answer an ongoing questionnaire hidden behind the friendly demeanor of an irritating person, you can always use a smiley. The person would understand what you are trying to say. See? Job done, no words, no hurt. Concealing and revealing what you feel is not much difficult now. Yeah, and a friend just reminded me, expressing love, mann..how could I forget that? Valentines day is on the way.. I just hope people don’t  end up sending only emoticons to their loved ones. After all we are humans, some physical and mental activity(in real and not the technical sense) should be there. Matters of heart are delicate.. and should not turn violent! 😉

But as with any technology, nothing stands still.

Just as ring tones lost their rustic charm a few years ago when they moved past a simple monophonic melody, emoticons have lost a bit of their soul by becoming animated and corporate. Where these emoticons make it so easy to communicate, they also lack the genuine respect and the feelings that should actually be  conveyed. But who has time in this super busy life? There are emoticons for almost every feeling and emotion. Just a colon and bracket.. message conveyed!

There could be a nice joke about story of our life if conveyed in emoticons. What it could be like? Happy, Happy, Very Happy+Giggly(in school), Very happy+Giggly(in college), Very Happy(early years of job and marriage), Happy again(Children), Speechless(most of the period after).

That would be like…   🙂 😀 😛 😀 😛 😀 🙂 😐 😦 😐 😦 😐 😦 …..  Isnt it? 😀

Tc people. Have a smiling day!