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The Onlooker

Walk On

So often in life

When you think you’ve

Finally taken a step forward

Shit just drags you back to square one

I read back to some old words

“If what is ahead scares you and what is behind hurts you then just look above”

I look up and see skyscrapers

Blocking the stars and the moon

The same things that make me feel

That it’s ok I’m not alone

Sitting in the middle of a traffic ingested road

I’ve never felt so alone

But then there it is that voice again

From deep within

That says you can’t be lonely

When you have yourself

And you are not inconsequential

You have you

Two arms to wrap around yourself

when you need that hug

So what if you’re back to square one

You’re still on step one

Just like the waves that the sand

Pushes back again and again

They don’t stop do they

Nature doesn’t let them stop

So why should you

You too are not but a force of nature

You are there

That’s all you need

It’s never less

It’s still the one that matters the most

It’s not the end

Even though it seems to be

You still have many more

Traffic ingested roads left of this life

To walk on

Ferry Tales

She flew across oceans
One with the flock
She skimmed the seas
Charming the sun to rise

Her wings were never to be clipped
For none had the power to do so

She danced with mermaids
Sun kissed and magical
She sang the siren’s song
In search of her soul’s counterpart

Her wings were never to be clipped
For none could steal the power of her heart

Absolutely Random Poetry – Enroute to Alibaug!

Ferry Tales – Is one of those poems that simply flow out of you and you can’t stop yourself from typing it out…

Book Review: Open-Eyed Meditations

Books are an infinite treasure

Books are a means of escape

For those who don’t travel

Can’t or won’t socialize

For people like us

Books are our modes of transport

Books are our language of interactions

When I first received Shubha Vilas’ book ‘Open-Eyed Meditations – Practical Wisdom For Everyday Life’, I didn’t think I would be able to reach the last few pages, as you see this was the first self-help book or for that matter non-fiction book I was about to read after “The Secret” which I had read 10 years back. However, simplicity is the charm of this book!

Sprinkled with snippets of Indian Mythologies like Ramayan & Mahabharat, it is composed of 64 chapters of two-to-three pages each, which makes it simple to read. Especially for people like me who have a short attention span, this book can be devoured in small bites just like dark chocolate.

The author has covered several aspects of day-to-day life and given us simple yet effective means to deal with them. In several instances, you will be able to relate with the advice given as it matches your beliefs but has simply been put to words in a simple yet impactful way.

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Each chapter mentions an excerpt from either the Ramayan or Mahabharat, hence in some cases it’s difficult for us readers to find the connect if we are not too well versed with the myths. However, this has been well-balanced by the messages that are explained in depth before the examples.

Each chapter comes with a small summary at the end, which would help a reader go back any day and reread the crux of a chapter in a few minutes. This is something that I really liked as I have marked nuggets of wisdom that I really loved in a few chapters.

Here are a few quotes from the book that I loved the most…

“Yoga of communication is essentially a combination of three limbs, namely the yoga of interaction, the yoga of participation, and the yoga of non-intervention.”

“If the deep-seated addiction to conclude before listening is sacrificed, healthy interactions will begin.”

“Leadership is not about impressing people but about impacting people.”

“Peace and Joy cannot be purchased by forcing someone to love us more but by hating our self less.”

“No matter how much you try, you cannot make friendship deepen faster. The test of friendship remains time.”

Hence as you can see from the snippets above, the book is a simple trove of wisdom that we can put to use in day-to-day scenarios of life. An interesting read that I took a couple of weeks to complete vis-à-vis my usual quick day or two reading of fiction books. A suggestion to more people like me who do not like self-help books that much, read it with an open mind, with the perspective of understanding human psyche as an onlooker rather than with the objective of improving your self.

This review is a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books!

To Poetry!

Do you know that dark space
A poet enters
when words refuse to come forth

A dark black void
A blinding white sight
When thinking has stopped

Only the bot works on
Day in and day out
With thoughts not of the sane kind

With questions questioning the self
Can I even write?
I’m surely not good?

It’s these days that we need reminding
Why we started writing
Not for the likes

Not for the blog views
Or the follows or the site traffic
Not for any of that

Not to please someone
Not to make money
Naught but for the reason

That it’s oxygen
That it’s who we are
That it’s necessary for our souls

A single word

It’s beautiful how much pain
A single word can inflict upon you
What’s even more beautiful
is the amount of pain we can bear

We’re bottomless pits
All encompassing deep seas
Resilience is not only in
The ocean’s DNA but ours as well

Each one of us a black hole
Consuming it all in unfiltered
With countless big bangs
Restructuring within

In the span of a single life
LIFE – again a single word

Wilderness 

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Borivali National Park – Clicked by Me!

“The love of #wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the #earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only #paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” ~ Edward Abbey

Weekend Mantra! – Travel Haiku

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Source: Unknown – Google

Need a new road trip…

To refresh my grey cells this monsoon

Need some solitude far away

An Introvert’s Heart

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Something beautiful I came across on Instagram! Next level brilliant this is!

Solitude – Haiku

A feeling hard to find
An emotion craved desperately on a summer’s eve
A treasure always sought far-off

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