Friday, December 31, 2010

Our Poem :) An ode to the new year

The white knight said to his heart throb:
“I am thinking that,
If ever dreams & energy had a shape,
I would perceive them and use them to be better man.
If only dreams were reality and all the reality a dream
and if ever those dreams came true, I would never come back in reality.
If ever imagination has a limit and could become reality,
I would go back in time and live my childhood again
to live every moment as if it was my last and to Carpe Diem.
If ever love had sense and was always understood
And there was a scale to measure love then I would tell how I feel about you.”

I can’t help but think, he continued:
“How much more can be achieved,
if ever there was a limit to desires and we could reach it from within.
If only sky was the limit & the only borders across countries,
If only we were so clever to keep others happy forever
and ensure that there were no tears only smiles all around.
If we realised life does not shrink as we grow.
If only the world was a simple place and people,
understood everything we meant and no one ever misunderstood,
If they let you have the choice,
stayed loyal, got rid of selfishness,
If ever we never lied and if we grew horns when we lie,
How simple it would to tear off the masks that we are all wearing!”

“If ever we believed,
that some things do last forever
that sometimes the most difficult problems are solved by the simplest solutions
that a tough past will drive one towards a simple future
that love is fun & fun is love.
that stars can exist right here, amongst us
that no heart will get hurt in the pursuit of dream,
then we enjoy our time like there is no tomorrow”

“If we had the courage to ask for what the heart wants
and scream for it with all our might and dare wish;
for enough sleep to dream,
to have our own pet orangutans,
that  birds were not the only creatures to have wings,
to stay in Antarctica for a night,
for a break whenever we need change,
to sleep on the clouds,
a fire that can melt sorrows,
to make time stand still to freeze those moments of life.
Only then we will be able to envisage a bright future after a year of struggle,
year after year.

And the maiden said "so where do your thoughts take you and where you go?"
The Knight replied "where the light takes me, towards a new year,
a new dawn,
a new world where all my wishes would come true.
Come along my love”
And they held hands and flew together into eternity.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Three Wise Monkeys


The three wise monkeys – Mizaru (see no evil), Kikazaru (hear no evil) and Iwazaru (Speak no evil) were sitting on the shores of a foreign sea and contemplating about the ways of the world and suddenly Kikazaru asked “What is your greatest discovery in this strange land?”  The ever pensive Iwazaru became more pensive and was thinking on the lines of human nature and goodness of the universe when Mizaru quipped “The Greatest discovery is finding each other and not to forget the fourth one Shizaru – the one who does no evil.”
All three nodded in agreement when Iwazaru added “Like all the truths of life this might seem very trivial at the first glance but to find the right people with whom you can resonate and speak your mind, people with whom you can be yourself, people who become your friends for life even after you speak with them for a few hours, people who become a part of you and of whom you become part, is one of the greatest boons of our lives.”
Kikazaru went on “If you are with the right friends you can stand tall even when the world turns it’s back toward you. You can walk with the peace of having been forgiven even after you have committed a mistake. It is friends who keep you rooted to the realities while flying with you across the skies”
Probably the cold breeze was brining wisdom from distant lands and distant past to these three dreamers. The lackadaisical monkeys who would jump from place to place, create havoc, do mischief, be frivolous were today under the influence of the eternal light of friendship and were pouring forth emotions so humungous that the sea before them seemed to shrink.
They were letting their inner selves manifest which they did only when they were by themselves and hence the world failed to see beyond their frivolous nature. But little did they care! They gave two hoots to the opinion of the world. They knew they were right. Being non judgemental, being un biased, being open, treating everyone equally and living with the thought of carpe diem is what the wise do. The world can never understand and accept these. It can only ignore these outliers that too not forever. Sooner or later it is bound to look up to these monkeys for solace.
But blissfully unaware of these the monkeys smoked, jumped, laughed, abused each other and the entire world (none of these is evil of course, as it all came into their philosophical boundaries which were infinite). The played with the waters of the sea, breeze of the night, the sands of earth, the infinite sky and the fire within themselves.  They discovered indifference curves in the tail of the great bear. They went spiralling towards the higher levels of bliss and as they went they wished a wonderful new year for the world they had just left behind.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Madman


"I have this feeling for the past few days that my mother ship is trying to contact me. I am getting this very strong vibe from strange places and at strange times since when I lost my transiterator. Not surprising, since they would be worried. They can never think that I lost it; they might actually be thinking that I am imprisoned by you guys and you are trying to interpret their signals. Little do they know that you are these puny little fellows and simple minded too" said the mad man sipping the tea I bought him.
It had become a routine for me. I would buy him tea, biscuits or food and he would keep me engaged for some time with his words. I started this just to ridicule him and for time pass but I found that he actually has some interesting stuff to tell. But lately he was being ridiculously weird.
"You earthlings have an ego that is bloated enough to assume that you are moving fast towards the fringes of science when you have not even managed to enter the realms of what is known as true science in the rest of universe." He said with a gleam in his eyes.
I laughed "hey what’s up you are being weirder than usual.... you taking strange things, I was close to assuming that you were sane".
"Did you guys not call anyone who is wiser and different mad?" he shot back with considerable force in his voice which actually put me off. "You are all resting on your laurels - and success makes you blind, so blind that you are reversing a whole lot of progress made by your ancestors. You dismiss all their teaching as mysticism or something backward. You can’t be more wrong”
I waved my hand to indicate that I was dismissing his speech and was about to leave when he caught my hands and did not let me go. But I had to; it was getting a bit too much for me. What have I let myself into? Listening to him is ok but I don't have to get scolded for the evolution of mankind into what it was. It irritated me that a mad fellow was finding fault at the way we were and I released myself from his clutches and left in a hurry.
After a few days when I was standing at the entrance of the hotel waiting for funeral procession to pass I heard this ecstatic laughter. This fellow came running to me and says “I am so happy when I see someone crossing over! Why are you so confused? I mean the same thing you call death!! He will now see the other worlds”. I was taken aback and was looking at him with some new revulsion. He continued “now don’t give me that look. Haven’t you heard of the seven worlds that exist beyond the skies? You primitive creatures” he lamented.
Enough is enough, I decided not to see this fellow again and I just started crossing the road and did not even turn back to look at him, when he shouted “I like you; you are not like others who throw stones at anything that is different from them. I will talk to you even when I cross over and go to my world. It is possible you know, I can talk to anyone in this universe if I wish, but I should have the transiterator”
Sticking to my decision I hardly saw him after that. Even when I did, I took a detour to make sure that he does not spot me. I even stopped going to my regular tea shop to avoid this fellow. A few weeks had passed since then and today I happened to pass by the side of that shop and I did stop for a cup, when the tea master (the one who makes tea in a road side tea shop) asked me “Sir, you know that mad fellow was hit by a lorry last night? He died on the spot. People say he rushed towards the speeding lorry shouting something like finally I am going. The Police have taken away the body. Poor fellow! But good that he is dead. What use are these people to earth?”
I am not sure if I was happy or sad. But why should I feel after all I was not even attached to him. Putting all these confusions to rest and closing the chapter of the madman in the book of my life, I hit my bed when I suddenly heard this small voice: “Hey you, earthling – I have got a new transiterator”. I sat up wide awake fully drenched in sweat. Am I hallucinating? Was it a dream? or was it................  


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Living Life the Zen way - realisation at the Beach

What did a few hours of Corporate Finance do to a group of students? Some fell asleep, some lost their sleep, some got terrified and some gratified (with the group studies). And then there were the six of us(Appy, Ashish Bhai, Binay, Panda, Laddoo and I)  who went bonkers and decided to go the beach at 12 30 AM And off we were to Jumeira Beach by taking a cab.!!!! 

The moon was bright and beautiful. The stars seemed like small pieces of glasses strewn over a black velvet blanket that were reflecting the light of the moon and the Hunter Man (Orion) emerged slowly from behind the clouds to stand guard for us. The waves we whispering their welcomes. Cool air in our hair and cool sand beneath our feet we stepped into the surprisingly warm water.... The surprises nature offers us subtly, never end.

After a good deal of playing in water in a mildly 'nicotine induced high' we sat on the shores with the skyline of Dubai behind and the endless sea in front of us. This serenity even subduded Appy into a nirvana :) Thus were we collectively inspired to contemplate that there are two ways of leading lives:
  • one by thinking, planning and acting where by you actually lead a life
  • the other acting on impulses and enjoying just that moment where by u actually just live
now we were living just that moment that too to the fullest - The Zen Way.

The Aaoge Jab Tum Saajana was still flowing melifluously from our mobiles when we decided to take a cab back and surprisingly the universe delighted us by playing the same song again in the radio. It still echoes in our mind as we lull ourselves into sleep -  Aaoge Jab Tum Saajana............

And in our dreams we wish oursleves a Very Good Morning for yet another day which lets us discoverwhatever life has to offer... ensoy.........

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wanderlust

With song in my lips and joy in my heart,
I shall march ahead on foot or on a cart.
I don’t know the path, I can't see my goal,
I cannot be contained in a small rabbit hole.

I shall not stop; I will wander and roam,
My world lies outside and not in my home.
My legs will not stop and I cannot take rest
I want to keep searching to find out the best.

One life is too short to see the whole world,
but we always have time to sing with a bird.
My travels will not cease, I will never rust,
will walk even to my death, I am wanderlust