Wednesday, March 06, 2019

182. Company

I was seeking company,
I found you,
But with you alongside,
I felt lonely.

I kept walking,
Holding onto you,
Hoping for a day
When the solitude will end.

Now, I am alone,
But no longer lonely,
I walk with myself,
Sleep, wake up and
Converse with myself,
Now, I relish my company.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

188. Text, don't call

Texting is gradually becoming the in-thing. Not long back, face-to-face communication was replaced by telephonic communication. People could talk for hours over phone, but even a few minutes face-to-face were difficult. This is gradually changing. Today, people, especially youngsters, prefer texting to calling. They can indulge in long chats through texting, but avoid talking even while sitting in the same room.Preference of youngsters for texting is confirmed by a number of recent surveys.

What has brought about this change? One reason could be aversion for noise. There seems to be so much noise around that we prefer to indulge in noiseless communication even with our loved ones. Silent moments are so few and far between that we are desperate to create such moments. Instant messengers have made the whole process so much more easy. 

Another reason for texting preference could be a bloated sense of privacy. We are too concerned about our own private space and are equally scared of intruding into others' private space. So, even if one has to talk urgently to someone, one is expected to first text the other person and take his or her consent for calling.  

Texting is also extensively used to silently intervene in oral communication. If there are three persons in a room, two of them can communicate through texting without the third person knowing what actually is going on.In a sense, texting has made it easier for a person to be nice to another person in oral communication, but at the same time, very nasty about him or her in writing. Texting can silently influence the course of oral communication.

What I find very irritating is the mechanical use of texting. Today, we greet a much larger number of people than before on special occasions like anniversaries and festivals. Ease of copy-paste and almost no cost of texting has made this apparent sociability possible. We have started wishing and greeting indiscriminately without anyone feeling anything. We are dealing with so many people that we have to go in for short-cuts. On someone's death, we can shamelessly write "RIP". At least on such occasions, one should be more considerate. But alas, even death cannot move us any more.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

181. New Year

Every year
You stand smilingly
In front of my abode,
Knocking at my door,
Seeking to come in.

With same promise of hope,
Same dream of bliss,
You teasingly urge me
To let you in.

Every year, I believe you,
Every year, I let you in,
But you fail to keep word,
You fail to deliver.

New year,
You are a fake lover
And I, your constant victim.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

4. Roses

Delhi is really beautiful at this point of time. The sun is very pleasant after cold nights. Groundnuts, gajar halwa, til-pattis, gazaks- one is spoiled for choice. Vegetable markets are overflowing with seasonal stuff like peas,cauliflower,cabbage and carrots. There are flowers in gardens. Rose, the king, stands out with its amazing variety. With so much to look forward to, who cares about the much talked-about pollution?

Sunday, December 09, 2018

180. New year

A new beginning,
A new resolve,
I started walking
Through a new year,
Months kept rolling,
Seasons kept changing,
Now I am in December.

As a new year knocks,
I have reached nowhere,
Have I been under illusion?
Has my journey been in vain?

A new year will soon arrive,
A new journey will soon begin,
Hope returns every January,
Though every December is the same.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

82. In and around Munnar

Situated in high hills of Kerala, Munnar is an enchanting hill station.Its beauty lies in lush-green tree plantations strewn all around it. Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji, the blue-coloured flower which blooms once every twelve years. 2018 is the year it bloomed last. Eravikulam National Park near Munnar is famous for the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species of goat which can climb steep heights. Another prime attraction for visitors is the Mattupetty dam. Situated at a height of 1700 m above the sea level, Mattupetty is known for its  beautiful lake. Munnar has a decent market where one can find a large number of shops selling tea, spices and home-made chocolates. 

Withering Neelkurunji flowers

Rare goat 

Thursday, November 08, 2018

179. Darkness inside

I lit lamps -
Thousands of them,
Many more than last time,
Candles and bulbs joined too
To keep darkness at bay.

Now, all is bright outside,
No trace of darkness at all,
But darkness inside persists,
Gets more intense every year.

My quest is on,
I must find the lamp
And put it at the right place
To drive away the darkness
That remains entrenched inside me.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

82. Sardhana Church

When I went to Meerut a few days back, some locals told me about the Church at Sardhana, about 25 kilometres away. I decided to make a quick visit in the morning before returning to Delhi. The road was quite good and there was greenery all around. Fields on both sides of the road were full of sugarcane plants. We crossed a beautiful canal and landed in Sardhana.
Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, also known as Churches among the Churches, is dedicated to Virgin Mary.It was built by Begum Samru who married a European soldier. Samru converted to Roman Catholicism in 1781.She is regarded as the only Catholic ruler in India, and ruled the Principality of Sardhana in the 8th and 19th centuries. The Church is beautifully constructed with a lot of open space all around. The main pathway to the Church is lined with statues depicting various stories from the life of Jesus Christ. The place exudes serenity and is definitely worth visiting.