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. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

178. Water

Water comes cascading,
It roars, it threatens,
I stand on the bank,

Water keeps pushing,
I start retreating,
Little do I know,
It is unsparing.

Running is meaningless,
Retreating of no use,
It can quickly reach,
It can quickly devour.

I must stand firm
With weak-looking straw,
Let the roaring water roar,
It will finally give up,
It will finally go home.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

177. Do as I wish

I won't let you love,
Nor let you smile,
I won't let you talk,
You must do as I wish.

Else, I'll blacken your face,
Hit you, insult you,
Marry you off as I want,
Smother you before you blossom.

I am watching you forever,
Where is escape from me?
I am sure of my purpose,
I will brook no dissent.

If you wish to survive,
Do as I ask you to do,
I have not given you life,
But death I can freely bestow.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

81. Bannerghatta Biological Park

The Bannerghatta Biological Park is a good weekend getaway from Bangaluru. Hardly around 20 kilometres from the city, it offers a jungle safari and has a well-stocked zoo. It also has a small bee park which, although lacks variety, is a good addition to the package.  

Sunday, August 05, 2018

176. Don't say anything

Today, don't say anything.

Long spell of heat 
Has ended today,
See, up in the sky
Black clouds are floating,
Drops have started falling,
Let them touch
Your cheeks, your heart,
Your entire being.

Save all harsh words,
All hard feelings
For another day,
Opportunity will come.

Today, just be different,
Just be in synch,
The clouds and the rain
Have come knocking,
Welcome them, join them,
Today, don't say anything.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

175. The tree and the cloud

A tired tiny bird
Came flying in,
Sat on the branch
Of a fragile old tree,
Forsaken by its leaves,
Standing all alone.

The tree tried hard
To protect the rare visitor
From the scorching sun,
But was helpless,
Its leaves were long gone.

A waterless cloud,
Watching the struggle from the sky,
Drifted above the tree
To provide shade to the bird.

A lonely old tree 
And a waterless cloud
Joined together
To keep the mighty sun out
For a tiny bird
Who was known
To none of them.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

174. Retirement Home

Son, all is fine here,
But it is not my home.

My room is nice,
Fittings suited to my age,
No hassle of cooking food,
Doctor is on call.

A big park to walk,
Space to meditate,
Regular Yoga sessions,
Outings now and then.

A room for prayers,
A card room for fun,
Even a small theatre,
They do really take care.

All is fine at retirement home,
But son, it is not my home.