Mountains (a haiku)

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sinuous mountains
basking in heliacal warmth
amidst the floral stretches of green, welcome life…

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The Best Camera.

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It was two days back. An afternoon engulfed in humidity. I lifted my digicam off the shelf and headed out straight to the small garden in the terrace of my house. I do it often these days. Visiting the garden. What makes me curious is to think of various angles in which I can take a shot that would portray beauty in the purest way. By the way, I love macro photography and have recently started on it, accidentally though.

The tiny things compliment the colossal fragments of nature’s beauty. And it is only the limitations of a camera that can forestall one from capturing it! Well, what I usually do in the terrace is search for tiny flowers, uncurling leaves, withering stems. That day was giving me a disappointing feeling. The things I was accustomed with, as far as taking a photograph goes, weren’t there. No budding flowers. No nascent leaves. I looked above, towards the left sky. All barren. As I turned my head towards right, what I saw left me open-mouthed.

Bunch of thick clouds. Bright white. Floating in the sky. And giving the beauty a finishing touch was the clear bluish sky all around. Just that, in all exactness. Blue complementing the white. It was like patches of white on a blue canvas to mend something, maybe our sorrows. A smile came instantly on my face. I adjusted my camera, picked an angle, adjusted brightness, and finally clicked. When I saw the photo, I got a little disappointed. What my eyes were seeing, my camera wasn’t capturing.

As a matter of fact, my camera isn’t that great. A simple 12 MP camera with basic utilities and settings. I started wishing if I had a better camera, more professional one. Interestingly, my mind switches to ‘contemplation mode’ whenever I feel sad or disappointed. I then try figuring out what is actually causing this gloominess; whether it is not getting something that I am feeling sad about or it is my own thoughts making me feel so.

I started to think, standing in the middle of terrace, my eyes scanning the blue above. The cool breeze was slowly refreshing my rotten mood. I thought, what could be the best camera to capture such beauty other than our soul itself. I can, at some point of time in the future, buy a good camera; maybe even a DSLR. Surely, I will then be capturing better shots. But I now start seeing the real point here.

It is not about a better camera; or the best camera. It is about savoring the fragment of wonder before our eyes. It is about enjoying the present moment and not burdening oneself with  futile thoughts, because the good moments need to be captured for bad times.

Life just Happens! 🙂

It is Good to Reconnect the Vanishing Dots.

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I finished my schooling four years back. Thereafter when I went for my graduation studies, my links to my school life had started straining. I started receiving fewer calls from friends, sometimes only messages. Even talks via social networking sites had started decreasing. The calls and messages, then, at one point, ceased to come. Back then, I sometimes used to think whether I would ever meet my school friends again. School times were golden times. I would indulge into monologues on several occasions on how we would be meeting 10 years from then. I used to think whether things would change although change is inevitable and comes in the most surprising of ways. By the time I was 1 year into my graduation course, I could barely think of the school days. The school days were gone. The friends were gone!

Each one of us, after our schooling, had the big question in front, ‘What next?’ I remember, from the good old incidents of school days, whenever any friend would ask, ‘What will we do after school? Will we be together?’ And came, every time, the unanimous reply, ‘YES, we will!’ We would think of joining the same college. Staying together. Merrying together. For all the days to come.

Surprisingly, and somewhat sadly, our this dream had been far from the reality as it turned out. Our dream was structured on feelings, and life has a special way of listening to such dreams. The bitter way, like offering a necessary medicine which no one likes to consume. Each one of us went on separate ways. In separate colleges. Pursuing unknown goals.

I still remember how in the early days of my graduation studies, I remained aloof. Aloof of people. Aloof of life. I remained in myself, or rather in the good old days I had left behind. It felt like a game of tug-o-war, with the only difference of the game being pre-fixed, that I had to lose. And I lost. I lost contact to a major fraction of my school friends. Those were the bad days, or rather not the good old days of my life.

When I woke up today, I didn’t knew what life had in closet for me today. I did the usual chores. Did a bit of reading. Slept for long hours in the afternoon. And when I woke up again, I didn’t realize that life had opened its closet and I was in for a pleasant surprise.

Within an hour’s time post my waking up, an official from a nearby bank knocked at the door asking me to accompany him to the bank for the purpose of verification of some kind. I hurriedly changed my clothes, took necessary documents and left with the man for the bank.

I sat down on a chair, waiting to get called,  the bank head to feet in their routine work. And as I was gazing from one corner of the room to the other, my eyes tracked a familiar face coming out from among two or three people standing at a distance to five feet from me. And mind it, ‘five feet’ is an approximation. I am not a guy who carries inch tapes to banks. Or to any place.

So coming back. The familiar face. How could I forget him! I was seeing a school friend after 3 long years! Without any invitation. Without any kind of premonitions. A smile covered his thinly face as he saw me. YES. This is the big part. The smile. He recognized me. He didn’t ignore me. He approached me with a smiling face. And I slowly raised from the chair, an expression of surprise, a pleasant one, on my face. I didn’t even realize when I too had started smiling.

We exchanged talks, asked about each other’s life. And in those talks came rolling another surprise towards me. That he was the assistant manager of that branch! I greeted him wishes. I felt happy.

Although our meet turned out a short one, as he had to see his errand and I had to return, I am happy that it happened. Such is life. Ever unpredictable. I feel it is a good thing, life being unpredictable. It offers sudden bursts of happiness which have the power of revitalizing one’s dormant soul!

Embrace without questioning. Live without regretting.