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The Poor, Dark, Fat and Ugly Gems of the World!

Life is not always fair. Not to everyone at least. Impartiality of life is depicted in different forms and so does partiality.

In recent times, partiality started coming in the form of currency, color, physique and appearances.

Those on one side of this chess board of life keep on enjoying the privileges that life offered them free of cost and without effort. While others, not so fortunate like the blessed creed of the world struggle all through life to prove their mettle. It is such a tiring journey when all through your life you have to convince others that…

You are much more than a color of skin, a number on the weighing scale, a mere physique or a favored appearance.

There’s more to your personality, above and beyond the comparison scales this world has devised. It is so unjust that the fair faces and fit figures, wealthy beings and attractive appearances get more attention from the world. In our personal and professional lives, we resort to these fake idols of self-worth. And in doing so, more often than ever, we deprive others of their due right of attention. Giving more time and care to those whom we perceive better based on their corporal traits only. Not everyone is created equally in terms of these materialistic idols that we have started adoring today. But, everyone is equal in their own personal worth.

While we laugh at character, morals, values, integrity and virtues, they mourn our ignorance.

We judge others more based on these worldly means and less on spiritual yardsticks. Everyone here likes and is attracted more towards a pretty smile, a rich aura, a smart personality or a fair face. But these traits should not be considered a means to weigh a person’s worth. Everyone has a personality of his own. Everyone has a heart that feels this discrimination and aches for the same kindness and care. But unfortunately, not everyone gets it. As we are so indulged in revering our own idols of beauty and riches we forget that somewhere sometimes we also get to be the victim of this discrimination.

May we learn soon, sooner enough before much hearts are broken.

The Veil of Lies is thin!

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There is a season for everything that happens to us, as there is a reason for everything that we do. There is also a timing for every revelation that happens.

The truth has a timing for its validation as well, just as the lie has a moment for its refutation.

Lies look like lilies from afar but the moment you come closer they are no more than a mirage of thorns.  No amount of effort can hide the truth for long and no amount of dismissal can hold the lies forever. Fringe benefits of choosing a lie over truth don’t last long just as the veil of lies has to come off sooner or later. 

You, Me, All of Us strive all our lives to be our own idols and be remembered for the good deeds that we haven’t even done.

We sugarcoat our personalities, mould our wordings, mask our intentions, shroud our wrongdoings…

…what for…just a portion of worldly benefits…just for some loose change of admiration. What you are and who you are is a story written in stone. How ironic that we try to twist the reality and attempt to control the fate of the ones around us with a bunch of lies. No matter how desperately you try to succeed, how eagerly you try to prove yourself, you have no right to discredit any one and demerit any soul with the perceptions of your false fabricated realities.

We all, in our lifetimes are going to have our fair share of hard-earned  and heart-felt truths.

The lie will befriend you in its trap, but the truth will set you free. Every lie someday must surrender to its counterpart; a truth. So, if you are among the ones spreading lies; beware, the world of lies is a short-lived joy and an embarrassment forever. But, if you are among the fortunate ones, who are being lied about, rejoice, that the bliss of truth will vindicate your past troubles.

The world is a global village for a lie. It soon and ultimately reaches the liar and the victim both; exposing one and liberating the other.

Be glad that you are on the other side of the fence, where although the view is not that pleasing, but it is real. Where the thin veil of lies has come from the face of life.

Now, the direction will be clearer, and decisions will be crisper.

Just BE.

If you want to paint, write, fly, hike…… just do it. People will scare you of the consequences of chasing your dreams. The consequences of getting out there and do your thing. The consequences of being out there, barefooted, in the world of harsh verdicts. People criticize, and they will do it…always.

They criticize the doers the most.

So, BE what you wish to be. BE what you feel to be in your bones. BEing is sometimes scary, because you do not know what the reaction of the world around you will be. What the perception of the near and dear ones around you will be.

People might come at you like an erupting volcano. Or they might come to you like ardent fans.

What to do if they come at you criticizing. But what if they come to you with words of praise and gleam of admiration. This is too cherished a dream to give up BEing. The shards of judgement might hurt you. But not BEing what you are meant to be will hurt your own self.

So, be that blogger, that photographer, that performer. Because opinions are  not meant to be taken to your heart. The best answer to them is having that delight in doing and the joy in being.

When you do and be what is cherished by the heart and prized by the soul, opinions don’t matter.

So, Just BE.

The Other Side of a Friends’ Meetup

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Every meetup where a group of friends get together is filled with laughter and joy. Time flies when you are with your school, college or university buddies. You discuss events, people, places and what not. You realize how silly you were to worry over petty issues and how non-serious you were about life’s realities.

Every memory is a joy to recall now.

That school canteen, that bunk with college friends, that rainy day in university; every pleasure is a treasure now. That workload, that pressure of the looming deadlines, that fear of the exam result; every pain seems a delight now.

The years are measured in laughs. The distance of decades is covered in seconds with smiles.

The past seems amazingly beautiful. When you are with your clan, you forget the world. Heart aches for a little more time to spend in this company. But, like everything else, this also comes to an end. Greetings are exchanged. Goodbyes are often replaced with the commitment of another meetup if and when life allows. One by one, everyone bids farewell.

Then comes the sad part of the meetup…the utter sorrow of leaving this part of life until next time.

The beloved chapter of life closes for one more time.

The heart beholds the memories which cannot be shared with anyone else, except these crazies we call friends. Each of them must go back to their lives, away from this bond of friendship. Back to a wife or husband, kids, a job, parents; where everyone and everything needs a dedicated commitment. This seldom lets you spare time for a frequent friends’ meetup. This shared world of memories must be left there and then. The remorse is overwhelming. But that exactly how life is.

That is the real other side of a friends’ meetup.

Organic People

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Organic. Free-range. Un-adulterated. Natural. Additive-free.

With the growing awareness and looming health concerns, we all are running after food which is labelled with this kind of synonyms. Because we all want to reach our old age without any ignored health adage.  Those who care for their health and well-being, care for what they are having as food for their body.

The time is near when we will be looking out for people with the same qualities.  

Raw. Unequivocal. Forthright. Genuine. Authentic.

With the passage of time, it is becoming more and more difficult to find real products. There are more copies than originals. Similarly, there are more hypocrites than uprights around us.

The soul craves for unambiguous honesty, the same way as the body craves for raw freshness.

We all want to eat what is not going to affect our physical health. Our heart wants to hear what is not going to devastate our mental health.

The body needs the nutrition which it doesn’t need to regret having later. The heart wants the amity where the mind doesn’t have to regret its decision later.

The body wants the food which replenishes its energy needs. The heart wants the company which fulfills the needs of the soul.

Too unfortunate that replicas are more and genuine people are less.

Too heart wrenching that hypocrisy is more appreciated and truthfulness is less admired.

Too demotivating that diplomacy is more in demand and rightfulness is less.

Organic People are becoming rare and endangered species.

The need of the hour is to preserve the purity of such souls. Lend them an ear to hear, bring forward a hand to support and pat them on the back for maintaining their originality in times of extreme fabrication.

Human Mirrors!

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You, Me and all of Us, whether good or bad, are reflections of each other. We find parts of ourselves in others. We are all connected in the greater scheme of this universe.

We attract what we are.

What we are hiding in the deep crevices of our heart and soul will be evident through the people we connect with. That is how, it happens so often, that we connect instantly with some  people and get offended promptly by some. No matter how much we try, we will never find peace around those who are not a reflection of our own self. Similarly, no matter how harsh the circumstances are, we will find solace in our reflection in someone like us.

We, at some point of time in our lives, find ourselves walking in the wasteland of seclusion. Some of us couldn’t even succeed in getting out of this wilderness. The walls that we have built around us and the boundaries that we have demarcated for us don’t allow us to see others as a reflection of our own self. Somehow, somewhere we are all alike in perspectives of our dispositions.

You, me and each one of us will find fragments of our personalities in others.

The one trait that you admire the most in someone, might be the same that you were aiming to develop in your own personality. The one thing that you despise the most about someone might be the same that you want to change in yourself.

Wherever we go and wherever we are, we can find souls with the same emotional frequency as us. That one best friend, that one compatible cousin, that one understanding colleague… how we have managed to keep them in our circle of life. Because these are the people who are just like us. Who retain the same philosophy of life as us. Who share the same feelings on the journey of life as us. Who have trodden the similar path of life as us, if not the same.

We connect instantly with those with whom our personalities resonate in perfect harmony.

Somehow, through the process of evolution we have learnt the art of grasping the aura of others and recognizing our own reflection in others, who are not like us in flesh and blood. Those soulful conversations, those deep thoughts, those inspiring ideas and those joyous plans are meant to be shared with only a few around us.

We find ourselves in the mist of this crowded world in people who reflect our spirit and ambitions. 

Sometimes we find ourselves in the joy of a kind heart and sometimes in the malice of a wary soul. What you are going through might be the same that I went through once. Your joy was my happiness once. Your sorrow could be my suffering someday. So, we are, in reality, mere reflections of each other.

We all are weaved in the fabric of connection. That connection can take many forms…happiness, sorrow, joy, grief.

Through the course of life, we have learnt that we are not the only ones with that emotional trauma and with that heartache. In the face of calamity of life, we all have similar experiences. I find fragments of my life in you. You might find parts of your journey in me. It is a blessing to find your reflection in others, otherwise we would be yearning and longing for pouring our heart out. It’s just essential that we untangle each other’s stories knot by knot, thread by thread.

Like-minded friends, compatible family members, colleagues sharing similar passions…if you find any of these in your life then you are truly blessed. These are the people who are ‘You in the silhouette of another soul’. These are the people who are like us in a world which is so dauntingly diverse.

The purpose is to find these Human Mirrors to share your joys & unburden your sorrows and above all to unwind yourself.