Faded

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The sun fades into the horizon,

The flowers of the garden fade and wilt,

The bright season fades into a dull grey,

The leaves fade and droop,

The magic of the moonlight fades.

In the eons of time,

everything in nature,

 fades away momentarily,

only to spring back into life,

vibrant and cheerful!

 

In response to the daily prompt : Faded

 

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School Trips

A couple of months back my 13 year old daughter came home with a notice from school. It stated that the school would be taking the children on a trip to Kerala for ten days during the 1st term break. She was thrilled and wanted to go. I was a bit skeptical about sending her, as I was not sure if she could manage on her own. When I put across my concern to my daughter she said, “Mom if you don’t send me, how will you ever know if I can manage or not?” She had a very valid point there.

That question clinched the deal for her! She got the green signal for the trip from both of us. As the date of the trip grew closer, the excitement in her was palpable. Last minute shopping, check lists, packing…….she was on cloud nine. On the day of the departure she was up and ready in a jiffy. They had to report to school from where the school bus took them to the railway station. We bid her good bye and I held back my tears. This was the first time she was away from me. She seemed to be very happy chatting with her friends.

She had a great holiday with her friends, managing so well. She was amazingly responsible, taking care of herself quite well, in spite of the hectic sightseeing schedules and erratic meal times. She was back with tons of pictures and bagful of beautiful memories, more confident and responsible!

Looking back, I feel sending children to such trips from school helps them in many ways.

It fosters responsibility in them

Taking care of themselves, packing and unpacking at different places, understanding money matters, waking up on time on their own, staying together with the group. All these go a long way in helping them evolve into responsible individuals.

Teaches them to make adjustments

She had to share the room with a couple of her friends. By doing so, she understood that people have diverse habits. Though some of them were not to her liking, she learned to adjust to them. Being a little choosy about the food she eats, the trip taught her eat what was available to all.

Develops Gratitude

They  traveled by sleeper class and had to carry their own luggage. It taught them humility and developed a sense of gratitude for so many things they are blessed in life, which otherwise they take for granted.

Values for life

At one place where these girls went shopping, it was the shopkeeper’s birthday. The lady was distributing a few chocolates to the children there. So these bunch of girls got together and sang the happy birthday song for her. She was overwhelmed with emotion. It was probably the first time somebody sang a birthday song for her! Such incidents help them evolve into more warm and caring individuals. Sharing and caring for each other was something they learnt through the trip. Experiencing certain things has a profound impact on the personality, than it merely coming down as an advice.

Equipping them with life skills

With kids taking up admissions in colleges in different cities, staying away from home and managing on their own, is the first step in learning to be independent.The trip gave them the confidence for that.

Bonus lesson for parents

It teaches us, the parents, to develop an attitude of detached attachment. It prepares us to accept that the children are developing their wings, ready to soar and fly into the big beautiful sky with their own identity!

 

Image courtesy: Pictures clicked by my daughter on her trip

 

Anticipation

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Isn’t it an irony of life,

avarice and greed

steers some lives,

to amass, accumulate and hoard,

money, money and more money,

in anticipation,

that it will ensure a ticket,

for a lavish life for generations to come,

only to realize

in a single moment,

it is nothing but scrap of paper!

In response to the daily prompt : Anticipation

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Aromatic

The aromatic fragrance casts a mystical spell on us,

The sweet and perfumed scent, tickles our sensory buds,

The fresh bakes from the oven are so inviting,

The first drops of rain on earth refreshes us,

The smell of the incense stick has a calming effect on us,

The fragrant flowers enlivens us,

The aroma of the freshly brewed coffee is so irresistible

The smell of the freshly pound spices reminds us of mom’s kitchen

The scented oils infuses a feeling of complete relaxation,

The smell of home sweet home is truly heavenly!!

In response to the Daily prompt : Aromatic

तलाश – The Search….

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ऐ मालिक, तेरे तलाश में निकल पड़ा था

गलियों में, चौराहो में,

किताबों के पन्नो में, कोहरे के धुंध में,

समुन्दर की गहराइयो में, आकाश की ऊंचाइयों में,

तन्हाई और ख़ामोशी में,

वाद विवाद में, गुणीजनों के सांगत में,

मंदिर, मस्जिद और गिरिजाघरों में,

हर जगह ढूँढा तुझे,

तपस्या की, आराधना की,

पर आँखों से ओझल रहा  तू .

 

फिर हुआ एक अजूबा, ज़िन्दगी ने तुझसे मिला दिया,

समझ गया मैं, कि तू बसता है हर दिल में,

हर रचना में, तेरी हर  सृष्टि में,

सूरज की रोशनी में,  चन्द्रमा की चांदनी में,

खेतो खलियानो में, बदलती ऋतुओ में,

हर प्यार भरे स्पर्श में, माँ के आँचल में,

लोगों के मुस्कानों में, बुज़ुर्गों के आशीर्वाद में,

हर अनाज के दाने में, हर पानी के बूँद में,

तू बसता है हर अच्छाई में, मानवता में,

हे सृष्टि के निर्माता , जब तू है चारो ओर,

न जाने मेरी आँखें तुझे क्यों न पहचान सकी?

जब आँखों से गुर्रूर का  परदा हट गया,

तब दर्शन और एहसास हुआ तेरा.

ऐ मालिक, तुझे इस नाचीज़ का शत शत प्रणाम!

 

The Search

O lord, I set out in search of you

in the lanes and by lanes,

in the pages of books, in the blanket of fog,

in the depths of the ocean, in the expanse of the sky

in solitude and in silence.

In discourses and in the company of wise men,

in temples, mosques and churches.

I looked for you every where.

I meditated and prayed,

but you remained elusive!

 

It was magical when life introduced you to me

I realized that you reside in every heart!

In every composition, in all your creations.

In the rays of the sun, in the moonlight,

in the fields, in the changing seasons.

In every touch full of love, in mother’s care,

in the smiles of  people, in the blessings of  elders,

in every grain of rice , in every drop of water

you reside in every kind act, in humanity.

O the Creator of the universe, when you are all around

I wonder why my eyes failed to recognize you?

It was only when I shed my veil of ignorance,

I saw and experienced you.

O lord, please accept my humble salutations!

 

 

 

 

Primp

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The azure sky, feeling very lonely all day long decided to primp herself. The air was damp and fragrant from the shower she had .She chose a crimson velvety evening gown. She did her make up with care.  Amethyst blush on, grey eyeliner, burgundy lipstick made her look ravishing. She put on her sparkling star studded tiara on her open silken black tresses, just in time as her beau the luminescent moon came in. An evening of intimate conversation ensued amidst the glitterati of celestial constellations.

In response to the daily prompt : Primp

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