Peek-a-boo – Weekly Photo Challenge ( Forces of nature)


The    clouds    may     envelope     the    

horizon     of     your      life

today,      but      the  ‘Sun’   of     good  

hope     &      happiness

cannot     elude      you    for      too    






In times of despair

When darkness clouds my mind

Filling it with hopeless fear

A flicker of light I find

 In moments of solitude

When bitterness overwhelms my heart

Enslaving my grit and fortitude

A   prayer I say makes my loneliness depart

In times of  fame and success galore

When my heart swells with pride

Yet my greedy self yearns for more

‘Stop’ says a voice somewhere deep inside

In times of love and happiness

when my haughty mind begins to ignore

my beautiful friends and loved ones

A nightmare reminds me of the solitude before

You have been in my journey

You have seen me through

You have guided me sternly

Yet I never saw you !

You were the light that I saw

You were the prayer that I said

You were the voice  shouting no

You were the nightmare  in  my bed

You led me to my today

You lead me to my tomorrow

You cleared the thorns in my way

You remove me from sorrow

A New Life ( poetry challenge – Trinet )

Poetry challenge: Trinet poem.

The Trinet, created by zion, is a form with these specifications:

Line 1 – 2 words

Line 2 – 2 words

Line 3 – 6 words
Line 4 – 6 words
Line 5 – 2 words
Line 6 – 2 words
Line 7 – 2 words

Repeat this pattern 2 more times, if centered correctly it looks like three crosses

Here is my effort at a trinet , hope you like it :

A new life

Heart beats

Tear drops

The first signs of new  life

Smiles of happiness in the room

Mother’s treasure

Father’s pride

Giggles galore

Innocent charm

Bright eyes

A mind oblivious to evils around

The true meaning of unconditional love

Sleepless nights

Wet nappies

Parenthood begins

Daytime slumber

Playful nights

A  test of patience and endurance

The reward of a toothless babble

Little sacrifice

Unending joy

Eternal bliss


Retail magic !

There are these days when one feels utterly useless …days when one feels enervated ; when the mundane things in life fail to impress and the drudgery of a monotonous life , comes to hit you …When even the most interesting of things seems ho hum and insipid and one longs for a break in the routine…a fresh lease of life …..

It is in times like these one wishes to do the vanishing act , to escape to an exotic island in some far corner of the world or enjoy a relaxing holiday in a quaint European town. (I have this obsession with European countryside , nurtured  by the fairy and adventure tales I read as a child and further facilitated by my own trips to some of these beautiful places …. )

But what does one do when none of these options are viable ? To me the solution is clear – ‘Retail therapy’.

Shopping or ‘retail therapy’ as it is aptly referred to as , is indeed a stress buster , drawing your attention away from the some oppressing realities of life , however only temporarily , and letting you drown yourself , albeit happily , in a sea of clothes , shoes and accessories !

I am not an advocate of wasteful spending and neither would I advise the same to anyone …But , then some small indulgences ,  here and there , just to lighten one’s mood , is not a crime either . After all , we have but one life and if an extra pair of shoes can make you forget your worries and be cheerful for a while , I think it is worth every penny you spend..

There is one really irritating thing about an uneventful life , which is  the fact that , at exactly the same time when you feel your life is such a drab , you will  notice the lives of  all those around you to be exceptionally exciting and eventful…….. And this in turn will make you hate your life even more !

Whenever I get engulfed by  such  an inactive and lackluster life , I treat myself to some shopping … So a few days back I got myself a pair of shoes , and believe  me ( although I know I sound crazy ! ) , things have started looking up since then … I have started looking forward to life in general and to the times I will get to use those shoes , in particular 😛

I guess , life is not that complicated , if we let it be so . Sometimes , it is not about money or use or anything else , sometimes it is all about the ‘simple joys of life’. We need to unwind ourselves and let our muscles loose at times…and indulge…for this life shall not come again !

A tight , rule bound existence , meant to please everyone else , but oneself , cannot last for long .

And besides , when I am on my death bed , I would definitely not want to regret  about the things I did not do , the shoes I did not buy or the place I did not visit …

So do it all now…when you have the time…As for me , these shoes will last me sometime , I mean in terms of joy and rejuvenation , till of course , my life becomes more eventful , which I am hoping it will soon be… 😀

My recipe of life

A truckload of smiles

to make my day bright

and a few shared giggles

to add an extra spice ;

Just a handful of humor

and jest in our talks ;

A  heart full of love 

 and long silent walks ..

These are the ingredients

that I would require

to churn out a happy 

and blissful  life ;

Season it well

with warm hugs and cuddles

And see it transform even hell

into heaven !!!

God’s diamond on the rough…….

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…’

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities


Life in itself is ironic . Unlike those  fairy tale stories  which we read as kids , that almost always ended with the perfect note , ‘And they lived happily ever after’ , real life stories are a mixed bag  .

I would say , life is akin to a roller coaster ride , which is thrilling and exhilarating , on one hand , yet on the other , it fills you with a sense of unknown dread and despair too… It takes you to the greatest heights ,giving you a false sense of pride ,while in the very next moment , it sends you crashing down , to the low depths of  unstimulating and depressing times……

When I look back into my life , I realize  that in every sad and upsetting time of my life , there has been a ray of hope , some tiny yet significant moment of happiness ….something that doesn’t allow me to classify those times as ‘completely black’ .

Similarly  , in all times of joy and jubilation , I have had to face some stray dark clouds of grief and anxiety , that try  to mar my ‘happy times’ ! So , then I cannot  completely classify them as being ‘completely white’ .

So , I have seen the worst in the best and the best in the worst……….. And with each of this , I have evolved into a stronger , and perhaps , a better individual .

Everything that happens , happens for a ‘reason’ . Unlike in the movies , where the initial ‘grey’ era of ones life is overshadowed by the ‘golden era’  towards the end , a mortal’s life is forever filled  with sad and happy moments and these cannot be divided into ‘eras’ , like we do in history texts !

It is in out weakest times ,that we realize out strengths… and in our most powerful times , that we ‘realize’ our weaknesses..

Even Diamonds are formed after  going through  extreme pressure , and the harsh process of cutting and polishing that reveals their true beauty.

Life is worth living for , because it is  so unpredictable and filled with ups and downs ,all in the same go !

It is beautiful in its imperfection. If it were perfect , our spirits would die , for lack of goals and there will be absolute monotony.

It is this salt and pepper existence  , that sets Life apart . It is in imperfection , that we realize the worth of beauty ; in darkness, we value light ; in despair , we see hope ; in emptiness we cherish company ; in silence  we value noise…………

Life is filled with contradictions and that is exactly what makes it so unique…so beautiful . So, all good times are times c that have seen  a little sadness and all sad times , a little of good !

We should enjoy life the way it is…and let its beauty unfold…with all its contradictions !

 Because we are but God’s Diamond on the rough…………………