Saturday, June 30, 2007

Tea Time Pooh-blah

I am a traveller, wandering through the maze of my consciousness one day I was confronted by the most beautiful and dazzling sight that I had ever laid my eyes upon. I asked her who she was and she said “look at me and tell me what you see.” Looking closely I found out that she had lines running across her face, her aura had dazzled out the lines but still; even with those lines she looked all the more beautiful, alluring in a way numinous beyond words. Failing to discern her identity I looked upon her to reveal it to me, and then looking at me with those benign eyes she told me “I am life.”
“Life”, exclaimed I, “how could you be so beautiful so alluring its true then that you are a conjurer a magician!”
“I am whatever you may call me sorrow, pain, jealously, victory, sadness, joy, health, malicious, song, knowledge, spring, summer, love, hate, unfair, beauty, ugly, mystery… it is to your calling what you connote me with, as I am incarnate with all these elements I am them and they encompass me. They are all in me and much more they run across the withering of my physical self each one finding a way of its own; like a wild mountain brook, I am the pond when you come to me you create, as a stone does when thrown into the pond, ripples of imagination, of longing, of youth, of love, of loving and losing, of the joy of growing up, of the sorrow and loss of youth. It is you who give me the wings of imagination connoting me with prose and poetry swathing me, marshalling me with your wit in many a ways trying to make a higher meaning of me, you who blame me for all the wrongs and praise me for being good calling me magician a conjurer when all the time its you who is performing on my stage all that you see is there because you have destined it to be there for you.”
“Bewitching as though your talk maybe, fooled yet I am not, for I still see the pain, misery and suffering, through that exquisite masquerade I see the misery of old, the loss of love, the pain of failure, the suffering of decrepit, the hate of nations, the war of people, the loss of youth, the killing of innocents, the clashes of race cultures and ethics, the hate towards each other, the death of truth, the rise of revulsion of humans for humans, the deprivation of children, the massacre of purity. I see, breath, live it, all around me is misery and the ghastliness that life brings with itself; I have seen it all should I see anymore I shall cease to live.”
Says Life “like the fool you are you see the misery of the old forgetting their youth, the hate of war but the care of people to the wounded, the hate of nations but the goodwill of trade among them, the clashes of race cultures ethics but the devotion to the religion. You judged the book by skimming through the first page refusing to look beyond, here, look through my eyes maybe that’ll help you comprehend me better.”
And then I saw through the eyes of life; an old couple walking hand in hand smiling, a man holding the hand of his comatose wife for days on end waiting for her to rise from her sleep. I saw a seed carried by the wind thrown into dust fostered by rain to mature as a plant and grow into a tree nurturing fleets of birds and letting vines evolve on it, I saw a mother toiling during the day to feed her children at night, I looked into the desert in the heart of heat and dust in the oppression of the climate life was still smiling back at me in the faces of the women carrying pitchers back to their homes, a scientist content after the days work resting on his lab table beside his unfinished work, at nuns tending the atrophying leper; selflessly caring for the pariah.
I saw children playing in the sand building castles that would be washed away in the tide with their footprints but the sea and the shore remain forever, and when the child of the past visits as the youth of the present he takes away the memories for the future, I saw hate and through it desperation, frustration, madness for superiority among equals, jealously as inspiration, truth as silence, I saw lovers idling on a shore with sand and foam at their feet uncaring that their trail is washed away by the sea erased from the musing of the shores; captivated by each other they walk hand in hand look in each others eyes as they grow old through pain, misery and love, I saw a beautiful woman growing old to be a gracious grandmother narrating her grand children the adventures of her youth.
How can I blame that life is the pain of death when I see the dance of life on the grave of the dead, I saw the war of the nations and love of the people, I took part in the celebrations for the newborn and attended the funeral of the dead, I see a pregnant lady knitting for a yet to be born baby a new life.
I travelled far and wide with the eyes of life and saw people trying to accumulate the essence of life as a child tries to capture mist in a can, both failing in their endeavour to incarcerate a thing illimitable by confines.
Devolving back the eyes of Life my tortured vision of life was now enriched by the knowledge of beyond the veneer, into more simplistic revelation that Life gave me “In the heart of Life lived beauty which flows through myriad impressions of emotions.”

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Castle on clouds

You will hear it, eventually.
The whispers of life, they are quite; very quite. Sometimes it sounds like a school-boy dragging his canvass shoes in the corridor tired, thinking about buried treasures waiting to be excavated, other times it’s like a train passing through a dark tunnel.
The sound of the rush of wind in an empty vessel, that’s what life, is. And we are the bottomless vessels, the empty incarnations of whispers.
Money morality sex music jealousy love pain acid peace hate fame adrenalin booze fear cult food Povertyreligion Travel hemp Obsessions war Toy-trains charity pleasure take your pick and plug up the vessel… still the whispers find a way out.
Seeking ultimate truth is easy. Living with it is tough.
You are born then you die.
Line yourself with false sense of standards, confirm to sold-out notions. Find a passion block all the whispers with experience. Till your echo carries applaud, laughter, cries.
Keep hoarding adjectives into the vessel. Happy. Rich. Young. Beautiful. Kind.
Death is not a fatal eventuality, hearing life is.
It’s like standing in a dark tunnel and being hit by the force of two trains simultaneously doing 150 on opposite tracks with you in-between. Whispers amplify into howls of desert storm. Emptiness shines on moonlit bed-sheets. Passions stagger down the street. Somewhere a hollow echo is weeping your name.
That’s when everything falls apart, when the sanctity of a cosy reason of existence is violated the body becomes a bottomless vessel again. An empty passage for whispers unhindered by passions of existence.
Now. Your echo carries you.
All that you hoarded before won’t make sense because reason has lost meaning. Like the castle made on clouds you know you can walk because you have built the floor, each stone laid; hard-work of years but eventually truth remains- the stones are clouds.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Too lazy to fight

I am terrible with fights. I am bad because I am chicken shit yellow, I just cant fight if I am in a scene I would rather mutter an apology or move along but don’t have the nerve to fight. Maybe that’s because I hate confrontation scenes, ok I am lying I am yellow. Or maybe I have attention span of 3 seconds and I keep getting waylaid by how the person is frothing at mouth for some lame stuff that I don’t give two-hoots to. It is hard to concentrate when people holler for things that won’t matter 5 years down the line or even 5 days, I tend to get highly spiritual during such encounters. Plus I can’t even think of a smart repartee at such times, mostly because I don’t pay attention or I am thinking of something else. I think a lot about something else when people bawl.
But I think about them after, a lot. I mean yesterday I was all sore about not breaking the jaw of some guy back in class 11th for something I can’t remember now. So desperate I was with hate for him that I spent 2 hours on Orkut to find him and settle scores.
The last major confrontation I had was in 2004 and that too when a friend goaded me saying I should stand up for myself, I mean I do respect myself but I see no reason to scream on who-say-what-to-whom and as I was highly de-motivated I ended up getting emotional and preaching on ethics and love.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Frog Eyes

I was writing when I got it.

Rahul’s wedding card. A smile slowly crept up… Rahul, that silly boy who never combed his hair, frog eyes I always wanted to call him; but never had enough guts. Every summer evening he used to come to our apartment ground for playing cricket or some other goofy sport. He was the captain I was fetch the ball from below the car/ gutter person. Our social differences on playground were huge. I tore my birthday frock for him when I got the ball from below a truck.

It was the third summer when I was promoted to the ranks of mid-fielder and I decided that I have to speak to him or I would die of heartache. I was waiting for the last over to finish so we could talk in peace. Last ball four runs, I lurched forward to stop it; my elbows were scrapped badly. My t-shirt was ragged at the sides and it was hurting like hell.
“Are you hurt?”
“Me? No.”
Blood was streaming down and was all over my tee by now. Rahul offered to take me home, it was more than I could ask for, and cursing myself for not bleeding earlier I limped happily with a hand on his shoulder. My cousin screamed when she saw me, she scolded Rahul too. I felt bad for him he never said anything just looked at her screaming away like that.

I wasn’t allowed to play anymore so Rahul used to come and fill me with the details of who caught whom and the scores and fatty’s hilarious run-out. Summers were never better. Paradise. But as all good things come to an end so did summer holidays, I was upset and Rahul asked me to meet him in the park.

This is it, I know it. I traced my finger over the mirror frost scrawling a heart over Rahul’s name, giggling I wiped out both and brushed back my hair. I found him near the gate, shuffling his feet looking nervous. I giggled again.

Hi Rahul, I am so happy today you know mom says I can go on my bi-cycle to school this year.
Yes she says I am big enough now.
Hey isn’t your cousin leaving today?
Umm… maybe I don’t know, she says I can go as long as I stay with the colony kids.
I was wondering can you give her my card?
Why are you giving her a card? She hates you.
Can you give it to her please?
But, she hates cricket!

Murmuring Frog eyes… I snatched the card from him and ran like crazy. When I stopped below a tree I realised I was crying. I tore the card and ran back home.
My cousin was leaving and I was rude to her till she left. I never even went to the railway station to see her off; I went down to the tree instead.
The pieces were still there I joined a few…
You… like a fairy… delikate...

We cordially invite your presence on the auspecies occasion
I marked auspicious in red and threw the card away. Got up and picked the card correcting it I marvelled at my work. The card now read Frog Eyes weds…

Friday, March 23, 2007

Star light, Star bright...

4.2 light years. Proxima Centauri. 7th period. Science. Not that great a distance it’s just 4.2 light years after all, and tonight maybe… just tonight all that I wish for will come true. One light year in one year that should be an adequate speed for wishes to travel. Or maybe one year for a stopover please not much I hate to wait please.

A tingle on my toe, it’s the curtain. The noise won’t let me sleep anyway; the dogs are always up at night. Even they keep odd hours. Where was the last place I saw my zippo, maybe kitchen. She always uses my zippo to light stove. Damn maggi maybe I will be in the news too, a bunch of maggi all coiled up like a baby in my intestine. Things are never in place laundry bags in kitchen, maybe next week. Its not too dark, refrigerator lights would do. The aspirin is in the fridge; as I sip on I notice a brown blob *whossh* out comes the aspirin with the kind of roach particular to an old second-hand single-door fridge. My cup has chipped off, I hate chipped cups would buy one this weekend. Tap water is putrid, at least no brown blobs, not those I can see.
I watch the blue smoke curl up like baby’s toe through the rusted grill, beyond building 25-A, and far beyond the rooftop into the sky, with millions of stars… Proxima Centauri…

I was so excited I could not wait for the last period to get over. I waited… waited for the sun to set and peep into the sky full of fairy stars, I remember stealing a look as the last ray died…my Proxima Centauri…just 4 years maybe 5…

Star light, star bright,

The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
Make me happy and loved I wish on you tonight. Please my star bright.

I guess it wasn’t Proxima Centauri.

** Environmentalist hangover **

It floats. Every-time. Really it does, I see it. Always. I tell you I can see it, it’s there and it’s living… scares the hell out of me when I see it. I can’t take it, I really can’t.
Is that why you wear a mask all the times? Because of the germs and bacteria?
No, not germs it’s this Air, I see it.
You mean germs.
No air. It floats.
Like smoke?
No like this thing water, it has no colour.
And is that why you wear dark glasses too? Because you “see” it?
So you can’t see the thing that is as colourless as water?
That’s interesting, the way you can see a thing that has no colour without sunglasses.
Can you see water?
Yes I can, it has mass, and one can see a water body. It is liquid state.
I see air.
Does this Air talks to you? Does it tell you to do things?
Then why you did it?
I was scared.
Why were you scared of air?
Because, it was choking me. It gets heavy and thick. When… I breathe.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Welcome Happy Singh

As many of my incoherent theories go I have recently contemplated and pondered on a brand new one. I have yet another hypothesis and as stated before I don’t give a flying rat’s ass to anyone who think otherwise.
I have deduced that amorphous emotions can be controlled at whim if we give them a corporal countenance. So now forth my happiness is christened Happy Singh. It will save me a lot of trouble and help me channel my paranoia into better things than finding happiness. As I can always say that Happy Singh is on vacation or Happy Singh has gone on missing persons list, etc. I feel so much better now knowing that Happy Singh is gonna come back.