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LEAP OF FAITH

She could no longer remember how happiness felt like. Yet she just couldn’t close her eyes to the good old times when everything was seemingly “perfect”, flashing before her every now and then.

Her mind gushed with a volcano of thoughts, trashing her heart into pieces that pricked her from within. No matter how hard she tried, her mind refused to rest itself to sleep. Neither did she want to stay awake, letting her mind delve into thoughts that totally drained her out even before the day started. She was tired. Tired of being bogged down by her own past. Tired of being enslaved by monsters within her own mind.

One morning, she just decided to step out of the warm comfort of her room and set out on a journey amid the mountains. That was the morning when she stopped hunting for comfort. She instead started building a zone within her own self. A zone furnished with peace and happiness untouched by the winds of the outer world – a real treasure that could just be possessed by her and her alone.

To the world, it was the toughest journey that she set her foot on. Little did they know about the arduousness of the expeditions which her heart crawled through every single day, fighting courageously against all odds. Little did she know where these rugged roads would take her. She had no idea about what the destination looked like. She did not know if it was even worth all the pain. All she knew was she had to walk away from the hustle bustle within her mind.

Every single step forward pulled her back to the good old warm comfort-filled days. Sometimes, she was just tempted to quietly slip back into her blanket and sip destressing cups of Garam-a-garam Chai. It was tough. With every step forward, the path got steeper and steeper. With every passing moment, her breath got heavier and heavier. But she knew she has to walk ahead, away from all her cosy comforts.

All she had at that point of time was a tinge of faith. And with every step ahead, her faith became stronger. A faith that nothing could prevent her from climbing up to the peak which she truly deserved to reach. A faith that nothing in the world can destroy her and the zone which she sought to nurture for herself.

She was soon astounded to see the transformation which this small leap of faith brought about within her. Until this moment, she never realized that a simple leap of faith could drive her feet to surmount the dangling rocks of uncertainty like a maven.

The mountains stood tall, epitomizing the power of her courage. They stood before her as symbols of inspiration, pushing her to touch the pinnacle from where every single thing seemed like a grain of dust. Nothing could ever surpass her courage. Never did she realize that she could leave behind everything that put her mind to distress. Never did she imagine herself embracing silence with so much of grace. The silence of the valleys spoke to her like nobody ever did. And her heart now swayed to the winds of inner freedom like never before.

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DAAG Acche Hain!

The day could not get stormier. My head was pounding as I lived through the toughest minute of the longest day of my life. It all seemed as if the whole universe set out on a mission to conspire against me. The time froze at 3:59PM. Never did I find myself in such despair to hide myself away from the crowd.  I just wanted to zone out into the wilderness-unaware of the calamitous chaos that hit my mind so hard. As such devastating thoughts raced within me, I aimlessly scrolled through my mobile phone browser. A very familiar TV commercial then caught my eyes – DAAG ACCHE HAIN!

Most of us must be familiar with this famous surf excel commercial. But very few would have actually thought over it and reflected it deep within.

Sometimes, it requires a superficial stain to expunge out the inner strain that possibly leaves a permanent scar in our personality. No problem in this world is actually meant to pull us down. A spring could not have been so successful in pushing us up into great heights of achievement without undergoing the stress of the initial pull down phase.

The clock struck 4. The final bell rang. And I set out of the room, as confidently as ever, shunning away every string that ever tried to diminish the vigour of my heartbeat.

 

 

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The Invincible Flame

Like a scintillating butterfly, bubbling with an effervescence of life, she stepped into his world.  And that’s when the magic began. The gloomy winter night soon flourished into a radiant spring morning, painting monochrome with resplendent colours of joy. His small shell centered around his dreams soon burgeoned into a massive dream centered around her charisma.

He gazed deep into her bright alluring eyes, discerning the key to unseal the chamber that bore shimmering seeds which were yet to sprout out of the frozen ground.  Her face beamed with a myriad of overflowing emotions that could no longer be confined within. The air was clogged by gusts of silence. Before the silence could enrage into a threatening storm deep within, the irrepressible clouds gathered some vigour to battle out this distressing distance and bursted out showers of downpour that obliterated the fire that kept them apart. And somewhere along those dark narrow lanes, there kindled a fervent flame of innocent love. His heart flooded with words that were never spoken before. Her heart hearkened to melodies that were never played before. Together, their hearts traveled along the roads that were never unraveled before.

The wind soon changed its course, setting the perfect plot for the conspiracy of their fates. He knew he would never see her again. He held her tightly, “This is probably our last day together”, he said with a heavy heart, as tears rolled down his cheeks. She chuckled, “Forever is the only date in the calendar of our bond. As we part, we shall carry a piece of each other into every path we enter, for our hearts have already been intertwined in this game of fate.  The seeds of past will blossom into a flowery garden of future, nurtured by the pristine drops of priceless memories”, she said with a warm heart, as she nuzzled his cheeks with a soft and delicate kiss for the last time.

The signal turned green. The guard blew the whistle. The train gradually picked its pace and scurried towards the next station, leaving behind a part of him that could never be traced again. Nevertheless, the pace of his heart remained unstirred, beating to reminisce every corner of the castle of treasured memories which he had built with her.  He had not realized the intensity of her last words, until this moment. As he gazed back at the station, he smiled with pride, for in the battle of love and fate, the former stood invincible.

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THE LOST KINGDOM

As I browse through my priceless childhood album, everything appears as fresh as yesterday. Yet when I look back at those memories today, each of those moments seems infinitely distant. When did life take such a huge leap? What caused the leap? Where did those pictures in the photographs fade away?

Amidst the breathtaking hilltops of JOY, there once blossomed a beautiful kingdom-the kingdom of HEART, which was guarded by the winds of FAITH and HONESTY. The sun never seemed to set in this golden land of BLISS. The air was scented with resplendent flowers blooming all over the lush green fields. The crystal clear waters of the lambent lakes reflected PURITY in the deepest sense. The luscious ambience diffused DIVINITY into the aura of the kingdom.

This small kingdom was harboured by LOVE, INNOCENCE and COMPASSION. All three of them strived hard to bring the best out of each other. With their bond strengthening with every passing day, they together set to construct the powerful PILLAR OF PEACE that manifested the strength and virtue of the bonds shared by the folks. With immense PRIDE and HONOUR, it stood unconquerable at the nucleus of the kingdom that brimmed full of LIFE, devoid of any artifice and trickery.

On hearing about this magnificence, GREED, a curious traveller from the neighbourhood, soon set his foot into this euphoric world. He received the heartiest welcome by the golden kingdom and became an important entity of this small world in no time. However, the trio soon found itself trapped in the maze of unrelenting DISTRESS. And this maze was set by none other than GREED, who had succeeded in diminishing the sheen of the PILLAR OF PEACE.  The air was soon polluted by the waves of JEALOUSY and INSECURITY.  The kingdom was now possessed by evil storms, endangering every entity that was ever rejoiced. The lakes were flooded by incessant rains of MATERIALISM and SUPERFICIALITY. The fate of the kingdom was hit by numerous famines and disasters.  As the time passed on, GREED and its fraternity grew stronger and stronger, attenuating every tinge of the divine aura that ever existed. This growing misery soon stole the show from LOVE, INNOCENCE and COMPASSION, who once ruled every heart that ever beat in this land. Their voices could no longer be heard. The throne of HEART was now controlled by a wicked malicious master- EGO, who destroyed the very foundation of the PILLAR OF PEACE. And this small warm kingdom, soon transformed into a massive cold empire of PURPOSES and EXCUSES.

You know you’ve grown up when growing up no longer remains a fascination. You know the child in you is dying when the 8-period timetable is replaced by long to-do-lists and endless schedules of nerve-racking monotony. You realize life used to be much simpler when wearing those so-called unfashionable and boring school uniforms back then seemed way better than the daily dilemma thrown by your closet. You know life has finally taken that leap when you realize getting 100/100 in those school exams was much easier that crossing the thirty-three threshold in the exam of life.

Today, I find myself lost in this unfortunate rat-race of illusions.
Has anyone found a way back into the kingdom of eternal peace?