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Say Anything…

Traveling on a weekend is what I detest the most. It feels like someone stole your weekend away. I had a 9:00 AM Monday meeting in Chicago and I had no option but to take yesterday evening flight. To cheer my desolate self, I thought of watching a movie.

The name of the move was “Say Anything..” It was a nice, 1980s setup feel-good romantic movie. I thought of writing this blog not to provide a movie review but to express my views on something that caught my attention while watching the film. It is now glued to my brain and I thought why not I share it with you all.

In the movie, the girl protagonist parents were divorced. In one of the scenes, she hesitantly explains to her boyfriend how she was asked to choose between her father and mother in the court. And after a lot of deliberations, she decided to stay with her father. What caught my attention was the reason she cited, “I chose father because I felt I will be safe with him”. As a 13-year-old she had to make one of the toughest decisions in her life, which she was not responsible for. And I couldn’t take it off my head and the scene kept revisiting me.

I know there are no right or wrong answers, but it let me pause and think about a thing called life.

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Eons away Yet not Far

The spatter of our nonchalant talks, 
the endless guffaws during those long walks, 
the meeting of the miscreant eyes, 
the melting of hearts with your gentle touch, 
the unfinished goals, 
the stories, 
some shared, some untold
the aspirations to reach beyond the azure skies, 
one moment draped in love, 
and the other caught in a brier
the heartbreaks, 
the fights, 
the numerous fallyet
never giving up the urge to climb, 
our dreams, 
our life, and our little abode 
holding hands, rekindling thoughts 

Years have gone by,
times have changed, 
you and I are no longer the same, 
the dreams and the plans 
took some deviant detour, 
life moved on, 
some made sense,
some in stupor,
but despite all the clamor 
one thing that has not changed thus far 
is the love we nurture for each other 
hidden in our yearning heart

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Act of Kindness

When I see a homeless person on the street my heart breaks. My mind goes into an endless spiral thinking what adversities the person may have gone through to land up in an unfortunate situation like this.

While my heart wails, I am often hesitant to give them money. Long back I read about homeless people and drug abuse. That article struck me hard and have invariably imprinted itself in my front lobe permanently. Somehow my thoughts never permit me to give them cash, as my subconscious mind curls up thinking the money will be abused. And every time I walk away from such predicament feeling guilty.

I am sure not everyone on the street is a drug addict, nor everyone will misuse the money.  But for few miscreants, I have been measuring everyone with the same yardstick. I know I have to find a way to break away from the pretentious shackles.  How about next time when I meet a person on the street instead of giving money I take them to a restaurant or buy them a blanket to comfort them from the brutal winter storms. Maybe a genuine smile or an empathy can also do the miracle in the absence of kind.  This is what I am going to do next time.

Do you have any opinions? Any other thoughts? I will love to hear your views.

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Shades of Truth

You are searching for the absolute truth
relentlessly trying to find why he parted ways?
and when you are unable to find the reasons you take a self-exile hiding in a shell

You portray the vivid imagery of a lost soul,
running helter-skelter without much respite,
you remain in self-denial,
blaming your thoughts for the vacuum
that has unceremoniously shadowed your face

And regardless of what the world says,
you are adamant to reveal the bitter truth,
but you’re naive,
for the truth is always a perspective
hidden between different shades of gray

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