“Success comes to those who work hard, not the slackers,” said he, dressed in an impeccable suit, from his air-conditioned office, while a slacker scrubbed the floors in the basement. Yet another slacker was lifting a heavy crate, and one was plastering walls at some random construction site.
“Work, work, work,” he continued, sipping coffee, “I worked when my friends partied. You got to get an early start.” The eight-year old cleaning the utensils thanked her fortunes–how much earlier could you start?
“And remember, you work for the people, selfless work is the key.” In front of his screen, the doctor clapped at that, and in a remote village a selfish farmer found the perfect noose.
The newspaper, the televisions, all published the virtues of hard work, but the appreciation failed to reach the labourers, who could neither read nor could they afford to watch the telly.
I don’t like writing about the past,
Not mine, nor of anybody else.
Why criticize someone who can’t change?
Why praise a person, who’s beyond needing motivation?
Let the sleeping dogs lie,
why wake them up and cry?
But, at times I see glimpses of the past—
the villains still hurting people;
the prejudices destroying lives,
the past trying to mingle with the present,
bringing fake promises of the light,
and spreading it’s dark ideas.
This past needs to be caught,
to be displayed in its naked glory,
to be defeated, and sent back in disgrace,
for some pasts have this uncanny ability
to befriend the present and spoil the future.
“ You’re so lucky. Your husband is a strong man,” her friend said.
She didn’t even wince at that. Nor did she touch the bruises on her cheeks, now skillfully hidden under tons of make up. Continue reading When Strength isn’t Bliss→
Everywhere I look, I see the concrete jungle
full of people jostling one another,
the towers stretching high, the space between
packed with colourful cars speeding along the roads.
In vain, I try to find the trees of my childhood
only to spot a plant here and there—the
remnants of the once widespread forest—
the shrubs lined in the middle of the road
more tamed than the traffic around. Continue reading The Vanishing Wilds→
Once upon a time, chariots were an everyday occurrence in the city of Hampi. They sped along the street, leaving the passersby awestruck with their splendor. Now, at the end of the city stands the solitary stone chariot in an empty temple campus.
Lifeless, yet elegant.
Inside the Vitthala Temple complex stands the magnificent stone sculpture in the shape of a chariot. The stone chariot is one of the most featured attractions of Hampi. It was built in the sixteenth century under the reign of Emperor Krishnadevraya, when Vijaynagar was at the height of its glory.
The chariot is not a monolithic structure, but made of connecting slabs of stones, the connection cleverly embedded in the artistic designs. Though now empty, the Stone Chariot was once a Garuda shrine.