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the value lane

no life no thoughts, no thoughts no mind

no mind no tumour, no tumour no surgery

no surgery no bypass, no bypass no heart

No heart no love, no love no war

no war no blood, no blood no mosquitoes

no mosquitoes no bite, no bite no teeth

no teeth no cavity, no cavity no pains

no pains no gains no gains no weight

no weight no gravity, no gravity no fall

no fall no seasons, no seasons no joy

no joy no emotions, no emotions no life

and the cycle continues again and again

welcome to the life’s amazing value lane

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Removing ‘evil eye’

Kids are the most beautiful gift of this materialistic world. A smile on their face makes us forget all our agonies. They are our future and they become what we teach them to be. Couples without kids are the most unfortunate beings in this world. The childless couples go from temples to churches to daragahs for the fulfillment of their desire of having kids. Many of these succeed too making firm the belief of the existence of a supernatural power in this world.

Parents do anything and everything for the happiness of their kids. Many fall in the trap of pseudo-religious leaders who take the parents for a ride and poor parents let that happen. It is said that Mughal emperor Babur sacrificed his own life for the good health of his son Humayun.  King Dhritarashtra’s blind love for his son is also well known. Over and above all, the mother’s love for her kids is beyond the words.

This love is the source of various superstitions of which most are common with all the parents all over the world irrespective of their education levels. For example, black cat crossing your path will make you think twice before proceeding. Similarly, you may not initiate many things on Friday, the 13th or say ‘touchwood’ for something good to stay forever.

Our kids in their early ages were quite cranky especially during the night time. They used to get up in the middle of their sleep and start crying for no known reasons. This generally used to happen on the days when we take the kids for some outing, be it in the park or the malls etc. Even when someone visited our house to see the kids, this was noticed. We used to check for possible stomach ache or something related but never could find any reasons. Few times we were forced to take the kids to the doctors in the mid of the might but it didn’t help much either.

Fortunately my grandmother during her visit to our place noticed this and suggested us to put a black spot on a child’s forehead before taking outside. This, she told will make the child look bit of ugly and the kid will stay protected from the so-called evil powers. This, I noticed was the common practice among all our relatives and they used to religiously put a little dot of kohl on the side of a child’s forehead a negative vibe over the kid Though I was not convinced, the father inside me forced me to follow this and we saw appreciable difference.

Over and above this, she also advised us to perform an exercise for ‘removing evil eye’ from the kid by taking a pinch of salt in the fist and them moving the fist circling the kid’s head seven times and then disposing off the salt in the running tap water. This also appeared ridiculous but then parents are the breeds who do many such unscientific things for the health, happiness and well being of their kids.  And, to my surprise this worked quite effectively. People told that there are various scientific explanations for this, but for us the output mattered more than the justification and there are few things that do not in any way stifle the spirits of the concerned parents.

Note: The above write up is purely based on the experience and in no way justifies or promotes the ritual. This is just shared for readers to be aware and share their experiences.
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unity in diversity

let the celebrations of yesteryear rewind

with the absolute power of people behind

genuine efforts to carry the ultimate legacy

with memories dipped in pride and ecstacy

a huge nation with the diversity unlimited

languages, cultures and heritage distributed

many countries embedded in a vast mainland

equal opportunities to all in their dreamland

a real symbol of tolerance, respect and peace

holding the destiny of mankind and its keys

spreading the power of Ayurveda and yoga

the magical chanting of mesmerizing sloka

a unique homeland in the lap of nature

a picture perfect silhouette of the future

making people in planet happy and gay

celebrating today its grand republic day

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confessions of my kind

there are no definite laws to define our true equations

our dynamics has surpassed all known computations

we fight we love, we live spreading joy and anxiety

as we are one the unique creations of the Almighty

the magic remains diffused and we stay magnetized

the nectar of communication keeps us mesmerized

with warmth of togetherness our existence beams

but the fear of the society eclipses our future dreams

our chemistry doesn’t even follow the natural laws

she complains but when I initiate she withdraws

but I am stubborn, I wish to come, see and conquer

I want to make her sit patiently analyse and ponder

these are not the confessions of a dangerous mind

these are innocent candid confessions of my kind

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No strategies, its my life

when I fail in my endeavours, they say I am not practical

but why do I plan a strategy, I am not a political animal

so what if success doesn’t come to me in an open platter

thought hope is not a strategy, for me it really does matter

I may lose to contemporaries, but that won’t hurt me at all

as I don’t have much expectations, my ambitions are small

failures never get to my heart, the success not on my head

and I will keep trying it my way till I am completely dead

so, if I will not find my love, my love may find me someday

I may not be there fully, but I am closer than I was yesterday

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the real shocks

when people have enough material to ease you

and you don’t get provoked, they get the shock

when the people are jealous of your success

you don’t pay heed to them, they get the shock

when people laugh at you when you fell down

but you stand up smiling, they get the shock

when people dig grave and you are trapped

but you don’t lose your cool, they get the shock

when you fail in your endeavors, others joy

and you too join their gang, they get the shock

when there is no one standing to speak truth

you stand up alone resolute, they get the shock

why to blame the electricity for all the shocks

when truth is electrifying and honesty rocks

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Oh Beauty

oh beauty, you are so agile

can’t think life without you for a while

your radiance is brightening the vast blue sky

you keep our flag flying high

oh beauty, your air superiority is awesome

you effortlessly make every man’s dream blossom

your smaller size makes the people go crazy

you sheer presence let the atmosphere go hazy

oh beauty, your maneuverability is unmatched

you fulfill all the missions unscratched

your features makes us fall in love again and again

you are the best example of beauty with brain

Tejas