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the necessity for compromise

who is satisfied with the compromise

neither you nor I

but when the water went above the head

it was time to say goodbye

at least the rot didn’t get exposed

at least the secrets were not disclosed

at least the peace of mind remained

at least the artificial rapport was maintained

life is a basket of compromises

and this wisdom gets developed with maturity

compromises are better than the conflicts

at least the character doesn’t get stripped

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the never ending lecture

the chemistry lecture was always pungent

the biology lecture too was malignant

physics never set the mind into motion

maths lecture had the vastness of ocean

management lecture was too unmanageable

the economics lecture too was fashionable

economics lecture never fetched a single penny

history lecture always seemed to be funny

out of the school landed into an institution

here the lecture has its own social illusion

one get advice from so called protectors

and they form short notes to the lectures

but the lecture that is never ever ending

is the wife’s basket of words extending

and you can imagine the lecture streak

twelve times a day, seven times a week

2

life simplified

let you be you, let me be me

still we can be termed as we

let’s not complicate things

let’s not clip our wings

let us be totally transparent

let our thinking be apparent

we can still stay dependent

with opportunities abundant

you have your own space

I should occupy my place

we shouldn’t police each other

and others shouldn’t even bother

what if we didn’t message each other

these shackles should not be sucker

let’s simplify our complicated lives

and ensure only mutual trust survives

we are what we are

our story can still go far

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the glittering prize

the tears from my heart have run dried

but you can still sympathize with me

my expectations have died their own death

but you can still empathize with me

sympathy can bring enemies together

you are my best friend anyways

but don’t laugh on my situation today

as it was not the case always

I am the victim of so called selfless love

that has claimed many hearts till date

I would have been a happier person

had I watered the plant called hate

but I have no qualms whatsoever

as I never gone for a compromise

though failure has embraced me today

it appears to me as a glittering prize

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the bare facts

men are born free but never independent

most of the men always remain shackled

piece of land takes away peace of mind

most of the men always remain rattled

men in general try to have an upper hand

but most of the men always remain flaccid

decency is indisputable ornament of women

and most of the men never remain placid

as money is the biggest known trouble

most of the men always remain troubled

as women are the toughest known puzzles

most of the men always remain puzzled

lack of focus is the reason for the failures

most of the men always remain unfocused

it is said that the honest is the best policy

still most of the men never remain honest

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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

8

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.