Free! When you buy 3

It is incredible how the meaning of ‘freedom’ has almost completely become ‘choice’. We have choices between Apple and Samsung, Suzuki and Enfield, Reebok and Nike and so on. But we have lost the freedom to talk, to explore, to wander. In the quest of owning means, we have forgotten or made to forget the abstract things of which they were means of. We are mindwashed into believing that owning the means of communication is what we really want. It doesn’t matter if you are really feel comfortable in communicating.

Probably I am wrong and having the choices is indeed more important than the old-fashioned freedom for which people gave their lives. Probably all they wanted was free markets and foreign investments when they hoisted the national flag for the first time. Probably they wished somewhere deep in their hearts that right winged leaders take up the mission of displacing and eradicating minorities in the name of development when they walked shoulder to shoulder without noticing the beard, the hairstyle, the turban, or the cross.

We are today flooded with ideas (and one of them is this). Ideas that tell us what we really want, what will really make us happy, what is really the right thing to do in some random situation in which you will probably never be in. But all these ideas really have one thing in common. They all come with a huge amount of self pity and regret. They talk about things that you should have done earlier, things you should do but can’t, things you never thought about doing but now you know you will never be able to either. But thank God you have your smartphone so you open social media so that the cycle of ideas and self pity can start again.

But if I am against right wing politics, free markets, foreign investments and choices, I should be prepared to be called as anti-national, communist, maoist, terrorist, sexist, dentist and other ists. Is it a co-incidence that the poorest societies in the world contain the most dangerous anti social elements while the most powerful ones are the rightful protectors of justice? How does every act of ‘humanity’ done by every government of the world somehow directly brings fortunes to the corporate world?

Who cares! Where is my smartphone? I need to be awake and google ‘how to fall asleep’.


The intriguing canopy


It is as easy as it is difficult to draw meanings from thoughts which intermingle to form a complex network.
A network that looks beautiful only when one fails to feel the never ending struggle of branches in pursuit of light.
The darkness of branches and their stems make the superficial view look bathed in vibrant colours.
However, looks like the sun is rising. Heard that its light travels many light years, it shouldn’t  be long when it reaches under the confused canopy…

The night hexagon

SDC12572The day spent with voices suppressing
The one from within desperate to talk
To understand where are we heading
Through the path I was unsure to walk

The journey ahead blank as a paper placed
In the light of curiosity, as if coming from a lamp
With a mug of madness that keeps me unfazed
I mark the road like a pen dancing without a cramp

Evening diffusing into a moonless blue
Marking the end of voices outside
Making inner ones echo through
The walls of a learning mind

The rhythmic tick-tock of the clock
In sync with chirping of a distant cricket
Composes a symphony to open the lock
To a peaceful world where they took the rickett

An irregular hexagon of thoughts
With each side provoking a sense
To explore by joining the collected dots
To see the sky through a canopy dense

This was the Day 1 of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge for which the amazing writer-photographer Prajakta nominated me. Her blog is a blend of informative articles, engrossing writings, beautiful poetry and great pictures. Thank you, Prajakta for this unique and interesting challenge. 🙂

My first nomination for this is Asid. He is a person who could inspire you by just a simple account of one of his regular days. If you don’t already know about him, do check this out.

The challenge is – “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”