Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Child (I)n Mom

Deafening screams of her core
Diminishing the squeals of her youngster;
Somewhere into the noises of present,
Seeped through the voices of past.

Little did she know that
Innocent smiles of long ago
In-deed made times glow.
Aimlessly drifting kite...
Amusingly gliding paper-boat...
Strangely satisfying to quote.

Building her own maze &
Dwelling in her joyous days,
Ain't they self-same?
Eyes shut at this juncture,
A quick gaze at herself clasping mother,
She keeps patting her snuggling toddler.

Amidst the bustling now & rustling then,
In-between the toing & froing sun,
Back & forth, she bounced
Between mothering & being mothered.

Friday, April 5, 2019

'A Quiet Place' lingers

'A Quiet Place' disrupts your quietude. 
Daunting noises unwilling to settle in my head after heeding the unspoken conversations. "The very first scene of downright adorable Beau dying a toy death distresses you" is an under-statement. I was crushed watching Beau's mom sob in silence, at the edge of my seat already, as the movie began. A family's indestructible sense of togetherness, come what may, their inconceivable determination to hold on to the gift of life, sheer acceptance of uncertainty and most of all, their sustained efforts to rebuild-conspire-confront for life are unquestionably astounding.

Most of the time, we don't appreciate enough the 'giving' nature of our parents, their invaluable advices for life, our liberty of choice, the generous amount of time bestowed upon us, euphonious nectar-like music that heals and so on. Giving it a thought, we conveniently evade acknowledging and exercising what we have, don’t we? 

Summing up my takeaways from 'A Quiet Place':
  1. Know the value of your life. 
  2. Cognize what you have. 
  3. Stillness doesn’t necessarily mean death. 
  4. Be frightened until you die or boast boldness till you live, after all bravery is the real beauty. "உச்சிமீது வானிடிந்து வீழுகின்ற போதினும்அச்சமென்பதில்லையே." - பாரதியார்
  5. Seek all possible means to live your life.
  6. Work invariably to be useful to the society.
  7. Remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. 
  8. Be grateful.
  9. See through a dad's eye to feel his love & his pain.
  10. Worship your mother. 
I indeed feel more privileged than ever that I have food, shelter & a loving family. 
Celebrate life.

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