Thursday, February 13, 2014

I don’t go blank at seeing you – My Blank Page


“Walk through the pages of a book and
you’ll find char­ac­ters, like old friends
in the cor­ri­dors of time— Gulzar in his book “Half a rupee”


What is it about blank page which entices me? It’s plain and clean slate. Or it’s state of nothing. As a writer, blank page plays a big role in my life. Every time I open my laptop and click on MS-word to pen down my thoughts and ideas, there comes a plain and blank page in front of me. A white blanket starts to attract me. Every artist must be feeling the same when he looks at the blank canvas which is standing ready to get drenched with the beautiful colours that the artist would be pasting on it. I want to reveal a secret of it too. When I look at this blank page, I keep on wondering a minute or two. Then the ideas run down from my heads to my fingers and quickly my blank page begins to have its shadow. That is known as words. Many of my stories were built in the same manner. No extra efforts but just concentrating on a blank page. Blank page is incomplete without any words on it. They both definitely complement each other in a big way. Blank pages can be connected to life too. When we start living our life, we have many things to worry about, laugh about, and spread joy around. Same way, the blank page is read to absorb the matters you pour on it. It can be productive information, colourful graphics and pictures, a love letter to someone, or a certificate certifying success and achievement or a divorce and death document. It has all the things which can be well signified in relation to life.  Every blank page has its own story. As we meet our new friends in our daily walks of life. In the same way, we find different characters and thoughts written intensely in those blank pages. 


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Curtains


What are Curtains? There are many things I would like to share about them. It is a closure to any drama or play.  It is way of shutting your house from the eyes of the external world. It has the colourful patterns which suit your house‘s colour scheme. It is a mere substitute of window panes. A soft cotton or linen, lying low which has so many definitions and meaning attached to it which never ceases to amazes me. People are just like curtains. When they feel good about themselves and want to be showy or flamboyant, they open up themselves to others. At the same time when they are caught up in midst of trouble, bankruptcy, breakups, or any emotional upheaval, they tend to shut themselves in their cocoon. Their minds have become curtains.

Curtains find a way to the heart. When I shut my windows using curtains, there seems no light passing through it. The entire room becomes dark. Just like that, if I shut myself from experiencing happiness that universe has unfolded towards me, I choose to live in the dark. Opening the curtains that is our heart gives us a chance to live our life and enjoy it with full zeal. Closing it would just suffocate you.

When we wake up in the morning, we tend to pull the curtains aside so that we would get to see our sun-god. Sun has a nature to shine upon us giving a light to many matters. In a way, Curtains help us to reach to that podium. Let’s open our heart curtains and not live in fear or apprehensions. This will pave us a way to reach greater heights in life and attain higher goals. Stopping us from achieving is just like shutting our heart curtains. Our minds will get blocked; our hearts will not welcome any new talent. In short, there would be no infusion of new air or wisdom. Thus, making us like a static pole.

We have found a comfort zone living behind the curtains and not trying anything new. We want to join new hobby classes, learn new instrument, new language, dance our heart out, try new recipes from cook book. We don’t try anything of this thinking that what if outside world will get to know, what if I would not be able to dance properly, what if people would criticize me for not doing it properly. These What-Ifs are a huge curtains standing in front of us and not letting us live in our own style.  The stereo typical way of living pattern has drawn a never ending curtain before us that we are scared to try any new bunch of things.

Curtains are a sense of privacy. A freedom to live the way we want to live. It protects us from the societal eyes. The beautiful curtains should be drawn and pulled aside frequently to experience the light of day and night. Similarly, We should shut and open our heart curtains in order to grow and prosper.


"Curtains are like soft walls
When we draw them, no light crawls
It opens like a new heart
Waiting to get some attention
It is covered like the way
Others do when they are in dearth of love
Like the panes, it does not break
But when it is torn, we surely get an ache
Smooth and silk, – like fabric it is
Tends to dance with the tunes of the breeze
Some are neutral, some are colourful 
Suiting house’s decor, making one joyful
Carefully woven cloth, they have florals and are attractive
Sometimes used to cover any devious motive
For me,
Sense of Privacy, it is
Gives a freedom, whatever colour or design it is!!"