The Secret of Happiness

In a world that is perpetually searching for Happiness, he teaches me about finding joy in simple things every day – a hug, a kiss, a long walk, running barefeet in the grass, a whiff of fragrance from the evening primrose..

He shows me each day what living life to the fullest means, why trust is synonymous with love and belonging, that friendship is acceptance and how words are an unnecessary ingredient when there are soul connections….

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Of Books, Sonnets and such like amusements

 

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What is in a Date? It would be just as mundane as any other.

Or would it?

23 April

 

UNESCO declared this date in 1996 as World Book and Copyright Day to pay worldwide tribute to books, authors, publishers and to collectively encourage ‘discovery of The Pleasure of Reading’ !

But it is only now that the world is largely waking up to discover why!!

23rd April 2016

The hashtags of social media spread far more rapidly than a wild fire!! The google logo stimulates speedier research than frontpage news headlines in conventional newspapers!

400 years since the 23rd of April 1616.

400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. And less famously of Cervantes and Garcilaso de la Vega !

Have you wondered what Shakespeare would have to say had he been around to see himself trending on social media ?

Something to this effect, I’m sure…..

“You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
―  The Merchant of Venice

 

 

 

Another Life

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‘There’s no tomorrow. There’s no ‘another life’. I want everything now. In this life’, his words snapped her out of her reverie. But she still did not speak.

They were sitting cooped up in his car, watching the world buzz past them in that same familiar frenzied hurry.
It had started to drizzle….

The pitter patter of raindrops on the car and the sound of the evening traffic made her head play her favorite rain song, like from a distant radio.

She started counting the tiny droplets of rain that were making patterns on the windshield. In between that fraction of moment when they fell and dissolved away, she willed them to fall in the patterns she wished to see them make.

But they did not.

Each little wilful drop fell exactly where it wanted to. Each one stayed whole for exactly as long as it felt like or splattered away like the paint flicked away carelessly from a painter’s brush.

 

‘I donot believe in a second life. Do you hear me?’, he spoke with the innocent adorable conviction and impatience of a seven year old used to getting yeses for his demands instantly.

It made her smile, like always.

She continued to stare at the windshield. The rain was getting stronger now, the raindrops bigger. She reached over and began tracing the drops on the glass as they continued making their patterns on the outside..

‘ You need to get out there, you know? ‘, she finally said.

‘What?’, he said impatiently, like he was pulled out of a deep meditative trance..!

‘ Those drops’, she turned away from the windshield and looked at his earnest face.

‘If you want to change the patterns those drops are making, you need to get out there into THAT world and get wet. You can’t be doing that sitting inside here’.

‘That’s like another life, isn’t it ?’

…………………….

Without Rain

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WET, WITHOUT RAIN…..….

P.S.
Do you know what a wink is? In a story, book or a poem, I mean.
A wink is a private message or joke inside a story that the writer shares with that person who’ll get it immediately!

I learnt this from a movie about a writer, the other day.
This, and many more intoxicating takes on writing…

One of my serious new year resolutions this year was to invest more time to learn writing.
And write more.
Better.
Courageously.

The year is into the middle of the first quarter and I still feel as motivated as I was that winter morning when I had written down ‘Read more about writing, and write more’ at the top of my list of “Stuff I’m gonna do this new year”.

Which, apparently statistically, means I’m far likelier to stick with this resolution well into the months ahead!

It, however, remains to be seen how bravely I manage to put my inspiration into words.

Talking of inspiration…there have been many.
Moments, words, gestures, a look, a touch, an unmindful comment, a letter…

Oftentimes the simplest of them all can prove to be the strongest, I believe….

GO ON….

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Go on…live your life just the way you want to…

Find warm friendships, smile a lot, laugh out loud, do happy things..

Drive fast, feel the wind rushing past on your face, feel free, find beautiful moments, make lovely memories…

Get angry, scream, cry…

Make wild love, sing along, dance freely, create something beautiful, find challenges and enjoy winning them all…

Enjoy feeling handsome & attractive…

Feel proud, look up to yourself, find inspiration in unusual places, wear beautiful clothes…

Write those poems if only in your head, look at yourself in the mirror and smile…

Fall in love, adore, let the movies make you cry, relish your popcorn, play, run, let someone else win…

Hug tighter, love fiercely, kiss deeply, wish earnestly, give freely….

GO ON, My Friend..Live your life just the way YOU want to…