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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 63

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 63

Prompt

Here is an intriguing picture shared by Harvey Kraft on LinkedIn.

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The picture by itself can tell a thousand stories. But I am increasing the complexity a little. Here is a paragraph from another source.

So what exactly happened here? A woman felt powerless because she was unable to let go of a story she was holding onto which made her a victim. Even though she no longer saw this man, her former lover, she carried him within, and over and over again inside was keeping this version of the story alive.

TILL DEATH DO US APART

It seems there is no strength left in me.

I feel completely exhausted.

I can’t go on like this, I want to quit.

It has happened several times in my life.

Shamefull I accept that I had wanted to quit every time I felt  exhauseted

Everytime my conscience nudged me

‘How could you quit, there is so much to do, everyone depends on you?’

I was young then so summoned my willpower and got up every time. 

But now with age catching up, it seems an uphill task. 

I’m lying on the floor, helpless, hoping to go…There comes an extending hand for help, 

How could you be so desperate? Didn’t you promise, ‘ till death do us apart’?

Oh yes, I remembered. 

Indeed how could I leave him in the middle of our journey?

He was always there to support me, never grumbled, criticized or belittled me. 

What I was complaining about?

With a feeling of guilt, I grab the extended hand thankfully.

Indeed the show must go on ’till death do us apart.’

Didn’t once I advised everyone that’

When there is unrest or apprehension
When there is, in life a lot of tension
Take a break and retrospect.
When you overworked and very tired
When you are stuck in an old routine
Take a break and get good rest.
When dissatisfaction, and no fun in life
You think life is taking you for a ride
Take a break and meditate.

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 62/ Dr. Rajendra Singh, The Waterman Of India

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 62

Prompt-

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The moon is still dark
but
I’m not worried
it’s going through its phases
it will shine again
what worries me is 
the future of the earth
will it become
like the moon
waterless
due to 
negligence of its
politician
businessmen
builders
who have no water in their eyes
and heart
no concern for the earth
becoming a desert
aren’t they afraid of 
water world war
are they so heartless
unconcerned of 
farmers suicide
people sufferings
due to the scarcity of water
the moon is still dark
but a part of it shines
and so shines
the hope
in my heart
till the people
like Rajendra Singh
THE WATERMAN of India
are there
spreading water literacy

teaching people

about water conservation

and many more people joining him

To the save the planet

WATERMAN Of India- Rajendra Singh

Dr. Rajendra Singh (born 6 August 1959) is a well-known water conservationist & environmentalist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. Also known as “waterman of India”, he won the Stockholm Water Prize. He runs an NGO called ‘Tarun Bharat Sangh’ (TBS), which was founded in 1975. The NGO based in village hori-Bhikampura in Thanagazi tehsil, near Sariska Tiger Reserve, has been instrumental in fighting the slow bureaucracy, mining lobby and has helped villagers take charge of water management in their semi-arid area as it lies close to the Thar Desert, through the use of johad, rainwater storage tanks, check dams and other time-tested as well as path-breaking techniques. Starting from a single village in 1985, over the years TBS helped build over 8,600 johads and other water conservation structures to collect rainwater for the dry seasons, has brought water back to over 1,000 villages and revived five rivers in Rajasthan, Arvari, Ruparel, Sarsa, Bhagani and Jahajwali.

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 61

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 61

In the immensity of consciousness, a light appears — a tiny point which moves rapidly and traces shapes, thoughts, and feelings, like a pen writing on paper. And the ink which leaves a trace is the memory. You are that tiny point and by your movement, the world is ever re-created.

 Sri Nisargadatta, I Am That

 

Alas!

It eludes me

the immensity of consciousness

again and again

could have

lead me

to a higher plane

Alas!

I am

where I was

when I was born

yearning for my mother’s embrace

now at the end of my journey

yearning for my mother’s embrace

my existence

in between

is a cipher

 

 

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 52

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 52

 

 

challenge 52

Now is subjective.

Now is just as much long as much anxiety/ happiness you allow for it.

Waiting for someone/something anxiously makes it long as eternity.
Hours spent with friends, near and dear ones fly like a second.
As you say ‘Now’, it becomes past. The moment is passed. Now is pushed back by new now.

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 50

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 50

freedom 50

Tough challenge this time.

Freedom is when you are not compelled to laugh or applaud the silly joke told by the powerful or successful or…people or your boss.

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A Fortune Teller is sitting with his caged parrot, waiting for the people to come and know their fate.

Whenever someone comes he opens the door, parrot comes out, selects a card, gives it to him and goes inside the cage.

Even if the door is open it never tries to fly away, whats more it closes it itself.

Was it for food, security or it has become habituated to living alone, loving the captivity.

Freedom is dangerous and risky perhaps all pets think. Bondage has its own comfort, security, and convenience once you become accustomed to it.

happy in their shackles
of caste, creed, and community
people never try to break away
as fortune tellers parrot
happy in its captivity
with food shelter and security
never tries to fly away

Reena’s Exploration Challenge -Week 48

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge -Week 48

Today’s challenge is fairly simple.

Just use the given sentence somewhere in your piece – poem, story, anecdote, memory, quotation or anything else. You may choose to just take the theme, and not use the words in your piece.

She walked through fire, but was not burnt by it……

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Whenever mother, reciting Epic Ramayana  in her enchanting way came to this part:

‘She walked through fire but was not burnet by it burned.‘, and thus proved her chastity.

But we never got beyond this.
Other parts were not interesting for me.

We will indulge in argument, no , discussion as we both were on the same side. 

It was hard to  believe that Lord Ram with his perfect, par excellence character, equality and liberalisation for women and in particular his love for Sita could ask her wife to enter the fire to prove her chastity. What more her kidnapping by Ravana was not her fault. Hanuman himself witnessed that she was kept in Ashok Vatika and not in a Palace with The Ravana.
Valmiki’s Ramayana era was also liberal to women, they were portrayed in high esteem, they were free to do what liked even participated in battles with their husbands as was Kaikeyi and others.
We were supposed to believe blindly all mythological ar epics and veda which we could not.
We discussed lots of aspects and came to the conclusion that believe what our heart and mind says is right.
Perhaps some other writers added all this to tarnish Lord Ram’s image. 
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Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 47

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week

exploration challenge 47

(Choose any one quote, choose both or add your own to make sense of it.The format can be  a story/poem/rant/anecdotes/journalistic coverage of events/ reflections/history/geography/memory as usual.  No word or time limits.)

Even a cell matters
When functions well
Life secure
But when it rebels
Life obscure
क्यों बताना पड़ता है हमेशा 
इस  सृष्टि में 
सबकी एक जगह है 
सब की एक अहमियत है 
सबकी एक भूमिका है 
क्यों समझाना पड़ता  है हर बार 
नारी तो 
हमेशा से वहीँ  है 
जहाँ उसे  होना चाहिए 
न नर के आगे न पीछे 
न ऊपर न नीचे 
बस बराबरी में
उसे तो कभी भी महान बनने की चाहत न थी 
नर ही हमेशा  ऊंचा बनने की होड़ में  लगा   रहा 
उसे अपना प्रतिद्वंदी समझ 
नीचे दिखने की कोशिश में लगा रहा 
महान बनने के रास्ते तो और भी थे
जो चले  वो देवता बन गए 
जो नहीं समझ पाए , उन्होंने 
नारी को नीचा  दिखाने की कोशिश में 
खुद से कमजोर जताने  की ख्वाहिश में 
खुद को महान  दिखाने की चाहत में 
उस  पर बलात्कार और जुर्म कर 
खुद को ही नीचा गिरा कर 
उसे स्वतः ही  उपर  उठा दिया 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 46

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 46

Prompt

nothing changes

 

When I was young
I thought the world will change
the riots will stop
with education
with development 
scientific reasoning
people will become tolerant
more understanding
compassionate
to other religions
there will be liberty to 
to choose partners
Politicians will become more 
honest, loyal to their country and countrymen
less selfish
less arrogant
women will be treated equally
there will be no poverty
we have become more fashionable
more techno savvy
but you can’t change the mentality
of some
who will do anything to get power in their hands
they will go to any extent 
 
Of course, there is a major difference
in attitude
we killed with the stones then
now we kill with the sophisticated weapons.

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 45

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 45

prompt 45

The format can be  a story/poem/rant/anecdotes/journalistic coverage of events/ reflections/history/geography/memory as usual. Pour out, and let it flow unhindered like the rain.


 

Beware of the 

fire of revenge

of a wounded ego

Beware of 

fury of nature

if abused or

misused

or overused

for greed

Beware of 

the fire of hunger

of any kind

Beware 

for they know

no forgiveness

Try to suppress them

they will

hollow you out from inside

like a termite

Fight them

they ruin you

with a vengeance

Just  be aware of them 

and treat 

with the love, care

and understanding

give them what is due 

Or

the result will be

devastating

and all humanity will suffer

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 44- Abstraction

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 44

challenge 44

The format can be a story/poem/rant/anecdotes/journalistic coverage of events/ reflections as usual.

Be straightforward friend
Don’t kill me with your sweetness
Scared of diabetes 
———————————
either you are happy
or sad
show it with full expression
suppression helps you not
only brings depression
you can’t live your life
with ideology alone
enjoy every bit of it
but
in moderation
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हवा में सीलापन सा क्यों है कहीं पे कोई रोया है क्या?

महलों में सब सुविधा पाकर कहीं कोई तो   हँस  ना पाए,

जूठन पाकर झोपड़ीवाला  ख़ुशी के मारे  रोया है क्या?

दिन भर खूब मजूरी की पर  शाम को खाना  घर न आया

बिलख बिलख कर रोते कोई  भूख का मारा  सोया है क्या ?

लालच में वृक्ष काट लिए, बीज कभी भी बोये नहीं

 अब मौसम का रुख देखकर कहीं पर कोई रोया है  क्या?

बेटियां कितनी बलि चढ़ा  दी ,एक बेटे  के लालच में ,

आज उसी बेटी की खातिर किसीका का दिल कहीं  रोया है क्या?

सागर से मिलने वाली  नदियों का जल जब  सूख  गया,

आस लगा कर बैठा सागर,बिलख बिलख कर रोया है क्या?

पापों का लेखा जोखा कर कहीं कोई ग़मगीन हुआ क्या

कहीं कोई शैतान ठिठक कर हँसते हँसते रोया है क्या?

यूं तो कारण बहुत मिले , रोज़ रोज़ हँसने  गाने के

बहलाने को चेहरा छिपाकर, बार बार मुंह धोया है क्या

हवा में सीलापन सा क्यों है ?कही पे कोई रोया है क्या?

~इंदिरा

Translation in English

why breeze is so damp, has someone somewhere cried

some never smile even when they get all the comforts of the world

All the comforts at door, can’t make some smile

Has some poor laughed with a little more than expectation

has someone ever cried regretting no seed was ever sown

those who sacrificed girl fetus to get one son

has some mother ever shed tears remembering that girl

has some mother ever shed tears remembering that girl

has sea sometimes cried and longed for them

when the river water could not reach sea ’cause they dried with our negligence

has sea sometimes cried and longed for them
why breeze is so damp, has someone somewhere cried
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Through life and strife, all may still thrive.

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Destination Dreams

Frank J. Tassone

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Canadian/Norwegian Blogger & Freelance Writer

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Everyday musings ....Life as I see it.......my space, my reflections and thoughts !!

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DIARY OF A SOCIALLY AWKWARD GIRL.

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Quaint Revival

quirks, quips & photo clicks

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