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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #118

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PROMPT 118

Directionless

An unfocused mind

Goes in awry directions

Like rudderless boat

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #117 — Was that really me?

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The real me always

Hides behind a convenient mask

Lest people judge me

 

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #115

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The prompt is to write something in a similar spirit – it could tell the story of a year or day or hour or minute – something that brought about a change in the life of a protagonist, family, community, nation or the world.

 

Life was such fun up to the age of 11.

There were music, dance, studies, games, picnics and all sorts of rides.

Some smooth some bumpy but having parents, siblings, and friends to share it with you is fun nonetheless.

Learning new things every day with friends was such fun which I attended every day till I was 11.

Life was like a nice dream.

Then one fine morning everything changed.

Suddenly I became a grown-up.

In my community girls were not allowed to play outside, laugh loudly or dance and sing after they reached puberty.

An order was passed to take all the childhood fun away from my life. I was suppose to behave in a certain way like, walk like this and talk like this and dress like this all that behaving like a girl.

There were so many dos and don’ts for girls only. Nothing ever changed for the boys. I had entered the realm of youth and childhood was taken away forever.

It made me feel as if a demon has taken control of my life, restricting all my activities.

It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my life after. Thankfully my parents were liberal, siblings caring and loving. We went to school, then college, movies were allowed with family members. There were lots of books to read, there were indoor games but it was different, not like childhood’s carefree, unadulterated, unrestricted fun.

The carnival called childhood was taken away from my life.

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #116- Figure Out/ उलझन

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उलझन

सब उठाये फिरते अपने अपने दुखों का सलीब,
कौन साथ दे किसका, और कौन मरहम लगाए यहाँ।

आंसुओं को अपनी आँखों में  थामे रखना ,
कौन समझेगा तेरे आंसुओं का मोल यहाँ। 


जो साथ आये रोने वो खुद भी कम ग़मगीन न थे
जो भी रोया साथ आपबीती पर रोया  यहाँ
दुखड़े सुना सुना कर सबको परेशां न कर
दर्द खुद ही सहना होगा  कोई बाँट नहीं सकता  यहाँ

करोड़ों हड़प के भी मिटती नहीं है भूख उनकी
कौन तय करेगा भिखारी है कौन यहाँ
उठाते सूरज को तो सभी सलाम करते हैं 
डूबते को माथा टेके है ये कौन नादान यहाँ 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #114 — Reformation

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  1. How much poison are you willing to eat for the success of the free market and global trade? Please name your preferred poisons.
  2. For the sake of goodness, how much evil are you willing to do? Fill in the following blanks with the names of your favorite evils and acts of hatred.
  3. What sacrifices are you prepared to make for culture and civilization? Please list the monuments, shrines, and works of art you would most willingly destroy.
  4. In the name of patriotism and the flag, how much of our beloved land are you willing to desecrate? List in the following spaces the mountains, rivers, towns, farms you could most readily do without.
  5. State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes, the energy sources, the kinds of security, for which you would kill a child. Name, please, the children whom you would be willing to kill.

 

Statistics that more than 2000 of rape cases are committed by under 18 is much disturbing. Then consider other crimes also. Are they all psychopaths?

They are sent to the reformatory house.  After release their whereabouts are kept a secret, the name changed so they can lead a normal life.

There is no guaranty that they will come out reformed.

Problem is if court punishes them like an adult, after some time they may get accustomed to that life and may come out as a more seasoned criminal.

Children need to channelize their energy in the right direction from childhood.

Our hopes entirely depend on parents, schools, neighborhoods, and volunteers willing to look into the root cause

and take corrective action. Free psychoanalysis and consultation and proper guidance should be available on all levels.

Eliminating crime and reforming the criminal is what I’ll be longing for.

 

 

 

 

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #113- Chasing Butterflies

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #113

Ah, those famous men! 

imagine balancing

status and egos in one hand
butterfly net in another
eyes full of childlike gleam 
heart full of passion
exotic butterflies
flying around
as if teasing them
to follow 
deliriously their dream
their jobs they forgot
cared not for critics
as this was their vocation
did they feel guilty
trapping butterflies
pinning them alive
and preserve for
just gratification
——————————————-
chasing Butterflies
understandable, if
for appreciating the skill of the creator, or
collecting for scientific reasons
for biodiversity
and conservation
otherwise
chase as sport
admire their beauty
but let them fly freely around
making the world beautiful
with their
stunning beauty

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #112- Pause/ ठहराव

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WRITING PROMPT 112

This week you can choose one or more from a set of 10 words/phrases, to kick start your thought process. Let us see where the journey takes you. The comments often offer different perspectives and start another thread of creativity. Find time to read those and interact with other writers.

Here are the options….

  1. pockets of stillness
  2. question your maps
  3. cynical assertions
  4. lost alphabet
  5. was that really me?
  6. crumbling thoughts
  7. undulating patterns
  8. free-flowing bonds
  9. pregnant pause
  10. potential of emptiness

Pockets of Stillness

जिंदगी दौड़ रही
बेरोक बेलगाम सी 
कभी कभी इसमें 
विश्राम होना चाहिए
जिंदगी कटी यहाँ 
वहां घूम घूम के
अब तो कोई 
पड़ाव होना चाहिए
बदला ना खुद को कभी 
अपनी ही जिद में जिए
अब तो व्यवहार में 
बदलाव  होना चाहिए  
बचपन में खेले खूब  
जवानी में भटक लिए
बुढ़ापे में थोड़ा  
ठहराव होना चाहिए
~Indira

 

It is so much more rewarding to understand than to feel right, even if that means changing your mind about a subject, an ideology, a person and even yourself. — Maria Popova 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #111- तरंग- Waves

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तरंग

तरंग दिल में उठी  प्यार बन गयी

तरंग भूमि पर भूकंप बन गयी

समुन्दर को मथ कर तूफान बन गयी

हवा में तरंग, बयार बन गयी

जल में उठी और जलतरंग बन गयी

तरंग हर कण कण में पूरे ब्रह्माण्ड में 

ताल, सुर में बांध कर संगीत बन गयी  

कानों से सुन लिया  लिया तो आहट नाद 

आत्मा से सुना अनहद नाद बन गयी 

 

अनहद (Unhad)नाद- ओमकार (OMKAAR)

आहट नाद – (Aahat naad is whatever we hear, speak or sing; frequency of sound that we can hear)

“Aahat saadhi saadhi sukh paave

‘Anang Rang’ taako sahaj nis taare.

Anhad Naad antar goonje,

Aahat Naad taako prakash”

Composition by Acharya K.C.D. Brahaspati (Great Vaggeyakaar of his time).

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A Brief Summary Of Naad : Indian Classical Music

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #110

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Reena Saxena

Wishing all my Indian friends across the world, a very Happy
Diwali!

Diwali or Deepavali (Festival of Lights) will be celebrated on the New Moon of October 27. We light up our houses and public spaces with earthen oil lamps, candles or electric lights. It is a metaphor for conquering darkness with light.

Darkness and light inspire a lot of quotes, poetry and other forms of literature. I like to live in twilight zones. I believe that none of the two are absolute. There is always a degree of relativity, which makes us value one over another.

Lighting a lamp is a metaphor for so many things – where does the light come from?

Well, this is not the prompt. It is just a thought. You need to scroll down further for the prompt.

All of us respond to darkness in our own individual ways. It can bring out the…

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #110

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It is in the darkest hour that

when I vent out my frustrations
after crying my heart out
or
by pouring everything on a paper to tear it and throw
of course at night
when no one sees or notices
I feel rejuvenated
as venting
blows away  the dirt
trying to pollute my mind
A light sneaked in the darkness
telling me
that
‘giving lots of  benefits of doubt’
to other 
makes 
life
more compatible.
 
 
 
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sharing the stories of interconnection

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