A huge empire... far beneath the waves ... somewhere in the midst of mountains, canyons, plains and valleys
A powerful tribe of aquatic creatures... their heads and upper bodies resembling those of humans, their tails and lower bodies similar to the tail of a fish HER team won the annual sports contest The emperor asked her what she wanted She wished to visit the surface of the ocean Only the males in the tribe did that once in a while and that too, as part of their security duty However, the emperor would never dishonour his commitment He kept his word and her team was permitted to go They left in a capsule similar to a small submarine, carrying provisions It had always been their dream to visit the ocean surface and now it was coming true They reached a shallow spot and the capsule was securely anchored The females - mermaids - as we call them - were allowed to go out and enjoy the waves The males would stay back The mermaids began to play with the waves It was fun... And then.... a high and mighty wave swept HER away ... She was stranded on the shore... all alone... She looked around and didn't find any of her friends... But she found a strange creature whose upper body was similar to that of the males of her own tribe though he had no tail... He saw her and came closer... Communicating with him wasn't easy but they used signs... His house was nearby Thankfully she could breathe on the surface, but walking was clearly beyond her purview He carried her to his house... She got accustomed to the conditions Everyday he would carry her to the shore They would take his small boat and look for her capsule Slowly, he taught her his language and she taught him her language... He was a loner and once a week he would visit the nearby town to buy whatever he needed, and he rarely had any visitors... And a few weeks later, she located her capsule... The guards - the males of her tribe saw her invariably at the same time... They carried her back to the capsule and... he was their guest of honour... They were warm, hospitable hosts He enjoyed the meal, it was sumptuous There were numerous dishes whose contents were all supplied by the ocean Then they showed him around... The strange engine room, the provisions store and finally ...their treasure Ohh.. Goodness...!!! gold and silver, Opal, sapphire, emerald, aquamarines, ruby, amazonstone, amethyst, pearls, rose quarts... you name it and it was there... actually heaps of them... Their glint and glitter blinded his vision and his conscience... The commander of the capsule gave him a bagful of stones as a token of appreciation... That would have been enough to make him a multimillionaire But he had other ideas... He told them that he wanted to give them a treat and they gladly accepted He visited the nearby town that evening and bought what he needed Next day, he prepared lavish meals in his own house and carried the containers to the capsule... along with his own separate tiffin The food was delicious, the magnanimous creatures loved it and praised it ... and then... all of them fell unconscious ...even the mermaid... He rose and checked everybody... he had to be sure that the drug had done its job... It was a powerful anaesthetic, the quantity added was large, and there was no way any of them could have survived... He went over to the treasure room, took out half a dozen gunny bags from his haversack and began to fill them with gems, crystals, gold and silver He filled the bags and closed their mouths They were heavy and with great difficulty he managed to carry them to the main hatch ... He tried to open the hatch but his attempts failed He kicked, knocked and banged hard... A veteran sailor, he knew a lot about hatches and doors He tried every possible trick... but the hatch remained closed... He began to suffocate... And then he heard a voice... It was my fault...I'm the culprit... I never thought a visit to the surface would have such disastrous consequences...
The mermaid had regained consciousness, but she barely spoke a few words and stopped breathing... No one was going to rescue him from the capsule... He had killed over a dozen innocent souls... And now it was his turn to die He would die... with those bags full of precious stones, gold and silver in his lap...
I possess a dull pen and an ordinary brain Hence my writings appear simple and plain A small bird here, I wish to build a small nest A few minutes everyday, in this place I invest It's great to be with writers whose talents are diverse Each word contributes to the beauty of each verse An eager student, I'm always willing to learn To be touched by the wand of success, I yearn I'd be lucky to add a drop of water to this sea I sincerely believe that consistency is the key To fuel creativity, this domain is the ideal place And even for a novice like me, there's ample space
I am most loved by my family in summer. I am the Earthen pot in my kitchen quenching and satisfying the thirst of my family and the little friends who come home after playing to sip me and feel the coolness.
My grandma is very possesive never allows anyone to touch me.
Decades ago as a child of six I was a brown girl in a sea of white kids And landed up getting almost killed Inspite of strict instructions being drilled Into me about not crossing the street On seeing a driver sitting in a car seat I’m grateful that although I was scratched badly I was able to stand up to face the world again gladly Happy to be breathing and alive Able to be a part of the world and thrive
Then again at the tender age of twelve While in London, I found myself Lost and lone on the London Bridge Anxiously tracing every iron ridge When it was emptied to be raised I searched for my family, almost crazed And only when I finally found them once more After several minutes of being all alone That day I realised the value of family And following their instructions blindly I’m appreciative that I was not lost that day And forced to beg on the streets I was not a prey
As a rebellious teen my family had to endure For my disobedience they could find no cure But for every heartbreak they stood like a rock That absorbed every hurt and every shock And every time I was taken on an emotional ride They stood patiently and silently by my side Even times when I lost the will to live They only found more love to give And wrap me up in a bundle of warmth And help me into an individual transform
I am extremely grateful everyday For every single breath I take For having a family and food to eat For having water to drink and a home to sleep I’m thankful for having been born And not a victim of shame and scorn For every person in my life I feel obliged And for the strength to take failure in my stride
ऐसा माना जाता है.. होलिका दहन बुराई पर अच्छाई की जीत का प्रतीक है.. इस दिन विष्णु भक्त प्रहलाद अपने पुजनीय पिता को छोड़ भगवान विष्णु की भक्ति और आराधना में लीन रहते थे.. जिससे क्रुद्ध हो हिरण्यकश्यप ने अपनी बहन होलिका.. जिसे वरदान स्वरूप अग्नि उसका बाल भी बांका नहीं कर सकती.. उसे भक्त प्रहलाद को साथ लेकर बैठने को कहा.. लेकिन ठीक इसके विपरित होलिका जल कर राख हो गई और भक्त प्रहलाद को कुछ भी नहीं हुआ.. इसी के याद में हम होलिका दहन मनाते हैं क्योंकि इस दिन हिरण्यकश्यप की सबसे बड़ी बुरी शक्ति का नाश और भक्त प्रहलाद की भक्ति और अच्छाई की जीत हुई थी..!!
देखो चल पड़े हैं सब अपनी परंपराओं को निभाने.. अंदर सैकड़ों बुराईयों से भरे खुद और गए हैं होलिका दहन कराने..!!
मान बहुत है इस रीत की सीख सब भूल चुके हैं.. बुराईयों को बस छोड़ कर अपनी सब स्वाहा कर देते हैं सभी..!!
क्या भला है क्या बुरा है यह किसी को याद नहीं.. सवंत की अग्नि में सब पेड़, सामाग्रियां जल कर राख हुईं..!!