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Poetry Poetry

Those Little Things

Getting another slice of pizza,

Suddenly thinking of a beautiful story idea,

Finding out that the information you require is on Wikipedia,

All of these scream, “Eureka”!

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Dancing along to your favourite song,

Talking to your best friends all night long,

And when you know that someone is lying but you play along,

These little things give joy, lifelong.

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Going on a vacation after a tiresome few weeks,

Listening to your new sneakers squeak,

Learning new skills and techniques,

All of these give happiness in heaps.

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Completing a long project,

Watching a movie with special effects,

Secretly enjoying when your loved ones over-protect,

All of these give beautiful memories to reflect!

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They are the very source of enjoyment,

Making up life’s vital components,

So savour every one of these little moments!

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Poetry

Photograph…

Going through the photographs,

Sometimes inducing tears, sometimes a laugh.

Recording all memories, from the time he first boarded an aircraft

To the first time he saw a giraffe.

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The vacations

To different locations

Be it beaches or hill stations,

Can be found in this image which reminds him of that place’s vibrations and sensations.

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The nostalgia, the emotions

Leave him frozen.

Just look at his eyes, swollen,

Such were the moments, so golden.

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Poetry

Beauty

Isn’t it beautiful listening to the sound of the rain?

Isn’t it fascinating thinking how the moon wanes?

Isn’t it lovely seeing the mountains covered with white snow?

Isn’t it pleasing to feel the wind blow?

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Seeing the birds fly,

Having your dog come and sit nearby,

Looking at clouds in a clear blue sky,

All lifting your mood up high!

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Who says beauty is found in material things?

Are gold and silver really needed to experience the joy life brings?

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Poetry Poetry

Why Do You Discriminate

The athlete you look up to

Doesn’t earn your admiration because he is a Muslim, Christian, Sikh or Hindu.

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The author you love to read

Doesn’t enthrall you because he belongs to a particular caste or creed.

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The actor of whom you always keep track

Doesn’t charm you because he is white, brown or black.

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The comedian whom you always find funny

Isn’t brilliant because he belongs to a particular country.

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The song which gives you the most joy

Isn’t better because it is composed by a girl or boy.

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When you have the same heart, skull and bones

Why do you regard people of other regions, religions and colours as unknowns?

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Views on issues

Apocalyptic Effects of Covid-19

If someone a few months ago had said that the whole world would come to a standstill and we would all be forced to practice social distancing, no one would believe it. No one would have fathomed the damage that a virus would end up causing in the coming months. The effect that the virus has had on humankind psychologically, economically and socially is probably unprecedented.

Economically, it is expected that the world’s GDP could shrink by as much as 8%. Millions of people have already lost their jobs and are finding it difficult to make ends meet. The demand for most businesses has gone down as people are only spending money on essential commodities.  Consumer businesses have suffered a lot due to the lockdown with their earnings practically being nil during this period. Hardly anyone can be seen in malls, hotels and restaurants. Most employees in companies have had to take a cut in their salaries and wages. The stock markets in India posted some of its worst losses in history during the lockdown period with SENSEX falling by 4000 points and NIFTY falling by 1150 points in 1 day.

The poor had to and are enduring the worst during this period. Millions of migrant workers have lost their jobs and with no means of transport available to take them back home, they’ve had to walk hundreds of kilometres with their families to their respective villages and towns. Listening to such stories of hardships certainly breaks one’s heart! Added to that, governments of some states have revised labour laws to attract investment to revive the economy further adding to migrant labourers’ miseries.

Students have had to study through online means and those who do not have access to smartphones and the internet have lagged in their studies without any fault of theirs. They also have had to go through the stress of uncertainties of when and how their exams will be conducted with the virus showing no signs of stopping any time soon. On the positive side, many teachers have become tech-savvy and many ways have been devised to teach in effective ways.

Psychologically, the lockdown caused by the virus has affected each and everyone to at least some extent. Social distancing has induced loneliness in many and has led to more serious problems like depression and suicide. People, in general, seem to have become more frustrated and anxious because of their inability to meet friends and to visit public places with freedom. This has counter-actively led people to become socially-disobedient and irresponsible. Many have become obsessive and compulsive about sterilization and checking their body temperature. Again, the poor have suffered the most in this aspect because of financial uncertainties.

Not only humans but animals have also had to go through a lot of anguish. Humans have neglected their pets in the fear that they might spread the virus. Thousands of pets have no place to go due to this reason.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died already due to this virus not taking into account the deaths that went unreported. The virus has pointed out major loopholes in our healthcare systems. They have been unable to deal with the rising cases properly. As a result, people have died because they couldn’t get access to proper health facilities.

There have been some silver linings though. The air and noise pollution levels have come down quite significantly. Stars have once again become visible in the night sky. People have started interacting with their families more due to ample time that is available in their hands and thus developing stronger bonds. People have started trying new things like cooking and writing. It has made us appreciate our freedom more and has underlined the importance of our friends and families in our lives.

Let’s hope that the pandemic ends soon and we can all return to our normal lives once again!

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Poetry

“Comfort” Zone

Getting out of one’s comfort zone,

Trying out travelling alone,

Making decisions that are risk-prone,

Is no doubt difficult – like trying to live without a phone!

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Often leads to breakdowns,

Often makes one look like a clown

And often makes one frown.

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But then if one doesn’t live for these things,

They are just like a bird without wings.

Even if their day-to-day life doesn’t sting,

They miss out on life and all that it brings.

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Poetry

Think over Overthinking!

Thinking of shallow things too deeply

Yes, to stop overthinking about things isn’t easy

But then, you’ve got to keep yourself busy!

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Play a game of carrom,

Or go study the structure of an atom.

Watch a movie

Or go do something goofy.

Read a book

Or go learn how to cook!

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Why pretend when you’re not fine?

In front of those to whom you say, “You’re Mine.”

They are the ones who’d get you off of your tough times.

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If you don’t come out and express,

If all you do to your thoughts and feelings is repress,

The mind would become a bubble of stress.

And when it’d burst, it would create a huge mess!

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Poetry

Hope For Humanity

He had a dream

To do something for the disadvantaged

To improve their esteem.

“Your idea is not feasible,” they deemed

But he never let them affect his saintly scheme

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He always had hope

That his idea had scope

When someone told him to stop, he said, “Nope”

He was made up of stuff that would change the globe.

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Now, whether he succeeded is a different story,

But actions like these bring mankind glory.

Amongst this world of insanity,

There are still people who give hope to humanity.

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Poetry

You Are Special!

Stupidity is comparing yourself to others,

To your friends, your enemies or even your brother!

Humans don’t form a hierarchical chain,

Where one is over and other is under

In our own way, each one of us is a wonder.

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If they don’t have anything other to do than compare…

Just think how their life is going to fare!

Imagine their despair

That all they can do is pass comments sitting on a chair,

While they don’t have anything to do and care.

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You are equally important,

To describe success, there is no constant…

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Poetry Poetry

More Than You See

What you hear might not be the truth,

Just like the story of the fairy and your broken milk tooth.

Those who behave the sweetest,

Might just be acting in front of you, 

And could actually be the ones who are the most uncouth.

 

The person with whom you’d never fight,

Could end up being the one who’d give you a backbite.

Those who ALWAYS act helpful and kind,

Might have a hidden agenda on their mind.

 

If the unexpected often ends up happening,

Often hurting one’s feelings,

One wonders why hasn’t the word “unexpected” lost its meaning?