Category Archives: Light-hearted

Who am I?

As we enter the second week of lockdown, I find myself asking such existential questions – the kind you would normally confront only when seated in a therapist’s room. I would have otherwise laughed it off, but today I decide to humour it a little and here’s how it goes…

The first seemingly obvious answer that comes to mind is of course I am me, Apurva. I am currently doing masters, having worked for a bit and so on..

Academics and career do define me to some extent but is that what makes me….me? I mean am I this Apurva, only because I am studying in so and so college or getting so and so degree? Is that all there is to me?

Having scratched the surface, I decide to prod a little more.

Then come the next set of “Maybe I am my personality, my looks, my fears, my inhibitions, my anxiety or my passion.”

But say I decide that my Apurva-ness lies in my interest in art, would that mean I am no longer Apurva if I chose to move away from this field? Now that doesn’t make any sense. I mean, people lose interest in things all the time, don’t they?

That brings me back to square one. Who am I?

What is that one thing that defines me? Is there a quality in me that is constant? Or is change the only constant? Well, then what’s the point of naming me Apurva, which means unique? Might as well have named me number 42000 or something like that.

I then happen to take a step back.

Maybe I am thinking this all wrong!

A flower in a garden, whether we call it a tulip or a rose, doesn’t really give a damn about the nomenclature, does it? It knows only to be, a flower- nothing more, nothing less.

So why can’t I be content just being a human? Why do I need to cling to a name, an identity that I can’t even really claim to be my own?

Why do I need to be distinct from everyone else?

Why can’t I be just the same?

And that’s when it hit me.

If everyone in this world thought about themselves as being essentially the same, there would be no nation, no religion, no name and no identity to fight over. People would have so much empathy for the other person that hurting them wouldn’t cross their mind.

And that’s not an easy thing to do, considering the way we are conditioned since childhood.

Maybe that’s why there are so few enlightened beings on this earth. And maybe that’s why it’s so difficult to get there.

~ak

Frock tales

Weekly writing challenge: Earliest memory

My earliest memory,

takes me back to,

when I was three,

My crazy pink fetish,

driving my mom,

up a tree!

Shopping with me,

 was her worst nightmare!,

I would cling on to a pink frock,

like a leach to your hair!

That still wouldn’t satisfy me,

I would insist on trying it on,

pirouette around and ask,

Why isn’t it twirling,

mom?

© Apurva

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source: google

pirouette: fast turn of the body on the toes or the front part of the foot,

performed especially by a ballet dancer

Standing Out

Daily Prompt Challenge: STAND OUT

When was the last time you really stood out in a crowd? Are you comfortable in that position, or do you wish you could fade into the woodwork?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us STANDOUT.

The last time I stood out,

I was part of a skit,

Did I enjoy it?

Of course I did!

The people watching,

appreciating my act,

a thrilling experience,

no doubt about that!

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Party Personality

Daily Prompt: 

After spending time with a group of people, do you feel energized and ready for anything or do you want to hide in the corner with a good book?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PERSONALITY.

I’m asked how I feel,

after a party,

if I jump and shout,

or slip out

silently,

Do I love to dance,

have some fun,

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Mirror Mirror (DP challenge)

Daily Prompt

Who is this brazen girl

I see in front of me,

who loves to speak her mind,

wears her heart on her sleeve?

Who is this crazy woman

who seems utterly lost,

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Joyful Moment (DP challenge)

Daily Prompt

    My adorable younger cousin,

had come for his summer hols,

looking to have some fun,

& spread some cheer,

among us all!

Despite running a fever,

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Manoeuvring a Mumbai Market

Image                                    Going to shop
                                        in a bustling marketplace
                                           is a lot like going to war…
 
                                       You won’t get what you want
                                           without a scrape or fight..
        But,
it is entertaining,
even humorous..
in hindsight!
                                                                                         

Hawkers on your left,

Hawkers on your right,

Poor old footpaths..

nowhere in sight!

Ever swelling crowds,

spilling on to the roads,

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Perks of a Train journey

Image

google image

      For
the many
    Indians 
      who opt
for a  
long
distance
 train
journey
   either 
                         by choice or..
out of
    no choice!
 

You step out of the house,

wondering why the hell on earth,

you chose to go by train,

when of planes, there was no dearth!

You then remind yourself,

At least it’s air-conditioned,

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Ode to Shin-chan

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source: google

The popular Japanese cartoon character who makes
kids go crazy with his charms…
and mums go up in arms!!

The first time I saw it, I was anything but impressed,

by the kiddish crayon graphics or the emotions expressed!

But something caught my eye, I didn’t know what it was,

till the day I heard a laugh from across the room-

where I was!

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The Joys of Walking

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For all those
who enjoy
the serene
outdoors …

It’s 7 pm, the weather is great!,

I put on my shoes, don’t wanna be late,

Grabbing my headphones, off I go,

It’s a beautiful place, for those who don’t know.

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