Forever, For a Way Out


Love, in and out.

He – I’m not too fond of this change. I pity the kids of this decade.

She – Why do you think there is a change?

He – Don’t you see these technology kids? Remember what it was when we were? Don’t you see the difference?

She – What do you mean?

He – The first thing we ever did after coming back from school was to rush to the ground. We had quick snacks after school only because mother wanted us to have them. Until the sunset, the playground was ours.  Most of the time, beyond the sunset, we played and later searched for the lost ball in the dark. And our ball was also many a time a paper wrap around the stone. The knee injury did not stop our play—neither the neighbors scolding’s. Nothing did. Will we ever get back our time?

She – Do you remember my birthday? A piece of cake, one biscuit, few chips, one glass of mango juice and that was a great party. You all used to call me rich because I also used to give chocolate along with all that.

He – Now that precisely is what I am telling you. Have you seen these kids? They come back home and sit in front of their mobile. They play with fingers, and they don’t even get dirty. They fall sick often and look at them.

She – I see you. But do you remember what our parents used to tell us? They used to tell us that we are not even living half of what their childhood was. They used to tease us the same. They called us different, and they mocked us. Maybe it’s all the same. We enjoyed our time. They compared us with theirs and said us ugly. You are now comparing ours with new and calling them ugly.

He – But, there is a difference. Don’t you see? Did we have phones? Did we have internet?

She – That is what we were compared with as well. Our older generation did not have electricity. They compared us with that and many other things. Time changes what we are at and how we live. So has happened. We got to accept and move on. We cannot say ours was best and theirs isn’t.  

He – But, no. this is different. They don’t even play outside.

She – Have you seen the number of people who are health conscious? People who go to the gym? Those who stay fit? Even our generation had all this. The population set was different, and the era was different. I feel our settings have changed. One way or the other, everything still exists in one form or the other.

He – But,

She – No. No But. Remember when my dad got transferred? And we moved to another town? Was it high school?

He – How can I forget that? I would never. Yes.

She – Do you remember how difficult it was to keep in touch? Do you even remember what we did?

He – that was the best time ever. We were friends who wanted to stay in touch. We had cried three whole days when the news was out. We said we would talk on call and write letters.

She – and?

He – We did. Once in a fortnight, you called, and another fortnight later, I called. One call a month. It was Sundays because telephone charges were cheaper on Sundays. Then, we used to write letters frequently. We used to write in letters about what we will talk about when we call. That was funny.

She – And now, do you see how easy it is now to do that? We don’t need to wait hours and days. A simple video call. Seconds.

He – But, that wait made me miss you more. It was beautiful. I felt elated to write you letters. I loved the wait to hear your voice overcall. I longed for those holidays where we got to meet once a year. It made me curious about my goals.

She – ah, I had that too. I used to finish my home works quickly and make time to write you letters. Hey, do you remember how both of us had challenged to score more than 90% so that we both would end up in the same college?

He – Yes. And the sad part is that kids these days score a 100% and are still unhappy. A 100%. A 100%? How is that meaningfully possible? How can a student score 100%, and what does that even mean? Has the student mastered the entire course? Where is the learning?

She – do you know when our parents studied, 70% used to be state toppers?

He – But, you see the difference right. 70, 90, and 100 are not the same. It was not supposed to be this way.

She – Maybe they all got a lot competitive.

He – At the cost of what? Impatience? Less knowledge? Less experience? Less play?

She – That is debatable. But they have become ambitious. They know what they want.

He – How healthy is that? The ones who lag in basics and core foundations but want to build a nation. If the foundation isn’t strong, how tall can something grow?

She – Again, that can go long. And for everything, time will tell.

He – Do you remember our source of entertainment? If we liked a song, we had to wait for that until they played it again on TV. A movie was luxury and once in a while in theatre. Rich ones had internet and pen drives.

She – and you did write love songs for me. Look at you all red and blushing.

He – oh, yes. That was sweet. I used to listen to songs using a tape recorder. The cassettes were all we had. I remember paying 5 rupees per song and getting a customized track-ready from the shopkeeper. Your favorites were mine. Ours.

She – Those were the days!

He – and now what? They don’t know the importance of wait. They have everything at their fingertips. That is exactly why they don’t value anything. Technology has spoilt a lot of things. Real talent has faded away.

She – And can we do? We brought it for us. We wanted change. We innovated it. It was our livelihood. We cannot complain now.

He – But,

She – I know you have your buts, but, you see, the world has to move on. It has to accept changes. It has to fight. It has to make a move. It has to grow.

He – What is a good and meaningful ‘way out’?

She – There is no ‘way out.’ There is only ‘living along with.’  The ‘way out’ could take forever.

He – you know, I am so glad that we fell in love when things were simpler. We liked each other for what we saw in real and not what we saw of each other on the internet. I am so glad I wanted you to be part of my life, and we found the compatibility, not in days and weeks, but we grew along with time and owned it. I am so glad to have found you, and we worked our ways out, not taking forever and knowing that we both are meant to be for each other.

She – I love you.

He – More and more.

There is a law, laws,
For attraction, of attraction,
Much simple, lot sober,
There is love, in tiny and tots,
There is life, in love and real,
There is a mess, in and around,
There is hard, down and up,
Then, always,
There is a way out,
To fall in love, and,
To be in love.
That love, will take forms,
And always be around, To beckon and behold.

The Brownish Days


I am not sure why I decided to title this piece brownish, but it does crown a brown. Not dark as black, but black with hopes – hence brown. I have lived the weekdays madly looking forward to the weekends, not that I get to rest on weekends, but I can shut myself to organize the chaos and have a breather. I know this is only the second weekend of 2022, feels like months, spending each day committing to one deadline after another.

What makes me do this post is,
precisely, my circus clown dance which I did amidst the crossroads while all the vehicles stood in circles watching me do the bike drift. The moment I landed, I honestly went like – ‘I wish someone had captured this and would have made a really good viral post.’ I am not sure why and how I was calm; soon after the incident, I picked up my bike and headed straight home. Point Proven – my bike is too old already. The road was under construction; there was a slip; I lost control and took some zig-zag semi-circles before landing far away in the middle of the road. Take away? – dirty torn clothes, scratches over hands and legs, body aches for two days, and thanks to the helmet, nothing over the head and face.

The roads of life are always under construction

What makes me do this post is,
Had it been any other day, I would have taken a day or two off and called off that I badly needed rest. January 14th was supposed to be a festival holiday, but I had a screening test to be managed. I had already spent three sleepless nights setting questions, and there were hell lot of works pending. All this happened on the 13th. So, I went home, took a bath, and continued to my works moving back to my workplace. I did manage to have 4 hours of sleep with my given constraints.  

* * *

Here I am, on the 14th late night (the date has already changed to 15th), while my eyes are calling off for a night of sleep, I am typing this final line of gratitude and satisfaction, that the day could not have been any better. Of course, I had all the support I needed, and that is exactly why I had all the energy to pull off the day as demand with supports on and off the table. Is this not all we live for?  I am unsure what morale this piece brings, but what I know is, we all have our tough stories, and that is what makes our roots, defining what and who we are.

The bottom line is, with a pinch of sprinkled rest, I am all set for my coming-up next, really wanting to make time for my little celebrations.  

A to Z 2021 – Reflections


If someone brings up “April,” my mind immediately hollers ‘A to Z.’ I love ‘A to Z Challenge’ for it makes me commit to 26 days of Research and Writing. The striking slice is that it makes me write every day no matter what. I have been through days of professional and personal tiredness; 3.00 am, the bed looks beautiful, but then, I spend an hour more working on the A to Z. By the way, this was my fifth year of successful completion of the challenge. Every year I have been writing 8 line poems on the theme I select. I kept to the eight-line poems and then did a Travel around the world from A to Z.

Looking for country details, research, reading, selecting the specifics to write about, then abstract it and pen a poem, well, it was challenging than I thought. Some days got tricky because I had a lot to pick from, and then for a few days, I had to write on what I had. Letter X is always a challenge. I had days where I kept staring at my screen for an uncomfortably long time.

I have compiled my challenge into an ebook. Here goes my compilation, and with love, I close my A to Z challenge of 2021.

The ebook can be downloaded here:

A to Z Travel Around the World

I would like to thank all the readers who supported all through the month with reads, ratings, likes and comments. Thank you for being an inspiration. You also check my poems on the theme #LargerThanLife at my Instagram handle: prakash.hegade

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls


It’s April of 2021 and Day 26 (Finale) of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 26 Country: Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is shared by two countries: Zambia (to the north) and Zimbabwe (to the south). It’s approximately twice the height and width of Niagara Falls. It is said that the noise of the falls can be heard from 40 kilometers and the spray and mist of falling water rises over 400 meters above and hence can be seen from a distance of about 50 kilometers. For the same reasons the local tribes called it as Mosi-o-Tunya, meaning “the smoke that thunders”. The water makes a roaring noise as it falls over the cliff and down into the Zambezi River below. The waterfalls has a width of 1,708 m. The falls is at its peak during April and lowest in October and early November.

Credits: by Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7375063

Poem:

How can one,
Honor the limits,
Give them medals,
When you know,
The more you know,
The less you become,
The more remains,
In the more of unknowns.

One fine day, nothing will makes sense. Then another day, nothing still will make no sense. One fine yet another day, we will find the true meaning of what it all was.

Yemen – Dracaena Cinnabari


It’s April of 2021 and Day 25 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 25 Country: Yemen

Dracaena Cinnabari or dragon blood tree, is a dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago, part of Yemen. The tree has a unique and strange appearance. It is so called due to the red sap that the tree produces. Its fruits are small fleshy berries which turn from green to black as they grow, and then become orange when ripe. The trunk and the branches of the tree are thick and stout and display two-way branching, where each of the branches repeatedly divides into two sections. This is a species selected for making conservation related decisions, because protecting these species indirectly protects many other species that make up the ecological community of its habitat.

Credits: by Boris Khvostichenko(User:Boriskhv) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7175533

Poem:

And that gem,
You loved,
You missed,
For no one’s mistake,
Is what,
You secretly look for,
When you say,
Nothing.

You let go because that is the way. You let go because of the pointless rules. You depart because you know why and no one else. Then, that, secretly defines you a ‘nothing’.

Mexico – Mayan Temples


It’s April of 2021 and Day 24 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 24 Country: Mexico (X)

Mayan temples are one of the reasons why people visit Mexico. There are over 4,400 Maya sites throughout Latin America, of which many of them are located in Mexico. Palenque, Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza etc. are among the most renowned temples in the world identified by their grandeur.  The ancient stone temples of the Maya are ought to be around 2000 years old. Many Mayan temples were hidden among jungle surrounds for centuries until archaeologists have discovered and uncovered them. The Pyramid of the Magician, located in the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal, Mexico, is the tallest and most recognizable structure in Uxmal. Chichen Itza is one of the most spectacular Mayan temples and can be seen in figure below:

Credits: by Daniel Schwen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7647000

Poem:

Then,
You just need a step,
A place to stand,
And own it.
The step,
Defines another, more,
Giving you destiny,
Never imagined.

It all starts with a step. Single step. It might be absolutely absurd on how the future looks like but it’s beautiful to let time define the ultimatum.

Wallis and Futuna – Islands


It’s April of 2021 and Day 23 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 23 Country: Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna is a small country, islands, with around 15k population. It is a territory made up of three main volcanic tropical islands and a number of tiny islets. The original inhabitants built forts and other identifiable structures on the islands, many of which are in ruins, but some of which are still partially intact. Only 5% of the islands’ land area consists of arable land. There are some villages in the islands which do not have telephone and internet connection yet (I personally feel that must be a bliss).

Credits: by Anna Vinet – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71524224

Poem:

In the land of waters,
Sits a monk,
Defining new seasons,
Guarding aspirations.
Let it go,
Let it grow,
Wait and watch,
The monk and his fable.

We think we can do a better job. We think we can handle it well. But some thrive and grow, only when let free.

Vietnam – Halong Bay


It’s April of 2021 and Day 22 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 22 Country: Vietnam

“Ha long” means a descending dragon. Halong bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination where travelers can take a boat ride to appreciate this natural wonder and breath-taking natural landscapes. The significant part of the bay is thousands of limestone karsts and isles in numerous shapes and sizes. The limestones have gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. Hạlong Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species which think is astounding. The bay consists of around 1600 limestone monolithic islands each topped with thick jungle vegetation, rising spectacularly from the ocean. There are also abundant lakes in these limestone islands.

Credits: by Taewangkorea – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83218

Poem:

I wonder sometimes,
How does the earth,
Smile, rejoice, cry?
Does it smile,
Painting landscapes?
Does it rejoice, in flowers?
Does it cry,
Looking at us?

Every emotion is balanced with other. Beauty and the beast are always together.

Ukraine – Chernobyl


It’s April of 2021 and Day 21 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 21 Country: Ukraine

Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in April of 1986, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian. It is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history both in terms of cost and casualties. The incident had several major consequences. Four square kilometres of pine forest directly downwind of the reactor is known to have turned reddish-brown and dead. The forest, named “Red Forest” then is known to have recovered soon. Even after around 34 years of the incident as of 2021, the radiation levels in the area is known to remain dangerously high. Chernobyl is one of the popular Ghost towns of the world. There is a 5 episode mini-series produced by HBO and Sky Atlantic on the incident if one is interested to watch.

Credits: by IAEA Imagebank – 02790015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63251598

Poem:

In the diary,
Are the dots,
Dots that connected,
And blew up.
The diary,
Beyond repair,
Awaits for the light,
Welcoming none.

Sometimes, the recovery is slow. As slow as a lifetime and more. The very aspect of life is to appreciate the whole kit and caboodle and offer the tributes that one deserves.