Happy 76th Independence Day!

May our country Treasure every tree,May our nation,Enlightened by logic be,And thrive with hope,In adversities,Resolutely cope.May my India,Like the Charkhaa, Keep moving,Awakened, 24 by 7,And bring to earthA glimpse of heaven,And be a blessing,To all the Living.

As evening arrives…

May you silent the noises of worry and stress and fear. May you find your peace as you use words of hope and thoughts of love. May the mind retain and recall your favourite music, your favourite songs, your favourite flavours and beautiful memories.May your heart be filled with contentment and courage.

Wonder why

The squirrel seems Less playful,The wind seems Much heavier,The sun seems Much distant,The laughter seemsMuch hollower,The chat seemsMuch mundane,The debate seemsMuch effort,The meal seemsMuch familiar,The water seemsMuch nauseous,The heart seemsMuch numb,The mind seemsMuch dumb.It’s one of those days,Only music seemsMystical, magical,Music has it’s healing ways.

July

The rain clouds,Bring relief,To the lands,Thirsty and dry;It’s July.Nature seems to ask notWhen, what, who, where,And why:Some places flood,In July,Some are too parched,Still very dry.Clouds and life,Both are so random,Dear July,Please put everything,Back in tandem.

Vivid memories

We are all merely, A future memory.What sort of vivid one,Do we choose to be,Before we are done?Who ever you happen, To meet and to be with, Here and right now,Choose to be kind,Or quiet, if not loving.That’s how,They’ll remember you,Be kind to yourself too!

Quest

What have you questioned, About yourself lately?What have you deliberated on?About who you are, What do you want to do, With your limited time here?Are you spending time, Reflecting on How you want things To be different Or better about yourself?Are you willing to look, Into what you need, To change about yourself?Observe a fewContinue reading “Quest”

A sesame seed

How little, how tiny. A sprinkle of sesame, Adds special flavour.Like a timely smile,Brings relief greater.Its not words alone,That we use as balm,To bring back calm.Tiny gestures,Warm expressions,Like a nod,A smile,A pat,Lift up those near, And encourage our dear,Spread comfort and cheer,As they release fear.Like the sesame seed,Tops our food,Makes it special indeed,Use a sprinkleContinue reading “A sesame seed”

Dear June,

Dear June,A lot in the world,We find, is out of tune.As you are coming soon,May I remind you,To use all your powers,To bring relief showers.Relief from war,Relief from hate,Relief from pain.A good amount of rain,Enough of food grain,Please would you bring,Energy that’s new,And fresh and healing?Pack along,A hopeful song,To be sung in chorus,Let’s sing allContinue reading “Dear June,”

Arise, rise.

Awake, arise,Pursue the new,Make the best use,Of this day,Or you’ll regret,When you realise,How fast time flew,So do more right now, Focus and just do.Time runs,Why procrastinate?Don’t leaveTaking decisions, Until its oh!Too late.Why wait?

Keep away

Keep away The urge,To delay.Get up!Do it!You have to do it anyway.Exercise?Declutter?The follow up call?Making a meal?An unpaid bill?What is it,You haven’t done still?Today, make it a dayTo begin, to attempt, to complete,whatever it be:Any pending talks,Your Nature walks.Or lots of to-do tasks.’What’s your plan?’Today, to you asks.

The other half of 2022 arrives

To sun-hot May,The summer-bringer,In days few,We bid adieu.How very soon,Arrives June,Along comes the monsoon,May the rains grace,Cool the land too,Welcome, ‘warm’ welcome,To the second half Of the year 2022.Lets remind ourselves,In New Year resolutionsWhat did we decide,But simply couldn’t do?Its never too late,Begin today,It’s still May.

Think how

In the cycle of NatureIn life and deathEven dry dying leavesAdd colour to Nature In their FallIn their last seasonThey give us soulsBeauty for a reason:Every breath bringsThe reminder,Do something worthwhileMake someone smile,Perhaps is the lesson.

Decluttering and closures

What makes decluttering difficult is letting go.You loved that stuffOf very long ago,But now,You don’t need itYou know.If you want to goWith the flow,Clutter can’t burden you,Attachments to old energyCan’t withhold youFrom being readyAnd receiving all new.At the moment,It might be hard,But overcome the urgeNot to let go, Do not hoard,You need to declutterYou needContinue reading “Decluttering and closures”

The Art of Worrying

A nagging worry Might be an opportunityTo bring about changeAnd turn the worryInto a personal change,Take responsibility, To improve self, Change a ‘given’ belief,Re-question, redefine What bothers you and why.Think beyond the clouds,Of anxiety and worry,They may shower upon you,A refreshing insight, Or wisdom anew.

May

May everything go right, May we all feel peace, And we may all heal.May we all decide,To live in the moment,May all shed off Our memories of lack,Our painful past,And wear a smile,And ponder for a while,How our souls From fear of lackLead to some greed,May we gently From this be freed.Clutter crowds the mind,CreativityContinue reading “May”

May 2022 arriving soon

May in May,You healthy stay.May in MayYour wealth Increase day by day.May in MayYou laugh And happinessCome your way.May in MayFlowers growIn your pathAnd sweetly sway.May in MayYour wishes fulfil,For this to happen,Let’s together pray.

I believe, I trust

Success is the result of our genuine talent, sincere effort and strong decision to not give up before we achieve our goal. Yes. But then how is it that only few succeed while many do not, despite of the talent, effort and determination? We do reflect- oh the timing was not right, or some strokeContinue reading “I believe, I trust”

Inside your mind

Inside your mind,Keep thoughts kind.Inside your mind,Do not rewind.Inside your mind,Keep your thoughts, Words,deeds aligned.Inside your mind,Keep positivity enshrined Good morning!

Good morning

May all go well today.May troubles melt away.Wish you a bounceIn your step, Happy and childlike,May your heart sway.May the day be simpleMake you just smile,And show your dimple.

Uncertainty is okay

Uncertainty:It is a gap, A blur, The distance,Between the answer, And its question.It is the time When we have to sit back, Not knowing, What’s next in line,Feeling fear and lack.Its best to wait,And let the universe, Gather its intelligence, And put the best stuff, Together for us.Uncertainty is quite An humbling experience.It makes usContinue reading “Uncertainty is okay”

When for no reason

Sometimes for no obvious Or explicable reason, You may just feel Your heart is heavier, Your mood is low, Your reflexes are slow.Usually around this time,Same day, same time,In the past, You have faced,A devastating setback.The heart has not forgotten,The mind has not overcome,But you have moved on.At such moments,It helps to do Pranayam.Meditate.Be gentleContinue reading “When for no reason”

Have faith

Watch flowers bloom,Listen the birds sing,Bump into bunnies Scurrying and hurrying,Dancing and hip-hopping.Rise and shine, With love and faith,Of all the divine,And in God’s trustMay your soul be refined,And in blessed love,May you remain entwined.

The only control

In every difficult situation in life, the only way to be in charge is to control your mind,control your tongue and control your actions.It is smarter to be more in control of yourself than to try and control others. Silencing the mind and overcoming negativity, overthinking and judgemental presumptions, are all necessary in trying times.InContinue reading “The only control”

Closure

At some point of time,Its just time,To leave a job,To leave a relation,To leave a nation.Some by choice,So we may rejoice,While some endings Just are meant,Pre written, predestined.Perhaps a reluctant exit,A heart-heavy bye bye,At crossroads, we arrive.Eyes we may half close,Refusing to face The uncertainty upfront,Though questions chase,No answers to hunt.Then tears escape,And sighs releaseLipsContinue reading “Closure”

Control

‘You can never expect life to be as you would like life to be. But you can always expect the most carefully thought of ways to deal with what is thrown at you. So how you respond is the key to your own well being.Do not rush into a reaction immediately. Take your time.You chooseContinue reading “Control”

Migrant

The winged explorer,The sky-migrant,The global gliderThe borderless flyerThe bird Tell me, Do you look backTo your first nest,To your first branch,To your first tree?Do you only fly onward,Do you only move forward,Never glance backward,Never sigh,Just fly high?Me too, a migrant,Between cities,Between tongues,Between thoughts,Between my originAnd final destination, Here and now, on earth,Only pursuing Peace isContinue reading “Migrant”

I have majored, 18 years in Muscat.

2004-present, a journey of joy.Back in 2004 I landed on 9th April, Good Friday, in Muscat.I now feel Muscat is in me as much as I am in Muscat, my beloved city.Thank you, Muscat,Thank you, Oman.

The Art of Leaving

Leaving is an art.Smilingly depart.Not all you meet qualifyFor a heart-to-heart.You can’t verify Any person or relation’Beforehand’ Only afterwards, You realiseHow genuine they are.Time reveals,Always, and alsoTime heals.Leave, don’t grieve,Don’t pine For what is not,Don’t in Moha-mayaGet so caught,Shallow human selfishnessHas no limit,Nor measure,Gather yourself,Choose a closure.The ‘art of leaving’,Means moving on,Into new worlds.In newContinue reading “The Art of Leaving”

How about…

How about…Smiling Without any reason today?How about…Singing With(out) tune today?How about…Joking and laughingOn yourself today?How about…Giving up a ‘must do’ today?How about…Facing towards the Sun and simply being happy today?

Topsy

The world is at timesA bit topsy, a lot turvy,For you or me Or her or him,The morning may seem,A bit like Coffee gone cold,A bit like A slightly burnt cookie,That too without cream.Your mood may seem low,The sun may glare And pale your glow,Life may bring you,Blow after blow.If this be such a day,IContinue reading “Topsy”

A beginner’s mind

I wish you, An idea new.I wish you,A beginner’s mind,No past to rewind.May your heart,Hold anticipation,And affirmation.May your eyes,Find more possibilities,Than see otherwise.Go ahead this week,Hopeful, not meek,Follow your dreamDoubt-free, Go, seek!I wish you smile,As you walk,Mile after mile,With a spring, In your feet. May soft petals be underneath your feet now and always.

What poetry is…

Poetry is born when the heart and intellect meet and converse and reflect together.Poetry is a moment of awareness, a moment of realisation, an insight into being alive and experiencing with the heart; therefore poetry is heartfelt. The poet’s sensitivities are heightened towards the occurrence and the experience.Poetry is inspirational, and also powerful due toContinue reading “What poetry is…”

Half full

Half full and fuller,Very cool and cooler,May your riches multiply,May your effort intensifyNot a fool or a loser,Be in gratitude forever,A heart brimming overWith hope and loveFlowing clear,Trust in yourselfStronger,Faith in yourself deeper,May blessings On you always shower,May Grace be Your invincible power.

As April approaches

This April:Hold your positive thoughts longer,It makes your words Sweeter and stronger.Hold your peace longer,It makes your words calmer.Hold onto truth forever,It gives your wordsPower.What thoughts you keep,That far you’ll reach,Your intent, your thoughtsInto your words will seep,And find a placeIn your speech.Be word-conscious today onwards!Be April ‘Wise’Not April fool,Be ‘Word-wise’,Relaxed and cool.

For some of us

For some of usFrom this day, today,This world will never be The same again.A few words unsaid,A few tears unshed,Will forever remain.For some of us now on,A hollow feeling,An emptiness,A sense of loss,A long, quiet silence,Will forever remain.This world will never be The same again.To those ‘some of us’Whose hearts have broken,I say, let usContinue reading “For some of us”

Raising sons…

Dear Mothers, Hope you empower women And as mothers proudly Raise sons as gentlemen, Charming, kind,Mindful, possessingReal integrity.Men who are praised For absolute chivalry.They hold doors, Happily help in chores, Make their women Feel like royal ladies. Mothers, whose sons,Are their dears, And raise gentlemen For others’ darling daughters: And their sons know the lady’sContinue reading “Raising sons…”

The Art of Leaving

Leave it.Detox.The computer screen,The ice cream,The fried chips routine.Leave it.Detox.The virtual game.The fast food Ramen.Leave it.Detox.Life is not indoors On a screen-an idiot box.Choose un-virtualReal activities, detox!ChooseThe Art of LeavingTo beginThe Art of Living.

Live in Real Reality

Life is not lived Through an electronicTwo inch foldable screen.A game played virtuallyMeans losing health Both physically And mentally, no moving.Playing from a couch,Is that true sporting?Success is not A virtual dream,Applauding a cartoon,Or a footballer ‘anime’.Life is not experiencedAlone, behind a screen.Remind each other,That the screen Is a tool,Don’t overuse it,Like a fool.Use itContinue reading “Live in Real Reality”

Grief

Grief is never brief.From it,There’s no relief.Let it shedFrom your heart,Autumn after autumn,Leaf after leaf,Tear after tear,Drop by drop.Bare eyes,Bare branch,Bare heart,Just continue to live,Dhak-dhak, dhak-dhak,Beat after beat…As you walk on,Mile after mile,Remember:Life is brief,Accept grief,With it reconcile,Try once more to smile.