Friday, March 29, 2013

Confessions of a Traveler: Final Verse


The Geometry of Loneliness

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You are the sand-
At the end of the desert-
On my tiring feet.
You are the teardrop,
At the end of a days’ journey
In my eyes.

The plateau of self-realization,
Followed your fragrance,
Into the womb of memories.

And then…
Without the sensation of the sand,
Without the dampness in the eyes,
The journey I undertook,
Seemed at a loss for sense. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Geometry of Loneliness continues

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Your anxiety was
Always funny.
I knew always
Better than you did.
I traveled.
I knew the world.
I brought its gifts
Into your world.
I was the dreamer.
The Alchemist.
I had the smile.
When you kept
The curves of pain
On your lips;
Until that day,
When my path was full shadows,
And the light to fight darkness,
Was forgotten at home. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Next Confession of a Traveler


The Geometry of Loneliness

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The lost star traveler,
Gazed, blinded.
The stars he thought would guide him,
Were invisible now.

No one had told him,
That he shouldn’t shed tears,
While in his quest,
Marking his way,
Gazing up at the stars.

But he cried,
Thinking of the one-
He’d left behind.

For you, my dear one. You are such a tremendous inspiration to me. You deserve this and much more.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Jesus of Nazareth

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This article is partly religious and partly non-religious. I ask for forgiveness from religious people and companionship from the non-religious for reciting with me the Lord’s Prayer given below. 

This Friday is the day when Jesus of Nazareth took up on himself the cruelties the men of the world are capable of and died, for redeeming the lineage of Adam. Let us remember him and pray to God, may our saviour come back again, so that we all can repent for what we did to him and tell him how much we have yet to learn to be humans.

The memory of Jesus from my childhood brings to my mind the image of a kind storyteller, who loved kids very much. For each lesson he taught, he had a story to tell. With each story he built the pillars of the kingdom of God.  

The proclamation of Jesus that only through a child’s eyes one can see God, also proves how much he wanted us to understand the importance of the ability to see and hear though our inner eyes, the eyes of imagination and fantasy. In John 3:3 “Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again."” [New International Version]

This verse makes it all the more clear. Matthew 18: 2-6 “He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

We have all sinned it seems. What else are we to understand from the daily news about the cruelties committed upon children? Why do we always tell them, fight your neighbour in order to be the first? Why do we always give them encyclopedias, when they could be living their lives joyously and learning through stories? We have sinned, for sure. Let’s ask for forgiveness.

Let’s pray:
Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Confessions of a Traveler


The Geometry of Loneliness

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The geometry of a naïve,
Shapes with squares, triangles, hexagons,
Rectangles, half made, half broken,
Half born.
All red,
With liquid blood,
Still trying to thump hard,
As it always has been—
The shattered heart.

I stood near it,
With the candle of ignorance,
Lost on my way to those dreams
In which I thought I could see-
You, up close.  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I-Poems Continue


The Geometry of Loneliness

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In the sleepless eyelids,
I found the first tear drop,
In remembrance
Of the tree
At the end of the long road;
Of the rain,
At the peak of summer;
Of the moonlight,
In the dark;
Of the fragrance of flowers,
Of the smell of the soil,
Of the pain of love,
Of the joy of dreams,
Of the love for life,
Of the truth in lies,
And of the lies I slept with,
All my days,
Seeking you. 

[To be continued]

Saturday, March 23, 2013

New series of i-poems

The Geometry of Loneliness

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When your reminiscence arrived at me,
Like the fire on the bushes,
Like the cloud of protection,
Like the wall inside the sea,
Like the word on baked clay,
I melted and waited;

As the shadow of a bird,
In the heart of the altitude,
Moving, but static- still;

For the obtuse angle to be acute angle,
To move closer in degrees,
To your flesh and blood,
And embrace the Resurrection-
Of your closeness again.  

[To be continued]

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Geometry of Loneliness

Confessions of a lonely traveler, who started off for his dreamland 

“Love, hear thou / How desolate the heart is, ever calling” —James Joyce
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The traveler is primarily a dreamer. His dreams showed him that there was a destiny awaiting him that required his presence to achieve its fulfillment.

He trusted the dream and its call. That enabled him to revolt against his parochial family, his own homesickness, and lethargy. The dream supplied the impetus to move on.

The journey had begun.

The road was a picture of hope and the sun shining eternally above was a priceless gem. The traveler walked on.

The wind was a torrent of life. He sucked on it each time the gush of the invisible felt on his face. The traveler walked on.

All his memories were signposts reminding him where to return home. The heart of the traveler, though, felt the pull of a two tongued bate. He was missing something, someone.

Love—his heart was pulling at his beloved.

The traveler had left her in his quest for the Destiny. But he also knew that it is for this Destiny he was sent to live on this planet.

The traveler remembered the taste of togetherness and as a result, shadows of regret crossed his path.

The traveler could not walk on. The same heart that had given him the dream, now felt heaviness and sorrow for what the traveler had left behind.

Leaving someone behind—is it the same as loss? He thought. No, he said to himself. The traveler could not walk on; because his heart was struggling to give him proof that no one was lost. The heart did it through invoking all his memories.

Suddenly, the traveler realized, all his memories about his beloved existed and she was right here, inside his mind. But then, a silvery gleam slithered down his cheek—his tears.

The traveler looked around for a shoulder to cry. But there was none. He was alone. Each drop of tear was a confession. But the traveler did not know what the tear drops confessed. There was nothing to feel regretful about, there were no sins committed.

The traveler knew elaborate teaching from great masters, saying just take the next step, for beyond the next turn you might find your Destiny smiling at you.

But his tears did not stop and the loneliness demanded confessions too.

Now the traveler knew what to confess, but feared he would lose his dream forever. Still, the heart was adamant. And he said the words out loud. He knew that the road in front of him that was a picture of hope was paved on the expectations of those he left behind.

He knew that the sun that seemed a priceless gem was shining at the cost of someone else’s tears.

He knew the wind that filled his lungs with life, kept its trails on the prayers of the guardian spirits what awaited him at the place he called home.

So he confessed it all. He confessed he was feeling lonely, sad, torn, and lost and moreover afraid of losing his dream. He confessed... 

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[“The confessions of a lonely traveler” is my new series of i-poems. The series is titled, The Geometry of Loneliness.
Dear reader, please wait for the next post that will appear here tomorrow. It is difficult for me to post it today itself, as I am running short of time. I have a journey to make. Yes, you got it correct. The traveler, who started off for his dreamland is I. The traveler, who started off for his dreamland is you too.]
Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)
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I would like to dedicate this post to ‘the father of African literature, Chinua Achebe, who died at the age of 82 when things are falling apart in a world which he paved with words and imagination, a fellow traveler.     

Friday, March 15, 2013

Private by James Patterson—a Book Review

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Every detective story relies upon either a mind that concocts something disastrous, unacceptable to the social, moral and ethical codes or a person simply missing. The detective’s job would be to chalk out this enemy and bring out the complete picture of their antagonism through the investigation. That is where detectives come in. They often carry away the credit of the game and not the villains.

Private is the first in James Patterson’s new series of novels featuring ‘world’s most exclusive detective agency’, taken up and rebuilt by Jack Morgan. Patterson co-authored this book with Maxine Paetro, who worked with him in 1st To Die, the first book in another series titled, “women’s murder club”, a very disappointing book in terms of its plot.

Maxine Paetro
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What makes Private special among other ‘detective novels’, is that it has no such poignant antagonists. The story rallies through the personal dilemmas and agonies of the characters, which presents them tangible. The main characters do not appear stock characters in usual detective stories, which is an advantage of this book. His characters are not as ‘real’ as Holmes, but they do appear human and vulnerable, sometimes, a lot.  

Jack Morgan and his ‘Private Investigations’ do not rely on deduction method, like Sherlock Holmes, the classic investigator. Instead they use analytical method, with the help of state of the art scientific equipments and brilliant analysts. Jack Morgan is not alone in Private agency to solve crimes, but he has assistants too, like Justine Smith, Rick Del Rio, and Emilio Cruz.

Private Investigations takes up three complicated issues in the book—match fixing in American football, a series of murder of young girls, and the murder of Jack’s best friend’s wife.

Jack’s character is a millionaire play-boy type, with a narcissistic trait. But these shades in his character are blurred due to the overwhelming impact of the devastating near-death experience during the combat in Afghanistan. The novel begins with this particular event and makes its readers expect some heavy mortar smell and all, but disappointingly so. The memories of this event, even though he survived it, haunt Jack throughout.

Many women enter Jack’s life and many leave. This, doesn’t however, leave a deeper impact upon him when compared with the mortal combat episode. From each of the women Jack receives respect and friendship, adding charms to his otherwise lonely life, thereby projecting his own remarkable qualities back to himself. Isn’t this one of the secret narcissistic instincts that makes him follow the path of admiring feminine company?

He shows the tendency to leave the company of any woman he is close with thinking marriage would be disastrous, like his parents’. Here, one might think Jack’s compass turns only to himself, prioritizing himself at various angles and dimensions. Still, not entirely true. When Jack hears about the news of suicidal attempt from Colleen, his latest girlfriend, he rushes to the hospital. Colleen took the decision to end her life when she realizes Jack has negative feelings about marriage. Jack is seen broken and ashamed of his own lack of direction in this scene.
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Jack also appears to be apprehensive of the need to help his twin brother Tom Morgan, a gambler, by paying off his debt and admitting him to a de-addiction centre.   

Justine Smith’s character is another links the story of Jack with the serial killer of school girls. She investigates the case. Justine’s has many similarities with Jack. Both Justine and Jack seems to occupy the major portion of their lives with their familial worries and wounds inflicted upon their minds from the past. What makes Justine different is her emotionally charged attitude towards the school-girl killer. Both Jack and Justine come together whenever they need each other and this is not just due to the fact that they both work for Private, but also because they were betrothed to each other as engaged partners in the past, before Jack met Colleen and Justine met Bobby Petino, a prominent attorney. After this, for jack and Justine, relationship became impossible. This part of the story is told by the characters and narrated through their memories.

It is also important to note Jack’s attitude towards his father, the founder of Private original. The senior Morgan appears at the start of the novel, “serving life for extortion and murder” in California State Prison at Corcoran.  Jack, with all his self-centred righteousness and “hero business”, has no good feelings towards his old father. For senior Morgan, Jack is his own reflection. However, in jacks’ mind, the old man is just a “narcissistic SOB”.

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Then, Morgan senior hands ‘Private’ over to Jack. This book is the starting point of the all the Private series. The next book after Private is Private London, which is already released. The agency has branches all over the world and so it is quite possible to set the story anywhere. A recently announced Private India is another in the series.
Private has all the necessary James Patterson ingredients in it—short chapters, mundane language, allusions to pop culture, TV shows, personalities, songs, etc. In Private, it is mostly Hollywood with special appearance such as Harrison Ford and Scarlett Johansson.   

Maxine Paetro’s presence is visible mostly in a vague byline under the label of James Patterson. This is the common destiny seen with many co-authors in the James Patterson books. Still, like every good brand, the Patterson brand delivers all its basic promises.
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Tom Morgan rebels against Jack, but he is not ‘elevated’ to the status of a serious antagonist such as Prof. James Moriarty. And the other baddies are not much capable either. This is why, perhaps, Private, is only good for the bus stops and airport sojourns. Since, it is always those antagonists that play their wicked roles torturously perfect to make the heroes’ struggles worth fighting for. 

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Losing the Way

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The world has become so narrow that one group of people now have to keep a day for themselves, in order not risk a whole lifetime. Happy Women's Day!

A faint glow I see,
In the path in front of me.
I find the glow attractive,
Pleased by it, I move closer,
Use it to see farther, further.
I take a turn in the path,
Find everything there drab and used.
The rupture of hope from reality,
Leaves me stunned to feel
A strange poignancy,
In the depth my heart conceals,
Inside its walls within my bodily barriers.
The pain tells me it’s time,
To realize what I saw was just the glow,
Or what the glow wanted me to see.
The unique language to decipher,
The signs of the path I took,
Were imprinted in the walls of my heart,
Hidden behind the bars of my ribs,
I followed the glow to be what I am,
Leaving what I hoped, dreamed, coveted to be,
Alone, unattended, uncared for, unloved,
Just to die and rot in the desolation of ignorance.
I pray, let me be.
I search for the pain, to show me the way,
Where I could find the world of renewal,
Birth and rejuvenation. I close my eyes,
To see in darkness,
To see what is left of me,
In the glowing distraction
Of routines and role plays.