From The Beginning To The End

Today, again, I was thinking of you

The thoughts flitting about

Like in a slide presentation

(I’m in a development organization now)

How it started

How it ended.

From the beginning

To the end

 

The hazel eyes, the long hair

The words of affection

The poem

The touching of hands

The embrace, the kiss

The walk in the rain

The passion, the sex

The pure joy of being in love

 

And

The illusion, the disenchantment, the mist

The slipping gaze, the empty words

The cynicism met with sarcasm

The fights

The failing persuasions

The rising barriers

The growing apart

 

The hour of reckoning

The fear of the known

The final call

The final farewell

The end

 

It began

It ended

Everything does!

Memories remain, situations vanish

Things can never be the same again

This is the way of life

Isn’t it?

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Book Review: The Immortals of Meluha – Amish Tripathi

The Immortals of MeluhaAmish_Tripathi_555  The Immortals of Meluha РAmish Tripathi

The first book of the trilogy that has sold a mind-boggling 2.7 million copies making its writer a big star. So is this really so good? Hard to answer if it deserves to sell 2.7 million copies but it certainly is an extraordinarily interesting book. Shiva lives in a small tribe near Mansarover lake and is brought into India to help the righteous Suryavanshis against the villainous Chandravanshis – only to discover – after a lot of bloodshed and mayhem – that its not all black and white. The world building is great, Shiva, very human – with both good and bad in him. The writing is weak, the attempts at humor onerous. But overall, the book works. You remember the vivid imagery and relate to the story at many levels – the story, the legend, and the spiritual. My biggest disappointment – after building up a lot of suspense¬† Amish Tripathi doesn’t give us all the answers and wants us to read the 2nd part of the trilogy. Not fair I say. Have read trilogies before (Amitav Ghosh is the most recent example) but each book is complete in itself.

Recommendation: Read but be prepared for a bit of disappointment in the end.

 

An End, A Beginning

Tonight, I was flipping through my poems

 

– Each one a cherished memory,

Reminder of a tender moment

 

And then I thought

If all of that has ended

That I’ve lost the ability to love like that

The ability to feel like that

And if it was the end

 

It was then that you shook me from my reverie

Asking an inane question and smiling that trademark smile of yours

Which never fails to evoke one from me

You – my beautiful daughter

 

And I looked deep into your eyes

And thought that perhaps there had been an end

But there had also been a new beginning.