Day and Night

A raging ball of fire slowly slips into the shadows. The darkness embraces the light, and gives birth to the night. The gold turns to silver, all the noises now merely a quiver.

I hear nothing.

I see no-one.

I am relieved.

Little by little the dark fades into lighter shades, the moon leaves to light the sun ablaze. The world comes to life and with it, it’s strife.

I hear lies.

I see liars.

I am betrayed.

© Abirami.

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Dreaming Out Loud

A thought, that’s all it was.

Away it hid as soon as it came alive.

Every now and then you could see it, a frail silhouette in the dark.

Stealing glances out into an unknown spark.

Sometimes asking me, begging you, for a few words;

Words to set it free.

Words to wear so from the heart it can flee.

Making it out through the lips and into the wind with glee.

A mere feeling, that’s all it was.

Like the warmth of the sun or the chill of the rain.

An unspoken emotion, neither joy nor pain.

Simply reminding me, I exist;

Voyaging through new, lonely paths with moments of sunshine and mist.

© Abirami

Positively Pessimistic

Happiness is a tricky emotion. Some times all you need is a good hair day whereas some times it could be your birthday and not getting a particular call can wreck your world. You could have dreamed of something all your life, yearned for that one moment when you get to feel it in your grasp, waited for the day it is finally within your reach only to get tired of it minutes after you finally embrace it. Is it always just the thrill of the Chase? Then how do know if you want happiness just because you don’t have it yet? What happens once it’s yours? The pleasure lasts only so long as your attention span. The minute you think of something else, *Poof* it’s gone. I don’t know much about being happy. But, if you want to feel good, I’ve got plenty of reasons:

1. You’re still alive, right now, you exist. You get to experience every aspect of life regardless of if it is good or bad. It’s all equally epic if you open yourself up to it.

2.Internet

3.Internet

4.Internet

5.Seriously you have Internet you can do anything you want!

Cheer up! 😀 Have a great day. 🙂

Love – the first poem I wrote. 

They say it’s the most beautiful thing in the world

And that it brings warmth into a heart so cold

The reason why we celebrate

And the only thing that destroys hate

A little guy called cupid carries it around

It’s his job to deliver it safe and sound

It has the power to link two hearts

And when it does, they can’t be broken apart

This is the only weapon to control

All the deadly evils in this world

Out of swords it can make flowers

That is the might of its power

It’s what a mother feels for her child

And a dancer for his shoes.

What a bear has for the wild

And a fish for the blue!

What is thing so marvelous?

That makes our lives so harmonious,

Don’t u know?

Its love!

© Abirami

This above all: to thine own self be true.

This was my entry to an essay contest. What do y’all think?

Introduction

The most important part of life, or its destiny, is truly understanding oneself and choosing the right path to progress in. That level of self-actualization can be attained only when you are true to your own self. This Shakespearean quote insists on the very same idea.

The importance of originality

All the 7 billion people in this world have different perspectives and desires. While everyone goes on about in this rat race to be the best, what they fail to realize is, being the best is less about comparing yourself to others but more about being the best you can be and utilizing your full potential.

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation

                      –         Herman Melville

Although it is easier to simply be another voice in the “brilliant” crowd, isn’t it simply better to have your own opinion? It would be a waste of intelligence to suppress your ideas out of fear of being judged. Possessing the grit and determination to voice your thoughts without any regard for the criticism it may bring is indeed a mammoth task. Perhaps that is why they say the brave are the most rewarded.

Another important thing to be noted is that there is a huge difference between being an original and being different. A clown most definitely stands out in a black and white ball, but that doesn’t make him the star of the evening. There’s a time and place for everything and everyone.

Our dreams make us

At school, besides Science and Math they also teach us to dream. Right from kindergarten we develop hopes and dreams of the person we’ll grow up to be. As children we possessed no deceit, it was just pure ambition and everyone only wanted to be what they really wanted to be. Then we grew up with the reality of the world closing in on us and our priorities changed. Now everyone only wants to be whom the people around them like. I think living life to please others, is an utter waste of potential.

Our dreams define us and who we can become. It is necessary to be true to ourselves and pursue our own interests for that is our destiny. Just because your dream is different from anyone else’s it doesn’t make it any less credible. The general perception that the common choice is the wiser choice is very flawed. All dreams are real and worth pursuing as long as they’re yours.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

                –         Robert Frost, The road not taken.

Self-esteem is a prized possession

The primary goal in our lives, whoever we are is to be liked, to have friends, to be appreciated and trusted. We develop our character, personality, etc. to be known and praised as excellent human beings. Sometimes, to achieve that adoration we tend to change ourselves. Little by little, we end up changing a lot and entirely become someone else. Acceptance is the first step to success. Only when you accept who you are and learn to love yourself, you can even dream of getting others to do so. I believe that there is something good and worth appreciating in every human being in this world. So, we should work on understanding ourselves and accepting who we are.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them

                    –         Albert Einstein.

Also, self-esteem and narcissism are two different things. People often mistake one for the other. Excessive pride and gloating never gets you anywhere. Besides respecting who you are, humility is another necessary possession. Life isn’t meant to be wasted in underestimating ourselves nor in exaggerating our capabilities. Believe in yourself and be truthful. You are your best critic.

My experiments with truth

I take pride in being myself and letting my work reflect who I am. I think it is even right to say that being myself is my only choice because everyone else is already taken. As of now, I’m the 12th grade which I am told is the deciding year of a student’s future. I see everyone around me, my friends putting in their very best to achieve their goals. I see pure dedication and hard work, all with its own purpose. The most important decision we’ll be making this year is a career choice. All those childhood dreams, this is where we sort out what is our destiny and what goes into the trash.

I, personally, have made up my mind to choose based on one sole factor and that is, what I want. I don’t think it is fair to simply spend my whole life pursuing a career just for the money or the society’s opinion. We are given only one chance to live and I intend on making the best of mine. At present Architecture is what I have found the passion for and if things work out that is one of the things I’ll be doing with my life. I also hope to be a published writer one day.

Conclusion

Truth is the first lesson of morality and consequentially being true to yourself is the moral way to live because, you set your own standards and work on staying true to them. It is important to understand yourself because only then you can hope to understand the rest of the world. Acceptance is the path of progress and accepting who you are is the first step down the lane. Your values and perspective are different from everyone else’s. Embrace them, and you embrace who you are.

True morality consists, not in following the beaten track, but in finding out the true path for ourselves and in fearlessly following it

                        –         Mahatma Gandhi.

Feminism Unleashed.

Long walks on a deserted street in the dark. As fun as that sounds, dangerous is the go to word to be describe it lately.
Hell Yea!

It’s time for some seriously due feminism.

I have a curfew of 6 PM. I’m not even allowed to go to school by myself. I rarely get to hang out with my friends, and when I do, it’s at the most closely located pizza joint. You know why? Because I am a GIRL.

People have asked this question over endless eons, and I’m going to as well, again!

How is this fair?

As expected, you’ll say, no, it’s not! And I’m jus wondering here. How does that help me? Or any other girl? All the posts by the “understanding” men out there who think the undermining of the feminine gender should come to an end and how men should use their stronger physique to protect women and not over power them – they just sicken me.

People talk, they talk a lot, but they apparently do nothing. Except for offending me more by the day that is! A part of this world, a part of the male part of this world, actually understands and wants to do the right thing. Women can work as equals to men. They are given the same opportunities, yada yada. But, the EXACT same people are the ones who say, “she’s a girl!  If she can’t apologize why should I?” when they have a disagreement with their girlfriends. Or, “She actually thinks that she can pick a fight with me? She’s a girl!!” and the best, my personal favourite, “if a girl can get that pissed, watch me!”

I mean, what is up with that? Seriously? I get this impression that we are some kind of lowlives to whom the world is generous enough to give a few important rights and that we should repay them by being eternally grateful. And when one of us is nuts enough to ask the question, “Am I supposed to be submissive and let people be sexist to me?” all we get is an apparently obvious and oh did I forget to mention unsaid, “DUH!”

You think I’m pissed now? Oh! Wait till I finish. As if this wasn’t bad enough, they had to make it worse with the frigging movies! I seriously have to ask, does it just mean that you’re heartless if you’re a woman? Why does every movie, specifically Indian movie, portray the lead female role as the heartless, undecisive, “pretty” girl who just breaks the guys heart out of vanity! That is then followed by the song where he trashes and curses the girl and speaks of how evil she is and that song becomes an international sensation. I’m sorry, I didn’t know we were turning a blind eye to everything that men do.

These are just stuff that have to be said. And no I’m not going to be polite because I’m a “girl”. I want the big rights, I want the small ones, I want everything I deserve. And I deserve everything because I am a woman. A self-righteous one at that!

A little appreciation can go a long way

School just re-opened recently for me and having met my teachers again, I was pushed to write this post.

You might be the best, or you may just suck. All of that depends on an individual’s perspective. The only thing that can actually be measured is the amount of effort you put in. If you’re working long hours to reach your goal then you’re doing a good job, if you don’t, you’re a slacker. Of course there are always the exceptional ones who put in no effort but get everything right and the unfortunate hard workers who just never do. The progress you make is out of question here, well, at least according to me. The effort deserves appreciation. The extra effort each of us put in, it just shouldn’t go unrewarded.

Consider the life of a student, an average one perhaps. When the kid spends hours on preparing for a chem test or working on an art project at school, irrespective of how the outcome is, he deserves some appreciation for all of his sincere dedication. There will be days which are just plain sucky for him and it was his bad luck that his first day turned out to be a bad one. What happens when the teacher simply tells him he sucks and moves on to the next gullible kid?

He is totally dejected. Tough love might go a long way in certain cases but, so does a little appreciation! Aren’t teachers of all people required to work taking in each kid’s state of mind into consideration? When there are people who bounce back immediately, there are also the fragile one’s who need to be, quite frankly, “handled with care”. I think it’s very unfair, for a kid to loose his heart and just stop trying, all because a teacher endorsed the whole “brutal truth” idea.

Let’s look a little beyond the school zone. At work, in relationships even! When someone tries really hard to please you. You owe them some appreciation. If you’re the boss, even if you aren’t a touchy feely person, giving them a little credit is the practical thing to do, if you want your employees giving it their all.

Sometimes karma or God fail to reward the hard workers, what’s so hard about taking their place once in a while? You might even score some karma points for yourself! There are millions of people out there just yearning for a small compliment, just a little credit, some recognition. With a quick thumbs-up you might just make someones day, even give them the encouragement to work harder and ultimately you might even make their life for them!

All I’m asking you to give is just a little encouragement guys! It’ll go a long, long way!