Saturday, August 28, 2010

We live in Unromantic times …

When was the last time something MAGICAL happened to you? ...

The twinkling eyes of surprise, honest eagerness, the midnight oil, the elation of possession of something awaited or the presence of a loved one and all those little things that made everyday feel like a romance with life, are lost somewhere. These are for sure unromantic times! These are times when we fail to remember the last time we felt things were magical enough to make us feel reality as only a passing and that there is something greater and better.

I wish I could be there on spring afternoons when eager children awaited the keeper to go off sight, to break into a protected mango orchard, armed with self-made catapults & stones. Mango trees with branches heavy of ripe fruit - a bright pleasant sight - struck free of their weight by the children who then devour the mangoes – a fresh yellow & green.

My fervent heart fantasizes the times when love letters and stolen moments captured in poetry were treasured as memoirs of great displays of affection between lovers. Times of Shakespeare, Keats & Ghalib. Moments that were passed on over generations as models of how love could be a candle in the dark. I envy those times when distance could churn a deeper sense of affection in lovers than break it.

There was time when the theatre & films were the primary inspiration of the lives of many; where they searched for inspiration to churn realities. Long queues and journey’s after, the pleasure of the plain two-tone printed paper – the ticket, shone like gold. To engage elated in the elaborate states of fiction where death evaded the hero as the mother’s devotion infallible protected him and he always got away with the best woman.

I look for inspiration into a time, when there were no politicians, but were leaders &/or legends who inspired masses with nothing but pure will. Those who made death feel like rebirth. They were men & women who could not be stopped by the many things that could arrest mortal souls in their steps. Almost divine their presence could awe all and sundry to action in blind faith.

We live in such unromantic times where the magic is lost. The inspiration is lost. There is pain, doubt & ignorance that disturbs us and takes us away from all that is and could be magical with our lives. There is a growing space in my heart for those lost & simple but magical moments. I only pray now that I could find a few of my own and you could find yours.

Let’s make life more romantic!


~ Arun Raj ~

13 comments:

Anvita said...

This on is really spot on Arun Raj... At times I really marvel your thought process :o)
Anvita

Purnima said...

thoughtful... itna pain lene ko kyo mangata hai... just chill dunia romantic hai.. just the perspective...

pulzinponderland said...

Eloquently written up! I find it hard to relate you to the post, though. I always pictured you as someone who would have trouble with a touch too much of romance, not a lack of it. :-)

Arun Raj said...

@Pulkit & Purnima - Don't take it as just my voice. What I was attempting here was to invoke the latent/lost romance of the small things in life for many of us.

@Pulkit - There is no dearth of romance in my life. I am grateful enough to be blessed with that :)

@Anvita - Its the words & not me :)

selva ganapathy said...

badhiya hai Arun...

Darshan said...

you are sometime a good writer with your as always gr8 thought process ..
Actually we all think things ,but they way the msg conveyed is always a diffrence .. and even sometime in our life the way the msg spread determine "how good we are as a human also" ...
I have been a fan of your thought process always ...and sometime of your writings also ...


"loving the simple things make life wondeful and i hope you will write this simply in future also which will not be too bombastic of philosophy" ..
""I totally agree with the post and loved the expression of it .. ""
I know there is some part of the post came out of some conversation with you also (may be ;) ) but ..
its awesome kindaaaa ...

Keep rocking and challenging ppl's perespectives :)

Sheetal said...

Never knew u wrote so well... Really nice post... Keep writing...

Arun Raj said...

@Darshan - The message remains the focus and thanks to you in a way I have learn to keep it simple ! :)

@Sheetal - Thanks to the words again. Hope you got the message.

Charu Garg said...

awesome piece of work ....and everyone of us can relate to it....

i remember those times when we used to wait for the music release of certain movies and then buy the 55 rupees cassette hurriedly and listen to those songs all day long....and now nothing can be as unromantic as downloading the song from the net...the craze has faded away..
iss convinience ki duniya ne maar daala....

thanks to people like you who keeps on reminding us that we have become quite boring...and are not enjoying those little happy moments that will in the end be the lasting moments to remember....

Sonia said...

Fluently expressed!!

Stephanie said...

Beautifully Written! I agree!

Majid Ali said...

thoughtful and inspring read. will try to read more on this blog.

Jeena Effoe said...

very interesting observation, and I completely concur... it is unfortunate, however we all do have the opportunity to pour romance and passion into our own lives. I hope you will attempt to do so, as I will.