June 6, 2014

Parasite

I stood at a crossroads with two roads in the front - M and E
I chose M and moved ahead
The road was tough and kept on hurting me
Suffering got to my head
Time passed and I reached the crossroads again
I chose M again to see where it lead
I hoped for happiness this time but it gave me more pain
Still I went on to persevere till I am dead.

But God had other plans and brought me to the crossroads one more time
Like a fool I still went ahead and chose M
A little over a year went by, with great trials and tribulations
There were spurts of joy but more scars were mine
Now I stand at the crossroads again and choose E
My past choices I regret and condemn
The journey has taught me a valuable lesson
Nothing is ever more important than me!

Sometimes we make wrong choices that give us pain
I am not being obstinate
But its not right to follow the choice in vain
When something isn't right, God shows you the way
He gives you a chance again to recreate
Your new path and your new bay
Till you wholeheartedly accept your mistakes you are given chances
Brought again and again to the crossroads
Its upto you to wake up from your trances
And stop the pain and wrong path before it corrodes
Corrodes and eats you up like a parasite
Accept and change, don't take it light
Its not a joke but your entire life!

June 5, 2014

My Favourite Stamps

I am a collector of stamps and here are some of my favourite stamps from my stamp collection:-

Radha - Kishangarh


  • Bani Thani or Radha of Kishangarh - Bani Thani is a painting from the Kishangarh school of art. It is so far my second most favourite painting in the world.  I personally feel that it deserves the status accorded to Mona Lisa. The painting is a portrait of Bani Thani, who was a singer and poet in the court of Savant Singh - the king of Kishangarh. Artist Nihal Chandra, painted Bani Thani as Radha and Savant Singh as Krishna in several of his paintings. The reason that this painting is also called Radha of Kishangarh is because Radha has always signified impeccable beauty in the Hindu tradition. I remember a poet once describing Radha as that beauty who looked more and more beautiful as you went closer to her. Normally, a person looks pretty from far and as you get closer, you notice his or her imperfections but Radha was flawless in appearance and looked more and more beautiful as you went closer to her. This postage stamp was released in 1973 with a set of stamps on miniature paintings from India



Taming of Elephant


  • Taming of Elephant - Taming of Elephant is another Indian Miniature painting that was released as a stamp in 1973. In total, 4 stamps depicting 4 miniature paintings were released - Radha of Kishangarh by Nihal Chandra, Taming of Elephant by Zainal Abidin, Lovers on a Camel by Nasiruddin and Dance Duet by unknown artist from Auragzeb's time. My stamp has got a bit torn as can be seen in the pic above but nevertheless its still pretty intact



Chittaranjan


  • Chittranjan - I like this because India railways connects the whole of India and this stamp is steeped in the history of Indian Railways. This stamp shows a 2-8-2 WG class Indian Railways Good train. This steam engine driven locomotive was introduced in 1950s and many were manufactured upto the 1970s. Chittaranjan refers to Chittaranjan Locomotive Works or CLW - a production unit of Indian Railways situated in Chittaranjan near Kolkata. CLW is named after Chittaranjan Das - a freedom fighter who was also known by the title - Deshbandhu



Bhagwad Gita


  • Bhagawad Geeta - This is a stamp from 1978, showing a quote from The Bhagwad Gita  - कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन (Karmanye vadhikaraste maa phaleshu kadachan).  It means keep doing your work without worrying about its result. These are words of wisdom to remember always. Sometimes we get boggled down in life with the circumstances we are in but its important to remember to do the right thing and keep doing it, without worrying about its results. Life goes on, and its important to go on doing the right thing. Everything should be done by giving it your 100%. If you pass or fail, let it be, just remember to go on and do the right thing



Lion & Palm Tree


  • Lion & Palm Tree - I think this stamp is truly special. It was released in 1977 and is a stamp on a stamp. Lion and Palm Tree is one of the oldest stamps of India from the British Raj. It used to cost Half Anna. In 1977, this stamp was released to depict the original Half Anna stamp



Times of India - 150 Years Stamp


  • TOI - 150 Years Stamp - This stamp was released in 1988 to commemorate 150 years of Times of India. I like it because it has RK Laxman's famous creation - The Common Man, golden ink and a stamp duty of 1.50 to match the 150 years of TOI



Forts of India - Simhagad


  • Forts of India - Simhagad - This is the only stamp I have from the Forts of India collection. The Forts of India collection was released in 1984 and has 4 forts - Vellore, Jodhpur, Gwalior and Simhagad. Interestingly enough, Simhagad is the closest to me and yet I have not visited it



Raksh Lango


  • Raksh Lango - Bhutan - This is a stamp from Bhutan which I like very much. It was released in 1985. I like it because I find it very fascinating and colourful. This stamp shows a Bhutanese dance called Raksha Marcham



1953 Chevy Corvette

  • 1953 - Chevrolet Corvette - What can I say? Its a stamp on the 1953 Corvette. This stamp was released by USPS in August 2005


American Kestrel

  • American Kestrel - Nothing special about this stamp - I just like the bird and colours



Global Forever


  • Global Forever - This stamp was released in 2013 and shows a satelite rendition of the earth. Its World Enviroment Day today and what better day to share this stamp :) I like this stamp because it shows the earth and is round like the earth

May 10, 2014

Let the Music Play

Today I saw a song that I fell in love with more due to its picturization than its music, although I won't say the music was bad. The song is Galliyan from Ek Villain. The song has the most fantastic visuals..I mean a place full of butterflies, a sea lit by bioluminescence at night and colourful underwater fish. Sometimes movies transport us to a dreamland; only if real life wasn't so cruel ! Anyways..its nice to view exotic places :)


Galliyan reminded me of another song which is an old favourite..eventhough they are both quite different. The end result is that both songs are constantly playing in my head today:-