Little Miss Sunshine!!

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Monday, November 19, 2007

A brand new day....




Neeta was sitting on the shores of a beach with the waves flirting with her feet and going all the way back to the sea. It was 5 in the morning; the sky looked as if it was painted to its entirety in a mild scarlet hue. The world had not yet risen but to her it was a beginning, the start of another brand new day.

Today she had come to the waves with a question.... can they answer them? She knew not.... but she had to ask. She remembered the days when she was just 10 years old and her father used to bring her to the beach twice a week.... She had spent all those days building mud castles which to her seemed to be the most important thing to do. When the castles were washed away by water, she would cry out loud and her father would pacify her by buying a candy bar on their way home. Alas here has come a day when we build castles in the air and weep our hearts out when they shatter. In certain aspects, human beings are yet to evolve.

She was not the kind of person who would crib and create a pandemonium for every single trouble that fell at her feet. She lived her life the way she wanted to, without even a belief in any external force to seek refuge at times of need.

But today she could feel the emptiness that surrounded her, there were people all around but no one could fill the vacuum that had possessed her environment. She questioned her existence. It was a simple question... "Why are we on this planet"? How do you define a meaningful life? Does it have to do with achieving fame, success, earning money, being good to people, having a good social life????

And then it happened, the sun rose on the eastern horizon filling the entire sky with light and warmth. It felt as if the sun was trying to convey something to her. That silent minute of conversation between her and the force that sustained life on this earth seemed to envelope her world with answers.

As she walked on the shores of the sea, each footprint of hers were being erased by water. She looked back, smiled to herself and thought "Yes, the journey of life by itself imparts a meaning to life. It may be short-lived; it may be filled with dreams, drenched with sadness, replete with joy, coated with memories.... yet it is miraculous".

22 Comments:

  • At November 19, 2007 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Nivi said...

    A whole new level dude.
    this is how i interpret this. Its the journey that is important and the lessons on the way.Its not to be wasted on the innumerable questions but rather on relishing every moment and realizing that those moments are not gonna come along often

    "Alas here has come a day when we build castles in the air and weep our hearts out when they shatter. In certain aspects, human beings are yet to evolve."
    Loved it man. profound. Made me sit up and think for a moment. How true.Brilliant lady!!!

    Yipppppeeee first!! after eons :)

     
  • At November 19, 2007 at 5:49 PM , Blogger DHIVYA ARASAPPAN said...

    The moment we stop measuring our own success, our own failures, our fame, our money, our happiness and our sorrows is when our life becomes truly meaningful... When we stop obsessing with OURSELVES and instead start emphatizing with others around us- Thats a life well lived. But then thats a difficult thing to do- we can just work toward it.

     
  • At November 19, 2007 at 6:48 PM , Blogger Prakash said...

    Once again a touchy start but ended with ur own style with a lovely fact adding to it..

    "there were people all around but no one could fill the vacuum " Even I feel the same. still dint get an answer..hope I'l find 1 soon..

    Eagerly waiting 4 ur next one Anu...

    Cheers
    Praks...

     
  • At November 19, 2007 at 11:28 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @nivi

    i guess it was more of an introspection.... somewhere buried deep inside was this question regarding the meaning of life. i know i havent answered it but i have left for each person to intrepret the answers in their own way.

    thx for the first comment(very true its b een eons since that happened!! he he lol)

    @Dhivya
    Im totally with your idea dude ... its sooooooo true.

    "When we stop obsessing with OURSELVES and instead start emphatizing with others around us- Thats a life well lived"

    that was awesome :-)

    @prakash

    Thx... glad u liked it!

     
  • At November 20, 2007 at 12:34 AM , Blogger CM-Chap said...

    Yert another emotional one... provokign my own thoughts... Good going

    Neeta was sitting on the shores of a beach with the waves flirting with her feet As I read this post my soul was flirting on wondering about the climax.

    Yes, the journey of life by itself imparts a meaning to life - I read this line as a motivator for the words "Live every moment"

     
  • At November 20, 2007 at 2:50 AM , Blogger sirpy said...

    I am a bit confused. Nature's ways of suggesting answers to our questions of life are innumerable. We have to notice and understand. Here in this story, the waves themselves must provide an answer, their incessant toiling, persistence and steadfastness; the sea with its multifarious tentacles encircling every life - a source of life in itself.

    And so I come back to the psychology of the protagonist, Neeta. She did not derive her answers from all these. She waited for the sun. Why? In fact she knew that the sea has the answer. So, did she know already that the sun will be the answer or was she just ir-responsive to any source of answers?

     
  • At November 20, 2007 at 9:49 AM , Blogger chandru said...

    Your Blog on "a brand new day" was really marvellous and it depicted the the hope nature teaches to the human existence. Every start of the day we will of this wonderful message. Your narrative skill is excellent and poetic. Awaiting your next Blog.

    MOM and DAD

     
  • At November 20, 2007 at 9:53 AM , Blogger chandru said...

    Your Blog on "a brand new day" was really marvellous and it depicted the the hope nature teaches to the human existence. Every start of the day we will THINK of this wonderful message. Your narrative skill is excellent and poetic. Awaiting your next Blog.

    MOM and DAD

     
  • At November 20, 2007 at 1:21 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @cm-chap

    hmmmm i din think this story was gripping... it was more of an introspection on life itself.

    But glad u liked it!!! :-)

    @sirpy

    Yes every element of nature teaches us a valuable lesson on life... but in this particular case it is purely neeta's story, she asks certain questions to the waves but this doesnt make it mandatory that the waves have to answer these queries.

    When she looks up and watches the sun rising, a new hope, a new found warmth penetrates her lonesome thoughts.... what she understands from this conversation is purely her imagination. You can intrepret it in any way you want to...

    She did not specifically wait there for the sun to rise.... it jus so happened. that is life all about at times.... there are things that happen around us which inspire and motivate us to do certain things. its as simple as that.

    @mom n dad

    Glad u liked it... thx for encouragement. :-)

     
  • At November 20, 2007 at 1:51 PM , Blogger Abbas said...

    Applause!!!!!!!!!!!
    Awesome di... But pl one request...
    Can blogs be written a lil shorter? or can u create another blog and upload a synopsis of this blog there? Something like a project description.... and details are in this blog.... got it ???

     
  • At November 20, 2007 at 1:54 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @Abbas

    U dog!!! u bloody dog!

    The next time i come to India, you are DEAD... got that?

     
  • At November 20, 2007 at 2:14 PM , Blogger Abbas said...

    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv bad..... i wont read ur blog here after :-(((((((

    Thats gonna have a major effect in the traffic u get.... :-/

     
  • At November 20, 2007 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @abbas

    ok senti pottadhellam podhum!!! :-)

     
  • At November 21, 2007 at 4:31 PM , Blogger Karthik Balasubramanian said...

    cant understand the story.. oru 4 songs.. 2 fights.. 1 rain song.. 4 sentiment scenes.. 5 double meaning scenes.. 5 villain scenes.. this I can relate to..

    but yes.. the metaphors were awesome.. I think I should try to get more in touch with my internal emotions..

    Reporting from Anuradha's Blog.. Karthik Balasubramanian for CNN-IBN

     
  • At November 21, 2007 at 4:38 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @karthik

    I have aboslutely no intention in converting my blogs to a tamil masala movie. Every word here truly echoes the person that i am at that particular instance....

    Reporting for CNN-IBN(yeah right!!!). idhukku onnum kuraichalle illa....

     
  • At November 27, 2007 at 8:53 AM , Blogger navien said...

    Amazing post!! Its true time shud not be wasted in doing post-mortem of an activity or a happening of the past. We shud relish each and every moment. And sometimes we do think that inspite of havin friends and close companions we feel dat emptiness. Nothing can give an answer to tat. life goes on and let us ride on it!!

     
  • At November 27, 2007 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @navien

    Hey glad u liked it!!! i guess this post happened when i put my own life under the microscope... it was jus an introspection.. but glad u liked it...

     
  • At December 2, 2007 at 10:09 AM , Blogger adithya said...

    Dude I am telling you I can see the poet in you even when u r writing a story.. the way you started it “ waves flirting with her feet”, “ Sky in a mild scarlet hue” I am out of words here do let me know how I got to praise you for that really REALLY well done awesomely done. I like the sentence where you said the world had not rised but to her it was a beginning of a new day. Its totally the perception eh?.. its all about hwo one views things.. an end to some could be a beginning to others

    Somehow I just felt that it seemed to look like a mild recollection of your own childhood memories huh? Especially with the father bringing her to the beach part.. you know what I loved the fact that it started and the whole narration is in the beach… maaan I simply love that specifically.. I mean that has a different charm by itself doesn’t it? :). Coming back to that beach thingy.. you really brought out the idea B.e.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.L.Y. I mean talking about a small kid crying for a castle run down by the merciless waves and connecting that to us building castles in air… maan do we build a lot.. not only are we building them we are even cleaning and keep the castle spic and span. Humans definitely have to evolve totally agree to that

     
  • At December 2, 2007 at 10:11 AM , Blogger adithya said...

    The questioning aspect .. where she goes about questioning herself was really really good :). Dude the “ what is a meaningful life” question sure is a question which troubles all of us and looks like you have got an answer for that and more importantly you have actually narrated it well. And trust me the connection you brought about with nature even in your answer was really good.Here is a girl who is actually looking for an answer and is all troubled and just the silent conversation she has with the mightiest force makes her realize that instead of questioning what a meaningful life is its better for one to take everything of life as meaningful and go ahead and enjoy the Jounrey.. Simply put Today this minute this second is all that matters… yesterday is a learning from which you decide how to plan your next footstep tomorrow..

    As for your last lines “Journey of life by itself imparts a meaning to life. It may be short-lived; it may be filled with dreams, drenched with sadness, replete with joy, coated with memories.... yet it is miraculous"… man I sure as taking a print out of it.. better get a copyright… amazingly portrayed.. Hats off… hats off..

    Dude you were saying that you didnt feel this was all that great.. i beg to differ.. i am always stunned by the way you realte thigns maan.. its a talent its one hell of a talent and so far you are then only one i know who has it :)

     
  • At December 2, 2007 at 11:48 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    @adi

    im so glad that you have read it... was jus waiting for your comments. i understand u have been in and out of the forest a looooooot lately and i thank you a zillion gazillion tonnes for having taken the time out to read my blog in the first place. i really mean it!!!

    There was an incident that kinda spurred this blog... it made me look into myself like a mirror and ask the very same question and thus "Neeta" was born! The beach parallel was kinda my own....:-) Being a piscean i absolutely adore the sea. I cant take my eyes off it for a loooooooooooong time.

    I knew that the question that i had put forth did not have a concrete answer but somehow its always the hope for a better tomorrow that sustains us. Hence the analogy of Sun shining and the way she realizes "Life goes on"!!

    I din feel it was great because i thought i had digressesd to multiple things instead on focussing on what was being written about. but then it was my state of mind that spawned this and i cudnt help it. But im really really glad that u liked it...

    thx dude :-)

     
  • At December 22, 2007 at 11:03 AM , Blogger Sesh said...

    enna orey thathuvam?? enna aachu??

     
  • At December 25, 2007 at 3:51 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @sesh

    romballam onnum thathuvam kedaiyadhu... jus an introspection into life...

    sometimes you wonder why life is stranger than fiction!

     

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