The shimmer of the setting sun glistens against crimson clouds, its façade, unblemished. The lighthouse stands regal, as stoic witness. The waters create a contrasting veneer on an evening of nostalgia. Nothing can disturb its peace, not even eager tides beating against quiet sands. People have walked, embracing, on those tacit sands.
There came an uprising, turbulent tides washed away remnants of a past, of a bygone era; where devoutly the setting sun danced with shadows on pristine waters, plagued thoughts, indulged in a panoramic composition of art and symphony, as the lighthouse watched the tides turn in its wakefulness.
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“If I told you the truth, you would never believe it. Hence, I am caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. But, truth is something you can never hide. It will find its way out of hiding sometime or other. Maybe, it is time for truth to be unveiled.
It is not without witnesses!”
“People interpret truth any way they want, but you have to be earnest to make lies believable!”
“People often choose to believe lies to be the truth, and truth as lies. It just seems easier that way.”
“Once, someone told me that life is full of lies. Even smiles cannot be trusted. Happiness is temporary, and love is the greatest actor of all. Hope is the only way to thrive.”
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Did we think twice about going on a holiday?
No way, ho-sea!!
We packed our bags, got into the car and drove to the exotic Penang Island, The Pearl of the Orient, over the weekend. It is a 5-6 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, depending on traffic and the speed with which you are traveling.
In spite of the pandemic, we all agreed that we needed a bit of reprieve from months of isolating ourselves, and the stay at home order. We still had to move around with masks, but, I think a lot of us are slowly getting used to the idea that it might have to be considered as second skin for months and months to come.
To say that we were excited is an understatement. Having been busy with my writing for the longest time, I thought that the holiday was such a stress reliever. When I saw how nature had thrived and blossomed all around me, it was the icing on the cake.
Anyway, the seaside was simply glorious. I took a walk on the beach just before sunrise, and watched with awe – its ascension into our part of the world, so sublimely timeless an ascent.
The rising sun broke into clouds, still and slumberous, cast its rays from its heavens right to the sands on which I stood, gaping at its beauty.
I love the sunrise, sunset, the sea, the sands, and as I walked back to the hotel, I hoped that my footprints on the wet sands, where the tides just minutes earlier had rushed to embrace, will stay embedded a little longer, to make it an exquisite encounter with the sea for me.
These are memories that will always stay imprinted in my mind forever.
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Recommended Meditative Read
June 7, 2020 Posted by Katy Haas
Guest Post by Christina Francine
The Healing Riverbeds is a sharing of reflections about being human at a time when the world suffers from a pandemic, contains violent unrest, and deals with brutal worldwide environmental concerns. Shobana Gomes considers humans accountability for these “calamities” and examines herself as well. At the same time, she takes a stand as a witness. She thinks about the positives around her too and considers her daughter’s unique way of viewing.
From a children’s point of the world, the solutions are clear: “The world outside was a messy world. It had become toxic and dangerous, and the ones who would be most affected were the children.” In order for her to continue, she would leave her “coloring for another day . . . till the riverbeds heal, till its waters flow freely once again.”
Gomes’ examination and reflection is thought-provoking, one that contemplates human’s positive and negative effects on the world. She also contemplates the challenges of being human and questions the “maze” we’ve all been placed into.
A stirring read that asks the deep questions of life and points toward innocence for answers. The type of read all humans should explore. A recommended meditative read.
The other day, I had a visitor who read this entry I posted in https://alittletimewithshobana.blogspot.com, so I thought I would re-post it here. Hope you enjoy! (From my book “Walking Through Beauty, Timeless Footsteps”)
The Way to Beautiful
What attracts a man to a woman?
Her soft tenderness,
Her appealing daintiness.
A charmer on a quest, his eyes seeked a beauty,
Who woke his senses, like the touch of gentle rain.
His heartbeat was irrational, much like the flickers of twinkling stars,
When she smiled, it reminded him of the first sign of dawn,
Flawless, Awakening, Mesmerizing.
His eyes sought her thoughts.
The way to beautiful,
Is not an easy route,
It plays music with your heart, and attires your mood,
To look as beautiful as the morning dew,
Is to have magic in your soul.
The way to beautiful,
Begins with a heart as pure as gold,
With eyes that color the world,
With a smile that lifts weariness,
And, a touch as light as the feathers of a bird,
So light, it makes you float, and not feel the ground,
Much like leaving imprints everlasting on sands of time.
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Nothing like being given the confidence boost:)
A feedback from an English Author on The Healing Riverbeds:
And the good news is, she has proposed that we work on a joint collaboration on promoting the book.
By Loretta Milan, Founder of Lightbox Originals and Author,
United Kingdom. “Well done on entering Hidden in the Crevices of Time into a competition. I’ve just finished reading ‘The Healing Riverbeds’ which I found really thought provoking. You asked some deep questions which I stopped to ponder. I loved the way you blended your thoughts with a story and would definitely read more like this!”
Inspired by the pandemic, I wrote this book of healing and hope.
Am delighted that Loretta found it a thought-provoking one, which is what I aimed to have imparted in the first place. It is sold on Amazon worldwide: On Kindle for USD0.99 / Paperback Edition for USD3.58. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087SJXMPM
There are times when certain events in life stay imprinted in the sub-conscious mind, only to surface when you least expect it.
There are times when past incidences create an altogether new awakening, other than what you believe it to be.
This is the story of Stacy, who is suddenly besieged by flashbacks of an accident she was involved in as a two-month old baby.
She sees dark images, and gory scenes of the accident, which infuses fear and confusion in her mind. As a result, she experiences blackouts.
She seeks the aid of her neighbor, a retired nurse, to get out of her frightening situation.
However, they soon discover that there is a disturbing reason behind those flashbacks.
It relates to a past hidden in the crevices of time.
Please vote for my story. Read it on Inkitt – an entry for the Thrill Seeker Contest.
Free to Read. To vote – press the like button (heart shaped icon next to the story)
A review would be great, thank you so much. Stay Safe and happy reading – shobana
It could have included you, this rainbow from my past,
It trailed the skies in seven hues,
It presented itself as an illustrious sign of novelty.
As it trailed to the other end of the universe,
Where distance was the only thing that separated us,
I stood in awe at its incredulous beauty,
A tinge of its rays falling softly upon me.
I looked as far as my eyes could see,
Would it perhaps be the sign that leads me to where paradise is?
I so want to see if it belonged to another world,
I so want to be part of its fabled conception.
I sat by the Sea that day,
Wondering about the rainbow that set my heart aflame,
I could have been the seraph with a message that said,
“It could have been you on that rainbow with me.”
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Happy Mother’s Day to all the special ladies out there. Have a lovely celebration. Stay Safe and let’s see this dreadful Covid19 through together!
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