Friday, June 25, 2010

Heartily Matters !!!

Many times the definition of 'who a sensitive person is' has made me ponder. A  person who openly exhibits his/her emotions  without a slightest regard of people around. He/She could cry at the slightest drop of a hat and would try to outrun others in being empathetic towards the general environment. And there are others  who outwardly appear stoic and are in firm control of their emotions. These people normally do not exhibit emotions to preserve the dignity of the environment they are in. However they are mostly misunderstood as cold- hearted, unemotional people with icy behaviour. And no matter whether their heart splits and bleeds at the agony of others, they are often labeled as heartless beings. And needless to say that I have always reached the conclusion that the second ones are more sensitive.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

With light, you steal some darkness

Recently I have read Khaled Hosseini's book “The Kite Runner”. The book is an excellent story about a boy and his boyhood friend. There are some excellent lines in this book, one of which is  When you kill a man, you steal a life.... You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.”

Also while bloghopping a day back I came across this poem by Dr. Kanhaiyalal Nandan.

मृत्य जिजीविषा से बहुत डरती है

मरने में मरने वाला ही नहीं मरता 
उसके साथ मरते हैं
बहुत सारे लोग
जैसे रोशनी के साथ
मरता है थोड़ा अंधेरा।
जैसे बादल के साथ
मरता है थोड़ा आकाश।
जैसे जल के साथ
मरती है थोड़ी सी प्यास।
जैसे आंसुओं के साथ
मरती है थोड़ी सी आग भी।
जैसे समुद्र के साथ
मरती है थोड़ी धरती।
जैसे शून्य के साथ
मरती है थोड़ी सी हवा।
उसी तरह
जीवन के साथ
थोड़ा-बहुत मृत्यु भी
मरती है।
इसीलिये मृत्य
जिजीविषा से
बहुत डरती है।

~ डा.कन्हैयालाल नंदन

It is amazing how these two different pieces of prose and poetry so effectively express the same idea. Its amazing that these have been written at two different times, in two different languages  and with reference to two different subjects. But  I guess the philosophy of life does not change.