Monday, August 27, 2007

Lesson for life

I do not know what the guy must have been thinking as he was being dragged by the running train yester night. He might have been thinking about his children, waiting for him to come home. He might have been thinking about his wife, who has been loving him day in and day out, concerned if he brings home enough tonight to feed the children. He might have been thinking about his aged parents, whom he has pledged to himself to take care till the end of their days. He might have been thinking about the money he owes his landlord. He might have been thinking about the bloody pain that is slowly rising through his breaking limbs wincing every cell in his body, distorting his thoughts and getting etched in his memories forever. But the train was not thinking anything, as it is not supposed to think.

It is us humans, who are supposed to think. It is upto us to fulfill the promises we make to ourselves and we need to live, happy and whole, to do so. It was around 10.45 PM as we ran after the stopping train in the coimbatore railway station towards the coach S11. I stopped on the way to buy a water bottle and the vendor was extremely tensed as he was handing over the change to me. He murmured in breakin voices - "Trolley guy", "Train", "Limb", "Cut" - I could only manage to get a glimpse of what happened from what he said. I walked a few steps in the direction he pointed and the gory sight I saw next paralyzed me. There I saw a man - ragged clothes, fainted memories and hopelessly wasted. There I saw a man, semiconscious, holding another fellow crying for help. There I saw a man, whole except for a limb cut down from the calf-muscle, bone jutting out of what remained as his leg-and-memory, sheared skin, bloody and twitching in pain. The foot that held the weight of this man for so long suddenly had found him heavy, slid down between the train and the platform, and the broken bones with mesh of flesh lay somewhere on the tracks, below the train that had totally stopped now. The police were asking the trolley guys to go fetch a trolley as the victim was "one-of-them" (that's the phrase the inspector used) and the public looked hopelessly to the police to take some initiative. But it was too late anyway and the man had been handicapped for life.

My thoughts spun as I was looking at the ghostly figure lying there, still with life. Probably, this would be one moment the man wished he was dead instead of having to go through this. I imagined myself standing there, whole, but this could have happened to me any of the numerous times I have got down from a running train or boarded one. I realized God had already been kind to me a lot of times for not letting that happen. I was reminded of the people who would have been devastated if this happened to me. Life is too precious to risk such a stupid thing.

The train started moving, and it suddenly occured to me that I should be on that train. I took one last look at the empty space that should have been occupied by his limb, the incomplete man twisting in pain. Then I ran towards the train. As I clung to the railing and stepped onto the mini-staircase of the moving train, I saw the very small space between the train and the platform which had claimed that man's foot a few minutes back and I thought to myself: This will be the last time I am boarding/getting down from a moving train.

I wish this man a speedy recovery and hope he will get used to being limbless. And I pray to God for the welfare of the family of this man, who through his pain, taught me a valuable lesson for life!


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

வாழ்க பல்லாண்டு !!

I dedicate this post to Pallavi and Sudhir and wish them a fun-filled happy married life. You guys form a great pair! keep smilin ...

இல் வாழ்க்கை துவங்கும் இக்கணத்தில்,
சொல் பலவும் சான்றோர் கூற,
கல் அனைத்து உயர் நற்பண்பும்,
செல் அவ்வழி உன் துணை நெகிழ!!

சுடர்வழி பலர்விழி இணைந்ததன் மூலம்,
இருவழி ஒருவழி ஆகிய இன்று!
தீமைகள் தீர்ந்து நல்வழி நல்க,
தீயின் தூய்மையை வேண்டுகின்றேனே!!

மனமது பரந்தது விரிந்தது அன்று,
குலமது மகிழ்ந்தது இருவரை கண்டு!
வாழ்விது மலர்வது நூறாண்டு என்று
வானத்தின் வயதினை வேண்டுகின்றேனே!!

வேகம் வளர விவேகம் பொழிய,
விழிகள் வியக்க விடியல் பூக்க,
வளமை செழிக்க வேங்கை பிறக்க,
நீரின் பாய்ச்சலை வேண்டுகின்றேனே!!

காலம், சீற்றம், மாயம், சோகம்,
பாலம் இணைக்கும் மனதின் மோகம்,
தீர்ந்தும் அன்பின் கருணை வெல்ல,
நிலத்தின் பொறுமையை வேண்டுகின்றேனே!!

தூசியும் பாசியும் நித்தமும் சேராமல்,
நினைவுகள் நீண்ட நாள் சிரிப்புடன் சிறக்க,
என்றென்றும் நெஞ்சங்கள் காதலில் மகிழ,
காற்றின் புத்துணர்ச்சியை வேண்டுகின்றேனே!!

இல் வாழ்க்கை துவங்கும் இக்கணத்தில்,
சொல் பலவும் சான்றோர் கூற,
கல் அனைத்து உயர் நற்பண்பும்,
செல் அவ்வழி உன் துணை நெகிழ!!

For those who dont have tamil font

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Marina

The night sky hugs the unknowing dusk,
strong and gripping ..
Waters of Marina cooling the shore,
It is here that life beckons the souls,
Twilights twinkle and tidel waters adore.

Churning lighthouse reminds a giant eye,
watching and blessing ..
Tiny feet let loose on the seamless sand,
The wind freshens the mind for the week next,
Wiping the past, rewriting with a capable hand.

Vendors sell peanuts to the hearts adrift,
light and strong ..
The Albatross flight guiding the ship and its crew,
Raging city far behind with sounds so faint,
Kites colouring the sky - green, orange and blue.

The ideal spot for the weekend,
for families and love ..
The Marina stands at the shore of the bay,
Spreading unity that brings feel to its water,
The sheer source of energy all along the way.

Some fotos of 'The Marina'

Aerial ViewThe MarinaThe Tsunami