Of hearts and stars

Have you ever looked at someone and felt like you’ve known them all your life?

Have you felt their touch so warm that it calms all your storms

Have you ever seen them smile and felt your world lighten up

Or when they laugh, Thor Almighty there couldn’t have been a sight that would enthrall you more

Felt their heart and felt like wrapping your own over theirs, for it is precious and must be kept safe

Have you ever held their hand and walked under the stars, and thought how lucky you are to have that person in your life

And when you hug, your hearts beat in synch, ramming against the ribcage, wanting to fuse into one.

For that person is your soulmate and was destined to find you, hold you, carry you.

Be thankful to have that person in your life, for there’s nothing more beautiful in this life.

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Summer of ’17 – #1

Been almost a month since I graduated with a Masters Degree from NJIT. For the past two weeks, I had been touring the different cities of US of A with my parents who had flown in from India. Having been holed up in New Jersey, and Newark of all cities, my folks visiting and us travelling together was sweeter than God’s Nectar.

First two days were spent exploring the various streets and avenues of the majestic city of New York. Starting from the downtown, we went around Lady Liberty standing tall, paid our homage at the WTC memorial sites and were held in awe by the new One World building.

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Moving up, walked through the wall street and the financial district, and even saw a bagpiper band performing!

And the fact that I’ve been here for two years and know which subway train number goes where helped save loads of time and of course money since one would’ve had to get tickets for bus rides around the city. The best part of it all was that my parents were really taken by the city. They were breathing in the New York air, something I’d say every person dreams of once in his life. We walked around all day, visiting the Brooklyn Bridge, walking down Lexington and Park Avenues; where one can see New Yorkers going in and out of the office buildings all day long, carrying their bags and files.

The next day we started late and ended up strolling around in Central Park. Visited the famous Bathesda terrace and fountain, had sandwiches by the lake, walked around more. It was in the evening when we finally took a train to go see the Empire State building and go up to see the skyline. From the 86th floor of this building, one can truly behold and admire the beauty, the vastness and grandeur of the City of New York. Stayed up there for an hour and a half. Watched as the sun drifted down into its slumber, lifting the veil for the stars to come out and the city to glimmer with its thousand lights all around.

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A boy in the shadows

He sat in the common hall of his play-school. Looking around, watching the rising columns and other kids running around. Laughing, eating their lunch. He sat in the middle of all the chaos not affected by the development around.

Over the years, he made friends. Not many by any amount. For he didn’t interact much, other kids would think he’s weird and quirky. But it didn’t matter to him. For he was happy with what few kids shared their quirkiness with him. They would dream, talk, introspect and dream even more.

As the time passed and their minds matured, they began drifting. Dreams were shared no more. No more endless possibilities thought about. But it didn’t matter, because he knew he was still in their hearts.

Time came and went. Years rolled by and they were nearing the end of the life in school. Many of his old friends had changed schools or had moved out of town. Just a few remained.

All through the years, he had remained taciturn and quirky. Not interacting much, happy to watch the world change from his seat. Little did he know that kids around him would take it to be actions of a freak and begin making up stories about him. Soon, he was ridiculed, made to look like a fool, made fun of. He looked up to his old friends, but it didn’t matter to them a bit.

It dawned upon him that the world wasn’t as it appeared from where he sat. Not withstanding the idiocies floating around anymore, he closed himself off. No feelings flowing in and out.

He went to college. Starting from how it all began. Looked around at the world. Taking it all in. Observing people, getting to know some. As the time flew, he forged a few friendships. Created a bond of brotherhood with them. But still, he didn’t open up to them. Not letting his deepest thoughts  flow to them.

They’d laugh, have fun, hop around the town. He would laugh with them, dally around. His friends would stay but not fully trusting. They came to believe that he couldn’t be taken seriously and he would take every decision on a whim. But it didn’t matter to him, for he was comfortable being the boy in the shadows.

Time went by and they graduated, said heir goodbyes. He moved to a new country, surrounded by unknown people, in a different culture. He was surrounded by a million souls and yet he walked alone. He saw the wonders of the new city. Buildings rising high, lights shining bright in the night. The city took him in, embraced him. He walked alone and somehow he felt like he was home.

But after a little while, his heart began yearning for someone who would understand. Someone who would take him in and let him take care of them in return. Someone with whom he could share what he was, who he was, what he was becoming and who he would become in the future. Someone who would hold his fragile heart forever.

These overflowing emotions flummoxed him. Creating a hole, deep and hollow. He found solace in talking with trees and leaves, they’d talk and whisper and ride the winds together. He found company in the distant stars and they’d tell him their stories from time immemorial. Shining and flickering a million light years away, each photon carrying a piece of their stories into his eyes. He’d look at the moon and ask if this was it. Was this all his ephemeral life would amount to. Walking in the dark, not knowing where he was or where he was headed. Not knowing who was watching over and whose name to call out.

One evening walking under the stars, he said to them he couldn’t take it anymore. He began questioning why he was walking the earth, what was his purpose here. He’d sit in his room and lose himself into his mind. His restless mind making new worlds within itself. Vast and oft times terrifying.

He never knew that someone was watching over him among the stars, for they listened and sent an angel across his path. He came across her in the most unexpected ways. her light shining over him warm and bright. Nourishing and rejuvenating him. As he got to  know her, he realised it was her who he’d been looking for. His purpose in life, his home. Even though they hadn’t met before, they still felt so very familiar to each other. Two souls, counterparts of each other having found each other.

He finally found his partner in life, they both found their home. Fiercely in love with each other, vowing to hold the other Always and Forever.

He wouldn’t be in shadows anymore for the light shines bright upon his heart. He wouldn’t walk alone for he’s got his angel by his side. As he will always be there with her. Holding her hand and fighting our demons together. Always and Forever.

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Graduation

This Tuesday, on the morning of May 16, I graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Masters of Science degree. My two years at NJIT have taught me a lot. Not only about technology and science, but also about how to be an adult in this wide world.

My achievement, I dedicate it to my parents who’ve always been behind me, caring for me and my baby sister who cheers me up whenever I’m down. But, one person, without whom it would’ve been a tortuous task and who brought me out of my depression, the love of my life. For the last semester, she gave me hope and a whole lot of happiness. She gave me a reason to dream of the future and to reach higher. My Vika, it has been so much easier with you here.

Meeting students from all the continents out there, getting to know their cultures, opinions, views has enlightened me. It’s given me a perspective, to not only think as a person from one country, but a person belonging to this world as a whole. Its made me aware of various sensitivities of different cultures. It has taught me to think of human race as a whole, rather than belonging to a region. With this degree and whatever education I’ve gained, I aspire to work for this world. To innovate and to drive humanity towards a better future.

Godspeed to the Class of 2017!

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A Conundrum for Millenials

Generation X

(n). the generation typically perceived to be disaffected and directionless.

Yup you read that right. That is exactly the meaning attached with what people perceive the Generation X to be. I am 23 years old, I belong with the Millennials and I couldn’t agree more with the above definition. My claims might probably be met with derision and disbelief, but unfortunately for all of us, it’s true.

For instance, take a look around at what’s happening around the world and where mankind is headed. Africa and middle east are marred with piracy and radical groups using poverty and religion to burgeon violence around the globe. Americas and Europe are being pulled apart by right and far right wings. Most of these countries are suffering economic slowdowns and divisional influence of right and far right wings. And then there is Asia, where despite the nations having a decent economic growth are mired in expansionist policies and mistrust amongst themselves.

Now, isn’t that a bleak picture.

It was merely a century and a half ago when the first lightbulb was invented. Around the same time, Wright brothers were developing the prototype to give mankind its first wings. A few decades hence, Charles Babbage created a machine which could make computations, this device would eventually lead to the development of computers. A few decades down the lane, researchers at Darpa and UC Berkley gave us communication protocols which eventually gave birth to the Internet. It was just a few months before this, when the Soviets had launched Sputnik and finally proved that we could reach the outer space.

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Marconi developed wireless radio in early 1900’s

 

Within a span of roughly 70 years, mankind had light in the night, internet connecting people around the planet, airplanes to cross oceans within hours and rockets so we could fly into the expanse of space and explore wonders out there.

Looking back a decade, all we’ve heard about is terrorism, poverty, famines, corruption, greed , yada yada yada. Our forefathers used to look up to the night sky and wonder what mysteries it held. They inspired others to seek the betterment of society.  They tended to the weak, not pry upon them. Intellectual minds used to seek new ideas across continents, not get holed up in a bureaucratic and legal shackles.

The Millennials, being born in the 90’s and after, we were born into all the marvellous wonders that people of the old couldn’t have comprehended. Yet, we have decided to stay down and look for our places in the established wheels of society. Almost every person these days gets a job in an established organisation or works to earn just enough to pay the rent and keep their bellies full. They’ve become all too busy with posting about their new dress or the dental appointment or the parties they look so proud in all their might and even that lampshade they bought on ebay.

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What they forget is that evolution didn’t give us this superior mental prowess just to dress up for a gathering and smiling away our lives. We should use the resources and that IQ to exalt our species to a position its never been at before. Instead of instigating wars and hatred, we could work to give each person access to every new technology there is. Make the planet clean, take the cars to the air, make mankind a truly multi-planetary species.

It’s about time that we rise up again, look up to the skies and wonder, what lies out there.

Days in New York

I have been in this great city for a year and a half now. Yet, it never ceases to bedazzle me whenever I step out in it’s never ending streets. One sees people from all the cultures there are in this world mingling with each other like endless veins. This city is also a bon vivant’s paradise. it has a thousand different restaurants, pubs, clubs and even the food trucks where people from any corner of the world can feast and yet yearn for more.

These are a few pictures from my travels.

A man enjoys serenity in the Central park.

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Residents of SoHo take a stroll one fine morning.

 

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People enjoy a cool cloudy afternoon in September.

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Art-work on display in the downtown

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Next to NYU, the 4th Street offers a wide variety of restaurants, bakeries and dessert outlets.

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Somewhere on Thorne street.

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Manhattan downtown always feels good to visit.

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Loved the shades of this building. What heartens me the most is the fact that New York is just what they always show on TV.

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New Yorkers never stop

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Couldn’t have been happier than to see the advert of my favourite TV show in my favourite city

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Hustle and bustle on a busy weekday. Also couldn’t leave out the yellow taxis.

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That’s what the 34th street looks like y’all!

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Can’t leave out the iconic Times Square of course.

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Little Italy all lit up days before Christmas

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Somewhere near 33rd street under the rain

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On the Black Friday sale evening, it was like the whole country had come to Manhattan to shop throughout the day

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The Majestic building of High Court and few other judiciary offices

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In the night, World trade centre from across the Hudson river in Brooklyn. Also visible is the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. This is the most captivating scene I’ve witnessed in this beautiful city.

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And that’s a quirky friend of mine hopping around the streets of Brooklyn in jolly!

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These are but a few pictures I took of this grand city. Forgive me for the quality for they were taken on my cell phone. Thank you for visiting and looking at them. I’ll post more soon.