Life reflections

The Daily Prompt : Hope

Darkness envelops our world

Not only in the physical sense

But many a time

There is darkness in our life.

And it is only hope

That keeps us going.

Without hope everything would be lost.

There is a stillness in the dark,

In that stillness life moves on.

Just as Earth keeps moving

Around the sun.

For us it is as if

The sun is making its way,

Through the enveloping darkness

The sky becomes lighter,

The darkness gives way

To the rising Sun.

This is dawn, this is Hope,

A moment of beauty,

A moment of awakening,

The skies celebrate,

With colours beautiful.

Dawn and Hope,

The gateway,

Between night and day.

A new day, a new Life,

After a dark night.

Every new dawn,

Is Hope, which keeps us going,

And makes Life what it is.


Life reflections

‘Spanner in the Works’


I just came across this phrase in a book by Essie Summers. She is one of my favourite authors, I love to re-read her books and over the years I really do not know how many times I have read her books. I first came across them while in college in Mumbai. Those were the days of Circulating libraries. They were everywhere and we could keep the books for a fixed period and read at minimal charges. I had to travel by local train to college and must have read countless books in three years. I never thought I would be able to get any of the Essie Summers after leaving college. But thanks to the internet, I have been able to download many of her books but not all.

‘Spanner in the works’ is such an expressive phrase. Misunderstandings  caused deliberately which leave their mark on all the people concerned. It is fine in books which have a happy ending. ‘Spanner in the works’ adds spice to the story line. But in real life there are tragic consequences. We call people who enjoy creating misunderstandings as Shakuni. Shakuni is a very important character in our Mahabharata. His cleverly worded remarks create turmoil and ultimately lead to the Mahabharata war. Very few really sit and talk about misunderstandings. So they are not solved and there is no understanding.

I always feel riots and mob mentality is the work of Shakunis of the world. They just light the spark and mob mentality turns it into a tragic fire.

That single phrase in the book brought to mind all these thoughts and also the actions of a Shakuni in our midst who tried to spoil relationships among relatives. Fortunately his plans did not work  because the concerned people had already talked to each other and had come to an understanding. His ‘spanner in the works’ failed and it earned him the title of Shakuni. Such people are pathetic and dangerous too. If allowed they can change the lives of people, for the worse. Unfortunately, many a time they are people who are supposed to be close relatives or friends.

‘There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found
While journeying east and west –
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.’
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox