Vishal stood on the deck of the ship and gazed at the Dhruva nakshatra. The ocean was his life. He had yearned to live on the ocean and his parents had understood. He had passed the exams. The arduous life thereafter was satisfying. The very fact that there was nothing solid beneath was so exciting. Each day was a new experience. The ship had become his home ten years ago. The vastness of the ocean filled his being. He felt sad and angry when people treated it as a garbage dump. The plastics floating by filled him with horror. Would people ever understand? Destruction seemed to be the new game. But to be fair, there were good people too.
His thoughts went back to those days when he had first started to dream about this life. He and his sister used to sail paper boats on the little stream in their grandparents’ home. During the rains the boat would glide along in full speed. They would run after it. Many a time a small rock would stop it. Life was like that. Sometimes small obstacles stop us from realizing our dreams. He was glad his dream had become a reality.
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Dhruva – Wikipedia
Dhruva (ध्रुव “constant, immovable, fixed”) is a devotee of Vishnu mentioned in the Vishnu Purana and the Bhagavata Purana. The Sanskrit term dhruva nakshatra “immovable star” is used of the polar star in the Mahabharata, personified as son of Uttanapada and grandson of Manu, even though Polaris at the likely period of the recension of the text of the Mahabharata was still several degrees away from the …