The One On The Fest Beats

Amidst the click of selfies,

In the conglomeration of adorning hues,

I saw a story, being written,

On the scales of rhythm and blues;

 

In the thud of the steps,

In the symphony of the taps,

Intertwined was a tale,

Acknowledged by the claps;

 

From the beats of the drums,

From the tune out of strums,

From the magic that flute spread,

Emanated a yarn, eternally that pervade;

 

In the stuttering of robots,

In the swirling of drones,

In the vroom of the RC cars,

Resided the gala of rising stars;

 

In the cackling of rendezvous,

In the cheering that arose in unison,

In the cacophony of loud screams,

Lingered a saga of California dream;

 

In the melody of the voice,

In the rhythm of the movements,

In the shout out for glory,

In the grin of success,

And in the cry of joy,

Cradled an anecdote, a storyteller’s ploy.

 

Author’s Note – Our college fest ELAN & Nvision was recently concluded. This poem, an onomatopoeia, is first in the series of my related experience. It celebrates the amazing aura created by the festive beats and the story that dwells in that bustling atmosphere. I would be writing more about it in the subsequent posts. Ciao! ūüôā

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In The Midst Of Darkness, Light Persists

Dear brother,

Happy birthday!

It’s been more than a year that I saw you. Nevertheless, I believe my occasional conversations¬†compensated for my tactile presence. Now that you sail from the verge of teen to the sea of youth, be prepared to face the gushing wind which whirls the weak. I believe it’s my moral responsibility to enlighten you with some inconspicuous wisdom whose power will fuel your journey. I derive these from my own personal experiences.

If you want to be happy, be it truly. It’s not obligatory to falsely testify your wrongdoings just so you feel contempt. Be happy when you’re satisfied by your effort irrespective of the result. Don’t let the situation affect you. It might not be the perfect time when you reap the fruits. In that case, don’t be restless. Just hang in there, doing your part.

The problem starts when you begin comparing yourself with others. Be contempt with what you truly are. Be the best version of yourself because you’re unique in an indefinable way. Preserve & persevere through your existential identity. The key to true happiness is not to let the bad weigh you down but rather let the good lift you up.

Be in the company that enhances your persona. Your presence should be valued not because of the materialistic benefits you bring but your invaluable input that strengthens the bonding. It’s what you should care for.

Move on, walk and run form the suckers of serendipity. Carve your way to the destination of learning. Knowledge triumphs over evil. Will triumphs in the time of adversities. Though serenity cradles in the lap of solace, it’s the company that teaches you how to walk.

Think about those who resolutely stand behind you. Be bold & take firm steps, whose success they would be proud to see. People who truly care for you will always be there for you. You character should flourish in their presence.

Happiness prevails when you believe in yourself and truth be told, it’s the best place you can lay your trust on. Highs & lows are inevitable. Don’t let the effect of later persist for long. In your dark times, cling onto the hopes the former holds.

Nothing is permanent. Construction & destruction are the nature’s ways to weed out the undeserved. Embrace the change. Adapt to the demand for survival, keeping your true self at the core. In dire circumstances, keep your values intact.

…in the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists.

When you feel like getting sucked into the abysmal distress, take it as just another drill. It happens to everyone at some point of time. Every great people have gone through the period of uncertainty. It’s an exercise to bring out the undefiable strength you possess.¬†Don’t ever let the adversities bring down your worth.

Most importantly never underestimate the power of denial. In contrast, never hide your true interest in order to fit in. It’s perfectly fine to be different. When world perceive you as an eccentric, just remember it’s the outliers who possess the power to change the world. Do whatever you truly enjoy doing. Never be hesitant in admitting it either.

Hard work beats talent anyday. Every great thing started with something small or nothing at all – from scratch. Drop by drop, brick by brick, ink by ink, they now stand as masterpiece. They’re the epitomes of human determination.

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Also when in the course of your endeavor, you feel lost, read. Read anything and everything because somewhere in those words lies the key to wonderland. It’s magical how a simple permutations of word (or more precisely letters) can hold the secret treasure that we search in more tangible form. But to feel that magic, you would have to comprehend. You would have to believe in its existence.

Never refrain yourself from exploring the field of art. And never be convinced about its very domain. It’s vast & eternal. One day you might create something never built before. Creation of anything holds an inexplicable power in itself. Make things for the joy of making.

I hope these words gives your the strength to build a better future. Keep smiling ūüôā

Your elder brother,

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Where My Solace At

I feel a little lost these days. Sometimes¬†the feeling is quite¬†intense. It feels like there’s a massive cloud of insecurity surrounding me. The fog is prevalent¬†everywhere which blurs my vision. More than riding, I am stuck in the tide of time.

I was watching Death Note this afternoon, tired of my day ordeal and then I dozed off. The laptop was on, the episode was running and I could hear voices from outside my window. The sun was bright because I had removed my curtains few days ago. But I was able to sleep despite all these.

I have been feeling tired lately. Even simple task suck the energy out of me. When I woke up in the evening, I saw the twilight and for a split seconds my own room felt strange. Why was I lying there? I should have been out with my friends. Why did I miss my afternoon class? And the snacks? Mess would be closed by now. I felt like being left in the woods and not been told what to do there.

I demanded direly of normalcy but¬†I was being suppressed by the unbearable weight of uncertainty. I had felt this before but those were transient. Someone told that the things are more difficult in the moment than in retrospect. I guess it’s one of those moments.

Whenever I come across people who inspire me through their work, I feel a thrust of enthusiasm for a start. And I do that at the moment. I would lay out the plan. I would figure how to move forward but then the next day – right into the woods. I don’t remember what I did yesterday. It’s all like back to square one. As if your entire effort was futile.

I flip through the pages, reading each and every lines yet not having any idea of what I just read. It’s like deliberately staring at the blank pages. I’m reading not for the sake of reading but to count the pages at the end. After all, it’s what get acknowledged. And this troubles me.¬†I’m fumbling for something more significant than just literal meaning of those words. I want to seek coherence that binds them.

This misalignment of my mind and my body is pretty evident in my activities. I look a little lost. I keep staring at the void as if my sight is locked at the thing that doesn’t exist. I feel comfortably numb amidst the noise. They don’t trouble me anymore. But I had always preferred solitude. I hold my silence endearing.

These thoughts make me restless. In split seconds, I feel like running away against my will. But being stagnant was equally posing. I have to move forward. After all when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. I know I’m tough.

Right now I’m just hanging in there in order to live my better tomorrow.

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[Announcements] Divine_Lifez 2017: What Lies Ahead

Whoa! Last year just flew by and we’re already well settled in the new year. Just yesterday I was going over the things I had promised last year and how much I delivered. I must say, the feeling has been overwhelming. It’s the first blog post of this year and I’m gonna give you a vague outline of what’s waiting in the upcoming days.

But first let me formally wish you a very Happy New Year 2017!

Also if you didn’t catch my 2016 end-year video on YouTube, do check it out here –

We also made our own little version of Mannequin Challenge on 31st December. Though we had planned in the afternoon itself, it could only be made in the evening when my friends came to call me for the party.

On 30th December, this blog crossed 200 followers mark. So that was a great wrap up. I wish my blog reaches more readers this year.

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I’m sorry to keep you all hanging for the last post. It has been updated with my reading list. Also I have been away this week as I was busy with attending courses.

Well the new semester commenced and currently the add & drop period is going on. So I have been deciding what courses to take Рcore electives, free electives, LA electives, time clashes, interests, professors, course contents Рall this and much more kept me entangled.

It’s my last semester in college. I write it with mixed emotions. Lets make the most of it.

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Last year I left you with two ongoing series –

  • My Cryptic Love – A poetic extravaganza that combines love with the fun of cryptography. Yeah I haven’t forgotten it. I’ll publish it’s second part soon.
  • Cinephile’s Diary – A textual documentation of making my first short-film ‘Refaire‘. The techniques I learnt, the things I observed and the art¬†I strive to learn – a creative journey to establish myself as a better storyteller.

Also I told you to publish my movies list of 2016 but for some reasons I didn’t. I have the whole list along with my reviews. So if you would like to see it, do let me know in the comment section. I have already started to compile my 2017 list.

Two New Categories –

Most of my blog posts (all except poems) have been quite elaborate. Though they are quite substantial and involved a lot of research to get penned down, it was nevertheless a constraint to my creative freedom. I would like to publish shorter posts this year. It’s also my responsibility that I don’t compromise on the quality.

I would be adding two new categories in addition to the ongoing sections¬†–

  • The One With Series – ¬†The one-stop destination for my micro-poetry, max. of 5-6 lines. It’ll be a separate page on the navigation menu which I’ll updating. Each new poem will appear at the top of the page. I’ll notify the readers through the regular posts if there happen to be any updates.
  • Swapping The Bits – In 2016 summer, I published 2-3 blog posts which had this written at the bottom – ‘This post is a part of newsletter series Swapping The Bits’. Well it might not have made much sense then. Anyway you read the posts and moved on. But it’s very important to me. More updates on this will follow soon.

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Techblog Updates –

Last year I promised that I would start my techblog¬†and so I did. But the posts have been mostly¬†about software/API experimentations or tech-events I attended. This new year, I look forward to publish more of my hardware and product designing projects. I’m psyched about reviving the maker in me.

Weekly Progress Report

This is something I would have to think over, nonetheless I am mentally prepare for it. To give directions to my conscious effort, each week I would publish my weekly works along with the regular posts. Don’t worry, I promise it would never be mundane. Moreover, it’s mainly for myself – to document my progress so I could analyze it better.

Fiction Writing

Most of my posts so far have been drawn from real life – yeah the love poems too. But to creatively challenge myself, this year I would be publishing some of my fictional pieces as well.

I remembered I had signed up for ‘Friday Fictioneers‘ during my sophomore years but I couldn’t be active on it. I hope to revive that spirit again – where I create a world purely with my words of imagination.

Here’s a short excerpt for a start –

‘The dark, cold night outside was¬†subsided with festive lights. While the whole city was rejoicing on the new year eve, I housed a strange calmness within.

It was so peaceful, inside. As if fed up of those transient happy merrymaking, my lonely heart cradled the reminiscence of something more prominent.

I was missing my home. I was missing my family. It’s been a year that I have seen them. Sitting thousands of kilometers away, I could only think of my¬†childhood.

Wrapped in cozy blanket, I held a peculiar excitement back then, watching the clock striking 12.

Is the year gone? Is the new year here already?

How ephemeral was the wait? How much did it change?

Everything looked the same.

My mother used to say that the clocks stop for a second on 31st December at 12 midnight. For the last five years I have been looking out for that stopped second. The wait in between were long. If it’s lost, then there was a whole year to go through.

When I rewind my old videos, there’s a momentary pause.

Is it similar to the one we are talking about?

Can I rewind my life back and tweak it a bit like editing a video to look nicer?

Can life skip few seconds when I’m not enjoying the moment?

There were many such questions I pondered upon. And then that paused second was gone.

Let’s make it look nicer

Graphics has been an important part of my posts. Almost all the posters or feature images I use had been designed by me. This year I would writing more graphically appealing posts or posts that will be entirely dedicated to visual contents.

I once asked my best friend if he ever read my blog. As a true friend would be, he shook his head¬†and said – well, they are usually wrong? Why don’t you write something smaller?¬†

So there you go buddy. Read it now – oh not this one!

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My friend trying out image editing

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The new party place we discovered

Also my previous photography posts have garnered larger readership, so I guess the readers are quite conservative about their time ūüėõ


So that’s that for the this¬†post. Divine_Lifez¬†would continue to be mysterious in its contents but an outline was needed to specify what readers should expect. Hope you¬†have a fun time reading my blog.

If you would like me to write about any topic, do suggest in the comment section.¬†See you in the next post. Peace¬† ‚úĆ