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Hikari

A sky lighted by thousand lights,

Stuck in my mind and heart,

I flew to towards it with my wings,

As I raced towards it, rain started,

Each drop bringing back memories,

Cruel and unrelenting,

Now in an ocean of these memories, I sink,

My eyes swell, Is it the memories or the water?

Light disappears until only a ray remains,

I remember your face as sadness washes over it,

I remember a promise I made,

I will always smile so that you never cry,

All my bonds light a fire inside my fluttering heart,

It glows and dispels the darkness,

With hope in my arms, I break through the surface,

I race towards the lights,

So that I can write a beautiful ending to this story of mine

A Green Story

I remember everything about my childhood, when I was just a sapling. “What a beautiful child she is” everyone said around me. My mother so big and beautiful, full of life and compassion. I wanted to be like her. I would do anything to please her. Everyone around me was kind too. They helped me grow up. Giving me their life force in some way. It was a happy childhood. But nothing lasts forever. Soon there was talk about a plague in the area. Many had fallen victim to it. Slowly dying and withering away. Soon some started drying. I distinctly remember, the strings around their body. As if slowly, it is suffocating it and killing them. My mother caught it. I was young but I knew I had limited time with her. It would be soon that even I would have ropes around me and killing me. Many of my friends were victims too. They died faster compared to the elders. Some of the lucky were safe but safe is only relative. They had to witness their mothers die. I wished to get the disease so that I could be with my mother. But my mother would never have allowed it if it was within her power. She told me “I will protect you with my life”. I think she really did. No matter how bad the disease was, she kept smiling and always helped me. She survived the longest during the plague. It was as if she was holding on to life with sheer will power and love. In the little time I had with her, she taught me everything she could. About life, other creatures, compassion and love. On her last day, the skies darkened and with her last breath, the rain fell. The sky cried with me. But soon it stopped and the sun was shining. I still feel that her soul was so pure, the Gods rejoiced for she returned to her rightful place among them.

Soon the places were filled by others. Every summer, we would give shade and food to the animals. Soon rain would fall, giving us the much needed water. Our arms would be moist and cool. Soon my arms would change colour and become bare and soon covered back in summer with different colours along with green. The circle would begin again,Circle of Life, as my elders told me. They taught me so many things after my mom passed away. How sometimes I will be hurt by others for their own purposes. They told me that my job was to give as we are creations of God and represent him. So just like him, we are supposed to help everyone in anyway we can. This whole world is his creation and everyone is helping everyone out in their own way. Sometimes word would spread that my relatives have burnt down due the orange flower caused by lightning. It was sad but everyone around me believed that they had been chosen to return back to the sea of souls. They would sing that night in their honour and praying for their safe passage.

Darker days were up ahead. Suddenly news started coming in that a nearby patch was completely cleared by some creatures. They had cut down my friends and had taken the place they occupied as their home. From their very corpses they built their homes. They would create the orange flower by burning their corpses. With years their area increased and my relatives, friends, elders, everyone I knew disappeared. Chopped down by those creatures. Some were still around but they would be secluded away in small portions. I was slowly surrounded with stones. My legs were restricted to a small portion. I would still help them. Give them shelter, shade and food whenever they desired. I would reach out to those small holes in the stones and give them fresh water and shade. I would see other relatives in the holes with cages around them. I would talk to them occasionally and give them water or shade. But soon my arms were cut off and I couldn’t give them anything. In the following years, I saw some of them in different clothes with things in their hand. They started tieing ropes around my body and prayed to me. I wondered what it was. They cut off my arms, restricted me in this small place and still pray to me for my blessings for their well being. Is this what even God faces? I was taught to be giving and that’s what i would do, pray for their well being.

Time passed by, I would give birds a home to live. I would give my arms so that they could rest. They always gave me company. But slowly lesser birds would come. Loneliness would come more often. I would expect the winds to carry my voice to the nearby trees and have conversations with them. But the winds were not dependable, they weren’t punctual at all. Sometimes they would take a break and sometimes everyone single one would work overtime. A bird comes by “Thank you Mam for giving my family a home and place to stay. I know it must have been hurtful for you to let me make a hole in you and live in it”. I ask the bird to sing me a lullaby so that I can sleep and wake up next to my Mother.

Uncharted Music #2

In this article, I will be elaborating on a band called “Bastille“. Their most popular is song ‘Pompeii’. They are an indie pop band. The lead singer Dan Smith has a very distinctive voice. They, like all major bands, release albums with original songs and beats. Along with it, they release another album called “Other People’s Heartache” which contains their version of older songs. They are a unique band with amazing songs.

I came across them via Fifa’s soundtrack. It contained their song “Weight of Living”. After looking them up on YouTube, i heard their cover “Of The Night”. It was a mesmerising song with a unique beat. Their two albums ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Wild World’ have song amazingly written songs with unique and poppy beats.

Some of their best songs include

  • Pompeii
  • Things we lost in the fire
  • These Streets
  • Flaws
  • Power
  • Campus
  • Fake it
  • Adagio for strings
  • No angels
  • Torn apart
  • Of the Night
  • I just died in your arms

The last song in this list is a cover for a classic song by cutting crew. “I was the match and you were the rock, Maybe we started this fire” from ‘Things we lost in the fire’ showcase their prowess in lyrics. 

Their YouTube, Spotify profiles are as good as any to start listening to their songs. 

Uncharted Music #1

There are millions of artists and songs out there that we aren’t aware of. They make beautiful songs but we can never listen to them when we are still in songs like “Shape of you”, “Cheap Thrills”. One such band is Gorillaz.

They are what one calls a Virtual Band. They never appear in the their music videos but their animated personas do. They make a variety of songs and arent confined to a specific genre. I came across them via FIFA songs. With each game, FIFA releases their own playlist of songs or their soundtrack. Their song “Rhinestone Eyes” was on that playlist. It wasnt a peppy and fast song. It was a slow song but had a psychedelic vibe to it. Its lyrics, shockingly, meaningful.

Then I heard their other famous songs like “Clint Eastwood” “Feel Good Inc” “Dare” etc and they grew on me. Their amazing lyrics and the vocals of the main artist ‘2-D’. I downloaded their album “Greatest Hits” and managed to like a few of them. Their lyrics, beats and vocals were completely different from the typical chart toppers.

They released their new album “Humanz” after a hiatus of 6 years. Initially I wasn’t into the singles released. I had gotten interested into new genres and artists. But then I heard “Andromeda” and it was a such a simple song with an amazing beat with a catchy chorus “Take it your heart now lover” and after listening to their album I am in awe with it. Amazing beats and lyrics so different, they mesmerised me. Some of them that have put themselves on repeat are “She’s my Collar” “Saturnz Barz” “Let Me Out” “The Apprentice “. You can listen to some of the singles to get a feel of it. 

Watchmojo Top 10 Gorillaz Songs

The above link shows their Top 10 songs based on popularity. They can give you a taste of their music and give you something to bite on. These dont include the new songs. But if you’re interested in listening, the above link and their official channel is a good place to start. 

Our Grading System

Anytime we write exams which were subjective in nature, we have tried showing the important steps/points in the solution to the problem asked. It has been taught to us as kids that, steps have to be shown as it is the basis on which marks will be given. One step might carry 1 mark another 2. This distribution is often fixed throughout all schools. During our final exams, the teacher who set the paper would share a model solution showing how much the different steps weigh by doing so there is a standard by which everyone is evaluated. But in real life, we all evaluate friendships differently. We all judge and feel happiness differently. There is no standard for these things.

We all have different tick boxes for friendship. These criteria and their importance vary from person to person. This can be considered a form of weighted average. Their importance is based on our individual personalities and past experiences. For someone initiating a conversation is a big thing as it is not something they do normally but for others it can be trivial as it is something that is the basic requirement of a friendship. For someone, telling their everyday life along with trivial details is important while for someone having deep, intelligent conversation is important. That is why rarely friendships are on the same level for both. We all have different needs and requirements, if these are fulfilled we are happy else we wont be fully content.

In all situations, there is a fine line where good turns bad or stupid. How should one differentiate trying constantly and a fool’s errand? No one knows. There is no standard time period. It all depends on the person’s capabilities and tenacity. If they will keep trying no matter what but they dont possess the necessary skills, this becomes a fool’s errand but if you do possess such skills but dont have confidence in yourself or you cannot wait for too long a period (again subjective, varies from person to person) you would give it up, does this mean that you are a fool for giving up? Some will say yes, others would say no. We all have different perceptions and depending on them we decide to draw that fine line.

Even in today’s world with corruption, nationalism people are forgetting the fine lines. Nowadays nationalism is being synonymous to patriotism. Both being very much different in meaning. One believes in values nad beliefs, the other in cultural background and heritage. George Orwell said that “Nationalism is the worst enemy of peace” but still many of us follow nationalism in the name of patriotism. Where do you draw the line. In America, where a single person could change everything in 4 years and his present policies are almost similar to dictatorship. A similar situation is taking place in India, where words have taken over the minds of many people. Religion is being forced on ordinary citizen and secularism is shown in the form of removing a certain religion from the country itself. Where does one draw the line. Some people already feel this is against everything what their countries stand for while others feel this is a step in the right direction. But who is deciding what is the right direction? Unfortunately we dont have models to show that.

We all have our different thresholds and back stories that make us who we are. But sometimes when we give advice to others, we take our thresholds as an input which we shouldn’t. The other person isnt us. They might have gone through something more challenging or less, making their limitations different from ours. We have to keep in mind the weighted average and try understanding what the other person feels. It is only by following this path can we understand and help each other. 

Short poems with haikus

Shining golden sun,

Casting shadows on the ground,

No plumule grows there

 

 

Waves crash on the rocks,

Breaks into million pieces,

Like my soul and heart

 

 

Birds fly in the sky,

My soul soars above the clouds,

But chained to the ground

 

 

The prey gallops towards his deathbed,

His claws colour the snow in red

 

 

Green, Yellow, Red,

The leaves change colour and fall,

The earth accepts them all.

 

 

Flowers thrown in the sea,

As offerings each,

All returned back to the beach

 

 

In the desert, the red ball burns

Leaves turn thorns to save what everyone yearns

 

 

“Carry my children away

from this cruel world, Great Bird”

Said the tree.

 

 

A plant grows from the soil,

Roots dig deeper into its ancestor’s grave

 

 

As the summer ends,

Flames on the Gulmohar tree,

The rain sets them free.

 

 

The sun sets,

I wait for the birds’ last song,

Before their slumber long.

 

 

Alone in the forest,

I walk to silence my mind,

Crickets chirp around.

 

 

“I fly” said the fish,

While gasping for air to breathe,

Talons were his wings.

 

 

Alone in the hut,

“Will you sing with me?” I ask,

The nearby gold lark.

 

 

I am never alone in my hut,

Sun, Moon, Plum blossoms give me company.

 

 

The pearl hidden inside the oyster,

Are you the pearl or the oyster?

Chapter 9: Fallout

Begeta punched Frieza but he blocked it. He started hitting Frieza with a series of kicks, punches and energy blasts. Frieza just stood defensively. He never cancelled out the attacks. Begeta said “Fight me seriously.  If you continue to do this, you will die eventually”. Frieza said “You’re my child. I have raised you. I will not kill you. I had lost hope before but your brother hasn’t. For him, I wont harm you”. Begeta said “Fine!!! Fool die” Begeta raised his power level and unleashed a massive energy blast and screamed “Death Beam”. Gohan said “Move Frieza. It might not kill you but it will injure you alot”. Goku said “Stop Gohan. He knows what he is doing. This is not just a random fight anymore for him. It is a way bring his son home” Frieza took the blast. He stood there for a few seconds and then fell on his knees. Begeta said “Now this is the end for you Frieza”. Frieza smiled and said “It is time to finally atone for my sins. I would rather have you deliver the punishment. You will always be my son. Just promise me one thing. Take care of your brother”. Frieza then removed the bracelet from his hand and said “Here, Cooler wanted to give you this”. Begeta was stunned. He never witnessed so much of love from anyone. He remembered his childhood days. Training sessions with his brother, the kindness of his father, his teachings. He started crying and screamed “Damn it!!! I can’t do this!!! I cant kill my family”. Everyone was happy but it was short lived. The very next second, there was large hole in Begeta’s chest. Kakarotto had fired an energy blast right through Begeta and he muttered pathetic. Begeta fell to the ground with the bracelet in his hand which was covered in blood now. Frieza screamed “NOOOO!!! BEGETA”. Begeta said with tears in his eyes “I… am… sor.. sorry for the trouble… I…. caused. Plea…. please… te…. tell Cooler thank you for the bracelet. Thank you for everything”. With these final words, Begeta died. Frieza was crying and screamed “I wont forgive you Kakarotto. You attacked him from behind”. Kakarotto said with an evil grin “Oh dont worry Frieza. You will join him soon” After saying this Kakarotto fired an energy blast at him. But it was deflected by Goku and he said in anger “You are just evil. Killing your own friends and innocent people. I will stop you” and he charged towards Kakarotto.

Kakarotto also charged towards him. Both of them clashed and created a blast wave of energy. Each punch was parried. The energy blasts were either deflected or were cancelled by their own energy blasts. Kakarotto said “You are a joke. You’re so naive. I never thought I could ever be like you”. Goku replied “At least we feel the same way about each other”. Kakarotto said “You are so stupid. Your mistake proved fatal for your best friend. You killed so many innocent people. YOU ARE A MURDERER!!!” Goku screamed in anger and charged towards him. Kakarotto smirked and said “You’re full of openings. I have you now”. He said “Ka. Me. Ha. Me. Haaaa”. A navy blue beam was unleashed. It was going towards Goku and it hit him. Gohan screamed “Father!!!!”. But Goku was pushing through the beam. He was driven by his anger. Kakarotto was shocked. He then raced towards Goku to punch him. He punched Goku in his face. Even though Goku was injured, it seemed the punch didn’t faze him. Goku then kicked Kakarotto in his guts. Kakarotto put his hands on his stomach and fell on his knees and coughed alot. Goku said “Now you will see the worst side of me”. There was a feeling of eerie. There was a cold wind blowing. Kakarotto said “You will not beat me. I have restricted your power”. He then flew away and started firing energy blasts. Goku deflected them and then flew towards him. Both engaged in hand to hand combat. Goku was slowly overpowering him. Kakarotto thought to himself “What is happening?? Why is his power level still increasing??!!” Goku said “You still haven’t figured how we are raising our power levels right? I will tell you. Your medicine does work but if we increase our metabolism, the effects start waring off. I realised it first when I found with Vegeta”. Hearing this Kakarotto was scared. He knew he would lose the battle. He decided to play dirty. He started shooting energy blasts everywhere. His targets were Goku’s friends.  Goten, Trunks, Piccolo, Gohan, Vegeta and Frieza. Gohan and Vegeta were able to protect their injured and unconscious friends but in doing so were hit by energy blasts. This pissed off Goku. He screamed “Now you die!!!” Now Goku started hitting Kakarotto with all his might. He punched him several times. Kakarotto fell to the ground and he said “Hahahah. You are a killer Goku. He may lose here but at least I destroyed your morale code”. Goku still kept punching him “You are evil. You harmed Krillin. You made me kill all those innocent soldiers. I will kill you”. Each punch made Goku’s fist much more red. Kakarotto was totally bloodied up. Gohan screamed “Enough Father!!! You will kill him”. Goku wasnt listening. Then as he was about to throw another punch, his arm was held back by someone. It was Vegeta. He said “Kakarot, enough of this. Stop. Killing him wont bring back those soldiers back. You have to move on. Dont become a murderer in front of your children”. Goku suddenly had an epiphany. Vegeta was right. This wasnt his fault. Tears started flowing out of his eyes. He felt a huge burden was lifted off him. Frieza then limped towards Kakarotto and said “We have won, you worm”.

Few days later, all of the Z-fighters were with Frieza. All were healthy and fine. Even Frieza had recovered. Goku asked “Are you sure they wont cause anymore trouble?” Frieza said “Yes, I am sure. Based on the drugs inside your bodies, we were able to reverse engineer the drugs and make them better. These drugs will keep their power levels to a minimum”. Goten said “That sounds good”. Trunks said “I am happy that you gave Begeta a proper burial. He seemed like a nice guy, just a wrong group of friends”. Gohan asked “Frieza, will you will be ok?” Frieza replied, while looking at Goku, “I think i will be fine. Some wounds take a little longer to heal”. Vegeta said “We should get going. Bulma must be getting worried”. Frieza said “It is good thing. We destroyed all of the blue prints of this technology. I would request you to do the same after you reach home” Piccolo said “Yes, we will do that”. Krillin said “Thank you for your help. Farewell”. The Z-fighters then transported to their original dimension. When they got out of the space ship, they saw 2 bulmas. One was older than the other. Krillin said “I think the side effects have kicked in. I can see 2 Bulmas”. Goku gasped “You arent the only one”. Trunks said “We still aren’t in our original dimension. Let us go fast before anything bad happens”. The younger Bulma screamed “Hey!! Wait!! You are in the correct dimension. This is me from the future. Trunks brought her here. After you all left. The original Trunks came. He told that he hadnt come here in a long time. So i realised that an impostor took you all. I then asked him to bring me from the future so that we could work on the technology together and that we could rescue you”. The Z-fighters then told them the entire story. Future Bulma said “Me and Goku???? That is a crazy universe” Future Trunks said “You guys had a tough time it seems. Good that you are all well. We should get back mother”. Future Bulma said “Yes, yes. I know you have a date. Let us go. Bye everyone”. Goten said “I guess, somethings dont change”. The future versions left in their time machine. Gohan said “We should get home. Mom and videl must be worried sick”.  Krillin also panicked and said “18 will clobber me”. All of them flew off to their homes to tell the incredible story about the alternate universe.