As you know, I am that omnipresent entity that runs across your city, your village and highways.
Though you see me and use me everyday, yet you may never have had the time to pause and listen to my story.
Today there is an opportunity. And ironically these thoughts which I now share with you, are of those times when none of you were on the roads.
As I was alone and unfettered by my duties to carry the weight of your feet and motor tyres, it gave me time to reflect on few aspects of life.
But first, let me say something about myself in the below prose –
Made from asphalt, concrete and covered with melting tar, I stretch like a ribbon so wide and far! Black and beautiful, I am your journey's lifeline, Always there for you, come rain or shine!
So, without further ado let me show you some of my pictures and you can also read my thoughts as you go along 🙂
It is a bright sunny day today!
White fluffy clouds dot the vista. My mind as clear as the blue sky above, stretches its horizons in limitless directions.
I feel ecstatic.
Uh-oh, looks like I spoke too soon! Ashen coloured clouds suddenly appear on the skyline.
Isn’t this like life itself? Bright and clear in one moment; dark and cloudy in the next.
But that is how the changing seasons are a part of life and make it worth living!
Thunder rumbles and the rain drops make tiny splashes on my surface.
It cools me and refreshes my soul.
I look like a river of orange! I think I am in love with the setting sun.
It reflects its glow on me and embraces me in its warmth 🙂
You have put up a barricade at my entrance. Otherwise I know nothing of boundaries. I stretch freely from The Golden Temple in the North to Cheramaan Juma Mosque in the South and from Sri Jagannath Temple in the East to Basilica of Bom Jesus in the West.
I lead you to all of them and do not differentiate on the basis of your religion or sect.
Sometimes life does turn upside down.
It could be in the darkness of the night or in the light of the day. Someone we love might pass away!
Yet we must re-set and move on the road of life.
Time brings down the curtains to the day.
Everything now falls silent, as the night engulfs us all and puts us to sleep. Only to awaken another day and face life with renewed vigour and optimism.
Goodbye for now!
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“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”T.S. Eliot
Dear Reader, Sometimes a road is used as a metaphor for life and there are many thoughts around it. It is said that the journey is more important than the destination. A road encapsulates all our travels and sometimes it helps us introspect on where we are going and where we would like to go. Do share your thoughts below on this thoughtful/thinking road!