My Column: What we don’t need…

Floods, Racial tensions and on top of that Corona virus. Whole world has been put on the back foot , on the defence of almost a war-tome preparation to stop this domino effect.

They say it all probably started with the greed of power only. In the Wuhan province of China , in search of a weapon for a biological war. While others say because somebody ate meat of a wild bat.

One bat and such a destructive chaos that the whole world is trembling now!

We human do not need it. What we need is love and understanding . Care and thought about each other without scare. We survived Ebola and Sars and even if we survive this virus, some new threats will keep on emerging because human greed knows no end.

Our global weather is getting extreme. Today we got our first refugee of climate change. Danger bells are ringing but we are not listening. Well they say bats are blind and so are we. And probably deaf also!

Human moods can turn cloudy or sunny according to not only the weather, but what ever goes around. What happens to us definitely changes everything, what happens to others also affects us. It is a well known fact. While the dark gloomy days of winter are associated with old age or death, season of spring is associated with youth and love…a dewy freshness, when green twigs start bearing blooms and, everything starts to look beautiful and magical, breathing an enchanting aroma.

One often wonders- Where is this beauty : in beholders eyes ; his attitude and prejudice towards certain object or in the object itself? And what is love really; merely a physical attraction like bird and bees, or the bonding and moving of heart and soul together…perhaps both!

Often it is difficult to find a single suitable word to express love; because none is subtle, versatile or intense enough to convey the depth, intensity or the pain…captured in that fleeting fragile moment,

‘ Love is all important and its own reward.’ (A Tamil Proverb)

In fact so much is written and said on this subject; whatever one will write, or think, would sound like a cliche. Love is that all encompassing feeling, difficult to fathom… a complex yet a very gentle and moving moment in one’s life. It has got that ‘Midas touch’ which turns ordinary into something very-very special. There are no half ways or shortcuts in its difficult path. So let us celebrate love only at this difficult moment of time. No I am not frightened, just a little worried as it demands total surrender of one’s ego…complete unity with other soul …So for a feeble or a doubting mind it can be quite an empowering and suffocating experience; yet it manages to exist, has existed, pervades all and everyone. With the arrival of spring and all the joyous activities all around us in nature, rejoicing this ‘ Love’ or ‘spring’ with its widest possible panorama , I present this new issue of Lekhni to you, though I knows well enough that it is not possible to capture its multi-faced rainbow-like colourful spectrum fully.
Forgetting all the troubles and misery of the man-made world, let us celebrate love and compassion. Let us pray that this true love can stay forever in our hearts, in our families , in our society, in this war-torn and virus plagued world. When love enters one’s life, it uplifts the mood and eliminates all sorrows. Even it leaves one literally paralyzed and dumbstruck by its’ majestic beauty and awe, but it manages to bring out the best in all of us ,

Love is a many splendored thing
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Love is a many splendored thing It’s the April rose that only grows in the early spring
Love is nature’s way of giving a reason to be living
The golden crown that makes a man a king
Once on a high and windy hill
In the morning mist two lovers kissed and the world stood still
Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing
Yes, true love’s a many splendored thing

-Paul Francis Webster

Our time’s need is not hate but this love, celebrate and resurrect what we still have, this world may be on the brink of peril , but let us care for each other, rejoice with each other, because life is still worth living and so is our this good old world!
Shail Agrawal