The Quest

Monday, September 8, 2008

In my dream, I was walking on an even, plain road, intending in search of truth.. There were buildings on either side. While passing by a building, I Percieved something and entered it. Rows of chairs were placed inside. I sat before a wall which seemed quite special. Suddenly, a beautiful young- lady got in and sat, leaving a chair empty in between us, as though maintaining a ‘distance’. Before I felt that she appeared ‘extremely self absorbed’ and intentionally neglected me, a scene blossemed on the wall and proceeded like a movie.

It was a greeny place, comprised of flowery plants, fruitful trees, lovely birds and people enjoying all pleasure and beuty. There stood a tree full of thorns which was just ‘useless’ in public views. Green slept dead over that tree. Near by situated a wide mango tree , stretching its branches over all directions. Its beneath, were people ,chanting, chating, having mangoes and lauding the ‘worthiness’ of the tree. It was engulfed with contemptation and fulfillment. The thorny tree, fed up with such comparisons and used to curse itself.

Time elapsed and once, severe draught stretched all over . Mango tree became leaves less ,fruit less.. There was no shadow, no birds and not even people to applaud. It was suffering with intense, endless pain. The leaves less branches were in craze of some thing. Thorny tree felt utter sympathy at the state of mango tree and remarked , “Dear pal, condolences for your agony. But where the admiring and lauding men went and where those lovely birds are ? where are the one who were planning to uproot me? I really pity you. Those good days are now, just memories. Once, you look at me. I am not changed. Am I? I had no nice experiences to recall, nothing to feel nostalgic . But I am ‘stable’ and ‘self supporting’ for myself. But I didn’t mean insulting you dear friend. Let those golden days revert , let your happiness revive. But….. don’t ever be lured by the flowery words of people. What can I comment on men who never tried to read my ‘self’, and focused only on thorns? But to tell you the truth, we can survive at any body’s departure, provided, if we are firm with in ourselves! That too… with stability!”

Scene was consoling... Wall turned blank. That girl went out with out looking at me, even . but I did not feel bad. I was trying to be ‘stable’ with in myself, after all…

-Sushma Sindhu

Dream-2004
translated from 'shodha'(included in my book)
(image-my cam)

7 comments:

PR said...

Simply one the best i have ever read. Keep writting and all the very ebst to you.

PR said...

really good one!!!

Sushma Sindhu said...

Hii,
Thank you very much for the feed back!! :)

scorpio said...

very nice story, from outside it seems to be the story of mango tree and thorny tree, but in depth it has a different meaning, it makes us think about the "time" or the phase of time period in which we are...

am expecting more stories like this...

Sushma Sindhu said...

hii Scorpio,
many thanks for the comments! am really encouraged to post some more stuffs now:)

Prashanth M.E said...

Everyone needs something to inspire them, so that they can achieve something... These dreams will definitely inspire someone to achieve them... When you read them, they will show you "YOU CAN" also do something...

Sushma Sindhu said...

Hii,
Thanks a lot for analysis:)
~Sushma

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