Solace

Your arms, my solace,
My solace, is your embrace.

The way you pull me close, it takes away my pain,
You hold me baby, and I am sane.

There is nothing, that your arms can’t cure,
They have some magic, of this I am sure.

The minute I rest my head on that chest,
Life is beautiful again, that feeling is the best.

For those magical arms, I would give up all,
For you, my love, I would give my all.

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New Year’s Eve 2016

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After having known about their good work for a year, I finally got a chance to be a part of an event of LetsRISE, an NGO working towards several causes in Pune. The plan was to celebrate the New Year’s Eve with the children of victims of sexual exploitation at a night creche in Budhwar Peth.

As we entered, the children were all sitting quietly, their hands folded, all in rows (so adorable, trust me!). They all greeted us with a warm “Namaste”. Even though some of us were as new to them, as they were to us, not once did they stop smiling at us.

They sang songs for us, recited various poems, came and spoke to us, and were just their lovely selves. Such amazing kids, it is nothing but unfair for them to be seeing the life they are, at such an early age (the kids are merely between 2 – 8).

“We never see the same faces again”, one of the LetsRISE volunteers told me. It broke my heart. Even though a lot of efforts are being made by groups like Chaitanya Mahila Mandal (who started the creche) to protect the children, given their conditions, they vanish quite easily.

LetsRISE is therefore working to build these children a permanent home in Moshi so that can be taken away from such an environment altogether.

Please help us make these children’s lives better, join our noble cause.

To volunteer, contribute or donate, contact us on talk@letsrise.org.in.

For more, visit us at http://www.letsrise.org.in/

Butterflies and Wildflowers

Butterflies and Wildflowers

One by one, I am counting the days,
Because once in forever, the love songs are making sense.

Once in forever, someone has meant the world to me,
You make me want to flee, the way you just let me be.

Longing for the day, I’ll get to see your face,
Touch it oh-so-gently, to kiss and leave my taste.

To sing you lullabies, as you fall asleep,
To finally have a heart, that’s forever mine to keep.

To just hold your hand, and have to say nothing,
To simply look into your eyes, and feel myself blushing.

To just lay beneath the stars, and talk for hours,
Talk about all the beautiful things, about butterflies and wildflowers.

So one by one, I’ll count the days,
Until I finally get to see your face.
Until the day I can hold and soak you in,
The moment my tears won’t stop flowing.

Tell me, do you feel the same?
Are you counting minutes too?
Tell me, are you longing to see me just as much?
As much as I long to see you?

Namita & Abhishek

Nam Abhi

 

It is extremely rare to find friends in life who you can be extremely transparent with, who you can act absolutely crazy with, talk absolute crap, dance weirdly in front of and not worry even for a second of being judged. That is what these two mean to me. And all those who know Namita and Abhishek, know that they come in a package, ek pe ek muft. So, I could obviously not write two different posts for them. (Chances are, they wouldn’t even have taken the pains to read both. 😀 )

It has only been a year since I know you two. Do you guys remember the days when we referred to each other as “aap”? The only first two months we ever respected each other, and thankfully so. We slowly revealed our awesomeness after that, and it was nothing short of finding my soulmates. I mean who even thinks of going to a place like Goa in a group of three, and coming back having had the best time of their lives. (Quite a recreation of Dil Chahta Hai.)

The best part is that we don’t feel the need to have anyone else with us when we are together. And we don’t even have to be doing anything most of the time, just lazying around in the bed saying absolutely nothing, watching crappy movies, playing cards or simply spending hours talking on the terrace is all we need. And the way we never bother taking two bikes, no matter how far the distance, the way we scooch and slide and blame the other’s ass being fatter than ourselves, and finally manage to fit on the poor little thing.

All that apart, now that I have you guys, I know that there is never going to be a day in my life where I am going to feel like I do not have someone to talk to, or that I don’t have somewhere to go. I know you are going to gloat in this forever, but I am still going to go ahead and say that I feel extreeemeely lucky to have you idiots in my life, ‘coz not everyone has the kind of friends who come rushing only because the other had a bad dream and woke up crying.

Cheers to us!

Lots of Love,
Paaji.

From A Letter to Him

My Love,

I did not write for so long because I just do not understand how I will ever be able to sum it all up in words … the happiness I feel when I wake up every morning, knowing there is someone thousands of miles away, whom I have not seen nor touched, who has not met me either but loves me more than anyone ever has … the calmness I feel when I know I am the luckiest person in the world … the tranquility that washes over me when I go to bed every night, knowing there is someone who loves me just as much as I love him, knowing that now that I have you, I am complete.

Love,
Me.

Letter – 2

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Dear Poonam,

You are absolutely the lovliest person I have in my life, and may I say the most forgiving too. I have never EVER been able to do anything for you, and for that I am genuinely sorry. You were the only person I had when I came to Pune. I was so annoyingly naive, but you were so patient, so tolerant of me. I wish I develop even half the patience you have.

I want to tell everyone through this letter, how you have always been the most responsible among us cousins. The eldest of all, there has never been a time that you have failed your duties. You have been an idol for us all, most because of the devotion and sincerity you show towards things, be it your studies, your work, or family.

The fondest memories I have with you are the movies that we have watched together. You are the reason why I am such a movie buff, you are the one who laid the foundation for it. 😀 Remember the time you, me, Ashwini, and Rashmi went to watch ‘Albela’? #absolutelynostalgic

Another fond memory I have is our trip to Lonavala. That was the first time I travelled by a local, and I had loved it so very much. The time we spent at your place doing absolutely nothing, our trips to MIT tekdi and the amazing tandoori chicken we used too have at the University corner have been some of the things I will always treasure.

I still remember how, when we were kids, you and Aniket would always team up and mock me as “pav-vada”, “pavagad”, “powder”. Oh I hated it so much. But, as we grew up, I discovered what a gem of a person you are, and I have been fond of you, since. Most importantly, I want to thank you for shaping up my career. I owe all my success to you. I have no idea where I would have landed up, had it not been for you.

On an ending note, I wish you all the happiness for the little bundle of joy that you are going to receive not too long from now. I swear I just can’t wait. Trust me, you are going to have a really hard time making me leave. 😀 I would ike to ask for forgiveness for all that I have not done, for all the times that I have failed as a sister, and I would also like to thank you for bring just the way you are.

Love you lots,
Pau.