Shadows

What is hiding in the shadows?
Who is this demon? How have I not crossed paths with it yet?

I have been lurking around in this darkness since the dawn of this moonless night.
Who is this ghoul that managed to save itself from my quest? Has my search been hasty? Have I missed some corners?

I met a monk yesterday evening;
I met a monk on my way back home, as I returned from another day of running behind lost causes;

He told me I was naive;
that I didn’t know who I was,
that I didn’t know what I was made of,
that I haven’t found my light yet because I never embraced my darkness.

I paid heed to what he said;
I paid heed and began my pilgrimage in the wake of this moonless night.

I went through alleyways lined with the momoirs of my past;
some pulled me into a deep embrace,
others hissed back.

I traveled past the relics that commemorated my wins,
and past the broken records that were stuck- stuck at the songs of some bitter defeats.

I ran through the corridors,
walked through several old rusty doors.
crawled across floors,
searched rooms-
desperate to find the key.

The key to my heart;
the key that would take to my light, my love.

All of this seems like a trap now!

Each time I feel like I am done, another fragment of my darkness falls in front of me;
I have been picking up battles I never intended to.

These shadows don’t seem to end;
do they ever?

The Leap

The Sun is shining down upon your brow, making it gleam until it shines enough to deserve your glory. 

The grass under your feet is tender- as tender as this newborn beginning of your life-long journey. Tender enough to be cradled to the glee of their greens. 

The path ahead is unbiased, unforked- leading you to your paradise, to the sweet victory, to sweeter smiles. 

The path lies unbiased, across the edges of deep darkness. 

Should the need of leaping across a deep dark abyss hold you back from reaching out for your dreams?

Should your disbelief in the power of keeping faith hold you back from believing in the strength your heart carries?

If you crowned your fear and chose to never take that first step, would you have given your destiny a fair chance?

The One about Rains and Hearts

I spilled colors on a rather blank canvas. They dripped off the edges, down in a puddle of water, giving colors to a rather blank sky… An illusion some people so need.

Rains mark my favorite time of the year. Those few minutes of Earthen fragrances sent afloat by the happy soils… The beauty of the greens hanging in the air and rustling every now and then to sing songs of merriment. Dancing hearts, joyous smiles… I don’t know what could possibly make one hate such raw charm. But then, some people do.

Some hearts who had to let another go in one sad monsoon don’t find their bliss in the rains anymore. All they can think of is the way their heart burnt like a forgotten lamp waiting to die before someone remembers it. All they can hear is the sound of their tears falling into puddles that the rain must have filled. All they can find is the melancholy trapped behind the blue hues of water ridden clouds. All they see, all they smell, all they feel… is bereavement.

Bereavement of the rain washing away the last few marks of the last walk they had with their beloved; of new life growing from the old flowers they had buried underneath; of trees falling and withering away, taking along the marks of their journey; of a traveler traveling farther away from her childhood home.

Separation leaves hollows where once life was, and just like an abandoned crevice, these hollows fill with memories when rains fall, but the water dries away- memories don’t.

They stay behind, adding shades of sepia to the neons of joy. Adding rust to the sheen of gleaming metal. Adding gore to glory and pride to prudence.

They tell stories like a charm and make you forget others like magic. Before you know, that void is like the Sun shining upon your midnight fog. The one you can’t resist following, not once in seven moons.

My baby just grew up!!

Last year in December, I gathered my courage and dived into this amazing and exciting world of blogging! I decided to publish the chapters from a story I wrote three years ago.

For me, the blog was just an escape! Honestly speaking, I could have never imagined the kind of response that the story received and since then, the journey has been nothing but magical!

Because of the lovely support from all of you, the ‘writer inside me’ got the opportunity to venture into the realms of poetry and I found my home there!

This blog and all the lovely people who have joined me here in the community, mean a lot to me! “From the quill” changed everything and it is the best thing that has ever happened in my life till now!

But, with all the bittersweet emotions in my heart *cue emotional music*, I have decided to leave that title behind and change the name of my beautiful baby *self-obsessed mom* *hehe* to “Life in yellows”

You don’t have to follow or subscribe again! It’s just a change in the domain name and the aesthetic of the blog! You will keep on receiving notifications regarding new posts and the content will still be literary and poetic!!

I am so happy to have you along on this wonderful journey! Your love and support mean the world to me!

So, without further ado, let us begin with the new chapter!

Shall we?

 

Thank you so so much!!

6 months ago, I remember writing this post for the milestone of 500 followers. Trust me, I was definitely at cloud nine and that’s where my obsession with the follower count subsided.

I had no idea, that I’d be reaching the next milestone so early.

For me, it’s not just a follower count, but this blog and the blogging community means much more than just numbers. This blog is the best thing that has happened to me in life so far.

I am so grateful for all of you and for the amazing support. It is such a pleasure to have you here on this journey and it’d be my honour to have you along even in the future.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read, comment and follow.

I hope that I have been providing you with some quality content.

With lots of love,

Gauri Walecha.

Real-Neat Blog Award

Hello everyone! Seems like just yesterday when I was writing my post for the ‘The Versatile blogger award’ and I feel so honored to be nominated for another amazing blog award! Honestly, I have run out of words to express my gratitude for all the amazing love and support that the wonderful blogging community has been showing to my blog! Thank you so much! Really means a lot!

Charlotte, who has an amazing blog ‘The inspired page’, nominated my blog for the ‘Real-Neat blog award’! She posts super detailed and knowledgeable content on her blog! You should totally go and check that out!

I would really like to thank Charlotte for the nomination! The fact that you like the content of my blog and consider it worthy for an award nomination really warms my heart! Thank you so much, once again, for the nomination!


Rules:

The rules of the Real-Neat Blog Award are:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, provide link to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, providing links to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Questions From Charlotte:

1: Do you play any sports? If so, which one? Do you like playing it?

2: Do you play an instrument? If so, which one? Do you like it?

3: If you had to start a bakery/restaurant/shop, what would it be? What would it be called?

4: What’s your favorite movie? Why? Did you like it at first?

5: Where would you live if you could live anywhere? The seaside? On a cliff? On a boat? In medieval times? In a world with magic?

6: Sweet or Savory? Why?

7: On a scale from 1-10, how much do you like books?


My Answers:

1. I will be really honest! These days my to-do list doesn’t really allow me to invest time in my hobbies but earlier in the days I really enjoyed Badminton! I am really looking forward to resuming it!

2. Again, because of all the work (these answers are making me sound very boring….😂), I do not spend a lot of time on my hobbies, but I really love guitars! I don’t know how to play one but would love to learn!

3. I would love to open a bookstore actually! Trust me; I love books so much that I literally would be hopping around like a bunny in that store! The name has to be ‘The books-bunny’! Saw what I did there!

4. Well my favorite movie is ‘Rajnigandha’! It is an old Indian classic movie! Literally, this movie is the reason that I fell in love with story-telling. It is very slow-paced, so in the beginning , I was slightly bored but then the beautifully simple story just grew over me!

5. If I could, I would love to wake up to the calming sound of waves every morning…so, sea-side for sure!

6. Actually I really appreciate a good balance of both! One is incomplete without the other!

7. May I please choose ‘Infinity’!


People I Nominated:

Baffled Mum

Bharath Upendra

Nirant Gurav

Aditya


My Questions:

Charlotte’s questions are very creative and fun, so I think I would like to ask the same questions from the nominees!

1: Do you play any sports? If so, which one? Do you like playing it?

2: Do you play an instrument? If so, which one? Do you like doing it?

3: If you had to start a bakery/restaurant/shop, what would it be? What would it be called?

4: What’s your favorite movie? Why? Did you like it at first?

5: Where would you live if you could live anywhere? The seaside? On a cliff? On a boat? In medieval times? In a world with magic?

6: Sweet or Savory? Why?

7: One a scale from 1-10, how much do you like books?

Thank you….

Two months ago, when I started this beautiful journey of blogging, all that I wanted was to have a platform to write my heart out. Never, even in my craziest dreams, did I imagine that I would be blessed with such a beautiful experience and with an opportunity to interact with so many amazing and talented people!

This has been a wonderful journey so far and none of it would have been possible without the overwhelming love and support that you all showed to the blog!

From the bottom of my heart and with all due love, I would like to thank you all for stopping by my blog, investing your valuable time in my work and supporting me with your lovely comments and likes!

I hope that I have been providing you all with quality content and that I will be able to continue doing so in the future too!

Thank you so much once again!