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Shhhhhpppplaaaaaaashhhhhhhh!

There are few things more irritating than people in cars splashing muddy water all over you. The situation can be even more annoying, if its raining & to avoid the pelting rain you’ve taken shelter in a bus stand and a callous driver drives by, making the most of the puddle in front of the bus shelter.

The helplessness of the situation, a combination of a bruised ego, a wet attire and an indifferent ‘prick’ driving away usually leaves you livid & a choice combination of expletives most assuredly follows the trail of the car

You feel offended, you feel violated. You’re wondering how in the world does a guy like that even manage a driving license. You might even choose to get even more personal: maybe it was inadequate parenting or maybe schooling…Whatever it be, the guy had to be lacking, right?

I, who consider myself to be fairly civilized, enlightened in the ways of ‘being human’, cultivated in etiquette, was an unfortunate participant in a similar episode that played out on a wet Sunday afternoon…and, however brash this may sound, I was the driver!

With Dengue playing out like one of the original 10 plagues, my mother-in-law (MIL) was also not spared & she had to be admitted in the emergency room of a hospital, not because it was an emergency but that it was the only remaining room in the hospice. As a dutiful & loving son-in-law, my core responsibilities included lending emotional & moral support to the family & ferrying food & family members between home & the hospital.

It was the responsibility of ferrying food that I was fulfilling when this regrettable incident occurred.  With the rain creating rivulets on my windscreen & the wipers working overtime, striking the optimum view was tricky. However, with the hazard indicators switched on & speed reduced to a snail’s pace, I was pretty confident that I was the epitome of a model citizen.

As I approached the turn to the hospital, I could see a number of people taking shelter in the bus stand. This crowd included people who were genuinely waiting for the bus, bikers (even their raincoats weren’t good enough for this downpour & frankly, I prefer having the bikers off the road!) & people who generally didn’t want to get wet. All huddled together in the temporary refuge, they made a sorry sight. While I did notice the bus shelter & the crowd, owing to the relatively clearer side windows, I failed to notice ‘The Puddle’ right in front of me (refer: rivulets, right balance etc..).

The Puddle, if it were a motion picture would have the baseline “The colossal”. Long & deep, thanks to the stellar efforts by the municipal corporation to harvest rain water, this mass of water was ‘clear & present danger’.

The reduced speed, originally meant to be a driving aid, now became my worst enemy. The car’s pace was optimum. Optimum enough to splash maximum water on all the unsuspecting bystanders. While the written equivalent of a splash is ‘Splash!’, this particular splash might be more aptly put into sound as ‘shhhhhpppplaaaaaaashhhhhhhh’

As I slowly passed through the length of the bus shelter, I could hear cries of shock ,of being confounded at the monstrosity of what I had done. An entire mass of people who thought they had made the best decision in that moment of time had obviously been proved wrong.The very space that was meant to be a refuge from the rain had become a mass shower room for them. While I hope some may have welcomed the unexpected splash, I am assuming most would not have been open to the idea.

Looking back through the rear window, I tried to get a glance at the mess I had created but was granted mercy by the very rains that had led to the creation of the puddle. Slightly perturbed but largely nonchalant, I continued my way.

PS: I humbly apologize to all who were at the receiving end of the splash. I have also learnt not to be too judgmental of driving errors, especially ones which involve splashes

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Be Exalted! Oh God!

Soaring High

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let thy glory be over all the earth!
That thy beloved may be delivered,
    give help by thy right hand, and answer me!

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The Honorable Bee!

the Bee Hive

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” – St. John Chrysostom

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The Creator & His Creation!

Wings“You have heaven adorned, earth beautified, the sea populated with its own creatures, the air filled with birds which brighten it in every direction. Studious listener, think of all these creations which God has drawn out of nothing; recognize everywhere the wisdom of God; never cease to wonder, and, through every creature, to glorify the Creator.”-St. Basil the Great

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Faith without Works!

Dead Leaves

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also: James 2:26

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The Orthodox Faith – Praying for the departed

Moving around the cemetery with the censer

Achen(Father/Priest) with the censer

Achen with the censer

Achen  moving around the cemetery praying for each of the departed family members

Achen passing on blessings to everyone

Achen passing on blessings on culmination of the prayers

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Tweets of Thanks!

Indian Silverbill

A whistle here ;a whistle there

A call here;a call there

Freely we chirp; in this wilderness so bare

Raising our tweets in thanks

To Our Lord God, of us, who takes care 

Black Redstart

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Let it Rain

Monsoon Moon

Is tonight the night when our thirst will finally be quenched?

Is tonight the night when this scorched earth will finally be refreshed?

Oh Oracles of prosperity!Let it rain, let it rain we pray

 Pour out your hearts on us without further delay

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The War of the Pigeons

Rock Pigeons perched on the Madrasa Dome

“Onward we shall march”, announced the general to his peers

“They destroyed our abode, now we shall destroy theirs”

“How?” questioned the little soldier

“Their monuments are ugly but unyielding

Their cities crowded but well guarded”

“Chase them away” suggested the Peckers

“hmm” murmured the General

“Build nests into their edifices” suggested the Nesters

“hmmm” responded the General

“Poop shall we?” queried the Bombers

“Our acids will decay their edifices

They will rot in disease with our feces”

“Poop shall we?” inquired the Bombers again

“Poop we shall” confirmed the General

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Precious Sleep

The Sleeping Pups

Precious sleep precious sleep

Thy last few moments are oh most cherished

Wish thy dreams were the reality to keep

Life in this world would then be so easily accomplished

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