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When I see these Wrinkles (A Poem)

When I look at him,
With his track suit,
Leaving for the gym,
I remember how I walked for miles
Holding your hand,
Crossing thousands of Niles.

This mirror annoys me
The most, when I see,
A wrinkled hand
Which once played with sand.
It could hold it in a fist
But now it hurts the nerve near the wrist.

I dare not go to that park
Which once used to be our home.
That pond is now shelter for a shark
Which swallows wrinkled fellows like me.

None of those couples are seen
Anymore, for long that I have been
To that world where you don’t live
And my landlord, he’s no hours for me, to give.

We may meet soon
‘coz every hour feels like a noon.
Even you look blurred to me
And you know, I’m left with nothing else to see.

This mirror annoys me
The most, when I see,
A wrinkled hand
Which once played with sand.
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About the Poem ” When I see these Wrinkles”

This poem is all about elderly or aged people. Our speaker is one of them. Let me make some of the lines clear to you.

First of all, this elderly wrinkled man is talking to his wife’s photograph. She isn’t alive anymore. But he has nobody to talk with. So he talks to her, even though she can’t reply.

In the first stanza, the one who is leaving for the gym is the speaker’s son. When he sees him every morning, he remembers his past with his wife.

In the second stanza, the mirror shows his wrinkled hand. He hates this as it makes him feel about his ageing. “Hurts the nerves near the wrist” refers to the pressure he applies to hold time. But nobody can hold it ever. “Sand” has been to refer time.

In the third stanza, “shark” means the speaker doesn’t have the courage to go to that place. He is ashamed of his wrinkles. It feels embarrassing to sit around young people.

In the fourth stanza, the “landlord” is his son.

In the last stanza, I have tried to show his worsening health condition. Hours feel like “noon” because it feels the most tiresome and longest part of a day.

You can understand the rest poem on your own. I think I have explained it today, way more than before.

Why this Poem today?

The purpose behind writing this poem was different today. I wanted to bring out the life of our grandparents and elderly people into light.

In India, the population of the elderly is growing rapidly. It is emerging as a serious area of concern. Their vulnerability is due to their dependence. They depend on their children who are young. When these children do not meet their expectations, they feel isolated.

According to the 2001 census, 33.1 percent of the elderly in India live without their spouses.

The widowers among older men form 14.9 percent. Also, 50.1 percent are widows among elderly women. Lack of economic dependence has an impact on their access to food, clothing, and healthcare. 

Let’s not make their wrinkles, a stigma for them.

That is what, I have tried to highlight in the poem. Hope you like it. Let me know in the comments. And subscribe for more poems.

Love,
Mistella ❤️

All the Way through Pain and Joy (A Poem)

All the way through
Pain and joy–
You chalk out a path
Meant to destroy.

After great pains
Outlived by Him–
Heart chose to question–
Why not these eyes look dim?

It was He who bore
The joy of pain–
Turning into a snow tomb,
He chose to be a gain.

Looking back to those
Hours of lead–
Mechanical feet on wooden path
First, might have felt numb–
Then, would have prayed
To be alive, and then–
To be dead.

It was He who bore
The joy of pain–
Turning into a snow tomb,
He chose to be a gain.
Image credit- Pixabay

About the Poem ” All the Way through Pain and Joy”

This poem is not too long. But its meaning, I need to explain.

So the poem is about pain and joy as you already know. Also, there is a path where pain and joy, all are destroyed. This path is chosen by ourselves. For example- If you have a lots of money at this moment, you’ll try to get more. Ultimately, a day will come when this money won’t fascinate you. It wouldn’t be able to provide joy that it used to give earlier.

Same happens with pain. It also has to destroy. Whatever we, as human, feel, has to be destroyed soon. Because our feelings are materialistic, either joy or pain.

In the second stanza, “these eyes” refer to eyes of humankind.

Here, “He” refers to Jesus Christ. He is considered to be a symbol of suffering. He bore pain for humankind. But humankind do not deserve it.

In the third stanza, I have used “joy of pain“. By this I meant that he bore the pain joyfully. Thinking it would be a new life to the mankind.

The closing stanza is an imagination. How he might have felt. “Hours of lead” means time which doesn’t pass easily. Mechanical feet imply numbness.

All I wanted to convey through the poem was, Christ’s pain and joy were not materialistic. He lived and and suffered being selfless. But we are not worth his sacrifices.

Rest, I think you are smart enough to understand on your own. I expect you to always think as you want. Poems can’t be interpreted in just one way. They are actually opinions, which vary with people.

So find a new aspect of these lines, as I always say!

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Love,
Mistella ❤️

Oh Dear Love! (A Poem)

Oh dear love!
I hear the two toddlers,
caring for each other like coddlers.
I see them wrangling for no reason
And their love growing every season.
How they pretend to be grown-up
but are scared of getting their joy blown-up.

Oh dear love!
I hear the two teenagers
Promising to protect their love from dangers.
I see them filling the gap of their fingers And walking with the voice of untrained singers.
How they pretend to be fearless,
But are thinking to prove their love peerless.

Oh dear love!
I hear the two adults
Departing to get the better results.
I see them crying from inside
And somewhere those promises have died.
How they pretend to be clueless
But trying to stay tearless.

Oh dear love!
I want to hear the two oldies
Celebrating a couple of centuries
With their love
And this world, singing like a dove
As a tribute to their victory.
I want to see them holding each other and unveiling their mystery.

Oh dear love!
I want to hear some people
Talking about a couple.
I want to see them smiling
Inside a tomb which is beguiling.
How they pretend to be dead
But are on a break, sharing the heaven’s bed.

Oh dear love!
I want to hear the two oldies
Celebrating a couple of centuries
With their love
And this world, singing like a dove..
Image credit- Pixabay

About the Poem “Oh Dear Love!”

I don’t think I need to explain this poem today. Well, it’s a poem which I had written long ago. I am posting it today, hope you enjoy it!

Honestly, I don’t consider this poem being completely romantic. But, it presents an essence of pure love, which is eternal. Situations vary, people vary, but this is what, can never change! Even after the people are gone, their story remains alive somewhere in words, papers, books etc.

Okay, I can’t stop myself of asking you, whether you have found such a couple or you too, believe that they only remain in stories?? It would be great to see your views in comments.

We’ll see you soon. Take care and stay happy till the last hope!

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With love,

Mistella🙂

To You, My Childhood (A Poem)

‘Twas a time when there was no YouTube after 11:00 P.M.
And on holidays, silence until 8:00.
I sat on my little red chair
watching
The Ramayan on Doordarshan
with elders, discussing the story
Behind the incarnation.
I waited for Saturdays and Sundays
To watch
the children program
Which made me stick to the screen,
don’t fascinate me anymore.

We also had a radio which brought us
Songs of Lata ji and stories of Manto,
What we call now 50s song but when I listened
Late at night from the radio beside my grandpa,
I heard Lata, Kishore and sometimes
Manna Dey sing Chunariya katati jaye,
Closing lines of which
I see as today’s truth.
It was just a song
Back then.

Though being a Z generation kid,
My childhood was
Filled with black and whites
And classics.
Though, I didn’t enjoy Ramayan.
Daily soaps still not attract me.
My grandpa’s radio made me
Love the lyrics of 50s
Whose meaning I didn’t understand as a child.

I miss the world where all I knew
Was running upstairs
On power cuts at night.
I miss the world where my grandma revealed
How stars told them the time
Before clocks came.

Now I know,
Some part of you remain
The way it was
As a child.
No matter how you change
Your likes or dislikes
For the sake of this world,
For I still hear Ek pyar ka nagma
And what we call trending songs
Would be my last resort.

About the Poem “To you, My Childhood”

This poem is not just a nostalgia. It’s actually a measurement of change. What we used to enjoy as a song, is now a reality.

In the second stanza, I have mentioned Manna Dey’s song.

“Sansar me tere loot machi
Aur jaan ke pad gaye lale
Ab rok janam ki chakki re
Sanasar chalane wale
Kaal pada hai roti ka aur
Duniya badhati jaye..”
Image credit- Pixabay

If you can see, this is actually what we see today.

Another theme of this poem is of course nostalgia. Everyone of us miss the innocent days of childhood.

Introducing my grandma in the poem was meant to show experience. Even though they didn’t know as much as we know today, their experience made them rich.

I still hear Ek pyar ka nagma
And what we call trending songs
Would be my last resort.
Image credit- Pixabay

Then the closing stanzas of my poem are dedicated to another aspect. The environment that we experience in our childhood has an everlasting effect.

That was all I had to say about this poem. You can’t find any rhyme or meter today, for it has been written in free verse.

Again I would like you dig out a new meaning of the lines on your own. Remember your childhood days. Look around and see what has changed. Ask yourself, how your childhood world has influenced your present.

Hope you like it. Subscribe to our Blog for more poems. If you find the poem relatable to your childhood, let me know in the comments🙂

Love,
Mistella ❤️

Two Blackish Fellows (A Poem)

Two blackish fellows on the canvas
Rest like a tiger–
You may have met them–
remember their fire?

They turn the canvas into rock–
A stairway spotted often–
And never shifts to shock
It’s respondent, until a knock–

They like to play
On the canvas of their host–
Yet when a teenager, on my way–
I painted my canvas each day,
Ignoring the presence of these blackish fellows–
But now when they blink, my heart swallows
The wind they exhaust.

The baptism they do
With their washing hands–
My heart,
Covering its head–
Feels the God’s face.

Several of such fellows
I know, black, brown–
All of them renown.
But none of their host
Can make me lift my hands–
And none can transport
My ecstasy, which expands–
With the white canvas,
every day, I see.

About the Poem ” Two Blackish Fellows”

Well you may find it a bit difficult to be understood. So I will try to make it little easier.

Let’s forget who the speaker is, a male or a female. All you need to do is know the meaning of the symbols that I have used in today’s poem.

So, “blackish fellows” are two eyes on the “canvas“. This canvas is of course a face because they are resting on it like a “tiger”.

There are some symbols whose inferences are from the Bible. That’s why it’s my duty to make them clear. But while doing this, I again won’t explain the whole poem! This is because I want you to interpret it your self. You should relate it your life.

Okay, I will go stanza by stanza:

Stanza 1
Fire – a pure spirit.

Stanza 2
Rock – symbolizes stability.
Stairway – symbolizes a path to reach god.

Stanza 3
Wind – again symbolizes a pure spirit like fire.

Stanza 4
Baptism – symbol of salvation.
Washing hands – symbolizes innocence.
Covering head – symbolizes submission or compelling to obey.
God’s face – a symbol of the presence of divine powers.

Stanza 5
Lift hands – a state of doing prayer or a “namaskar” position out of respect (in this context).

Image credit- Pixabay
Two blackish fellows on the canvas
Rest like a tiger–

Search for the romance

These were the biblical symbols which I have used today. I know this poem is not written in simple language. But if poems were simple, anybody can take a pen and make a rhyme. Because of this reason, I wanted to test whether I can go beyond the rhymes.

That’s why I thought to do something different with my poem today. Hope you find a meaning which is relatable to you. It’s because you can find a new aspect of my work.

By the way, let me tell you what if you can relate it. You’re gonna get a quite romantic imagery of a person. For instance, if you have a loved one, then you can also imagine the face of that person.

Alright readers, as I have tried my best to explain the symbols, so rest is up to you!

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Love,
Mistella ❤️

Life of a Modern Man (A Poetry)

Sunrise through the curtain,
The world, yawning to a life.
Though the day is uncertain,
Its night will cut like a knife.

This pencil which draws mansions,
Went to sleep at five.
Now it’s seven and no pretensions
Will help until it stays alive.

These papers were hurt badly
Till the sharpness turned blunt,
And now the wounds are staring sadly,
For today, the rest parts will be hunt.

These walls have forgotten my face,
They ran to bite me last night.
But I don’t dare to give up this race,
Though my home is loosing my sight.

Some close ones are far
Waiting for my welcome.
But my life is a fading star,
Oh! The sun is about to come.

Image credit- Pixabay
My life is like a fading star,
Oh! The sun is about to come.

About the Poem “Life of a Modern Man”

The poem is a satire on modern life. We work till morning, stay awake at night. Modern men has forgotten to live, we just exist.

I have started the poem with a man who is about to welcome a new day. But like most of us, he also hates mornings. He gives examples of the hardships of pencil and paper. But actually, he indirectly expresses his own problems.

I’ve ended the poem with a stanza where the man is expressing himself. The man says that his loved ones are very far. He can’t go back to his home because he lacks the courage. Modern men dare not give up the race.

I think I am explaining too much. It will make you loose interest in the lines. But I must explain the closing line.

This man was expressing his grief. But suddenly, he remembers that it’s late again and the morning is about to come.

Being modern men, we all live like this. We neither dare to take risk, nor can we enjoy the hardships. Don’t you think so?

Hope you enjoyed these lines. For more poems, subscribe to the blog. And let me know through the comments what do you think about the modern world.

Love,
Mistella ❤️

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You Never Know (A Poetry)

You never know when the sun
Hides itself behind the clouds,
You never know which morning will turn
Into a day of assembled shrouds.

Though you can see the sky
Changing colours each parting day,
You may not ask a “why”
And run out of all your gay.

Like the day parting from its night,
You may have to part your ways,
Every memory looses its sight,
And you may also loose these days.

You may have to burst these bonds,
Which cold human hands have wrought,
And this hollow chain absconds
Away, to let you meet again, in thought.

You never know how it may end,
All the sparks may fade
When the divine will send
A freedom from all this cage.
You never know you see dreams being made,
Too early, too late..
You never know at which age.

Picture credits- Pixabay

About the Poem “You Never know”

Coming to the poem, you might have found that its tone is quite pessimistic at the beginning. But then, I have tried to make it hopeful in the end.

I have ended it with a reference to death. I will tell you why. This is because death is not just a loss of life, but a freedom. We are living in a cage of this mortal world and death is the freedom which all of us deserve.

I won’t explain the whole poem line by line. I want you to interpret it your own way. It may happen that what I was thinking while writing is just one aspect. You may find some other meaning too. I mean the other aspect of my poem.

Let me know in the comments how did you interpret these lines. Let me know what meaning did you conclude:)

Stay tuned for more poetries, will be back with a new one soon!!

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Love,

Mistella 🙂

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Human or Woman?

Lonesome, thoughtless, quitely I sit,
Away- away from your dazzling world.
Rituals you perform and aside, the lakshmi is quit
With her legs and eyebrows, all curled.

Lakshmi for a father,
Parvati for a husband,
Durga for the scoundrels,
Show me what more you dare to see,
Or is that all you expect of me?

When the lakshmi bleeds,
Aside she sits,
When the parvati needs,
Beside, but away he sleeps,
So when the durga wants to be seen,
She recalls how she has been
brought up all this while,
Around her people but often in exile.

And alas!
No durga comes out,
But suddenly,
A voice is heard- “Why didn’t you shout?”

When did I ask you
To make a lakshmi, parvati or durga out of me?
No, none of them do I desire to be,
All I want of you
Is to see a “human” inside me.

Picture credits-Pixabay

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CSR: All You Need To Know

We are back with our new post on CSR (Corporate Social Responsiblity). As announced by the finance minister Nirmala Sithraman: goverment has decided to expand the scope of corporate spent under CSR norms.
The announcement was done during corporate tax cut.

Let’s being with the explanation of CSR and all you need to know about it.
Here we go!!

What does CSR stand for?

CSR basically stands for Corporate Social Responsiblity, a.k.a. Corporate Conscience, Corporate Citizenship or responsible business refers to a corporation owning the responsiblity for environment & Social well being.

In short, if Company X of a particular country is performing well, it might be using the infrastructure and resources like roads, raw materials, human etc. of that country. Hence, they owe back a responsiblity to the country .

Is Corporate Conscience mandatory?

Now the question is: Is It is mandatory for all the companies in across the world? The answer is “no”. India is the first country which made CSR mandatory under section 135 of Companies Act 2013.

As per the act, companies having net worth of 500 crore, or turnover of 1000 crore, or a profit of 5 crore, have to pay a mandatory tax of 2% of their net profit to certain sectors.

Which are these sectors?

Here is the list of these sectors, prepared by Confederation of indian Industry:

  1. Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition
  2. Promoting education and enchancing vacational skills
  3. Promoting gender equalitity
  4. Rural development.
  5. Contribution to PM relief fund
  6. Clean Ganga fund
  7. Promotion of sports, art and culture and providing basic healthcare among others.
  8. Measures for benefits of armed forces veterans, war widows.
  9. Contribution to technology incubators.

What government has done regarding CSR?

Looking at the Research and Development sector contributing just 1% to the GDP unlike USA and China, government has added it to the above list.

We’ve the official statement of the goverment too, hope you’ve a look:


“Now CSR 2% fund can be spent on incubators funded by central or state goverment or any agency or public sector undertaking of central or state goverment, and making contributions to public
funded universities, IITs National laborities and autonomous bodies(established under the auspices of ICAR, ICMR,CSIR,DRDO, DST, ministry of electronics and information
technology) engaged in conducting research in Science, Technology, and medicine, aimed at promoting SDGs (sustainable development goals)”

Inputs from GOI

Is there something good to happen?

As 2% of Companies profit or turnover or net worth comes out as CSR, it will be a great contribution to these sectors. Amount paid by companies in 2014-2015 is 10,066 crore while in 2017-2018 is 13327 crore. Doesn’t it seem to be a large collection?

Besides, out of total 21300 companies, only 10800 comapanies have paid their CSR. So goverment has still much to collect!!!

Love,

Mistella

Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Biography | Engineers Day

Well Today is Engineers Day as we all known that Engineers day is celebrated on birth date of one of our famous engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya but did we known anything about his Personal life, Carreer,and his contribution in development of india because as we known that nothing is possible without Science. Your Management, Economy, law and order everything will go in vain if you don’t have developed science. and engineering ( considered as a backbone of Economy) is applied branch of science.
So today on this day we are here to tell u about him.

  1. He was born on 15 september 1861 into Telgu Brahmin family in Muddenahalli village in Mysore (karnataka)
  2. His father Mokshagundam Srinivasa Sastry was a school teacher, sanskrit scholar and his mother Venkatalakshamma was a housewife. But unfortunately he lost his father at age of 15.
  3. He always love to be in indian attire and his love towards literature is immortal that’s why he developed kannada Parishad to develop Kannada literature , A\q to him one has to Work well, Earn well, and Live well.
  4. He used to take tuitions during his school times due to economical problem in family and in 1881 from Central College of Bangalore he Completes his degree in Arts before that he did his Primary and High school from Chickballapur and Banglore respectively.
  5. After that he enrolled himself in college of engineering Pune from there he received LCE(LICENTIATE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING) ) equivalent to DCE (DIPLOMA IN CIVIL ENGINEERING).
  6. His first job was in PWD of bombay and after that he works in Indian Irrigation Commission and is this he implemented an extremely intricate system of irrigation in Deccan Area.
  7. Further he designed & patented the system of automatic weir water floodgates in 1903 at Khadakvasla reservoir near Pune, after that same gates were intalled at Tigra dam in Gwalior and Krishna Raja Dam in Mysore.
  8. After that government sent him to Aden ( capital of Yemen ) to study water and drainage system, his project got proper implementation in Aden.
  9. He got very famous when he designed a flood protection system for Hyderabad, his famous supervised contribution is in Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Kaveri RIver (one of biggest reservoir in asia when it was built) and Mokama bridge over great Ganga in Bihar when he was 90 years old.
    He designed & planned entire area of Jayaranagar in south Banglore in 1959.
  10. He also called as FATHER OF MODERN MYSORE STATE because he encouraged private investment in inustry during his tennure as diwan of mysore (7 years) in 1912 and he also established Banglore press and Bank of MYSORE.
  11. With the support of Krishna Raja Wadeyar IV Maharaja he developed mysore as modern city, He also worked for Nizam of Hyderabad
  12. After retirement in 1908 he took various foreign tours to study industralised and developed nations like Russia, Britain, America.
  13. His major role in Foundation of Government Enginnering college at Banglore in 1917 (1st engineering institute in india) later named University Visvesvaraya college of Engineering.
  14. After Independence he was awarded with the nation’s highest honour ‘THE BHARAT RATNA’ in 1955.
  15. And After living 100 years of marvelous life he died in 1961.

Carrer Timeline

  1. Joined service as Assistant Engineer in Bombay, 1885; served in Nasik, Khandesh and Pune.
  2. Services lent to Municipality of Sukkur in Sind, 1894: designed and carried out water works of Municipality
  3. Executive Engineer, Surat, 1896;
    Assistant Superintending Engineer, Pune, 1897–99; visited China and Japan, 1898
    Executive Engineer for Irrigation, Pune, 1899
  4. Sanitary Engineer, Bombay, member, Sanitary Board, 1901; gave evidence before Indian Irrigation Commission
  5. Designed and constructed automatic gates patented by him at Lake Fife Storage Reservoir; introduced new system of irrigation known as the “Block System”, 1903; represented Bombay Government at the Simla Irrigation Commission, 1904; on special duty, 1905.
  6. Superintending Engineer, 1907; visited Egypt, Canada, United States, Russia, 1908
    Services lent as Consulting Engineer to Hyderabad/Nizam State, to supervise and carry out engineering works in connection with Musi river; Hyderabad floods of year 1909.
  7. Retired from British Service, 1909
    Chief Engineer and Secretary to the Government of Mysore, 1909
    Dewan of Mysore, PWD and Railway, 1913
    Board of Directors of Tata Steel, 1927–1955.

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Mistella.

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