“through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us. . ."

Friday, September 24, 2010

City Rider

Twisting and turning

Speeding and slowing

Through the labyrinth of streets

Braving the noise, the crowds

Boxed in by tall buildings

The bike rushes as if to escape-

Suffocated, nearly strangled.

It climbs a flyover

Higher, over the lowly lot

A blooming Gulmohar

By the side, smiling

And then – a patch of sky –

Bright, white

And farther, a deep blue.

******* Balachandran V, Trivandrum,23.09.2010


  1. Away from the labyrinth of life..twists,turns,and also blind ends.

  2. Forgot.That was Neil Diamond? I used to listen to it when I was a medical student..1974,75?.You brought memories back.

  3. @Dr.Antony: Trite as it might be, the analogy between journeys and life is always fascinating; one keeps on discovering new meanings into it. Like I have said somewhere else, there is nothing new in life; only one's interpretation and understanding is different and novel. For me, it actually happened at the new flyover in Trivandrum. As I saw the little bit of sky, I had this wonderful feeling...

    Glad you liked Neil Diamond. Yes 'Sweet Caroline'. Our old times....

    @Rajesh: Thanks!

  4. And thats my baby on the pic, en route Ladakh, in 2007! :)


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