Jalsa, Mumbai July 8, 2013 Mon 9:28 PM
Leaving the greens and the soft mist of Lonavala, the intermittent and impromptu mini water falls off the grey black glistening wet rocks of the hills, as the winding rod takes you closer home, there is a sense of leaving behind the fresh flavour of an environ that still breathes purity …
And as you approach the city .. the high rises and the mangled roads, filled with repair and slush and potted holes that bear the rough of heavy vehicular traffic, there is a moment when you wish to turn around and go back to where you were … but ..
….. as the destination of home, becomes a visible possibility, all that you may have found unsuitable, quickly reverses and the expectation of being among those that are family and loved ones, becomes most important ..
The familiar smells of your own roof and bed and surroundings, propels you into a sense of possession … a possession that you have built and nurtured and enjoyed through the years of your work … and suddenly all else withers away … the city and your home is all that matters … this wonderful metropolis, that gave you the strength to find yourself against all impossible odds. That provided for all, yet gave the excess to those that strived for it, and dreamt for it desperately … the city had it all .. it needed to be provoked with ambition and hope, and it delivered …
I will doubt very much if there are many cities in the world that bear similar temperament .. who have the power to dictate to you, the work ethic you need to pursue .. the passion which shall propel you to do more than your capacity .. to achieve when you may have considered that you had had enough !!
Mumbai … this small insignificant fishing village, gifted to some royalty or conquerer as a marriage dowry, or perhaps just a bunch of several islands that never had desire or intent to be built up to what this destination has become, is a most inspired, energised, voluptuous playground for those that have migrated here, in search of furtherance .. in search of bettering their present to a prosperous future … to establish what they believed they possessed in talent and creativity and opportunity to be converted into the largeness of the present ..
What a multi cultural destination it has now become .. in region, religion and race … what a monumental heart it has enjoyed to embrace all that dared to walk within her portals of spacious capacity ..
Each time it looks as if it cannot accomodate an inch more, it opens wider and spreads its welcoming yet cautious arms, in an endearing embrace .. filling all with its warmth and presence …
Yes it gets upset at times .. carelessness, and not giving it the attention it deserves results often in inexplainable disaster and ruin … both physically and mentally .. an expected behaviour … so would anyone that had the maltreatment it gets from those that dwell in it …
Each city or metropolis in the world is faced with such trials .. let us all be most honest about this … and they all go through the strains that we do, or the city does … but that does not give us enough reason to continuously keep dragging the whip over its tender soul ..
Let each one that inhabits a space on this earth, be of mind that it shall contribute that little something to make it a better place … as must we all, in which ever destination we domicile ..
The beauty of the universe and its natural habitat, has been gifted to us, much like the city of Mumbai, through providence or unknown force or that heavenly exaltedness ..not without reason and certainly not without cause ..
We need to give it our love .. for when we do, its response shall be a million times greater than what you may have ever expected ..
Love and respect and grace for all …
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