Saturday, October 3, 2020

A sleepless night writes

Dear Readers,

How are you all doing? Hope you and your loved ones are happy and healthy.

I've been busy writing stories  and poetry in Hindi and in English since the lockdown began. It's been six months now. I can safely say that the practice of writing has saved my sanity and kept the peace at home (even literally so) during the lockdown. But, every once in a while my heart wants to fly back to the mountains and walk aimlessly, breathe in the mountain air, caress blades of grass wet with dew, watch the stars tumble out impatiently --all at once-- at night and to drown in the cacophony of birdsong that welcomes a new day in those slices of sky that appear wedged in between mountains high. I miss it all, terribly.

But, for the most part, I'm happy and thankful for being healthy, safe and busy:)

How are you navigating through these unusual times? Do share. You know I'd love to hear. 

I've missed visiting blogs and blogging recently as all the writing is being done in notebooks with pens that run out of ink too quickly;) 

I'm sharing a poem here today.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday and a beautiful week ahead.

Much love

Arti xx

Hymns of Himalayas heard
not too long ago
ricochet in chambers
deep and alive
hidden from sight
throbbing with red--
some call it heart.

I have no name for it.
Just a feeling that I feel--
a longing
perhaps, hiraeth.

What is it about rest stops on long walks
in mountains of my birth earth
that notes sung by children in hamlets and villages
float and bound on air and clouds
and break all lockdowns
to whisper in my ear:
come home child, 
the Mountains are calling


  1. Hari OM
    Dear Arti, This seems such a long year, does it not - and yet also so short? So much happening, and yet not. Nerves stretched, yet also relieved... 20/20 vision lacking on high, yet clearing nearby.

    On the personal level, it has anyway been strained as father's condition continues to lessen and the cares level ramps up. This week will begin some outside help with four 'waking nights' care provided from a company we have found willing to take it on. Let us see for how long... I am beyond exhaustion now. Automaton mode.

    And this too shall pass... Sending Love and Hugs, YAM xx

    1. Dear Yamini.
      Hari Om.
      I wish I could come over and give you a hug right now. But, as I can't, I'm sending you virtual ones.

      Yes, this too shall pass. I sincerely hope you find the respite from Automaton mode and this week turns out to be a more restful one for you.

      Love and prayers my dear soul.

      Arti xx

  2. Glad to see you out and about, sunshine!
    My immediate, personal world is much the same, just with a higher level of stress. The "bigger picture" world, of course, is a whole 'nother kettle of fish. I grit my teeth a lot and will be VERY glad when we move out of this phase.

    1. Dear Jz.
      I'm so happy to see you here.
      Yes, the happenings around the world are almost surreal at best these days!
      Sending you big, warm hugs---elbow bumps and love. Look after yourself. xx

  3. Take me with you there dear Arti those mountains... Let's have our sip of tea among the dew drops together... Hugs

    1. I'd love to my dear Ira. Your way of looking at life makes for a perfect companion:) Thank you. xx

  4. Aah the mountains and their hymns. Good to know that you are writing. Do share some posts here.Tc

    1. Thank you Arti, I will:)
      Hope you're well. xx

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  6. Those images Arti. They perfectly set the mood. We are a gang, aren't we?

  7. Arti, expressive as always. I really enjoyed the journey. I know how much you would be missing your trekking. All the best! 👍🥰

    1. Thank you so much dear Manu. Love you. xx

  8. Hi Arti, the past nearly one month has very hectic and stressful as you would understand from my latest blog post. I now know what it means when people say: "these are extraordinary, uncertain times, like we have never experienced before".

    The prayer everyone has on their lips nowadays, I am sure, is may I be healthy and may I not have to go to a hospital. These days have taught everyone the need to be healthy and maintain good hygiene. Many have also discovered the real power of the soap, that we all took so much for granted.

    Glad to see you have been writing that too with pen on paper. Writing has a therapeutic effect, they say.

    1. Thank you for visiting dear Pradeep. I've been a poor blog reader recently. I've missed visiting other blogs for sure. I'll read your post now and find out more about how you've been.


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