Monday, May 19, 2008

THE UNTRODDEN PEREGRINATION


The gates were open at both ends. And I had made my choice. I was never sure about where that gate would lead me. Yet, I was sure that my choice was correct and I'd be welcome, in there.

A bunch of blank faces- blank as mine, staring curiously at me, as though I were some alien creature, without realizing that they too were a part of the same kind of species- I found myself thinking; and smiling to myself, I get to know them.


But as I spoke to them, I found out that these species had some name. A beautiful name. Friends. And soon, there were many. Friends, friends, and more friends- all over.

Then there were lessons- some boring, a few interesting and yet a few more- bitter. I was now a student in the institution called- life. And each lesson, had something to say.

The roads ahead weren't smooth. A few pits and a few helping hands; a few smiles and a few tears. But these roads never let its traveler stop and rest. Even it's pits, had paths, which let those, inside it- move on.

People. A few good and a few- better. But each of them had a role to play. People. Some- who helped me just go on, and a few more- who helped me travel better. People. A few, who moved ahead; a few more- who stayed behind. And a few- moving along.

My peregrination, had come to an end. And the gates have been opened again. But outside this gate- yet other choices, await. More friends and more lessons. A longer road and lethal pits. But I move along now, not uncertain- but sure of where it'd lead me to. With the lessons of the past- to build my future; I move along- still, as a student: In an institution called- Life!

79 comments:

lalitha said...

it is awesome... rockin as usual....

Matangi Mawley said...

@lallu..

thnk u :)!

rampantheart said...

Matangi, this is an awesome post. Speaks of how badly you miss your friends and how cleverly you comprehend life and its dark secrets.I especially loved the following lines "I was now a student in the institution called- life."
"More friends and more lessons. A longer road and lethal pits. But I move along now, not uncertain- but sure of where it'd lead me to."

This is plain awesome!Keep the great words flowing!

Matangi Mawley said...

@rampantheart..

:) thnk u so much!

Such art I said...

The best/worst part about this school is that every test is a lesson by itself, there are no 'internals' to tide us over, we are our own teachers, so there's no way we can point our fingers at them, and ABSOLUTELY no question 'out of the syllabus'!!! However, the school has almost no deadlines, save the one of expulsion; you can learn the lesson from your friends', or you can learn it yourself how many ever times you want. In the end (literal and metaphorical!), the peregrination around the park is random, chaotic, yes, but satisfying, enriching and soul uplifting.

Matangi Mawley said...

@Suchitra..

so true!

vidhya said...

Super post dear...Its really true true we learn from everything in our... And we get friends where ever we go :)What we learn is college is nothing considered what we gonna learn in our outside gate life :)
Keep rocking!!!

Matangi Mawley said...

@vidhya..

thnk u! :)

Karthik Ramaswamy said...

cool post..very emotional...well written...

Matangi Mawley said...

@karthik..

thnk u!

Kartz said...

My comments are getting highly clichéd buddy...

I was thinking of keying down on my page today; but then stopped myself. Reading this post has made me think again. (No, Pattern Recognition does not intimidate me!)

For all my cribbing about the place where we have spent four years- there is one thing I realized I will miss. The comfort of being in a single occupancy room!

The post also reminds me of the well-known lines; "Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the road less traveled by; And that has made all the difference."

Life is the ultimate institute/seat for learning. And, Life is the ultimate teacher too- the test comes first, followed by the lesson.

Allow me to get clichéd again; excellent writing! Will let you know once I update my page.

Cheers!

Matangi Mawley said...

@kartz..

:D thnk u !

my inner world said...

the greatest and the biggest thing can be told in the simplest manner and you have done the same thing.

again a very good article from you, but i am not surprised !!

keep writing :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@my inner world..

thnk u! :)

Arun Sundar said...

Life after college would be all the more exciting. Have fun!

Matangi Mawley said...

@arun..

i hope it is..
thnk u 4 droppin by!

priyaa iyer said...

Beautiful.....

vanilla sky said...

very nicely written.......nice blending of thoughts and metaphors ...oundoutably your best post !!

Matangi Mawley said...

@PP..

thnk u! :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@vanilla sky..

thnk u! :)

Srividya said...

i have been in this exact same state of mind 2 years ago... you have to leave the place where u grew (or rather outgrew) and leave ur friends behind.... everything typically happens for the hope of something else.... i wish you find that hope, find that purpose and find that need and fulfill our destiny.

Matangi Mawley said...

@srividhya..

thnk u! :)

priya said...

Life moves on... We learn the best, take the good and live in the present:)

arjun said...

wow, u've come up wit a gr8 write up.......
College life and friends described in such a uniquely imaginative way.....
Not for the first time I'm saying this..The pics that u add to ur posts just draw me into the mood....
Keep Writing man....

Cheers..!!
Arjun

Matangi Mawley said...

@priya..

true! :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@arjun..

thnk u!

priyaa iyer said...

I have tagged u... c my post for details

Matangi Mawley said...

@PP..

k.. shall do it soon..

C R D said...

Awesome post!!! Very perfect definition of life!!

There's a saying "there are no friends or enemies in life...just teachers, who each teach u a different lesson"

keep writing
chris

Comfortably Numb said...

You have to leave behind stuff...move forward...develop new strongholds..move forward.. :)

Its all a part of life..and no wonder why you can't describe life in mere sentences :)

Cheers:)

my blog: www.cherryantacids.blogspot.com

Matangi Mawley said...

@crd..

thnk u! :) n so true..

Matangi Mawley said...

@comfortably numb..

right u r!

arvind1187 said...

awesome ... super !!!
u would make a wonderful writer and this is no the first time i am telling u this...start collecting ur works and publish it...

Matangi Mawley said...

@arvind..

thnk u! may u'r words come true!

Gayatri said...

profound.. sounded very sincere :) Btw, you've got my spelling wrong in the blogroll! Sorry to be a pain and point it out :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@gayatri..

sorry.. would change tht right away!

Harish Suryanarayana said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7416462.stm

Matangi Mawley said...

@harish..

:)

Anu said...

Hey thanks for dropping by ... you have an interesting blog! :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@anu..

thnk u!

Mann said...

I hear people expressing their views to be optimistic, have positive attitude towards life--- etc. but
I rarely came across people who really "live by" this attitude----!!

I am sure you are one such person--- "just a human being"

Take care---.

Matangi Mawley said...

@mann..

thnx for dropping by! :)

Mann said...

U r welcome!!! Might visit regularly

Matangi Mawley said...

@mann..
oh! thnk u! :) u'r most welcome!

Jyothi said...

That was awesome.......

Matangi Mawley said...

@jothi..

thnk u! :)

arjun said...

Hey thanks for commenting on mine.... :)
And abt adsense... Its really of no big use ... My credit is now 6$ after almost a year...They pay u only when u complete 100$ ... So in personal blogs like ours the chances of people clicking on them are scarce....
Its simply there for namesake in ma blog, i'm not making any money out of it....

Matangi Mawley said...

@arjun..

:).. k.. thnk u!

MAN IN PAINTING said...

it was nostalgic.My college life ended ten years ago.I could still remember my farewell speech.those were the best days of my life.Thanks for the trip
when you get time do visit MAN IN PAINTING...
http://keyboardsculpturer.blogspot.com

Puneet said...
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Puneet said...

sweet little post about friends.. really the most precious gifts of life.. probably thats why we keep making them till we're alive.

thanks for dropping by my blog :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@MAN IN PAINTING..

sure will.. :) thnk u for droppin by!

Matangi Mawley said...

@puneet..

thnk u!

Sushant said...

So true n so beautiful..Keep writing such great stuff

Matangi Mawley said...

@sushant..

thnk u!

sanz360 said...

hey...wel nice post... quite d usual in most lives... gud work!

~Sanskriti

http://sanz360.wordpress.com/

Matangi Mawley said...

@sanskriti..

thnk u!

Arjun said...

hey...i've tagged u ...just check my page...

Matangi Mawley said...

@arjun..

:) thnx.. tht s some tag.. ll do it.. need sme time to compile all of it.. :)

ananya said...

tht was a beautiful post yaar.. so profound..
gr8!

Matangi Mawley said...

@ananya..

thnk u!

Piyush said...
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Piyush said...

Thats a beautiful piece of writing. Explicit description of feelings. well done.

Matangi Mawley said...

@piyush..

thnk u!

manisha said...

simple words...gr8 construction...brings out d love u have for people...

Matangi Mawley said...

@manisha..

thnk u!

MAN IN PAINTING said...

Very interesting.
I liked the insights.
you are a very good writer.
Best wishes.
Thanks for the visit.
me have a new post
do read.

Matangi Mawley said...

@man in painting..

thnk u! will sure do!

manorath said...

this reminds me of my skul days.. and the coll now.. gives me a chill at times for the challenges i would face..

Matangi Mawley said...

challenges, i think shouldnt fill u with fear.. i think they prepare u.. so one can be "curious" abt them!

Matangi Mawley said...
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ishqia said...

from the last para u meant a second life?

Matangi Mawley said...

@ishiqa..

nope.. just the next phase of the same old life!
i dnt believe in second life..

ishqia said...

i see..

i too dont believe in second life..

Matangi Mawley said...

@ishqia..

:)

PSYCHO said...

sorry for the ignorance
but what does "tag" mean?? :-S

Matangi Mawley said...

@psycho..

tag is smethin like.. u get sme "que" sort of thing.. n u post a reply for it.. i got a tag- 5 catagories of ppl i hate.. i ve replied for the same through my post.. n i tag others.. meaning.. they ve to do the same too..

PSYCHO said...

aah
thanks for the clarification
i'm still pretty new to this

Matangi Mawley said...

@psycho..

welcome!

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