Catharsis – Part 4 – Setting the Stage

13th April was a Friday and Reema, Ashish and Krish had their dinner together. The next morning at 5 AM, they were to start their drive to Lance Downe, for a 3 day trip. They were hoping to reach Lance Downe by 2 PM. Sheena’s family were also to reach Lance Downe by the same time, such that the two families can join together for the lunch at the Hill Top resort, a 3-star property at the top of the hill overlooking Lance Downe. (more…)

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Catharsis Part 3 – Letting the Time Ripe

The next morning, Reema and Ashish are sitting with the host couple at the dining table for the breakfast. Reema’s mind is still racing fast, trying to figure out how she should start the conversation with Mohan about healing. One moment she thinks that she should simply tell Mohan her problem and plainly ask him how he could help. The next moment, she thinks that they are scheduled to start their return drive in another couple of hours and even if she started the topic with Mohan, there was not enough time to discuss the topic at length or may be to conduct a healing session. Struggling with these thoughts, she noticed that everyone was through the breakfast. (more…)

Catharsis Part 2 – Ray of Hope? Or, Mirage?

It was a pleasant March morning in New Delhi. Reema’s family (her hubby Ashish and kid Krish) plans to visit Ashish’s cousin sister in Chandigarh, 250 kms north from New Delhi, over the weekend. Ashish’s cousin sister, Sheena is a jovial homemaker, who loves to be among friends and family. A party person and a superb hostess, she would enjoy the time spent with guests, gossiping and joking about those family members or friends not present there. Mohan, her hubby – in stark contrast – a reserved, laconic but confident person, who would accompany the party throughout, responding with smiles and rare laughter for all nasty or otherwise jokes. Often, parties and social gatherings are like long imposed social obligations for Mohan, who would invariably retire to bed after party with a big sigh of relief – Oh! It’s over.  (more…)

Catharsis Part 1 – Living with Fear – Do you have a Choice?

At around 11 AM, Reema is sitting on the sofa in her drawing room, thinking that she can now relax for the rest of her day. Just then, her gaze falls on the curtain of the west facing window, overlooking the next high rise tower in the apartments complex. Reema feels the sudden sense of a strange fear, making her uncomfortable to the point that she finds herself on her feet the next moment and heads towards the window hastily. Next, she finds herself instinctively pulling the curtain rightwards, ensuring that the few inches of the window pane which got uncovered by the curtain due to some reason, gets covered. She feels comfortable once she made sure that the entire pane of this window is covered by curtain, not leaving even a few millimeter of the pane uncovered – as was the case with all other windows in her flat. (more…)

Order-Disorder

JungleOnce being fed-up of the order of city life,

I went to pacify myself in the disorders of jungle.

The drive was too full of orderly troubles,

With threatening sense of overly vigilant new-age drivers.

Once I left the highway to the modest and broken country roads,

A sigh of relief was nothing but a spontaneous response.

A nice resort was presenting the glimpses of fleeting orderly stuff of the trip,

Being so close to the greenery, though controlled, was still a thrill (more…)