-Our life was all about Sleep waking between identities ?
-Why do you say so ?
-My life was most ordinary in a sense, it gravitates around “Convenience and Comfort” and suddenly we sleepwalked into a life of peace and happiness, and we see this people how happy and peaceful they were, in such uncomfortable situation living in streets, and eating scarcely.
-That’s the story of most of India.
And as we were moving ahead to the Tiru Bus stand , clouds like cotton balls , scaled there softness all across the sky. They were followed by dark clouds, which created violent winds, touching our skin, and creating terrific vibration. The trees around us started oscillating like pendulum, leaving the gentleness and adding violent movements. Some of them fall apart in temples and nearby houses , creating both terror and crisis.
A sudden storm swift the entire city . There was no rain following the storm , so huge amount of sands and debris, started blowing in the wind , making the wind hard to the skin. The clothes, which are drying up in wooden bamboos in rooftops of the flats, started flying here and there.
-“Now it’s sleepwalking, between rain and storm”.
-“Don’t get identified with it, it will pass away .“ I laughed at Lucas , as his fancy hair with fancy attire started blowing madly.
-“ Every storm has to pass away . That’s inevitable. Storms were not made to stay” he remarked as we made our shelter in the verandah of a large Ganesha temple.
And then he nudged me with an excitement . His eyes were dancing seeing an object in the sky.
-“Look” he pointed his finger on the clouds. The clouds has arranged in a way, which looks like an archer with bow and arrow . This was scaled form of our miniature dream , which we saw in the first day of our night stay. Some of the local tamil people, who had gathered in the same verandah, started prostrating after looking at the peculiar cloud formation.
There faces were full of fear and they continued chanting some mantras in tamil which end up in “Rudrayah namah”.
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“Stories from Arunachala Diaries” reflects the author’s present recollections of experiences over time. Some names and characteristics have been changed, some events have been compressed, and some dialogue has been recreated to create neccesary literary effect. The reader should not consider this book anything other than a work of literature.
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