It was again a dull day, similar to the old days when she heard her parents yelling & screaming…When she saw her friends making mockery out of her, when neighbours pointed at her & laughed continuously…She just couldn’t hold on to the ugly forces running within.. Highly confused & tortured, she ran out of her home, she ran & ran until she stumbled upon a rock, a huge rock besides a lovely stream passing by…So calm, so serene, how could it happen, why it didn’t have the force, why it didn’t thundered? But soon ,she saw the pebbles getting washed with the force of the stream post hitting the rocks ,she continuously saw how they got washed away & returned back to the bank ,getting smaller with every force but becoming more smoother & more prettier in this cruel world ! Why didn’t they shout on the stream, why didn’t they hold on to the sand, why did they allow themselves to fall prey to the nature? She felt as if sky had fallen, earth beneath her had drifted..She cried, she wailed in pain & finally sat besides the rock.. Just to observe that with every wash that pebble became all the more so lovely, it had a brilliant shine & her wailing converted to a beautiful lovely smile to see so many multicoloured shiny pebbles.
That’s the force of nature & that’s the beauty showered upon by GOD, everyone on this planet has been bestowed with a special gift & that’s what we need to explore from within. With every smash, every dismissal, we need to challenge our soul, we need to sparkle with every ray of sun touching us…Thinking she gleamed with joy !But that was not the moment of returning back to that evil house ,that was a moment to be poised ,to be self assured & self dependent ..She playfully swore the shiny pebbles in her hand assuring them to follow their path & return once she sparkled in front of this world just with Love in her heart, hope in her eyes & a charismatic aura around her. These pebbles & the stream was a Muse for her, just similar to the personified women who actually inspired her!
Exploration became her “Mantra” of life, finding support in the hands of an old couple, she moved on the other side of the stream to find passion, to understand what all life is about…Not just wailing but dealing with the hardships, finding your true love..She quit studies & found a new love in painting, she just loved sketching the nature, human emotions, she adored the old couple & sketched the way their togetherness rose time & bound, she had started colouring her life Red &
green; Every painting used to find its place beneath her bed ,one above another…
Weeks at farm with the couple she couldn’t stop clapping to see the tiny sapling grow into a little tree in the fresh air & a few weeks later to see the mangoes on it…How rich that tree was, it gave so much of sweetness to this world ..she used to sit besides the tree & paint on for months …Her optimism became more rock strong ,she moved to the town to take professional painting classes ,she taught drawing to many such drop outs & as time passed by her paintings found a new home ,from beneath her bed to huge walls ..
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Yes, that was the 1st day when her art was getting showcased in the city of Delhi in an exhibition,
this was a day when she shouted again, she cried…But with tears of joy to see merry people applauding her work , speaking of the constructive thoughts getting showered from her art !! Her motive had become successful ,she had kept her promise to the shiny pebbles ,yes that was the day she shone herself & proved to the world that no matter she was a child with mental disability ,she grew & rose to be a women with a strong head ,she found her new love in the form of art ,no matter she quit her studies ,she quit her family only to love children similar to her giving hopes to their lives..She bid a good bye to her parents only to find compassion of life in the old couple!
Well that was not the end, rather a day when she went back only to find a dry stream but with the pebbles still lying beside it…She rushed to the house on the other side of the stream, to her own house & hugged her parents ,her old friends wishing them all happiness of the life! She didn’t stay back but returned to the ones who were exhilarated to see her shining in Delhi, who were distributing the mangoes from the same tree to the village to see their kid’s ecstasy by making all her dreams come true & who had actually made an impact in her life by acknowledging her with the word “LOVE”!
To her the old couple were a synonym of Hope, who made her rise above the hindrances of life & nurtured her thoughts through the corridors of life. It was certainly their unconditional support that turned around her life into a peppy note, the one which she rejoiced for her soul & for others as well.
From that day till today, her journey continues, to bring smiles to the unwanted lives, to ensure that the talent hidden inside gets explored, & with every conversion, she digs out a pebble holding firmly for being besides her.
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