Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Life Races.....

One sees these stone benches all across public places in Mumbai. Railway stations, Parks, temples and so on. Donated by a generous gentleman in memory of his mother, Smt. Durgadevi Saraf.

This is a photo of the same in a wooded area in Mumbai, called Aarey Colony, which actually started off as a self sufficient Public Dairy project with huge grasslands , milk bottling plants, training centres and so on. Today , parts of this have responded to the Call of the Big Buck, and areas are being given to film studios, builders etc.

A friend , who runs Marathons, possibly occasionally runs here for practice, has probably heard what such benches by the roadside say.

(photo by Kavi Arasu)
The race
to the top
in the
Park of Life;
careening in cars,
bending on turns
unsilenced bikes,
some forging ahead,
head down,
pedaling furiously
across days,
and some,
footfall after footfall,
breath after breath
at the Achilles....

in memory,
of a
late dowager
Durgadevi Saraf,
who has seen it all,
pleading with you,
to take a break,
look around,
and feel the peace
at sunrise.

in the race of life
may win against
sometimes it is
you race against yourself....


  1. 'Wow' is all I can say...sitting far away in Bangalore you brought to life a typical Mumbai morning before my eyes

  2. aometimes it is
    you race against yourself....- So well put in words! Amazing!

  3. the race is never gonna stop, there will always be that something next one wants to achieve...

    wish it was easier and slow .. cause as you said mad rush.. but end of the day we are all heading towards that LAst day :)