BEYOND THE MIRAGE – A FAIRY TALE

[lineate][/lineate]Hungry and thirsty[lineate][/lineate]Wandering in “the dreary desert sand of dead habit”[lineate][/lineate]He finally came across a pool[lineate][/lineate]Different from most Indian pools[lineate][/lineate]It had lucid water[lineate][/lineate]He could clearly see the base[lineate][/lineate]It was unlike other bottomless pits.[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]The man was fascinated[lineate][/lineate]He longed to drink of it[lineate][/lineate]Have a dip in it[lineate][/lineate]And come out clean and quenched[lineate][/lineate]All sins forgiven and forgotten[lineate][/lineate]Darkness of past merging with future’s shine[lineate][/lineate]Despite living in the filth and mire of present.[lineate][/lineate]

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[lineate][/lineate]He removed his clothes[lineate][/lineate]Including the last shred of false decency[lineate][/lineate]And stood naked but proud[lineate][/lineate]That finally he could swim in purity and openness[lineate][/lineate]A great weight was about to be lifted[lineate][/lineate]As soon as he’d take the plunge[lineate][/lineate]Into the pond of purgation.[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]”Stop”, he heard a commanding voice[lineate][/lineate]Though he couldn’t see anyone[lineate][/lineate]He looked all around him for the speaker[lineate][/lineate]But, he couldn’t find anyone[lineate][/lineate]Defeated he was about to give up[lineate][/lineate]But then he noticed in a tree near the pond[lineate][/lineate]A parakeet[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]”Who are you?” he asked[lineate][/lineate]”You are an Indian, you won’t know me”[lineate][/lineate]Replied the parakeet sadly, “I am named ‘Charitra‘”[lineate][/lineate]”Strange name” said the man, “Never heard of you”[lineate][/lineate]”Yes, nowadays I am rare” said the parakeet,[lineate][/lineate]”But, I nested all over India before I became extinct”[lineate][/lineate]”I am the last of my species.”[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]The man was happy he saw something rare.[lineate][/lineate]”Why did you stop me from jumping in the pool?[lineate][/lineate]”This is a pool of honesty” said the bird[lineate][/lineate]”People come out changed and pure;[lineate][/lineate]But become misfits to survive”[lineate][/lineate]”I don’t want you to die;[lineate][/lineate]You may jump if you want to, though”[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]’Washing away sins is one thing’ thought the man[lineate][/lineate]’But, dying in the process is undesirable'[lineate][/lineate]Suddenly, a thought occured to him[lineate][/lineate]And he spoke it out loud:[lineate][/lineate]”What can I do to survive a dip in the Honest Pool?”[lineate][/lineate]”Simple” replied Charitra, “Don’t let me become extinct,[lineate][/lineate]Return me to live with people.”[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]”What do I have to do for that?”[lineate][/lineate]Asked the man confused[lineate][/lineate]”Simple” said Charitra, “Go to people and ask them to own me,[lineate][/lineate]To have me back.”[lineate][/lineate]”It will take ages” bemoaned the man,[lineate][/lineate]”I will be dead before they accept you back.”[lineate][/lineate]”Try” said the parakeet, “I will give you wings to fly.”[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]The man flew with Charitra[lineate][/lineate]And went to all classes and conditions of people[lineate][/lineate]Netas, babus, doctors, engineers[lineate][/lineate]Religious leaders, sports people, industrialists[lineate][/lineate]Even media people and [lineate]faujis[/lineate]Sadly no one wanted Charitra back[lineate][/lineate]Having bartered it for money and fame.[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]”What can Charitra do for us” many asked,[lineate][/lineate]”Why should we want it back?”[lineate][/lineate]To this the man gave his recently learnt reply:[lineate][/lineate]”It can make you have a dip in Honest Pool,[lineate][/lineate]”And make you survive the plunge.”[lineate][/lineate]”Not good enough” they all crowed,[lineate][/lineate]”We have the best dips that money can buy.”[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]He kept flying with Charitra on his side[lineate][/lineate]Only to become disillusioned, defeated, frustrated[lineate][/lineate]’Not one person in my country’ he thought[lineate][/lineate]’Has any use for this dying parakeet'[lineate][/lineate]He wanted to have a dive in the pool[lineate][/lineate]But, alone, he didn’t want to die[lineate][/lineate]What could he do, he was alone and weak[lineate][/lineate]

[lineate][/lineate]Suddenly, his powers to fly were gone[lineate][/lineate]And he was grounded again[lineate][/lineate]And the parakeet flew towards a sunset[lineate][/lineate]And total darkness engulfed the nation[lineate][/lineate]With people groping helplessly[lineate][/lineate]Looking eastwards wistfully[lineate][/lineate]For a golden sunrise[lineate][/lineate]Bringing back Charitra, the elusive parakeet.[lineate][/lineate]

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  1. Excellent poem beautifully related to the story that has an important message. A new ‘genre’ in literature : Poem and then related story ?