In this evocative verse, Neelam, puts on a make-up of values, of spiritual satisfaction, for unity of the people. At a time of clashes and divisions, of terrorism and deaths, her resolve is like a prayer in action. Here’s a verse rooted in contemporary realities. As part of the special feature on Diwali, for Different Truths.
Usually, I shudder
At the thought of having to put on make-up –
It’s almost like spraying perfume
On a pretty flower which is His creation;
But this Diwali, I think,
I shall modify my routine
And act differently…
Yes, you’ve heard correctly –
I shall put on a lot of make-up!
I shall cover my hair
With wigs of long flowing silky vivacity,
I shall put on an indigo bindi
Of spiritual satisfaction,
I shall wear the vivid mascara
With which my eyes shall glow,
I shall colour my lips with sparkle of smile
Which shall twinkle whenever I am down,
I shall do facial on my heart
And all murkiness and gloom shall be plucked out,
My delicate wrists shall exuberate
With the jingling of life
And I shall never hesitate to act,
My ankles shall be adorned
With verve of existence
And I shall dance on the paths of life,
And finally, I shall sprinkle fragrance
Of cheerfulness on my body…
I hope to mingle bit by bit
With so much vigour, energy and enthusiasm
That we will be but one!
©Neelam Saxena Chandra
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Neelam is an author of thirty-three books, is a record holder with the Limca Book of Records for being the author having the highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi (2015). She works as Joint Secretary (U.P.S.C.). She has won an award in a poetry contest by American Embassy, Premchand award by Ministry of Railways, Rabindranath Tagore international poetry award, Freedom award by Radio city for her lyrics. She was listed in the Forbes list as one of the most popular seventy-eight authors in the country in 2014.