Law of Reflection

Her elusive smile and sharp features won hearts. The dress played some kind of black magic and tamed everyone’s minds. Everyone adored her beauty; there is something oddly charming about her. She could hypnotize men just by looking at them. Her enticing eyes could pierce through anyone’s mind to know their motives. Her glowing white skin made men dream to feel her; touch her. Her mysterious and secretive nature made her even more attractive. Her deep dark secrets were like nuggets of gold and she never shared it with anyone. Her calm exterior is coupled with a confused and vengeful interior. Her expressions conveyed her emotions but people never noticed it. All only appreciated her beauty and forgot “beauty is skin deep”. Her controlled and composed movements effortlessly controlled people’s body language. It was like all were slaves to her body language. She could read eyes and it always made her feel that people’s eyes reflected what she wanted to see. There were many subtle indications which no one ever realized.

She secretly is searching for love and romance. Such unconditional love, she thought no one had to offer. It was all about her physical appearance and nothing beyond that. Her restless soul wanted to unite with the one made for her. She had everything one could dream of having but her skeptic attitude left her feeling alone. She thought to herself, people around her behaved the way she would like them to and not be their true self. She never wanted to change people but as soon as one met her, they were her slaves. Her beautiful exterior was undoubtedly god-gifted. Sometimes, she wished humans had a heart like a mirror which reflected the truth. The truth she never wanted to accept. This made life difficult for her. Her inner one had mixed emotions about almost everything. She never understood that till she doesn’t accept herself as she is, no one can help her out.

At this moment, she feels like being away from the world to introspect. She wants to know herself better and accept herself the way she is. She has no one whom she can trust and talk to. She kept staring at the mirror as if it radiated energy and showed her true self. She knows that a mirror behaves in a very predictable manner. It only showed her image.  She wants to know her reason of being so she can find all what she has lost. She looks at herself and observes her own expression. She wants to understand all what is going on in her mind and heart but in vain.

This post has been written for picture it & write by ermilia.


The Dark Side of Pleasure

It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.

-Marquis De Sade

Just reading the word “pleasure”, for the briefest moment, we feel away from pain. It gives us a momentary buzz in our minds which we relate to something like happiness. Every human on this planet is looking for happiness and freedom. In other words, we can say running away from pain and slavery. Psychologists have rightly explained the pleasure – pain principle, but they have perceived it only from one angle. Every action, every thought, every feeling and every emotion is governed by our greed to experience pleasure and avoid pain. We allow pleasure to control our mind and body and thus, experience pain later. The true sense of pleasure is latent as we seldom accept pain, thus, cannot find our way to pleasure. Therefore, this is the dark side of pleasure, pain.

We, humans are trapped in this vicious cycle and our moods keep changing depending on our state. We just don’t realize that pleasure – pain principle works exactly in an opposite fashion when it comes to our well-being. We are constantly searching for ways which are pleasurable. Our sub-conscious mind acts in such way and we never feel that we are avoiding pain in every step of our life. Actually, we train our sub-conscious mind so that it only feels happy when we are doing an action which is pleasurable. But the truth is; only by the way of pain, one arrives at pleasure. And once, we fight out all our problems, and then this pleasure is remains with us. At this moment, this is no room for pain and we are at peace with ourselves. If we always keep looking for pleasure in everything we do, then as soon as that activity is over, we are in a state of misery again.

Till our soul feels the pain and gets over it, we cannot attain a state of ultimate pure pleasure. By doing this, we break the vicious cycle of pleasure. We are fulfilled by love and are ready to share all what we have with others unconditionally thus reversing the effect of the pain – pleasure principle. This isn’t a suggestion or anything like that, but it is something I’ve been observing. When I talk about pain, it refers to emotional pain. For instance, if we miss someone constantly and he/she doesn’t, we feel some sort of pinch inside. On the contrary, if that person also misses us, we feel good. We don’t even realize we are feeling good about what. The truth is because we have hard-wired our minds and have accepted this feeling of missing someone as painful. When someone else is in pain, we find pleasure in that. This is the dark side of pleasure. Instead, we should accept the pain and reverse the effect of the pain – pleasure principle. Once we accept our pain, we won’t need anyone to share it with us.

In other words, we can rightly say “it is all in the head”.

Hi and Goodbye!

Friendship. This is a bond which remains strong forever no matter what comes its way. In fact, it gets deeper as time progresses. It was long since they had seen each other. Sometimes life gets so complex and busy that meeting up is a major event. After a while, they even stopped trying to plan. They knew that the moments they shared will always keep them together and they could silently whisper because somehow they knew that the other one did get the message. He believed one day she would turn up in a way like never before and his blankness would be replaced by something beautiful. Even if friends cannot meet, the feelings and the energy they exchange remains the same. Time and other complexities do not matter at all. Her presence in itself is awesomeness. There was nothing like the right emotional state between them. Everything seemed to be just fine, when they were together and the memories were like priceless treasure.

It was 8:30 am, 31st July and he was at work. There was nothing better to do but to stare at Microsoft Outlook and to wait for emails. Even after being in the most modern office with almost 30 cubicles and all the vital technology, he constantly felt something was missing. Even after thinking a lot on it, he still couldn’t characterize what he was missing until that call. He had spoken to her a day before on his birthday but still he felt the greatest part of him was slipping away. He tried to understand this emotion but in vain. He was still staring at the computer screen with a strange expression on his face. His expression suggested that he was waiting for something which was more meaningful to him than his Boss’s emails. He did know, this ecstatic feeling was just a call away. These ten minutes for him were longer than usual. He thought to himself and realized that he had been waiting forever.

And finally the moment had come, it struck 8:40 am. 8, 4 and 0 were his favorite numbers now and this thought amused him. He was in such haste that he looked for his Blackberry everywhere on his work table but his pockets. He didn’t know why he was getting so restless. He searched her name and called. He wasn’t sure if she remembered the plan they had made when they spoke the day before. Unexpectedly, she received the call within a second. It felt as if she had been waiting to hear from him. He heard the traffic roar and guessed she was in her bus on her way to work. He felt like screaming out loud asking why did college have to end. She felt the same but ignoring that thought she said that her bus was a minute away from his building.

He rushed towards the emergency exit from where he was supposed to see her bus pass. He counted all the sixty seconds and finally received a messaged which said, “Bus on the flyover.”


His eyes desperately searching hers for a hint of recognition of the bond they shared. She waved her hand and he waved as hard as he could. He tried to convey everything he felt in those five seconds. He saw her sitting with the window open as if she was sure they would see each other. Within a flash her image vanished and a part of him wanted to hold on forever. But he knew it was impossible. He didn’t know whether to whisper hi or bye but he knew she must have understood. They’ve shared many memories and this one made them even closer. He stood there for a while and a blast of emotions from his past played in his mind. The nature also cried as his heart was aching. He had found something he thought he had lost. His eyes were watering but no one knew if he was in tears or it was because of the rains.

They met or parted is something I never understood but he was happy, indeed. He received a message saying, “Saw you. Lol.” He smiled and got back to work.

Mutual Distrust

Goa. This three-letter word takes our minds to a state of trance. Our minds create imagery which is utterly sublime. Sunburn, undoubtedly is the best time to be in Goa. All succumb to vocals, poignant sounds and ethereal soundscapes.

They have been to Goa many times but never during Sunburn. It was Dec’ 2009 and they were adamant in their decision to experience, one of the World’s best music festival. They eventually did make it to Sunburn but the memories of this trip are dreadful. They never in their dreams could think of such an incident. The electronic music dominated him and he became submissive to it. He lost his mind in the amalgamation of music, booze and DRUGS. The excitement being a part of Sunburn conquered him and he was enjoying the high which took away his soul from his body. Candolim – The beach were this music festival originated and it is the brainchild of Shailendra Singh of Percept, in partnership with Nikhil Chinappa. In a few hours, there would be pin drop silence in Candolim as it was the last day of Sunburn. The people still enjoyed the sounds of silence as drugs had altered their perception and consciousness. He wanted to be alone and planned to take a walk on the seashore. He couldn’t stop admiring the beauty of the water. The sounds of the waves were hypnotizing him. The sky was pitch black and he felt like flying away. The water touched his feet and it was so soothing. His mind controlled his body and he took a dip in the water. The cold and tranquil water was troubled by his presence. He thought he was flying and enjoyed the sense of being free. He felt something was not right. A blast of emotions from his past filled his heart as his breath slowed down. He was bordered by water as if it had engulfed him. And within a few minutes, all his senses stopped and he was liberated.

The water of Candolim has lost my friend’s trust. His brother like friend had gone forever. In his tearful eyes, I can see the black clouds of wrath wanting to rip the water apart, and steal his friend. He feels the water yelling that it didn’t trust his friend’s motives either. He never enjoys the water of Candolim Beach as there is some mutual distrust.

I, all the time think to myself, whether it is possible for him to forgive and overcome this mutual distrust?

This post has been written for picture it & write by ermilia.

Are you also AFRAID?

He is my closest friend. We share everything life has to offer; joy, sorrow, our interests. I have known him for a really long time now. I wanted to help him. There was something taking a toll over him. I asked him a couple of times but every time he ignored it but his eyes are a doorway to his soul. In his eyes, I could see pain, guilt, angst but not a sign of bliss. I wasn’t asking him something which would embarrass him. I just asked him, how Mary was doing. Mary, the girl he loved more than anything. When they decided to spend their whole life together, he made me feel as if he had found the treasure he was looking for. I could sense his feeling of content with life.

It’s been only a few months with Mary and his behavior has changed drastically. He has started smoking more than ever. He claims that he is suffering from insomnia so he needs a peg of whiskey regularly. He said those dreadful eyes were haunting him. He said he couldn’t look into Mary’s eyes anymore. His life was in a mess. He had everything one could dream of having; a perfect balance of social and professional life. I thought to myself, what could go wrong. Mary was the girl he loved and I was his closest friend. I felt he was hiding something from both of us. Something he is ashamed of, something he never thought he could do. I had to get in touch with Mary. Mary never imagined that he can be in such a state of wretchedness. I told her everything I had observed about him in the last few months. It had been a rough time for him. Hearing this she broke into tears. She was scared if he loved her but she had to face him with courage and ask about his problem. We went to meet him at his place.

Seeing Mary, his face showed mixed emotions. He wanted to tell her something but didn’t have the guts. He hugged her and cried his heart out. I left the room. Standing outside, I was thinking to myself, why be it so tough for us to open up to the people we love? Is it because we are afraid to lose them? We seldom realize, the people who fall in love with us have accepted all the good and bad in us. After a while, Mary came up to me and assured that he’ll be fine now. I didn’t ask what it was that troubled him. I knew there is a thin line between friendship and love.

And now, he seems quite fine. We never spoke about his recurring dream and those awful eyes which haunted him. He meets Mary everyday and returns home with a big smile. His eyes said it all. He overcame his fear and loved Mary even more.

This post has been written for picture it & write by ermilia.

About My Daughter

It was Pauline’s 24th birthday and her mother as always did everything to make it the most wonderful day. After her father’s death, Pauline was everything for her mother; her love and her life. Her mother’s life revolved around her. They were not very well off but she gave her daughter the best in life. Pauline wore branded clothes; she went to the best school and college, ate at expensive restaurants and lived life to the fullest.

Now, she is a computer engineer and works in Seldon Technologies. They worked very hard all their life. Pauline studied hard to be successful so she doesn’t have to face the hardships her mum went through. Her mum also worked a lot to meet the financial ends. Many times, they were too exhausted to talk to each other. As a result, many emotions remained hidden. Now her mum is growing old and Pauline is her only friend. Pauline doesn’t realize that her mum is getting lonely being at home all day.

As a child, Pauline saw her mum writing before going to bed. She wrote everyday. After their loss, Pauline had an emotional void which she tried fulfilling by getting ambitious day after day. She couldn’t give time to her mum to sit and converse with her.

Her mum intuitively feels that she might not be with Pauline to celebrate her 25th birthday. Pauline always asked about the diary her mum wrote. Her mother thought that the diary would be the best gift for her daughter.

A woman’s feelings are seldom false. Her mother passed away a few months before her birthday. Pauline turned 25 today and really missed her mum. Suddenly it struck her that her mum’s diary is kept in the drawer. She opened the diary and to her surprise, it was a book titled – “About my Daughter”

She went to her mum’s favorite place; the nearby beach and took a few days off from work to read the book. Her mum had written everything about Pauline. She read about her past when her mum explained how cute and sweet she was as a kid. Pauline read how much her mother appreciated her present life. Though her mother felt lonely, she praised Pauline for working day and night. After reading Pauline understood, she should have given a bit more time to her mother. And as she read further, she found that her mother also wrote about her future. Her mother wrote about all events that she would miss being with Pauline. Events like her marriage, her kids etc. She also wrote how Pauline would be the best mum and the best wife one could ever get. Reading this Pauline couldn’t stop her tears. Her mother’s love for her knew no bounds. Pauline realized her mother wanted to live and be with her forever. She had so much to tell that the time they lived together wasn’t enough.

She sits at the beach and reflects. She can see her future now. She will never get lost in life as the book will be her guide. Whenever she feels lonely and tired, she reads the book. Her mother is always there for her.

This post has been written for picture it & write by ermilia

10 Tons of Gold and YOU.

More than 300 retailers

Looking at the above picture, imagine yourself with friends, family or colleagues surrounded by 10 tons of Gold at any given point of time and over 300 retailers. Wouldn’t it be fascinating? Yes, indeed. If you are a person whose life revolves around gold then this is the place to be.

Dubai is known for really cheap gold — but you’ll have to haggle for it. Whether or not you’re ready to buy, a stroll through the dazzling Gold Souk is a must. It is a traditional market and is located in the heart of Dubai’s commercial business district in Deira, in the locality of Al Dhagaya. Retailers include well established stores like Damas, ARY Jewellery, Shyam Jewellery and Joy Alukkas as well as smaller stores that operate mainly in the gold souk.

To add to your excitement, I thought of adding a few more images seeing which you can understand the obsession with gold in Dubai.

They have made the world’s largest bangle out of Gold and it is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. That is just insane.

When I started walking in the market, this store was among the last few. I still remember, I couldn’t stop looking at the bangle and many people kept gathering around that shop. To attract customers, these businessmen can practically do anything.

This Bangle is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

And they also designed clothes made of Gold for women. It is obvious that it isn’t for sale but it shows the how serious they can be when it comes to selling Gold. And why not? They have to do something different if they are competing with over 300 retailers.

The traditional Gold Souk pledges a truly “golden” future for the City of Gold. Harboring traditional charm, the Dubai Gold Souk remains the most energetic gold retail marketplace.