Once Rumi, a 13th century persian poet was Questioned,
What is poison?
He replied with a beautiful answer!Anything which is more than our necessity is poison.It may be power,wealth,Hunger,Ego,Greed,Laziness,Love,Ambition,Hate or anything
Any one who truly aspires to understand love and happiness must definitely read this great persian poet`s works.Some of his poems on love are so poignant and deep that it will have lifelong effect on your heart and soul.Every poem of this magical poet is a masterpiece but if I had to select few that touched and shaped me,those will be “Because I cannot sleep”,”Beauty of the heart” and “love is the water of life”.Rumi was a legend in his own ways but one of the finest work of literature was produced by our very own Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali poet who won Nobel prize for literature in 1913 for Gitanjali.The work was originally written in Bengali published over different Bengali books on poetry from where 103 poems have been picked, compiled and consolidated in this book. The translation has been done by Tagore himself. Gitanjali in literal meaning denotes an offering of a handful of songs.
I Read Tagore everyday, in the mornings and evenings. A few lines at a time, enough to nourish my soul and bring me to the peak of beauty.Arguably one of the finest poets of all times, Rabindranath Tagore was an authorial voice in the pre-independence. Born in 1861 and having found his calling at the tender age of eight, Tagore chiselled his artistic bent to perfection by diligently harbouring a free stream of thought in his heart.Tagore’s scintillating and diverse poems remains unmatched by many a poets who succeeded him. He inspired millions to undertake the baton of chasing dreams irrespective of their colours of existence. And he continues to be a silent source of encouragement to people who attempt to see something beautiful in everything. Yes, everything.You need to have a big appetite to digest each and every word of Gitanjali
While poets like Rumi and Tagore did touch my heart and soul but the one that really inspired me was not an artist or a poet but a sportsman. He proved that tennis is actually an art form if played with grace and rythm. He is the perfect artist I have ever seen on court.Yes,I am taking about Swiss maestro Roger Federer.One of the greatest tennis players in history, Federer has won a record 18 Grand Slam singles titles.He is considered as the greatest player of all time by many past and present tennis players and coaches.The style and perfection with which he serves and volleys is simply poetic to watch .Tennis legend Sir John Mc Enroe once said”Roger`s forehand is the greatest shot in the world”.He moves like a whisper and executes like a wrecking ball. It is simply impossible to explain how he does what he does.It`s as if he has some magic in his racquet.He is a perfect gentleman and strong warrior.At the age of 35 when most tennis players retire,he cameback and won Australian Open defeating his arch nemesis Rafael Nadal.He taught me that even if you are great at something,you still need to persevere to earn your place back among the best.
Fedex taught me that even sports can become an art if you play it to perfection but the artist that mesmerised me during my growing up years was a british singer.He was none other than Chris Martin,the lead singer of British alternative rock band Coldplay. A friend of mine introduced me to this band a decade back and it was love at first sight.I instantly connected to its magical tunes and deep meaningful lines.Every song of this band still gives me shivers.Iconic song “Yellow” which became an anthem all over the world is so simple yet so alluring.It doesn`t matter whether you are happy,sad,angry or excited everytime you hear a coldplay song it lights you up and brings a smile to your face,such is its magic.
The last but the most significant artist that has truly shaped my not so stoic life is a lady who has magic in her hands.She can paint as creatively as she can cook some lip smacking delicious food.She can get every seemingly difficult work done in no time with ease.She is no less than a magician to me,she is my beloved mother.She is the greatest artist i have ever met.I still have no clue on how she manages so many tasks from cleaning to cooking to acting to painting to virtually anything with such remarkable poise .She is my greatest inspiration.
From Rumi to Tagore to Federer to Chris Martin to my beloved mother ;each one has had a tremendous impact on my personality and shaped me into who I am today.Finally, I would like to leave you contemplating in the words of my favorite poet Rabindranath Tagore
“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf”