I have travelled wide and well,
In the forests I have dwelled;
Often lost and feeling unwell,
Yet beauty I have unravelled.

I claim not to have been anywhere first,
The adventurers describe the beauty;
Nor will I ever be the last,
And that is part of my duty.

I stumble upon a friend at times,
And I tell him what I have seen;
I struggle describing all the regimes,
In which I have lived and been!

I fumble and fail with words,
And seem incredulous to him;
I realize the folly afterwards,
And give my efforts a trim.

The travels in my Mindscape,
Can’t be felt by a friend;
He has his own escape,
With travels to share and comprehend.

I could hope to guide him sometimes,
As i have so often been.
We need all the guidance,
To explore our worlds unseen.

A window to the world. Credit: Mike Hindle, Unsplash

I love the bright June sun shining on my face. As I look out at the mature morning, I see birds chirping, cawing, flying and fighting. There is no human shifting their legs casually on the roads, no motorcycle piercing the tranquil soundscape. …

I was reading the Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru yesterday evening. JN surprises me every time I read him. He is an astonishingly good writer; his erudition is vast and brilliant. He has had amazing experiences in his life, and possesses an intellect that is great in itself.

JN…

See that small dot there? Go ahead, zoom in and zoom out. That’s Earth. Photograph of the Earth taken by the Voyager 1 from a distance of 6 billion kilometres.

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every…

Earth Rise — the famous NASA image that catapulted the global environmental movement.
Earth Rise — the dramatic NASA image that catapulted the global environmental movement.

Carl Sagan remarked that astronomy is character-building. Seeing the picture and reflecting for a moment, we would find it tough to disagree.

That bluish pearl suspended in the cold darkness of space is home to billions of people and is a definitive place from where the universe comprehends itself. …

Srinivas Surya

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