Friday, 30 April 2021

Zen and Solitude (Magic and Alchemy)


You do not have to
embark on a pilgrimage
to attain self-realization
when the one you are
searching is sitting within you.
Make Zen, your lifestyle
solitude, your ally
faith, your armor
discipline, your mantra
scriptures, your catalyst;
Now embark on the 
magical journey within 
Keep going till 
you have the epiphany~
The Creator is in the Creation
The Creator is in you as
well as in every other Creation of his
You are one with the Universe
There is no you and I
All the rivers, no matter how different
merge with the same Ocean;
We all have come from the same Source
and will merge there at the end of time.

Purba Chakraborty


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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Your Breath on My Neck (Magic and Alchemy)


It's been long
Yet I still remember
your breath on my neck,
erupting constellation of
stars on my body;
your lips close to my ears
kissing my name
enveloped in 
whispers and sighs, 
making me feel I am 
your entire galaxy. 
Yes, it's been long
we are light years away
but a love like that
is like counting stars
on the sky every night
without ever getting tired. 

Purba Chakraborty


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6 Quotes and Takeaways from The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir


'The Second Sex' by Simone de Beauvoir was published in 1949 after the second world war ended. It was the starting point of second-wave feminism.

The essay explores the way in which women have been treated throughout history and how gender conditioning governs the life of a woman. 

I recently studied this essay and felt that the points discussed in the essay are so much relevant even today.

Here are 6 quotes and takeaways from the revolutionary essay "The Second Sex":

1. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”

Simone de Beauvoir states that women are not born 'feminine' but are shaped that way by a thousand external processes. At each stage of her upbringing, a girl is conditioned into being docile, soft-spoken, dependent, and passive. Society tries to flatten the girl into an object so that she can accept the life of housework and childbearing without ever protesting. The girl will think that to be her very duty, the reason she is born.

2. ..her wings are cut and then she is blamed for not knowing how to fly.”

Simone de Beauvoir says that the situation of a woman is not a result of her character. If we find a woman who rarely has any material accomplishments, is labeled as lazy, mediocre, and complacent, it simply means that these are the consequences of the way she has been brainwashed by society. Her wings were cut during her growing up years and now she is criticized for not knowing how to fly. 

3. “Women's mutual understanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other, but for the same reason each is against the others.”

Simone de Beauvoir beautifully said that women need to develop gender loyalty in order to dismantle patriarchy. One of the reasons why women's movements lose power is because women do not have great gender loyalties. The biggest proof is how society pits the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law against each other. Women need to recognize these patterns and develop gender loyalty because united we stand, divided we fall.

4. “That the child is the supreme aim of woman is a statement having precisely the value of an advertising slogan.”

Simone de Beauvoir stated that throughout history, maternity has been both worshipped and criticized - the mother both brings life and brings death. The woman is transformed into a symbol of 'life' and in that process, she is robbed of all individuality. It is expected that women are born to give birth, raise children and forget their own individuality to become great mothers. 

5. “And without a doubt it is more comfortable to endure blind bondage than to work for one's liberation; the dead, too, are better suited to the earth than the living.”

Simone de Beauvoir stated that at times, women support their own dependency and accept their second-class status without challenging it. Years of gender conditioning play a major role in it. Some women trade their freedom for security. Some women chose comfort over conquering. Only in work can a woman achieve autonomy and can support herself. But years of gender conditioning pushes many women to accept a life of bondage than fight for liberation. 

6. “Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”

Simone de Beauvoir said that the difficulty of sacrificing security and comfort for some 'notion' of equality persuades many women to accept the unfulfilling roles in life. And she has beautifully described those roles by comparing them to the myth of Sisyphus. 

"The Second Sex" is a magnificent work in feminism that helps us understand how women have been treated in society for centuries, how women are conditioned, why women make different choices, and how not having great gender loyalty has prevented women from dismantling the patriarchy. 

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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

eXtraordinary fall and rise (Magic and Alchemy)


The garden wears the 
color and ornaments of spring
The sky- a burst of vibrant colors
Messages of ardor concealed
in the pattern of clouds;
The world looks like Arcadia
Everything becomes extraordinary
when there is an explosion of
rainbow within the beating heart;
Feelings that are stars 
form a grand constellation
We realize how deep we have 
fallen in the ocean of love
let the ego burn into ashes
and risen like a phoenix
in the sky of spirituality. 

Purba Chakraborty


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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Wings (Magic and Alchemy)


My father had gifted me
a pair of magical wings~
Wings Of courage 
and determination
when he saw me dreaming
with open eyes for the first time.
I fastened those wings
with the glue of faith
ready to take my first flight
like the Greek craftsman, 
Deaedalus and his son, Icarus. 

My father told me to fly away
from every thing that
chained me  
caged me 
pulled me down
made me doubt myself
stopped me from
reaching my dreams~
rules of society
judgmental relatives
comfort of the known
fear of the unknown
habit of the routine.
"Yes! Fly as high as possible
Do not fear to be Icarus" he said,
"Your wings are glued 
by faith, not wax
Sun cannot melt them 
Storms cannot touch them."

The poem is inspired from the Greek mythological story of Daedalus and Icarus. You can check it out here

The poem is dedicated to my wonderful father. It is his birthday today! Happy Birthday Papa. All that I am is because of you! I love you the most. 

Purba Chakraborty


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Monday, 26 April 2021

Valley of Nostalgia (Magic and Alchemy)


I find my way back again
to the alluring valley of nostalgia
Lit by fireflies of memories
Keepsakes sprouting like daffodils
The petrichor, night-jasmine
and other familiar aromas
inviting me in;
I hear the voice of loved ones
favorite childhood songs and jingles 
combined to form a delectable melody.

The valley of nostalgia
A bewitching, magnificent place
Present fades away
Unreal becomes real
Realm of magic realism.
I lay down on the valley
taking in all the beauty 
until the sun shines brightly,
jolting me out of my reverie.
The valley of nostalgia
is a magical place to be
but I have dreams to fulfill
songs to sing
stories to write
years to live. 

Purba Chakraborty


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Saturday, 24 April 2021

Unspoken, Unsent, Unfinished (Magic and Alchemy)


If only we could hear
the unspoken words,
swallowed just before they
could escape the trembling lips...

If only we could read
the unsent messages and letters
languishing in the draft folder
or crumpled up in a dusty corner...

We could dot the i's 
Cross the 't's
Prevent many stories
from staying unfinished
Prevent many connections
from fading into oblivion.

Alas! The white pages 
have long turned yellow
Yet the ship could not
reach its shore.

Purba Chakraborty


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Friday, 23 April 2021

The Trees and their Hymn ( Magic and Alchemy)


The trees and their hymn
teaches me the art of living;
How gracefully they 
shed their leaves in autumn
and wear new ones in spring;
Watching them, I learn
to cast off old beliefs, 
unlearn old habits
let go of toxic energy
and put on new ones~
clean energy
beliefs that uplift
habits that serve.
The trees and their hymn
teach me to sing songs 
of autumn and spring;
Revel in the gifts that
each season of life brings. 

Purba Chakraborty


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Thursday, 22 April 2021

Sisters by Soul (Magic and Alchemy)


They taught us all wrong
They told us we have to
compete against each other
all through life
as if when one is
achieving happiness, 
the plates of others 
are getting emptier, bit by bit.

If we were meant to be
competitors and foes, 
how are we all linked
with the thread of pain?
Every month, we go 
through the same agony
We bleed with a brave smile
carrying out our job and chores
We have all been victims 
of being called the second sex
whether we choose to call
ourselves feminists or not;
We have all faced harassment
in some form or the other.

My heart swells when it 
realizes the connection 
I share with every woman; 
Oh! It is deeper than the oceans
mightier than the mountains
more sacred than 
the Gita and Bible;
We are daughters of the 
divine Goddess 
Mother Earth
Mother Nature
We are sisters by soul
We are sisters across various lifetimes.
When we stand up for each other, 
we change the direction of winds;
When we support each other, 
we make the sun shine brighter;
Once we acknowledge we are
all sisters by soul, 
we will witness a 
sunshower of miracles. 

Purba Chakraborty


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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Raindrops on my skin (Magic and Alchemy)


You are like the mountain
I am like the sea
Miles between us, 
I await your presence
with every ounce of hope.
The tired grey clouds 
gather overhead;
They have travelled all
the way from you to me
carrying your message;
It soon starts raining
First drizzles, then showers
As the raindrops graze
my bare, weary skin, 
I can hear your 
vows of love
promises of eternity
kissing away all my tears
healing my pain and scars. 

Purba Chakraborty


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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Que Sera Sera (Magic and Alchemy)


The sky revels in the
whimsical movements
and impulsive patterns 
of the clouds ~
Cirrus, Cumulus, 
Nimbus, Stratus
without any complaint. 
The butterfly revels in the
playful dance from 
flower to flower;
The skylark revels in 
singing its chimerical songs
from sunrise to sunset.
Nature whispers from 
every corner - Que Sera Sera
Whatever will be, will be;
Then, why is the obsessive
longing for certainty?
Why allow the present moment
slip away like grains of sand?
Nature whispers from
every corner - Que Sera Sera
Life is in the now;
not in the illusions of the 
time to come.  

Purba Chakraborty


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Monday, 19 April 2021

Palace of Dreams (Magic and Alchemy)


You have been building it
Brick by brick
Tile by tile
Room after room
even before you understood
the meaning of life. 
Every wish, desire, 
yearning, hope, prayer
stored into rooms
embellished with faith and love
The palace of dreams 
represent life in its full glory.

Today, you meet plenty of people
who sell you sugar-coated lies;
They brainwash you into 
being walking dead
They ridicule you for having
something sacred in your life;
Will you let them convince you
to abandon the palace of dreams
in exchange of acceptance?
Will you let them crush it
with the bulldozer of hollow logic
justifying the societal conventions?
Or will you fight for your
beautiful palace of dreams
till your last breath
so that you live every second 
with honesty, depth and mirth?

Purba Chakraborty


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Saturday, 17 April 2021

Ode to my Muse (Magic and Alchemy)


I have met you
through my poems
in several worlds;
Distant daydreams
yet so sublimely intimate
Countless conversations
yet not a single word exchanged;
How beautiful you are my muse!
You bring out the best in me
You transform me into a wizard
You beautify everything I write. 

I have felt your soft caress
when I doubted my ability
You lulled me to sleep
gifted me with visions
kissed me in my dreams
awakened me to a new world.
You are as dear to me
as the vast sky is to the bird
Our esoteric relationship gets
stronger with every word I write
How patient you are my muse!
You never abandon me 
it the difficult times
Instead, you hold me close. 

Purba Chakraborty


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Friday, 16 April 2021

Numberless costumes yet the soul finds its mate! (Magic and Alchemy)


As we look into
each other's eyes, 
I get transported to
numberless places
where I have looked at you
with the same intensity
and you have captivated me
with your overflowing love.
Somewhere in space and time,
we have loved each other
in numberless costumes
I have danced to your music
I have captured you on my canvas
You have given words to my
incoherent thoughts
You have taught me pottery
We have created sculptures.

As we look into
each other's eyes, 
I learn the secret to this familiarity.
Numberless roles we have played
in this stage of life;
We have put on various costumes
I have taken the male costume at times
and at other times, the female costume
Yet the soul manages to find its companion 
We find our way back to each other
to love and be loved in numberless ways
despite the changing of the costumes.

P.S. This poem is inspired by a poem of Rabindranath Tagore in 'Gitanjali'

Purba Chakraborty


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