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Couplet #1 : The threads of love

The threads of love are precious and fragile,
don't break them, with nary a thought.
Once broken they do not join,
even on tying the ends, they leave a knot.

The real player

We live in an RPG,
we the avatar thinking that we are the one who is in control.
Never knowing the actual player driving us.
The avatar sees no score,
he sees no maps,
he sees nothing
cause he is trapped,
Trapped in this game world,
one life to the next.
Reincarnating in different times,
in different forms.
Living whole lifetimes accumulating score.

The score called karma. The player, the soul.

Far away somewhere

Far away somewhere, when the day goes to rest,
The dusk sneaks up, shyly.
Like a newlywed bride.
And here, in the courtyard of my dreams,
someone lights up a lamp

Sometimes, when with no reason at all
my breaths become heavy
and my eyes well up with tears unshed
With a flutter, lovingly, someone caresses me,
but I cannot see her..
I cannot see her..

Sometimes these hearts
are unable to touch
and somewhere else,
emerge connections deep and old
The problem was such,
it made my own heart the enemy
belonging to me, yet bearing the pain of another.

Only my heart knows all my secrets deep
How I lost all my dreams, so golden
These dreams, these alone are mine,
I won't ever let their reminisces go
away from me

Untitled Poem #1

Sitting and wondering,
on this chair
Alone in this room
I wallow in despair

This unexplained feeling of doom,
this mind numbing
spirit leeching gloom




Music

Transcending both
time and space
it takes me to
another place
to a vacation, a holiday
while I am right where I stay

Speaking what can't be expressed
Soothing the mind,
giving it a rest
Healing the heart,
making it whole
Like a heavenly balm
soothing my soul
-gautamji 

Lost with my thoughts

I feel lost at sea
No land in sight
Helpless to help myself
I've got no respite

Alone with my thoughts
what a dangerous place to be
My thoughts have become
my greatest enemy

I am running but going nowhere
running on a treadmill of dread
I am trying but I can't escape
this horrendous woeful place

They go around in a loop
coming back where they started
like a noose around my neck
pulling me to despair

My process in learning a new language - Spanish

Phase One : Introduction
By introduction I mean, getting the basics of the language or target subject. If it is a language, as it is in my case, learn some common words and basic grammar, getting used to its sounds, its rhythm, and its tones, being able to recognize some words in that language's songs and rapid conversation. By some words I mean at least two out of ten words.
This phase can be tricky, it has the highest chance of drop out, and if you drop out in this phase you forget whatever little you have learned yet as if it was never there.
Duolingo is a great resource for this phase. After completing the duolingo Spanish skill tree, I know some vocabulary and some grammar.I can make out common words in Spanish songs and Spanish conversations between native speakers, though stringing the words together in my head and understanding the meaning still takes time.I am able to read Spanish and most of the time understand what is written.I can also translate basic sentenc…

Death

O Death, my oldest friend.
My constant companion,

Why would I be afraid of you?

You have been there,
right from the start,
Since my birth
we have never been apart.

We share the same birthday,
And I know that one day
When the time comes,
You will take me away.

Away on an adventure.
to parts unknown.
Leaving behind everything
that I have known.

But you are mine, my friend.
They are not,
the ones who look like you
So similar yet so different
born with my loved ones,
instead of me,
I am afraid of them,
deathly afraid.
'cause one day
they will take them away
away from me.


New Project : Harmonica Tutor App

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Harp, Harmonica, Mouth Organ and more. It has many names but its sound is distinctive in its expressiveness, and the instrument, one of a kind in its portability.

As you may or may not know, I am a harmonica enthusiast and player, I love the Diatonic Harp. I just love its expressiveness, its distinctive sound, even its quirks. Everything about it really somehow tugs my heartstrings.
Such a small instrument, with such a powerful voice. Its size, in no way an indicator of its power.

A few months ago, while searching for new songs to learn and play. I found some song tabs, but the song was new to me, and the tune unfamiliar.
You see, tabs don't tell the whole story of a song, tabs don't show rhythm, or time. I could see what notes to play, but I didn't know when to play them. Which made learning the song unnecessarily difficult. And the process ineffective.

Everything has an app nowadays.
So with the powers of programming  vested upon me from the land of no bugs 😄 , I decid…

My Downfall

On seeing her, my heart soared
in my chest it loudly roared
Beating hard like a horse on gallop
There it went, out of my control

Her beauty,
like that of a delicate flower
Her smile,
Had me mesmerized
Her eyes,
Saying things untold
Her neck,
makes me want to nibble

And her laugh,
I cannot get enough of it
like bells tinkling
It makes life seem worth it.

I saw the signs and was alert
I warned my heart
so it won't be hurt

O heart, beware!
don't make this mistake
You have been there
this risk you cannot take

Remember the lesson
That you should have learnt
Why do you again
risk getting burnt?

But my heart had gone deaf
it didn't listen
and now I am
hopelessly smitten

I see where this is going
I see my downfall
and I am powerless to resist
I can just hope for the best

My oldest friend

Alone
When I came
I was

Alone
In this life
I am

Alone
Is what I want
To be

Empty
Is what I feel
I am

Hollow
From inside
I feel

World
Doesn't care
A damn

Selfish
Will I have
To be?



No
I realize that I
am wrong

Alone
I am not and
Never was

Death
Has been my
Oldest friend

Born
Along with me
it was

Together
We will face
The end

Garbage Dunk

To slam dunk, in basketball,
you have to jump high and be tall.

Jump to the basket in a mighty leap
And slam the ball in it deep

You don't have to aim at all.
jump up high and slam dunk the ball.

To slam dunk garbage in a garbage bin.
Just walk up and slam it in.

You don't need to be Michael Jordan,
to slam dunk in a dust bin.

Playing basketball with garbage and bin,
is no excuse to not throw it in.

Why aim and throw anyway,
When you can slam dunk and save the day?

This poem was in response to a commenter on a quora answer

A letter to the English Learner (in english)

Dear English learner,
English is funny language with a lot of exceptions, so in order to help you in your learning journey I am linking some resources below.

Good apps : http://memrise.com and http://duolingo.com

Free and good audio books and e-books :
http://librivox.org
http://www.loyalbooks.com/


This site has some great English learning resources, including podcasts : http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en

And if you are interested in the history of words, their etymology etc, this is a fun podcast channel : http://waywordradio.org 

I would recommend you start with the apps to get the basics and then listen to audio books and read them simultaneously to gain fluency and a better vocabulary.

The British council website is also a great resource for beginners and intermediate level learners.

I hope these resources will be helpful to you, I will add more as I find them.

All the best in your learning journey

Cheers,
Gautam Jain (gautamji)

Tabby

I will tell you guys something,
Something that happened a few days ago,
while walking in the evening,
I felt gloomy, my mood really low.

The world looked weird,
The colors all wrong
There was a deafening silence in my ears
And I wasn't singing any song

Nor was I playing my flute or harp
The world had never looked so dark
Then out of nowhere came my salvation
A little cat asking for affection.

I meow at cats, I know it is weird
But they have never meowed back
This one came, begging to be petted
Who was I to not oblige it?

The little tabby stayed with me,
Bumping its head, arching its back
Going around in circles around my feet
Putting its paws in my lap

Then as soon as I felt better,
the world looking bright and cheery
The cat got up and walked away
leaving me feeling really merry

this incident was dated : 4th May 2017