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This picture has been contributed by Dr. Sanjay Behari, Department of Neurosurgery, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
These 'diamond-shaped mist and snow-covered icebergs arising from the sea' appear to be integral components of an image taken in Antarctica. This is actually a view of the Himalayan ranges seen from above the clouds. This picture was captured from the window of an airplane on a flight from New Delhi to Bagdogra, Darjeeling district, West Bengal, one autumn evening. The plane flies parallel to the Himalayan ranges on that flight, and on a clear day, the snow on the majestic mountains that brilliantly reflects the waning light of the sun is clearly seen from the airplane window. As one looks from a distance, all the different elements in the photograph, the deep blue sky above, the mountain peaks and the clouds at eye-level, and the greenish hue of the forest and the river below, merge into one beautiful pastel painting…and therein lies a message for all of us.
When we rise above the humdrum and cacophony of daily interactions and attempt to assess a situation from a distance and from a heightened perspective, all the apparent differences in opinions, ambitions and life, merge into one beautiful pastel painting. In this setting, a few lines that I penned down long ago, especially become relevant:
The Expensive Misadventure
Every clone of innumerable faceless individuals,
Struggling to carve for itself,
an identity that is its very own…
As dust is raked,
clouds are sent up,
a melee ensues,
that ushers within…
the revelation of an effort futile,
and the grim realization…
Was not the price of ambition too high?
Left inset: Retrieved from the article
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Right inset: Retrieved from the article
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