Back Then and Now



Enjoyed life.
Stayed awake;
Past my bedtime
To play a little longer.
Looked forward to each day,
Going to school meeting friends,
Bunking classes
No matter what the weather,
Summer heat or rain
We would make the best of it.


Staying back after school.
Practising for annual day, sports days
I had set myself to enjoyment,
And THAT was an easier task
Than studying.
No matter the amount of homework I got
Play time was always premium.
Living each day as it came
Enthusiasm was the key
That brought power to the likes of me.


Back then and now
Priorities have changed
For greater infinite patience
And caution
With teenagers on my hands.
Now in my mind I make a plan
And wish how good it will be
To know the way
Sometimes wondering if the plan will work.


Enthusiasm today is,
Knowing what I want;
To escape from the whirlwind that is life.
Revelling in the cosmos and its mysteries
And gazing at spiral of stars lighting up
The dark midnight sky.
Enthusiasm today also is
Enjoying the power the words give to me
And the power to touch the words that I speak.


But still,
I don’t know how to get my childlike enthusiasm back…!


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31 thoughts on “Back Then and Now

      1. If I could go back and relive my past then I would do two things…. one play hard like a child again and second bring up my kids again the same way. No changes. But enjoy their bachpan again. Now that they are grown up I really miss their toddler hood and childhood.

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      2. Ma’am तो देर किस बात की है. खेलने के लिए Nobody इस Ever chota या bda. Apne agar thodi si bhi chah hai toh khelna shuru kar do Ma’am. Hum vapis toh nhi ja sakte but we can enjoy as much as we want. Yes, thoda physically ho sakta hai ki body na allow kare but toh kya huya spirit honi chahiye. Waah Ma’am. This tells how much you love them. 🙂

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      3. I do play… but in a dignified way…. piththoo, chain, hopscotch, climbing trees…. I was a real tomboy… always had my knees scaped and had stitches and had tincher iodine poured on them…and my sister was the opposite: dainty good girl. If there was a problem then I was at the heart of it. But now sochna Padta hai… controversial Ho jata hai. I’m still my bindas self. Learnt to cycle in this age and rode the cycle straight into the belly of the motorcycle crossing in front of me😉. Got thrown near a dustbin, all scraped and bleeding. Then I realized cycle mein brake bhi hoti hai😝 lagana bhool Gayee thi😁. Next day I was again cycling but now two fingers were on the brakes😁😁😁.

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      4. Hahahahha. Waah Ma’am. Ap toh bde sahi nikle. Haha. Apki spirit dekh ke I am motivated very much. Cycle chalana sikha apne kya baat. Mza aya? Haha cycle chalane ka pehle lesson apne pura kiya haha. Zyada chot toh nhi ayi na Ma’am. Dhyan rakha karo Ma’am. Main car chalate time bike valon se darta hun. Kahin touch tuch ho gyi toh ilzam mujhpe ana. Yeh toh itna ganda chalate hai. सर par kafan bandh ke nikalte hain.

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  1. सही कहा हैं समय के साथ responsibility बढ़ती जाती है और हमारी उम्र में फिर से बच्चे बन जाते है

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