The Rush!

For all his life he has driven his car on big empty lanes. He has traveled through so many roads and so many places.He has driven through forests, there have been deserts and sands, there have been fields, and there have been mountains.
He had always enjoyed driving. He had felt the hot dry air in sand on his face. And again he had the wet drops with breeze pushing him. Then there has been no wind, just the warmth of the sun like the mother's love. There has been storms with snow blowing out everything.
It has been cold. It has been warm.It has been hot!

He had stopped wherever he had wanted. To look at the mighty mountains, To stare at the endless stars in the sky , To feel the rain drenching him, To say goodbye to setting sun and welcome it rising. And sometimes just because he wanted to stop and feel everything around him.

Yes, there have been maddening towns. The traffic, the noise, but it has been for small intervals. He has passed with, and sometimes bypassed them totally. He has kept himself to wide open roads!

Then came a might day. The wide road came at a four way. Something sharp pained in his brain. Just for a fraction of a second. It was like it came and went before you can scream!
He shook his head and moved straight!
( Close you eye and imagine this. A wide road meeting at a four way. At the very moment the view goes up and up. Up to the sky, revealing what lays ahead of that wide road)

There were lanes.
There were lanes.
More lanes.
Lanes and Lanes.
So many lanes.
Infinite lanes...

Lanes meeting more lanes.
Lanes leaving other lanes.
Lanes over lanes.
Lanes below lanes.

And there was traffic. Vehicles moving everywhere. Running, rushing, speeding. No lane was without them. All had vehicles running on them.
The maddening rush!

You cant stop. You stop and you are hit from behind.
You have to move...
Move and Rush!

There is one place where you stop - The Red light. Ya everyone stops at one.
But the light timings have been so adjusted. There is not enough time to think what is happening. The moment you try to think over it.

Whoosh there is green...
Move....
Rush....


( The view keeps moving upwards. It shows the maze. You see and see. You see and it is blurred. It is blurred and it disappears!)


PS : Illustration once again by my talented friend Navi.You can visit him here.

44 comments:

navi said...

sometimes you come up with stuff u r just not supposed to be saying... too heavy and beyond your age... its amazing to see someone think, and be a punjabi at a same time... keep it up...

humbl devil said...

hey, reduce your esnips widget width by 55%...

Still searching said...

{Reminds me of NH8!! :))}

Such is life.

humbl devil said...

better...
:)

d SINNER!!! said...

hmmmm.....

lanes, roads, ways....call them whatever....all metaphorical of choices and later on decisions....

:)

Kalyan said...

lovely reading this thoughtful post. It is so expressive & meaningful & so related with our lives today...we just have to pause for a while & think in this maddening world....the pic you selected is also very nice!

Standbymind said...

@Navi
;) Thankx mate..Honour to get this from ya!

@devil
ty mate!

@still
It is!

@sinner
Yeah pal...rite said!

@kalyan
yeah..ty man..thats from a friend!
talented one as u c!

Jerry said...

This is actually a deep thought.I can see through this!
Good....

Lavender said...

There's been a revolution in your writing style and its been for good. Keep up this immense creativity !!

phoenix said...

food for thought!
amazingly well written...

Anonymous said...

macha, call me dumb, but i didnt understand....

or atleast, i didn understand enough to appreciate it like the commenters above have... so let me humbly back off!

Ab

Sandhya said...

I can imagine a message behind this post.

Rohit Tripathi said...

I really like the way you right things and I never get bored reading them

New Post - Titanic : The hottest love has the coldest end

Standbymind said...

@jerry
Yeah...:)

@Lavender
Thanx pal..May be the mental state is doin it;)

@phoenix
hey thanx!

@ab
Or may be I am too vague! :O

@sandhya
Great...

gunj said...

gr8 words to match d gr8 picture!!

Zee said...

quite a picture....graphically and in words...

oceanic mirages said...

an interesting blog here.
thanx for stopping by.

Chandni said...

hello! long time...

happy new year!

Anonymous said...

The whole thing is a big and beautifully chosen metaphor.
You are write very deep though provoking material!

backpakker said...

The lanes of life ...they are more dangerous than the road called life..its a maze..liked your style of writing

KP said...

The life of Rush!!
Quite deeply written.......;)
well written post...;)

Coconut Chutney said...

reminds of the robert frost poem..."And miles to go before I sleep"

Awesome work on the photo btw.

Yoga Gal said...

Great blog!

Anonymous said...

hehe..... well, i guess that was yr intention too...

i somehow keep feeling that when people write or say vague stuff, they want to express something much deeper, and a lot of the time unconnected, with what it appears to be! thats why i keep saying i didn understand! the hidden thoughts!

ab

Adi Crazy said...

A plain simple pure amazed mesmerised "WOW!"

Reminds me of a road from my childhood (I cant place where it was?) and I'm suddenly nostalgic.
:)

Friendly nextdoor guy said...

good one!!!

swatimala said...

ur posts have aquired a mature and philosophical edge 2 it

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

the beauty of this piece is that you can take it literally and get meaning out of it and then you can also take it metaphorically and a whole another thought chain opens up :)
Brilliant! :-)

J E E V Y said...

Man! Now that was one a really GOOD post!
I wanted to read something like this on ur blog for a while now
good job mate!

-Jeevy

soul&body said...

i loved to read, you are a very good writer, keep doing the good work!

Keshi said...

wow!

btw check out my latest post LOL sorry!

Keshi.

Standbymind said...

@gunj
ty gunj!

@Zee
yeah Navi does make great illustrations!

@Mirages
anytime!

@chandni
yeha..Happy new year to ya tooo!

@backpakker
ty!! honour!

@kp
:) mayte!!

@coconut
Yeah..Credits to Navi for pic!

@Ab
ahan!!
The hidden thoughtsss!!
U always hit at the right spot!

@Adi
hehe good!
ty

@guy
ty

@Swati
really? ;)

@Raaji
Honor!!!!

@Jeevy
ty Jeevy The Man!

@Soul
ty...:)

@Keshi
ok lemme do that!

Princess Banter said...

Beautiful -- where do you hide all these good things in you? :)

Oracle said...

endless roads and endless journeys are scary but so are cul-de-sacs, ain't it

Standbymind said...

@princess!
How r ya ur highness!
oh there loads f room inside me to hide things!

@Oracle
Yeah..seems futile if u always remain stuck in there!!

sean said...

saw you at Paddys blog.
cool writing, really.

orgasmik said...

Very factual observations - making poetic reflexions where actuality chokes and pollutes, a human eye over the human mess....
Thousand excuses for not saluting you any earlier than this.

juice said...

wow! brilliantly written.
it's great to know how many people out there hate the stupid system and prefer to use the wide open road!

Nikhil said...

This is an absolute ripper of a post ...loved every line .... i always wondered sometimes your best memories come at times when you're alone and free of thoughts!

Dawn....सेहर said...

Cool reading ...keep it up

Cheers

Annie Wicking and Loman Austen said...

It makes you want to grow wings and fly away.

I'm very lucky and live with a sea of green fields around me (so far) tomorrow maybe someone will have the mad idea and want to widened the main road about three miles from where I live.

Best wishes to you,
My standbymind friend,

Annie

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

This was wonderful. I enjoyed the writing, the poem ... it had me going and going, rushing through the words wishing I had lanes.


Thank you for finding me, so I could enjoy you.

T

Standbymind said...

@sean
ty man

@orgasmik
:)....!!

@juice
yeah!

@Nikhil
I know...they do!

@dawn
ty man!

@Annie
thanx Annie :)


@inside
ty for comin n reading!

utopia said...

that was some analogy you drew with life. :-)