Floating through the timelapse.

Quarantine photography, Ta da!

‘I thought you died.’

My dear readers, even I had the same assumption about my own existence. Keeping aside the the pessimistic undertone in this conversation for a while.(Until I return to it a few seconds later.)

‘Floating through the timelapse’-It is timelapse, isn’t it ?

The hour, days, months seems to evaporate like the way the birds mingle with the dying sun at the end of every day. I often feel like we are inside a camera frame, all the moments that we are living through in this quarantine period is almost a sham, a slow lull in the breast of this crazy rushing I don’t care sort of World.

In this world, many of us are cocooned into an innocuous existence, the news of conflict in Syria or Tsunami on the shores of some Asian country or people dying of hunger in some another part of the world do at times shivers us, we proceed to express a delirious “Sigh” and then wraps the blanket of comfort around us. When I was of a certain age, a question often popped up in my mind ‘Why do the world has so much sadness in it?’ as I gaze through the brightly lit white screen to the fatigued, wistful eyes of a girl aged 12 strolling her way past through the faded blue tents filled with people denied a home under the bleak sky ashen with bullets.

This locked up life has dismissed us of privileges that we believed we were incomplete without. Some human in another side of the globe is living without these privileges, yet peaceful life resides there.

As I write these, I notice a hummingbird gliding through the guava tree in our house, I pause a bit to look at the tranquility in the air, which is quite an Oscar worthy moment(it does not do away the fact that Oscars are overrated) considering how noisy the street beside my house is.

In an extremely forgetting lifestyle, we are bestowed with a dash of anxiety and a bucket of panic attack, so this opportunity to sit at one place and to stop for a monent was not something we could imagine of, it’s not a blessing, I am going to be unapologetically honest with you, at days I do want to have that door that Doraemon had, an escape from my own silence to a place I do not know of. Maybe all of our life had been at times an accumulation of escapism, escape from the place we born in, escape from the tormenting years of school, escape from the scorching insecurities, escape from failure.

Even the whole concept of escapism, the distorted idea of utopia, a land of dreams, is flawed.

This quarantine made me comprehend that the whole idea of running from myself is doomed for the very reason our world is a round reality, we run only to stumble upon our feet, every time.

নদীর এপার কহে ছাড়িয়া নিশ্বাস, ওপারেতে সর্বসুখ আমার বিশ্বাস। নদীর ওপার বসি দীর্ঘশ্বাস ছাড়ে; কহে, যাহা কিছু সুখ সকলি ওপারে।”-Rabindranath Tagore.

Talking about this, I had to give reference to a line that I read long ago in my teenage years. (Your writer is an old lady hidden in this young body, don’t you see, Don’t you know it by now?) This above line translates to, or you could say an ode to the eternal yearn for a desire, to often assume that the other person is more happier than we are, that the life in some obscure land is full of glee that where we are right now. We like to believe our life is nothing comparing to the people we see on social media. We spend our whole life imagining of the happiness that lies on the other shore of the river, meanwhile the person sitting on the other side weeps to think about the happiness that resides on the other side.

No matter how strawberry colored one desires to show their world, one or in other way life succumbs us to catastrophes, and no human being is sheltered from it.

But why show the worst part of us?

Why let the world assume I am weak?

Today, we all are stuck to this confined existence, much to our bright horoscopes of ‘why 2020 will be your year'(Horoscopers, how’s the burn y’all?)

This lock down, in a way made us more close to us rather than any protest or debate on twitter, it subtly delivered us this one necessary life lesson that is despite this enormous success of us as humans, we are unquestionably fragile, and art is greater than war at times of grave crisis.

I am drinking rasna, watching mahabharat, and playing ludo.

Let me know in the comment section how you guys are spending your quarantine-ish life?

P.S=The hiatus ends for now.(I AM SERIOUS THIS TIME,I SWEAR!)

37 Comments Add yours

  1. A beautiful thoughtful muse Neha.. And indeed we often look outside of ourselves thinking we will find happiness and contentment in outer things..
    When in reality all we had was within us all along..
    This lockdown is giving all a great opportunity if only they could see it to discover themselves.. And may be when they do, they will be more loving and share that love.. Which is what I am seeing happening here in the UK…
    Love and Blessings ❤

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Hello from India Sue, your message brought a huge smile to my face, this lock down is really giving us time to know ourselves better, and also we are fortunate to have a home, a safe place to spend to ponder upon such thoughts, I hope you are healthy, safe, Take care of yourself love.
      Thank you for taking the time to read my post, appreciate it.

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      1. Good to know you are well Neha and we have many things to be thankful for.. Take care and much love returned 🙏

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      2. neha98blog says:

        *A virtual hug to you*

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  2. I am having lots of family time❤ along with lots of online classes😞!!
    Very well written neha!

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read it. indeed these time are tough, but we are tougher.

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  3. arv! says:

    Hope you are coping well with these times. Stay safe, Neha

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Hello Arv!
      It’s been a long time, how have you been?
      Can’t wait to read your posts, really.

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  4. Vishnu says:

    “This locked up life has dismissed us of privileges that we believed we were incomplete without.” I guess it’s time many of us re evaluate our priorities and re examine the value we give to things and also realize how many things we thought were unlivable without were just superficial. And indeed, art > war, I guess, at all times.
    Loved reading this.
    Peace.

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    1. neha98blog says:

      I agree with you on every point, let’s have the best of what we have.Life is beautiful when you learn new things, I guess, specially when they are about yourself.
      Thank you for reading this.

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  5. Post the 12-hour shift, I love making memes on selected best friends. Planning to post them maybe as a post. Let’s give all of them a laugh? Agree Co-Author? xD

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    1. neha98blog says:

      I mean, you really know Kalyan how to be this jobless, I do admire you a lot.

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      1. Haha I guess I did welcome you back in such a heartfelt manner. Keep blogging and please don’t vanish in thin air this time. We need your blogs❤❤

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      2. neha98blog says:

        You’re sweetest.Thank you Kalyan for the constant appreciation.

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  6. I love the way you write, weave the thoughts through your words and I absolutely love to read them. I like the idea that our life is an accumulation of escapism. Somehow I could connect. Please be regular now. We all miss you seriously (specially me!!)
    I am reading books, studying for entrance exams ☹️ and wasting time😂
    Take care! Lots of love❤️

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Your words do carry a special fragrant with it, the fragrance of kindness, mirth,and hope,Your writings reflect your inner thoughts, which is also mirror image of you.
      I missed you too dearie,a tad too much I guess.
      Promise regular hobo eibar theke.
      Entrance exam darun jabe, mon diye por aar stress nis na babu.
      Best wishes from me.
      Take care bonu and stay safe.

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      1. Thank you so much! You never fail to motivate me! I am trying my best. Stress na newar chesta kore jachhi lol. Apart from that, I am fine. It’s hope tumi bhalo achho. I can’t wait to read your posts, it’s like a refreshment to me😊

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  7. da-AL says:

    thank goodness you’re not dead!!! you were just having fun without us lol

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    1. neha98blog says:

      How could I?
      I missed you loads dearie.
      I hope you are safe and sound.

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      1. da-AL says:

        yes, I am grateful to say ❤

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  8. mitty says:

    Wow Neha, I enjoyed this. It’s amazing your words flashes many things in my mind and at some places I smiled, especially I too wished for door in doremon. While reading I didn’t feel like am reading something, I felt like someone is sitting near me and speaking. I too killing my qurantine by seeing mahabharath and playing ludo all the time. High five🙌
    Stay safe and happy dear🙂

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    1. neha98blog says:

      There are some comments that bring forth a gush of smile originated directly from the heart. Yours is one of them.
      Thank you for taking the time to read it, dear.

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      1. mitty says:

        I should be the one to say thank you for wonderful read. ❤️Keep writing

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      2. neha98blog says:

        You are officially the sweetest.
        Take care x.

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  9. That’s quite a juxtaposition, a hummingbird in the tree amidst the cacophony of the traffic. A beautiful post. Cheers!

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read it, it’s just a random musing I felt like sharing.
      Hope you have a lovely day ahead.

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      1. It was well worth the time to read it. You as well. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  10. Neha I have nominated you for the Liebster Award.! I really love your work and the time you take to read my posts, analyze them and type beautiful comments .I really wanted to nominate you for the award but yesterday while typing in the nominations it went out of my head.
    I have added it now. Kindly accept my nomination and check the latest post

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  11. I really appreciate your work. Please accept the nomination.

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  12. michnavs says:

    A beautiful and thoughtful post..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. neha98blog says:

      It was a random musing that I was ruminating about, Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts with me.
      Totally appreciate it.

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  13. Wow! Loved the flow of thoughts! Great piece!

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    1. neha98blog says:

      That’s such an uplifting comment, Thank you for visiting my blog.
      I appreciate it, hope you are safe.

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      1. You’re welcome! Your writing is captivating!

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Thank you Saania for taking the time to visit my blog, I appreciate it totally

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