A Modern Day Fairy Tale

imageA Modern Day Fairy Tale

Hideous. Ghastly. Hateful.
The words dominated her mind as she glanced at the mirror. Her world was clearly shattered. Her vividly imaginative mind allowed her to believe that the mirror was taunting her for her looks and questioning her beauty. She shut her eyes tightly, for she wasn’t in fear of the world but herself. Thoughts about her failed marriage and its aftermath petrified her soul to such an extent that she broke down.
There were no birds on the window seal to lend their wonderful voices and weave a song to calm her horrified soul. No mice to bring in some comical touch to her life’s dreary story. She dreamt of a Prince Charming but her Prince’s charm was a mere disillusion. She uttered a yelp to her Godmother, for she wanted the magic of life to be back, so that she could be the same shimmering herself that she used to be six months ago.
All of a sudden, she realised something. Her conscience hit upon her so hard that she remained still for another hour. Then, the most unexpected situation occurred. She stood up, gaped with astonishment as she took a look at her disfigured face, which was once as beautiful and blissful as it could ever be, until the attack of sulphuric acid which left her with one eye blinded and epithelial cells of the skin, lifeless. But, enough is enough.
Neither was she a damsel nor in distress, anymore. She couldn’t be a lifeless log floating in the river of life with its aim being nothing.
‘I’m beautiful. The most glamorous girl I’ve ever known. How does it matter to me what the mirror says about the beauty which is only virtual, far from the real. I no longer wait for my knight in shining armour to enter into the scene as a saviour and shield me from the criticism I may have to face. I-am-my-own-true-hero. I’m bold and unsuspiciously stunning. And I need not prove that to someone else.’
For the very first time, she could see herself smiling, that curve on her face sparkled like a gem. She had made up her mind to live, live for the sake of herself and her family which loves her way too much, irrespective of the drastic change(albeit virtual).

She finally found her own Charming hero who would love her because of the precious inner beauty which no one could ever steal from her, the wonderful Godmother who would guide her through her struggles, the birds and mice who would dance in jolly when she would attain the success she’s striving for. All of them were right in front of her, as she gazed at the mirror with a novel aspiration.

~Anshika M Jhamb


Knock Knock! Are You There Humanity?



A Terrorist attack in Brussels. Oh, suicide bombing in Lahore. How can I forget Paris. 26/11 and 9/11 too.
Well, what should I say now? We love to talk about love, peace and harmony, but as I can see, the future of humanity is heading towards darkness (let’s be honest). God created us in the hopes of building new dimensions and ideas that would flourish on this beautiful planet for centuries to come. But what has happened now? Why are we destroying each other? For attaining supreme power or is it religion? Hopes shattered.
Why have we forgotten that we made religion, and that religion didn’t make us. Religion is a person’s way of life and the ideals he follows and the ‘guru’ whose philosophies he acknowledges the most. This guru shares the same knowledge with all the beautiful beings of this world and they make it their way of life. The mere difference which I can observe in the religions of the world is only the language and the culture but, the self same Guru. That’s it.
So why are we fighting? Different religions in and around the globe have taught to love and respect each and every being (this fact is definitely not unfamiliar to you) but ask yourself- are we really following this ideal?
If all the people of the world choose LOVE over HATRED, wouldn’t earth be that Heaven we all want to experience once in our lifetime?