Love and the Ocean


Every evening we’d walk to that secluded beach… holding each other’s hands
We’d sit there for hours and talking about feelings, worries, love and beyond…
Admiring the vastness of the ocean and perplexed by its unknown depths…
The ocean, a lot similar to our love – was profound and boundless…

We had a special spot, marked by a heart shaped rock…
We had skillfully etched our names on it… making it symbolic…
Every evening we would watch the sunset and make a thousand promises…
Waves just reaching and feeling our feet- instilling peace and quiescence…

Many-a-couple would etch their names on the sand…
And the ocean would wash it away… sometime during the night…
But our heart shaped rock with our names… she wouldn’t harm it… ever…
As if, she wanted it to be there… as if she loved to see us together…

We both loved the sunset… and I loved watching her in tranquility and peace…
I loved to watch her hair flow, like the waves of the ocean, along with the breeze…
I loved her beautiful eyes looking beyond… and that serene smile on her face…
As it’d fill my heart with more and more love… and I would kiss her on her lips…

But a year later, things changed… we left each other… breaking our hearts…
I stopped walking to the beach… stayed back spending lonely evenings…
It had been months since we had last visited our favorite spot…
I wondered how that place looked like… and if our love-rock was still there…

So that day I decided to break-free from my room of loneliness…
And walked aloof to the beach… everything flashed back… our love and togetherness…
And when I reached there, that rock was missing… I looked for it everywhere…
Like the names of lovers on the sand… the ocean had finally, washed it away…

© Manish Ranjan, 2015

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The Clamoring Silence | Stop Violence Against Women


A thousand candles, raised close to their bosom…
With hands protecting the blinking… quivering flame…
They all walked through the streets… with placards of outcry…
Silently, peacefully, they marched… with hearts full of dissent…

Their eyes were swollen… filled with incessant tears…
Their souls grieved for her… she hadn’t died in vain…
They wanted a thousand deaths… for her beastly violators…
Faces looked red with loath… as they silently walked in disdain…

Their hearts prayed peace for her brave young soul…
A billion hearts wreathing in pain with her sufferings…
The Gods had been watching this… helplessly in disgust…
How could they create… evil monsters in human frames?

There are many like her… some dead and some live like dead…
Some wept in reticence… everyday… till their mortal body survived…
They never got their life back… their happiness murdered…
With horror of violence they live… and everyday their soul has died…

A thousand now walk for them… the victims yet filled with guilt…
A slap on the face of society… which detests… abandons the violated…
Which leaves them for death… instead of a life of love and dignity…
Virtually glorifying the violence… so inhuman… an endless insanity…

There was spirit in their walk… there was silence in the streets…
But there was an unconditional uproar in everybody’s hearts…
It was an army of candles… a troop of fighters against injustice…
They might be mute today… but there are clamors in their silence…

© Manish Ranjan, 2014

The Little Fugitive | A protest against female foeticide


One Sunday morning, I heard a blunt knock on the door…
My eyes were heavy and filled with sloth and sleep…
I chose to ignore it and slipped down again into my dreams…
The sunlight falling into my face, I turned to avoid those beams…

There was a knock again… This time, with more vigor and impatience…
Agitated, I woke up from my coziness and headed for the door…
I was about to yell as I opened my creaking, noisy wooden entrance…
But my anger melted… empathy filled in, to see a little girl on the floor…

She looked up as I stood tall in front, with her big blue eyes.
I could see her inexplicable pain and unknown inevitable fear.
I picked her up onto my lap, and asked-“What is it my dear?”
She looked at me with an estranged silence… knew not why she’s here.

I tried to pacify her, to let her feel at home and not scared…
“Don’t worry kid!” – I said. “Everything will be alright my dear”
She still had a skeptic look, she still seemed unresolved…
I held her hand and gave her a chocolate, wiped her sole tear.

“Are you lost my little one?” – I asked caressing her head…
She nodded gently and her tears slowly reappeared…
“Worry not!” – I whispered. “I’ll take you back to your home”
She stepped back and folded her hands… “No, not back there!”

I asked her patting her cheek: “Why… Are you angry with your dad?”
She advertently nodded and said: “He beat mom… He’ll kill me!”
“Why would he kill you?” – I asked. “You are such a sweet kid!”
“He will kill me and mom… Because, I am a girl… That is my felony…”

Here she was, a beautiful little angel… out in this world of prejudice…
She was a young refugee… an escapee from the societal penitentiary…
Running away from this male-dominated misogynist savage world…
She was scared but had the will to survive- She was a sweet little fugitive.

© Manish Ranjan, 2015

War History Movies


1. Gladiator

IMDB: When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: David Franzoni (story), David Franzoni (screenplay)
Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

I like warrior movies and Gladiator is one of my favorites in this category. It is a story of the Roman general who becomes a Gladiator. A good story, good action and brilliant acting.

2. Troy

IMDB: An adaptation of Homer’s great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Writers: Homer (poem), David Benioff (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom

Based on the Homer’s epic, this is a story of the destruction of the city called Troy and the story of the legendary warrior Achilles. The youngest prince of Troy, steals the beautiful wife Helen of Greece and marries her. This war is an outcome of this treachery. Full of ancient fight and is good to watch.

3. 300 – Rise of an Empire

IMDB: Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Director: Noam Murro
Writers: Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay)
Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey

This is an efficiently picturized movie which gives a feel of Animation in it. The best thing I like about this movie is the dialogues of warriors and the king of Sparta. A tale of a war, the warriors who gave their lives, treachery and myth.

4. Braveheart

IMDB: William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace’s father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.

Director: Mel Gibson
Writer: Randall Wallace
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan

It is a story of Freedom against the tyranny of the English rulers. The movie is pretty long but has all the elements that comes to war anywhere in the world. Uprising, revolt, tyranny, lost loved ones, warriors and traitors- this movie has it all.

To be continued…

Romantic Movies


1. 50 First Dates

IMDB: Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he’s finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider

This movie goes to the top of my list of Best Romantic Movies collection. An unusual love story, it makes me feel for Henry and pity Lucy. But the way Henry makes her day special, everyday is something we should do for our beloved. This movie is a must watch.

2. A Walk to Remember

IMDB: The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.

Director: Adam Shankman
Writers: Nicholas Sparks (novel), Karen Janszen (screenplay)
Stars: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote

A Walk to Remember is a teen romance movie. It is based on Nicholas Sparks’ sensitive novel. It tells a story of love which transcends death. This touchy movie deserves to be in everybody’s list.

3. If Only

IMDB: It takes a tragedy to teach the young businessman Ian to put love ahead of work and open up to his musician girlfriend Samantha.

Director: Gil Junger
Writer: Christina Welsh
Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls, Tom Wilkinson

If Only, is one of my favorites. It is a story of the man who has a premonition about his girlfriends accident which leads to her tragic death. But when the dream ends, he finds out the next day everything which happened in his dream was coming out to be true. The way he spends that day with her in order to give her the best day of her life moved me a lot. I really love this love story. It is a must watch.

 4. Message in a Bottle

IMDB: A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.

Director: Luis Mandoki
Writers: Nicholas Sparks (novel), Gerald Di Pego (screenplay)
Stars: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel, this movie comes out to be a bit slow but very touchy. This is because this movie is based on the dialogues and I love Nicholas Sparks writing. It is a story of a man who lost his wife and every year he would write her a letter, put it in a bottle and throw it in the ocean. The story begins with the heroine finds this bottle on the beach and discovers his tragic love. It is a beautiful story and a must watch.

To be continued…

Words from my heart

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