Thursday, January 1, 2009


A new year has dawned. May the New Year bring in Peace, Joy and Contentment to your lives. And may the rising sun give you Hope for tomorrow.
This picture was taken at Kanyakumari ( Cape Commorin ) at the meeting of the three seas - Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Its the southern most point of India and very famous because of Vivekananda's Rock. But my reason for picking this particular picture is different. For me it holds a completely different significance. It is related to a TV series called ' Nai Subah' ( translates to New Morning) which was aired sometime in the early '90s. It was a show about drug abuse amongst college students and their rehabilitation. On the whole it was a very sad show, but the last episode held something very meaningful.
The main protagonist was cured of his drug abuse and completely rehabilitated. But he faces problems when he tries to pick up the threads of his life. Friends and family shun him and he becomes despondent. In that dismal mood he collects what little money he has and gets on a bus without a destination in mind. From Bombay, he keeps going till he reaches Kanyakumari. The driver asks him to get down as it's the last stop and the bus will go no further. He then gets down and encounters a painter on the beach. Their conversation runs as given below:

Painter: " why the long face?"

Hero :"this is it. This is the end of land. What's the beauty here for you to paint?"

P: " It depends on where you are standing. You have your back turned that way, but from where I stand, I can see the whole country laid out before me. This is the beginning."

And that's what it is all about. It's all how you look at it. And Kanyakumari sunrise does it for me - give vision and hope.

So may this New Year bring us the best and some of that elusive elixir - Happiness.


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