Autumn

Its high time I suppose that I justify the name of my page which says gadgetworld & ‘poetry’. I have written about gadgets & so now is the time to refresh you all with some poetry.

This poem of mine sheds light on one of the most beautiful & heart warming seasons i.e. Autumn. All of us love autumn for its amazing colours & the vibe it spreads all around us. But is there something more to it? Read ahead to know.

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Autumn

It’s ironic that autumn is beautiful yet everything is dying..

Life dies and people make it seem as a romantic fling..

Things change for ever & everyone just ignores that part,

Someone sheds their beloved & it doesn’t even seem hard…

Autumn makes for an amazing scene,

All at the expense of the living..

Analogous to life it seems when she turns her back,

Summer turns into autumn, her feelings suddenly change tracks,

Autumn is a sure shot season,

The change in her feelings, well they don’t need a reason..

You thought she was your path to Euphoria,

Life makes a fool out of you signaling the hamartia..

That one special relation you had was just a fallacy,

Your greatest fantasy turned out to be a tragedy..

You gave out your innermost feelings,

Autumn knocked you cold when you hoped for the Spring..

Trying ever so hard to hold onto your leaves,

She’s makes it harder when she gets lost in her own glee…

It’s impossible to let go off her after all this,

Cz you’ve lost all that you ever had to give,

You lost your heart in hope of that one special kiss,

Times changed like seasons & everything went amiss..

You end up like a tree old & forgotten,

Autumn gets the best of you, the love you thot; never happened..

4 seasons,

3 words,

2 hearts

1 lost love..

Autumn.. A funny old thing…

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The A, B & C of Graduation

Graduation is not a big deal these days. You’ll get graduates all around you without even having to ask. Out of them ‘engineering’ seems to be the most common of them all. Engineering it seems; is like finding a pastry in cake shop; easy as you like. Finding an engineer these days is like finding a beach in Konkan; you’d find them in a jiffy. They ain’t wrong when they say it’s like a production factory out there. They produce engineers of all types & quality.

So consider Mr. A, Mr. B & Mr. C; all of them are engineers from a decent college/university. At the end of the 4 years Mr. A knows a lil about engineering & has a father with great contacts (father is just a symbolic term used). Mr. B barely made it through the 4 years but he too has his ‘Godfather’ so to say. Then we come to Mr. C who has his basics right but hardly any contacts at all. During the 4 years of graduation all of them were good friends & the contacts part didn’t really matter. So then why do you need contacts? Well, unless you were born just yesterday, everyone knows this for a fact that you need contacts to get a job. (Note: We ain’t even looking at Mr. D of engineering who knows nothing & has no contacts because well, it’s beyond hopeless.)

So today, Mr. A works in a MNC because he kind of deserves it right? Basics clear plus strong contacts, bingo! Mr. B can have 2 really interesting cases. One, he works in a more than decent company earning what you’d call more than he really deserves; or two, he’s probably working in his father’s/ uncle’s company employing people like Mr. A, B & C. Center stage Mr. C, a guy with a talent & the aptitude to do something good with life is stuck up in a wormhole of finding a job or starting a business. (Just to clarify Mr. C cannot be a rich guy with no contacts, because it’s just not possible). So Mr. C has his struggle cut out for him right away. Registering on the so called 100% guaranteed job sites with lakhs of jobs on offer, sending his CV to almost everyone he knows & applying to absolutely any job he comes across which is remotely related to his field. And this is just the half of his struggle mind you.

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Finding a job might seem really easy today because the sites show at least 1000s of jobs, don’t they? But being a fresher with no great contacts is next to a crime since everyone wants experienced people working for them but nobody is ready to give experience to the freshers out there. Unless you want to get in the IT sector where they take graduates from any stream. So what does Mr. C do? Start looking & start working anywhere you get a chance with a blind eye towards the salary. Yeah! That’s the solution. Forget what you like, what & where you aim to be. Keep working with the hope that things will fall in place. Add 3-4 years to the struggling life you reach 26-27 years of age & are considered a waste if you don’t earn a certain amount of money. Forget the society too, but our Mr. C starts feeling angry & useless at the same time. Now take a broader look at the situation & you’ll realize that graduation is never enough these days. What you need at least a PG with a whole lotta experience or a Ph.D. would be icing on the cake. But how does our Mr. C get there? “Sherlock Holmes alert!” I’d say.

 

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Although I’ve talked about engineering, I wonder how many of other science, arts or commerce graduates can relate to this. Many of them I suppose.

One fine day Mr. A rings up Mr. B to plan for a reunion of their trio to which B agrees in an instant. Mr. A then calls up Mr. C. The phone is ringing, which guy will receive the call? The successful guy who fought against all odds to achieve his goals or the one who is still struggling to gather money to buy a house?

All of us hope for the former Mr. C who is a hero, but is being that Mr. C easy or even practical? So is Mr. C facing this problem because he is incompetent or because the entire system itself is flawed? A question to ponder upon. Do comment & share if you like.

Security.. Security! Smart or Dumb?

Vibrant arch heads, colorful lanterns, vivid decorations & the entrance door welcoming you with the traditional ‘Happy Diwali’ memento. This is the sight which is commonly seen in the cities during the Diwali season. It’s a sight to behold & relish the festivities & the delicacies seen all around. Walk into any sweet mart & you’ll be amazed to see the exceptional variety on offer. Yummy!

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Just as I rushed into one of my favorite sweet marts, I was greeted like, “Sahab, bag bahar rakhiye. Madam purse seal karvaiye. Yeh raha token.” And I was like “what the… ?” With all the decorative things & the sweets lined up inside how can the customer be greeted like this? I thought. Security is essential I agree but then there’s something called as ‘welcoming the guests’ I presumed. I sighed and followed all his instructions & was about to rush inside & probably get to taste some mouth-watering stuff, I thought.  But I was abruptly stopped again. “Sir, ek minute. Yeh billing token lijiye pehle. Jaate samay counter pe de dena.” “Damn!” I muttered. Is hospitality extinct over here?

Shops these days have CCTVs & all kinds of other security systems. Then I wonder why they can’t welcome the customers especially during the festive times with a smile and the warmth that “Please come & shop all you want with us.” Anywhere you go you’ll find all the lavish decorations & designer hallways & entrances only to be stopped by the security guards & other personnel to make you realize that before a customer you’re a threat to the security of their shop/outlet. All of us know the drill of entering a mall or nowadays even these big sweet marts & shoe showrooms. The security personnel are of course doing their duty, so it’s the people in charge which annoy me with these gimmicks.

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There was a time once not too long ago when I used to head to my favorite sweet mart & be amazed with colorful sweets on display & not even hesitate to ask the guy across the counter to give 2-3 of them to taste. They’d have smiles on their faces & the generosity to give the customers what they wish and keep those security customs for the latter part. But now, security comes first & the warmth comes later; if at all the shopkeepers have something left of it.

I wonder if taken a poll, who would vote for the good old shops open for them with just the entrance door being the obstacle & who would prefer these modern, highly secure & eye popping outlets?

Is security trumping the hospitality? Or is this the right path for everyone? Do let me know. Please comment & share.

Chinmay Bapat