Monday, July 4, 2011

The bench

This was a picture I had taken in Singapore.

The 12 yrold had smirked:: "Why would you want to take a picture of an empty bench?!!!"

Why indeed!

I think I've never seen an empty bench in India, because most benches seem much in demand in space starved urban cites, occupied as they are by couples trying to grab some 'together' time and a whole lot of each other in the process.

This solitary bench  spoke to me. It said "Come, sit down, no one will gawk at you or disturb you. Come and  watch the world go by."

and so i did, after shooing the boys away to go far away, ofcourse!

Have you ever done that, sitting down just by yourself and watching nothing go by?

That day i did just that, and as i sat there, surrounded by nature, my thoughts just came swirling around. It seemed that there are a whole lot of thoughts jostling for the right to be heard. Your worries, your hopes, your wishes  come gushing from the subconscious mind to the real.

and you wait and slowly they sort themselves in aan orderly fashion and let you think each thought with the attention it deserved.

Sometimes you think 'a what if' and feel regret. It's best to blow those thoughts away because it is no use dwelling over a thing done.

 You think of roads taken and some ignored. You wonder about your journeys in the future and whether you will be able to choose the path right for you.

and you take a deep breath, and feel peaceful and content.

That's why i love an empty bench.

there were so many in singapore

and none here.


Sumana said...

And, you are back. So true to the core. On a weekend or a weekday, it is tough to see any restaurant without lines.Same holds for a theatre. Miss that part of life wher eyou could just walkin and get the thing you wanted to.

Swati said...

Thats a lovely pic!

matrimony said...

Yes of course, Most of benches seem in more demand, I love this snap and writing........!!!!
tamil matrimony

Kavi said...

The empty bench and a full invitation ! I have clicked a few of such empty benches myself !

Your post weaves in a greater meaning to what the bench holds and does not hold ! :)

Raam Pyari said...

what a beautiful post :) loved it!

ceedy said...

pause and reflect...nice post and if there are no empty benches carry a light weight folding chair...dont miss out

Rishi said...

Nice post. That's all I had to say, but then a comment as short as that would probably be thought of as spam, so...

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Thank you for sharing

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Thank your for sharing
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Santosh Kumar said...

Just being there, saying nothing and not participating in the is said to be 'SAKSHI BHAW'.. Being witness. It is used to relax.

Nice post.

Reflections said...

Hehe even I love taking pics of empty benches....I took a beautiful pic[acco to me;-D] of one in Mysore. I put it up in my pic blog last month;-)

Just Like That said...

Do you realise its been 2 months since you posted? Do you?? Haan???? :-D Post!!!!

politices said...

hi suma.Thats a lovely pic!
and i love your writing suma ...

love sms

Monika said...

I absolutely love doing that, being by myself and seeing nothing

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