My radiance obsession
As the looming shadow of darkness descent
The vast blueness vanishes with lament
As the entire existence smothers in its might
The flickering flame of the candle gives darkness a fight!
-Aritra Chakrabarty Sengupta
Darkness can be either internal or external, but I detest both. Light of
positivity, light of innocence, light of love and lights in general have always
attracted me, even as an infant. I remember, during my first visit and
exposure to the natural grandeur of the hill stations of Bengal, how much I was hooked up to the night view ofthe sparsely populated hills. I was
immensely fortunate to view the extravaganza of Diwali on the Kurseong
hills. Looming dark hills served as a splendid backdrop for the thousand
little burning lamps.
When I shifted to Mumbai, this city of lights annoyed me in ways more thanone. The slow moving traffic and the fast moving life, left me craving for a breathe of fresh air. My only respite was the view from the French window of the living area of my rented apartment. However soon my hubby decided to buy an apartment of our own. And the search of locating a piece of
property apt for our kind of life and living began. However I stuck to my
requirement of an apartment in the top floors, so that I could silently view the city lights from the darkness of my own little space, as rightfully lights are best appreciated from shadows of looming darkness.
My apartment on the 16th floor is just the way I wanted it to be. Though
we had to pay some extra bucks due to my “radiance obsession”, as I call it. But Avishek (my hubby) supported me in my madness, as he always does.
Every night in my apartment is star studded with the backdrop of hills;
I silently admire them and think, “ This city really grows on you, even if u
deliberately try to hate it”!
As I sit admiring the stars in the sky
The little stars on earth wave to me
“Look” they say, “here I am Gleaming with reality”
“Beautiful from a distance, harsh when near”
“But still you admire me, because I make the city what is it.”
Aritra Chakrabarty Sengupta
I unfortunately don't have a very clear image of the view from my apartment, the images used are courtesy Google.