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If You Carry Impatience In Your Heart...

If You Carry Impatience In Your Heart...

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I'm not one for poetry.  It doesn't usually move me in the way it does for some people. 

I'm not one for Bollywood movies, either. They're usually too long for my taste, filled with a bit too much song and dance, often a bit too predictable.

But, literally by chance, I caught one recently on a flight between Dubai and London that I thought was very good (despite the two song and dance numbers in it!).

The movie, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (translated as You Only Live Once), is the story of three old friends who come together for a bachelor trip to celebrate the upcoming wedding of one of the group. Each comes with his own backstory, his own dreams, his own regrets and it's the story of how they find themselves (essentially). That, in and of itself, was interesting, and made for a compelling story.

But the best part about the movie is that it is punctuated, at key points, by the poetry of Javed Akhtar. Again, I don't usually take to poetry, and certainly not if it isn't in English, but this was simply beautiful.

While there are four poems in the film, it's the last one that i found the most moving. It spoke to me about our desire to experience, to be alive, to simply be. That the inner restlessness that so many of us feel, is actually something positive. That we must never lose our curiosity, our yearning, our impatience.

If you carry impatience in your heart then you are alive
If you carry the sparkle of dreams in your eyes then you are alive
Learn to live like the gust of wind
Learn to flow like the stream among the waves
Receive every moment in life with open arms
See every moment as a new beginning
If you carry surprise in your eyes then you are alive
If you carry impatience in your heart then you are alive  

I don't know, I suppose there's something about long flights that makes me introspective, and this movie, and that poem played well into that frame of mind. It spoke to a fundamental truth about who we intrinsically are, and who we intrinsically want to be.

If you carry impatience in your heart then you are alive

(H/T to blog.chandrahasa.com for the English translation above. While it conveys the beauty of the words, the Hindi/Urdu original is, per the video below, next level.)

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