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Shirdi

by Sneha Subramanian Kanta
(Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)



Earlier when we entered this divine town
you, me and mom
we felt it was bliss.
The aroma of sweet-smelling roses
embellished with little drops
of dew

A peaceful aura surrounding
the shrine
where I could touch the deities
and tell them problems of mine

Now there is a fence put all around
people misbehave, they say;
O Lord in your shrine

A small town, this,
with one or two budget hotels
and a five star one
that was ten years back

They call it development
but where has
divinity lost itself...

in the lanes of commercial markets
that have mushroomed
perhaps?

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May 09, 2012
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Thank you
by: Sneha

Thank you for your words, Vimala...It's great to hear from you always.

May 09, 2012
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PITY
by: vimala ramu

Yes, it is a pity that the peaceful places of worship turn into commercial centres mainly due to the great population that visits it. A good observation,Sneha.

May 08, 2012
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Thank you
by: Sneha

Yes, Geetashree. Its appalling indeed. Commercialization is natural; only when it surpasses the humane does it get pitiable.

May 08, 2012
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Something New...
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

A place of worship gone ugly by the intrusion of commerce and the bazaar! This is everywhere now! Puja is no more a peaceful process of connecting with the Divine.

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