“Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot.In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”– Oscar Wilde
Yes, so true, but not many of us see the priceless things in our soul. To many of us, all is ordinary. Yet to some of us at least, there is “A Little More Than Ordinary”. We experiments to try to get that little more out into the open, to share the priceless treasures knowing that the more we share, more the treasure does become. For such a person, in my opinion, recognition means something but not everything. But we at Review Tuesdays wish to give him that recognition we feel he deserves, and we hope through this small review of his space, we can do that. We bring to you the poetic musings of Ramesh Sood this week through this feature.
Ramesh Sood is someone who is very passionate about life, and who loves to live it fully and enjoy each moment. RS (as I usually address him) wishes to move from ordinary to atleast a little more than that, trying to stay in his happy state and through his writing that flows, he shares with us his mind and its vibes.
Keeping to his ordinary style, RS uses the simplest default template offered by the current Blogger platform, “Watermark”. A soothing brown background in general and a creamy white post background makes a good match and a palette of black, dark brown and maroon fonts lend color to the Georgia font in use. The two sidebars, sandwiching the post area, host a variety of widgets like Archive, Followers, Visitor Flagcounter, Blogroll and Feedjit. The blog has 254 posts to date, and has been in existence since November 2009 as per the archive. He has 126 followers as well.
To analyze his poetry, at the first glance, we can all notice has an affection toward haikus. If he has six posts on his main page, then all six of them have at least one haiku in it if not more. And he pens them down with simple beauty. I never think writing haiku is easy, for it has to express a whole lot in three lines. RS does it with relative ease. He mentions in almost every post that he finds the post incomplete without a haiku. That emphasizes the passion. To quote my favorite haiku of his is quite easy for me, for it is one of his recent ones.
“Don’t lift curtains ofIllusions; let them remainLife is fine dear”
So true, RS! Life is fine without us thinking illusions are unnecessary. Eloquently put. Now, there are more haikus for all of us to read at his space. How about a “Sudden Shower”? I’m sure for most of us experiencing the torrid summer; a rain shower would be a huge relief; as is his haiku for a summer mind. Now, I don’t think going on talking about his haiku talent would do his free form poetry justice. RS likes to just let go of his quill and let the words flow too without being restricted by seventeen syllables! And he can go on till his mind is content with what is expressed. Don’t get me wrong, the length of his posts doesn’t influence the quality of his words at all. Let’s get some of his wisdom right into the review shall we? His recent poem for a prompt, “Shackles” that he suggested for the meme OSI, it talks of the mind growing like a human tree. It’s not very long, but profound in thought and simple rhyme in execution. He shares:
O’ God from all the shackles,Let my mind become free,Let me grow in all directions,Just like an old treeLet me bear the fruitsOf knowledge in every seasonAnd offer them to one and all, fromEvery caste, creed and religionLet my roots become strongerTo birds of love branches be the hostsAnd just like dry dead leavesShed from my mind unwanted thoughtsUnwise men may try to betrayOr even conspire to destroy meGive me courage and the wisdomTo live like a Human Tree…O’ God from all the shacklesLet my mind become free...
RS, thank you for this mantra. For more of his free form creations, I suggest a visit to his above ordinary blog and perusing it. You can click on any link in my review to go to his space, or if you are a writer for memes like One Single Impression, Haiku Heights, Poetry Potluck, Three Word Wednesday etc., you might just find his link there week in week out. You’ll have fun and learn at his space, absolutely.
RS, as a reviewer, it was a pleasure to review your blog. I’m unsure if I did it justice, and it’s the first time I’m reviewing in this informal style; I hope it has come out fine. If I were to suggest improvements for your space, I’d suggest these points: Do label your posts by form or meme, so your readers can find your posts for a particular theme easily, and perhaps you can shift some widgets from the right sidebar to the left? The left one seems to be quite empty and the right one rather full. Otherwise, I quite find your blog balanced!
Your reviewer at Review Tuesdays, I’m Vinay (formerly Leo) of the blog I Rhyme Without Reason. SiS will be joining you next week, with another review. Till then, from both of us, it’s adieu…