Maya

Maya

Its ok to cry they said,

But I am unable to.

You, the fire of my life

Taught me chutzpah

And to find happiness in liberation.

You taught that even when you’re in pain

Don’t let things drive you insane.

Your carefree laughter

Your welcoming arms and smile

Make me wistful.

 Maya, Maya…

Your name brings along a silence.

They envied your impudence

But you will remain in their thoughts

Even if only as a fleeting memory.

All you asked for was love,

Friendship, self-respect.

It seems like yesterday

We were playing hide and seek

Preferring to hide than be sought

Happy in our privacy

Enjoying our paysaa and idlis

Making garlands of mallige

over naughty giggles.

Oh Maya!

Who would have thought

Loneliness would consume you.

We were there for each other

You would call me and it made me feel special

I regret not reaching out to you often.

I shall always remember you

As a gorgeous girl

with a mix of brashness 

And conformism

Who lived on her own terms

And brought happiness to others

Without expecting anything in return

Who loved only once

And lost it to one. 

An ode to my childhood friend Maya. Maya lost her life to loneliness and the discriminating traditions and beliefs of a dogmatic society.

77 thoughts on “Maya

  1. What a heart touching tribute to your childhood friend.

    Going through it again and again, I am experiencing a blend of emotions. It brought a smile on my face and tears too remembering the good old childhood days when we spent our evenings amidst our friends.
    The way you have brought life to Maya leaves me curious to know more about her and makes me feel the pain and grief you have gone through on the immense loss of this true bond.

    Amazing piece of work

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  2. Beautifully written Heemal!!!
    Childhood friends witnessed some of the strangest, greatest and most precious moments of our formative years. ….even if we are not in touch those memories will forever bind us together…….
    I must say you are a great writer–keep writing, expressing and touching our souls…..

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  3. There are no words to express, just touching the heart .Only after leaving some good friends, we understand the value they have in our life? Friendship is such a relationship that it is very difficult to understand and convince someone. The friendship begins at the heart and ends at the heart. There is a maya… in everyone’s life.
    I thank you very much, Madam, through your Poem, we can remember our friends again.🙏🙏

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  4. App ne to hummare pachpen ko ek baar phir se jeevit ker diya ma’am. Bilkul such hai .Or is ko read kerne ke baad .sub ke dil me sub se pyari sakhi ka kyal to jarur aya hoga .Mare dil me to ayi woh mithi yaade….jo aaj bhi old friends ke saath mil ker taza ho jati hai.Or hum bhul jate hai ki abb bachpan nahi 55 hai.

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  5. Very grateful explanation of emotional and social health of an individual. The author classified positive emotions of an individual. I think author or writer kept a healthy ,kind and full of positive emotions in your heart.

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  6. Heart touching lines ma’am. She must be so special for you(Maya), losing a childhood friend is like you lose everything..
    Being alone sometime its make you stronger or breaks you ..

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  7. Loneliness is the most unpleasant thing that a person can ever experience . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope.

    Each and every word expresses the pain you are going through while remembering your friend.

    Awesome Musing ma’am as always ….👏🏻👏🏻

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  8. Loneliness is the most unpleasant thing that a person can ever experience . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope.

    Each and every word expresses the pain you are going through while remembering your friend.

    Awesome Musing ma’am as always ….👏🏻👏🏻

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    1. The words of this poem express the pain and grief every person feels on loosing a best friend with whom they grew up .
      This is really a heart touching masterpiece 👏👏

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  9. हर बार की तरह
    इस बार भी अत्यंत मर्मस्पर्शी
    एक एक शब्द दिल की गहराइयों तक पहुंचा
    अंतर्मन को झकझोरा
    जीवन की सच्चाई से परिचित कराया
    हम क्या थे और क्या हो गए
    अनेक स्मृतियों को पुनः जीवित कर दिया
    आपकी खूबसूरत सोच को
    एक एक शब्द सटीक सार्थक
    भावनाओं से परिपूर्ण

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  10. हर बार की तरह
    इस बार भी अत्यंत मर्मस्पर्शी
    एक एक शब्द दिल की गहराइयों तक पहुंचा
    अंतर्मन को झकझोरा
    जीवन की सच्चाई से परिचित कराया
    हम क्या थे और क्या हो गए
    अनेक स्मृतियों को पुनः जीवित कर दिया
    आपकी खूबसूरत सोच को
    एक एक शब्द सटीक सार्थक
    भावनाओं से परिपूर्ण

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  11. Yes true when you love some one deep very strange not to see person again. Initially your mind will not accept but losing some one is difficult to accept truth of life. It can be compensated by remembering through out. Meera

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  12. “It’s been a long day without you, my friend
    And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
    We’ve come a long way from where we began
    Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
    When I see you again”

    We wonder how and where our friends would be if time had not taken them from us.

    Thank you fort his poem. It reminded me about my ‘Maya’ 🙂

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