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My daughter… my sweet little daughter.
How I love this photograph. It is going to be probably my last memory of yours.
Your innocent smile, eyes tightly shut, shutting away the caterpillar ,willing it to go away from your world…
How I wish it was easy to shut things away from this precious world of ours- unpleasant unwanted things…
There is a war going on here. Tomorrow I will be sent to the front to fight. Am I afraid? Yes! I am. Afraid of losing you all. Afraid of what I might have to do there. Afraid of what might be done to me. There we are robbed of our souls and stripped of our humanity
I wish I could shut the war away by closing my eyes. But it is not easy my love.
That day I killed a militant. He was just 16 years old.
I wish I could shut away the memory of his mother crying over his dead body.
I am torn between my love and duty for my country and my own principles.
I wish I could shut away those doubts and insecurities by closing my eyes ….

And I wish most that, the next time I met you I could meet you with my eyes open and not shut.

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3 Comments

3 Comments
  1. @ Lakhsmi

    Thanks

    I agree with you this time. 🙂

    @ Mani

    Thanks for giving me credit.

  2. Mani

    Well actually the credit for this article goes to Pramathesh because it is his pic and secondly he literally ordered me to write it at gun point. 🙂 Iagree what an irony! isn’t it?

  3. nice picture ! On first look it remined the expression that came from the face of people who ate a very very sour toffee that did rounds few years back! Forgot the name.

    About the article, leave alone terrorism , life is a constant war now. War for success in life – as 3 Idiots movie points out everyone are at war with each other in the race called life. During our kids, we live unaware of the war within and outside till we all are pushed into it somehow reluctantly and volountarily …

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