My Wall of Love

As I write this I’m supposed to be doing something else. Somehow I feel you are at your creative best when you’re trying to distract yourself from the guilt of not doing what you are supposed to be doing. Go figure!

Anyway, so I’m supposed to be studying but, like the

Wall of Love

Wall of Love

15-year-old me, I’m too distracted by everything around me. That’s when my eye meets the artwork I created last week. I call it my Wall of Love. It’s a mosaic of my favourite photos, of my favourite people. And as I dwelled on the photos I ponder my favourite existential question — what does love mean to us and how does it bind us.

As I stare at the photos I come to believe that love is all the people around us that make the world a little less desolate. So there are all the photos of K she leaves behind to make me chuckle whenever I’m lonely, there are the twins looking “so good together”, Siddhesh on his wedding day, alongside a throwback to my years in school, of my parents carrying a child, who in both cases turned out to be my brother, grandma blushing as she gets mehendi on her hands for the first time in thirty years, one where we’re huddled around Anupam because we love him so much, the scenes from Pondy from last year with people I’ll always care about, and of Priiya in the few moments she allowed herself to be glimpsed,  a lone photo of Yaqub the fish attesting his swag, and then there are myriads of moments K and I stole in the thousand years we walked together.

Somewhere there there’s also a photo that says — “Everything is temporary” —and I utter to myself as I look at it “…but not the people who care about you.” In the end it is not how many people you love but how much love you have to give them.

I wish you could hear the music that’s playing as I write this. It’s The Chopin Project by Ólafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott.
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~ by Shakeel Sobhan on July 26, 2015.

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