Celebrating the colourful extravagance
the scintillating beauty
and the mystical melody
that is India.
But let not the drum beats of the dhol
drown out my silent prayer
for an India
where the desperation of selfish pursuit
has not dimmed
the lights of compassion.
Where humility prevails
and where timeless wisdom is not forgotten
amid the dust on pages
of worn out books.
is not confined to the hallowed halls of a few,
but is given and claimed
with equal zest.
Where hearts beat with great pride,
yet where pride
has not lost its way
into the murky waters of zealousness.
Where hope is honored over cynicism,
and where each day holds the promise
the conviction of a new beginning.
© Sai Ganesh Nagpal