By- Vignesh P (LTHE)
In my sunset stint with Enlightenment.. I reminiscence the bygone era. Being asked to pen a farewell note, I was unsure to write anything new at this hour in history (pardon the theatrics), so I decided to give a tribute to all those literary greats on whose shoulders I rest, those giants who inspired my quest for language and writing, the beautiful art of playing with words. Through them, by quoting some of those lines that stirred me, I bid farewell.
When I was asked by Nijeesh Padmanabhan to revive, resuscitate, renew, refresh and rehabilitate Enlightenment back in 2014…
“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven! “
(French Revolution ; William Wordsworth)
And then we…
“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. “
(“Tryst with destiny”; J.L.Nehru)
But I had a lingering doubt about me: Who am I? When I found this answer…
“I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’m gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”
(Midnight’s children ; Salman Rushdie)
During meetings when I found myself against majority, this always fleets across.
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones; “
(Mark Anthony, “Julius Caesar” ; William Shakespeare)
For that bit of pep talk..
“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time; “
(A psalm of life; W.H.Longfellow)
After all, having taken a leap of faith, at this juncture I find my lines to be…
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair”
(A tale of two cities; Charles Dickens)
Good Bye! 🙂