Look, there is magic in your life



stardust and magic in your hands


See that little bird sitting on the fence in your garden?
it just blew a cool and calm wave of magic into your little world ,
because birds only visit your garden if they find in it a safe friend.

See your child smiling at you adoringly, with her two front teeth missing?
she has infused little fistfuls of magic into your heart,soul and your whole being
because a child’s guileless heart knows whom to adore.

See your house help doing her best to make your life easy?
she has sung a sacred hymn of magic for you and your home
because trust and devotion from a person weathered by life; is precious.

See the rays of the sun filtering in through the windows?
they have sprinkled a glowing shower of warm magic in your home,
because warmth that is natural, finds it’s way into your veins, and turns into a life force.

Look around and you will find magic everywhere
it is present in every little nook and cranny of the jungle that is your life
you just need to see through the eyes of your soul; and you will find it.

© Nov 2016 Sapna Dhyani Devrani

I forgive you


Scene 1:

The hubby and I have had a big fight and we are not on talking terms with each other for the past two days. He walks around with a “khadoos” expression on his face and I walk around, just plain disgusted. If we bump into each other while walking around the house, we hastily side step or turn around, making a great show of the action. I purse my lips and roll my eyes upwards when I see him sulking. If the need arises, we communicate through the kids. When in the same room, we perform the best possible impersonations of “stone face”. While sleeping at night, I yank the blanket off him as I hardly have any for myself. He yanks some of it back again; deliberately takes deep and loud breaths to show his anger ( imagine a bull huffing and puffing through his nose) and sulks off to sleep. Me? I am not into such juvenile behaviour ; I just roll my eyes off to sleep ( pulling the blanket completely off him).

Scene 2:

The next day, Anya, my elder daughter returns from school.

Anya :  Are you and Papa talking to each other now?
Me : No. And who tells you to notice such things, anyway?
( We withhold the shenanigans till the kids are awake. Once they are asleep; well, the arena is set for our performances)
Anya : Come on Mumma, we always come to know.
Me : Everybody’s parents fight. We will be fine.
Anya : Has Papa said sorry to you and touched your feet, while holding both his ears?
( I plead guilty. Blush. I have told her that I ONLY talk to her Papa again when he performs all the above mentioned rituals )
Me : Come, let’s eat lunch.

Scene 3 :

I walk up to the hubby/sulking bull and stand in front of him, willing him to look up.

Me : I forgive you. ( waving my hand magnanimously at him ).
Hubby : What ????
Me : Yes, I forgive you.
Hubby : Really, your highness? May I ask why?
Me : Because one of us has to be the bigger person here, and I am obviously the one.
Hubby : WHAT !! No! “I” forgive you.
Me : Too late. I have done the honours. You have been forgiven.

Both of us start laughing. The kids come running and join in the laughter.

Anya : Taidu, Papa has said sorry to Mumma. He touched her feet and held his ears with both his hands.
Taidu : Before that, he stood in front of her with folded hands and also did “Utthakk Baitthakk” a hundred times.
Anya : How do you know that ?
Taidu : Mumma told me.

The hubby does a triple take and gasping for breath,manages to blurt out  ” WHAT? Where’s your darling Mumma?”

In case you too are looking around for me, I am standing behind the bathroom door; rubbing my hands in glee. What? Did you just say that you saw horns on my head? Well, just for this once, you can get away with saying that. ( because you read the whole article )


© Nov 2016 Sapna Dhyani Devrani

What I wish for my children


When my elder daughter, Anya was born; someone asked me, ” What ambitions do you have for her? When I had my kids , I had huge aspirations for them and wanted at least one of them to grow up to be a doctor.” Young as I was, all I said was that I hadn’t thought of any such goals for her. The person looked at me with disdain, having decided that I was going to be a good for nothing parent. Much older as I am now, I would still give pretty much the same answer to the query. Also, this time I wouldn’t give two hoots about what the person thought of the answer. ( And take perverse pleasure in seeing the person foxed with my answer.)

All I want for my two kids; aged nine and six, is ” HAPPINESS ” and ” JOY “. The more I think about this, the more I realize that I have actually been quite smart in wishing for these two gems in their life. If, at the age of 45, they are happy and full of joy; it would mean that everything else is also working out quite fine for them. It would mean that they are content in their chosen line of work; it would mean that they are in good health and it would also mean that they are with good spouses. There goes the big word -“Spouse”!

Single people might wonder why there is a pregnant pause when I came to this word. But, it’s true; the quality of one’s life after one gets married, depends a great deal on the kind of person the “spouse” is. A good spouse will add to the happiness and joy quotient in your life; whereas a marriage with a mismatched soul can be the cause of unending grief and can sap the life out of your heart and soul. So, being the “ambitious” mother that  am, I want my daughters to choose well and not just “settle”. ( I often fantasize about hiring private detectives , to spy on prospective grooms. Now why did I reveal this? I might scare their future boyfriends off ! )

They seem to be doing well enough till now. I do whatever I can to make them aware of the world around them. I want to expose them to all kinds of opportunities; opportunities for fun and enjoyment; opportunities to learn new skills that would open their minds and hearts; opportunities for growth and becoming aware of their potential. It will be perfectly fine with me if they choose an unconventional line of work, as long as I see that they are happy. And hey, if any of them decides to be a stay at home wife, you can bet that I will be fine with that too; as long as I see that they are happy. If not, they will find a mighty determined mom; getting after them  to change their life.

If you feel happy with your lot in life and your heart sings with joy from time to time; you are doing just fine in your life; despite all the other usual hardships and obstacles. After all, the stumbling blocks add spice to your journey. BUT, if you are disgruntled with your lot in life; your heart feels heavy, your soul weary and it’s been a long time since you felt the lightness of joy; then definitely you are NOT doing fine.  It’s time to change certain facets of your life. Because if you don’t; you are messing up your dear ones’ lives too, alongwith yours.

After musing for so long, I am still stuck on these two words- “Happiness” and “Joy”. And that’s all I wish for my children. I wish that they always feel happy and joyful; so that the gurgling and laughing child inside them is always alive; even when they are ninety years old. I don’t think it’s too much to ask for and I have guided them to pray for the same. Amen.

© Nov 2016 Sapna Dhyani Devrani