Black or white?

Zebra stripes, crossing lines, and inked pages

Dreams of subconscious minds, nights to days

Morals and sins, parting wrong from right

You hate, you love, you think and you do

Why everything appears black and white!

Look again! A drop of black emerging in white

Can you see the dance of light into the darks

On the horizon, no absolute truth or the perfect lie

People are not monochrome as they look

How can you tell life is black or white!

You insist to see everything in two shades

The dark colour for you maybe my white

Holes in the divider that you ignored

No complete black or spot-less white

Did I tell you? I‘m grey from the inside!

©Charu Gupta and Potpourri of Life

I believe in God

I believe in God but not in the idols you created

I believe in religion but as ‘humanity’

I believe in prayers but not diluted by rituals

I believe God exists but not kept in structures

 God is in you, within me and with me

My strength, my hope, belief and the truth

Don’t call me a Hindu, Muslim or Christian

Dare not spread hate in the name of my God

You can’t cage him in colours, books or symbols

He is a drop in the ocean, the breath and the universe

I am a free soul and so is my God.

© 2020 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.

Changed Plans

Almost two and a half months back…

This year seems to be a year to fulfil our dreams or rather move in the direction towards a good change. Finally all the desires were converting into reality. To begin with our daughter got a summer internship with a renowned organisation in New York with a decent remuneration. Her tickets were booked for a short trip back home. We had reserved a five days holiday in the mountains to surprise her. Though I was doing a lot of online work but wanted to restart my job as a teacher and I got one with a reputed school; I was super excited! And the cherry on the top was an offer to buy one of our properties at a profitable price (people who know us personally can understand why we need so much money). Apart from these personal look forwards there were many reasons to be happy in 2020.

25th March, 2020

The pandemic took over the world and India went into a complete lockdown. International flights were cancelled till uncertain period. Schools were shut and classes went online. Summer internship contracts were annulled. Most of the businesses were held up.

All our plans collapsed without warning!

One by one all that we had planned was disapproved by destiny. I had never felt so much helplessness in life. In just a couple of days life took a different turn. Everything blurred and became uncertain. Days overlapping without date and time, life was choked but you were still living.

Now what next?

A firm belief that everything will be fine and God has better plans. A spore of hope germinated after many days of gloominess. Some voice inside me whispered…there is a reason for the changed plans and unfulfilled desires. And the voice was right! There was a purpose of my daughter’s cancelled flight and internship, her time and energies were needed more by her aunt (my sister). That is another story of my sister’s failed plans which I’m not discussing here. Just to mention she is suffering with some medical issue (not covid-19) and needs a support for daily activities. We are at peace at least my daughter is there to help as no one in the family could fly in the current scenario.

Now I’m moving with the belief that our plans are not failed or disapproved but changed. Patiently waiting and praying to see the sign board on the path to reveal our purpose. One more thing….life does not need a fool proof blueprint. It surprises you at every turn so just keep moving with the trust…plans do change and everything will be fine.


© 2020 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.

Call me an atheist

Mommy, you lied to me when you said

God lives in our hearts and each element

I heard a case going on in the court

And people are fighting to get him a home

Mommy, you told God is one with many names

Same as I have different nicknames

No, you were wrong God changes with each name

And there is a fight going on in God’s name

Mommy, you preached religion strengthens

We all are one with different faiths

Sorry but religion is the biggest divide

We have to fight out to prove our might

Mommy you told light of diya and candle is same

Bow down your head whether temple or mosque

Celebrate Diwali and Christmas with equal zeal

Oh, mommy, you have taught me everything wrong

Gods are diverse of different names

And they want people to fight so God can prevail

Mommy, you keep your teachings and let the people say

Keep me out of this religion game

Call me an atheist and humanity is my only belief

Now no God can ask me to differentiate between Ram and Rahim

© 2019 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.


This whole world is moving around the endless wishes, desires, expectations and aspirations. Each night we sleep with a prayer and each morning rise with a hope. Hope to achieve something may be money, fame or happiness. Each one of us is chasing a goal or maybe goals.

In this chase, how many times have you felt the disappointment and the frustration of not reaching to your goal? How many times you have thought that you should give up or your goal is unachievable? You must have cursed your destiny for your unfulfilled wishes.

When you look around and see everyone happy and prospering in their lives except you then you blame it all on your destiny or luck. How many times have you accepted your situations as your destiny?

Just give this a thought- Are you starting right?

You believe in your destiny but Do you believe in yourself?

Few weeks back we got this sad news that a child of our school is infected with dengue and his condition is critical, he was on ventilator.

There were two options- one, accept it as destiny and pray for some miracle to happen or believe that he is fine and no evil will happen to him and pray.

We teachers opted for the latter.

Many days passed but his condition was still the same but we all prayed by believing in our belief that he is fine and no evil can happen to him.

Finally the news came- He is fine and no evil happened to him…. He is back home and on the road of recovery.

Our belief won!

Your faith and belief in yourself is mightier than your destiny.

The start should be right. Positive mind, thoughts and soul are the prerequisites to begin your journey towards your goal.

Be stubborn and determined to get what you aspire to. Prayers are heard only if they have conviction and total faith.

SRK’s dialogue- kehte hai agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaaho 
toh poori kaynath tumhein usse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai…

It’s filmy but true! I have experienced this in my life and I vouch by the power of the belief. If you believe you can be a winner then you will be. Don’t leave everything to the destiny. Sometime we have to fight, demand or grab our wishes and dreams from our destiny.

Your belief is the most powerful prayer which God has to listen and destiny has to grant.