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The classroom

Looking back isn’t easy. It makes you dig deep. This past decade has been instrumental in defining me and my expectations from life. It has taught me lessons I will never forget. From finding the love of my life to losing the will to go on, from living my dream of writing books to realising that change is the only constant, life is a classroom and we are eternal students. Here is my abstract take on the years gone by

Classroom

We are all born into this classroom

Where we learn, we forget, we are punished and we remember

Are 10 years enough?

For the lessons etched on desks and handles and withered doors, into the fading paint on the bathroom walls?

I open the stained pages of my notebook, I straighten its relenting spine and look back
To where I learnt that when grief and loss slice into you with their hungry talons, and it seems that the world must end, that it should end, the world ambles on at its pace. While the malignant pain sears through your emptiness, flowers bloom, the earth spins and the trees sway in the gentle breeze. Nothing stops

I learnt that dreams are amorphous and distant till you make your small but steady strides to them. That you will live in someone else’s make believe world till you paint your own canvas and splash it with the hubris of a mad magician, trusting the hands that only hold doubt

I learnt that there is as much hate in this world as love. That kindness floats like the battered lotus left on the banks of an angry tsunami. It shivers, quakes and rattles the firmament but gentleness and resolve can weather any storm

As the years go by, I am taken by the transience of time. Ephemeral and an unreliable trickster, it will play you and leave you by the wayside. So I have learnt to forget. That anything matters beyond my resolve, that there is a sky beyond my reach, that I can be defined and sketched by another’s pencil. I know now that I am enough and I forget that I was any less

My book brims with chapters of love, hate, lust, doubt, happiness and the index is flecked with fame and foibles. A hallmark of a decade etched into my veins and a life lived whole

I turn the lights out, drag the chairs back into place, pick up my pen and wipe the blackboard clean. For it is that time again. To learn, to fail, to live some more..

 

“This post is a part of ‘DECADE Blog Hop’ #DecadeHop organised by #RRxMM Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul. The Event is sponsored by Glo and co-sponsored by Beyond The BoxWedding ClapThe Colaba Store and Sanity Daily in association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjee”

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  1. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Indeed! I have always believed in the teaching ability of life. It is the biggest, most hands on classroom ever.
    And how wonderful that we can start over on a clean slate…Tabula Rasa.
    Well, maybe the drags of the chalk will leave behind some scratches. But that too isa lesson learned, isn’t it? 🙂

    Lovely writeup!

    P.S: “My book brims with chapters of love, hate, lust, doubt, happiness and the index is flecked with fame and foibles. A hallmark of a decade etched into my veins and a life lived whole.” These lines stole my heart. ♥️

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Priyanka Naik

      Thank you so much Priyanka and for picking up such nuances.:-)

  2. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Wonderfully penned. Life surely is a classroom where lifes best lessons are taught learned and mistakes are being corrected ! With everyday as a new beginning of a new lesson ! Let’s keep learning and amending everyday !! Best wishes !!

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Jyoti Arora

      Thank you Jyoti:-)

  3. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Of course life is a classroom where exams happen before lessons . We have constantly to keep giving small tests or big exams . You rightly said that for dreams to turn out to reality we have to keep taking small steps .

  4. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    ‘dreams are amorphous and distant’.. I loved this. Thank you for sharing.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @hemasha

      Thank you Hemasha 🙂

  5. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Such a lovely post..you have a nice way with words…you have said so many things without explicitly saying it…lovely! 🙂

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @jayanthi6

      Thank you Jayanthi:-)

  6. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    You took me back to the classroom and thought me life lessons “I am nothing less” I going to etch this in my life. Thank you so much 😊

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Sivaranjini Anandan

      I’m glad those words will stay with you Sivaranjini:-)

  7. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Loved your post. True, life is like a classroom, and we students keep learning, forgetting and etch our own notes.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Ruchi

      Thank you Ruchi:-)

  8. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Indeed our life is a classroom where the lessons are never ending. Such a evocative post Richa. Hope the decade yet to come will be kinder and more forgiving to all of us.

    Meena from balconysunrise.wordpress.com

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Meena

      That’s what i hope for as well. Thank you Meena:-)

  9. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    For some lessons I would love to write them in golden, and for few I would wipe the slate clean. A beautiful comparison of life with the classroom.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Disha

      Thank you Disha:-)

  10. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    So beautiful. Indeed it’s like a classroom. We learn so much and keep the lessons close to our heart. Beautifully penned the deep thoughts.
    Best Wishes!

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Piya Gajbe

      Thanks Piya:-)

  11. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Hi Richa! Last five lines concluded it very well. Things should be taken place like this but to make a slate clean us not easy. We forget but people come with the same vibes every now or then. But at the same time, it is in our hand how to react. Loved your philosophical aspect of life. Best wishes!

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Deepika

      Thank you for analysing my words so carefully Deepika:-)

  12. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Exquisite writing, Richa. I wouldn’t be wrong if I said that with these words you speak for a lot of us. My only quibble, the post ended too soon!

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Mayuri6

      I didn’t want to labour on and bore you guys:-) Thank you Mayuri

  13. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    So insightful post of your decade journey Richa , lesson learnt like to understand the balance between love/kindness and hate, how to set your goals into small steps and be focused, how forgiving is important for your peace of mind all these makes us the better version of ourselves can’t agree more on this that yes classroom are the actual place where we all born, raised and finally made. Wonderfully written.Loved it!!!

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Archana

      Thank you so much Archana:-)

  14. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Richa, I enjoyed reading your post and wish you had written more. Love your positive attitude to enter the next decade with a clean slate. Good luck to you!

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Prerna Wahi

      Thanks Prerna. I’ve read a lot of your short fiction and I must say you are wonderfully skilled with your words. Best of luck:-)

  15. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Sad but realistically true that one may be going thru hell and suffering pain but te joy happiness sun rain or moonshine continues regardless.I always ask this as I have lost many loved ones and i wished the world would stop but nothing does. Not even our own hunger and we eat drink and live in spite of the pain.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Harjeet Kaur

      And we must somehow find a passage through that pain Harjeet. I suppose to live is to feel, the good and bad. Stay strong and thanks for stopping by:-)

  16. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Beautiful post !! It looks like you have written down my thoughts. I agree with every word- start to end. Yes dreams are amorphous, yes there is love as well as hate, yes there are episodes of love, lust,envy,grief ,self doubt at times, but all this is what keeps us going. We learn, experience, we gain and at times fail in this classroom journey called life.!!!

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Anjali M Naik

      I’m so happy that what I wrote resonated with you Anjali. Thank you 🙂

  17. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    I believe in you – there is as much hate in this world as love. But the fact remains – The greatest is love. Simple. True. There is no perfection because we don’t live in a perfect world. But that doesn’t mean that we have to give up because there is so much hate around us. It doesn’t mean that we settle for less. We have to and we can raise the bar by being brave and to stand up for what is right. Wishing you have a beautiful new decade – more power to your pen 🙂

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @✰Novemberschild✰ (@romspeaks)

      Thank you Romila. And here’s wishing you a decade full of meaningful words to add to your wonderful collection, love and laughter:-)

  18. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    What a wonderful comparison and you are really too good with words. I had to read it twice and each time I got a different meaning, which really shows you have the knack with words

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @shravmusings

      Thank you for taking time chewing on what I’ve written. Such a pleasure to know that:-)

  19. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Loved the analogy of a classroom, Richa. I enjoyed your take on the theme. “To learn, to fail, to live some more..” sums it all perfectly. Your thoughts on grief particularly resonated with me. Life goes on, and we learn to live with the emptiness within.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Ritu

      Yes we do Ritu. Sometimes I think we have no option but to soldier on. Thanks for stopping by Ritu:-)

  20. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    I enjoyed the ebb and flow of that word wave. The para about dreams being amorphous particularly resonated with me. I have had many such dreams. Recently, I have been able to start walking towards my dreams, a little bit of writing and a little bit of dancing everyday

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Namratha Varadharajan

      That’s wonderful Namrata. You’ve already come a long way and I wish you much luck and success on your journey:)

  21. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Life is a classroom!! It teaches us not everything is black and white there is grey in between. There are so many persons to be learnt in this life!! Lessons that teach us to be happy because every moment counts. Your poetry takes me back to a classroom where I am the only student of my class named life.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @shail

      Thank you so much 🙂

  22. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Such an insightful piece stating the realities of life. Sometimes I’d rather we be in a classroom and give theoretical exams than the exams we have to give as adults in every stage of life.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Zenobia Merchant

      What we would give to escape the practicals but such is life I suppose. Thanks for stopping by Zenobia:-)

      • February 25, 2020 - Reply

        @Richa S Mukherjee

        Thanks a ton for liking and resonating with my thoughts😊

  23. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    What beautiful choice of words? Knowing that there is hate in the world and yet acknowledging the love and kindness that ‘floats like a battered lotus’
    Lovely, ephemeral

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @shivanisalil

      Thank you so much Shivani 🙂

  24. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Hi Richa! I loved the thought, we are all eternal students. Wow, what a serene thought! Yes we are, indeed. All the time we only learn, sometimes from our mistakes, from our failures, good deeds bad deeds strangers. Really this thought is engraved in my heart. Thanks for sharing and lots of love and hugs.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Swarnali Nath

      Thank you so much for your kind words Swarnali:-)

  25. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    i guess this is the best way to treat the decade. like we are all sitting in a classroom and learning things, taking one step at a time.. such is life..u learn..u wipe and u learn something new. Kudos to u for embracing everything in life with a smile.. I especially loved the para of ‘battered lotus’.. i could literally visualise its shivers.. keep smiling n keep learning. 🙂

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Supriti

      Thank you so much Supriti 🙂

  26. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    I have always referred to life as a masterclass so this post resonated with me on that, also constant learning I think is the essence of life. Well -written in a few words.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Pooja Priyamvada

      Thanks Pooja. I truly admire your poetic prowess so I’m happy you feel that way:-)

  27. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Such a wonderful post. I loved your style of writing. It’s so picturesque. The words seem like a painting. It’s so true when we lose a loved one we want the universe to atleast recognise the pain, but life goes on. An amazing way to use the abstract of classroom.
    Much love
    Deepika

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @deepsreflections

      Thank you so much for this deep dive into my words 🙂

  28. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    You took me back to my classroom. I too have bitter sweet, mixed feelings about it. Your post is nostolagic

  29. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Wow, I loved the way you portrayed the classroom. Isn’t it like this for all of us, Our life turns out to be the best classroom and the result is decided every now and then? Your writing is amazing and I would really want to read more from you. Maybe learn to write like that too. Keep writing such amazing articles.
    — Rightpurchasing

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Sundeep Ananth Dubey

      Thank you so much Sundeep. Would love for you to read more of my work. I am sure you have your unique style of expression and I wish you luck on your journey:-)

  30. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Indeed life is like a classroom where you work out your karma. What’s important is not the difficulties but what we learn and how we rise. You have risen beyond all that, so hugs and best wishes. Go girl! The world needs more like you.

    Janaki (@beyond the familiar)

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Janaki

      Thank you very much for your kind words Janaki 🙂

  31. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    This post had the quality of poetry in motion. Vivid description. One could feel as if one is floating away in dreams while reading this! Surreal. Pallavi

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Pallavi Panda Acharya

      Touched that you feel that way Pallavi 🙂 Thank you!

  32. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    I loved the classroom concept you followed to describe your journey.. It is so apt about life..You wrote so beautifully..Words just followed effortlessly…Your words do reflect parts of my life..Best of luck for your upcoming book..May you have immense victories in life..

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Pashmeena Chowdhary

      Thank you for your kind wishes and comment Pashmeena 🙂 By the way, you have a beautiful name!

      • February 17, 2020 - Reply

        @Richa S Mukherjee

        Thank you so much😘

  33. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Didn’t you take us all back to our classrooms! 🙂 With your vivid descriptions, it was only imperative! 🙂

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Shalzzz

      Thank you so much:-)

  34. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Wonderfully penned Richa. I agree that life is always teaching us something. Keep writing!

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @sonamchamaria

      Thank you Sonam:-)

  35. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    What a beautiful post this was, Richa! I wished there was more to it. I’ve read your book but your language and expressions here are completely different! The classroom of life has a lot to teach us. Let us write our lives and dreams with our own pencil.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Varsh

      This is the cathartic and ‘main aur meri tanhai’ avatar 😀 Glad you liked it Varsha!

  36. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Wow. I had to go back and read this a few more times. This is beautiful prose and such an honest reflection of every one of us. Have a lovely 2020 and I hope to read more from you!!

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Pavi Raman

      Thank you for your kind words Pavi. And I’m hoping to read more from you as well. All the very best to you:-)

  37. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Wow, what flow and weave of words. Well said we are born in the classrooms, the desks, the blackboard that brightened futures, the books, notebooks, teachers, friends and much more. Life is a classroom for sure teaching lessons at every step we live, filled with varied chapters full of emotions, feelings etc. Lovely post.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Pr@Gun

      Thank you so much:-)

  38. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Richa, it’s rich with words and when I finished reading, there’s a wanting to read more..

    This is a unique style in your writing and waiting to swipe next read of yours

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @MeeraMayaa

      How kind of you. Thanks Meera:-)

  39. February 1, 2020 - Reply

    Completely agree with you, life is like a classroom that offer us learn a lot each new day, in its unique way. the ending of post is really beautiful and I also feel the same way. the show must go on with a positive spirit..all the best for new decade. excellent write up.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Dr. Surbhi Prapanna

      Thank you:-) Wish you the very same

  40. February 2, 2020 - Reply

    I totally agree with you that life is a classroom and we learn lessons each and every day by so many things happening around us. Your book is a huge hit. Wish you loads of luck for the years to come.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Geethica

      Thank you so much Geethica. Wishing you a great year full of expression, love and laughter:-)

  41. February 2, 2020 - Reply

    The visual imagery that you have created through words is stupendous. Makes one want to travel on their own personal journey. Lets wipe the slate clean and start over! Cheers! Rohit Verma

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @yossarian (@y0ssar1anl1ves)

      Very kind of you Rohit. Thank you 🙂

  42. February 2, 2020 - Reply

    I too believe that life is a classroom and we all are learner, who learned from our mistakes. How circumstance make us strong and positive by teaching us the lesson of life

  43. February 2, 2020 - Reply

    “That kindness floats like the battered lotus left on the banks of an angry tsunami.” I loved the way you have penned this post especially this line touched me a lot, it was something I always feel and you gave shape to that feeling. All the Best for the next decade.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @mahekg

      I’m so glad it resonated with you. Thank you:-)

  44. February 2, 2020 - Reply

    Change is the only constant. and we must keep learning, in this endless circle called life.
    Beautifully written post that is bound to resonate with every reader.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @nooranandchawla

      Thanks Noor. I enjoy your write ups. Keep them coming. Best of luck for the coming year:-)

      • February 18, 2020 - Reply

        @Richa S Mukherjee

        Thanks and same to you!

  45. February 2, 2020 - Reply

    “I know now that I am enough and I forget that I was any less”- wow this is the gist of everything. Life is like a classroom teaching us many lessons but the biggest lesson it teaches is the one that we should learn from our mistakes, and we cannot change how other’s think so stop worrying too much about then. For we are enough and forget we were any less.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @alpanadeo

      I’m happy that these words resonated with you. Thank you:-)

  46. February 3, 2020 - Reply

    Life is the classroom and we are the eternal students. Things would scar us, shaped us and mold ourselves. I like the metaphor classroom used to covey your thoughts. Crisp and lucid words.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @lifewithmypenguin

      Thank you so much:-)

  47. February 3, 2020 - Reply

    Do I need mention that this post brimmed with the words of seasoned writer. The pain, the hope and the restlessness, everything came out so vividly. A beautiful one Richa. It is always a pleasure to read you Richa. May your dreams become mighty and your pen mightier.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Anupriya Gupta

      Thanks for your kind words and support Anupriya. I too enjoy your words and your posts, especially the CCD ones 🙂 Look forward to much more.

  48. February 3, 2020 - Reply

    What an apt and fabulous comparison to the classroom. My favourite part is ‘I turn the lights out, drag the chairs back into place, pick up my pen and wipe the blackboard clean. For it is that time again. To learn, to fail, to live some more..’
    Couldn’t agree more. This is why you’re a best-selling author, I now know.
    Don’t know why I didn’t chance on your blog earlier but rectifying that mistake with a follow. Look forward to more books, posts, and life lessons.

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Wandering Soul

      Thanks so much for your generous words Piyusha. I’ve always enjoyed your words and having witnessed your writing journey as well which makes me very happy for how far you have come. Onwards and upwards. All the very best. Hugs!

  49. February 3, 2020 - Reply

    Life is the greatest class room where with each passing day we learn something new. Life tough mix of every emotion try us in every few steps, still life only teaches us how to tackle them. Cheers!!

  50. February 3, 2020 - Reply

    Life is the best teacher. You have paragraphed well this idea in your post

    • February 15, 2020 - Reply

      @Amrendra Sinha

      Thank you:-)

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