Why this busy area is a source of bliss for this civil service aspirant…
Preparing for competitive exams is always different for civil service aspirants like me. I go out, but only for classes. I hang out with friends, only to discuss current affairs. I surf, not to chat, but to be stay in tune with news updates. But too much of anything is good for nothing. Isn’t it?Hence, I often pack off to Mylapore, not with my friends but alone so that I can introspect. When I am alone, I look around me keenly. Even usual mundane things like bumpy roads, garbage on the roadside, homeless people cooking (one handful of rice for a family of eight!) look alien to me and I start comparing it with conspicuous consumption and the luxury lifestyle.
I walk few meters to reach Kapaleeshwarar temple. I buy a bunch of grass and go to the cow shed inside the temple where the beautiful calves are tied. After feeding them, I walk along the road to the Ramakrishna Math. Beautiful flowers and trees welcome me and as soon as I enter into the meditation hall, peace envelops me. I completely lose myself in it and begin to experience the bliss. After spending some time, I say a warm “goodbye” to the place and reach the bus stop after this rejuvenating experience. Once I board the bus, my mind goes back to the unfinished work left in my room. Then my studies continue for some days till I again go back to Mylapore. Having such a beautiful place in this busy Chennai is really a gift to us!
S. PAVITHRA Civil service aspirant
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