An Amiable Letter

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The key passage from Dr. Abdul Kalam's Speech:

‘Where there is righteousness in the heart,
There is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in the character,
There is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home,
There is order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There is peace in the world.’


My Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters,

It is 6:00am. Oh – I didn’t put an alarm. I just woke up. Perhaps a silent alarm rang.

What a view outside! Sun rises. Birds twitter. Traffic moves. Another day begins!

I am not writing this letter as an adult. I am writing this as a child. And, I welcome you with open arms.

But, before I begin my A-B-C-D, let me take the liberty to thank you for devoting your time to read this.

No. Don’t worry. No poetry today. There is no use of arduous vocabulary here; just a simple letter from a child.

I am taking a break from the school of HubPages for a brief period, as I have to prepare for my licensing examination by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Wait. Before I take this short break, I want to share a few words, perhaps a few stories. I love stories. Do you?

Well, sometimes I wonder who designed this Heart? Probably, the architect was sagacious or maybe went to a prestigious Architectural Engineering School. Who knows!

I know nothing, but this little pump is cute. It laughs, it smiles, it giggles, it cries… Oh dear, full of expressions and thousands of emotions. Let it flow. Let it be.

One of such emotions tenderly approached me as a ‘yawn’ in the morning. It signalled me something and I understood its burning desire.

There are times when there is a tug of war between our brain and Heart. Who wins? Who loses? It does not matter. What matters is how we actually handle the ‘rope’ to make our balance. Yes, Balance.

Balance is very essential. Look at those high-rise buildings – so many hands were touched; reached, abundant shirts were drenched; sweated, a lot of toil was carried by foots; success. It takes a few minutes for an earthquake to shatter all this.

Preserve your relationships, be it with your family members, friends, teachers or simply with anyone. Remember, balance.

I remember reading, “Wings of Fire” by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam during my childhood. He was a former Indian President and a scientist. He is honoured with a title ‘Missile man' by Indians. He is truly an epitome of success; a great role model and a prudent human being.

One day, I read his heart touching anecdote.

When he was a kid, his Mother cooked food for the family. One particular night, when she made dinner after a long hard day’s work, she placed a plate of cooked pulses and extremely burnt roti in front of her husband. Mr. Kalam, as a kid, was waiting to see if anyone had noticed the burnt roti. But the husband simply ate the roti and asked his son how his day was at school. Mr. Kalam didn’t remember what he told him that night, but he did remember his Mother apologizing to his Father for the burnt roti. Mr. Kalam never forgot what his Father said to her. He said, “Honey, I love burnt roti.” Later that night, Mr. Kalam went to give a good-night kiss to his Father and asked him if he really liked his burnt roti. His father wrapped him in his arms and said, “Dear, your mommy put in a long hard day at work today and she was really tired. And besides, a burnt roti never hurts anyone but ‘harsh’ words do!”

Beautiful! Isn’t it?

So let’s give it a pragmatic shape to our life too. Moreover, our presence on this Earth is for a limited time. Why build walls? Let’s love unconditionally and let’s celebrate each day with a new morning… a new sunrise!

Hear everyone. Have a patient Heart. People need Love; a Kind heart that listens, not a brilliant mind that speaks. We are all God’s children.

Let’s spread joy and of course, the radiance which the Golden sun brings. You will notice how lovely the life becomes.

Let’s keep the Garden of our heart pious, neat and clean.

Let’s learn this A-B-C-D of Life.

Till then we’ll meet again in the classroom.



~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2015

A Speech by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam about Harmony and Peace

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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

"Amen!" Surabhi. What a delightful hub to read. Abdul Kalam's speech is full of wisdom as was his father's reaction and advice about the burnt roti. We should all take note and the world will be a better place.


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Amen. Dear Jodah, I don't know how to thank you. You came. You read. That means a lot to me. Gratitude... much gratitude.

I shall be taking a break from here for 2 months due to my exam. Will catch up with your writes soon. Much Love.


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Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

What a wonderful message! Surabhi, I am grateful to you for sharing these wonderful jewels from Abdul Kalam's life. Both the story of burnt roti and the speech at EU have filled my heart with bliss and happiness. Thanks a lot and my blessings to you.


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

My pranaam to you Venkatachari ji. I just hope that God forgives me if I have caused any hurt to anyone. After all, heart is a tender pump. We humans are bound to make mistakes and then learn.

I appreciate your valuable feedback. Yes, indeed, his speech is a precious gem for generations to come. Much thanks to you for bestowing blessings. Jai Lord.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

Best wishes with your exam Surabhi. I shall look forward anxiously for your return. Much love back.


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you so much once again, Jodah. Om Shanti.


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

My Dearest,

I feel that you have entered my Heart. Since you say that I am your Teacher, then you are learning extremely well. The good Teacher always wishes for his students to surpass him, and this is an incredibly beautiful Hub.

This is a Hub of the Heart and not the mind. Always remain in the Heart. It is loving, fruitful and childlike, as well as spontaneous in its Love for others...the Divine Love.

I commend you highly for entering my core with such a very special, well-written and deeply inspirational masterpiece. Let us continue to pray for one another. Hari Om!


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Manatita,

Here I am folding my hands with Gratitude. Thank you… thank you so much. I feel a sense of tranquility.

Yes, beautifully said… the ‘Divine’ Love. The word ‘Divine’ has become my favourite. I had read in your book that Sri Chinmoy’s favourite word was ‘Supreme’ – I can imagine the tremendous energy he possessed, for its rays can be felt by his Disciples. Let’s hope that these rays remain evergreen and touch to those who are eager to seek the Divine wisdom, which the Supreme has passed.

I consider myself an immature in terms of Spirituality, but I assure myself that with the passage of time I shall let the inner seeds grow. Many seasons have yet to come.

Please always remain my Teacher. Students make mistakes sometimes though (smile). Lots of Love and my pranaam to you. Hari Om Namah Shivaya!


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Sakshi Davessar 13 months ago from Punjab, India

amazing hub. You have written it sooo well. Lovely Indeed!

all the very best for your exam. may you get all the success. stay blessed


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, dear Sakshi. God bless you too. Much love.


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shprd74 13 months ago from Bangalore

It broke my heart when apj left us. he was such a great man. A real guide for this generation of youth and what humblessness. An iota of his spirit can make one succeed in life.

Thanks for the hub.

- Hari


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Yep, Hari. It was devastating. Our nation has lost such a great soul. But, he has left footprints for the generations to follow and we are proud of that. Aren't we? :) May his soul rest in peace.

Pleasure is all mines. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a valuable comment.


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Sakshi Davessar 13 months ago from Punjab, India

my pleasure. keep up the good work!


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Dalring, Much love to you... much. All the best to you too :)


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shprd74 13 months ago from Bangalore

Best of luck for your examination surabhi.

- Hari


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, bro. That's kind of you :)


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Sakshi Davessar 13 months ago from Punjab, India

oh so sweet. Thankuu


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Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

Lovely Surabhi! You have such a kind and gentle heart; never change! :)


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Surabhi Kaura 13 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, sweetheart! Missy, I know you have a tender Heart, yet a powerful aura. Stay happy always, my dear. Always. God bless you and the kids with all the happiness :)


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swalia 12 months ago

All the best for your exam!

This was such a delightful read. Stay happy, stay blessed!


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word55 12 months ago from Chicago

Hi Surabhi, This was simply creative and beautiful. Keep up the great work!


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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you, Shaloo and Al. Lots of Love.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi again Surabhi, I have heard you recently discussing your love of romance, and you display that in your writing and even artwork. Because of this I thought you may like to read one of my love poems that display a different side of my writing. I have written quite a few romantic poems and included them as hubs. Please check out my hub called "If I Could Write a Love Poem" or "Lulu and the Archangel."


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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you very much, Jodah. I'll have a look at it, my dear. That's so sweet of you. You are an all-rounder Artist :)

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