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Step Out & Step Up

We say India is booming, rising, shining
The world, still does not discuss us while dining
Yes, we are the fastest growing nation
But there lies a deep flaw in this notion

We are home to the biggest slum
Our protests still go down as a mere hum
The value of life is close to zero
Still, inside my house, I am a hero

Do you think population takes the blame?
Let me assure you, this excuse is very lame
It is we, and only we who are at fault
We need to accept this with a pinch of salt

We are wrong to say that we are 120 crore
Actually, we are not even a score
We are divided in innumerable ways
The government takes full advantage of this and plays

The road should be neat and clean
But we will throw garbage, even if a dustbin is seen
All politicians should be honest and devoted
But we became an engineer and then voted

People commonly say “Corruption is eating this land”
But pay a bribe to watch a band
Quality of education is a big issue
We just sob and use a tissue

It is high time we rise, high time we own up
We need to prepare our own tea and pour it in the cup
We need to unleash our true potential
With passing time, it becomes all the more essential

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Not enough support to ride on Seems like a distant dawn Let me take the “normal” way At least will know day by day
Then, somewhere deep inside “I also don’t want to hide This is where I belong This is what I long”
So here, take my word Need not to go with the herd If there is enough fire Be sure, you will never tire
Just keep at it, don’t drop it Progress begins bit by bit The clouds will surely move You just be in the groove
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As the flight takes off
So does my though
Is this me on the top?
Or am I just a prop

Priorities, goals have changed
Probably even I ain't the same
Giving it all I have, all my might
But will that alone suffice?

The people, conditions also matter
The timing, situation all have a role
How much will I be able to account?
Will I be able to turn it around?

Nothing and everything is right
Opportunities, options abound
Listeners and actions I doubt
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Will all these questions in my mind
Answers I still can't decide Meanwhile, flight is sailing smooth
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Maybe it is the initial struggle
Maybe it is that first thrust
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Best Left Unanswered?

Should I ask these questions? What exactly is happiness? Is this what we are really chasing? When do we know we are there?
It is just an internal feeling? Do we just know we are “happy”? Do love, success contribute? Or does it lead to them?
Is it there at the destination? Are we moving towards it? Or we have to move with it? Is it intrinsic to the path?
Are all these questions irrelevant? It is best left unanswered? Do the answers cause the confusion? Or there is light at the end of this tunnel?