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Manisha Bhatia is the author of book, When My Father Cried, a romantic fiction novel released on 4th September by Story Mirror at Oxford Bookstore :)
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It was the pink and romantic month of October, there was some peace prevailing on the border now. Major John just lay down aside his position at border to enjoy the charming sunlight falling on his face. As he closed his eyes, he was lost in the memories of his beloved to whom he got engaged last month only.

He still remembers the day, when he was back to his hometown on leave. The first time he has met Julie, he has not seen her face, rather was bowled over by the long dark wet hair of hers.
She was shining bright in the beautiful weather and water was tripping from her beautiful dark tresses. Drops dipping on her shoulders, waist, and neck were shining bright by the reflection of sun rays. As she turned her face and jerked her hair, it appeared as though thousand shining pearls were released in the atmosphere. She looked like an angel on earth when her magnificent dark hair fell on her face. He was already in love and decided at that very moment that he will marry her only. Her magnificent hair has stolen his heart. He was wondering what she has been doing to maintain the beauty of her hair in this era of high pollution, chemicals, adulteration & water contamination.

He decided to ask her after they were engaged so that she is never out of those resources essential to take care of her magnificent dark hair for lifetime. After their engagement, she revealed the secret of Dove Hair Solutions to him. How pollution and water contamination has destroyed her hair and Dove has helped to regain back the beauty.

But as soon as they were engaged and have spent only some priceless moments, there was an emergency call from Army Head Quarters. There was a terrorist attack and emergency has been declared at the border. His leaves were cancelled and he had to leave within a day. The painful day and moment is still standstill in his life as soldiers may have toughest façade but they do possess the supplest heart in the whole universe. If it beats with pride for their motherland, it does with the same intensity for their beloved.

Lost in his beloved’s beautiful hair he weaved a beautiful composition and decided to send her along with the present her birthday the very next day.

In the dismay and gloominess of this blood and war
When my heart pines for peace and love
Your long dark dense hair provides me cover
Aroma draws me more near to feel
Your high heartbeats and warm breathe
My gentle strokes in the never-ending length
Compels me to blend and be lost in you forever
How I wish and pray for tranquility to return!

When they confront us to exchange blows
They challenge manhood and humanity then and now
The relics of terror and cadavers spread till horizon
Signify the footprints of barbaric acts on innocent souls left
Your freely flowing hair reminds days of happiness and freedom
Caught in the manacle of my duties and responsibilities
It gives me strength to fight and liberate my mother
From confinement of brutal offenders!

I am standstill on the road lost on that turn
When I left you to hear the squeals of my mother
Your aura engrossed in me when last time we embraced each other
Your hair fell on my shoulder with a silent promise
To wait for my glorious return
Her needs were primary and duties are first
She is the reason of pride in this life
She will be the reason of my eternal glory after my death

Your hair weaves the saga of peace and spread the message of calmness
The droplets dripping down narrate the story of falling pearls
They instill nostalgia when I see my brothers here
Ready to sacrifice their lives on just one call
To save dignity and pride of my mother
To heal the scars on her body and soul with their blood
You hair could feel the pain in my heart and sense the adamant decision
They flutter on your face to conceal pain of my soul and hide your tears

These fights and struggle reminds me love your hair bestow all the time
Their fragrance calm my nerves and senses
Dancing and dangling on your forehead and waist
They whisper the story you are mine, you are mine
O! My love! My motherland needs me and calling for help
I will soon be back to hold you tight and play with your tresses
This dark night will soon be over when my mother will bask in glory of freedom!!!

We will soon be together to get lost in the depth and darkness of your hair!!!!

He has got a pack of Dove Hair Care Solutions from Army Canteen and decided to gift her along with the creation of love weaved by his heart for her. Suddenly, firing started at the border and he was back to the world of Real McCoy. There was intense firing from both ends. In the midst of echoes of sound “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, suddenly, two bullets banged into Major John's chest and he was lying in the pool of blood. Major Krishna, Major Rana came running for help but he has understood that it is time to leave. Lost in the delusion and aura of his beloved and her dark hair, he said, please send this to my fiancé along with the gift I have kept packed in my room.

Tell her I love her and will be with her forever!!

He closed his eyes and his last words were- Bharat Mata Ki Jai!!! . One more warrior today sacrificed his life for his motherland and closed his dreams in his closed eyes!! May the soul of all the warriors who sacrificed their lives for us, rest in peace!!

Here was a tragic story of how Dove did the magic for a soldier!!!


Purushu Arie said...

Sweet post!!

Alpana Jaiswal said...

OMG!!!! You are really very creative...I can never think like this.

Anonymous said...

i had a tears in my eyes after reading this.lovely

Harshal Patel said...

Only one word to describe your post is not enough but


PORTIA said...

Great post! A really touching theme.

Debra said...

And the dove is a symbol of peace and of the Holy Spirit. Interesting how you wove the themes of love, sacrifice, and beauty into one tapestry.

Someone is Special said...

OMG, What a way to weave a story? Love, Sacrifice, the angel's hair, and the beautiful poem.. I am sure you gonna win this time.. Best wishes..

Someone is Special

Mani said...

Purushu- Thanks so much dear!!

Mani said...

Alpana- Tht ws very motivating, thanks alpana!

Mani said...

Harshal- Thanks a lot dear! Matters a lot!!

Mani said...

Portia- Thanks sweetheart!!

Mani said...

Debra- Thanks soomuch dear!!

Mani said...

Saravana- Its my first post there n s very special. Thanks so much dear..:)


while reading the post.. I was recalling only one song.. My Favorite.. "Sandesein aatein hain,, humein tadpaate hain.."
Lovely post. I am sure you are gonna win :)
Very Nicely written from heart.. directly!

Anonymous said...

so sweet..nicely scuptured..good luck for the competition..here is my take - http://zradar.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/the-hairy-fairy-tale/

Sampath said...

very Well written post,all d best.
Hoping u wud like and promote my post "The Girl i loved"
Check out once..im sure ul like my post.

Samrat said...

Nice post mani. Well done.

Mani said...

Sumit- Yes indeed was from heart...thanks a lot buddy for ur wishes!!


Mani said...

Zardar- Thanks soo much dear!!

Mani said...

Sampath- Thanks so much dear!

Mani said...

Samrat- Good to see you here samrat n thanks soo much dear!!

Monu Awalla said...

This post certainly have the patriotism involved in it.. Loved the way u started off with an article to make things clear just before a poem that makes people feel the emotions dealing with a soldier.. Li'l bit of advertising in between was obvious for the sake of contest..

with some serious emotions involved u also gave me a reason to laugh as i knw y u have chosen the name 'John' in dis post.. ;)

All the best..

I think U deserve as turning out to b one among all of the winners..

Smiles <3 <3
:) :)

Mani said...

Monu- Thanks soo much sweetheart....<3 <3 Mani

Simran said...

Amazing story Mani:)
And yes, you tried something different from others :)
Love your poetry...
You're going to win..I'm sure :)
My best wishes n love sweetyyyy

Mani said...

Simran- Thanks a lot hoeny!! Wish u the same!!
Lots of love

Rahul Bhatia said...

Mani, that was a very touching post! So well written!

Andy said...

My goodness, you even had me going with this tale. Almost wanted to cry myself.
Beautifully expressed Mani. Like Saravana, you sure know how to tug at the heartstrings. A winner for sure!
Thanks for sharing.

Imaginary Dreams

Mani said...

Rahul Bhatia- Thanks so much Rahul wt a conicidence we both r bhatias..:P

Mani said...

Andy- Thanks soo much...alwys love ur presence here!! M glad!!:)

Alka Gurha said...

Such a thoughtful creative tribute..

Mani said...

Alka- Thanks soo much dear..:)

Ranting Indian said...

Beautifully penned I must say. Especially as a Ex-navy officer's child, It was heart touching for me :)

Aye Zindagi!

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

This is something different. I loved how you weaved the story.
Great post :)

Mani said...

Ranting Indian- Thanks soo much....its indeed my pleasure!!


Mani said...

Philo- Thanks soo much!! Hope I can come up with more!!


Shreya said...

Beautiful work, sweet story :)

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Wonderfully woven story!!! :)

Mani said...

Shreya- Thanks soo much shreya!!

Mani said...

Mari- Thanks soo much...thanks fr ur presence..


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Farila said...

Incredible idea and lovely post.. Hats off to you Mani

Andy said...

Hello Mani. Happy Friday!
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Jyoti Mishra said...

Mani this is just mind-blowing..
expressions, details and how beautifully u blended it all together.
It was heart touching and ohhh just a fantastic read.

A treat to your readers !!

Your City Guide said...

Lovely and unique ....love the post

Mani said...

Farila- Thanks soo much dear...<3

Mani said...


Thanks soo much dear...humbly honored...Love- Mani

Mani said...

Your City Guide- Thanks soo much!!

Rakesh Kumar said...

Mani, I have come on your blog first time.
You have expressed the emotions in a very
touchy manner.

Thanks for nice presentation.

If you read Hindi blogs,please visit mine also.
You are most welcome.

Mani said...

Rakesh Kumar- Dear Rakesh thanks soo much fr presence n appreciation.

Wil be there v soon!!


Anna said...

Mani, I am visiting from your link you left at my site. Your blog is absolutely beautiful and you have a wonderful writing style :)

N J said...

Something to learn from this post. Something to ponder. And yes, loved the way you presented it. Keep penning more of them dear.

Mani said...

NJ- Thanks soo much dear...<3

melissa said...

I was wondering if this was a shampoo commercial at the beginning but then the mood changed towards the end and I found myself at a loss for words. I silently pause for all those soldiers who gave up their lives not for the battle in this world but for what they strongly believed in....

hmmm...very creative Mani ;)

Mani said...

Mely- This was weaven with the shampoo commmercial coz I participated in Dove Contest on Indibloggers...:P

Thanks soo much dear..<3 <3


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