ಸುರಿದಿರಲು ಮಂಜಿನ ಹೂಮಳೆ
ಇಳೆಯಾಗಿದೆ ಬಿಳಿಹತ್ತಿಯ ಹಾಳೆ
ಕಾಣದಾಗಿದೆ ನಡೆದಾಡುವ ಹಾದಿ
ಆದ್ಯಂತವಾಗಿದೆ ಹಿಮದ ವಾರಿಧಿ
ನಾಕಂಡ ಮೊದಲ ಹಿಮಪಾತ
ಆದ ಸಂತೋಷ ಅಪರಿಮಿತ
ಹಿಡಿಯ ಹೊರಟೆ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯದ ಸೆರೆ
ಕಳಚಿ ಕ್ಯಾಮೆರ ಕಣ್ಣಿನ ಪೊರೆ
ಹಿಮರಾಜ ಸರಿಯಲು ನೇಪಥ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ
ಧುತ್ತೆಂದು ಧಾಳಿ ಹಿಮದಾಟಕೆ
ಅದೆಂತು ಚೆಲ್ಲಾಟ, ಹಿಮದೆರಚಾಟ
ಮರುಕಳಿಸಿತ್ತು ಬಾಲ್ಯದ ಹುಡುಗಾಟ
ಒತ್ತಿದರೆ ಅಂಟುವ, ಮುಟ್ಟಿದರೆ ಕರಗದ
ಮಂಜಿಗೊಂದು ಕಲ್ಪನೆಯ ರೂಪ,
ತಂದಿತ್ತು ಮರಳ ಕಪ್ಪೆಗೂಡಿನ ನೆನಪು
ಕೈ-ಕಾಲುಗಳು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಅರಿವಳಿಕೆ
ಮಿತಿಮೀರಿದ ಗಮ್ಮತ್ತು, ಪ್ರಾಣಕ್ಕೇ ಕುತ್ತು
ಸುಂದರ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಯಾದೀತು ವಿಕೃತಿ
ಘನೀಭವಿಸಿತ್ತು ಹಿಮ; ಮರದಲ್ಲಿ, ನೆಲದಲ್ಲಿ
ಮರವು ಸುಂದರ, ನೆಲವು ಭೀಕರ
ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಗೊಂದು ಕಂದರ, ದಾರಿ ಅಗೋಚರ
ತಪ್ಪಿದರೆ ಆಯಾಮ, ಊಹಿಸಲಾಗದು ಪರಿಣಾಮ
ಹಸಿ ಸೌದೆ ಸುಟ್ಟರೂ ಇಲ್ಲದಷ್ಟು ಹೊಗೆ,
ಉಸಿರಾಡಲು; ಉಸಿರುಗಟ್ಟಿಸುವ ಚಳಿಗೆ
ಉರಿಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಕಂಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಒತ್ತರಿಸಿತ್ತು ಅಳು
ನೆನಪಾಗಲು ಅಮ್ಮನ ಬೆಚ್ಚನೆ ಮಡಿಲು
ಬೆಚ್ಚನೆ ದಿರಿಸಿನೊಳಗೊಂದು ದಿರಿಸು,
ಎರಡೆರಡು ಕಾಲ್ಚೀಲ, ಕೈ ಗ್ಲವಸು,
ಇಷ್ಟಾದರೂ ನಡುಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ದೇಹ; ಮೂಡಿಸಿತ್ತು
ಯೋಧರು ಮನುಷ್ಯರೇ ಎಂಬ ಸಂದೇಹ
ಎದೆಗುಂದದೆ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯ ವೈಪರೀತ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ
ಕಾವಲಾಗಿಹರು ದೇಶದ ಭದ್ರತೆಗೆ
ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದೆನೊಂದು ಕೃತಜ್ಞತಾಪೂರ್ವಕ ನಮನ
Saturday, December 27, 2008
ಸುರಿದಿರಲು ಮಂಜಿನ ಹೂಮಳೆ
Monday, December 08, 2008
ಮರೆಯಾಗಲು ಹಿಮರಾಜನ ಮಡಿಲಲ್ಲಿ
ಆರ್ಭಟಿಸಲು ವರುಣ ಕಾರ್ಮೋಡಗಳ ಮುಗಿಲಲ್ಲಿ
ಉರುಳುತಿದೆ ಕಾಲಚಕ್ರ ನೀ ನಿಂತರೂ ನಾನಿಲ್ಲೆನೆನುತ
ಪುನರಾಗಮಿಸಲು ಹೇಮಂತ ಶರದಾದಿ ಋತುಗಳು
ಬದಲಾಗಲು ರವಿ-ಚಂದ್ರ-ಭುವಿ ನಕ್ಷೆಗಳು
ಕೈ ಜೋಡಿಸುತಿಹಳು ಇಳೆ, ಕಾಲನ ಜೊತೆಗೆ
ಸಜ್ಜಾಗುತಿಹಳು ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ, ಬರುವ ನಾಳೆಗಳಿಗೆ
ಓಡುತಿದೆ ಋತುಚಕ್ರ, ಅನುಸರಿಸಿದೆ ಜೀವರಾಶಿ
ಸಿಂಗಾರಗೊಂಡಿದೆ ಸಸ್ಯವರ್ಗ, ನಡೆದಿರಲು ಬಣ್ಣಗಳ ಓಕುಳಿ
ಅದಲು ಬದಲಾಗಿದೆ ಸೂರ್ಯ ಚಂದ್ರರ ಅವಧಿ
ಇರುಳು ದಾಟಿರಲು ಹಗಲಿನ ಪರಿಧಿ
ಹಸಿರು ಎಲೆಗಳಲೆನಿತು ಈ ಕೆಂಪು ವರ್ಣ
ನಿರ್ಗಮಿಸುತಿರುವ ಗ್ರೀಷ್ಮನ ಬೀಳ್ಕೊಡುಗೆಯ ರೋದನವೋ
ಆಗಮಿಸುತಿರುವ ಶಿಶಿರನ ಕೆಂಧೂಳಿ ಸ್ವಾಗತವೋ
ಏನೊಂದು ಅರಿಯದಾಗಿದೆ, ಬರೀ ವಿಸ್ಮಯವಿಲ್ಲಿದೆ
ಅದೆನಿತು ಸಸ್ಯರಾಶಿ, ತವರು ತೊರೆಯದ ಕುಲ ಪುತ್ರನಂತೆ;
ಈ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ನೀಳೆತ್ತರದ ಸೂಜಿಮೊನೆಯ ನಿತ್ಯಹರಿದ್ವರ್ಣ ಮರಗಳು
ಮೆಟ್ಟಿದ ನೆಲವ ಸ್ವಂತವಾಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಭಾಗಿನಿಯಂತೆ
ಎಲ್ಲಿಂದಲೋ ಬಂದ, ಹಳದಿ ಕೆಂಬಣ್ಣಗಳ ಅಗಲೆಲೆಯ ವೃಕ್ಷಗಳು
ನವಜಾತ ಶಿಶುವಿನಂತಹ ಗುಲಾಬಿ ಬಣ್ಣದೆಲೆಗಳು
ಯೌವನದ ಬಿಸಿರಕ್ತದಂತಹ ಕೆಂಬಣ್ಣದೆಲೆಗಳು
ನವವಸಂತಕೆ ಕಾಲಿಡುತಿರುವಂತಹ ತಿಳಿಗಿಳಿವರ್ಣದೆಲೆಗಳು
ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಗಳಿಂದ ಮಾಗಿದ ಗಾಢಹಸುರೆಲೆಗಳು
ವೃದ್ಧಾಪ್ಯದ ರುದ್ರಾಕ್ಷಿಯ ಕಂದು ಬಣ್ಣದೆಲೆಗಳು
ಮುಗಿಯಿತು ನಮ್ಮ ಆಯಸ್ಸು, ಇನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮನು ಹರಸು ಎಂದಿರಲು
ಕಾಲನ ಕರೆಗೆ ಓಗೊಟ್ಟು ಬೋಳಾದ ಟೊಂಗೆಗಳು
ಯಾವುದೀ ಮಾಯೆ, ಯಾರೀ ಯಕ್ಷಿಣಿ
ಎನಿತು ಅಲಂಕರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿಹಳು ಧಾರಿಣಿ
ನಿಸರ್ಗವೆಲ್ಲ ರಂಗಾದ ರಂಗೋಲಿ, ವರ್ಣಗಳ ಚಿತ್ತಾರ
ಏತಕೀ ಹುನ್ನಾರ, ಏನ ಹೇಳ ಬಯಸಿದೆ ಪರಿಸರ?
ಅಡಗಿದೆ ಸುಂದರ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯೊಳಗೊಂದು ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶ
ನೀಡುತಿದೆ ಸರಳ ಜೀವನಕೊಂದು ಸಂದೇಶ
ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯವು ಹೊಂದಾಣಿಕೆ; ಪರಿಷ್ಕೃತ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಕೋನ
ಬಂದೊದಗಲು ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣ, ಪರಿವರ್ತನೆ ಜಗದ ನಿಯಮ!
ಮುಸುಕಿದ್ದ ಮಂಜಿನೊಡನೆ ಸೂರ್ಯನ ಹೋರಾಟ
ಭುವಿ ತಲುಪಲು ರವಿತೇಜನ ಪರದಾಟ
ಮಂಜಿನೊಡನೆ ಬೆಳಕಿನ ಸರಸ
ಹಸಿರು ಹುಲ್ಲಿಗೆಂತೊ ಸಂತಸ
ನೀರ ಹನಿಗಳಲ್ಲೇನೊ ಉಲ್ಲಾಸ
ಹುಲ್ಲಿನ ಅಂಚಿನಲ್ಲೊಂದು ಕತ್ತಿಯ ಛಳಪು
ನೀರ ಹನಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಜ್ರದ ಹೊಳಪು
ಸೀಳಿ ಬಂದಿರಲು ಸೂರ್ಯ ರಶ್ಮಿ
ಮುಗಿಲೆತ್ತರದ ದಟ್ಟ ಮರಗಳ,
ಹರಡಿದ ಮಂಜಿನ ಪದರಗಳ
ಹೊನ್ನಿನ ತೇರಿನ ಹಾದಿಯದು ಕವಿಗೆ
ಬರಿಯ ಟಿಂಡಾಲ್ ಪರಿಣಾಮವದು ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿಗೆ
ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ಚಿಲಿಪಿಲಿ ಕಲರವಗಳು
ಟೊಂಗೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಪೋಣಿಸಿದ ಗಾಜಿನ ಮಣಿಗಳು
ಅದರೊಳಗೆ ತೂರಿ ಬಂದ ಸಪ್ತವರ್ಣಗಳು
ನಿರ್ಮಿಸೀತೆ ಮಾನವನ ಕೃತ್ರಿಮ ಜ್ಞಾನ
ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಯ ನೈಜ ಸುಂದರತೆಯ ಸೊಬಗನ್ನ?
ಶೀತಲ ಗಾಳಿಯ ಸಂಚಲನ
ಭಯಾನಕ ಭೀಭತ್ಸ ರಸಗಳ ಆಂದೋಲನ
ಇರುಳ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯದಳೊಂದು ಕ್ರೌರ್ಯದ ಸಮ್ಮಿಲನ
ದೂರ ಸರಿದಿರಲು ಇಳೆ ರವಿಯಿಂದ
ಮೂಡಿದೆ ಇಂತೊಂದು ವೈಪರೀತ್ಯ
ಆಕ್ಷೇಪಿಸಿತ್ತು ಮನ ಆದಿತ್ಯನ ಸುಡುಬಿಸಿಲೆಂದು
ಇಂದು ಬಯಸಿ ಬೇಡಿದೆ ಆತನ ಸಾನ್ನಿಹಿತ್ಯ
ವಸ್ತುವೊಂದನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡಾಗಲೆ ತಿಳಿಯುವುದೆ ಅದರ ಬೆಲೆ?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
All this started with a simple forwarded e-mail, which we usually ignore. I don’t know what triggered my mind, I replied to this e-mail.
The forward was like this:
Talk given to the youth by Shri P. Rajagopalachari
at Lassy, France on July 18, 2003
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I'm sorry to say. Parents don't give guidance; they are too busy with themselves. A time there was when mothers never worked, so they provided the source of happiness, love and protection. Today, all women work. So they are no more to be looked upon as sources of love and protection. They are immersed in their own life, making their life. So children are largely left to themselves, and they grow in an atmosphere of both aspiration and resentment. They resent that they don't get enough attention from their parents, who are too busy to look after them, who are too busy earning money to waste on holidays, about which I was talking this morning. You would rather have some love in the family than a big holiday in Nice or, I don't know, Antibes, wherever it is, isn't it?
Why blame only women community? What is the problem if they work? Does that mean that they don’t pay attention to their kids? If it’s the sole responsibility of a mother to take care of the child then what for fathers? Children need "parents" not 'only' mother. I agree to the point that the children need love and affection not money, I do not agree that the working women are so immersed in their 'own' life, so they don’t pay attention to the kids. Her 'life' starts from home and ends at home. I don’t know to what he is mentioning about 'her own life'.
I would like to bring to your notice that I am neither opposing any female working nor telling that non-working women is good at running family. I agree completely what is been told over your reply. Yes, kid needs parents, and both father and mother have responsibility when it comes to kids. But I feel that the way Shri P. Rajagopalachari telling in the context of "Mother is the first teacher, Mother is the first god, etc".
When you consider in that context, mother has a big role in bringing the child up. To answer your question What is father responsibility, from our ancient time, father is known for head of family who is responsible for providing all the necessary things to run the family including earnings, security, etc. where as mother is to run the family.
You said that "Her life starts from home and ends at home". How much time a working women afford to give to her family (specifically to child) than compared to non-working women.
If both father and mother is working and if they are not leaving with parents, then surely they will drop the kid in the day-care center and go to office. And pick the child in the evening. By that time both parents are tiered and they hardly could give time to child. Mean while she has to cook and clean the house, and father has to manage child till she cooks and cleans. So imagine how many hours they are spending time with child. And what the child should think? I feel the child will have more bondage with child care lady than parents, because they spend hardly few hours in a day except weekend. (I don’t want to explain what happens in the weekend too to the child) Do you think the child really gets what it is suppose to get at that age?
One last thing, there are many reason a women go to work. it may be to support family financially or to brighten up her own career etc. but she being a mother has a major role to play in bringing child up and she has to balance it and father has to help her too. I feel this is what Shri was trying to covey.
I do respect your thoughts. If Mr.X is telling that both Father and Mother have equal responsibility in bringing up a child, then, yes, I completely agree. But if he says only one has to sacrifice, completely disagreed (not from child perspective, from the other one of two).
What has been followed from years may not be applicable for the present conditions, things and thoughts need a re-look and re-tuning to adjust and accommodate the present and the betterment of it.
I do have a question from those thoughts. “She has to cook and clean the house”. Why not 'he'? Actually my question was why not 'both'?
Do you know the other side of the story? Some time or the other kids feel why my mother is not working? For example, I used to feel, why my mother is not a teacher? Or she doesn’t go to office? She has so much time at home, why doesn’t she write something? ('I' includes some of my friends whose mothers are 'house wives') Working is not just money, its talent. Why spoil it between the 4 walls restricting it to husband and kids and at the end no one bothers? Consider 2 engineering grads, one rank student (assume girl, I know guys also get ranks) and one who struggles to pass out (assume guy, I know girls also do this). Both can work. But girl need not because, one day she'll get married and become a mother? But no condition on the earth stops a guy working, though that girl is more talented than him! Once the kid starts going to school, how much time it needs? Before going to school and after coming from school, Mean while?
Any way, every situation or a problem has many perspectives and thoughts, which are right in their own way. And every solution has its own advantages and disadvantages. We have to set our priorities and choose the best for us.
BTW I am not so called 'feministic'. I just believe in equally shared responsibilities and a balanced society, where every one has their own space and yet live in harmony and with the family bondage!
This time I am saying about my thoughts than what was quoted by Shri.
I do agree with your thoughts, but have few points to share.
Is it good to think that taking care of her own child as a sacrifice? I don't think any mother would like to keep her own child in dark and think of something else. If so that may be unnatural.
Your way of thinking about both doing home work is good thought. But think practically, there should be some one to look after for child especially at very young age of child. Just check with any of your friend who are married and have a child.
Do you think it is waste of talent being at home even though she is rank holder in college? (Not all rank holder at smart) Check out asking females to work and let their husband stay at home and do home work. I feel this is a good approach to re-think and re-look of what is been followed from generation. Hope you find some one.
But there are some profession which allow female to work as well spend good amount of time for child / home. She has to think of those than pursuing what is was specialized in being smart enough to be a rank holder.
Once again, all I am saying is Mother has major role in bringing child up and she should give first preference to child than her talent, career, etc. etc. What is use of being educated if she is not able to take care of her own child giving good amount of time? Education is not just for only to pursue job, it is to understand the world, way of life.
I really don’t know why I started this mail chain, when I looked into the thoughts of Shri..
It may be because I feel uncomfortable, when only women are blamed in situations, where both men and women have the equal responsibilities.
I do not deny any of the importance of mother in a child's life, but I am proud of it. It’s such a divine task, in which she is responsible for a life. I am only concerned about those who take the advantage of it and escape from their responsibilities.
I am only trying to convey that 'only' responsibility can be made as 'shared' responsibility, in which again the 'major' contribution is from her. Yes. I do agree and already mentioned, from the perspective of Mother and Child, nothing is sacrifice for her own child. If a father does something extra from his earning duty, that is also for his own child. But what I am seeing is He can choose to do it. She has to do it.
I agree that every rank holder is not talented. That was just an example. But I hope you do not deny that that given a chance, many women are capable of doing what a working man is doing, may be even better. Yes, I still say it as a waste of talent, where many could have been benefited in place of just her own kid and husband.
What I feel from what I have seen is, this Motherhood, great responsibility, making of a life etc etc, are just great words. The job of so called 'House Wife' is just taken for granted, while it is most difficult and responsible job. What respect she gets from her family and children for her service? Apart from doing all the things she has to be a part of the blame game, if something goes wrong (even minor).This is the general status, I am not taking about anyone in particular. There may be exceptions for the better also, which can give us some space for relief.
Though it is her duty to bring up the child, she should get her due credit for job well done. After all, how many of us realize and act up on our duties and responsibilities? As you know, not even a single mother expects something in return. But, when I see it from outside the frame, I feel, why she is doing it, after all, at the end nothing is there for her?? Why she has to depend on someone for her life, when she has spent her whole life for family?? So, working is not just money, it’s about understanding the world around, the way of life.
After all these conversation, I feel we both have a common thinking but the approach is different.
Me: (didn’t reply, but thought)
When the whole understanding was based on different ideas, how the thinking can be common? When the approach is different, how can the thinking be common?
Friday, January 25, 2008
That was one of the special days of my professional life. I was getting permission to visit USA as non-immigrant. Yes!!! It was my VISA interview day @ Chennai consulate.
I was little tensed and as usual I don’t know why :-). Somehow I can’t take anything casually. There was nothing to be worried about. At the max, they could have rejected my stamping, for which I could have applied again. Also, mine being the H1 Visa, many people had told me that there will not be any issues and there were hardly any rejections. But still I was nervous. May be I had considered the rejection as an personal insult :-).
The day started off with some bad ‘shaguns’. I might had gone through the visa documents about four or five times. Again in the morning was going through them to find that I had not pasted my photo !!!!!. There was no glue/stapler available in the place where I was staying. Thought will buy it on the way. My brother dropped me to the Chrompet railway station, from where I had to go to Meenambaakam stop, my friend would join me there, to go to the embassy. That was my first visit to Chennai and needless to say, I didn’t know the route as well as the language. My brother had told me that Meenambaakam is 3 stops from Chrompet, don’t exactly remember how many times !!! :-). FYI, there were many boards clearly written as “MEENABAKAM” in English at the station. My brother and I had forgotten that I can read English !!!! I counted the numbers and successfully got down at the destination (had successfully forgotten the glue).
I was supposed to reach Meenambaakam by 10.30, but was there at 9.30am. I waited for an hour, but my friend didn’t come. My interview time was 12.15pm. now the tension again started. I waited for another half an hour, staring at the people, getting down from the trains. I was 100% sure that he would turn up and we would reach the embassy on time. But, as you know by now, “tension”. Finally my tension won against my confidence and went out of station to call him (I was not carrying my mobile, as no electronic gadgets were allowed at the embassy and there was no public telephone in the railway station). He told me, it would take another 20 minutes for him to reach the station. May be by identifying the anxiety and tension in my voice, he asked me to take an auto and reach the embassy, which was a 15 minutes route. Even though I told him that I would wait, knowing me better than me, he insisted that I start off. I boarded an auto to the embassy negotiating the fare with my broken Tamil and English. On the way I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t filled a section of my DS-157(native name). Opened the documents again and filled it as autowala took 30 minuted to reach the embassy. I got down and was looking around for the place. Guess what!!! My friend was there before me!! I was so shocked and embarrassed. And there he was, smiling, cool & composed as usual!!! :-)
Then we went on to stand in the queue. There was a long queue, not so long though. But the queue was not moving. There is no shelter, shade or seating arrangement made. One has to stand in the open sun (don’t forget it’s Chennai). As there is no place for the applicants itself, forget about the people accompanying them. We were at the end of the long queue and chatting. There he explained, it is enough if you go 15 minutes before the specified time. The time specified in the invitation letter is to enter the embassy, not the interview time :-((. Even if you are the last one in the longest queue, you will be called, when the turn comes. The afternoon batches are the worst, as they have to suffer the morning backlogs. And that’s what happened. It was 2’O clock when I entered the consulate gate. Not knowing the things properly can cause unnecessary tensions!! :-)
The weather wasn't that bad also. I asked him, whether the people who will be coming to India from US, any other country for that matter, have to undergo the same process. As expected the answer was NO. The next question was “why” and the answer seemed so obvious that I didn’t ask him. He asked me whether I have the water (previous day he had asked me to bring one, as he knew the conditions better, but my laziness didn’t allow me to do so). He told, he will bring one and went off. I was standing there looking at the way he went, wondering by his presence of mind & timing sense, as the security guard was coming from the other end asking the people (other than the applicants) to leave the place!!!
Now the background process “glue” came to front end. I asked my neighbors there. Will they be careless (or over confident!!) as me? They didn’t have. I was thinking about the alternatives and consequences as well. Now I feel I was thinking about that too much because, no one else was there to give me a company. That is, everyone else had their documents perfect. What a human tendency!!! You know that not doing the homework is wrong. But if you are the only one in the class, who hasn’t done the homework, you feel guilty. But if there people to accompany you, by not doing the homework, your morale suddenly gets a boost. Your fear level automatically comes down!!! My friend came back with the water bottle. I asked him if I can get glue inside. I would be dishonest if I tell I didn’t expect him to buy one. But that was only 10%. For the rest, I was expecting an alternative. But as though reading my mind, he went on to buy one :-) . Thank you ….
I again put myself into the thinking process, about that question. Why is that people are crazy about USA? Is it power? Money? Influence? Which is that force, attracting the people from the whole world? No, not sure about other countries, but sure about India. For what people go there, leaving their parents, brothers and sisters? Or is it that people go there because, some of their relatives, friends have gone? The parents feel so proud about their children settled in US than who are here and looking after their family well. How do you take this attitude? Is it because of this attitude growing in the society, we are having a competition among ourselves? Or people go just visit that country? In the same dilemma/confusion I had spent almost two years of my professional life. One day I had called the same guy and during the conversation, he had provided the answer, though not intentional, as I hadn’t asked anything. Sometime it happens in life, you don’t know how you influence or get influenced by people. You might get a solution to a problem in a much unrelated situation or place or person. He hadn’t talked about money or any other high funda words. He had told, these are all different experiences in life which one should have and enjoy. Things had become somewhat clear….
While I was trying to be more clear, my friend came back with the glue. The queue had moved a little and the security was nearby. So he wished me “best of luck” and went off. I stood there to check my luck….