With great hopes, I had reached Targena near Patna Bihar to experience a total solar eclipse. But alas, it was not meant to be. Clouds had covered the entire sky and cleared out only when the eclipse was in its last stages. Anyway, it was still a surreal experience having darkness engulf for couple of minutes.
The crowds gathered was huge, first time I saw such a huge and enthusiastic crowd assemble for a non-political event in Bihar. I was fortunate enough to have a vantage position to click these photos.
I just heard about these lines from Ramdhari Singh Dinkar. It’s taken from a poem entitled “शक्ति और क्षमा (Shakti Aur Kshama)”
क्षमा शोभती उस भुजंग को जिसके पास गरल हो,
उसका क्या जो दंतहीऩ, विषहीऩ, विनीत, सरल हो
Kshama shobhti us bhujang ko
Jiske paas garal ho
Uska kya jo dantheen
Vishrahit vineet saral ho
When a serpent that has venom, teeth and strength forgives, there is grace in its forgiveness, there is magnanimity. But when a serpent that has no venom and no bite claims to forgive, it sounds like hypocrisy and amounts to hiding its defeat with noble words