star struck or awestruck
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Star Struck or Awestruck?

Many movie stars and celebrities live in Bandra, a Mumbai suburb. Most locals pretend they don’t recognize them. That’s really nice, because it gives the celebrities space. There’s one film star however, who has contingents of young men that come every evening to stand outside his building, waiting for a ‘sighting’. Star struck? Of course. I wonder if these boys found time to look out into the sea and the mangroves around? It’s a lovely place to enjoy the beauty of Nature and feel the cool sea breeze. Would you rather be star struck or awestruck? (100 words)

Here are some pictures of the place. Watching the sunrise and sunset there is beautiful.

Star Struck or Awestruck?

So often think that we get so caught up in following celebrities that we forget to truly enjoy all the beauty of Nature. I think we often use the word awestruck with regard to people and events are really not worthy of awe.

According to the dictionary, the word awe means:

a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.

What is sacred is what is worthy of our reverence, what evokes awe and wonder in the human heart, and what, when contemplated, transforms us utterly.

Phil Cousineau

A lovely prayer

Oh, Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me! I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes
ever hold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
Help me remain calm and strong in the
face of all that comes towards me.
Help me find compassion without being overwhelmed.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother or my sister,
but to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame.

Translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887


I’m undertaking the #Write28Days Challenge and will be posting every day in February. I will combine this with my regular features – #MondayMusings, #FiveMinuteFriday and #100WordsOnSaturday.

I’ve re-started the 100WordsOnSaturday here. The feature will be around social causes/ special days/special causes.

In case you missed the previous 6 posts, here they are:

  1. Introvert Power
  2. Dry January
  3. Taken
  4. Racism comes in many colours
  5. Sharing More Than You Should
  6. A Thousand Ways

If you’d like to join me, please leave a comment with your link on my post/s. For the month of February, since I’m following the #Write28Days Challenge prompts, I may not be writing on themes for special days or social causes.

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3 Comments on “Star Struck or Awestruck?

  1. I would certainly rather be awestruck, but we so easily confuse that with starstruck. Especially when we are young. Absolutely love the prayer you shared.
    Visiting from Write28Days

  2. Corinne! Absolutely beautiful poetry. Now, you prompting me to write something on my Bandra experience. I got quite a few. You won’t believe during regular Sundays would travel from Churchgate to Bandra since was getting bored in the hotel room. Bought a book on the pavement outside the station and took the best bus to sit at Barista or CCD to watch the sun glitter on my face. I loved doing that! Though a film buff, I did stand briefly in front of Mannat but few seconds…love walking at the parapet admiring the seas and having pain puri:)

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