Something surreal is something unusual, like a starry night on a sunny day. If, some day, both day and night were visible at the same time — both stars and sunlight together — it would really be surreal.
The mystery the eyes of the main subject behold is beyond intriguing. The shop towards the outside is vivid and colourful, but holds a dark shadow within. It makes us question, what does it hide? What is there inside to discover?
From the very beginning of our childhood, we have heard about the Arabian Nights. After reading all the desert stories from the very famous Aladdin, a question arises about the mysteries of the mystic desert .
The illusions, the mysterious experiences all feed to the rumour that the desert is magical. Imagine a dark night, when you are alone and a sudden aurora streaks across the sky. Just like this one, many stories come by and blow our minds– from meteors exploding in the sky to illusions– all coming to a stop at the question, “is a desert really enchanted? ”
Most theories suggest that these are really rare experiences which occur once in a blue moon. Other religious theories believe that there are true and sacred spirits which cause these mysteries .
A mystery still unsolved… What is your take on this? Is it really true or just a conspiracy?
“There are known unknowns”
Does something like the “unknown” even exist? The knowns were once unknown and maybe in incognisant ways, we step into “unknown” situations every day. I believe the “unknown” is a place you’ll become used to someday, the “unknown” is a person you’ll find the most comfort in someday and I believe the unknown is a feeling you’ll want to experience every day. Right this second, something is waiting to be known, to be explored, and we’ll always keep pushing the boundaries of the unknown to get there. The unknown is limitless, just like one’s desire to know more. But as Pema Chödrön says, “Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all”, we’ll never really know everything. Something will always be unknown to us or maybe the unknown lies within you? And you’ll know it when the time permits.
– Ichcha Walia, The Millennium School, Noida
Today in the United States, it seems as if race determines the gravity of the crime a person commits. If a white person commits a crime, they are still treated respectfully, but if a Black person doesn’t do anything and lives in “the country of whites”– that in itself is a crime.
Artwork By Upashruti Chakraborty
Artwork by Tamanna Goel
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