"A profound unmitigated loneliness is the only truth of life"
- R.K. Narayan

I search for that world,
I wonder if it even exists,
where my life is not so displeased with me.*
Strength and Courage seem like two sides of the same coin. They may be used interchangeably yet in their specific context. Courage stands in mental frame, for what strength stands in the physical realm. Yet experience teaches that strength and courage, though springing from the same seed, are fruits of very different trees.
Guruji closed his eyes, took a deep breath and let loose the sermon.. "Every sensation that happens in the fortress of your body has a karmic causality in it. If it's a pleasurable sensation, then it is a result of some good act from the past, and likewise any detestable sensation is a result of an intentional evil act. Every act leaves a residue in karma, and it finally comes back to burn out through sensations."

The case had left the police dumbfounded; never had they seen a kidnapping so perfect, so bereft of clues. Absolutely nothing on the kidnappers, only a ransom letter, and that too had come in the mail, neatly typed. There were no witnesses to be questioned nor any mobile calls to be traced...When the parents and police had reached the informed spot with the ransom money, all they found was a deserted shrub, some poisoned leftovers and the dead boy.