On this day :
1814 Napoleon exiled to Elba, 1721 Moravian missionary David Zeisberger is born, 1888 Henry Ford marries, 1862 Confederates surrender Fort Pulaski, 1951 Truman relieves MacArthur of duties in Korea, 1870 War is narrowly averted, 1968 Last survivors of ferry accident rescued, 1970 Apollo 13 launched to moon, 1979 Idi Amin overthrown, 1988 Cher wins Best Actress Oscar for Moonstruck, 1931 Dorothy Parker resigns as drama critic for The New Yorker, 1961 Bob Dylan plays his first major gig in New York City, 1803 Talleyrand offers to sell Louisiana, 1977 President Carter hosts White House Easter egg roll, 2004 Phil Mickelson wins first major at Masters, 1963 Troops from Hawaii sent to South Vietnam, 1972 B52s strike North Vietnamese positions, 1919 International Labor Organization founded, 1945 The US army liberates Buchenwald concentration camp,



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The kingdom of ‘curiosity’ invites you,

For an exploration of uncertain duration,

At an age when interest presides over rationalism,

An enticement of your conscience in a ‘terra incognita’.

(Or rather a world unknown.)


A world where ignorance is a boon,

As well as a requisite,

To relish abysmal amusements.




You begin in incognito

With no bag and baggage,

In a boat, built of thoughts and actions,

A paradigmatic mean of transport,

For discoverers en-route ‘Curiosity’.


Your boat gets moored,

By the banks of river ‘fantasy’.

The river assuring you,

A flux of freedom’s free flow.


The adjacent island will render you plots-

Of obscure delicacies,

Which you are entitled by fate, to discover.


Here you shall find the ideal space,

To revel and prosper,

To cultivate an intricate base,

Of inner self’s thirst for philosophy.




You begin your expedition in this kingdom,

Hoping to encounter fertile lands,

And to confiscate them to your mind’s advantage.


Obscurity, is the fertile land,

Where dauntless discretion roots itself,

Deep, beyond the core of reasoning.


Also, there are the ‘other lands’!

The realms which were once appalled by you,

Hitherto, for their eeriness,

Exposed through exanimate yet dreaded scarecrows,

Rumours of primeval origin,

Of a direful land of fatal illusions.


But a liberal approach guides you in-

Conquering these barren lands,

(Where an encroachment of fear-

By conscience and wisdom occurs)

Where the birth of your new self occurs,

Where the disgorged placenta of

Daunting memories and superstitions,

Embraces the soil and-

Conveys the secret of fertility to it,

Before its death.


Your empire thus expands,

Your fields of discoveries,

Opulently covered by a foliage of-

proliferating crops-deep rooted ideals and ratiocinations.


Thus you,

Turn out to be an invincible emperor,

The supreme commander of your subjects-thoughts and actions.


This land,

Where the flesh defers to the mind’s urge,

Paving the path to insouciance,

(A state of unfathomable freedom in thoughts and actions,)

Fills you with a new substance-knowledge,

And with gratification of a productive expedition.


You’ll reign this kingdom

Until thy audaciousness fail to meet,

The intended explanandum –

For obscure plots and random thoughts.


This land will indeed,

Cater thee with new dimensions.


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