*Sharing a brilliantly written poem by Nirupa Raghvan, my cousin
Attire to arise
When times seem dark and dreary
and paths bleak and cold,
put on a coat of courage
and emerge fearless and bold.
When dreams seem far and unattainable
and goals a distant song,
wear your boots of bravery
and walk along.
When efforts end up in vain
and struggles define your day,
adorn yourself with a scarf of sincerity
and keep endeavouring to find a way.
When you are under a rain of obstacles
and a storm of snags,
put on a pullover of perseverance
and set out to hoist victory flags.
When all battles have been fought,
put on your jacket of joy and hat of honour,
for your attire to arise
will always serve as a glorious armour.