TRUE LOVE KEEPS MOVING: BOOK REVIEW

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Such a beautifully written book is consisting of both prose and poetry. One can notice how Naga the book is with all the local references.

I was quickly at the last page of the book rummaging through the well written and relatable prose. The book cleverly starts with reference to true love or how the author found his true love. However, by the time you finish the prose section, you will find an intriguing journey of self-discovery.

The book focuses on the relationship between the author and a girl whom he loved and lost. i loved how the book fiddles in bits about the author’s take on love and lust. We can experience the author’s wit and his surprising references of Nagamese words. I can say it was a pleasant surprise and I liked it.
Finally, as you go through the book, you will be treated with actual mentions of the author’s crushes, which makes the whole reading experience better. I couldn’t help myself from crying when the author’s crush Chanmi died. It was heartbreaking. I really loved how the author wrote about his relationship with God and how God is never angry with us no matter what our life has been and that God loves us just the way we are. i couldn’t pick any favorite from the poetry section as it were all beautifully written. ” some people are in love, but they’re not together; others are together but not in love.”

By @vetalu_vivi_theyo


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They say a true writer is like a bottle of old wine, gets better with age. Writing is a marathon race, which Wedekhro Naro has decided to take up. His bio says he did his majors in English Literature from Kohima College, and at present, he works with Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait. Kuwait is one of the Gulf countries, but we are not here to discuss Kuwait. Hence, let’s talk about his book.
True Love Keeps Moving is like a combo pack, a shopaholic will know the worth of such offers. The book has seven prose and twenty poems. Like most of the narration which we read these days, Wedekhro’s five prose is written in the first person.

The first prose titled True Love Keeps Moving has been picked as the name of the book, rightly so. I t has been narrated with the help of 53 pages (begins in page-7 and is dragged till page 60.) The other prose are expressed within the limit of 3-8 pages. The Unpaid Reviewer has observed rain, umbrella, and food joints play a vital role in Wedekhro’s stories. The readers will get a feel of sitcoms; indeed, in good humor, the first prose can be subtitled as Naga Christian Version of How I Met Your Mother, the difference being this time, the audience is not Ted’s kids but the readers. As for the poems, The Unpaid Reviewer is not able to pick the best among the equals. Although the themes are generic, it is nevertheless worth revisiting.

True Love Keeps Moving also projects a redemptive Christian spirit filled with hope, self-control, second chance, love, friendship, and above all, seeking for and identity in front of God. However, it is not a Christian romance novel; hence, the age of the readers should be 18 and above; well, it can be debated. The Unpaid Reviewer will quote a paragraph to justify such an opinion, “…I went and kissed her with tears in my eyes. We both looked at each other and lay on the bed. Anything can happen when two people of the opposite sex are together. It was silent and dark outside. I was told that a man’s greatest weakness is sex. in a couple of minutes, we were both naked. my heart started to beat so fast when i saw her beautiful virgin body standing in front of me…” (p.20)

Some of the readers will find themselves faced by the writer. Although the book has its own limitations, the strength of the book lies in its honesty and the raw emotions, which the writer has boldly and articulately presented. The pride of owning the work of any first time writer is awesome; hence, Wedekhro Naro’s True Love Keeps Moving should occupy one of the corners in your bookshelf.

By the_unpaid_reviewer.

 

 

The Unfinished Story: Book Review

By Asenla Yanger (Professor and Research Scholar)

Why do you keep some quotes/pictures as your wallpaper?… Because they have a special corner in your heart and today, my phone’s wallpaper so well equates to my new read “The Unfinished Story” by Wedekhro Naro..“If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die,” and be it Jen or Lulu or Atele, Ade has forever kept them alive by giving them the breath of words.

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It isn’t so easy to keep your eyes and mind fixed on something post-surgery, but this work caught me hooked till I took a deep heave of satisfaction after turning to close the back jacket of the book. Strings have been so meticulously strung by the author when he speaks of the trends society is in like the addiction to social media and using it as a means to find love, which to some is miraculous yes miraculous going from ‘online to offline'(pp.11 ). While to others, it only causes some heartaches causing other addictions and ills to flow in and then we sit back and question ourselves if wishes always come true or ‘is it true that we only wish for what is never ours?'(pp.75). Tough thoughts, isn’t it? I loved how beautifully the youth of Nagaland are highlighted and inspired to come back to their own land and support their roots. Go to page 49, and you will know why ‘the government is becoming inadequate, and Nagaland is becoming a place for lazy people.’ Twenty-four beautiful poems after “The Unfinished Story” are beautifully crafted to themes of love, life, living, letting live. Wonderful is when a man becomes feminist, realizing the fact that not every time a woman is to be blamed, but many times fault lies in men in disfiguring women. Please let men accept when she says, “I am nobody’s baby/I pay my bills/And i take care of myself.”(pp.54).

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Which is the most satisfying moment of the day for you? It’s “that feeling that moment…when you tell everything shamelessly stupidly boldly to God.”(pp.69). I love you Ade for this particular poem ‘SATISFIED’..and my heart palpitated heavy reading “Therapy” because Plato said it right, “at a touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” Thank you, @wedekhronaro, for this bundle of happiness. Gratitude to @penthrill for keeping readers like us alive.

 

 

We Care: Four Seasons Kuwait

As the world fights Covid-19 and lockdown continuing around the world, thousands of workers were stranded. Many have lost their jobs, and thousands have lost their precious lives. With no assurance when the world will open its door for business, everyone is in constant fear. It’s regrettable and heartbreaking to see the number of deaths increasing day by day. With families far away from each other, and it’s not sure when one could meet their loved ones, this pandemic has created a panic attack on everyone.

Amid all the chaos, the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait under the leadership of Mr. Didier stands strong and firm to its commitment to prioritize human resources besides everything else. Today, we all must agree with what some employees say during the post-September 11,

“You could have acted like everyone else and fired us. You didn’t. You stuck to what you’ve always said about people coming first. And your credibility in our eyes couldn’t be higher” (Pp.256 of Four Seasons- The Story of a Business Philosophy).


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‘You will never go hungry if your father knows how to fish.’ The picture and quotes are very relevant during these hard times. Mr. Amir makes sure no one remains hungry.’


Mr. Amir, the Housing Manager of luxurious five-star staff accommodation, is making sure that every employee under his roof is protected from the pandemic. The management is also always keeping in touch with the stranded employees who are in the hotel due to sudden lockdown and Darna (A luxury five-star staff accommodation), and taking care of all the necessary needs during this crisis. It may be noted as the world started the ‘We care movement,’ FS Kuwait is also leading by example by showing the love and care for each other.

At Darna, the Happiness Innovation Team (HIT) has placed an appreciation board so members could write a note of gratitude to each other. It’s a Four Seasons’ way to show we care about and appreciate each other.


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‘If you appreciate someone, then, let them know. Don’t let another day goes by.’


It’s overwhelming to see that Covid-19 has brought all of us together; the bond in us is more reliable than before. Managers who could not be with the team physically due to lockdown are sending a note of encouragement to the team and vice versa. It is overwhelming to see a letter from the Founder and Owner of Nosh, Ms. Tanya, who is the official food and beverage trainer for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Let’s check out their messages.


1- DIDIER JARDIN (General Manager at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘Uncertainties
In a world of uncertainties…
There are things that I’m CERTAIN, and we have it at the Four Seasons Kuwait – the most engaged, compassionate, and caring employees.
Darna has become more than ever a big family, everyone is caring for each other, and even a few leaders came out of their nest.
Since the lockdown of Darna, the hotel has become housing for other staff, creating a “home away from home” environment. Some of you are in your home country, taking care of your family, and others are at your home in Kuwait. But wherever you are, we are all linked by one thing, our care for each other. Whilst you can not control the uncertainties, I’m certain you can continue to care for each other.
Thank you for all for what you do, keep up the spirit, and enjoy what you have today, and do not forget the power of connections. Let’s all keep in touch.
Be well, my friends.’

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We will come back – stronger and better.


2- GEORGES SAFI (Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘It is in times of crisis that heroes are born. This is the time where Four Seasons culture has to shine. This is the moment for extra effort, forgoing the extra mile, for treating others the way we want to be treated.
Each one of us is managing all our personal challenges. Despite those tough times, your passion and contribution to the Four Seasons family, whether in Darna, in the hotel, or from wherever you are stuck, was never more powerful and meaningful. I would like to recognize, appreciate, and thank you all for your efforts.’

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The perfect definition of The New Normal.


3- TANYA WANGNER-KLAUMSANN (Founder and Owner of Nosh Company)

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‘As I sit here in Germany, 4000km away from Kuwait, a part of me will always be with the FS Kuwait team. It comforts me to know how you are all living together at your incredible employee housing. I can picture the entrance, your cafeteria, living rooms, and your outside entertainment area. Even though you must all have had enough of the four walls around you, remember that you have each other and the spirit of compassion and care. There is no doubt in my mind that you will return to your new normality with pride and dedication. That you will all continue the path of success that every one of you strived to build. Never forget….” We will, we will rock KUWAIT, rock KUWAIT”! I am hoping that I will get to see you all one day soon again. In the meantime, stay healthy and enjoy this life given to you.’

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4- HANI OMAR (Senior Sales Manager at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘Hello everyone,
I hope you are all doing well. Hope to see you soon. We shall work together again. Stay safe and take care.’

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5- NAVINA LUCHMANAN (Senior Learning and Development Manager at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘So many days have gone. Stay strong and take the time to focus on yourself and do things that you wished you could do before. Don’t let your mind trick you. Let your authentic version of you shine, and through storms, we will get there together. Be it at the hotel or Darna. I do sincerely miss you all and can’t wait to be together again. Take care and virtual hugs to you all.’

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6-VASHISHT MUNGUR (Hotel Assistant Manager at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘I am currently part of the Hotel Emergency team; hence I have not been in Darna for a while but just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone staying in Darna for maintaining your positivity and big smiles. Your biggest weapon is your kindness to each other. Whenever you feel down, please focus on the things you have rather than the things you don’t have. In these difficult times, remember that we are all each other’s second family and that we have to support each other and go through this together. Look at yourself in the mirror and remember to pat yourself for the good job you do every day.’


7-MEERIM ASANOVA (Hotel Assistant Manager at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘Please stay safe and see you very soon. I miss you all.’

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8- ARISTOTE LAURENT (Public Relation Executive at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘Bonjour from France! I’m miles away from Darna and all of you, but you’ve never been closer to my heart in those difficult times.
I hope I could send you some croissants and baguette from France, but unfortunately, by the time it arrives, it won’t be that good, so I just want to let you know that I think of you and I’m free to share a laugh and talk. See you all very soon, Inshallah!’

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9- ANTOANETA BOYUKLIEVA (Restaurant Manager at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘Every moment ( even the small ones at home ) makes a difference. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that, I try to make sure that my experiences are positive. “
Love you all, let’s try to stay connected and appreciate every moment of our life during these tough times till we reunite again!’

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10- COSIMO LARDO (Assistant Director of Food and Beverages at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘Don’t be worried about what you cannot control; focus on what it is in your hands!!! Make a plan, roll it out, and you will see the positive outcomes!!! Stay positive’ 💪💪💪


11- MELINA RAGEAH- KOONJA (Banquet Manager at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘If there is one thing that we’ve learned in Banquet is that, there are always going to be tough times and situations, but the beauty of it is, it doesn’t last long. We will get through this similarly and come out more robust and brighter. Remember, we are not a team because we work together; we are a team because we respect and care for each other. Let’s keep uplifting each other. Love you all !!’

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12- ATISH KOONJA (Restaurant Manager at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘”Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Stay close to our family and friends. Stay Safe.’

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13- RAHUL TULSIANI ( Restaurant General Manager at Riviera by Four Seasons)

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‘These hard times will pass, but what will stay are the beautiful memories of unity, togetherness, and stories of how we as a team did everything possible to beat the situation. The occupancy will be 100% again, banquets will be full, and restaurants will keep calling for crunches. Morning briefings will be shortened for all us to get back on the floor ASAP, and when we look back, we shall smile and approach the tougher times ahead with open arms and smile on our faces.’

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14- FABIO QUARTA (Executive Sous Chef at Four Seasons Kuwait)

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‘Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance together in the rain. This, too, shall pass. We are Four Seasons.’

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15- AYNUR MAMEDOVA (Director of Public Relations and Communications)

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‘Stay positive, and the sun will rise again.’

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16- DANNY GONSALVES (Department Head – Al Bandar)

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‘This Covid-19 pandemic stands out in history as a world-changing event. Things are a bit hard and look difficult right now. But some things make me smile, including Zoom parties, zoom dance, zoom yoga, and the list goes on. The learning here is with every given situation; we evolve and adapt and come out of these tough times together stronger.
‘Keep your face towards the sun, and the shadow will always fall behind.’
So replace your negative thoughts with positive ones, and you’ll start having positive results.’

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17- RUDAINA SAAD (Director of People and Culture)

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‘We miss you. We love you.
What I hope we take away from this is that you know we are in this together. Moments like this are when we let our full light shine. Today, we are all adapting to a ‘new normal,’ and although this new normal may appear challenging, and at times scary, but remember you are not alone. We’ve to live out our Four Seasons values and lift one another in times of significant challenges. We will move forward and survive this storm together.
Sending my wishes that you remain safe, and you continue to excel in what you are doing. Let your light shine in these unprecedented times. All the best.’

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18- SKANDER AYARI (Director of Food and Beverages)

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‘Life is a succession of encounters; each of them can be stored in a crystal ball or a rubber ball. If the rubber ball falls, it will bounce back, and if the crystal ball falls, it will break forever. In these special moments, let’s treat each other as a crystal.’
Take Care.

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19- AWAD MOHAMED ( Assistant Director of People and Culture)

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‘We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a unique experience of being human.’

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Before Covid-19


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To all who are away from Darna, We miss you and love you. We will soon get back together. Stay safe and stay healthy. From all of us Team Darna


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Mr. Isadore Sharp, the Founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, pose for pictures with the FS employees during the Grand Opening of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya (2017).


Mr. Sharp in his own words from his book ‘ Four Seasons- The Story of a Business Philosophy’ said, “Though we face a period of great difficulty and uncertainty, we do so as a company with the best locations, best facilities, best partners, best brand, and above all the best people in the world. Our people come from all races and religions, and we trust you will continue to deal with one another in the true Four Seasons spirit of the Golden Rule. Our long-term future is secure, and we will emerge from this crisis, with your help, stronger than ever, able to resume the growth plans for which we are fully prepared. Through these difficult times, I urge each of you to join me in looking to the future with hope and optimism.”

‘FOUR SEASONS IS THE SUM OF ITS PEOPLE___ MANY, MANY GOOD PEOPLE.’ __ Isadore Sharp.


THANK YOU FOR STAYING ALIVE

As you read this blog now, there are thousands of people dying due to pandemic and other diseases. How lucky we are to be alive and enjoying all the privileges, a roof above our heads, food on the table, and the internet to connect each other.
Within these few months, our life has changed forever, and we don’t know what our future holds. No one knows what will happen next, but what we all know now is we are all alive, and I think it’s enough for all us to be thankful and appreciate what we have.
Today as we observe Appreciation Day, I want to thank and appreciate the management for all the love and care you have for us. Thank you for always checking on us through social media, your hello and hi to us mean a lot. I have never seen or heard any company doing what we are doing. The transparency of the management during this pandemic is quite a recommendable one. I hope it will continue even if this pandemic is over.

Mr. Didier Jardin (GM of Four Seasons Kuwait) a man of vision with an excellent leadership quality addressing his team members through private Facebook live chat.

https://www.facebook.com/didier.jardin.92/videos/10222312587233300/?t=21

We know how hard it is to take care of the well being of a massive number of staff with different nationalities and groups, we appreciate you all for accomodating our silly request and cheering us up during this tough times.

This pandemic has divided us one way, but it also has united us in many ways, the social media which brought us all under one umbrella is more relevant during this time than before. The inter-relation amongst the different departments is bearing more fruits than before, various departments, and positions working together as a team, be it at Darna or the hotel is such a fantastic outcome. This pandemic has also unleashed all the hidden talents of individuals and groups alike, be it singing, dancing, cooking, etc. please continue to follow your passion.

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Riviera Team having a zoom chat with Skander and Cosimo.
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Riviera Team having a zoom chat with Skander and Cosimo.
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Observing Earth Day at Darna- Four Seasons Kuwait Staff Accommodation

This crisis has also taught us to retrospect our past and prepare ourselves for the future while staying alive. Martin Luther rightly said, ‘Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.’ Let’s not lose hope but keep improving our skills and knowledge in whatever field we may all belong to.

At least we all have a story to tell in the future.

Our lives will never be the same. We will all change, and we will all adapt to it. One day when this is over, we will all reflect on this crisis, and it will surely bring us tears and joy. We will all stay alive and live and tell this experience to our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Thank you for staying alive!
Regards

Goodbye 2019

Darling,
As I say goodbye to you, I wish you well and thank you for the good times and the bad times. You let me to the highest mountains and even to the deepest oceans. You make me had the first international book conversations with my lovely people; you also took me to the best university, which I never had the right to. It was a fantastic journey throughout.

But you also nearly killed me. But I don’t blame you for that. Instead, I am thankful as you have taught me how to appreciate life more than any other things in the world. You took 80% of my precious blood and let me suffered in pain. You even allowed me to think that it’s over, yet you are always by my side, for which I am grateful.
I will never see you again, but I have no regrets. I will remember you for a few days and weeks, and you will be gone with the wind. Please don’t blame me, but I have to tell you the truth.
I know it will be hard to get over you for a few days, I might mistakenly write your name again and again, but don’t be excited about it because it will be just a mistake, and it will be rectified.

Thank you for being a part of my life, even though it was a short one. I think it’s time you take rest and make history and passed the torch to somebody who might do better or worse than you. It doesn’t mean I don’t trust you anymore; it just means our story is over, and we have to get over each other. I know it’s hard, I have been in your shoes too, I know how it feels like to be left alone, I know, and I know. But I can’t stay this time, nothing in this world can stop us from parting. Let’s accept the fact and go our ways. Soon you will forget me, and I will do the same, but there will be times when we will both miss each other so much, but it will be just a dream. I know I’ll cry one day thinking of you, or while reflecting our beautiful days, I am not prepared yet, though I know it will surely come to pass.
Once again, thank you, and I will surely miss you.

Goodbye, my love, 2019. 🤣🤣🤣

True Love Keeps Moving: A Book Review

By Dr. Kevileno SakhrieTrue Love Keeps Moving: A collection of prose and poetry by Wedekhro Naro is a 112-paged work featuring 7 stories in prose and 20 poems published by PenThrill Publication House, Kohima, Nagaland. In this work, the author moves from the rural towns and villages of his home state Nagaland to Mumbai in mainland India, taking the reader on a journey to faraway Kuwait in the Middle East with stopovers at destinations as diverse as Seoul, Bangkok, Bhutan, Brazil and even Sydney, Australia. The reader gets a sense of the restless energy that grips the narrator who moves from place to place in search of something that appears elusive and out of his reach. Given the title of the book, many would assume that he was in search of ‘true love.’ But halfway through the book, by the end of the last prose entitled “My Twenty Seven Years in One Page,” it becomes apparent that the whole exercise was in reality, a journey of self-discovery.This debut publication of Wedekhro Naro is a sort of autobiography in huge bites and pieces but a good deal of it is interspersed with characters, situations and conversations that come from the author’s own imaginative and fictional space. It is an indication of his artistry that the reader is never sure where one ends and the other begins. True Love Keeps Moving is the outcome of the pain and trauma he underwent when the girl he loves decides to marry someone else. The author took to writing as a means of purging his feelings of disappointment, anger and grief, which had taken a toll on him. Fortunately, it proved to be cathartic as he discovered how writing was a therapeutic tool that could help him cope with his pain and also to heal. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, one could say that writing this book saved his life in more sense than one.With this book, Wedekhro Naro has created a body of prose and poetry that will make the reader experience an emotional range that belies his 27 years of age. While the relationship of the author and the girl he loved and lost is central to the concept of True Love Keeps Moving, there are other pieces, which while not contributing to the main plot can be seen as spin-offs or different versions of the true love theme. Here, the readers can experience the euphoria of what it is like to fall in love for the first time (“We were kissing like those people in Korean movies”), the frustration of being friend-zoned by the girl he loves (“She called me best friend while I was trying to be her boyfriend”) and empathise with his heartbreak when he learns of her impending marriage to someone else (“I started to cry bitterly when I heard her voice”). And as we follow the different trajectories of the life of this love-struck boy obsessing over an ambivalent relationship, we get to know a romantic and sensitive soul whose heart is easily won over by a kind act or a gentle word as also by the laughter of friends shared over a meal or a cup of coffee. Here too, we will discover the young man, who finally emerges from behind his travails- albeit, a little bent and battered by his ordeals but still funny, fearless and unflinchingly truthful.Perhaps there are lessons for young readers to learn from this story of unrequited love. Wedekhro Naro shows that true love means accepting situations which are beyond one’s control, however painful. This is maturity and he has it. Not all true love ends up with the person you want but that doesn’t mean that your love has failed. As the author sees it, love never fails nor forgets: you only need to forget the expectations you had for the person in question and move on with your life. This is evident not only in the prose pieces but also in his poems.Regarding the Poetry section of the book, a brief evaluation of the historical and cultural context behind the poems may help establish the author’s credibility. It may also help to bring up to date what is currently happening in poetry today particularly, for those readers who are not part of today’s so-called ‘Millennial generation.’ Poets down the ages have always used the language of love to fill all manners of love poems- from sonnet to epic, from ode to haiku. But as a field of creative practice, poetry evolves constantly giving birth to new forms that stand in stark contrast to those written even just a few decades ago. At the same time too, there is a shift in the way young people look upon romantic relationships today which makes the 21st century literary landscape unlike any that has preceded it. This is partly due to the new and even bizarre poetic formats that are now being used and which has literary critics struggling to define the current complex and multi-faceted poetic movement. A rough idea of the different directions in which poetry has divided and sub-divided can be gained from the poetry found in contemporary anthologies and digital texts. These include poetry influenced by the Internet age, written through Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook or through search engines like Google. In other words, the tools of the internet and the network culture of today define certain aspects of the poetic movement at hand. Not only do they reflect the poetic sensibilities and outlook of the millennial generation, they also correspond to the stylistic processes and formats they use. A few basic principles of this paradigm are paradox, juxtaposition and collapse of distance. These principles (among others not mentioned here) may help readers to find some greater understanding of the sensibilities and tendencies of this generation to which our author also belongs.Wedekhro Naro’s poems serves to remind that millennials perceive language differently. Although his structural and linguistic preferences are not as radical as those poets who revel in the textual linguistics developed for use only on the page (a pattern called ‘Internet Linguistics’), it is clear that technology has infiltrated his outlook and influenced the way he expresses it. A case in point is his peculiar use of punctuations and capitalisations or the absence of them in some instances in defiance of traditional standard practices. This shows that he is using a certain textual representation to replicate emotion that one normally cannot derive from regular grammar. A thematic element that he appears to share with other millennial poets is not just their briefness but also the expansive fusing of opposites as in poems such as “Aduo.” In other poems he reveals the weird and awkward, strange and absurd comingling of irreverence, which is another characteristic of these poets. For only a millennial poet could write a love poem as quirky as “The Bride, Groom and Me” or a poem idiosyncratically titled “Romancing with God” and pass it off as a love poem.For some readers Naro’s poems might even veer between confessional ramblings and sentimentality, just escaping either description. He has so much to say, associating freely, wildly, switching between lingo and more formal forms of diction. His poetry is essentially prose lines broken up and arranged in column format without any formal architecture or occurs as run-on lines that blur the difference between prose and poetry. But perhaps it is wrong to look for stylistic sophistication from a genre of this type that is supposed to speak the words your heart could never say; where the usual conventions and limitations don’t apply. And his poetry is surely a way into language when it gives us hidden gems such as the exquisitely poignant “One Rainy Day” or lines that these that linger in the mind: “Darling, I shall be telling my children/that you travelled with others/but you walked with me” (Senolu). The bravest thing for a poet to do is when he writes about love directly, plainly and honestly. And Wedekhro Naro’s poems introduce us to a world full of weird and wonderful language expressing fresh thoughts about romance and the art of loving. He shows how Cupid may have his bow but his arrows don’t always shoot straight.True Love Keeps Moving is a work, which announces every aspect of the author’s self with so much candour and uncovers the trauma and hilarity of the everyday. His prose is like an extended conversation with an old friend or one between the narrator and the world in which he finds himself: a world confusingly sad in terms of the way some relationships fail or falter but also one where there is the love of family and the family one makes among friends. There is an openness that is disarming, a sincerity and integrity in the way he tells his story. Amidst the angst and anxiety, the bouts of depression, emotional breakdowns and moments of weakness and vulnerability, there is also empathy, affection and most of all, a sense of humour that strikes a deep chord within the reader who is warmed by the shafts of comic sunlight and the author’s signature blend of self-deprecation and humour. This marvelously truthful compilation is but runs self-possessed, dark, funny, bitter, playful, restless and completely entertaining. The collection, as the title itself suggests, is about further possibilities, about revising, reinventing and reimagining our relational modes. For even as his stories depict the distance between self and others, and between self and society in a world where people can meet online and entire relationships can be played out on Facebook but still remain complete strangers, he still shows that ultimately, what is important for our survival is the real connection between people. This concept of relational interdependence is at the heart of Wedekhro Naro’s writing. His idea of love is more than romantic or sexual: it is a radical understanding of caring and being cared for. As such, his book is in part an elegy for the past and a love song for the future.Former HoD of English Department at Kohima College, Kohima India.

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Photo: Tshetsholo Naro

MY WALK AND PRAYER

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Dear Ex.

I have come to a point in my life where I am no longer afraid of losing you. I am headed to a place and baby I wish you were there. But now, I am completely okay if you are not there at all because baby, I know enough heartbreak to stop expecting. I used to be so afraid if I arrive and you won’t be there in the end, and you’ve said enough to let me know that you are afraid too, if I’m not where you end up. But baby, I love you enough to let go of you. I love me enough to be completely okay with me as I am. And one thing you can take from me is this- that you should love yourself enough to be okay just as you are, without a company on the front seat of your car.
I have learned to walk alone, to work alone, to be alone.. But that sounds all too paradoxical because I’m never actually alone. I have my Saviour’s promise that broke down all my walls. So you see, I can never be alone in my singleness because I am in deep communion with my King. The King that gave me a purpose, the King that assured me a destiny. As my desires slowly shifts from you to serving my King, my prayer is this- that baby I pray daily that we are headed to the same direction, pursuing the King of all Kings and the Lord of all Lords.
Because I am adamant and convinced that no man will ever measure up if his heart is not in love with my King.
Jesus has set the bar too high for me- a man loving a woman because I’ve tasted how Christ loved the Church. And unless you’ve tasted His love, how can you point me to my King for the rest of our lives?

Regards

Your Ex.

Aduo Keduoneinuo Solo

(This letter, written by a beautiful friend of mine who is having a major breakthrough in her life. It was a struggle and it takes time but she is overcoming the obstacle day by day through His grace. She also wrote one article which was posted earlier in this blog – RELATIONSHIP GOALS she wrote this during her transitional period. I posted her articles on my personal blog because I don’t want to keep those beautiful words unread by someone who might be having the same issue like us. One can also relate this article to my own WHY I DON’T HAVE A GIRLFRIEND?, it’s about how I struggled and move on by forgiving myself. Like she did, I’d also written a goodbye and thank you letter to my ex. It’s not easy to write to someone whom you are going to meet them often in life but telling them ‘we are over.’

“The best gift you can give to someone is to let them go and be themselves, even when you know it’s hurting you so much. You let them go not because you hate them but because you love them so much… I promise you baby you will enjoy the journey without me.” I really appreciate her for taking a bold step by choosing a healthy and righteous relationship.)

WHY DO I HAVE TO TITHE?

 

I am damn sure my local church members will not be surprised to see me asking this question. There will be a gossip or talks about me, because they haven’t seen my name in the tithe list. They will never find my name there because I stopped giving tithe. My dad one day told me if I ever thought of giving tithe to our church. I don’t know why he asked me this, maybe as a father he wants to show me the right path or maybe he wants my name to be listed in the church list so that he can at least show to his friends that his son who works abroad had given this much amount to the church.

The pressure goes high when I got a job in 2014, people started asking me if I ever tithe or give donations to the church, even my best friend started to ask me. I questioned myself why people are so much into my money which is just a few thousand bucks. It’s very interesting to know that I stopped giving tithe as soon as I got a job. I am sure many of my church members were surprised too, because when I was a student, I always give my share of tithe whenever I earn anything during my weekends. I was a religious person for sure. I never knew God will bless me even if I don’t give tithe. I thought I got job opportunities during weekend because I was sincere in my giving to church. At the end of the year you will find your name in the church report list, that Sunday will be only a day of reports on financial things. You compared your amount to your friends and families; you are often lifted up for been the highest donor.

I stopped tithing when I start to question the authority. What benefits do I get by giving my ten percent of my earning? Why would God wants me to tithe when everything I have is all His? Why God wants my money? So many things came into my mind and I decided to stop. I do research on tithing, but I couldn’t find anything that is relevant to my mind. I would often get the answers like, ‘you should give back to God because He is the provider.’ ‘If you want a treasure in heaven, then start giving tithe.’ ‘Tithes are for God and you shall not steal His money.’ The fact about tithe is not only about money, it includes everything of your earning or livestock. “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.”- Lev. 27:30. When I saw this verse, I was totally damaged. Because I thought tithe is something to do with cash. I failed miserably in doing the cash thing and now the verse is saying everything from the land. It discouraged me, but that doesn’t stop me from finding my answers.

When we look at the New Testament, we find that it’s through the grace of God that we are blessed and saved. God never demands anything from us; He just supplies all our needs. Whereas in the Old Testament we find that God is a demanding God. I always put this question back then, why should I tithe when God is not asking me anymore in the New Testament. I ask one of my facebook friends –Selie about tithing things, and it really touches my heart, here is what he says,

    “1- Collection on Sunday for the Church in Jerusalem: On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to the extent that God has blessed you, so that a collection will not have to be made when I come. 1 Corinthians 16:2

  1. The principle of OT tithing is incorporated in the NT: Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple eat food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar receive a part of the offerings? In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:13-14.

The point in the NT is to give liberally and not just 10% for mission and for the glory of God. The need to give for the gospel and extension of God’s kingdom is much more vital than during the time of the OT. So it’s not only a matter of tithing financially or materially, but going beyond tithes by giving even our time and energy for the gospel.

We are saved by the grace of God through faith in Christ. Faith is always active. We are not saved by tithing or good works but our faith overflows into good works”

I sure many of you will agree with me to the above statement because nothing is clearer than the Word of God itself. So, I believe it’s not where you give but it’s whom you give to. We need to give so that people who are working for the good news will live by it. Pastors or missionaries cannot live without their basic needs, so it’s our duty as a church to provide the needs so that they can travel or provide necessary things to God’s children.

A reminder to myself, I need to give more, not because my church wants new building or new car but for the extension of His kingdom. Amen!

| All I want this summer is cash cash cash. |

WHY I DON’T HAVE A GIRLFRIEND?

 

The simple reason why I don’t have a girlfriend is because I am not ready to take any responsibilities; and I am not settling soon. Girls, don’t be offended by my statement. Yes, I really want to have a girlfriend in my life but it’s not the basic needs. It’s just a desire or say a new trend of the modern society. There were times in my life when I used to get jealous of young couples, who were so much into each other. Other times I feel lucky that I am single because you are not bondage to anything; you are free to do what you want. You spent more time with yourself, and question yourself, ‘Why am I still single?’

I jumped into a relationship half a decade ago; actually I was the bad guy trying to break someone’s relationship. I never knew a small hello will make a big impact in my life. There was this girl in my college whom I started to like, and not too long, we were talking and messaging. We met face to face, and I was totally mesmerized by her beauty.

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… yes she broke my heart wahaha

I told myself that I am not falling in love, but my heart won’t agree with me. It was only a matter of year, and I am upgraded to the level of boyfriend. I was like her direct reporting manager. I took control of the relationship, and it’s a crazy journey. I knew she have a boyfriend, but I won’t give up on her. I was her trouble maker for five years. There were times when we’re just ourselves and the world is only us. I don’t remember how many times I’ve asked her hand. She would sometimes say yes and sometimes no. I waited her for five damn years to let her break up with her boyfriend.

We’re the craziest couple in the whole world in those five years, she considered me as her best friend, and I considered her as the love of my life. She never give up on me, this is one reason it keeps me going after her. I have seen her having a hard time with her boyfriend and my heart was a safe haven for her. I thought she love me, indeed she does as a friend but never as a lover. On the other hand, I assumed that she love me, though I knew she don’t. I just don’t want to disappoint myself.

I was told by my parents not to give up on the things which I love, but I think they were wrong to some extend sometimes. It’s best to give up when you can’t hold on anymore. After a serious research, I decided to give up on her. I totally disconnected her from my life.  She is now a stranger who knows all my ups and downs. I still miss her, and I often whisper her name when I closed my eyes in prayers.

I regretted that I jump into a relationship which was never mine, now, the result is I am disconnecting her from my life whom I thought will be the love of my life. If ever I approached her as a friend back then, I know we will be the best friends forever. I regretted that I considered her as my girlfriend; I regretted that I broke her relationship many times; I regretted that I have wasted her time; I regretted that I couldn’t be her friend; I regretted and regretted.

…But I forgive myself.

 

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|The best way to get over break up is to go back to where you belong; to your first love- Your mom or dad; to your beloved Abba the Father; to your saviour; to your most loving Father who is with you always.| (Photo: My beloved mom and me)

 

IS GOD PLAYING WITH YOU?

                       IS GOD PLAYING WITH YOU?

No? Yes? I like both the answer because I have been into both the answers. There were times in my life I just can’t get anything about God. I encountered so many things about God’s love yet it takes so many years to completely understand His love. I am not going to tell you the definition of playing as you can Google it in the internet. There were moments when you don’t even want to talk about God, you just feel like God is playing with you, when you see those words or messages saying “God loves you; Jesus loves you; God bless…” you got irritated because you are falling in everything and you question God’s love, am I really loved? How can I say He loves me when I am always sick? There are so many questions we asked ourselves and God. We just think or assumed the things in Bible are just a word and nothing else because those were written thousand years back.

Those of you who know me may come into conclusion that I am a playboy, and I must admit it (but not a rich playboy, okay), yes I do. My love for somebody else is temporal, if I find something which I do not like in them; I would usual keep myself a little further from them. I often send messages to ladies telling them I love them and miss them, which is totally bullshit. There were times I make friends with someone not because I want to be their friend but just to maintain my social status or to get something from it. How fake we humans are, we wake up take several photos and uploads the best one with a caption “wake up like this” and you received thousand likes for that lie. We failed to understand our own stand, and we question God about His love.  

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“We wake up like this in the jungle!” 😂😂😂

The demonstration of love can be found in the book of Romans 5: 7-8 – “It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God proves His love for us in this: while were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The verses clearly tell us that God is not playing with us. His love for us is always genuine. There are so many people in my life I stop contacting, not they hate me but because I couldn’t get what I want from them. How selfish we all are when we think about love. The verses keep me wondering how could someone possibly died for somebody else who don’t even know the person. Read the verses again, it has a power in it. Jesus is so savage that He don’t care who we are; He just died for us anyways so that we could meet Him face to face in heaven. God is totally crazy for us, when the reality is, we should be the one going crazy after Him.

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“nothing is greater than mom’s love, but I tell you God’s love for us is the greatest of all.” (The youngest mom with her daughter, I am not the father though. 😝😂😂😂)

Let us put ourselves in Jesus’ shoes, let’s say, you are going to die for someone who doesn’t care you exists. How stupid and foolish you will be, right? We don’t even want to donate a single penny to someone whom we don’t know, or incase if we know them, we would ask a favor in return. Jesus become stupid, foolish, crazy because He loves us, He doesn’t want anyone to be unsafe. God is not kidding you, He is very serious about your life. God is much more possessive than your two-day old boyfriend. He even counts your hairs; the book of Luke tell us this, Luke 12:7 “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows.”  He cares for the smallest to the biggest.  

So the answer to the question is ‘no,’ God is not playing with you, instead we are playing with God, sometimes we are good, and sometimes we are bad; our faith goes up and down; our love is always temporal, but the love of the Father is everlasting. John 3:16 my favorite bible verse tells us how loved we are in the eyes of the Lord. All we have to do is just to believe in the finished work of Jesus. Amen!

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