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Childhood Revisited : While on a visit to the Millennium Park on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River in Western Calcutta, I came across this small boy sitting within the Globe Ring and gazing at the bright blue sky and enjoying his life upto the brim.I too had a feeling of my childhood revisiting me again and the hidden desire to be on the globe myself.But then I was reminded of Shakespeare and his definition of life divided into seven stages :

All the World's a Stage

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

William Shakespeare

I wish all of us could reinvent the child within us and feel the pleasures of life as we did in our childhood.But one thing is for sure that we certainly do experience when we are very old and frail and that is when probably the sweet childhood revisits us .

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Additional Photos by Farhat Abbas (fabbs99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1971 W: 2 N: 4008] (15747)
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