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Lakshmi M Bhat
Vishal stood on the deck of the ship and gazed at the Dhruva Nakshatra. (The North Pole Star)
Not only the pole star but millions of other stars looked back at him, he felt blessed.
The ocean was his life, he had yearned to live on the ocean and his parents had understood.
They encouraged him to follow his dream; their support had given him strength.
Very few people from his part of the country liked to join the navy.
It was surprising because he lived not far away from the Arabian Sea.
Maybe people were apprehensive about what they believed to be an uncertain life, always floating on water.
He had passed all the exams.
The arduous life thereafter was satisfying. The very fact that there was nothing solid beneath was so exciting.
Each day was a new experience. The ship had become his home ten years ago.
The vastness of the ocean filled his being.
There was so much life in the depths of the ocean; there were strange and wonderful things.
He felt sad and angry when people treated it as a garbage dump.
The plastic floating by filled him with horror; would people ever understand?
Destruction seemed to be the new game, but to be fair, there were good people too.
His thoughts went back to those days when he had first started to dream about this life.
He and his sister used to sail paper boats on the little stream in their grandparents' home.
The rains would begin while they were there; the stream would be full of water and the boat would glide along at full speed.
They would run after it. Many times a small rock would stop it.
Life was like that. Sometimes small obstacles stop us from realising our dreams.
He was glad his dream had become a reality.
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