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"Holding Hands" is a metaphorical phrase though we usually take it in its literal sense. "Hold" therefore, suggests being together, looking in the same direction, walking side by side and fighting battles together. 'Hands' extends the parameters of 'Holding' that precludes materialistic implications like money, goods, a car, a house, a holiday tour, cosmetic surgery, gymming etc. "Hands" can attach to abstract aspirations like togetherness, warmth, love, sharing, belonging. In a more concrete sense, "holding hands" to me, can mean anything from crying together over thousands of lives lost in man-made massacres such as the 27/11 bombing of the Taj Intercontinental in Mumbai a year ago; or, over natural disasters like the Tsunami that orphaned hundreds of innocent children, left families without a roof over their heads and reduced well-meaning citizens to penniless paupers, pointing out to the fragility of everything we are made to believe is permanent. It means sharing the empathy of a young actor who left everything he was doing to personally monitor that relief in the form of food and clothing and medicines were actually reaching the victims of Tsunami.

"Holding Hands" means smiling together when we discover the young actor Rahul Bose setting up a foundation to educate the bright but poor students of the Andamans who were affected by Tsunami with fellowships initially funded from his personal income. "Holding Hands" means taking a nostalgic journey down memory lane with my sister and brother to revive those happy and sad moments of our childhood spent together with our parents who took us out on a Sunday to treat us to that cherished ice-cream though their pockets were really slender but we did not know of it.

"Holding Hands" means praying together for Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist of the Mumbai 27/11 blasts who has been sentenced to death for being part of the genocide so that God gives him the gift of remorse."Holding Hands" means imbibing the quality of forgiveness together from the Catholic lady in Orissa whose priest husband and two boys were burnt to death but she did not want punishment for them. "Holding Hands" means praying together for all the fundamentalists in the world who are conditioned to believe that wiping away an entire community from the face of the earth is the only way to heaven. "Holding Hands'” is 'togetherness' in every sense. “Holding Hands” is more giving than taking – together.


jadefrank's picture

Praying together

Dear Shoma,

I was happy to see your face and hear your voice again in our community. I am a fan of your writing and your My Story submission is no exception. Your story took me through waves of emotion as I learned something about you, about your culture and about your beliefs - and your hope for a peaceful future.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us.

In friendship,

Shoma Chatterjee's picture

Response to Jade Frank

Dear Jade,

Thanks for your very positive comments on my new post in the HOLDING HANDS segment of MY STORY. Please pray that I win this time at least. I hate to lose - in life, at work, in my writing.


brianna.warren's picture

I enjoy your metaphoric use

I enjoy your metaphoric use of "holding hands." You are right, holding hands is not just s simple act; it's more than interlaced fingers. You did a wonderful job using your personal insights to express that holding hands means cohesion and fellowship, and that it extends beyond an act between two people. Thank you for writing! I hope all nations, people, and causes continue to hold hands in the sense you have described.

Shoma Chatterjee's picture

Holding Hands

Dear Brianna,

Thank you very much for the wonderful compliments you have given to my contribution in your feedback though I do not know whether I deserve them or not. Please feel free to critique me as well as and when you feel like it.


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