Through the throes of change,
discarding the olden cloak,


Arthropods moult either for the purpose of growth or to metamorphose. During this process, known as ecdysis, the organism may undertake repair of damaged tissue and sometimes even regenerate lost limbs. The cuticle or old outer skin shed at the end of this process is known as exuvia.

Extrapolating this phenomenon metaphorically, humans too should look to revitalise their inner spirit, which can be achieved by slowing down, decluttering, and through meditation and prayer. Introspection results in self-evaluation – soothing the soul, relieving stress and anxiety, and evoking inner peace – causing the mind to concentrate on its objectives and intent. And thus arises the individual – focused, purposeful, rejuvenated – leaving behind the sublimate of dross!

[In the frame: Exuvia of a Praying Mantis; Aarey Forest, Mumbai]

– Narendra Nayak © 2020

18 thoughts on “Emerge!

    1. I feel the day is not far away when rejuvenation and anti-aging through genetic manipulation will be a reality. But will the advances in medical science be able to purify our polluted mind and soul?

      Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts, Tanja. 🙂

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      1. Change is possible, Tanja, but then a lot of effort will be required to unlearn the “I me myself”; and imbibe a holistic approach to dispel negativity, begin to stop, think, comprehend and learn to empathise. It’s quite an ask, but not impossible…

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      1. No, I’m afraid not, Narendra. A new follower to my blog said she had the same thing. I guess the only way to move forward is to use the WordPress Reader, not something I can do easily. What I also find a wee bit frustrating is when I get a new follower, go back to their blog to see what they write about, then go back through their archives a short way to see what else they write about and can’t press the LIKE button on any of their archives either. I like (no pun intended) to let fellow bloggers know I have read and enjoyed their posts. I’m also having trouble ‘following’ a new blog. It keeps telling me my email address is invalid. I now have 4 bloggers (including yourself) who I can LIKE and COMMENT freely on. Why are those 4 bloggers different to any other blog? It’s all very strange to me. 🙂

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      2. I understand, it must be so frustrating! Have you written to WordPress tech support? May be logging in from a different device might help… Hope it gets sorted soon. 🙂


  1. The metamorphic transformation is so very needed for us human too N. Only a handful of us realize it’s importance.
    How long do you spend to get a click like that ? Superb!!
    On a different note, watched Wild Karnataka yesterday. Well shot film. It’s fascinating to learn about the life in the jungles!!

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    1. Yes, R, you’ve summed it up aptly. We get so lost in our worldly pursuits that we tend to just go with the flow without bothering to see where we’re headed.

      Thank you so much! Well, you know, the moment I enter the forest it’s mother nature’s call on how long she will allow me to be with her children. 🙂

      Oh yes, I’ve seen that docu too. It’s one of those which makes you want to drop everything and head out and get lost in the wilderness, soaking up its true essence!

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