Questions and Answers

The clock works its way into our lives. Don’t ask me how or when. The answers to some questions are simply immaterial. 

I’ve observed that we often find ourselves struggling more with answers than with questions. This is perhaps because reconciling ourselves to difficult answers is an art that not everyone has the ability to master. Don’t ask me why. It just is. 

An archaeologist once asked me why I couldn’t create art that made sense. I told him to repeat the question because I hadn’t understood it. He reiterated what he had said, but I refrained from answering, insisting that I simply couldn’t comprehend the question. I had.


I’ve always felt there’s a certain subliminal beauty to abstractness- to chaos, to clutter. I felt things appeared lovelier when they weren’t arranged sequentially or put in place.
I think it’s because chatter in my mind refuses to cease. It’s always a backdrop to everything that exists and therefore, everything that is created. 


It fills me with a kind of wonder to think of what may have happened if not that, if not that way and if not with them. 

Gordon Allport stated that individual traits were indispensable to the ways in which we responded to situations. That is, different trails in different individuals generated different responses to the same stimuli. 

The stimuli here is inspiration. The response is art. And the ways I look at things are scattered across different spectrums of understanding. So you can imagine what it’s like. 

That’s how the world works. By imagination. 
Don’t ask why. Some questions are simply negligible. 


The clock works its way into our lives and we don’t question. 

The stimulus now is time, and the response is the change we bring about in ourselves to adjust to it. 

In a way then, destiny is predetermined. But hasn’t it always been? Don’t ask.
Some questions have answers that are actually true.



Trivarna Hariharan is an author whose work appears in various literary magazines, zines and journals such as Textploit, Writers Asylum, Literature Studio, TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology, A Penny for a Thought, Orange Almonds, The Bougainvillea Lit Road Magazine and elsewhere. She serves as the editor in chief at Inklette, and is the Head Officer for Journalism at Redefy. Her first poetry collection "Home and Other Places", is being published by Nivasini Publishers, and is slated for a 2016 release. 
She believes strongly in the power of art to bring about a change.