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We, as human beings and social animal at some point of life either hurt the other person in our circle or get hurt from others. 

We are taught in schools and families that, once any friendship/heart is broken, no matter how hard you try, there will always be a knot which signifies something has been broken at first but somehow managed to be repaired. As the great saying goes –

Rahiman dhaga prem ka,

Matt toddo, chitkaye,

Toote se fir na jude, 

Jude ganth pad jaaye.

In reality, it is not possible to not to betray or get betrayed. So, is it fine to live with the guilt of not able to revive the love or friendship or any relationship in general? Definitely not! How can we restart something or fix something which has been broken? 

I believe that we can not only restart something but also can make our relationship more beautiful by learning the art of kintsugi. 

Kintsugi is an art practised in Japan whereby if any piece of cutlery or anything gets broken then an attempt is made to make it more beautiful and adorable by fixing it with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. The usage of this mixture, hide the cracks and make it look like a new article. The process of Kintsugi makes the article more expensive and valuable. 

If Human beings also, rather than thinking that if something is lost, is lost forever, start thinking to bring the relationship back by applying gold at the place from where the relation is weak and broken, we will not only be able to protect and save our loved ones but also our society will lead a better life of humanism where we get more of what we possess earlier. 

No doubt that the art of Kintsugi is a positive way of looking at the world but a fact that we cannot ignore here is that, if we tend to lose something at first it is going to cost us everything to bring it back. The cost is not only in monetary terms rather it is our time, energy, emotional instability and what not. 

Our approach towards life should be at first to be precautionary so that kintsugi is not required but if something is broken then we should not think twice to apply Kintsugi with full confidence and effort. 

About the author:
Shruti Bansal

Shruti Bansal The writer, Shruti Bansal, is a Research Scholar and she worked with Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC, Landran) as an Assistant Professor. She is an avid reader and writer and has published one Fiction Novel “JOURNEY OF THE LETTERS”. She loves to write poems and articles on current issues.

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