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How To Tell Fake From Genuine?

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It happens with most of us
That we encounter this valid question
How to tell fake from genuine?
We have seen it quite often that
Artificial flowers
Look more real than the real ones

Counterfeit currency notes
Are difficult to sort out by a layman
Even the bankers’ hands err and eyes blur
They may pass it off as genuine.

Spurious drugs are marketed
And sold with impunity
Markets are flush with
Duplicate or number two products
With attractive and appealing packaging
Goods Having more glitter than the original

We can tolerate and surmount
The situation created by
Forgers, swindlers and tricksters.

But what should we do
When we come across fake men
Men with doubtful credentials
Who may have real flesh and blood,
For all practical purposes
(like autopsy and biopsy: as the case may be)
But their actions and activities
Are neither supported by common-sense
Nor by social concern
They are there to hoodwink
Innocent people for their
Personal aggrandisememt
Or to decimate age old human values

The million dollar question
Remains the same then
How to tell fake from genuine?

Friday, December 4, 2015
Drugs Poems: 68 / 500
Topic(s) of this poem: doubt,life,life and death,question,reality,social
M Asim Nehal 04 December 2015

Some are very good actor and some are expert in the at of deceiving yet the last laugh is of the truth, It is like the saying which I heard from my mother some 40 years back Kab tak chupegi kairi (unripe Mango) patton ke aad mein ek din woh pak kar aayegi khule bazar mein A mango can remain hidden till it is unripe one day it will come to the market when it is ripe..... Wonderful poem Rajnishji....10++

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Rajnish Manga 04 December 2015

Thanks for your wonderful comments. I am specially grateful to you for recalling the old saying which you heard from your mother decades ago. This is all very inspiring.

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Valsa George 12 July 2017

In a world of make believe, it is so hard to to distinguish the artificial from the natural or the fake from the original, be it flowers, currency, gold or what so ever they be. More complex it is to distinguish between men whose motives are spurious or genuine! You have beautifully brought out this issue with apt examples!

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Rajnish Manga 12 July 2017

It's a pleasure having received a thoughtful appraisal and kind words of appreciation about this poem (How To Tell Fake From Genuine?) . Thank you so much, Valsa ji.

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Simone Inez Harriman 15 June 2017

An age old question deciphering what is real and what is not effects us on all levels and I think more so today. The computer era has intensified so many fake situations from people not being who they really are, photo shopped situations, products that don't exist to outright theft of identity. Hmm..on a smaller level I have been fooled by artificial plants many times, almost buying one that was so exquisitely made.

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Rajnish Manga 16 June 2017

You have placed the seriousness of the problem in the right perspective. It has aggravated with technological advancement over the years. Thank you so much, Simone, for your important inputs on the subject.

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A powerful poem that penetrates the psyche and pushes one to punder on a profound perspective of a priceless question. Well done my friend!

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Michael Walker 09 November 2016

This is one of the most important questions to answer for ordinary people in everyday life. There are many dishonest swindlers around and how can you tell them, and not lose money to them? You range over forgery, counterfeit money, imitation products that are all out there. In some cases there could be humour in forgers, counterfeiters-their only redeeming feature.

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Rajnish Manga 09 November 2016

The kind of appraisal you have made shows your genuine interest and microscopic view point on the poem under reference. Thank you, Michael.

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Pietro 6 12 January 2016

I like VM it, a lesson of truth. It reminds me of what one psycologist said on Italian television many years ago: Itìs hard to understand why people watching a fake flower say How nice, it seems true, and this is normal. And watching a real flower say It's so beautiful that it seems fake, and this is less normal, because nothing beats the real. The real flower is life, the other only fake

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