Category: Literature

Homeless

Bypass fly away.Hand-me-downsShown and shaken.Potent loveFree as the moment.Leant phone swipe,Blocking the road sign.A corner stopMoney exchange. Street light shelterBitter and open.Elements angry at the existence Of leading home.A stray attach,Park lifeDistant as smiles.The undercoat,Blades.Wintry August jawsAt restUpon raincoatsAnd fingertips,Magicheld on the inside. Dread of fillingEmpty.Crushed can sofaImpressed,Click of the gateDeadEither way.Paper gloss carryingA bodyTo […]

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Karna: My Generation

Karna, one of the unsung heroes of Mahabharata was arrowed down to death unarmed illegitimately while he was busy lifting the wheel of his chariot from the ground. The poem revolves around Karna’s imaginary reincarnation in today’s world where the swords don’t rattle any more but the battle is still on in many other ways. […]

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शिक्षा का व्यापार

गाँव-गाँव तक फैल गया है शिक्षा का प्रसार लेकिन शिक्षा  बन बैठी है अब एक कारोबार बच्चों के स्कूलों से ही तय होता है अब  परिवार का सामाजिक आधार। पाँच सितारा होटेलों के जैसे स्कूल की इमारतें की जाती हैं तैयार, सरकारी सहायता के एवज में लाभ कमाने के अवसर होते साकार । इंटरनेशनल स्कूल […]

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The widow sipped rum

Thunder growled at a soft little town. The streets; its people; were at the mercy of bleak ebony skies. Horses and street hounds made themselves heard. But, their sounds were without an audience. Still more thunder and still more rain. A stallion, built to last such nights made its way down an empty street. Not […]

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गुरुत्वाकर्षण

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Rendezvous II

Remember yesterday? …when I forgot to meet you – I didn’t forget! I just waited behind the gulmohar tree To see how long you would wait for me! You don’t know how much it pleased me To see you count the clouds To wind the hour forward. In the end – I just stood there;My […]

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A moment in Time

Note: The nature of this piece mirrors that of a writing experiment paired with a visual artwork of my choosing. Trigger warning: A vivid description of an intrusive thought that may be triggering to individuals overcoming or dealing with any and all forms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. A fire ant is crawling down the back […]

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खुद को भी तो वक्त दो

खुद को भी थोड़ा वक्त दो :- आज की तेज़ रफ़्तार ज़िंदगी में इंसान इतना व्यस्त हो गया है कि वह अपने घर -परिवार, स्वास्थ्य और स्वयं के लिए भी समय नहीं निकाल पाता है और पैसे की होड़ में जीवन की सच्ची खुशियों को भूलता जा रहा है । हम सभी को अपने लिए […]

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मैं और मेरी शून्यता

जागने की हसरत थी रोशिनओं मेंमुझे जगाए रखा अंधेरों की ठोकरों ने। जो नहीं समझ पाते अंधेरों की जागृित वो कैसे समझेंगे मेरा जागरणवो कैसे समझेंगे मेरे अंधेरों के उजाले वो सो रहे हैं आँखें खोल करअंधेरों से अंधेरा पैदा हो यह ज़रूरी नहीं पर ये वो नहीं समझतेजो बौद्धिक अंधकार के शिकार हैं। जो […]

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Another Day

Blood lines thin,Blue veins twistingUp and underAround and around.Flesh fresh thinAnd ripe.Through fingers and lipsOval and submissive. Soft creep out,Pressure premeditated.Hairline figureSliced perfect. Awake directionless.Red bentJumping in and outOf black.Spectrum of sound. Metal ringing on bones,ConcreteFree as shapes.Identities bolder than geneticsTagged.Ego owned.Underneath lives a bowedHalf – light,Where scattered stones, stagger,Through their life.An estate charger. The […]

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I will tell Mama!

That day didn’t seem to pass as quickly as I wished because memories are cruel and come back like a boomerang. No matter how far you throw them away, they find you back! And memories which are your worst nightmares are hard to get over with.  Not every day you are scared of people until […]

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Fairytale

Angel silverCaged in yellow.Lover detail,A shadow on everything.Arched rainbow,Leaves of Summer Rattle absentAnd fall. Hand in palmCupped.Water with raptureAnd under-currentTwisting the aweIn femininity.Dry creased vesselSinging the beat of a storm.Mimicking tidal throws,Breaching vapour.Two, to and thro. Bodies entwined,Celtic loops,Antler and Moon.Feeling through burnt moss,And grassy dells.Close as drumming,Or breath Hush as legends.Laden pages openOr held […]

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Alive

I could feel the wind,Caressing each strand of hair,Gingerly attached to a scalp,That was raining down beads of sweat,That made their way,Through my facial grooves,Only just missing wide open eyes,And only just glancing the edges,Of a broad smile. I was riding.Green and pristine,On my left,And undisturbed waters,To my right. A night,Luminated by street lights,Had welcomed […]

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Dimensions

Dimensions stick toThis room,Walls pulling in.Static live as the bare lightbulbColour of her song.Words mouthA spell,Waves spreading in parallelsSwift, in flight.Collecting closerWhite arrows,Hitting every edge.Haunts bouncing backTo the body like a Dream of night-time ticking by. Spread of chillWinter dawn,Eyes closing – Softness opensLike the midnight breezeBleeding through,Warming breath,Catching her sculptedIce like.Moments watching sideBy side, […]

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Speak?!

“Speak!”And nothing was said in return. The streets, cars, and bikes;Little Children and the adults,That came with them;Birds and stray dogs;No honks, no chatter;Not even a solitary bark. All happened and not a sound. “Speak!”The first time,Spoken with anger.Now with fear. A few taps on the head,Then bent down,And an ear made contact with the […]

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Karna

Karna, one of the unsung heroes of Mahabharata was arrowed down to death unarmed illegitimately while he was busy lifting the wheel of his chariot from the ground. The poem revolves around Karna’s imaginary reincarnation in today’s world where the swords don’t rattle any more but the battle is still on in many other ways. […]

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Dreaming with Deaf Stars

How many sunsets have gone by without you?How many nights have gone by without the moon to guide my dreams to yours?To may if you ask me, but the only ones who care are the stars,Lingering in the black sky, casting a glow in the dead of night,And they’ve been too busy granting wishes for […]

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That 90’s Place

Do you remember those days when time was slower, everything was judicious , except love, and there was no urgency for validation? Everything had a meaning, the world was people centric and there was abundance of kindness and precious little imitation? Do you remember the lasting memories we made in that era? With thirty six […]

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Under the Dreaming Tree

Under the Dreaming Tree I discover you,As though you’d been waiting for a lifetime.You reach your hand out, patiently waiting for me to realize, The fragments of dreams that make up the memory of you.So I sleep and sleep, as you take me underTo a place of distorted reality, that knows neither beginning nor end,Forever […]

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The Caravan

There was once a caravan on the other side of the river. Surrounded by trees and puddles and sheltered under the raging sun. Smoke came out its chimney and continued to fill the sky until whatever was being cooked inside had filled dinner plates. It had arrived in the beginning of summer. It had not […]

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