Thursday, November 28, 2013

Engagement

The rings on the fingers
mere ornaments

The other rings bind
two souls
in a private ceremony

with no noise
no ritual
no ornaments.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Of love and life...........

It isn't in the
hundred promotional mails
in the inbox
or in the
swanky résumé

look for it
in the bank statements
credit cards
jewellery boxes
and you shall fail

those endless piles
of books accumulate
only dust
and the musty smell
of time

that elusive slippery thing
popularly known as LIFE
is out there
in the smile you wait for
in the voice
that calls your name
with love

capture the moments
in the soft velvet of
memory's treasure box
and then let it all go.
 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Diwali once more

His eyes shine like that of a hungry kitten as the headlights of the car reflects in them. He is 6 or 7 eldest of 4 siblings and its a cold winter night in the North. Its Diwali today, his mother and youngest sister are shivering in high fever in their dimly lit hut in the slums. His father is missing with his drinking pals.  The other two are with him on the other side of the road rummaging the garbage through their freezing hands to find a coin that people may have thrown during the rituals or a big unused cracker that they could  sell. The headlights are too close but he has just spotted a ten rupee coin. He bends forward but is slightly late to bend back. His suffering is over.


The heavy embroidered saree is in place. the long artificial plait swings as she moves to the beat of the drum and sings aloud as if enjoying the attention from the neighbouring balconies and windows. The negotiations are louder than the songs, the juniors follow her lead in singing and negotiating. The servant serves them some juice in those separate glasses kept for the workers. The drummer stuffs the sweets and clothes into the bag. The lady of the house tells them to do their thing outside and not come in. The head eunuch blesses the new couple "May you have a son  soon !"


It is so easy and convenient to take two polarised views about Diwali
  1. We work hard all year why shouldn't we celebrate, spend money, burst crackers, exchange gifts?
  2. green Diwali, austere Diwali, socially aware Diwali

Ask the Margins
dear Power Center
your debates are useless
they change NOTHING.

Diwali once more.
 

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Animal Farm
The Alchemist
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Romeo and Juliet
Frankenstein
The Odyssey
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The Count of Monte Cristo
Eat, Pray, Love
Lolita
The Da Vinci Code
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The Diary of a Young Girl
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