Sunday, May 7, 2017

Catharsis and Epiphany #AtoZChallenge #Reflections




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#AtoZChallenge 2017 was my third consecutive one and just like the two previous ones , it came at a very crucial juncture in my life.


Battling through a personal crisis, an injury,ill health and a load of mental health challenges, this year my theme - Short Poems for Inspirational Writers, provided me lots of moments of catharsis and epiphany.

I researched the writers who have inspired my writing , added a quote that seemed most relevant to me in my post and then tried to incorporate my association and learning from them in a small poem that followed.

I did not read much of other blogs simply because of my lack of energy and strength , but tried to respond to every comment here meaningfully and pay at least some courtesy visits back to the bloggers who visited me.

Missed the Twitter Chats with everyone @AprilA2Z this time around.



Cia all until next time !

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Z - Zbigniew Herbert (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“I could write a treatise

on the sudden transformation
of life into archaeology” 

― Zbigniew Herbert

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Wars that devour homes

and replace

 happy memories

with nightmares

also become poetry

- poems of pain.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y - Yann Martel ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“You can get used to anything - haven't I already said that? Isn't that what all survivors say?” 



― Yann Martel

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All of us

alone on this sea

with monsters

others won't see.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

X - A few e(X)ceptional Inspirational Writers #AtoZChallenge


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"Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears." 

— Gregory David Roberts


"Lying is done with words, and also with silence." 

— Adrienne Rich


"I am interested in language because it wounds or seduces me." 


— Roland Barthes

"If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were." 


— Kahlil Gibran


“The joy of writing.

The power of preserving.

Revenge of a mortal hand.” 

― Wisława Szymborska




“But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.” 





“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” 

― George Orwell


“There are some things that are so unforgivable that they make other things easily forgivable.” 


― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” 

― Leo Tolstoy

“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth

sounds like a pistol shot.” 

― Czesław Miłosz

“...her wings are cut and then she is blamed for not knowing how to fly.” 


― Simone de Beauvoir


"I like you; your eyes are full of language."

— Anne Sexton


"My weapon is literature."
— Chinua Achebe




"You will hear thunder and remember me,
and think: she wanted storms..." 


— Anna Akhmatova


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

W - William Carlos Williams (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“If they give you lined paper, write the other way.” 


― William Carlos Williams

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Kissing life

with few words

you live again

and again

in all the poets

in love.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

V - Virginia Woolf (Inspirational writers) #AtoZChallenge


“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” 


― Virginia Woolf

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So many anonymous

women

looking for

A room of one's own

Mrs. Dalloway

is all women

not wanting to

sign anon.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U - Ursula K. Le Guin (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” 




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In an imagined world

the soul is tangible

the heart is unbreakable

and love is


unconditional.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

T - Tzu, Lao (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“Love is a decision - not an emotion!” 

― Lao TzuTao Te Ching



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Forever, Always

happiness, success

yours, mine

Let it go.


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

S - Sylvia Plath ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“I write only because

There is a voice within me
That will not be still” 



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A mad's girl's love song

a heartbeat 

caged in The Bell Jar

finally freed

in death

and poetry.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

R - Rumi ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” 
( Jo dard tum mehsus karte ho, woh paigamat hain. Unhe gaur se suno.)


― Jalaluddin Rumi

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Whirl in 

words 

and silences

let it go.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Q - Qabbani Nizar (Inspirational writers) #AtoZChallenge


“The female doesn’t want a rich man or a handsome man or even a poet, she wants a man who understands her eyes if she gets sad, and points to his chest and say : 'Here is your home country.” 



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Hearts are

the worst

disputed territories

the war

never ends.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

P - #Paash (Inspirational writers) #AtoZChallenge


"Sab ton khatarnak hunda hai,
Saade supniaan da mar jaana "

(The most dangerous is to have our dreams die.)

- Paash 

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If you chose

to sow change

or harvest revolution

it requires the

soul's sunshine

and the heart's

wetness.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

#OrhanPamuk (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


"Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world." 


— Orhan Pamuk (Snow)

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Home is a memory

Istranbul, Lhasa, Rawalpindi

a river called

terrorism, partition, war

pins it on a map

like a dead butterfly

and calls it 

just a city.


Monday, April 17, 2017

The Cosmos - #MoreIndianThanYouThink

As all other children growing up in the eighties and nineties in India, I once believed the First world was definitely more fascinating than India ever could be.There was a huge fascination for everything American or European, called colloquially as "imported", be it clothes,music or food or literature. In Hindi there is a saying for it too " Ghar ki Murgi daal Barabar" ( We presume the homemade chicken curry to be no better than lentil soup."

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As Internet burst the hard boundaries of what was desi and what was "foreign" , and we grew into a generation riding high on 50 years of India's independence and much more I gradually began to look at the world differently, the world as #MoreIndianThanYouThink
  • All the cool stuff like Yoga, Eco-feminism and Mytho-fiction are Indian. We had Patanjali (not the brand but the sage) and the Chipko movement long before there were Yoga Studios and silent protests to save the trees across the world.

  • All the neo-diets have something to do with rustic Indian spices and ways of cooking, for every donut was maybe an Idli in its previous birth or long before it won accolades as Aloe Vera it was plain old GwarPaatha in traditional kicthen gardens.

  • While the world,countries and families remain divided in the name of Soccer clubs and Premier Leagues we had the good old Cricket (bat-ball) to unite us.

  • Long before there was Breaking News, Viral videos and trolls we had post-birds (pigeons delivering love letters, Live Telecast of Mahabharta war via Sanjay to Dhritrashtra and Narada the penultimate Troll !! 


So basically whatever progress humankind has made in whatever direction, there is always a way to trace it back to its Indian roots, and no don't be mistaken this isn't about taking undue credit but just a unique way to view the world - very Indian, very us. ( All pun intended)
If we were just a #Twitter handle or an #Instagram account The cosmos would Follow us :P
Have you chanced upon the celebration of India’s growing global influence in #Lufthansa TV commercial along with the hashtag #MoreIndianThanYouThink.


What is being perceived as a strategy to defeat India is in itself India's biggest victory. The world today and has always been is #MoreIndianThanYouThink.



N - Neruda Pablo (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“so I wait for you like a lonely house

till you will see me again and live in me.
Till then my windows ache.” 


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Love 

has a secret

synonym

- loss

but it's 

deceptive

comes dressed

as forever

for most.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

M - Mitch Albom (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge



“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” 



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In the book 

of life

the last lesson

is death

a compulsory epilogue

to all our stories

the moral

- Let it go.


Friday, April 14, 2017

L - Lewis Carroll (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge



“Curiouser and curiouser!” 



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Down the

rabbit hole

alone

reworking reality

Dear Alice

truth is

a myth.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

K - Kafka ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” 
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The cage in search 

of the bird

the anguish

to exist

and know

its absurd.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

J - James Joyce (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge



“Time is, time was, but time shall be no more.” 



― James Joyce



To see the faces

faded inside the masks

to seek epiphanies

in ordinary tasks

this life a voyage

for Ulysses at large.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I - Isaac Asimov (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.” 



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Of galaxies

supernovas

and stardust

a world beyond

our own 

in the universe

yet largely 

unknown.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

H - Haruki Murakami (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge 2017


“Understanding is but the sum of misunderstandings.” 


― Haruki Murakami

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Somewhere in the Norwegian Wood

lost like Kafka on the Shore

I am waiting for Zen.


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Saturday, April 8, 2017

G - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.” 


― Gabriel García Márquez


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Love and death

from the same lens

in the same sentence

smiles often pretense

eloquent silence.


Friday, April 7, 2017

F - Fernando Pessoa (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge 2017




“I bear the wounds of all the battles I avoided.” 



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We are too many souls

trapped in

one identity

In a world

scared of single voices

we have

one too many.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

E - Eve Ensler (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZBloggingChallenge 2017




“I want to touch you in real time 
not find you on YouTube, 
I want to walk next to you in the mountains 
not friend you on Facebook.” 

― Eve Ensler


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Now the world

minces words

and wraps 

sex in euphemisms

Some of us

talk proudly

about

stretch marks

vaginas

and 

LOVE.




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

D - Dickinson Emily (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge2017



"This is my letter to the world
That never wrote to me" 


 Emily Dickinson




We write about nobodies

in a world obsessed

with wannabes

they call it

mad rambling

We call it poetry.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

C - Cohen Leonard (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZBloggingChallenge2017

“Ah, grief makes us precise!” 





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A book of longing

would have been perfect
with a book of losing

I am that

crack in everything
waiting for light.



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Monday, April 3, 2017

B - Bond Ruskin (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZBloggingChallenge2017


“I am still on my zigzag way, 
pursuing the diagonal 
between reason and heart.” 
― Ruskin Bond


Rain in the Mountains: Notes from the Himalayas

Blessed to be in the same frame as him
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Trains, tunnels and hills

Zen masters 

and their drills

SimpLIFEy !!


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The Count of Monte Cristo
Eat, Pray, Love
Lolita
The Da Vinci Code
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