Feathers in the Cap



I choose to write because it's perfect for me. It's an escape, a place I can go to hide. It's a friend, when I feel outcast from everyone else. It's a journal, when the only story I can tell is my own. It's a book, when I need to be somewhere else. It's control, when I feel so out of control. It's healing, when everything seems pretty messed up. And it's fun, when life is just flat-out boring.

Alysha Speer


We were WINNERS at the Orange Flower Awards 2016 in POETRY category for this blog and HINDI writing for my other blog.


I was part of this e-book, paperback.

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Kunti's confession and other stories







She : The Revolution - a poem based on the Hindi film ENGLISH VINGLISH . Winner of the #MuseOfTheMonth at Women's Web here.

Razia Sultan : The first and last Woman Ruler of Delhi Sultante  was part of the #IndianWomenInHistory at Feminism in India

Amrita Pritam : Not just a poet, but revolution personified was part of the #IndianWomenInHistory at Feminism in India

The Journey - a poem based on the Hindi film QUEEN, Winner of the #MuseOfTheMonth at Women's Web  here.

In the Quest of Liberation is published in the month of November Muse of the Month of November at Women's Web here.

The Revolutionary  is part of the Women's web Anthology Kunti's Confessions and other Short Stories  here and was also published in the month of September Muse of the month at Women's Web here 


Nothing is Forever is another short story that was winner of Muse of the month, August 2016 at Women's Web here.



Freedom is my short story which was a winner of Muse of the month , April 2016 at Women's Web here.

Aide de memoire was chosen in a contest to be published on Women's Web as Saying Goodbye to my father.

BREAK THE SILENCE won the Second Prize here at #Momsforabetterworld Contest at women's web.

This post was also published at Women's Web as How Long Will We Lock Up Girls To Keep Them “Safe” From Harassment? as part of the Breakthrough India initiative #AskingForIt. 

My hindi poem MAA-BETI-MAA is part of a trilingual anthology Resonating Strings by the group Poets & Artists Unplugged.

HERstory  is winner at the Muse of the Month (November) at the Women's Web 




Finding Myself - my short story found a place in the prestigious Muse of the Month at the Womens Web site.





My Voice Is My Feminism won Pay It forward Blogathon @ Women's Web.

Photo courtesy Contest page Women's Web



A FEMINIST DREAM is published in the anthology titled AATISH by Onfire in

My short story KASTURI appeared in the Second Anniversary Issue of the e-zine THE BROWSING CORNER here.

A SILENT BOND won the FIRST PRIZE @ THE SOUL SISTERS CONTEST @ WOMEN'S WEB.

Beyond Stereotypes was my guest post  here at the Parle-G parenting genius blog.

Three of the many lessons from my daughter was my guest post at the PARLE-G PARENTING BLOG

My short story SUPERSTAR appeared in FABLERY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 1

KABANDH appeared first in ALPHABET AND YOU Issue 2.

RADHA won the Women's day contest CELEBRATING GIRLS,CELEBRATING WOMEN by Women's Web

QUIET LOVE won the Valentine's day contest by Poets Corner

DEVI won a contest at AUTHORSPOOL

My works can be found at: 
                                                                                                                          
HAIKUS ,Hindi poem NIRVASAN and English poem DECEMBER in various issues of the e-zine THE BROWSING CORNER





CRIMSON in the e-zine EKPHRASIS INDIA

PATRIARCHY Pg.79  EKPHRASIS INDIA

SHIMLA in  CELEBRATING INDIA - a compilation of the works of over 50 authors including those by Deepti Naval, Shashi Tharoor and Gulzar by NIVASINI PUBLISHERS

MONUMENTAL LOVE in an anthology MUSINGS: A MOSAIC by POETS CORNER


BITTER CHOCOLATE pg. 246 in the anthology WORDS ON THE WINGS OF CHANGE, BRIAN WRIXON BOOKS,ONTARIO,CANADA


HAIKUS in antholgies by POETS INTERNATIONAL BANGALORE


SEVERAL POEMS  in the following paperback and e-book anthologies by DESTINY TO WRITE PUBLICATIONS UK

My poetry can be sipped with a frothy cup of coffee from the walls of  The Human Bean Cobourg's Coffee House, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.
Posts from my blog can also be read here at haaram.com.


An extract about my poetry from an academic paper titled BURYING THE GHOST OF SYLVIA PLATH: EMERGING ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY INDIAN ENGLISH WOMEN’S POETRY by Professor Dr.Manju Jaidka presented at the Srinagar university .(© 2012 Manju Jaidka)

“There are other poets who have been writing but have not come into the limelight.Pooja Sharma Rao, an upcoming poet, says that writing poetry despite all the talk about emancipation and empowerment for a woman is an act of rebellion, to let her voice be heard in some way. “Unlike the Bronte sisters we don’t have to take male names to get published alright or hide poetry in our kitchens like Dickinson but there is still a bias where all that is really virtuous, brave or intelligent like discussing politics,fighting wars or writing poetry-it is just considered a bit too much for women.”

In Rao’s short pieces the strain is heavily feminist but the images are from contemporary life and its appendages like Facebook, laptops etc. Most of the issues she deals with are either hot topics of the day or culture specific issues like female foeticide:

.let's kill the girls
and with them shame and honour
what equality?

She experiments with old themes, Revisioning the Cinderella story (in a poem published in an anthology entitled Once Upon A Time where the theme was fairy tales revisited:

I could sit and cry
about step-mom misfortune
or heave long sighs
for step-sisters impune
but sitting by the cinders
alone every eve
I decided with
Fairy good luck
My fortune
I’ll weave.

So mice-eaten books
became horses for my dreams
and a pumpkin-pie recipe
my sustenance means:

Whereas redemption in the traditional tale comes only by marrying a prince, in Rao’s poem although most of the original elements are retained (like the step-mom, step-sisters, mice, horses, fairy godmother glass slipper) Cinderella is presented as an enterprising girl whose prince comes looking for her not for her beauty but because of her skill of baking and eventually she owns the bakery with him. So the working–girl Cinderella it is who lives happily ever after with the prince.”




Orange Flower Awards

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COMPANIONS CALLED BOOKS

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
Animal Farm
The Alchemist
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Romeo and Juliet
Frankenstein
The Odyssey
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Count of Monte Cristo
Eat, Pray, Love
Lolita
The Da Vinci Code
The Kite Runner
The Silence of the Lambs
The Diary of a Young Girl
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Notebook
Gone With the Wind
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I WILL RING THE BELL.WILL YOU?

The Human Bean Cafe, Ontario

The Human Bean Cafe, Ontario
my work on display there !!!!!