Apr 29, 2016

Smoke gets into the eyes

There was a betel wine that fondly and fiercely cuddled on to a yellow flower tree in my courtyard. They lived together, with each other, intertwined, for as long as I remember.

I will pluck the tender betel leaves for chewing pan, and my grandma will gently sweep the fallen yellow flowers from the courtyard everyday at dawn. The dying flowers huddled together in their final journey to the recycling pit. 

One fine day, grandma did not wake up, and in a month, we had lost her

One rainy day, not long after i saw last of my grandma, the yellow flower tree got uprooted. It died too, with the sweet betel vine.

Apr 28, 2016


The transience of my being
Is in contradiction with the permanence
Of this journey.

I shall come back again
And again

Until I get to travel
With you besides me.

Apr 23, 2016

एक पतंग थी हमने भी उड़ाई

एक पतंग थी हमने भी उड़ाई
सिर्फ तुम्हारे रंगों वाली.
लट लगाती
गोते खाती
लहराती झूमती
खुले आसमानों को चूमती।

एक पतंग थी हमने भी उड़ाई
सिर्फ तुम्हारे रंगों वाली
बड़ी प्यारी, बड़ी दुलारी
आसमान में, सबपे भारी।

डोर न था वो मांझे वाली
न कटती, न काटने वाली
शाम न थी वो आंधी वाली
फ़िज़ा सी थी वो भीनी भीनी।

फिर कटी क्यों मेरी पतंग प्यारी
जा लिपटी किस झोंके पे वारी

इक गुडबाय तक न वो हमसे बोली
और छोड़ गयी हाथों से लिपटी
ढेर सारे दिल के धागे टूटे
और एक लटाई
जो अब है हम पे भारी।

Apr 22, 2016

The Living Well

Don't draw from me,  without leaving behind a bit of you in me. I am not eternal. I would wither away, with each day of your neglect.

Apr 17, 2016

I Don't Miss You

I don't miss you like the morning dew
I don't miss you
Like leaves from Spring
In midst of Autumn's desolation
No, I don't miss you
I don't miss you
Like an umbrella loaned
And never returned.
I don't miss you.

I don't miss you
Like a favorite pen misplaced
Or the old house
In a new place.

Life goes on
Some bit of longing
Helps hope survive.

Apr 16, 2016

That Small Blip

You swarmed my being
Like a locust cloud
Fields in full bloom

I was just another small blip
In your radar of life.

Goodbye Ganesha

As long stretches of empty cranes stood waiting, for the last of the Ganesha's to bid adieu, I felt my eyes welling up from a sadness th...

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