The Heart Still Remembers

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Behind the smiling eyes,

Lay the dark-pit of pain;

Underneath the glowing skin,

Oozes the pus of unhealed wounds; Read More…

Posted in Causes, Poem at March 20th, 2015. No Comments.

Whose Daughter…!

Nirbhaya 2

(It’s a broken piece of writing. Couldn’t finish it the way I wanted it to be. Too disturbing as it has been. Though I gave myself a day to re-write it properly, but couldn’t. Please bear with me. Thanks)

“This incident was a storm which came and went. And what was there before it, and what is left behind after it, this is what we need to see.”  (Nirbhaya’s father)

This is the parting message that Leslee Udwin’s film ‘India’s Daughter’ closes with.

And this is what the film proposes to do. To see whether anything has changed after 16/12? Whether we learnt any lessons? And the answer is a BIG NO as the film goes on to unfold.

It is not about why and how the film has been made; it’s about the ugly truths that it throws on us, or rather slap on our faces that is more shocking. And the govt. is jittery, not only because the film would bring a bad name to India, but also because these ugly truths point towards the impotency and indifference of the power that be.

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Posted in Article, Causes at March 6th, 2015. No Comments.

Writer’s Block

Writer's Block

The mind fails to catch

Ideas floating like sperms

Waiting to be hit by conviction;

To gestate and come to life

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Posted in Poem at October 28th, 2014. No Comments.

ਕਲਮਾਂ

Pen and ink 3

 

ਦਿਸਦਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਕੋਈ ਵਾਰਿਸ ਸ਼ਾਹ, ਨੀ ਮੈਂ ਕਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਆਖਾਂ

ਰਹਿਬਰ ਲੱਭਦੇ ਲੱਭਦੇ, ਮੇਰੀ ਜਿੰਦ ਗਈ ਕੁਮਲਾ, ਨੀ ਮੈਂ ਕਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਆਖਾਂ……

 

ਕੀ ਅੱਜ ਨਹੀਂ ਧੀਆਂ ਰੋਂਦੀਆਂ……?

ਨਹੀਂ ਅੱਖੀਂ ਵੈਣ ਪਰੋਂਦੀਆਂ……?

ਇਹ ਕਲਮਾਂ ਕਿਝੰ ਨੇ ਸੌਂਦੀਆਂ……?

ਕੁੱਖਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੀ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਨਿੱਕੀ ਜਾਨ ਮੁਕਾ, ਨੀ ਮੈਂ ਕਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਆਖਾਂ……

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Posted in Causes, Poem at September 3rd, 2014. No Comments.

The Birthday Cake

Cake Collage 2

Not easy

To blow out your past

In one breath!

The dead candles

On the birthday cake

A jungle of nude trees

That had once

Sheltered me in their shade.

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Posted in Causes, Poem at April 24th, 2014. No Comments.

My Native Land

Landscape

Here is the Punjabi translation of Sir Walter Scott’s famous poem ‘My Native Land:

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Posted in Causes, Poem at March 20th, 2014. No Comments.

‘Charity begins at home’ Mr. Namo!

 

Modi 3

As the NAMO euphoria catches up; and the thunder of the lion echoes from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari; in one small spot in the village Unjha in Gujrat, these echoes pierce through a heart that has yearned to hear this voice for years now. Here is a woman – old and frail Jasodaben – whom destiny tied with Narender Modi – a man who is all but set to become the Prime Minister of India, and who took a unilateral decision to snap the relationship and  leave her in a lurch.  Here is a woman who more than anyone else prays for his success; is confident of his win; reads everything about him in the newspapers; yet who says ‘I don’t think he will ever call me.’

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Posted in Article, Causes at March 12th, 2014. No Comments.

Women’s Day Special

Women's Day

इतिहास के पन्नों पे गाथा तेरी

कलमों को रुश्नाईयाँ मैंने दी हैं

तमगे तेरे सीने पे चमके

पर कुर्बानियाँ मैंने दी हैं

दास्ताने इश्क़ का नायक तू है

प्यार को रवानियाँ मैंने दी हैं

अँधेरी गलियों में जब तू भटका

जल कर रौश्नाईआँ मैंने दी हैं

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Posted in Causes, Poem at March 8th, 2014. No Comments.

Highway – An Existential Journey

Highway

In the journey of life, as we move on, we take along a lot of baggage with us – baggage that is pleasant like good memories of love, happiness, relationships and friendships; but along with that we carry some extra baggage that we would like to erase from our minds, but can’t – memories of betrayal, rejection, hatred, guilt and failure. It is these memories that pull us down every moment of our life both physically and emotionally. It keeps on boiling like some lava churning inside, choking us no end, and ready to burst out any moment. It becomes necessary for us to eject this ammunition for the safe landing of the aircraft of life to run smooth on the run-way.

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Posted in Article, Causes at March 3rd, 2014. No Comments.

Behind the Mask

photo

It is perhaps the first time in the long history of sexual harassment in India that a wife’s statement has corroborated the victim’s charges of the alleged rape – as in the case of Tarun Tejpal, his wife and daughter have substantiated what the victim had alleged. This news had set me thinking about other wives in similar cases.

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Posted in Article, Causes at February 19th, 2014. No Comments.