Let the Fingers Talk

fingers-on-smartphone

The Empty Nest syndrome had frightened me even when my boys were studying. As I live in a small town that doesn’t enjoy the luxury of MNCs and corporate sector, I knew the little birdies would very soon take wings to scale unknown heights. And the impending ‘retirement’ too had been staring me in the face. What will I do? An impulsive talker, what I dreaded most was the thought of having no one to listen to my incessant natter. Husbands pretend to be all ears; but in reality, they are never listening to what you are saying! Moreover, I didn’t want to be labeled as an ‘old hag’ whose time’s up and who now deserved to be written off and shut off in a closet! I pulled my socks up and learnt to run along with the fast-paced world! Yes…! I decided to become cell phone/ android savvy. Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs at April 14th, 2015. No Comments.

A Sachet at Schiphol

Schiphol

This appeared in Hindustan times (6.4.2015)

It was my maiden flight, and first out of India, too. Boarding an aircraft for the first time at 58 is more trepidation than fun. I was praying silently as the jet took off. All the news I had heard about air-crash tragedies rang in my ears, and the prayers became faster. Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs at April 6th, 2015. No Comments.

31st of March

Marigolds 2

Come 31st of March; and I go down the memory lane. The intoxicating fragrance of the marigolds fills each pore of my being. A day of anxiety, anticipation, excitement and a little trepidation, it wove a labyrinth of dreams and nightmares. The previous night would be  spent rolling in the bed, waiting for the first light of the day to usher in the grand finale! Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs at March 31st, 2015. No Comments.

Sisters-in-Arms

Sisters

The stories we created years ago;

Went astray half way;

Leaving us all

Groping in dark;

No light, no sign

To guide us; Read More…

Posted in Causes, Poem at March 30th, 2015. No Comments.

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.