The Written Salvos

Salvo

There are words
That surround you
Like butterflies
With their multi-hued wings;
Words that you touch
With your finger-tip
Multiply their beauty, love and happiness
And pass them on to others Read More…

Posted in Causes, Poem at April 28th, 2017. No Comments.

The Stories We Whisper into Stygian Darkness

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Stories have always been an inseparable part of human life; we all enjoy telling stories, listening to them; writing and reading them. We have stories coming down to us through centuries either in oral or written form; these are anecdotes, experiences, simple incidents or figments of one’s imagination. Sharing stories is the biggest human passion. Each and everyone is a story-teller. A child is initiated into the magical world of stories through fairy tales; and as soon as he is able to think and imagine things for himself, he creates his own stories – excuses for not going to school or for incomplete homework – and then it goes on for the whole life Read More…

Posted in Article, Causes at April 24th, 2017. No Comments.

The Hills

These Hills

These hills,
Earth’s verdant spasms,
Random ranges,
Towering tall,
As guardians of the
Ground below.
They take upon themselves
Lashing rain,
Scorching heat.
Rivers cleave their bodies,
Roads scrape and chisel their skins,
Tunnels pierce through their hearts,
Yet they
Stand solid,
Promising
A cool canopy
To their Mother Earth. (Near Manali)

Posted in Causes, Poem at April 19th, 2017. No Comments.

Mastering the Fine Art of Dealing with the Babus

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Dealing with the government officials in our part of the world, is an art in itself. An art which is not everyone’s cup of tea. It requires a close study of how government offices work; how many people you’ll have to deal with while tracking your case; which day of the week, and what time of the working hours you should go there.

One should know how to gauge the mood of the official concerned at that particular moment, and the pitch of voice one should use as not to offend him/her. And above all, one needs to practice the art of stoic acquiescence of whatever response you receive from the other end. A strong heart, lots of patience and a permanent smile on the face (even though you may be boiling with rage inside) are the first requirements for the job. One must also be prepared to come back empty-handed, not once but umpteen times. Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs at April 17th, 2017. No Comments.

My Words

FOS

When identities

With sharp piercing contours

Wound and injure

The ‘odd-men-out’

When free-speech or free- will

Is mother of all sins;

Don’t look at my words

They are either not words, or

Not mine anymore. Read More…

Posted in Causes, Poem at March 22nd, 2017. No Comments.

Genocide

Syria

Stop this genocide
Around the globe
Lest…………….!
The innocent blood
Seeping into its nucleus
Churning into an angry lava
Bursts it
Into splinters!

Posted in Causes, Poem at March 16th, 2017. No Comments.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia

Birthdays are great fun. More so today, because you have your birth date announced on social media and then there is a continuous flow of good wishes trickling in the whole day! Each message brings a smile on the face and a feeling of gratitude in the heart. A cake or two and a bouquet, and your day is made. And there is no harm if the gifts from expected quarters knock at your door. In our childhood, birthdays never created such hullabaloo, as these do now. No doubt everyone in the family acknowledged it was your birthday, but we hadn’t heard of cakes and candles. The maximum concession you could enjoy was going to school without uniform i.e. in your choicest frock. Read More…

Posted in Article, Causes at March 15th, 2017. No Comments.

New Year Resolutions

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Life always flows in a flux, but we tend to view it in man-made linear units – year to year; event-to-event per se. Each New Year indulges us to look at life both backward and forward. We introspect about what is gone; and mull over what our life would be, or should be, in the days to come. Every year we make new resolutions or a wish list of ‘things-to-do’.
But nothing changes – you as a person, your dreams, your aspirations, your fears, your reservations and apprehensions; and there’s nothing wrong to be your natural self! Rather be proud of it! Let people accept you as what you are – with warts and all. Nothing – no person, no words, no incidents, no setbacks can take away the very essence of your being! Don’t change yourself for others; and don’t try to change others for you! This is the mantra of being happy and making others happy, which I think tops everyone’s wish list.
Social-networking site is a very easy, very instant and very handy way of interaction; yet it is so impulsive and thus so dangerous! Let our pens flow with the ink of positivity, empathy, grace and gratitude. Let’s choose our words cautiously and diligently; as each perceptive eye can go beyond the written word and capture even very dim thoughts lurking somewhere deep in our minds. Never let our stray thoughts hurt someone for life! Why rankle others with our personal rancour! Give each one his space; we can always agree to disagree, and move on!
Life is beautiful; life is precious; and life is a celebration particularly for people like me, for whom the ‘journey down the hill’ is almost here! Let’s accept each coming day, each coming year as an extra bonus, as an additional opportunity to make up for the lost opportunities to live life as we have always wanted to live; and which perhaps the drudgery of responsibilities didn’t allow us.
This is my wish list for the year 2017!
LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN!

Posted in Article, Causes at March 11th, 2017. No Comments.

Amritsar – Old Memories

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अमृतसर में दरबार साहिब में हुए भव्य परिवर्तन को टी.वी.पर देखा तो लगा कि यह वो जगह ही नहीं है, जिसे मैं बचपन से लेकर अब तक देखती आई हूँ, और जिस की छवि आज भी मनस्तल पर एक अमिट छाप बनाए हुए है। तरक्की और तबदीली हमेशा ही साथ साथ चलते आए हैं लेकिन आज के भव्य परिसर को देख कर बेसाख्ता ही बचपन कि कुछ यादें ताज़ा हो गईं ।

बचपन में जब चंडीगढ़ से अमृतसर छुट्टियों में अपने ननिहाल जाना तो लगना जैसे इक नयी दुनिया में आ गए हों । तंग बाज़ार, छोटी गलियाँ, एक दूजे के साथ पीठ से पीठ मिला कर सटे घर-मकान । छत पर जा कर चारों ओर देखना तो हर तरफ बस मकान ही मकान नज़र आने, मानों उनके बीच कोई सड़क यां गली हो ही न । और फिर दरबार साहिब जाना हम बच्चों के लिए एक जश्न जैसा दिन होता । Read More…

Posted in Article, Causes at March 10th, 2017. No Comments.

Tomorrow is Another Day

Tomorrow

In this fast-paced life, the time when ‘each one to his own’ has become life’s mantra; when empty-nest syndrome is accepted as a bitter-sweet pill; when aloneness and loneliness become synonymous; when the size of your friend-list, and like-signs on your timeline become your life-line; when a green dot in front of your dear ones gives you consolation and confidence that they are there for you. And yet there are times when people leave you with just a ‘delete’ button; when virtual-reality overtakes your real-life reality; when all this leaves you weighed down; boggled and baffled. Read More…

Posted in Article, Causes at February 23rd, 2017. No Comments.