Elixirs of life

It’s not just the plants, That need the wind; You need it too, If not to undulate; To cool your temper, To purify you, in and out. It’s not just the leaves, That need sunlight; You need it too, Not to photosynthesize; To replenish your soul, To enlighten your wisdom. So, Unlatch those windows, Unbar…

On to the Road…..

Originally posted on Joint Action Committee for Social Justice (UoH):
Rohith Vemula and the four other friends coming out of hostel after they were evicted from their rooms by the university authority. (Rohith holding the portrait of Dr. Ambedkar) The next time Rohith came out of the hostel, he was in a coffin……..

The Ant Story

A tiny black ant in the sugar, I found strolling by That daddy just brought from the shop nearby. Mom took a tin and poured in the sugar, I waited as the ant came out like a skilled digger. Scared he seemed, as faster he strolled; Up, to the lid then back down he patrolled….

Mohabbat in Sulaimani

“Every Sulaimani needs a bit of Mohabbat in it. When you sip, the world should slow down and pause here.” “The taste of Sulaimani, only those who tried would know it.” ~ The famous dialogue from the movie Usthad Hotel (Malayalam) Sulaimani is a local variety of lemon tea. Featured image just taken on my…

Rohit Vemula, The Modern Ekalavya

Rohit, There’s so much to your name; But so much more to your karma. In Hindi your name says the color red; That’s the very color of earth bed, From which you came, To the same was your retreat. They reviled you “inferior birth”; But feared, for they knew your worth.  In Sanskrit, you’re the…

The ‘Train’ of Memories

I’ve seen how each season work it’s miracle on this place. How the almost half year long monsoons fill these fields with water, and how it make small grass to sprout from the barren soil. I’ve seen the farmers sowing these fields with faces filled with determination, folk songs dancing on their lips. I’ve seen…

The Beginning of Things

When I was born, I was mistaken to be a boy at first. Mom recall this whenever I do something that typical ‘girls’ don’t. Even then, she never told me to stop doing that, whatever it may be, like climbing trees, nighttime wanderings, picking fights, preferring fence way over gate way, etc. Still, I wasn’t…

“Lumos”

Today, I raise my wand A glow at it’s tip, cuz You were the light, Who taught us what’s right, That to repent is wise Once you suss what’s vice. If only you could see, The agony now we fell in For our hero you were, Their truest friend there. I chant, “Alan beloved, May…

Mom

“Who do you love the most, mommy or daddy?” “Daddy, indeed!” “Ohh! Why so?” “Cuz mommy loves it that way!” ~ There is this campaign around here – ‘Hug Your Parents’ by a students organisation called SIO. I’m not a member, but I really loved their new cause. So here’s to #hugyourparents !!  I really…

Laboratory

It was my chemistry teacher Said, kitchen is a laboratory Exploring and contemplating I stood there only to see A dusted and darkened, Coughing and huffing, Self starting machine that Revive at the crack of dawn, Producing sodium chloride solution There everyday… ~ Yet another attempt, originally written two months ago, a rough translation of…

It’s about Time…

It’s about time, To leave for the best, To let go off the rest, For I never pondered the stay, Rumi as my bey.   Its about time, To burst the bubble, Not to cling on and cuddle, ‘Fore the walls turn dark and dense, Dip the zest and vista hence.   It’s about time,…