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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Pursuit Of Happiness

What will mere flaps of smelly bucks bring
What will high rise mansion do
What will colourful glittery wrappings bring
What will the black limousine panther do

For smiles are not for the face
Smiles are strings attached to the heart
Mere pretence of a smile will hurt
Coz plastic always bend and break

True that smelly bucks can give you
The mansion with empty rooms
Glittery wrappings for the 'wow's of onlookers
Brimming out of the black panther

If you question the smile that droops
Upon the flashes of light that dims
Isn't the smile that lights up
Upon the small things of life more precious

Gestures of love for fellow beings
Who laugh at your laughs
Weeps on witnessing your woes
And shield you from crouching tigers

Time to ponder upon what is worthy
And who is precious revisiting bygones
And I'm sure you would halt to profess
That smiles are not in materials but for whom the heart beats !!!!












Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Metamorphosis


When things go wrong as sometimes they will,
When the past leads you to where you are today,
When the choices you made shapes your tomorrow,
When failure looks you in the face as success eludes,
When all hope ceases to define the lines on your palm,
When helping hand draws back as hardship strengthens,
When the weight gets heavier as left unrescued,
When nears weave nets to put you captive,
When blood rejoice as you stumble,
When the protector's role reverses as is nature's law,
When everyone leaves you as always they will;
Then is the time when you shine your own light, 
Then is the time when the vivid colours of men deepens,
Then is the time when you write your own destiny;
For at last your word will transform as you age,
The progeny without a fault be lost in the world,
For if as clay was he moulded to believe in himself, 
Never would he waiver his steps paving a unique path, 
Where none has traversed and none can mirror,
Halt before imposing him your unfulfilled dreams,
Stop to preach a child about fate that comes with birth,
Start to teach to be a shaper of their brilliant future,
For alone you came and alone will perish!!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Vows

‘What the hell is going on between my husband and that bitch?' Maya's patience was at its lowest ebb and she was ready to burst.

Sanjay knew that she was serious. 'Look, Maya. There is nothing going on between the two of them. Just a little bit of healthy flirting, I'd say.'

'Flirting? Healthy flirting? Really Sanjay . . .' she rolled her eyes in disgust. 'That's what you men call it? There is nothing healthy about flirting, Sanjay, not for a married man.’

‘Healthy flirting is a term introduced by perverted men who want to lend legitimacy to their extramarital dalliances. Flirting invariably has a sexual connotation to it.' She got up from her seat and walked around the room gesticulating and muttering something to herself. Suddenly she stopped, turned back, looked at Sanjay and asked, 'Did my husband sleep with her? You are his friend. Did he ever tell you anything about it?'

‘Maya, you are taking it far too seriously. It’s just a casual fling. You know Rahul, don’t you? Do you think he’ll let things get out of hand?’ said Sanjay trying to pacify her.

‘Oh yeah? Should I be waiting till the time I catch them red handed? Is that what you mean?’ said Maya, almost at the verge of an outburst.
‘I should have known.’ with tears rolling down her cheeks now. ‘I ignored all the passes he makes at girls thinking those were just innocent gestures. What a fool I am!’ she sobbed covering her face with her palms.

Sanjay silently stood there speaking nothing. He couldn’t take it anymore. He would rather die than see her crying. Yes, Maya. Torn between friendship and love, Sanjay never had the courage to bring it up, neither to Maya nor to Rahul. He took a step back when he felt Maya had an inclination for Rahul. For him, love means to see her happy, always!

He gently took her hand in his, slowly making her sit and said in a calming voice ‘Maya, please don’t cry. I know it’s hard on you, but….I’ll talk to Rahul about this. Don’t worry.’

‘No, you’ll not.’ said Maya throwing away his hands in a fit of rage. ‘I’m going to handle it my way.’ She stormed out of the room, leaving Sanjay standing in an awkward silence.

Later, in the evening that day, Rahul came home unaware of the whole affair that is going on behind the scene. As he lifted his hands to ring the bell of his apartment, Maya suddenly opened the door with a broad smile on her face. He instantly knew something was definitely….not right! He has known her for so long.

‘Hello hubby darling! You have made us wait for so long.’ said Maya with a wicked smile this time.

‘Us?’ asked Rahul. Then he slowly looked around the room. No. This can’t be happening!

‘Why Rahul? You haven’t wished our guest for dinner this evening. Meet Shalini. I have heard a lot about her from your colleagues. It seems she’s quite the star in your office, isn’t she?’ said Maya studying Rahul’s face. She was quite enjoying this encounter.
   
Rahul was aghast.

Maya still continued. ‘Oh! Is something wrong darling? I thought you’d be happy to see her here. Aren’t you?’

‘L…look Maya, you shouldn’t be doing this. What you are thinking is not what it is. Don’t bother her. We’ll talk about this later. Please.’ Said Rahul almost pleading.

‘Oh! Is there something I don’t know here?’ Maya said sarcastically. ‘Can you please enlighten me darling?’

‘Shalini, I’m sorry about all these. Please leave for now.’ Rahul turned towards the lady and said.

She nodded with a relief and walked towards the door.

‘Hey Lady! You aren’t going anywhere.’ Maya raised her voice.

‘Maya, please. Please Maya! Let her go. We’ll talk about this.’ said Rahul reaching out his hands to hold her by the arm.

She shrugged his hands off angrily.

‘Why should she go? She’s your partner in crime, isn’t she?’ said Maya almost shouting. ‘Or am I coming in your way?’ said Maya slightly lowering her voice.

‘Maya….Maya. You’re taking things far too seriously. There is nothing you should worry about. I promise, I remember my vows.’ said Rahul trying to calm her down.

‘Oh! Wow! How lucky I am!’ Maya exclaimed, throwing up her hands. ‘So you want us to talk? Talk, shall we.’ She sat on the chair next to the table in the middle of the room.

Rahul took the chair opposite her and waited for her to speak.

‘Alright. You can begin your side of the story.’ she said, trying to compose herself.

‘Look Maya…I know I have wronged you. But it was not a serious affair. It was….it was just that I was a little bored with life. That’s all.’ he said. He continued, ‘But I could never think of leaving you. No. I love you.’ trying to hold her hand as he said these.

She pulled her hands back. It seems as if the vows meant nothing now.

‘Is that all you have to say?’ asked Maya blankly. After a pause, Rahul nodded. 

‘All these years I thought I was staying with a person who sincerely loved me to the core, who would stay true to me. I was too engrossed in building our home that I didn’t notice my husband was getting bored of life. Somewhere I have failed as a wife that my husband had to go to another person to fulfil those needs.’ she said with a sigh.

‘Rahul, I’m human like you. I do get bored with life, so what do you think I should do?’ asked Maya. ‘How would you take it if I strayed?’ she waited for an answer.

Rahul expression was blank. He knew what was coming.

Maya continued to speak, ‘I’m leaving now. I feel I should give you time and space to think over the matter. If at any point of time you feel we cannot go any further in the relationship I would walk away from your life happily.’

‘But under any circumstances, I would not prefer to stay under one roof with someone who would cheat on me’ said Maya finally and stood up to walk away, leaving Rahul to sulk.

She walked towards the bedroom, pulled the luggage on wheel she had already packed and walked out of the house.

The wind was chilling outside, but it didn’t quite bother her. She waved for a taxi and boarded it. She had nowhere to go. Hailing from a small town in Shimla, she had only two closest friend when she came to the city….Rahul and Sanjay. All she could think of at this point of time was Sanjay. She directed the taxi towards his apartment.

Once she got off the taxi, she slowly dragged the luggage behind her as though walking aimlessly. Her mind was racing. Recollecting herself, she walked towards the elevator and reached the floor where Sanjay’s apartment was.

She was standing in front of the elevator door, when suddenly a voice calling her name took her by surprise.

She turned to follow the voice when she saw Sanjay right behind her.

‘Maya, what are you doing here at this hour? Is everything alright between you and Rahul? I was worried.’ said Sanjay without hiding his feelings.

‘Come in’, he said and turned the cold door knob as they walked in. He seated her on the sofa and gave her a glass of water to drink.
Maya took a sip and said bleakly ‘It’s all over, Sanjay. I don’t think I can stay with him any longer.’

Sanjay was silent.

‘I cannot put up with his behaviour any more. I have tried to ignore all his trespasses but for how long?’ She said with a shaky voice.

There was a long pause.

Finally, Sanjay spoke, ‘Listen Maya, it might be easy for me to say ‘It’s ok, leave him and start a new life.’, but is that easy for you. Close your eyes and think for a moment. Will you be able to live without Rahul? Do you still love and care for him even after all that has happened?’

Maya broke down. She didn’t have to utter a word to make Sanjay understand.

He gently pulled her up to her feet. And ushered her towards the door. He opened the door for both and drove her back to Rahul’s place.

The door was ajar when they reached. Sanjay pushed open the door to find Rahul sitting on the sofa, with the so called ‘bitch’ on his lap, boozing.
Before he could say anything, Maya squeezed herself through the door to see the whole drama that was happening behind her back.

Her whole world crashed in front of her eyes. She was dumbstruck. She could feel her left chest burning as if it’s on fire.

‘Oh! So you’re here to witness our….deeds?’ Rahul gave a wicked laugh. ‘What more do you want to know about…’ he pulled ‘the bitch’ nearer to him and placing his hand on her shoulder, said ‘us?’

She mustered her lost courage and walked towards Rahul dragging her feet that had gone numb.

Suddenly she gave a maddening laugh taking everyone by surprise.
‘So Mr….what was your name…yes, Rahul!’ muttering to herself. She continued, ‘So you thought you could play around with my feelings? You are wrong…..definitely wrong.’ She was drunk with emotions. Never had she imagine this could happen to her. But she was a strong woman. She knew how to turn the table around.

She buzzed someone on her cell phone and there came in a group of three-four people.

‘Meet my lawyer and my witnesses. Sir, can you please read out the divorce papers and hand him the copy.’ Maya said.

The lawyer obeyed. ‘Thank you Sir. Thank you all for giving me your time.’
As soon as they left the room, Rahul pleaded to Maya. ‘You can’t do this to me. One crore alimony? You know I’m not of that status.’

Maya gave a wicked smile. ‘You adorn my world and I wish you hell.’
Saying this she walked away with her head held high.

Sanjay turned to follow her. Just then, ‘the bitch’ caught up with him and whispered something in his ears.

He put his right hand in his trouser and handed her a cheque, giving her a twisted smile.

He felt as if he’s conquered the whole world. ‘She’s going to be mine after all’, he thought, gently whistling away to glory.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The New Dawn

‘What the hell is going on between my husband and that bitch?' Maya's patience was at its lowest ebb and she was ready to burst.

Sanjay knew that she was serious. 'Look, Maya. There is nothing going on between the two of them. Just a little bit of healthy flirting, I'd say.'

'Flirting? Healthy flirting? Really Sanjay . . .' she rolled her eyes in disgust. 'That's what you men call it? There is nothing healthy about flirting, Sanjay, not for a married man.’

‘Healthy flirting is a term introduced by perverted men who want to lend legitimacy to their extramarital dalliances. Flirting invariably has a sexual connotation to it.' She got up from her seat and walked around the room gesticulating and muttering something to herself. Suddenly she stopped, turned back, looked at Sanjay and asked, 'Did my husband sleep with her? You are his friend. Did he ever tell you anything about it?'

‘Maya, you are taking it far too seriously. It’s just a casual fling. You know Rahul, don’t you? Do you think he’ll let things get out of hand?’ said Sanjay trying to pacify her.

‘Oh yeah? Should I be waiting till the time I catch them red handed? Is that what you mean?’ said Maya, almost at the verge of an outburst.
‘I should have known.’ with tears rolling down her cheeks now. ‘I ignored all the passes he makes at girls thinking those were just innocent gestures. What a fool I am!’ she sobbed covering her face with her palms.

Sanjay silently stood there speaking nothing. He couldn’t take it anymore. He would rather die than see her crying. Yes, Maya. Torn between friendship and love, Sanjay never had the courage to bring it up, neither to Maya nor to Rahul. He took a step back when he felt Maya had an inclination for Rahul. For him, love means to see her happy, always!

He gently took her hand in his, slowly making her sit and said in a calming voice ‘Maya, please don’t cry. I know it’s hard on you, but….I’ll talk to Rahul about this. Don’t worry.’

‘No, you’ll not.’ said Maya throwing away his hands in a fit of rage. ‘I’m going to handle it my way.’ She stormed out of the room, leaving Sanjay standing in an awkward silence.

Later, in the evening that day, Rahul came home unaware of the whole affair that is going on behind the scene. As he lifted his hands to ring the bell of his apartment, Maya suddenly opened the door with a broad smile on her face. He instantly knew something was definitely….not right! He has known her for so long.

‘Hello hubby darling! You have made us wait for so long.’ said Maya with a wicked smile this time.

‘Us?’ asked Rahul. Then he slowly looked around the room. No. This can’t be happening!

‘Why Rahul? You haven’t wished our guest for dinner this evening. Meet Shalini. I have heard a lot about her from your colleagues. It seems she’s quite the star in your office, isn’t she?’ said Maya studying Rahul’s face. She was quite enjoying this encounter.
   
Rahul was aghast.

Maya still continued. ‘Oh! Is something wrong darling? I thought you’d be happy to see her here. Aren’t you?’

‘L…look Maya, you shouldn’t be doing this. What you are thinking is not what it is. Don’t bother her. We’ll talk about this later. Please.’ Said Rahul almost pleading.

‘Oh! Is there something I don’t know here?’ Maya said sarcastically. ‘Can you please enlighten me darling?’

‘Shalini, I’m sorry about all these. Please leave for now.’ Rahul turned towards the lady and said.

She nodded with a relief and walked towards the door.

‘Hey Lady! You aren’t going anywhere.’ Maya raised her voice.

‘Maya, please. Please Maya! Let her go. We’ll talk about this.’ said Rahul reaching out his hands to hold her by the arm.

She shrugged his hands off angrily.

‘Why should she go? She’s your partner in crime, isn’t she?’ said Maya almost shouting. ‘Or am I coming in your way?’ said Maya slightly lowering her voice.

‘Maya….Maya. You’re taking things far too seriously. There is nothing you should worry about. I promise, I remember my vows.’ said Rahul trying to calm her down.

‘Oh! Wow! How lucky I am!’ Maya exclaimed, throwing up her hands. ‘So you want us to talk? Talk, shall we.’ She sat on the chair next to the table in the middle of the room.

Rahul took the chair opposite her and waited for her to speak.

‘Alright. You can begin your side of the story.’ she said, trying to compose herself.

‘Look Maya…I know I have wronged you. But it was not a serious affair. It was….it was just that I was a little bored with life. That’s all.’ he said. He continued, ‘But I could never think of leaving you. No. I love you.’ trying to hold her hand as he said these.

She pulled her hands back. It seems as if the vows meant nothing now.

‘Is that all you have to say?’ asked Maya blankly. After a pause, Rahul nodded. 

‘All these years I thought I was staying with a person who sincerely loved me to the core, who would stay true to me. I was too engrossed in building our home that I didn’t notice my husband was getting bored of life. Somewhere I have failed as a wife that my husband had to go to another person to fulfil those needs.’ she said with a sigh.

‘Rahul, I’m human like you. I do get bored with life, so what do you think I should do?’ asked Maya. ‘How would you take it if I strayed?’ she waited for an answer.

Rahul expression was blank. He knew what was coming.

Maya continued to speak, ‘I’m leaving now. I feel I should give you time and space to think over the matter. If at any point of time you feel we cannot go any further in the relationship I would walk away from your life happily.’

‘But under any circumstances, I would not prefer to stay under one roof with someone who would cheat on me’ said Maya finally and stood up to walk away, leaving Rahul to sulk.

She walked towards the bedroom, pulled the luggage on wheel she had already packed and walked out of the house.

The wind was chilling outside, but it didn’t quite bother her. She waved for a taxi and boarded it. She had nowhere to go. Hailing from a small town in Shimla, she had only two closest friend when she came to the city….Rahul and Sanjay. All she could think of at this point of time was Sanjay. She directed the taxi towards his apartment.

Once she got off the taxi, she slowly dragged the luggage behind her as though walking aimlessly. Her mind was racing. Recollecting herself, she walked towards the elevator and reached the floor where Sanjay’s apartment was.

She was standing in front of the elevator door, when suddenly a voice calling her name took her by surprise.

She turned to follow the voice when she saw Sanjay right behind her.

‘Maya, what are you doing here at this hour? Is everything alright between you and Rahul? I was worried.’ said Sanjay without hiding his feelings.

‘Come in’, he said and turned the cold door knob as they walked in. He seated her on the sofa and gave her a glass of water to drink.
Maya took a sip and said bleakly ‘It’s all over, Sanjay. I don’t think I can stay with him any longer.’

Sanjay was silent.

‘I cannot put up with his behaviour any more. I have tried to ignore all his trespasses but for how long?’ She said with a shaky voice.

There was a long pause.

Finally, Sanjay spoke, ‘Listen Maya, it might be easy for me to say ‘It’s ok, leave him and start a new life.’, but is that easy for you. Close your eyes and think for a moment. Will you be able to live without Rahul? Do you still love and care for him even after all that has happened?’

Maya broke down. She didn’t have to utter a word to make Sanjay understand.

He gently pulled her up to her feet. And ushered her towards the door. He opened the door for both and drove her back to Rahul’s place.

The door was ajar when they reached. Sanjay pushed open the door to find Rahul sitting on the sofa, with the so called ‘bitch’ on his lap, boozing.
Before he could say anything, Maya squeezed herself through the door to see the whole drama that was happening behind her back.

Her whole world crashed in front of her eyes. She was dumbstruck. She could feel her left chest burning as if it’s on fire.

‘Oh! So you’re here to witness our….deeds?’ Rahul gave a wicked laugh. ‘What more do you want to know about…’ he pulled ‘the bitch’ nearer to him and placing his hand on her shoulder, said ‘us?’

She mustered her lost courage and walked towards Rahul dragging her feet that had gone numb.

Suddenly she gave a maddening laugh taking everyone by surprise.
‘So Mr….what was your name…yes, Rahul!’ muttering to herself. She continued, ‘So you thought you could play around with my feelings? You are wrong…..definitely wrong.’ She was drunk with emotions. Never had she imagine this could happen to her. But she was a strong woman. She knew how to turn the table around.

She buzzed someone on her cell phone and there came in a group of three-four people.

‘Meet my lawyer and my witnesses. Sir, can you please read out the divorce papers and hand him the copy.’ Maya said.

The lawyer obeyed. ‘Thank you Sir. Thank you all for giving me your time.’
As soon as they left the room, Rahul pleaded to Maya. ‘You can’t do this to me. One crore alimony? You know I’m not of that status.’

Maya gave a wicked smile. ‘You adorn my world and I wish you hell.’
Saying this she walked away with her head held high.

Sanjay turned to follow her. Just then, ‘the bitch’ caught up with him and whispered something in his ears.

He put his right hand in his trouser and handed her a cheque, giving her a twisted smile.

He felt as if he’s conquered the whole world. ‘She’s going to be mine after all’, he thought, gently whistling away to glory.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Golden Moments

Stranger in a city, in search of an abode
Unknown faces, lurching every step
Roving eyes, to engulf you
Life in a metro



The red mansion, in the heart of the city
Welcoming thus, with open arms
As a mom, nurturing beneath its wings
Life thus secure


Stepped in, the open door greets you
The warmth, the love that you feel
As you enter, climb to your nesting place
Life in YWCA thus begins


Sunshine streaming, the warmth of the room
The window opens, led the cool breeze
The green lawn, every girl loves to traverse
Life we love to live


The friends we make, the gossips of every room
The messy hairdo in the morning, to the chat at chai
The lunch that we grumble, the dinner that we gobble
Life we live daily


Time flies, so do the friends by your side
Never knew, time too has wings
The walk to the pantry, the stroll in the lawn
Life reminding the bygones


As the countdown begins, the urge to rewind the clock
But the new replaces the old, and our time is up,
Wish you all the best, Gen X &Y,
Life thus carries the legacy on


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Tune of Life


The sun was bright, streaming through the twigs
Men walking pass, one track destinations
The wheels too passing by, roaring and blowing
Big lanes squeezed by man, picture of a metro 

My eyes laid on a man, lying on the pavement
Eyes staring the blue skies above, unaware of the rush
Singing a song to merry, tunes perhaps caught young
For now the beard were grey, the wrinkled lines 

I looked around where he lay, not a bag seen
To assure a traveller thus, my opinion slayed
All assumptions rested, as I judged a wanderer
Perhaps left home in search of peace, or possessions lost

My thoughts wandered, or should it be my third eye???
Man at the peak of happiness, when nothing to lose
Battle for possessions, neither brought to this life nor carried forward

Then why this war, brother against brother!!!!­­­­­­



Saturday, August 17, 2013

The way to the Altar

The herd I was with, I bleakly remember
The green pasture, I loved to cover
The bleak eyes of her, left me never
As they carried me, dragged me forever

The best I was, they searched everywhere
The reason unending, please their God this year
The chosen one I was, picked for the offer
As my heart sank, the ache leaving me never

The flashback hurt, fulfilled what they desire
The slogging in the heat, the burning temperature
The cold winter, the tremble and the shiver
As I look back, capability became curse forever

The time has come, I was dragged to the Altar
The flower and the scent, the chant and the prayer
The last look I gave, the gathering over my departure
As I wished, I was you and you were me ever-after !!!