An Ode to The Old Mother

“For Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls men.” -Chief Seattle I hear old stories of an era long gone,Have you heard?There was no smog!Back then, the only portmanteau was vog.I have stood next to the banyan tree and wept,Lost it all under a gooseberry tree.I…

The Promise of a New Day

“Only in the tumultuous ocean of life, can you find true tranquility” ~V The perpetual cadence of the vast seaStirs a restless desire that engulfs me.Like an infinite force I dare not impede,Briefly rushing in – only to then recede.Beckoning me to leave life’s safe shore,Into deep waters of mystery and lore.The seagulls’ cries seem…

Streetlights

The pandemic has highlighted a vast number of issues that earlier were either repressed or waved away by a single flick of hand, since, the general mindset of the world had developed to be more apprehensive of issues and ideas that might challenge the beliefs and notions held onto for decades. These times have forced the governments of…

To Her

When there’s danger lurkingIn every corner of the world,When there’s dread feastingOn everyone in the world,When all of us are suddenlyAlways six feet apart,What will she do—Whose only wish is to depart? She’d cared for a viper,That’s stuck with her too long,Because she was oblivious,To what was wrong.The viper had stung and stung and stung…And…

Tears

“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”  Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid ‘Tears, what are they?’ Tears, the unspoken words you speak with your eyes when your thoughts turn grey. Tears, the language our heart speaks when words aren’t enough. Tears, the reflection of our heart when we…

A Letter of Love

“You’ll stay with me?’ Until the very end,’ said James.” J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I love my parents for what they are  And not for what they have done for me. Because they love me for what I am And not for what I will be.  In fact, I have…

The Insidious Virus

“There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host.” Mira Grant, Countdown It was all just a blur to me, When the insidious virus continued to flee,  Leaving behind the people it destroyed, Leaving behind an empty void. But I recall the day, When our freedom…

Life..

Life Life can get tough,  And make you forget your laugh.  Days can get bad and worse,  And make you feel cursed.  When troubles make you their prey,  To give up is all you pray.  But there is good waiting too,  So you can smile like everyone else too.  Life gives you sadness,  to reveal…

Car In A Marshland

Of an awfully great choice, I bought a car. To make tons of funnies, and reach destinations afar. Four wheels my car did have: The first named ‘economy’ Of whom poverty was the enemy. The second called ‘health’ That neither security can give, nor can wealth. The third termed ‘ resources’ That armed me with…

फौजी

मौत के बेहद करीब से चूम के आया , में आज फिर कब्रिस्तान घूम के आया। -प्रतीक राज मिश्रा दुनिया के लिए मैं फौजी कहलाता हूँ,अपने बेटे का मै सुपरहीरो कहलाता हूँ।अपनी पत्नी के सर का ताज कहलाता हूँ,अपनी बेटी के लिए राजकुमार कहलाता हूँ।दुनिया के लिए मैं फौजी कहलाता हूँ। कहते है लोग, मुझे…

I Wish I Were a Witch at Hogwarts

“Words are our inexhaustible source of magic.” J. K. Rowling I wish I were a witch at Hogwarts, I would have bought a wand from Ollivander’s, I would have loved to be sorted into Gryffindor. With the sorting hat on my head, I’d learn about potions that can even bring alive the dead. I would…

This World Of Addicts

“An intelligent person can rationalize anything, a wise person doesn’t try.” Jen Knox, The Glass City Everyone’s addicted to something; Yes, that’s true. Some are addicted to fire, But wait — only a few. We all know the Shopaholics, Who practically live in shops. If it’s about discount, Trust me, they’ll never stop. We’ve all…

Black

If practically every person buys a black phone or car in lieu of aesthetic appeal, then why is there a “NO” for different skin colours? Were you given a chance to photoshop yourself before you were born? My guess would be negative. Why can’t we be happy knowing that we were born for something and…

Winter

Winter is here. Forecasts say this day is supposed to be severely cold. It’s one o’clock at noon and the sun is nowhere to be seen. Oh — but wait! The sun is here and it’s quite evident that it’s in the mood to play hide and seek. Today is an unexpectedly pleasant day; gushes…

The Unacceptable Change

“When all hills are staked with barbs, when all rivers bleed dry, when the last whippoorwill’s cry fades into oblivion, what good will your money be then?” Chief Seattle, Adaptation A little child born today,In peace and harmony, expects to wake.But growing up can be a big mistake.As he is unaware of what the world…

World Environment Day

“From the lush, green forest, To the wide, blue sea— Mother nature’s beauty, Fills our hearts with glee.” June 5, 1972 saw the inauguration of the campaign we— today— call the ‘World Environment Day’. Created by the United Nations, the campaign aims at spreading awareness among the citizens about environmental disasters caused by mankind— global…

The Indian Police- Our Violent Peace Keepers

We live in a society where the job and the role of a public servant is highly appreciated and vied for, but the ones who have been alleviated to an almost ‘hero’ like status is the police force. As kids, they took on a superhero persona in the numerous comics and novels we read. Ever-ready…

Applause— The Killer

“Applause kills the mosquito.’’  What this means: Just like a mosquito is killed by clapping — something that we generally do to appreciate someone — sometimes, in real life, we humans become greedy for appreciation even if it’s false. We tend to ruin our life by not being able to correct ourselves. It’s somewhat similar…

What will my future be?

What will my future be? Will I be a dancer dancing for fun, Or will I be a baker baking a bun? Will I be a shooter with a gun, Or will I be a weightlifter lifting a ton? Will I be a doctor treating people, Or will I be a business woman showing a…

House Arrest

The quarantine experience… For the last few weeks, the country has been hit by what is called COVID-19 or “The Kung Flu” by, millennials and Gen Z’s children as a partially racist but humorous reference to this abnormality’s birth is the Middle Kingdom, i.e. China. It has led to an ocean of memes, often disregarding…

The Strategic Importance Of Hip Hop Culture In The Modern World

“Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or let it slip?” These are the words of none other than one of the most impactful artists in my life — Eminem. They perfectly define what hip-hop music stands for. Taking a…

Diverse?

We, humans, pride ourselves about our diverse nature. We believe that the complex number of variations in our skills, aptitudes and beliefs are the reason because of which humans—more than any other species, have dominated the planet. However, occasionally our variation in nature is something that we need to be cautious of. For every exemplary…

कोरोना एवं लॉकडाउन

खूब सहे अन्याय प्रकृति नेअब उसके न्याय की बारी है,चीन ने पूरी दुनिया को दे दी—ये कोरोना की बीमारी है।पहले वूहान, इटली, स्पेन, जापानअब भारत, अमेररका की बारी है।अनगिनत जाने लेने वाली—कैसी मुसीबत हावी है।२१ दिन का लौकडाउन दे,मोदी ने हमे चेताया है,अब भी समय है संभल जाओमामूली नहीं ये महामारी है।क्वारन्टाइन रहो अपने –…

The True Lie

The pitter-patter of the slowing rain, matched her footsteps. The world was an abstract hue, strange and beckoning. “Way down south where bananas grow,” Kaira was extremely excited for the sleepover. She had always had Sehej over for sleepovers,and she hardly went over to her place.The house was a peculiar one, with it being clearly…

All We Need To Know

All we need to know,Is how to grow,In this world full of suffering,Where, at some point, everyone bows. All we need to do Is never give up hope;Even in the most difficult times, There is always some scope. All we need to know, Is how to courageously cope, Keeping our faith, even as—We reach the…

World Health Day Amid Covid-19

The world health day is a health awareness day celebrated every year on 7th April worldwide since 1950. This World Health Day was marked as the first ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ to commemorate these extraordinary health workers who are the epitomes of courage, bravery and empathy in today’s self-engaging world.  This year…

The Land of the Rising Sun

A poem on Arunachal Pradesh and its natural wonders. The land of the rising sun,Is as beautiful as it is pristine;With the countless streams within which run-Turquoise rivulets-clinquant and supreme;The glittering sheen of the colossal hills,Merging with the towering and transcendent trees;And little inhabitants that dance when sings—The bird that sits high among the trees.As…

मैं साँस नहीं ले पा रहा हूँ

मैं साँस नहीं के पा रहा हूँ,इंसानियत के हित में,जंग शुरू करते जा रहा हूँ।यह दुनिया इतनी रंगीन है,फिर भी किसी की सोच रंग के अधीन है।अभी भी रंग के आधार पार सबको बाँटते हैं,इंसान जातिवाद के लिए एक-दूसरे को काटते हैं।मैं क्यों कुछ नहीं कर पा रहा हूँ?मैं साँस नहीं ले पा रहा हूँ।कहते…

A Woman Scorned

“These boys must realise that No ka matlab No hota hai. Use bolne wali ladki koi parichit ho, friend ho, girlfriend ho, koi sex worker ho ya aapki apni biwi hi kyu na ho.’No’ means no and when someone says No, you stop.” Amitabh Bacchan, Pink Justifying the man’s actions by blaming the woman’s attire…

The Beginning of the End

They say the world was about survival initially And our ancestors were hunters. They think that they’ve come a long way now, By inventing machines to increase their comfort But little did they know that by doing so, They provoked the nature’s anger. They uprooted trees for their own needs, And stole the sheep’s wool….

Story Of Water

This is a poem that personifies water (ocean), who is narrating a tale about man (humans), who has left the sting of treachery in this tale. With betrayal, her heart ached, They said love was pure, not faked. There seemed to be some charm, To share with strangers, what harmed? As they sat round the…

Jerome’s Monotone Syndrome

Once upon a time in Rome There was a guy named Jerome In the Covid-19 pandemic, he was stuck at home. He couldn’t go out to roam— And sad he was, for he was bitten— By the travel bug, for he was smitten, By the smoothies at MacD, and his kitten, Meowed till Jerome’s brain…

Masked By The Illusions

A reflection of the situation in which numerous girls in today’s times find themselves. This is for those who stay even when relationships become hardships. Masked by the illusions he had created She fell deeper into the void. Got harder to escape from his grasp, She fought with his demonic side Till she finally gave…

Lockdown

One fine night, I simply thought, “What a beautiful house my father has bought! A computer, a phone, and a nice wardrobe, A bookshelf, a big bed, and a small globe! All luxuries are here, within these four walls, Then what is the need to go out, after all? Lying in the bed, I’ll read…

कॅ रोना सेमत रोना

ज़िन्दगी चल रही थी अच्छीधरती उगल रही थी सोनातभी न जानेकहााँसेआ गया कॅ रोना क्या-क्या थेहमारेअरमानसपना था उड़ाएाँगेआसमान मेंकारपर W.H.O नेजारी ककया फ़रमानददया सारेसपनोँ को मार स्कूल, मंददर,मॉल हुए सब बंदयहााँतक कक आदमी भी हो गया निरबंदमुज़ककल हुआ घर की चार दीवारी मेंरहनाहाय!हाय! कहााँसेआया कॅ रोना कक्षाओंकी बदल गई टोनकॅ रोना नेथमा ददया बच्चों केहाथों…

The Digitalisation of Aviral

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one learned in school. — Albert Einstein In the tenuous times of the pandemic, due to lack of creative methods of expending energy, most people have had varied ill-effects to their mental health. As a substratum to the return of “normalcy”, Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan…