Saturday, January 12, 2019

181. New Year

Every year
You stand smilingly
In front of my abode,
Knocking at my door,
Seeking to come in.

With same promise of hope,
Same dream of bliss,
You teasingly urge me
To let you in.

Every year, I believe you,
Every year, I let you in,
But you fail to keep word,
You fail to deliver.

New year,
You are a fake lover
And I, your constant victim.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

4. Roses

Delhi is really beautiful at this point of time. The sun is very pleasant after cold nights. Groundnuts, gajar halwa, til-pattis, gazaks- one is spoiled for choice. Vegetable markets are overflowing with seasonal stuff like peas,cauliflower,cabbage and carrots. There are flowers in gardens. Rose, the king, stands out with its amazing variety. With so much to look forward to, who cares about the much talked-about pollution?

Sunday, December 09, 2018

180. New year

A new beginning,
A new resolve,
I started walking
Through a new year,
Months kept rolling,
Seasons kept changing,
Now I am in December.

As a new year knocks,
I have reached nowhere,
Have I been under illusion?
Has my journey been in vain?

A new year will soon arrive,
A new journey will soon begin,
Hope returns every January,
Though every December is the same.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

82. In and around Munnar

Situated in high hills of Kerala, Munnar is an enchanting hill station.Its beauty lies in lush-green tree plantations strewn all around it. Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji, the blue-coloured flower which blooms once every twelve years. 2018 is the year it bloomed last. Eravikulam National Park near Munnar is famous for the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species of goat which can climb steep heights. Another prime attraction for visitors is the Mattupetty dam. Situated at a height of 1700 m above the sea level, Mattupetty is known for its  beautiful lake. Munnar has a decent market where one can find a large number of shops selling tea, spices and home-made chocolates. 

Withering Neelkurunji flowers

Rare goat 

Thursday, November 08, 2018

179. Darkness inside

I lit lamps -
Thousands of them,
Many more than last time,
Candles and bulbs joined too
To keep darkness at bay.

Now, all is bright outside,
No trace of darkness at all,
But darkness inside persists,
Gets more intense every year.

My quest is on,
I must find the lamp
And put it at the right place
To drive away the darkness
That remains entrenched inside me.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

82. Sardhana Church

When I went to Meerut a few days back, some locals told me about the Church at Sardhana, about 25 kilometres away. I decided to make a quick visit in the morning before returning to Delhi. The road was quite good and there was greenery all around. Fields on both sides of the road were full of sugarcane plants. We crossed a beautiful canal and landed in Sardhana.
Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, also known as Churches among the Churches, is dedicated to Virgin Mary.It was built by Begum Samru who married a European soldier. Samru converted to Roman Catholicism in 1781.She is regarded as the only Catholic ruler in India, and ruled the Principality of Sardhana in the 8th and 19th centuries. The Church is beautifully constructed with a lot of open space all around. The main pathway to the Church is lined with statues depicting various stories from the life of Jesus Christ. The place exudes serenity and is definitely worth visiting. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

178. Water

Water comes cascading,
It roars, it threatens,
I stand on the bank,

Water keeps pushing,
I start retreating,
Little do I know,
It is unsparing.

Running is meaningless,
Retreating of no use,
It can quickly reach,
It can quickly devour.

I must stand firm
With weak-looking straw,
Let the roaring water roar,
It will finally give up,
It will finally go home.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

177. Do as I wish

I won't let you love,
Nor let you smile,
I won't let you talk,
You must do as I wish.

Else, I'll blacken your face,
Hit you, insult you,
Marry you off as I want,
Smother you before you blossom.

I am watching you forever,
Where is escape from me?
I am sure of my purpose,
I will brook no dissent.

If you wish to survive,
Do as I ask you to do,
I have not given you life,
But death I can freely bestow.