Wednesday, 22 September 2021

That Lady In Red

She looked bewitching in the red off-shoulder dress.

He just couldn't wait to lay his hands on her.

He put his right arm around her lissome waist and holding her right hand in his left, entered the hotel's elevator.

He continued his conversation by saying sweet-nothings to his ladylove. 

He was aware that all his activities were being watched.

Photo Prompt- Liz Young

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

The Treasure Hunt

A multi-billionaire died.

His fortune was to be equally divided amongst his grandsons.

As per his will, a secret treasure would belong to the grandson, who cracked the clue-

"Sandwiched by water and greenery- no access by road even if you try; 

After reaching, you'll find it guarded by the one with the keen eye..."

 

Entire estate could be accessed by road.

Where was the treasure?

Thursday, 9 September 2021

You, Me, And You #UMeUBlogHop

You once professed your deep love for me- 

Believing you, "You & Me" merged as one! 

I accepted your "Team WE" proposal & identity;

Complied with your ideas of intimacy & fun. 


Fought with my upset family; it was you I chose.

Just you in my heart & eyes, I severed all my ties. 

"Till death do us apart", we took our holy vows. 

Our inter-religion marriage would sure win & rise. 


They warned- "All this is a lie, eye-wash, smart plan"-

I was yet another virgin prey for you & your group. 

Promising you my all, I offered myself as your top fan. 

Consumed by your love, I was the flavour in your soup.


I dreamt my life would be an eternal honeymoon-

With you by my side as king, I'd feel like a queen.

My high castles in the air collapsed pretty soon.

You metamorphosed into a beast, unheard & unseen.


I tried to keep my faith, persevere, & to keep pace, 

You & your family forced me into the conversion.

I was simply a prize-trophy, forgotten after the race.

I bore you heirs; you exploited fruits of our relation.

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

"It's you, again!" the border security-officer encountered Raunaq.

It was Raunaq's fifth cross-border trip via his truck that month.

 

Photo Prompt- Sandra Crook

"Am sure you are smuggling something inside this stack of hay”.

"Please check, officer. I’ll wait." Raunaq confidently said just like he had said before. 

The border-force checked.

They even used metal-detectors.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

The Bluebirds

The bluebirds were nowhere to be found.

She was trying to spot them like crazy. 

She had always wanted to research and write a book about the bluebirds. 

Many could be spotted in that eco-zone where she had grown up. 

Wasn’t the spot near the river their favorite place?

Photo Prompt- Penny Gadd

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

My Maiden Tanka

Tanka is a form of Japanese poetry. There are five lines in this type of poem.

Though I had heard of the term before, I did not have the chance to explore this form previously. 

Did so thanks to the Tanka contest opportunity by Blogchatter.

It was great to read the Tankas of Kamala Ramesh.

I tried reading up more about Tanka. Here are some of my lines as my maiden creation.

Hope you like my five Tankas presented below:

--o--

that sea beckoned me
my pitcher was not enough
needy and greedy 
more pitchers to gather stuff 
from the deep vast knowledge sea

--o--

felt I am ugly
they said continuously
I saw the mirror
myself for the first time
saw the goddess of beauty

--o--

stop being a bull 
they taunt me everyday 
I make my choice
sensible bull with voice
am bullish about life 

--o--

filled with ecstasy
feast my eyes on my love 
the dead cannot touch 
I want to spell and express... 
unspoken words weigh so much

--o--

the target was hit
my enemy danced with glee
saw blood on my hand 
I fell flat struck suddenly 
after killing enemy

--o--

Which Tanka did you like best?
Please do share your comments.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The Key House

"That's really not fair!"

"All my husband gets is this old country house, while grandfather leaves his posh city apartment for hubby's younger brother!" 

Liz was upset.


"I have many memories attached with this home. Grandpa knew," Mike said fondly caressing his grandfather's framed photograph. 


"I always knew I would inherit this ever since he had handed me this box a decade ago." 

In the antique silver-box were the most exquisite keys Liz had ever seen.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Niladri Bije - Ratha Jatra

Ratha Jatra or Ratha Yatra or Rath Yatra, also called the ‘Chariot Festival' of Puri Shree Jagannatha is a centuries-old festival of Odisha, India. It finds mention in many ancient texts like the Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, Skanda Purana, Kapila Samhita, Bamadeva Samhita, Niladri Mahodaya etc. 

Ratha Jatra is celebrated all over the world now.

This annual festival is celebrated on Asadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Asadha month, the third month of the Odia calendar).

The rituals have been held systematically as per the tithi for hundreds of years. The preparations start early. The first lot of wood for constructing the Rathas reaches by Basanta Panchami, and Puja (Ratha Katha Anukula) is done. 

The construction of the chariots starts on the day of Akshaya Trutiya (the third day of the bright fortnight of the month of Baisakha). Skilled artisans and craftsmen construct the Rathas following centuries-old traditions. The size and specifications of the Rathas are fixed.

Ratha Jatra is the journey of Lord Jagannath, along with brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra from their abode, Shreemandira, to their birthplace, Shree Gundicha Temple. Thus, this is also called Gundicha Jatra.


Friday, 16 July 2021

Hera Panchami - When Maa Lakshmi Is Angry

Puri Dham is one of the most important places of visit for Hindus.
A rich cultural history and many festivals including the world-famous Ratha Jatra are associated with this holy place. 

Puri Dham is called the Shree Kshetra and the Shree Jagannatha Temple is called the Shreemandira.
Shree means Goddess Lakshmi. 
This shows Her importance.
She is the wife of Shree Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe.

Many wrongly think that Ratha Jatra is a one-day festival and the festivities end that day. 
The journey starts on the second day of the bright fortnight of Asadha (month in Hindu/Odia calendar) that is celebrated as Ratha Jatra. 
The Ratha Jatra is also called Nabadina Jatra (nine-day journey). 

On the ninth day, Bahuda Jatra is held.
However, that is not the end of the Ratha Jatra.

Actually, the Ratha Jatra festivities come to an end on the twelfth day of the commencement of the journey. 
Niladri Bije ritual marks the completion of their journey with the deities entering the Shreemandira.

There are many traditions and significant centuries-old rituals are done.

On the fifth day of the Ratha Jatra, there is the Hera Panchami tradition.
Today is Hera Panchami.
"Hera" means "to see".
This evening, Maa Lakshmi will visit Shree Gundicha Temple to see Shree Jagannatha.
What does She do there?


Wednesday, 30 June 2021

All Are Safe

She loved the outings with her grandfather. 

They cycled taking the roads less travelled.

One day, they found a shortcut to the woods.

An abandoned van made Grandpa say- "So here you are!"

Photo Prompt- Russell Gayer
He fondled the van like an old friend! 

They struggled to open the jammed door.

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