Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Fault In Our Stares

There were a lot of intentional stares & stolen glances.
As next-door-neighbours, we had plenty of chances.

His room's window overlooked mine.
This two-sided love-story seemed just fine!

He loved to stand & stare, & I did the same too.
Why we indulged in this love-sports we had no clue.

"Mere saamne waali khidki mein ek chand ka tukda rehta hai"-
He sang this Hindi movie song without fail almost everyday.

"A piece of the moon resides in the window in front of me."
I felt like a movie-star as he sang love-songs faithfully.

They said it must have been because of the fault in our stares,
On our respective walls, our photographs stare with glares.

"Zara tasveer se tu nikal ke samne aa", he's blunt.
"Please emerge out of the picture & come in front."

No one can hear our songs, smell our scent or see us revel together.
We died 7 years ago; now our pasty photos stare at each other...
Also linking with Three Word Wednesday

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Judge Me Not

Don't judge me by my attire or my looks,
Or on my choice of food, movies or books!
Judging minus authority; has poor accuracy.
There's a kaleidoscopic me that you can't see...

You don't know the reason I have behaved such;
Why to you my word or sentence appears "too much"?
If you or your loved one had said or acted the same,
Things would be absolutely fine & you'd be game!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Budhia Singh At Nepal - Day 4

Budhia Singh from Bhubaneswar, India, was invited by the Nepal Government to participate in the "Lumbini To Mount Everest Peace Run 2017".

17th May 2017 - Day 4 - Kathmandu To Kalinga

The last day of our Nepal trip began early. After a quick breakfast, Prof.Dr.Panth, Budhia Singh, Marathon Man Amar Subba & I checked out of our hotel to set out for Swayambhunath.
The entire team was already ready. The Peace Run commenced at this ancient heritage temple of Swayambhunath.

The Team made multiple rounds (parikrama) with the PeaceTorch.

Budhia Singh At Nepal - Day 3

Budhia Singh from Bhubaneswar, India, was invited by the Nepal Government to participate in the "Lumbini To Mount Everest Peace Run 2017".

16th May 2017 - Day 3 - Bhairahawa To Kathmandu

Our Buddha Air morning flight from Bhairahawa to Kathmandu was delayed. Ex-VC of Nalanda University, Prof Dr. Ravindra Panth, had been invited by the Theravada Buddhist Academy to deliver a lecture from 8-9 AM in their premises in Kathmandu. As our flight was cancelled the previous night and the morning flight was late, Prof Dr.Panth, Budhia & I missed this classroom lecture. However, we had an invite from World Peace Temple- Vishwa Shanti Vihara that has the said academy in its premises. 

After reaching Kathmandu and checking into Hotel Marshyangdi in Thamel, we got set to explore the heritage sites. Our guide, a knowledgeable, elderly gentleman named Mr. Surendra, is an avid follower of Indian news and a great fan of our PM Modiji. 

We visited the World Heritage Site of Patan. 
L-R- Mr. Surendra, Prof. Dr. Ravidra Panth, Budhia Singh & I

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Budhia Singh At Nepal - Day 2

Budhia Singh from Bhubaneswar, India, has been invited by the Nepal Government to participate in the "Lumbini To Mount Everest Peace Run 2017".

15th May 2017 - Day 2 - Kathmandu To Lumbini

We had a morning flight from Kathmandu to Lumbini. However, the Buddha Air flight got delayed. When it arrived finally, Budhia boarded Buddha Air.
Budhia Singh
The chief organizer, Shri Bikram Pandey KAJI received us at the Gautam Buddha International Airport, Bhairahawa, and took us to Lumbini to meet the other runners. We had a great reception by the Peace Run Team- four-times Olympian, Baikuntha Manandhar, Marathon Man of Sikkim, Amar Subba, local marathon woman, Shah Banu Khan and three-times Everest Marthon Winner, Deepak Rai amid others. 

Then, Budhia Singh, Prof Dr. Ravindra Panth, and I were given Peace Run T-Shirts and sportswear that we wore and set out for the event venue. 
Nepal Government authorities, Lumbini Development Trust officials, revered Monks from monasteries, visitors, and members of Press & Media were already waiting for us at the Maya Devi Temple, Lumbini. They felicitated us.
While the monks chanted hymns, the peace torches were lit from the eternal flame in the Maya Devi Temple, Lumbini. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Budhia Singh At Nepal - Day 1

Budhia Singh from Bhubaneswar, India, has been invited by the Nepal Government to participate in the "Lumbini To Mount Everest Peace Run 2017".

14th May 2017 - Day 1 - Bhubaneswar To Kathmandu via New Delhi

Our day started early as both Budhia Singh and I woke up at 3 AM to be ready and to reach the airport before 4:15 AM to be on time for our early morning Indigo flight that was at 5:15 AM. 

My sister, Amrita Sabat, and our driver dropped Budhia & me at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar.

The lady CISF officer was happy to check the name on Budhia's Aadhar Card. 

PC:  Amrita Sabat
She exclaimed "Budhia Singh! Itne se thhey jab dekha tha. Kitney lambey ho gaye ho!" (You were so small when I had seen you last. How tall have you grown!)

After the security-check, we clicked some pictures and occupied our seat #s- 8A & 8B. 
Budhia was drowsy.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Lumbini To Mount Everest Peace Run 2017

World's Youngest Marathon Runner, Budhia Singh, from Odisha, India, has been invited to run in KapilvastuLumbiniNepal.

Budhia Singh Bhubaneswar Odisha
Budhia Singh

Monday, 1 May 2017

Zillions Of Wishes! #AToZChallenge

Life is so unpredictable & short;
What'll happen next we know not...
The road ahead may have sun/mist,
Yet zillions of wishes in our wish-list!

Wishes exist & the existing list gets bigger,
Anything may cause the launchpad's trigger!
Wishes are like ammunition in a rocket!
Tempting us with bucket-list in our pocket!
April 30 2017 - The New Indian Express & Samaja (Newspaper in Odia Language)

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Yes We Can Plant Trees #AToZChallenge

The Weeping Cedar Woman of Tofino in Vancouver Island,
Sheds tears as forests are under threat from (in)human hand.
What right do we have to harm what we didn’t grow?
Her out-stretched hand conveys what we already know-
Source: Poetry Pantry

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Xerox The Good Times #AToZChallenge

How we wish the good times to last!
But, time seems to run pretty fast!

If only there was a way to store...
Would fill boxes, bottles & more!

But, a bottle of happiness is not for sale,
Enjoy the good times without fail

Xerox the good times- they are wealth!
Replay them to be in the pink of health!

Life is uncertain & can burst like a bubble.
When we xerox the goodness, we double!

Do you wish to xerox the good times?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Worst Is Over #AToZChallenge

When worries don't seem to end,
Things aren't as per your plan,
Life takes a surprise sharp bend,
Much happens in a short timespan...

Just believe all will be well,
This too shall pass, you'll see!
Heavenly days for you after hell!
Why drown in unwanted misery?

Dark nights are followed by days;
Tiring days by soothing nights.
For dreams now make space!
Also time to bask in the lights.

Whatever happens is God's plan really.
What, Why, When, Which- don't bother.
The best is on its way for you & me.
Learn & march ahead; The worst is over!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Virgin Victim #AToZChallenge

The air was still & grave,
Drenched in emotional wave...

I wept for her lost virginity...
Cursing shady elements from city.

Insensitive anti-social act,
Rebel rapists without tact...

Plucky victim lost worth-
Ex-virgin land(s) of Planet Earth,

All requesting solution-
Stop mindlessly causing pollution.

How do you feel when you find pollution in virgin lands? Why should the victim suffer, while those responsible roam scot-free?

I'm participating in my maiden #AToZChallenge. V For - Virgin, Victim
My Theme is- Poems About Life.

Note- This is a 44 words poem. Here the term 'Virgin Victim' refers to Planet Earth's virgin lands that have lost their virginity owing to humans. The term also denotes rape victims. Virginity is sacred. Hope its sanctity is maintained.

Also linking with-
dVerse Poets- Quadrille 
Three Word Wednesday - Pluck, Rebel, Shady
ABC Wednesday- P for Pollution, Plucky

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Underdog #AToZChallenge

Top Dog & Underdog were at their best,
The competition was their acid test.

The crowd jeered for their favourite;
The Underdog felt left out in the fight.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Time To Think #AToZChallenge

Many times we lament & complain-
There's no time even to stare or think.
We long to revisit the past again...
Time has simply passed by in a blink...

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Simplicity #AtoZChallenge

In this world that's after hi-fi status, brand & personality,
What are the survival prospects of plain simplicity?

Being simple & adhering to simplicity can backfire?
Is being simple silly & not seen as an object of desire?

Friday, 21 April 2017

Ready To Dance #AToZChallenge

I am Ready to Dance when-
- I hear a peppy song!
- Things don't go wrong!
- I'm healthy & strong!
- I don't miss the alarm dong!
- Waiting-time in Queue isn't long :)

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Don't Quit #AToZChallenge

When life is terrible & seems quite a pain;
You're overburdened with stress & strain;
Nothing's right, no matter what you do;
How to approach life, you have no clue...

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Princess To Queen #AToZChallenge

"Walk straight & tall; Sit properly,
Don't burp or slurp; Eat nicely; 
Take care of your body & face;
Carry yourself with grace...
👸 👑
Don't climb a tree or ride a bike;
Behave well; Be prim & lady-like.
Don't argue or raise your voice;
You're a Princess- you've no choice..."
👸 👑
Supposed-to-be Queen after princess,
Felt like a pawn on a board of Chess!
Despite this, she had a mind of her own.
They couldn't set her life's tune or tone.
👸 👑

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

On The Way #AToZChallenge

Life is a strange one-way journey...
Many people & places on the way.
Those that get along with you & me,
May have last meeting with us today.

Every person or incident has a purpose,
It's for us to study, analyse & recognize.
Great experiences with highs & lows,
Good spirit & attitude on the way is wise.

Are you happy with life everyday?
Are you learning & enjoying on the way?
Or do you have angry words to say?
Do share about your experiences on the way!

I'm participating in my maiden #AToZChallenge. O For - On, One 
My Theme is- Poems About Life.

Also linking with - ABCWednesday

New Life #AToZChallenge

The pool looked refreshing & cool.

But, to plunge into it, I didn't dare.

I was reviewing the rules of that school!

I maintained a safe distance there.

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Magical World #AToZChallenge

When we were first introduced, love struck me.
It was the starting of a lifelong affair & romance...
Then, I realized there were more of the kind-
Romantic, Philosophical, Movies & Travel fans.

I loved each one, one at a time, exclusively one-to-one,
When I felt done with one, I moved on & settled down-
Picked a new friend; changing another partner was fun!
Spent some nights & days with this friend for company.
wow drop in the ocean

Friday, 14 April 2017

Little Again #AToZChallenge

How strange is life with its ups & downs!
Lessons to learn with smiles & frowns...

How our wants & needs change along the way!
But, what'll happen tomorrow no one can say...

When we are little, we can't wait to grow-up soon!
The idea of being 'big' & 'matured' makes us swoon.

Time waves its wand with its quota of age & pain...
Many grown-ups realize- they wanna be little again!
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Kiss Of Life #AToZChallenge

The kiss of life is so sudden & strange,
It implants itself on those in its range!
It just grabs asking no one's consent.
For being alive, we need to pay rent!

Each of us is an object of life's desire!
Kiss & say goodbye only when we retire.
Life kisses us in so many different ways,
Do you shudder or welcome its days?

Our souls aim for salvation- the bliss.
On its path, no one can miss life's kiss.
Many kisses of many lives for you & me,
Our actions are shaping our destiny...

Does the kiss of life take you by surprise?
After each kiss, do you feel silly or wise?
When life kisses, are you taken aback?
Do you willingly or grudgingly kiss it back?

Do share your views about the kiss of life.

I'm participating in my maiden #AToZChallenge. K For - Kiss
My Theme is- Poems About Life.

Using the Billboard song from 1976 - "Kiss & Say Goodbye" for dVerse -oldies but goodies no matter what the age.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Just Now #AToZChallenge

Finding me under a huge load, Life asked,
"When will you complete your lists & tasks?"
"Tomorrow or the day after, or the weekend,
If only some extra time, time would lend!"

When I answered this, in a jiffy Time appeared!
"Are you out of your mind or joking?" Time jeered!
"I gift the same number of seconds to everyone!
It's upto you whether you work hard or have fun.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

I Am Important #AToZChallenge

They said- "You are a garbage-bin.
You can only attract filth & sin.
You are idiotic; you have no talent."
I decided- "I am important."

They hurled abuses, threw refuse,
Treated me like gross stale news.
I still held onto my nature innocent.
I decided- "I am important."

They filled me to the brim;
And when things got really grim,
The garbage-van was sent...
I decided- "I am important."

It was interesting to see,
How I got cleaned thoroughly!
No more stinking content!
I decided- "I am important."

Do you feel Garbage-bins are important? Do you feel you are important?

I'm participating in my maiden #AToZChallenge. I For - I, Important, Innocent, Interesting
My Theme is- Poems About Life.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Happiness Is... #AToZChallenge

Happiness is-
Warm smiles & family & friends by our side,
Honesty & integrity & no haunted secrets to hide!

Happiness is-
Feeling blessed & contented & feeling great,
Blissful awareness, positivity & celebratory state.

Happiness is-
Enjoying every moment & life's roller-coaster ride!
No gloomy thoughts; rather intense joy bonafide!

Happiness is-
Hope, Friendship, Food, Fun, Peace, Laughter, Smiles...
All that matter & raise the happiness-index across miles.

Happiness is-
Love for life & like fragrance must be spread far & wide!
Ours to earn & own if to choose happiness we decide!

What does happiness mean to you? 
If you liked this, you may like my other poem about Happiness- A Bottle Of Happiness

I'm participating in my maiden #AToZChallenge. H For -Happiness, Hope, Honesty
My Theme is- Poems About Life.
Also Linking with-
Three Word Wednesday- Gloomy, Haunted, Intense

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Grudge Me Not #AToZChallenge

Whatever I say or do for you is just not right,
Everything about me fills you with spite.
Okay, so you hate me & my ways totally,
When I'm there, you wish I wasn't actually!

You may wish me away, but I'm always found!
As you think of me even when I'm not around!
Are you still holding a grudge against me?
You are letting me live in your head rent-free!

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Fear Of Failure #AToZChallenge

Does the fear of failure impale?
Do you never want to fail?
Face your fears without fear.
Success is not far; it is near.

Failures will lead to success,
They're opportunities that bless!
Feel free to fall & fail without fear.
Build yourself; use your top gear!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Exams #AToZChallenge

Everyday in life, exams we encounter,
Each has a different & unique question-paper.
Better not to compare with one another,
Questions are different, so are the answers!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Dream #AToZChallenge

Dreams don't cost anything at all.
It's hard work that demands its due.
Dreams need work, else they'll fall.
Takes courage to fulfill dreams new.

If we simply sleep & dream, who'll work?
Key is to dream big, work & achieve.
Dare not to shirk; responsibilities lurk.
Dare to dream; you'll succeed if you believe!

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Champion of Champions #AToZChallenge

I was at my motivated best but still lost,
Like usual, I played my moves carefully, 
But, my skills, earned & used at great cost,
Couldn't win me the champion's cup actually.

Life is an interesting & serious game with rules,
And sometimes, info/guides there are none...
Do you know who has all the winning tools? 
Who is the champion - the best under the sun? 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Beautiful Lie #AToZChallenge

Life is a beautiful lie or a truth?
Why the race for beauty is on?
Beauty is skin-deep or uncouth?
Is all this a divine ploy to con?

Do you feel life is a beautiful lie?
At times, nothing seems real or right?
Do you too ask- 'how, what, when, why'?
Do life's challenges give you a fright?

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Angry #AToZChallenge

Why do you get angry at someone who is angry with you?
Why to control one's emotions one hasn't any clue?

Erupting like a volcano means spewing lava molten,
Do you feel your anger will make you gain?

Does your anger dazzle & make you feel in control?
Have you ever tried holding a burning coal?
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."
   -   Gautama Buddha

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Just Out Of My Comfort Zone

Secure inside a conditioned room,
Little did I know that it was a womb!
Though I was used to it for months nine,
I had to jump on the bandwagon & see sunshine!
Totally blissful in the world of my own,
Then was thrown out of my comfort zone...
blogadda wow

I was scribbling on the wall,
I was playing with my doll.
Serving food & drinks imaginary,
Building skyscrapers, in no hurry...
Totally blissful in the world of my own,
Then was thrown out of my comfort zone...

Monday, 20 February 2017

What I Didn't Do This Weekend

This weekend too began with a bang 💥 as usual;
I thought 💭 of accomplishing the tasks in my list.
To-Do in my Notes 📝 that are yet to be done ✅
And lots more to be done as I have wished...

There's a Handloom Expo that I have in my plan;
A visit to our supplier's office; updating personal sheet;
Clearing the newspaper & magazine pile in my room;
Raahgiri; Heritage walk; savoring my city's treat...

Watching a movie 🎥 in the cinema-hall;
Picking the exact shade of extra cloth for my dress 👗;
Writing some long-pending blog posts about events;
Yearned to do all this, but have settled for less...

How the weekend came & just zoomed away!
Me with some unfulfilled dreams in store...
Having written a poem about what I didn't do,
The silver lining is that my Blog has a post one more!

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

Chosen as a WOW post here

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Women, Relationships And Hindi Movies

Indian Bloggers
Jo dil se lagey, Ussey keh do- "Hi, Hi, Hi, Hi!" 
Jo dil na lagey, Ussey keh do- "Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye!" 
Aane do, aane do, Dil mein aa jaane do! 
Kehdo muskurahat ko- "Hi, Hi, Hi, Hi!" 
Jaane do, jaane do, Dil se chale jaane do! 

Keh do ghabrahat ko- "Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye!"
 Lyrics of the song- "Love You Zindagi" from the Bollywood movie- Dear Zindagi. 
Love You Zindagi lyrics from Dear Zindagi

In the Hindi movies, Dear Zindagi & Queen, the female protagonists bid bye to relationships that they do not feel comfortable with. It may be noted that in the said movies, both the female leads- Kaira (played by Alia Bhatt) and Rani (played by Kangana Ranaut), are 'single' and can afford to take such a decision to end their relationship.

It seems it's the time for self-gratification and love for life. Saying 'Hi' to laughter and 'Bye'to tension is absolutely fine and permissible.

Thus, there are Hindi movie songs celebrating "Breakup"! 
"Let's breakup oh meri jaan!" (Let's breakup my sweetheart!) - Dear Zindagi
"Mere Saiyanji se aaj maine breakup kar diya!" (I broke up with my beau!)- Aye Dil Hai Mushkil

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Seems like apart from the singletons, a breakup isn't too mushkil (tough) for the married females too viz. in the Hindi movie Aye Dil Hai Mushkil, both the female leads Alizeh and Saba (played by Anushka Sharma & Aishwarya Rai respectively) leave their husbands' homes to live independently in their dream home. 

Even in Bollywood movies like Barfii, Chalte Chalte, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Arth etc the unhappy wives have walked out of unfulfilling relationships. Perhaps they found no arth (meaning) in a meaningless and loveless marriage...
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Voices In My Head

I could hear voices that were urgent.
I tried to figure out what they meant...
About their origin, I wasn't sure.
I wondered why was I chosen here.

I was in a dilemma about what to do.
About their credibility I had no clue.
Should I pay attention to those voices?
Or should I go ahead with my choices?

"Joan of Arc With Her Voices" by Eugene Thirion (1876)

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Reality Check

Indian Bloggers

What's reality & what's not?
What's cold & what's hot?
What's ugly & what's pretty?
What's dumb & what's witty?

What's reality & what's not?
What's a little & what's a lot?
What's dark & what's fair?
What's negligence & what's care?

What's reality & what's not?
What's tall & what's short?
What's love & what's hatred?
What's said & what's unsaid?
"Funny, when you finally faced reality, it was amazing how clearly you could see things."- Mary Higgins Clark 
What's reality & what's not?
Depends on our perception & spot.
Though minds "think" & eyes "see",
Why are we divorced from reality?

My reality is different from all,
My reality is my creation & my call.
The lens with which I view,
Shows me many images new.

My understanding & interpretation,
Shapes my reality with perception.
Yes, all this is real cent percent...
Reality is an opportunity God-sent.

"I am not a person who is about reality. I am about enhanced reality."- Tom Ford 
High time to do a reality-check audit,
Realize that life is on bit by bit.
Enjoy whatever is in store now today,
Time to welcome reality night & day!

What does reality mean to you? Do share in the comments below.
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