1001 Reasons

Never ask someoneWhy they fell out of love with you.They will have 1001 reasons. Each of them more poetic than the last.I promise you,You aren't going to like even one.So you will give them 1001 reasons to please love you. You will begin at sun up and end at sun up and thus you will [...]

A Prayer.

If ever there was a prayer for these Covid times, it would be this, "May all our sinks be ever filled with dirty dishes." For it meant a belly full of food. It means that we aren’t migrant workers, the poorest of the poor, walking hundreds of kilometres to our village, in the blazing sun, [...]

Miracles in the time of Corona

Is it pathetic that I weepTo have found a God who listened?If this wasn't proof then what was,A brand new Hawkins pressure cooker gasket.Although perhaps it was a goddess who would understandThe horror of looking at steam escaping impotently from the sides of the cooker.It has to be divine intervention,For I have never demonstrated this [...]

The Spear-Shield Paradox

There is an old paradox, ‘Irresistible force meets immovable object’. The earliest mention of this paradox appears in 3rd century, BCE Chinese philosophical book Han Feizi where it's called the spear and shield paradox, what would happen if a spear that can cut through any shield meets a shield that can resist any weapon.In Greek [...]

Isolation

A brother dying ofMetastatic cancer in the ICU,Can't say goodbye.Not even through the porthole windows.Corona cruelly punishes you for things that you will punish yourself for all eternity,For not having the time to call, sorry was travelling.For not being the first to apologise, he started it.For missing out on birthdays, it's just the 44th, not [...]

Shaheen

Did you know that falconry is an ancient celebrated sport? The Peregrine Falcon, that majestic queen of the skies is trapped and captured and trained to hunt for the falconer. In turn the falconer generously shares scraps from the falcon's kill with her. It works best if she is kept slightly hungry, always yearning for [...]

Hands that wear bangles

These are the hands that wear the bangles. On these hands does henna blossom. These are the hands that etch the rangoli. On these hands are small scars, burn marks from hot griddles upon which these hands roast rotis, mementos of passionate nights when bangles clinked and broke. These are the hands held up in [...]

Our Children

We turned the rain acid And kept them indoors with smartphones and tuitions. We drained the aquifers And taught them that water comes in tankers. Burnt the forests And gave them palm oil cosmetics to pretty themselves Poisoned the oceans and the land And gave them vitamin supplements We made air visible at AQI 600 [...]

Giving up

There are a lot of negative connotations associated with the phrase 'give up' or 'giving up'. Giving up seems defeatist and therefore those who give up are deemed losers. Praise is reserved for those who 'fight for it' or 'fight back' or 'die fighting'. There was a rape victim in the US, who in the [...]