The Drifter

Jahangirpur, India The drifter stares at the screen, not even one of the four bars can be seen on it. The desk of the food-keepers is empty – the shelves behind them full. Just like the three times he passed by the food distribution center since last week. No usual long queues, no normal rations-day hustle around the desk. No one steps on his toes, nobody […]

Imagination

Sky- A stretch of cloudless blue endlessness. As if, an artist’s untouched canvas. Ocean- Endless, immovable blue chaos. As if, an ancient old man’s restless childhood. And I- Puzzled with the thought: Who is whose shadow? Lying on the rock when I look far- No boundaries on the horizon, no ends. Who starts where, where […]

Why we humans give up?

I often find myself pondering this question- Why is it that we as free-willed human beings, capable of doing and possibly achieving all that we truly desire, still suffer? Why do we still yearn for something or someone and believe truly in our minds and hearts it is un-achievable? Why do we humans give up? […]

Lost in Moments

29 December 2014 Somewhere between London and Zurich   Nothing was happening to suggest that I would even remotely enjoy the last stretch of my long and arduous journey to Zurich from Balangir. To Zurich, the city of tech innovation and of bankers, of efficiency and of precision, in the center of Europe. From Balangir, […]

Moon

There, moon-lit leaves- rustle, crackle and flicker. Your shimmering smile… Whites and shades- Like turns of playing Peek-a-boo. Your eyes and mine…

What Plans?

When people asked me what plans I have for the New Year, I faced a dilemma. Should I answer telling them about the house party we have planned for New Years’ eve or should I share my plans for the new year ahead which, I feel, is about to embrace me any time soon? For […]

कल्पना

आकाश- मेघहीन, निरंतर नील असीमता । मानो, एक कलाकार की अनछुई कैनवास ।   समंदर- अनंत, अचल नील अस्थिरता । मानो, एक प्राचीन बूढ़े का चंचल बचपन ।   और मैं- उलझा पड़ा रहा इस सोच में- कौन है किसकी परछाई? पत्थर पर लेटे जब मैं दूर देखता हूँ- क्षितिज में कोई सीमारेखा नहीं, कोई विराम नहीं। कौन शुरू कहाँ, किसका अंत […]

Rightfully wrong?

Sometime last year, while boarding a train with a friend, he requested me to spare the ‘right’ seat for him. I couldn’t understand what he meant but since he pointed to the seat I was about to hop on to, I obliged to let him have it and sat opposite. Few minutes later, when we had settled down; […]

क्रांति

क्रांति तुम हो इनके अधीन ! तुम्हें क्या लगा- ये काँटों के बाड़े इन्हें रोक पाएँगे ? ये हथियार तुम्हारे इन्हें डरायेंगे ? इनपर ये ज़ुल्म इन्हें तडपाएँगे ? इनकी ये चीखें दूसरों को रोकेंगे ? कितने गलत हो तुम- अरे, क्रांति तो मन से होता है, शरीर तो मात्र एक जरिया है. और कष्ट तो क्रांति की […]

Six Degrees of Separation

While merrily strolling through the vast meadows of the cyberspace, I stumbled across an interesting and profound thought. “Six Degrees of Separation” It’s plain and simple to explain. The theory says, every two people on this planet can be separated from one another by a maximum of six intermediary acquaintances, which means the farthest ‘you’ […]