May 11, 2020

POST COVID WORLD

In the post COVID era lauding our governments,
On the lifting of these crippling Lockdowns
Don't be surprised to witness the creation of
Less connected Villages, Cities and Towns.












The Hustling Malls Would Seem More Barren
The Elitists  Might Soon Appear As Tyrants
Sewages Would Soon Appear All Flooded
The Cleansing Of Nature May Soon Be Shattered

Sprawling Lawns Would No Longer Be Mowed
The Silent Streets Would Again Turn Loud
But This Time, What We Definitely Won't Have
Are Enough Hands To Service The Privileged Us
B.E.C.A.U.S.E
We Distantly  Allowed Them To Succumb Enough
With Empty Promises Of Meals, Trains or Home Bus

The Blind Eye We Turned,
To The Sufferings Of Weary and Miserable
Would Emulate Into The
Disenchantment For The City Consumables.














Skulduggery Would Become A Common Practice
Debauchery On The Rise, With Social Injustice
Open Societies That Showered Brutalities
Would Bear The Cost Of Their Own Penalties.

The Chirping Sound of Birds Will Eventually Fade
The Proposals Would Be Revisited For Global Trades
Masks Would Soon Become A Fashion Accessory
And Sanitisers Mandatory With The Travel Itinerary

We Can't Rule Out Reorganisation of Population Density
Food And Lifestyle Choices Might Observe Some Sanity
The Distances We Mapped Will Lie Exposed
Destination Weddings Would Be Disposed.

The Schools Will Witness The Class Divide
The Education Principles Might Have to Collide
The Progressive Liberals May Take a Stride
The Colonial and Regressive Will Miss the Ride

The War Strategies And Budgets, 
Would See A Sharp Decline.
Profiteering In Health Supplies, 
Will Be Adjudged A Crime.

Religious Paradigms Might Shift In Time
Extremist Faiths Will Need To Sublime
The Flamboyance Would No Longer Fetch A Dime
Conservation Of Resources Shall Stay, This Time.

Our Identities Would Be COVID Negative or Positive
Religion, Geographies Or Caste Won't Be Imperative.

And While We are Preparing To,
Resume A Normal Life
All We Might Be Headed For,
Could Be A Colossal Suicide

B'coz Nobody Can Be Protected
Unless Everyone Is Included
The Homeless, Stateless, In Prisons Or On Run
Only If Through This Crisis, We Manage To Learn.

And Since We Are All In This Together, 
We'll Have To Choose To Evolve Better!



Jan 31, 2020

Till We Knew NOT-HATING

Truth was Everything
Till We Knew Not-Hating

When Freedom Was Real
Homes & Humans Did Feel
When Men Had Chivalry
And Women, No Rivalry
When Angels and Demons, Existed Minus Wings
LV, Gucci and Prada Were Not the Only Slings
When Shrinks Didn't Own The Stage
History Was Learnt Thru Every Page
When Friends Stood Together
Untouched By Political Weather
When Conversations Mattered
And Silence wasn't Tethered
When Twitter Trends Didn't Cloud Our Choices
Apparently, We had Our Independent Voices
And Leaders Didn't Speak of Rhetoric,
Sense Prevailed in Geography & Civics
And Mirrors Could Reveal A Mask
Faking was Then, A Tougher Task

YES.....
When This Nation Was One
And In a Chorus, we Sung
Tagore's National Anthem
And The Tales of Freedom
Unity Was The Constitutional Right
Peace by large, Guarded Our Fight
Festivals Were, A Public Holiday
We Came Together,
To Eat, Laugh and Pray
Then, One Fine Day,

We Got To Choose.....
Our Clowns, Their Shows
The Prologue to Our Next
Saffron With Our Index
The Mansplaining And Bigotry
Not Debates, The Whataboutery
Hindu Rashtra And Polarisation
Outrage As The New Sensation
The News Rooms Turning into Battlefields
And Majoritarianism As Their Bespoke Shields

Those Dissenting Were Reduced to Pimps & Bitches
Nationalism Was Charred With Capitalist Stiches
Mob Lynching, Corruption and Hopelessness Rode High
Economy, Healthcare, Poor Peasants Heaving A Sigh

Untill,
We Began Asking The Right Questions Again,
While They Tamed Us To Neglect What Pains
Their Failed Promises Were Replaced By Truce
Facts Like Swords, Cld  Actually Cut Through
Huh! Entitled to Just Hang Our Heads in Shame
Anti-Nationals, Urban Naxals added to our Names

This Time, None of This Made Us Feel Offended
We Ensured, Our Futures Don't Lie Suspended
We Came Together And Shed Our Communal Skins
Our Slogans Held Them Accountable For Everything
From Streets To Classes, We Raised Our Voices
Our Expectations Had To Match Up Our Choices
Wisdom Was No Longer Chained To Success
And Love My Dear! Could Not Be This Mess
With Demonetisation, Beti Bachao, Bullet Trains Undressed 
We As A Nation, Woke Up To Measure The Real Progress!!!

Nov 18, 2019

The Magical Words

There is depth & there is meaning,
There is length...At times, a leaning!

They sing in rythms.
They can dance in prose.
They speak in statements that may offer blows.

Of stories that they wrote, and
Rumors that kept them afloat.
In present they serve,
Of moments they preserve.

More often than not, they help us deal.
Words have an inherent power to heal.
Words as they say, are so absolute.
Words also are, remote and recluse.

They ascribe fears,
While they invite dears.
They create picturesque illusions.
They make us appear as demons.

They are the mirrors to our soul,
When we let them unite as whole.

Victory or Loss,
Gentle or Gross...
Fabrication of Dreams,
Mystic in some realms.

Carved in the curve of lips.
Along those cheekbone dips
Etched in closed eyes or firm grips.
They tell tales of unrequiited trips.

They can paint the pain. They converse in bliss.
There is still hope when you can feel their crisis.

Their is minimal said & a lot left unspoken.
Its an unending thread of human emotions.

Words pour in as the journey of a life, begins.
We fall short of them when confessing to sins.

We judge them often, with situational lenses.
But words are best in serenity of real senses.

Let them make you, break you, shake you.
Let them fail you, pick you and drag you.

Trust that someday,
They shall set you free.
From fables & folklores ....
They will just let you be!