Poetry Corner: Volume 6

What kind of times are these? Families aren’t even given dead bodies to grieve. Activists, journalists and NGOs are under the scanner, if not behind bars already. Somewhere, women don’t have abortion rights. Elsewhere, they don’t have a right to education. In most places, they don’t have the right to their own bodies, their studies,Continue reading “Poetry Corner: Volume 6”

In exile

Walking in the mist, you wonderIs this the stuff or dreams or nightmares?How many who lay herecarried the dream of a Free Tibet?Waking to a past, untouched bythe mystics of the dreamcatcherThe grief, walking side by sideOn winding roads of this land,still foreign after all these yearsWhere the Lhamo is reduced to caricaturesIn buildings erectedContinue reading “In exile”

From the Coast: A Prawn and Mango Curry Recipe

When you are born in a coastal town, seasons revolve around fish. Summers may invoke mango fervour, but it’s also the season when the curry powders and masalas are made, dried fish cleaned and stocked for the year, and tangy fish curries spur afternoon siestas. The smell of dried fish (shrimp, prawns, bombay duck) fillsContinue reading “From the Coast: A Prawn and Mango Curry Recipe”

Poetry Corner: Volume 5

There are so many memories wrapped up in the month of May – the summer vacations, hometown visits, adventures and misadventures, the youthful follies, pain, loss and more. The retrospective, however, is also an exercise in knowing how far you have come and the path that lays ahead. This month’s edition dives into the pastContinue reading “Poetry Corner: Volume 5”

Poetry Corner: Volume 4

Living in a country that’s lost its soul and gone rabid takes its toll. The dreams are distorted, bulldozed and buried under a pile. Still, most days you want to live, forget the reality and feign ignorance. Live in the hope that the songs will come back, the flowers bloom and you will be ableContinue reading “Poetry Corner: Volume 4”