A city bears many stories,Even the ones we don’t want to hearOf depleting oceans,Slavery and migration,Stories of mere survival.Under the changing banners ofCommunism and capitalism,The rise of monoliths,Bent on stifling dissent.All but stoking the fire,A yearning for freedom,A revolution.
“If you cannot bear these stories then the society is unbearable. Who am I to remove the clothes of this society, which itself is naked. I don’t even try to cover it, because it is not my job, that’s the job of dressmakers.”― Saadat Hasan Manto The words succinctly sum up Manto’s writings. His storiesContinue reading “Manto: selected stories”
Dark thoughts and doubts have a way of sneaking in even when you are seemingly content. They linger, make a space in your head, question your motivation, the path you have taken and the choices you have made. This volume is about getting past that second-guessing and soldiering on. So, gather yourself, seek the bluebird,Continue reading “Poetry Corner: Volume 9”
A forest hidden close to the city. A banana grove to wake up to. Taking flight and reconnecting with the Earth. Bird calls. Crocodiles. A tooth-shaped mountain. River streams. Escape the city at these five experiential stays. Kokum Tree: When you have a Calvin volume placed by your bedside, you know you know you areContinue reading “Unwind at these weekend getaways near Mumbai”
A voyage across the sea
A memorial to lost soldiers
Ruined forts, abandoned houses,
Nature reclaiming its hand