NH7 BACARDI WEEKENDER – ROAD TO HEAVEN

This is not an expert’s coverage of the NH7 Bacardi Weekender at Pune (from 18 to 20 Nov 11). That I am sure Arjun S Ravi would have done in NH7 and Indiecision and some of his coverage was live too. Nor are the photographs in the article even one tenth of the professional excellence, clarity and story-telling quality of Kunal Kakodkar’s. This is an ordinary music lover’s response at being amongst the music loving crowd […]

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MOBILE ESHTYLE

Cellphones have become part of our life; so much so that an ad campaign shows the mobile phone craving for a man’s attention – through urgent ringtone – even when he, with his would be wife, are taking rounds of the nuptial fire (agni), or attending a funeral, or a class in a college or even in the library. Together with the cellphone have come various styles of attending to the calls […]

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CRAZY SPECK SONNET

Ah, is it just a speck? An insignificant fleck? But, could it be so grotesque? So as to be in a story Kafkaesque? Or may be in theatre burlesque? Lets just do a check: Is it a mere stain on deck? Or perhaps a smart Aleck? A veritable pain-in-the-neck, Who is not worth a peck? What the heck, it could be a wreck, Found whilst out on a trek. So, […]

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MAN IN THE MIRROR

The court was assembled Splendid and majestic People looked down Awaiting the arrival of the King A bugle…hushed silence…pronouncement And then he walked in With the edge of his robe Held by minions behind He took his seat At the throne. This is what he said: “Last week when I went hunting I came across a pond In a recess in the forest With clear and placid waters I looked […]

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NO, NOT PALOMA BLANCA

I heard a flutter,And there it wasOn my window sill.It looked small and frailBut with restless energyAnd eyes alert and movingSmelling danger andChance to peck.What lovely combinationOf colours and shades, I thoughtAnd freedom to moveWith abandon.You can keep people outAnd even dogs and catsBut you can’tKeep birds like that out. I wanted to hold it,Caress andFeel the warmth of its bellyAnd be protective.But, as I extendedMy hand to do soIt […]

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JOURNEY OF A RAIN DROP

It arose from the sea, As vapour, Still not fully formed as a drop. There was unbound excitement At being born, created A separate entity Proud to be by itself Rather than mixed in the salt of the sea. As it took shape, Amongst millions others, It was conscious, As do all of us That it would be carried By forces beyond its control To far places and people To […]

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