THIS PATAKHAWALI, THIS BOMBAWALI, HAS NOTHING IN COMMON WITH DEEPAWALI

Lord Rama,How far we have come fromThat day,When Hanuman heralded yours,Sita’s, and Laxman’s re-entry into AyodhayaAfter fourteen years of exile?People were ecstatic,And lit lamps to signifyVictory of Light over DarknessKnowledge over IgnoranceAnd, Good over Evil. Do you think now they remember youWhen they light bombs or crackersCosting thousands of rupeesIn the middle of night?These intended to not just wake peopleFrom their slumberBut, also to proclaim their new found riches,Power, influence, […]

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BLAME IT ON GOA!

There is something about Goa that makes you feel young, romantic and reckless. And it is not just Feni or the easy availability of Goan wines. It is as if when you enter Goa, you are destined for good times; always summer, always fun on the beaches, dancing and merriment. And you don’t have to be a Herman Wouk to say: Don’t Stop The Carnival. Merriment was, however, farthest from […]

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