Wednesday 21 October 2020

Recipe To Finish A Nation!


 To finish a nation

Just attack it’s education

Lure the kids away!

The nation  will  be under your sway!

Turn them into addicts ..

Drugs, alcohol, TV or porn

You ‘ve successfully turned them into Morons.

The peace of the nation is  your’s  to take

Without firing a single bullet,

 you would have  won the war!



Saturday 17 October 2020

Don't Take Cudgels With Power!


Don’t Take Cudgels with Power!

A child well disciplined

Of an army personnel

Brought up with  care

Share, love and dare.

Grew, up-right

Always stood for the right!

Like his Papa wanted to fight

And serve his motherland without might!

Decided to write.

... to be a whistle blower,

To weed out the ills found all over.

But that was not to be!

His Media House he did  start

Treated workers like friends at that.

Carried out a Sting operation,

Where he knew was rampant corruption.

Alas! He locked horns with the rulers of the land

Who decided to teach him a lesson .

 Happily married with a lovely wife and daughter

With film star looks along with grey matter,

He caught many a women’s fancy.

However he couldn’t fathom

The extent of mischief afoot!


The rulers of the land

Sent a “Menka” of sorts,.

To entice and ensnare him with  her charms!

Mission accomplished!

He was finished!

His career fell,

Like the house  of   cards.

Damned and  defamed,

 all because he dared to dare,

The rulers of the land!





*Menka …a celestial  beautiful nymph  in Hindu mythology.






Wednesday 9 September 2020

The Morning Walk


The Morning walk

The old lady

On a solitary stroll

Everyday a young person

Watches her, and reasons

Why so lonesome

Little knowing

She’s just a little girl

Hidden in her soul

Enjoying the Koyal bird’s beat

That uplifts her heart!

Yes, it’s just that

And pray

That it’s there

The coming morn!

And the next and next…

So that she can text

To her old friends

All young at heart

So easily tickled ,

They laugh

At the drop of a hat!

The young person

Cannot fathom

Thinking   her as so naïve

Following a routine

Trudging so very slowly

With all her aches and pains

But with a spring in her being

With an unsatiated hunger

To catch the dawn

Before it’s gone!



Wednesday 15 July 2020

Relative Happiness!

Sniffling nose,
Eyes spilling tears…
Sometimes I have a good cry.
Opening my sluice gates of accumulated cares.
Suddenly While indulging and enjoying the cry
The “Theory of Relativity “dawns on me.
Fervently I pray to God quickly,
O!  please  don’t push me down Almighty
And make the present sad state seem best
A relatively happier one in the moment next, a discord, ailment or a text
So quickly before he catches me
I smile through them  
Signaling HIM, “be unmindful of them..
for god sake if you  can’t  remedy them” 

You see! I certainly don’t want him to drive home
the SAdness theory of relativity by jove!

Monday 6 July 2020

sound on the roof!

Sound on the roof!
I snuggled into my bed, and no sooner my head touched the pillow ,I was in deep slumber. Suddenly I was wide awake! I looked in the direction of the  watch, it’s neon light flashed 3 seemed I had just closed my eyes. So many hours since 10.30 pm!
There it was again!  I could hear the distinct sound of soft measured footsteps on the roof! In that span of few seconds my mind fed me with a million possibilities, one worse than the other, if I get down to write them it could take voluminous proportions! I realize what an amazing thing is the human mind…mind boggling! Well it was this sound indeed that had disturbed my subconscious mind.
 Somebody definitely was up there, I quickly slipped out of bed, wore my jacket, went downstairs .I drew away the blinds, through the spotlessly clean   French windows I could see  my well- lit wooden deck. It was such a pleasing sight to watch all my potted plants peacefully asleep. The grapevine twisted artistically on the far end of the deck making a natural boundary, the unripe grapes looking so picturesque, out of a Greek picture book! Nothing looked amiss.
I checked my CCTV footage, there moments ago –there was a family of Raccoons . They made such a pretty picture…Mom, with two cubs following her playfully, one dodging the other, smilingly clutching each other’s tails …it was like watching the discovery channel of the wild .i watched fascinated forgetting the noise? sound on the roof,? Predators?...what ?
I switched on the powerful light on the roof, it looked ethereal .I felt so proud of it ,the reason I had recently changed the tiles . it was the envy of my  neighbors, and a couple of them had followed suit. It is called the “Demonstration Effect”, I think. The crescent moon just above my roof looked like the celestial swing! I stretched and yawned ,shut  the windows and was glad everything was fine climbed the stairs and...a stray thought hit me .I had heard stories about raccoons  making attics their homes!
Aghast I decided to do a quick check. I opened the attic door, it was pitch dark in  there .I used  my flash light , three pairs of pools of light reflected from the far end !O No they had decided to park in mine !I shut the door and got off the footstool, my head whirling in calculations of unnecessary expenses…that I would’ve to incur this month. Such as repair s of the damaged roof, attic, and calling for the services of the city raccoon catcher to get them out…a whopping sum ! So much for the trip I had planned for my family outing to the beach…Sugar beach, Wasaga, the coming long weekend in the Caravan . The kids were so delighted so was my wife looking forward to the prospect of camping out for the long weekend. every day so many plans were chalked out and changed …had already got the tents…I could picture the disappointment on their faces which is so depressing!
I calmed my jangled nerves, ran a few options in my head, the easiest one was to light up the attic and play some music. These nocturnal creatures didn’t look the kinds to enjoy this. I painstakingly managed to put my music system with heavy duty speakers up in there and worked up some psychedelic lighting in the attic.
Tired I went downstairs , the clock showed a good two hours had gone by .I stepped out in the porch to witness the blessed daybreak in all its heavenly glory. The orange sun peeping through my apple tree! Quickly took a few pictures…I miss out on the dawn everyday..the pure gentle breeze, darting squirrels chirping birds in the orange light in the backdrop of blue skies with wispy white clouds …too good! Captured some great pictures of mine against the backdrop!
Exhausted after the ordeal, I showered-as the warm water cleaned my body ,it cleared my mind! Breakfast was ready, I ate the oatmeal with my hazel nut vanilla coffee, ruminating on tackling the problem at hand-all other work had receded in the recess of my mind.
I stepped out once again with the long stepladder to view the problem from the outside. There it was a little hole in between the main roof and the lower one. it looked like a work of art, so artfully clawed out. To me it looked too small for them to have got in. I decided to plug the hole with a large  sheet. The idea was to create a panic of being trapped in . I went inside and put on a psychedelic pandemonium  ,lights, blaring jazz music on , I think I put Pink Floyd’s Time  in a loop .
The raccoons didn’t much care for it and must’ve realized they were trapped as the hole was blocked.
Excited I went out and climbed the ladder slowly pulled the never ending sheet, and waited with  baited breath. Sure enough my surmise was right. ..they had had enough of the jing bang deafening music and blinding bright  lights .They scampered out as if someone was after their lives. It was so comical. I was so absorbed in the whole thing that I was just saved by the skin of my teeth , I ducked in time the onslaught of  the mother, who angrily snapped in my face. I nearly fell off.
I saw them   leave , not  happy. I was happy and relieved ,money saved is money earned…as I was reversing the car from the garage my son shouted, ”where  to Dad?’” I asked him to hop in and on the way to Hard -ware store to get material for repairs for the hole..i related my tale all he said was ,”why didn’t you wake me up!”
To make good his disappointment, we together shortlisted  the motorboat we’d take along, surfing equipment and the Caravan .Excitement rife for the coming long weekend we drove home.

Friday 26 June 2020

Obsessive Fears!


Life itself is an obsession with me.

I forget, death will not come in my lifetime,

And yet I die so many times over.

Wasting my precious life

Reading … books on Lessons of Life,

Watching …lessons of life by some Guru,

Listening…to the real life experiences of friends,

All with a view to “righting their wrongs”

In the mêlée, I’ve lost the flavor of life!

I’m on tether hooks

When it comes to my dear ones…

The phone call not received on time,

I chew my nails off!

A dear one not reaching on time,

I’m done!

No sound from the bathroom

I’m doomed!

To compose my jangled nerves

I deep breathe.

Not for me to take joys and sorrows in my stride.

Scared of God

Pray to Him with all my might

Just to please Him.

God above beamed

To me  said He

“I blessed you with life,

And you’re obsessed with it”,

"Snap out of it,

Let go

The leech like obsession

For the uncertainty of life!"


Thursday 18 June 2020


Memories are such good cushions to relax on!
Every present well spent,  is a basis for sweet ones!
People dream and make big
 I,  for one dig  my  memories .
Good or bad I indulge in them and why not?
I’m flooded with childhood memories, teenage memories ,
 youth memories, middle age memories: ludicrous, happy, melancholic.
So many summers have gone by,
So many latent memories in me,
Spring roots as soon as a person
Just opens up a conversation
 My mind’s screen springs alive with connected memories.
I must say I have a way with them.
I latch on with them
Much to the chagrin of the unsuspecting person.
He could be talking about an accident,an earthquake,floods,
Cuisine,Eateries, soirees,fashion shows,movies,music concerts, plays, theatre,
Or games in the Stadia
You name it
And I have it.
Views on politics, religion, health, any anecdote or emotions
Mummy’s love ,Daddy’s pride, sibling stories, friends and foes,
Spouse, kids, in-laws and relatives
You name it
I have it!
Travelogue ?   well  the other day
Someone returned from the Alps,
Enthusiastically describing to us the  snow covered peaks
Guess? Yes! I latched on and my memories came cascading out
My walk on the great Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies  ,
The snow coach, the skywalk , the jasper snow field,
Banff  Rocky Mountain Resort where we stayed for a week
Dousing him,  drowning him with every detailed account.
Not meaning to, but stealing his thunder!

Many a times
I do meet my match
Who loves to latch
Onto my present with his memories.
Good Grief!
Is all that I can think
I shut my mouth
And close my mind.
Roll my eyes heavenwards!
Willing him Stop!
Making a silent promise
In future will be more careful
of latching onto memories!

Such memories certainly are short lived,
with me!