VERSE | IN THE ‘EAT OF THE NIGHT

This week I said that I’d be good I’d stay off carbs and meat I’d concentrate on legumes And on salads. What a treat!I hope you read the sarcasm In the verse above this one Even then, didn’t mean to offendTomatoes, lettuce and onions But the intermittent fasting From midnight to noon next day DidContinue reading “VERSE | IN THE ‘EAT OF THE NIGHT”

VERSE | ROOTED

The lotus flower blooms in huesOf lovely pinks and whitesIt stands tall in the muddy pondResplendent and uprightEven when its watery abode Goes from murky to bone dryThe lotus flower, it enduresThe adversity and stays aliveIt blooms in beauty and in graceWhile its roots take all the strainBravely going from day to dayThrough sunshine andContinue reading “VERSE | ROOTED”

VERSE | NO THANK YOU

“I love you and only youYou fill my heart in every wayI will be but a shell if youCall it quits and leave me some day”Said the man with the twisted lipsAs he held her close, hands on her hipsHe’d done this a lot and then changed gearsThe words felt absurd even to his ownContinue reading “VERSE | NO THANK YOU”

VERSE | I AM PARALYSED

I saw a man at a street vendor’s todayHe was engaged in the enterprise of buying fruitHis expression was a breath short of displeasedHe wanted a bargain; he planned to depart with his loot.The air conditioned grocery store was his next stopWhere he paid three times as much for some shrivelled carrots.I watched these transactionsContinue reading “VERSE | I AM PARALYSED”

BOOK LAUNCH! THE GIRL WITH THE PAISLEY DUPATTA

Dear all, It is with a mixture of joy, some pride and truckloads of excitement that I announce the publishing of my second book – my book of short stories. This enterprise of the heart has been in the making for the past two years and has finally culminated into an anthology of tales. ItContinue reading “BOOK LAUNCH! THE GIRL WITH THE PAISLEY DUPATTA”

VERSE | RISE

There was once a blade of grassShining an emerald green It swished it’s bright little head In the gently flowing breeze The other plants stood tall and proud They seemed miles away The little blade grew in his glade In the warmth of sunny days One day a big machine rolled inWith a mighty roarContinue reading “VERSE | RISE”

VERSE | PARADISE LOST

I see a woman standing at the traffic lightEven in her shabbiness, she’s neat and cleanShe stands on the wayside wondering For the hundredth time what she is doing on the street.People look at her from their car windowsA nonchalant glance up and then awayTheir psycho-social barriersComfortingly coming down to save their dayFrom unpleasant pangsContinue reading “VERSE | PARADISE LOST”

VERSE | YE, CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK!

I carry this thing, it sits on my shoulderSome call it a chip; I call it my boulderIt gnaws at my insides, it makes for low blowsWhen I’m swirling around in its treacherous throesI am sometimes deceitful when I feel its weightDignity and grace I cavalierly leave at the gateIf it tells me I’m worthContinue reading “VERSE | YE, CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK!”

SHORT STORY | THE FALL – (A Prequel)

T = 0 December 24th, 2022 Despite its inherent catastrophic nature, the end had come quickly, almost mechanically. Its very swiftness had robbed it of the tragedy and chaos that usually accompany annihilation events. Some say it had started with the largely unnotable skirmish on the Russo-Ukrainian border. President Putin had fallen gravely ill atContinue reading “SHORT STORY | THE FALL – (A Prequel)”

SHORT STORY | THE FALL

The AM star was just peeping out over the horizon. Soon it would envelope all and sundry in its orange-blue glow. I woke up as the motorised blinds whooshed back into their dark recesses near the ceiling and a shimmering oval of light perched on the left side of my forehead like a glittery fascinator*.Continue reading “SHORT STORY | THE FALL”

KIDSBOOKS – COLOURS | AUBERGINE

There was once an aubergineThe lightest of lilacsAll the other eggplants madeFun of him behind his backHe would drop his little stem And give his breath a pause He thought this would make his skin Purpler than it was But that never really workedHe continued to be paleSitting small with the other brinjalsNever included inContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS – COLOURS | AUBERGINE”

KIDSBOOKS – COLOURS | RAVEN

Brightened by the glimmer of starsI am the shadowy shade of the night I am the colour of the mysterious cat All you can see of her are her eyes I’m the colour of the scuttling beetle Of the bear that lives in a cave I’m the hue of the berries that he eats I’mContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS – COLOURS | RAVEN”