KIDSBOOKS | FLORA BIZARRO

La de da de da, sang the ArumAs she rustled her giant leavesIt was her seventh birthday todayShe’d been sung happy birthday by all the treesShe was feeling especially grand todayAs she nestled her very first budShe was going to flower any day A thing of beauty rising from the mud.That night when the moonContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | FLORA BIZARRO”

KIDSBOOKS | SLOW MO, THE SLOTH

In the tropical rain forests of NicaraguaThere’s the cutest little animalAlways smiling, forever loungingHe keeps his movements to a minimal His favourite food is the avocadoHe can easily digest the whole seedCrushing it, mushing it and then dispersing itThrough his once a week poop routine Despite the fact that he’s quite blindAnd lives his lifeContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | SLOW MO, THE SLOTH”

KIDSBOOKS | THE MAJESTIC MARKHOR

In the great Himalayan and Karakoram rangesThere lives an intrepid herbivoreShe scales the sheer wooded cliffsThe beautiful, agile MarkhorHer name is a hybrid of two wordsMar: the snake, and Khor: the eaterDespite the fierce legend she wieldsShe’s quite the gentle barnyard bleaterShe’s one of a group of nine ladiesThree aunts and five frisky cousinsThey liveContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE MAJESTIC MARKHOR”

KIDSBOOKS | THE TALENTED LYRE BIRD

A soulful fluting sound is heardFrom the rainforests of QueenslandAlso the whirr of an electric sawAnd the toots and da-dums of a brass bandThey’re not the sounds of a jungle party Nor a trumpeter tuning his instrument It’s just the superb lyre birdShowing off his vast vocal talents.He can be found in the theatres heContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE TALENTED LYRE BIRD”

KIDSBOOKS | THE BOXING MANTIS ALI

Kaboom! Boom! Biff! Biff! Thud!That’s the sound one hears from this stomatopodAs she pummels her prey like a wrecking ballBreaking them up shells, pincers and allShe’s a warrior of an ancient lineFierce and savage is this lassShe can punch the living daylights outOf anyone who dares to show her sassShe has independently roaming eyesNothing escapesContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE BOXING MANTIS ALI”

KIDSBOOKS | STICKIE TRICKSTERS

Have you ever seen a creatureDisappear in front of your eyes?No crazy magic, no maddening tricksBut by dint of its natural disguise?Come, I’ll let you in on a secret:Hidden away in the branches of trees Are master camouflage artists Who are never quite what they seemThey’re not grasshoppers nor cricketsNor cicadas nor cockatoosI’ll give youContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | STICKIE TRICKSTERS”

KIDSBOOKS | THE SHOEBILL STORK

There is this strange old birdHe has a bill like a wooden shoeSharp as a knife with a hook at the endHe looks like he could gobble up me and you!He has a big old nest he’s builtOn marshland in South SudanHe is a loner, a solitary roamerDoesn’t like the look of beast or man.HeContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE SHOEBILL STORK”

VERSE | THE ANATOMY OF HOPE

It’s feeling like the world has overcome You body and soul and then some It’s like drowning in a bottomless sea Gasping, gasping, trying to breathe Sputtering, choking reaching for airCrashing, thrashing limbs everywhere;It’s feeling the whole world closing inVision blurring, darkness descending. It’s being sure that many endings are near:Of wanting, of living andContinue reading “VERSE | THE ANATOMY OF HOPE”

VERSE | THE KNOCK KNOCK JOKE WITH A MENTAL TWIST

Written amidst the mind-numbing perils of never ending curfew lockdowns. Read at your own mental risk 🤓 Tak taka tak – Tak TakKaun hai bhai bata ab takCHINA!CHAI NA girana babuBari tarpay tarpay tarpayMeri leg not so halkay halkayKnock knockity! Knock KnockWho’s there, before I click back the lockZEBRA! ZE BRA in France is blackContinue reading “VERSE | THE KNOCK KNOCK JOKE WITH A MENTAL TWIST”

SHORT STORY| MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST – Part Three

(I) The sisters didn’t speak of the confidence sharing or the fragile moment of overt affection that they had bestowed on one another. But for Aliya there was now, added to the light footedness of new love, also the bouyant warmth of a sisterhood that had matured, mellowed overnight from the abrasive harshness of aContinue reading “SHORT STORY| MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST – Part Three”

SHORT STORY | MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST – Part Two

(I) Aliya and Saira had cousins in high places; their mother’s brother owned a prestigious ad agency. While their uncle was a prominent presence in many a corporate board room, his wife and children had donned the mantle of the most formidable movers and shakers on the flambouyant party circuit. The Lahore party scene wasContinue reading “SHORT STORY | MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST – Part Two”

SHORT STORY | MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST* – Part One

(I) Aliya opened one bleary eye to glance at the clock on her bedside table. It was just past 6 O’ clock. She felt a familiar quickening of her pulse as she thought of the day ahead, the obstacles to be surmounted. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. There was nothing onContinue reading “SHORT STORY | MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST* – Part One”