VERSE | THE ACCIDENTAL WORDSMITH

I’m an accidental wordsmith I solder little things Nouns and verbs and adjectivesSome calming, some with a sting Some say they like my poetryWhen words I synchronise Like Paler than a Tundra JailerEyes Turquoise like Southern Skies Others they are fonder of The short stories that I weave Of everyday folks who beat all theContinue reading “VERSE | THE ACCIDENTAL WORDSMITH”

VERSE | RECLAIMING OUR HUMANITY

KINDNESS, it’s such a simple thingAnd yet we speak of it like it was the benevolence of kingsDIGNITY, such a basic qualityAnd yet we are in awe of it like it was the Pope’s homilyCOURAGE, that gritty stuff of warriors!We speak of it like it was an unmasterable barrierHONESTY, its whiteness, and its shades ofContinue reading “VERSE | RECLAIMING OUR HUMANITY”

OPINION | FAITH

Faith: more and more, a tenuous ideology as it has traditionally existed. Increasingly, we are seeing how conventional belief systems are becoming less and less able to minister to the spiritual needs of believers at large. As our spheres of existence evolve, leaping and bounding into the digital age; as we progressively become part ofContinue reading “OPINION | FAITH”

SHORT STORY | KEEPING THE FAITH – Part Two

Angela had planned their final exit from Mall Square with dignified efficiency, helped as she would be with the gracious support of her long time friends. But sometimes, the best laid plans can get washed down rutted roads that one has not seen nor ever imagined. And so it was that one after another, herContinue reading “SHORT STORY | KEEPING THE FAITH – Part Two”

SHORT STORY| THE GODS OF FURY

Asha adjusted her bra after a final pat on its other, non-fleshy contents; the fifteen thousand rupees now nestling securely in its pendulous grasp. It was the day she had to drop off the rent at her landlord’s house on her way back from work. She smiled widely and catching her reflection in the littleContinue reading “SHORT STORY| THE GODS OF FURY”

OPINION| OUR BLOOD-LETTING BLASPHEMY LAWS

We are such a plagued nation, full of dichotomies and hypocrisies. We are like the disillusioned but swaggeringly confident local thug who goes around, bellowing and thundering. His sole purpose being to threaten and intimidate his neighbourhood so that he can get some semblance of attention. Respectability, patience and civility have forsaken our national psycheContinue reading “OPINION| OUR BLOOD-LETTING BLASPHEMY LAWS”

VERSE| AN ODE TO LITTLE JOYS

It’s the little joys in life That lift and hug the soul;It’s the little brushes with sublimityThat paint the rosiest strokes It’s the steaming mugs of tea sharedWith a friend, over confidences and laughter;The mugs wrapped in hands as warm as the hearts That are bonding, ministering, healing … and afterMemorializing that perfect little momentContinue reading “VERSE| AN ODE TO LITTLE JOYS”

OPINION|THE BIG BANG OF SMALL KINDNESSES

As the pandemic marches on, this is more true than ever. I have felt impelled to write this piece mostly because we have all now, as a planet, lived through a year of the Covid-19 blight. All 7 billion lives have, in some measure, been affected, afflicted or completely upended. And the sobering truth isContinue reading “OPINION|THE BIG BANG OF SMALL KINDNESSES”