Showing posts from February, 2010
{inspired by a cellphone SMS} How heavy I feel, When you look at me….O dear! With tearful eyes And I can smile at you Not. How heavy I feel, When you greet me goodbye, With that shaking, trembling voice And I can greet you Not. How heavy I feel, When tears roll down your cheeks… Those dew drops I had treasured And I can console you Not. How heavy I feel, When you give a heart-rending cry— Calling out my name And I can come back Not. It is then, That I realize….. You are sitting, Beside my grave…

Bouts of Emotion

Bouts of Emotion Deep within, the rhythm goes on The solitary heart beats for the soul forlorn. The vibrant emotions overflow, o hold! As the insane night creeps on the world. How it tries, to escape through the haze of pain The guardian angels leave, their comrades all slain. Eyes swollen, but tears, not even a drop, All sucked in by the thirsty hope. Weeping again on the graveyard sight Happiness, Love, Peace—all buried underneath. “Come to me,” the wailing emotions urge, Only, into the blank air does it merge. As deep within, the rhythm goes onThe solitary heart beats for the soul forlorn

The Spell

The Spell Here he comes Formally dressed A violin in the hand And a smile on the face. Seats himself, as he does; Amidst the loud applauses— People cheer him up He hears, smiles but replies not. As the show begins The violin is played Spirits are lifted, solaced And silence abides the place. Tunes, played one by one A note comes after the other Three hours pass thus, But the enchanted lot Know it not. Hypnotized, as if they were Lost in a deep trance, Listened to the soulful music Peacefully; disturbed neither— By the time that passed. He stopped at the end, Woke up from his seat Bowed his head But no claps heard The unknown magic Had killed them all.

Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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