Friday, June 22, 2018


When my younger daughter created the above art, which she calls the "Ramayana Cards" series I was inspired to pen the below. Read on......

Out of the ground she came,
A 'child of the soil' fame,
Ideal daughter to a king,
Picked an excellent suitor, from a ring.

'Twas fun with him for years,
Until banishment with her dears,
Forest life was long and hard,
No distress, all a lark. 

Then events her bro-in-law spun,
Caused a brother to seek revenge,
A learned man, otherly wise,
Turned a rakshasa with premise!

Against her will & by force,
Abducted, taken to a faraway shore,
A captive, hunted by loved ones, 
Was sullied but not yet broken.

Purushottam, for the rescue gathered,
A ragtag band of devoted followers,
Much, much before Helen of Troy,
An army had launched for Sita Mai!

A war was waged and roundly won,
Seemingly whole, Mai came home,
Summarily her chastity was questioned,
A trial by fire cruelly summoned.

Here's how the story should've turned,
A different route, need to have taken,
Instead of quiet and uncontested submission,
Societal boors should've rebelled against.

Tossed her mysteriously demure nature,
Finally rethought her trial by feuer?
Been long, since being carried away
Stepped upto claim, what's rightfully hers.

This card represents the tough one,
Someone that wont take it lying down,
She's the Mai the world needs now,
Sita redrawn, repainted and reborn!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Celebrating Individual Strengths Collectively is Diversity

i was asked to contribute an article for a neighborhood magazine on what diversity means to me. Here's what I wrote :

At the peril of falling prey to clich├ęs, let me open by saying I claim no expertise to what it means to be a diverse individual, but will attempt to put forth what it means to me.
We were one of the first to move into the Ryland built set of homes. From the time our foundation was laid to the time we moved in, we have witnessed wonderful neighbors move in around us. We have enjoyed with them bonfires, wine parties, weekend evening revelries and the odd graduation party. Every instance is a learning when you have the opportunity to interact with a diverse set of people. Every interaction is a story and anecdote you store away for a later recall.
The more one travels, the more one realizes that people truly are the same everywhere, regardless of the language one speaks, follows a faith, has a skin tone/color and preference of sexual orientation. At the bottom of everything are some basic needs that have to be fulfilled universally. Hunger and thirst are the same, the need to provide for loved ones is the same, the sense of right and wrong is the same. If we could perhaps uncouple all the rest of the many man made complications down to some of these basic things, one would think it would be easy to get along, no?
The word diversity is so commonly used these days, our collective consciousness seems to have become desensitized to what perhaps it should truly mean. Diversity is not limited to color, or gender or sexual orientation. Diversity is also being able to co-exist with different thoughts and agree to disagree. It means providing the best chance for each one of us to excel in what we do the best. Being our best at what we do allows in us an ability to see the best in others. Diversity has no place for one-upmanship, just healthy acknowledgement of every strength that should be collectively celebrated.
 In that spirit our experience after we have moved into Cobblestone has been that which we would like to keep very simple. Respect every individual for their intellect, allow room for sharing which can never be a one-way street and embrace differences as an addendum to what we were hitherto unaware of. We believe this is what keeps our neighborhood bubbling, effervescent and exciting. More power to such microcosms, that hopefully leads to a larger sage macrocosm!

S P A C E




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Eggs avacado, sunny side up
Like words in a song,
Be pop, buppity, de pop,
Toast on marmalade,
Sprigs of green,
A meal, fodder, fullment supreme,
Fill up, eat up, tank up and store,
If breakfast be the meal of the day
Embrace it with the Force,
May they fuel you, inspire you,
Eggs avacado, sprigs of green,
Toast on marmlade, & a day full of wins

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Based on the short story "VISARJAN: The Immersion" now a short film





Thursday, February 4, 2016

Film: KAI PO CHE
Lyrics : Swanand Kirkire
Music : Amit Trivedi

Roothe khaabon ko mana lenge
Kati patango ko thaamenge
Haa haa hai jazba
Ho ho hai jazba
Suljha lenge uljhe rishton ka manjha
Hmm ka manjha, hmm ka manjha…
Soyi taqdeere jaga denge
Kal ko ambar jhuka denge
Haa haa, hai jazba
Ho ho, hai jazba
Suljha lenge uljhe rishton ka manjha
Hmm manjha…
Ho ho barfeeli, aankhon mein
Pighla sa dekhenge hum kal ka chehra
Ho ho pathreele, seene mein
Ubla sa dekhenge hum lawa gehra
Agan lagi, Lagan lagi
Toote na, toote na jazba ye toote na
Magan lagi, Lagan lagi
Kal hoga kya keh do
Kis ko hai parwah
Parwah… parwah…
Roothe khaabon ko mana lenge
Kati patango ko thaamenge
Haa haa hai jazba
Ho ho hai jazba
Suljha lenge uljhe rishton ka manjha
Hmm manja, hmm manja…
We’ll appease our sulking dreams
Steady the flutter of vagrant kites
Yes, yes the passion
Oh yes the passion
Disentangle the relationship cords
the entangled chords, yes the cords
A slumbering fate we'll awaken
And enslave the sky crimson
Oh yes the passion
Yes yes the passion
Disentangle the relationship cords
the entangled chords, yes the cords
Deep within our icy sights
Etched is a vision of the next
From within our stony hearts
Gushes a lava of desires
A fire engulfs and consumes
Yet unbreakable this passion
Dizzy makes us its spin
Care not a whit anymore
‘Bout what’s tomorrow
No more…no more
Appease our sulking dreams
Steady the flutter of vagrant kites
Yes, yes the passion
Oh yes the passion
Disentangle the relationship cords
the entangled chords, yes the cords

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Movie : ROCK ON
Lyrics : Javed Akthar
Music : Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Yeh Tumhari Meri Baatein
Hamesha yunhi chalti rahen
Yeh Hamari mulakatein
Hamesh Yunhi chalti rahen
Beeetein yunhi apne sare
Din raat
Baaton se nikalti rahe Nai Baat
Phir wohi Baatein leke
Geet koi hum likhe
Jo Dil ko Haan sab ki dil ko chu le
Baatein Suron mein yunhi
Peeghalti rahe
Baatein geeton mein yunhi
Dhalti rahe
Geeton mein hi har gum ko
Khushiyon se hum saza de
Jo sune humse wo kaho na

These tete-a-tetes amidst us
Forever forward, lets carry-on
Arbitrary sundry, meet-ons,
Forever forward, lets carry-on
Nights & days shall pass
Such as
Newer chats emerge from within
Turn this chatter
Into hummable songs
Touching hearts, of those that heed
Melting these mutterings into
Merry tunes
Let them merge into
Songs aplenty
Let no grief go unpunished,
With happiness unseized
Those that heed shall sing along