Sunday, September 17, 2023

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Between the Rock and a Soft Place

During my Kanchipuram trip with my cousins, I heard the two ladies discussing a trip to Coimbatore and Pollachi. They talked about when the husbands would be free and how many days they could travel.

"Hey, why am I not part of this planning?" I asked, puzzled at this whole plan I was ignorant about.

"Of course, you are part of it. Nothing is finalized yet," they said. 

Monday, August 21, 2023

Breaking Free

A house or two I bought and sold I also have some Diamonds and gold

A little money

I managed to save

Birthed endearing children

To call my name

Ups and downs

I have seen

A life fulfilling

It has been

Circular is its nature

That's what I believe

Give a little

And a lot you receive

Outside and inside

It is all the same

A body that separates

But in name

Thorns and roses

All a game

If you can just see

Beyond the stage

Currency valid

Only on earth

Not a cell will travel

After death

Only the essence

Extracted and fragrant

Wrappers shed, traveling

Probably like a vagrant

Returning, starting afresh

Confused and misled

Trapped yet again

In its vice grip

Till breaking free

Untied, unchained

Singing the song

Happiness regained.

Sunday, August 6, 2023


I carried you for 9 months, claims the mother
I carry you in my heart forever, contends the father
This has been with me for so many years, cries the owner
These are mine, claim we as our wealth we measure

Saturday, July 29, 2023

True Love

In a journey
Of uncertain steps
You are the only certainty
From birth to death

With you
I come alive
When you leave
I die

Saturday, July 22, 2023

25/1000 - And Yet So Blissful

The temple town, the mokshapuri, in Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram, is just a couple of hours away from Chennai. It is even connected to my maternal grandparents. My uncles and cousins often go there. But I have been there only a few times. And the only visits I remember in all these years are the stop at the main spots of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham (that was on work), Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ekambareshwara Temple, and Varadaraja Perumal Temple. 

Friday, February 24, 2023

Taller than the Tallest

The wave rose
Higher and higher
Triumphant, belligerent
Invincible, feeling confident

Higher and higher,
Striking in the hearts
Fear and wonder,
Inspiring awe

'Never seen such a one
Ever in my life!'
Gasped the people
With popping eyes.

Wonder acted like a string
Tying them, despite
Fear giving them wings
Ready any instant to fly

The wave rose to its peak
And then the fall began
It took many in its fold
But finally vanished without a sign

Though memories 
Of this and others
Higher and smaller
Before and after

Became legends 
To be repeated
Several times
Amplified, exaggerated

Of that wave or the others
There remained no sign
For they had merged forever
Into the vast ocean

From the field of waves
Attempting to achieve
Those heights great

Another will rise again
In its place, no doubt
But it will merge too
And remain but in thought

The fame and name
Last a little longer
But will that make
The wave immortal?

Then the name too
Will be forgotten
The tides of time
Erasing it forever after

But in everlasting hope
Rise again it does
And though dashed
On the cycle goes

Rise and fall
Is part of it all
And on and on
Go on, it shall

Till the water 
Seeks the depth 
And remains content
Basking in glory great.
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