Play (4th September 2002)
Emotions and expressions/Comic timing and tragic cries/Feelings explode,
shouts and diatribes/Characters interact, actors hog limelight...
(21st August 2002)
The sparring slum dweller has been joined in the fray by every citizen
and the lack of water has cut across the class and creed bar. The noise
of the water-tanker motor, raucous and sound polluting as it may be, is
like an alarm or air raid siren that summons the neighbourhood...
(14th August 2002)
The pride of being an Indian/Flourishes with the flag's/Rampant display
of colour,/Courage and dignity/In a season dry with doubt/Cynicism, panic
and Soldiers (7th August 2002)
Hands that held strings/Tugging at soaring kites/Now, load, position/Long
range guns, rifles...
Friendship (31st July 2002)
Alphabets words/Learnt together at school/By rote, reading, speaking/Are
but sounds which try to/Convey concern, feelings, love...
the Fort (19th June 2002)
The decoction was taking its own sweet time to drip, forcing me to cheat.
I added a couple of spoons of instant coffee to it and quickly mixed two
tumblers of coffee and took it to the sitting room...
Story of Sambhar (12th June 2002)
South Indian food, people and culture are inexorably linked to a ubiquitous
dish as in idli and sambhar, sambhar and rice and
so on. Each state in the South prepares it with a typical variation, adapted
to its taste and environment...
I was a pebble/Tiny, on the beach/Picked and cradled/In the palm of a
In a world of silence/She stands shoulders squared/With hope in her heart/But
fear in her mind...
and I (15th May 2002)
She expanded, stretched, let me grow /With her lifeblood, within her /Now
I have no room to house/Or accommodate her today
Up with Mama
(8th May 2002)
Every time I get myself one of those things that I have dreamed of having,
it is either too late to make an impression or it has lost its status
Moon Light (1st May 2002)
Dull, grey, cloudless sky/The red ball slowly, gradually/Journeying from
the horizon's/Rippling waters, changing colour
or Pest (24th
I come from a family of dog lovers. Why canines, we have had representatives
of many of the domesticated variety of Noah's Ark in the backyards of
our houses while we ourselves were in the process of growing up
Told You So! (17th April 2002)
...I, like most of us, love to say "I told you so." And God,
what a lot of opportunities I get to say these most beautiful words