May 31st

GRAFFITI ON THE WALL

By Annapurna

GRAFFITI ON THE WALL

A Annapurna Sharma

 

Graffiti on the wall

Bright blues, raging reds

Gloomy grey with specks of yellow

Dark nights and twinkling stars

Is he mad?

What absurd lines?

What abstract thinking?

Look! The sun in shades of orange

The children splashing in crystal streams

Where?

There!

In the crimson sky and in tranquil waters

Don’t lie.

There is no saffron at all

I can’t see a trace of coherence

That is not his fault

Why spoil a white washed wall?

With his jaded figures

It is his wall, his graffiti

If you can’t be like me

I can never be like you

 

Like a parodied clown in a pantheon!

May 30th

MISSING HIM?

By Akirah

Are you missing him,asked the air

No, I said and closed my eyes

where I could see myself

with him laughing happily.



Are you missing him, asked the rain

No, I said, and stared at the sky,

where I could see myself

with him playing in the rain.



Are you missing him, asked the street

No, I said and started walking away,

suddenly noticed myself

with him on bicycle infront of me.



Are you missing him, asked my dad

No, I said and ran into my room,

where I could see him standing with open arms,

calling me and staring at me.

May 30th

नशा

By pranu

हमने तो ग़ालिब 

मैखानों से गुज़ारा कर लिया! 

सुना है तेरे वतन में अब,

लहू का नशा आम है! 

३०/५/२०१७ 

May 30th

अदा

By pranu

जिसकी जैसी सदाएं 

वैसी उसकी अदाएं! 

 

३०/५/२०१७

May 27th

Telomeres- Aglets of our cells

By Shernaz

Telomeres are the aglets of human cells. Like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces, these are sheaths or caps at the end of each strand of the DNA; they facilitate cell division and prevent our chromosomes from fraying or fusing into each other, so that our genetic data is protected from getting jumbled. Here’s Shernaz’s in-depth analysis on the subject, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.

 

http://www.differenttruths.com/science-technology/telomeres-the-aglets-of-our-cells 

May 27th

The unstoppable

By Supratik

  

Child
serving tea at the beach
takes the empty cups
from visitors, tourists.

Then
an angelic smile
diviner than divine
runs behind a spider
there, there, there
ouf…noh…it goes into its hole.
the child smiles
a very wise one now
knows it can never catch
but unrestrained fun is being on the run,
thinks of home, the village
from where, the little worker was brought
as a visitor, then, maybe bought
preordained folklore
unpreventable onslaught.

Like a fragile foggy web
for a split second
faces flash, aunt, pa, bro,
kittens, birds, pups all hungry
for food, water and perhaps milk
she touches her teats
disobediently blooming
hee hee she smiles
suddenly she sees the stony eyeballs
of her mom, livid and concerned
she hides them
from eyes, eyes, eyes
looks at the holes, stops.

One spider pops
oops, goes back again
to its sandy inland,
the child, to the shop
washes the cups
to serve afresh
and smile on the way
playing again
with spiders.

May 25th

'Life Matters' - Poems by Usha Sridhar - A Review

By Paddy

 

Dear RML friends,

Very happy to share that our friend Dr. Usha Sridhar's (Ush here) poetry collection 'Life Matters' has just been published.

Usha bestowed upon me the honour of writing a Foreword for this book. I have great pleasure in reproducing my Foreword from this book, that also serves as a mini review of this engaging poetry collection. So, here goes!

Foreword 

Ask anyone, “What matters the most?” and the most likely answer would be, “Life matters!” And when a poetry book is dedicated to the very life matters that impact our life, then it can be nothing else but be engaging, interesting and enlightening. These and many more are the qualities of engagement that Dr. Usha Sridhar’s maiden poetry collection ‘Life Matters’ bristles with. 

‘Life Matters’ is not a poetry book one can breeze through. It is a book that needs to be savoured bit by bit and absorbed. After all, life matters the most, doesn’t it? And so, the life matters that ‘Life Matters’ speaks of need to be taken seriously and read with focused attention as the book is at once thought provoking and deals with everyday matters that we encounter in our daily life. 

My dreams on you I will not force.
Since your dreams you do endorse
You’ll be better able to enforce;
And steer the dream always on course
To achieve it on your own accord.  
In return, I implore earnestly
Please don’t stop dreaming
Strive till you achieve it, ultimately.

                                            (Page 26 – Mother’s Wish – Dream) 

This is an excerpt from the very first poem of ‘Life Matters’, that speaks of a mother’s aspiration for her daughter, something she herself could not do – dream – dream and achieve! The next poem In Shackles poignantly discusses the gender bias that prevails in our society. 

This book of poems has been divided into eight segments – ‘Women’, ‘Slices of Life’, ‘Self Driven’, ‘Working Ways’,‘Metro’, ‘Life’s Surprises’, ‘Nature’s Gift’ and ‘Some Broader Issues’. Each of these segments has poems that befit the title of the segment – poems that make one sit up, take notice and ponder over each poem with the seriousness it deserves. Indeed, the poems in each segment totally compliment the title of the book ‘Life Matters’.   

There is something for everyone in this book as it evokes a variety of emotions like love, laughter, anger, courage, sorrow, surprise, fear, disgust and peace. Some individuals like to lead an uncomplicated and a peaceful life and dislike flirting with controversies as is brought out in two poems A Simple Soul and Cross the Bridge. Some are ambitious and aggressive in attempting their life’s ambitions; you have a kaleidoscope of poems that capture this emotion. Some are lucky to get there by self driven actions as brought out in the ‘Self Driven’ section, and for many women it’s a battle that they have been waging from time immemorial to be counted in society.   We find lighter moments in the book as brought out in Sleepless Night and A Different Kind of Fever. 

In her Preface, the Poet Dr. Usha Sridhar says: “I titled my book as ‘Life Matters’.  Like any concerned citizen, I have been reflecting on and debating about how we view life and what it means to us. We are all fascinated by the diversity of life; its peculiarities and the uncertainties in dealing with it.  Life pans out differently for people; for some it is spent smoothly, while for a few it is filled with tribulations. A person’s character is defined by how he or she faces life’s challenges and deals with a myriad of issues. Uncertainties of life are our only constant companion; it is full of surprises; some pleasant and some not.” 

The thoughts expressed by her as above, shine through her poems whether it be on the life and choices of ‘Women’, or ‘Slices of Life’ that offer a lot of food for thought (with a poem also titled Food for Thought!), or the importance of being ‘Self-Driven’ to achieve one’s goals in life told through interesting poem-stories with a particularly touching and inspiring one titled From Father to Daughter. We are blessed with the nature’s endowment, and I was happy to see a section devoted to it as seen in Weaving Magic through The Vibrant Marigold and Singularity in Plurality. The section on ‘Working Ways’ discusses the life and tribulations of working people and this theme courses through Writer’s Block to an The Elusive Domestic Help. Some part of the book is devoted to a ‘Life in a Metro’ and technology trend- with the latest craze Whatsapp, aptly titled Venture out with Whatsapp. For the serious reader we find poems in ‘Some Broader Issues’ like Literate to being Cultured and Apathy a Cruel Joke holding a mirror to the life and times and the environment we live in, raising pertinent issues. 

My association with Dr. Usha Sridhar began when she started contributing her short stories and poems on my literary networking forum www.ratemyliterature.com. Her narrative skills in her short stories and her wordplay in her poems were both amazing and invariably held attention. Above all, whatever she wrote had on offer a slice of life and an underlying learning. 

Another facet of Dr. Usha Sridhar’s writing style that caught my attention was her straight forward, no-nonsense, plain-speak approach that probably came from her training as an economic researcher, trainer and corporate professional. What she had to convey, she did with an economy of words and deep conviction that invariably touched a chord and set one thinking – whether it be her short stories or her poems! And this, truly set her apart and is much in evidence in ‘Life Matters’. 

In ‘Life Matters’, her narrative skills come to the fore without much ado, frills or trimmings. She

makes her point with adequate reasoning and logic that are undeniable and leave no scope for unnecessary conjectures. Sample this from the poem A Doctor’s Call (Pages 117): 

A doctor’s bounden duty: 
Patients are not just another commodity
He should not resort to tricks, dirty
J
ust to line his pocket and his kitty. 
Handling cases with sincerity
Treating patients with sagacity
Should be his only top priority. 

As a hard-hitting yet gentle reminder of the Hippocratic Oath to the medical fraternity and to emphasize her points, Usha has used “A doctor’s bounden duty:” as a refrain at the beginning of each stanza in the poem, and then spells out what’s expected from the medical profession. 

Clarity of thoughts, logical presentation of ideas and empathetic approach to issues are the most outstanding features of this poetry collection. This compact book has excellent and apt illustrations accompanying the poems which set a mood and context for the verses. It is bound to have a captive readership with several nods of approval for the simple, direct yet reasoned approach in which the poems have been presented.  

I wish Dr. Usha Sridhar’s well-conceived and sensitively-penned ‘Life Matters’ a far and wide readership, that it truly deserves. Here’s wishing her many more poetry and short story collections in future.

 

 Book Information

Name of the Book

Life Matters

No. of Pages

226

Name of the Author

Dr. Usha Sridhar

ISBN

978-93-5207-541-6

Price

Rs. 495/- USD 25/-

Publisher
Authors Press
Q-2A, Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi 110 016. India

Poet’s Mail Id

ushasridhar1158@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

May 24th

TO BEQUEATH

By Annapurna

TO BEQUEATH

A Annapurna Sharma

 

The cryo-Sun smiled

Denuded Earth sulked

Fractured backyards

Dead levitating mid-air

New borns in dilemma

To breathe or un-breathe

Poisoned environs

No reprieve for the living

What a chaos?

To bequeath!

 

 

May 24th

TO BEQUEATH

By Annapurna

TO BEQUEATH

A Annapurna Sharma

 

The cryo-Sun smiled

Denuded Earth sulked

Fractured backyards

Dead levitating mid-air

New borns in dilemma

To breathe or un-breathe

Poisoned environs

No reprieve for the living

What a chaos?

To bequeath!

 

 

May 21st

A Daughter's Prayer

By Poetravinder
Lord put money in my bank
And I shall call and earnestly thank
Ma who pestered Pa to bend
To her whims and bitterly end
The fight for money in my bank.....
 
Ma has told him it is less
What she calls the daughter's cess
For panties, knickers and monthly chum
Things so dear they hardly come
With the money in my bank........
 
My account should always overflow
And on my face there be a glow
I can then, dream to start
To fulfill the desires of my heart
With the money in my bank......
 
My sisters' told them I am down
With a viral that's profound
I am ill and need to eat
Medicines, cherries, grapes and sweets
With the money in my bank.....
 
Send me Lord some pleasing news
Of good money I can use
I shall end to feign and faint
Then douse the town in crimson paint
With the money in my bank !
 
................@poetravinder

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