Two friends talking to each other. 

The replies are usually late- they both have lives, after all.

But each conversation has a ‘sorry’ and a ‘thank you’ tagging along. Does it mean they are not really very close?

No. Quite the opposite. They care too much about bothering one another. But why?

Maybe life is simple. Maybe we are all just paying too much attention to the littlest things. 

Maybe we’re just overthinking it. 


To endings and beginnings

And so, it ended. 14 days of pure euphoria. 

Barriers broken, places explored, people met, friendships-for-life made; mind opened.

Endings are always sad. But they go on to show just how much you cared. For the people you met, the places you went, the food you ate and the life you lived. 

And that is priceless. And that is how endings lead you on to new beginnings of stories you never thought you would tell. 

Cheers to endings.


I left home. Everything I knew. Everyone I loved. Feeling homesick. 

To a strange place. Of strange sights. And strange people. 

My first hours mired with problems. 

But then, the strange people, like the soft light after a storm, stepped in.

To guide me, to help me. 

Two weeks I was here. Waking up on the same bed. Having breakfast at the same bakery. Taking the same bus with the same people. 

And so, the strange sights became familiar. The strange people became friends. 

But then came the time to leave. To leave everything I came to know. Everyone I came to love. Feeling homesick. 

Barbecue and conversations

The coal fired.

The grill laid.

The food cooked. To perfection. 

Drinks are out, spirits are high. 

In the quiet of the cloudy evening, strangers came together, over barbecue and conversations.

Amidst vivid exchanges had, rich memories recollected and old tales retold, friendships were forged. 

A modest evening flowed into a perfect night. 

Because true friendship knows no boundaries. 


Adventure in the woods

Quiet and peaceful

T’was in the woods

Twigs and crickets

Crackling in the dark

From field to forest

In a sharp contrast

An ocean of green

To sink oneself in

Cleanest of breaths

And calmest of minds

T’was an adventure

Into the wilderness

Where be one

In eternal peace.

Unbridled joy

The door closes

On your sweet face

Angry and sad

A face not in wanting

For me to leave.

The day progresses

On thoughts of you

Anxious and nervous

A mind not at peace

For you’re alone.

The door opens

To your big smile

Cries and kisses

An unbridled joy

For a wagging tail.

Dystopia (long read)

Dystopia (noun): an imagined place or state I will everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

Dystopia has so far existed in fictional works- novels, movies and the like- portraying a world degraded in every respect. Food, water, shelter, society, governments- all demolished. Simply put, dystopia is an imaginary world where everything is bad. But fearfully, it mightn’t be imaginary in the coming times. 

Countries and governments have long been challenged by issues such as poverty, unemployment, lack of resources, animosity with neighbours, terrorism, extremism, et cetera. It is never what people want. Yet they’re called ‘democracies’. Elected leaders have, in an arguable majority of cases, proven to be completely non-reflective of the people who voted them into office, by nature of their persona, policies and politics. 

nbc-fires-donald-trump-after-he-calls-mexicans-rapists-and-drug-runners.jpgA prime example of the above is Donald Trump, among many others. America, the land of freedom. Where the Statue of Liberty welcomes those who seek the good life. Whose people and places are warm and open to all people. One must admit that it is suitably erroneous to associate this country with such a man. A man who encourages and actively participates in ham-handed and heavy-fisted dialogue; these characteristics being reflected in the policies enacted by the Trump Administration, and all its cohorts. The Paris Climate Deal- whose sole aim is to safeguard the world from an unsightly end- has been rebuked and more or less dismissed by Trump, he who famously called global warming a hoax. ObamaCare, for all its faults and issues, did indeed provide accessible healthcare to millions in desperate need for it. Only to be completely reversed and abolished. Trump’s ‘replacement’ policy cannot even begin to address the so-called issues, let alone keep Americans healthy. And we have the wall he intends to build to keep people from Mexico out. Honestly, it is keeping people from fleeing to Mexico and not from it. Who would want to go to America now?

APphoto_Venezuela-Political-Crisis2-3.jpgVenezuela. Where poverty and diseases are so much, and food and resources so little, that eradicated diseases are returning. People are waiting in queues for basic resources for days, only to return empty handed. Decent folk are left scouring garbage to chew on every morsel left out. Murderers and smugglers abound, often working with law enforcement to kill people and sell drugs. The government, which has illegally taken full control of all rights and laws, has completely destroyed society. Sitting on vast oil reserves, they’re importing fuel, and their full dependence on hydropower is causing problems due to draught. It all sounds absurd. But to the millions of people getting murdered on the streets, it is much too real. 

1x1-fi_-north_korea_001.jpgAnd the funniest part. North Korea is officially called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Where food is rationed, people are brainwashed/killed, weapons are prioritised, prisoners are tortured, development is curtailed; a blind eye turned to the rest of the world. All by a short, stout man with funny hair who can only be described as a dictator taken to the next level. It is not a democracy. It is a torturous prison. 

Islamic-State-front-cover.jpgLeaving aside governments, we have religious extremist groups, chief of which is ISIS. They go out into the world from their hellish recluse and bomb people up, then call it ‘crusading’ carried out ‘by Allah’. Ask any Muslim and they will fly into a hysterical rage. A couple of lunatics read a few verses of the Quran, get together, kill people, establish a ‘Caliphate’ and then call it God’s work. These people rape and torture women, use children as human shields during war and proceed to eviscerate their dead bodies to use the organs. These monsters attack the very foundations of humankind in the name of crusading against modern filth. Which is apparently what Allah wants. 

In a world where fidget spinners and memes dominate social life, where newspapers fill up with bomb blast reports, coups, deaths, murders, rapes, et cetera, science, progression and moral development have arguably been left behind. Some people argue that modern times have not seen any noteworthy advances in science, since the start of the 21st century. I argue that modern times have seen a world more interested in Trump tweets and covfefe, than in the wax worms eating plastic. 

If this state continues to exist, or heavens forbid, develop, then there will continue to be wars, public crimes, fringe groups, broken societies and broken people.

Dystopia (noun): the future. 


Culture and religion they say

Logic and sense we say

Conventional and conservative

Stops modernity and openness

This is society?

Role models

Role models don’t work. 

This is something I have just decided.

A role model is a person, a beacon of light, whose character and ways and success you would want to emulate. But I find that very few people exist, who can possibly be suitable a role models. 

I shall digress with some examples. Keep in mind that when I speak about role models, they are to me, people in the public eye, as is most often the case. 

Let’s take Justin Bieber. He is 20-something years old. Despite having an underage mother and practically no father in his childhood, he has grown to establish an immense fortune. Making music. Entertaining people. He could be a role model, couldn’t he? No. Role models don’t lip sync at concerts when people are paying >₹50k for tickets. Role models don’t shout at fans and walk off stage. Role models don’t make a list of “demands”.

I’ve often said Kangana Ranaut is my favourite Bollywood actress (although I don’t watch Bollywood films). But it has come to light that she has made unfair demands and has discredited hardworking people. I can’t deal with that. 

Jeremy Clarkson loves cars, is charismatic, bold, brash and truly British. And hates Piers Morgan. But he just wants to go fast, doesn’t care about animals and has said India is a “sweat shop.” So he can’t possibly be a role model.

Piers Morgan is fairly talented, asks the right questions and his show has opened eyed. But he hates Jeremy Clarkson. Also, he says very stupid things at times, which immediately discredits him. 

Donald Trump? Just no.

So in reality, I’m unable to find popular people who are role model material. So I’ve decided, as I said in the beginning, this doesn’t work. 

Be your own role model.