A bouquet of flowers picked along the way ….

The Metamorphosis October 8, 2009

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The Metamorphosis - From Larvae to Butterfly

The Metamorphosis - From Larva to Butterfly


At first you stop being greedy.

Then selfishness goes away.

Following which empathy comes in and sets the stage for love.

And then you give like it never belonged to you.

Finally, you receive.


Hope is Dead! Long live Hope! May 6, 2009

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Full were my pockets and my heart
For Hope dwelled in both these parts
She played around with me all day
And in the night, beside my bed she lay

She held my hands in troubled dreams
And caressed my forehead to settle me
Her peaceful eyes had me smile
And utter ever so often “I can walk for another mile!”

She walked ahead and I followed her
Blind to the misery all about me
But even when I did look around
I saw that Hope is abound

In the worker’s sweat
In the bookie’s bet
In the mother’s eye
And the lawyer’s lie

She is most impartial and answers
To the small, big, one and all
But there is such a thing as limit
And people just forgot about it

The greed and violence of the crowds
Hit Hope a little too loud
She fell unconscious and her breath came slow
Her slender body could not take the blow

With Ms. Hope falling sick, Doctor Courage was called
A big sturdy man he is, almost like a wall
He checked her pulse and peeked in her eye
“She is dead!” he exclaimed, and gave a sigh

– – –

I wrote this poem almost a year and a half ago and then forgot to publish it. And while it gives the impression of being tragic, I had penned it to humour the callousness displayed by people.


Snow! January 20, 2009

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View from my porch, Raleigh, NC, USA, 20-Jan-2009

View from my porch, Raleigh, NC, USA, 20-Jan-2009

Finally! It is snowing and I get to see how the world looks when covered in a white blanket.


Fortunate December 31, 2008

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Abandoned Farmhouse

Abandoned Farmhouse, Morrisville, NC, USA, Dec-2008

The winter storm has come to an end. Another day is waiting to start. When the dust settles, I am going to find myself very alone. Some will lose the love they had. Some will find the love they never had.

I will lose the love I never had.

And my solace is in the words of:
Alfred Lord Tennyson : ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Washington Irving : Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

And what the heck, I was born a romantic! I am ready to love again. Even if it means losing again.

Fortunate, eh?


Time dissolves everything June 1, 2008

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Crumbling Wall at Champaner, 2007

Champaner, Gujarat, India


Time dissolves everything – the unsurmountable walls of erstwhile forts, the mightiest mountain peak, and your successes, failures & memories. In the end, only time remains. In the begining, there was only time.