There’s Always A Way

There’s always a way when the going gets tough, Unless it’s not working out and you’ve tried enough. Always a way to make time for quiet, So you have resources to use when you can’t see the light. Many ways to push through, or hang on when there’s trouble, If you’re willing to bend whenContinue reading “There’s Always A Way”

OCD Or Covid Safe?

She’s got OCD – it keeps her safe. The world will end if the tendli is cut round, not straight. OCD – it gives her control, There’s so many rules – no one could take over her role. She’s struggling these days because there’s no maid, It’s hard for her to find comfort on thisContinue reading “OCD Or Covid Safe?”

Microwave Madam

She’s new to the building and here’s what they say, She has a career, and is out at work all day. Comes home late from the office, is NEVER around, To chat with the women, when they all gather down. She dresses different from the stay-at-home wives, They think it would be exciting to haveContinue reading “Microwave Madam”

If I was God – a ‘Found’ essay

If I was God, I would want to make sure women outlived the men in their family. Not all, but some at least. Genetics, and hormones do this for us, most of the time. But I would want this because I have seen the Indian man. You know, the Indian man who can’t find hisContinue reading “If I was God – a ‘Found’ essay”

Learning to write ‘Found’ Poetry

I had a really lovely time at a workshop on ‘Found’ Poetry this December. The workshop was conducted by Ankita Shah, co-founder of The Poetry Club, at G5A, Mumbai. We worked on two different kinds of found poetry – Blackout Poetry and Cento Poetry. It was a lot of fun! Interesting to see how different theContinue reading “Learning to write ‘Found’ Poetry”

Teach them

Forgive and forget, that’s what they say, So you can be a fool for them on yet another day. Forgive, but don’t forget. That’s my advice, They’ve shown you what they are with those small, hurtful slights. Remember. Be wise. Love them, but with care. Because they WILL try again, and you’ll set them rightContinue reading “Teach them”

Stand up and fight for what is right

Stand up and fight for what is right, With words  imperfect, but a heart that’s alright. Be the flame that sheds light – alive and strong, When society wants a display of money, or when you see something wrong. Stand up and be strong, do not be afraid, Sometimes, we have to dig up theContinue reading “Stand up and fight for what is right”

Occupational Therapy

  If you’re feeling bored and have nothing to do, Just pray for someone to leave some shares to you! You’ll have forms to fill and submit to the bank, Affidavits, attested copies & hopefully a signature mismatch! Occupational therapy and places to go, Always something to do on the  days that go slow. WeContinue reading “Occupational Therapy”

The stages of my life

It used to be Baby, ‘cos they saw I was young, The one they looked after when her parents weren’t around. Then, it was Didi – the elder sister, A young adult woman without a ‘Mister’. But 2 years of marriage and that was all gone, Then I became Bhabhi, their sister-in-law! Now things have changedContinue reading “The stages of my life”

Dear India, Please pray.

Please pray for our leaders to walk in the light, Whether they do on their own, or because they’re forced to – either is alright. Pray for us all, that we can be the pressure, That we hold on to our values, and let honesty be our measure. Pray that we care for the onesContinue reading “Dear India, Please pray.”

My friend for a reason

My friend for a reason I thought you were true, But you ran when you thought I had need. I was your friend for all time and I thought you were mine, But now things have changed and there’s no going back. I’m your friend for all seasons for sunshine or rain A storm now andContinue reading “My friend for a reason”

I could look at you in envy

  I could look at you in envy for all the things you have, the ease with which you cope, and your luck when things get bad. You show me I can shape my world, just to bring that little bit of ease. That when the wind is strong we sometimes need to bend, orContinue reading “I could look at you in envy”

Possibilities .. a poem about my dreams for the future

  Sometimes I sits, I sits and thinks, of things I’ve never seen, Of places that I’ll never know, of what I may not be. Of all the possibilities that seem so far away, of all the lovely winding roads, that lead out from my gate. I dream of possibilities I cannot see awake, OfContinue reading “Possibilities .. a poem about my dreams for the future”