Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Go on

In spite of all the follies,
go on.

We create the follies.

The road is always open...


This is a gate that neighbours the Rurban gate that I showed in the last photo.  This belongs to a private owner.  The land behind this gate may soon become 'Rurban' - the religious cult has been buying up all the land in the neighbourhood!


Rurban is my portmanteau word for rural-urban.

This is a scene from the outskirts of Delhi.  The gate you see is one of the many numbered gates of a religious cult that occupies kilometres of land just on the outskirts of Delhi.  What do they do with all that land?  Nothing but use it as parking space for the vehicles that come tri-annually carrying pilgrims! 

That's one aspect of Rurban.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Slow hurry

We are all in a hurry (except me, the small girl who smiles).

We are in slow moving vehicle unlike those cars parked beyond because cars have bored us.  But we are in a hurry.

We are tourists, you see.

Friday, November 4, 2011


The dog is indeed a faithful animal.  This dog was leading the way.  Is the dog a leader too?

No, if you look at the human leaders.  The human leaders bark a lot.  They also lead from the front. 

But not the way this dog was doing.  It was clearing the way for the cart. 

Clearing the way for the follower - that's what leadership is about. 

A leader should be a dog.  Faithful.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Diwali

Wish you a Happy Diwali.

Let your light shine.
Do not hide it under
any religion
political party

Saturday, October 22, 2011


My home
where I was born and brought up

It has given way to concrete ceiling
and marble floor

Memories linger
than marble and concrete!


Oh Bakra
Yours is the kingdom
though you are tied down
by the rope of your own politics
your villainy

Because you and animals like you
have converted the world
into Bakra Kingdom



Life can grow anywhere
at any time.

The politics of growing up

Growing up
does not necessarily mean
learning politics

Growing up
can be a simple natural process

If only politics didn't exist!

Pie in the sky

is a ratio between
the circumference and radius
of a circle

Pie equals 22 divided by 7

Pie is infinite

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kill the Poor - again

The Planning Commission of India thinks a person in India can live on about $0.6 (in rural areas) or $0.7 (in cities).

But look at what people in power are earning.

Who drives India's economy?

For whom, for what, are they driving it?

Kill the Poor

This is part of a report in today's [21 Sep 2011] Times of India.  According to the report, the Planning Commission of India has recommended $0.7 (in cities) and $0.6 (in rural areas) as the cut off for determining the level of poverty in India.

India is supposed to be the Superpower in 21st century.

Who makes the rules of Superpowers?
Who decides who is poor?

Do you have a boss who sits in an air-conditioned room and gossips the whole day while he pays you Rs32 per day (the recommended rate?)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Take Off

Take off, dear.

I never could.

Religion clipped my wings, first.

EVM did it finally.

Now, the bosses are at the same job
of clipping wings
with a crude grin on their lipstick-smeared lips.


It's just another cloud in the sky.



Enjoy the beauty

Without my comments

Without yours either


Every cloud has a silver line.

I went on the terrace this evening to pick up clothes put on the drying line. These clouds made me rush downstaris to pick up my camera.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lock and Key

There are locks
There are keys

Finding the right key
is what matters

Out of Place

Some objects (even subjects)
like to stay put
totally out of place


Some gates remain open,
and some shut.

That's their choice.

Which one to choose?

That's our choice


Some things remain beyond our understanding,
simple though they may be.

Simple things are often more complex than complex things.


Stains come
whether we like it or not.

Stain is part of nature.

Constant polishing is the only solution.

Golden Invitation

Some handles invite you
to touch
to open...

The same handles can deter you...

To open or not to open
That's the question

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare, thousands of their supporters (i.e., thousands of Indians) are demanding a corruption-free India, corruption-free politics in the country.
How many of these thousands of Indians trying to save the country from corruption have paid bribes to get their job done?  Is paying bribe an act of helplessness?  Or is it an act of convenience?

The above cartoon is from The Hindu [11 June 2011].

The Sunday Magazine of the same issue of The Hindu carries an article by Harsh Mander on the cover. Mander tells the story of a young DM who tried to rid his district of corruption.  He faced staunch opposition from the politicians of all levels including the local sarpanches.  Finally when he was about to win his war, he was transferred and all his efforts were scuttled.

Corruption is deeply rooted in the Indian psyche, in the collective unconscious of the country. That's why we will merely end up having a lot of drama in the name of eradicating corruption...

Friday, June 10, 2011


When we climbed back to the top of the hill we were met by a young boy who offered us a peep at the Kanchenjunga Peak through his telescope.  The charge was Rs10 per peep.  I must add that his telescope was indeed of good quality; the glory of the Kanchenjunga came alive through its lenses. 

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The Kanchenjunga
as seen from the top of a tea garden
in Darjeeling

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This is a view from the Darjeeling Railway Station

The people of Darjeeling have been fighting for a separate state
because the West Bengal government had been neglecting the Gorkha-populated regions for too long. 
Finally Mamata Banerjee, the new Chief Minister of the state, has signed a pact with the Gorkha leaders for some autonomy to the Gorkha regions.

I hope to take a better picture of Darjeeling during my next visit.

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Darjeeling Railway Station

The Darjeeling Railway Station

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011



Energy Saver

Cycles save energy - they don't use fossil fuels or any other fuel, except human energy.  Cycling is a good exercise too.  It builds up your energy.

these cycles belong to people who use them for travelling to their workplaces every day and back home. 

And then once a week they come to a place of worship riding the same cycles.  Even if the religious service is in the dead of the night, after their whole day's tiresome work. 

Were the cyclists building up their muscles/energy?

Cycles are toys for some!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Some gates are closed
Some are open

Where do they lead to anyway?
Isn't it that what matters?

Holy Cow

for worshippers?

A Place to Sleep

Both these pictures were taken last night at about 11 o'clock.  If you take a ride at night through the capital of the world's largest democracy, a country whose multi-billionaires are rising in number with generous assistance from the government in the form of tax exemptions and so on, you will find hundreds of homeless people sleeping on the roadside.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Burden of Beauty

This morning [17 April 2011] the Bhatti village in New Delhi woke up to an overcast firmament.  The clouds brought home a majestic guest, this peacock.  It sat on the wall below my quarters giving me food for thought.

Couple among Ruins

The history of majesty
lies in ruins
beneath your feet.
That's the fate!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bird on the Tree

A bird on the tree is worth many in the cage.

Worth to whom?

The bird, of course.

Or the potential bird-catcher and bird-seller?

Friday, March 11, 2011

World Cup Mania

Even the public road can be taken over by the World Cup mania.

Some craze is necessary in life.

A scene from Connaught Place, New Delhi

Sunday, March 6, 2011


I'm trying to create ripples
in darkness

A student of mine wrote a shairi recently
that he was rowing his boat
only to find that there was no water

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Red Road

A Red Road
is cutting through
the green globe.

Have you seen it
in Tunisia,

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wings of Nature

Beauty does not necessarily belong to the high realms.
It can spread it wings on the ground too.

Bloom where you are born.


Having wings does not necessarily mean flight!

Sometimes we have to be on the ground.
Food is a basic need.


Spread out your wings
and fly.

Having conquered certain heights,
you cannot descend!

[Wisdom from Richard Bach]

Lead, Kindly Light

Lead, kindly light
Amid the encircling gloom...

But we have encircled you!

Pessimism of the gods

There is a romantic at sleep in my heart who likes to believe that people were better in the good old days. The people I saw as a child we...