Archive for July, 2013


Re-blogged from here: Intimacy.

a poem too special . . .for a person even more special. . . 🙂


Birthday Greetings!

[I repost this work which is about a year old — for somethings do not change — on the eve of your birthday. May you be continued to be blessed by friends and family and loved ones. . . longevity, health and happyness to you!]
We start liking someone for no particular reason at all
But the reason I call you bhai is not so small;
In time now when I look back and give it thought
You’ve meant definitely a lot;
Your presence is like poetry
Sweeter than any cake from the bakery;
You are the instigator of my life’s happy story
And have guided me on the part of glory;
You have been my eye
When I have been shadowed my many-a-lie;
You are an inspiration
And for me an aspiration;
You are a reason for my happyness
With you it is so easy to fight any menace;
From the many shackles of thought you have freed me too
There were times when I just wanted to be you;
I tell you that your laughter is irritating
But I think it’s the happy part of you singing;
In your togetherness, I have seen the world like never before
I’d be around even if one day you start to snore;
When at times I am burdened your soothing advice calms my insides
I pray to him that we fight our troubles shoulder to shoulder, side by side!
Dear Kalpit, many happy returns of the day 😀
A very happy birthday to you…!

‘In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things, does the heart find its morning and is refreshed.’ — Khalil Gibran


Sarcasm: Inspiring change worldwide

Sarcasm has taken deep roots in our society now. Thanks to the many non-desi SITCOMS and how one cannot thank enough the Great Indian Comedy Shows (all seasons, ever and Archana Puran Singh’s nightmarish laughter too, in that regards 😛 ) for ingraining in us this devilish trait — SARCASM.

A time will come soon that only those who can differentiate between sarcasm and what actually is intended, on their own, without help from their “Satire for Dummies” books, will progress and be successful in their day-to-day lives.

My day begins with the dudhwala’s sarcastic remark, “Sahab, hamari bhains itna hi ghaadha dudh deti hai. Aapko nahi parvartaa ho toh aap kal sey milk powder sey kaam chala lena.”

Well, it worsens when everyone, from my ever irritating neighbor to my lift-man open their mouths only to rain on me their choicest sarcastic comments. These taunts range from being personal, like some murmur under the breath about how late I return from work, to some things completely mean, at least I feel so, like how I must be surely working for some cheap perfume company because of the excessively irritating fragrant attire of mine. I wish sometimes that I can tell the truth that it is to mask the fact that I am too busy for a jolly good bath.

This ever-developing talent of the people is creating a chaos in our peaceful co-existence and serene day-to-day lives!  It can be discomforting to some people like me, who in the battle to outdo the other person in turning out more sarcastic end up hurting some sentiments here and there.

However offensive and whatever its ill effects, it has surely brought me a long way and has helped me grow. If they ever make me give an award-winning speech for some undisclosed reasons, it would surely sound like this:

“I would like to thank all those who said, “I can do it” and I couldn’t and still I was made to do what I couldn’t do and it paid off!”

You should be open to all ranges of feedback, I have learnt.  Handling sarcasm requires skill. Both being subjected to it and using it as your whiplash! It’s an inborn talent to channelize it out of you at the right place, at the right time and the right amount. NO! You cannot learn it. Sorry, if the last sentence broke your heart. I still have a lot to write so enough apologies! There there, now shut up.

Once they found this engraved in a stone unearthed at the Mohenjo–Daro, “Be not afraid of sarcasm: some are born sarcastic, some men try to be sarcastic (and end up in the pit!), some have sarcasm thrust upon them (wannabe stand-up comedians) and the remaining are just the victims of it.”

The bracketed part is totally part of the original engraving.

Loved this one? Here are a few more quotes on sarcasm, from great personalities around the world:
# You can do anything, but not sarcasm.
# Sarcasm is mind without reason.
# Before sarcasm we are all equally wise and equally foolish.
# Sarcasm is never without reason, but seldom with a good one.
# Sarcasm seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
# Sarcasm can’t kill you, but why take a chance?

From being life-changing to scaring someone out of their wits, from a way to impress the girls, to acting as a defense mechanism, sarcasm has played an important role in shaping our lives. This article is an example how sarcasm inspired me to shift from my usual genre of writing — inspirational & romance to satire.

For those sarcastic retards and satirists out there trying to change the world, continue your work and believe me, never ever stop. Remember the key thing is in realizing that there is a thin line drawn between tirade and sarcasm. Erase that. Change the world. Or do satire, the wiser counterpart.

PS: This post script is necessary, as an expression of gratitude, to the person from whom I have derived inspiration to be able to write this one. No offence intended. (And NO can’t name him even upon request, so don’t ask!)

Scrappily Inspired

Looking for inspirations that’ll make you write? What follows is a heart pour on what inspires me! May you find it useful!

I am “scrappily” inspired. I drew my inspiration from fragments of happenings of everyday life as a teenager and then putting them together like a jigsaw puzzle I created my first works.


Deprivation inspired me.

Not having internet at my disposal growing up, had me treasure and learn valuable life’s lessons from Tinkle and Champak. My parents gifted me with my first books. These were the first books I read, besides the academic course books. Not knowing about famous authors and books often had me feeling left out, during school days.


Teachers inspired me.

Wasn’t until my secondary schooling, that there was a Librarian, Late Ms. Nilaxi Ghia, who introduced to me books and authors, who shaped much of my initial liking for literature. A couple of school teachers, Ms. Susan and Ms. Anita had me write an Annual Day play based on the theme – Building Self-Esteem. My first work was a play. After making a second revision of the script, I had learnt many things. There was yet another tutor, Late Kumar Sir, who brought textbook stories to life and was the inspiration for my first poetry.


Peers inspired me.

From knowledge about the world of J.K. Rowling to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, friends and colleagues made me realize the magic of the authors, much before I got to witness them first hand. I learnt from a friend that words of appreciation for our near and dear ones fill our hearts with warmth incomparable. And this proved as an inspiration for several of my works. From another I learnt the happyness of living in a self-created literary world. And so, I learnt the joy of being my own audience.


Scrappy thoughts.

Love and despair are two things which have driven me to write few heart pours.

I learnt that having a person as your inspiration has some undesired effects, when in an advanced state of keeping someone as your inspiration; you try to be that person. This is what I did. Making somebody your inspiration with or without the knowledge of that person gives that person the power to knowingly or unknowingly control you. Everybody is different. But we all have the gift to observe, take note and put to memory, the smallest of incidences that happen in our day-to-day lives. Using the best parts of everything, the best scraps or fragments can help you be creative in your writing. And if you really develop this ability, it can also be of help in your everyday life.

When I surpassed my inspirations, it was a feeling of a child who had been left alone in a crowd. I did not know whom to look up to. The problem I was facing was that I had adapted both the negative and positive parts of my inspirations.

My favorite form of outburst, when stuffed with emotions is writing.

Now if you have the talent to write and touch hearts by your words and you know about it and want to explore yourself more, run into circles of writers’ community, online or in person.

You cannot ask to be inspired to write. To write is a simple process. The thought process that a writer puts in, is of value. Your writing may not always be constructive or even for the reading of someone else. Your fragments of writings of your various moods and feelings in your personal diaries or files would lay ground for your creative works!

I have learnt to appreciate the smaller things in life, which inspire me. I derive my inspiration from someone saying something, someone doing something and then recalling it when doing a piece.

Creative Writing need not be an outcome based process — to write is to feel every emotion and putting it on paper in form of words — a process of making oneself feel better. Don’t even try to make sense!

The trick is in feeling good about one self, when writing and after completion of the process.

Rarely would it be so that appreciation would come quick and easy. Another thing is to be appreciated and yet remaining true to oneself and being down to earth.

Writing! It’s about you. Draw inspiration from people around you, situations around you. Make sure the people you choose to remain with are the people whose positivity only you take in.

You can make yourself pick up a pen and paper or open Microsoft Word and record your creative idea. Be your own inspiration. I did it too. Bring your world to life by describing it in words to the people around you. . . You could be amazing at writing! Try it.

Have a nice day writing . . . !

PS: previously published at Penguin Inked