Thursday, December 06, 2012


beautiful gold bangles
circle your thin wrists
and jingle when you
turn in your sleep
i can hear you

large diamond studs
adorn your
soft large earlobes
your white hair
silky till the very end

twice a day
you carefully smeared
vibhuti on
your forehead, asking me
if it looked okay

you saw me off
every morning
wishing me a good day
at college
when i went to office

i will miss your
sweet grandmother fragrance
of mysore sandal
and your delighted smile
when you were offered a sweet

you pampered me
i pampered you
i will miss that
avva, like most grandparents,
you were truly grand.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


undeserved injustice
can sting

but bow out gracefully
even as
your cheeks
are on fire

you can't ever give in 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


don't unwrap
your wounds
in public

spare others
the sight
of that mess

shield carefully
what's lurking
beneath the bandages

and when the
clot dries,
peel it off

over and over again
till it grows

into a smooth scar
you can indifferently
boast about.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

i don't remember
ever buying you
a birthday gift

we never felt
the need
to be demonstrative

we had no

you didn't have

to take my call
if you didn't feel like
and i would know

just knew

you turn 25 today
if you were around
i would've called you

and amused you
with my latest stories

but maybe
you already know.

Friday, August 10, 2012


two vines spring
from the ground
near a pole

climbing, meeting
each other on the way

wrapped around
each other

tightly, growing
from each other

green harmony
around a rusted
electric pole

but at the top
where does one go
wires force them out

in opposite directions
they cling, desperately
in hope

of going back
against growth
against nature

but how.

Friday, July 27, 2012


one needs
a change of scene

even if it is
to find
that the grass
isn't as green

somebody's gotta test it.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

mental gym

negative energy
into a sweat
the madness off
scattered thoughts

this way and that
through routine
to the limit
furiously to forget

remove, chop off
the unnecessary
the awesomeness
and build
more of it.

Sunday, June 03, 2012


wanting what isn't
spoils what is.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


hello nobody
how are you today
you are a breath of fresh air

in this world
of somebodies
so with you

i can be anybody

Friday, April 13, 2012

there are things
that time can't solve
is that why
there's silence?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012


it's all very simple
you don't waste yourself
explaining things
to people
who don't understand

you just
shut the fuck up
and do it.

Monday, February 06, 2012


you colourful bitch
purring when pleased

provoked, you
dig your claws viciously
into your victims

which shade
do you don today?
like a chameleon, changing

if only
worked for you.

Monday, January 02, 2012

church street

a ponytail
a faded kurta
a large camera
dangling from his neck

he sits for hours
in india coffee house
the turbaned staff
are used to him, isolated

and others
mingling, foreign
indian, men, women
friends, businessmen

there's a pulse

running through
this one-way street
wild and promising

signboards, neon

ruby's, matteos
warm yellow shadows
at coco grove

from the java city dog

to the cats
at the magazine store
church street blossoms

with life, new faces
new cuisines
against the old

at night
groups of people
beer-happy laughter
ringing of youth

dying into quiet
preparation for tomorrow
a lazy sunrise
a chill morning

says hello
to the buffet
at highgates, and juice
at empire.