Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Hot tea - a Hottie

'Kids don't drink tea'
I was always told
'Leads to dark complexion'
was the legend doled

Nose running away
in Delhi winters
Would get me the forbidden drink
with some ginger

Late night studies
And teenage dissent
The steaming cup
became a friend

Hot masala tea in white cup with white saucer, flower on the side, red ethnic table cloth
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Baristas and CCDs
still not in sight
Tea stall near college
made our day bright

Years have passed
Hot tea remains
Especially helps
in times of strain

I tell my kids now
'Don't drink tea'
I just skip
the complexion bit

Relax and drink
is the only way
To enjoy a cuppa
I say

Yet, it is better to have
hastened the tea
than never to have had it,
you see

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Bitter Truths - a poem

Is tears and sighs
all that life can provide?
Is wet eyes of a person    
life’s greatest sight?
Are betrayals
life’s precious experiences?
Do thorns of sorrow
so deeply pierce?
Are smiles in life too rare?
Is it true that for none, anybody cares

Red Roses on the ground
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Friday, 18 April 2014

The dream and nightmare of Words #BlogInspiration

I have a dream
Of thoughts on paper
Words expressing emotions

Tears in readers' eyes -
my story's impact
Emotions woven in abstract

I have a nightmare
The paper's blank
The pen in my hand
One word after another
Using the 26 blocks
Make the best (and worst) of thoughts

Why write this blog?
To work towards the dream                                  
To ward off the nightmare                                      

                   Image taken from here
Close-up of pen and paper with quote on writing


Monday, 14 April 2014

5 Places I would love to visit in this lifetime #5PlacesToTravel

When I first started thinking about the places I would love to visit, I was boggled by all the places that came to my mind. I started with places like London, Las Vegas, Egypt and Switzerland. Soon I was travelling, in my mind that is, to the deserts of Jaisalmer (never been there), North East of India (again a place I haven't been to, but really want to visit) and Singapore (went there long back, came back with great memories, want to go again). Then there are many beautiful places like Austria, Mauritius, France...

As I thought more about this, there are two reasons that I want to visit these places -
One, for their tourist attractions and 
Two, because I want to go and relax there, thanks to the scenic beauty.

After much consideration, I finally realised that it is not the places as a whole but a particular experience there that would actually make the place a must-visit for me.
Thanks to this blog, I have a list of places  I really want to travel to. The list is in no particular order as I couldn't decide the order even for myself.

1. Platform 9 3/4 of King's Cross
Obviously, I love the Harry Potter Series. When I read that the sign for platform number of Hogwart's Express has been displayed at King's Cross Station between platform no. 9 and 10, I was unreasonably excited.
Throw in a meeting with JK Rowling and I would be ecstatic. But I am trying to make a list of things possible within the practical possible limits for me.

2. Oprah Winfrey Show

Queue outside Oprah Winfrey show

Much as I have a long list of places to visit in USA, the fact that I want to be part of a show being hosted by Oprah Winfrey takes precedence over the other places. 
3. Nankana Sahib, Pakistan

Exterior of Gurdwara Nanakana Sahib, Pakistan

Gurudwara Nankana Sahib is the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev ji. Since 1947 it is rather difficult to visit this Gurudwara, but it is certainly on my list of places to visit.

4. Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower complete view from a distance

I have heard and read so much about Paris that I just have to go there. I have already seen a smaller version of Eiffel Tower at Window of the World, Shenzen, China. 
What I feel is that as a structure, it is no beauty. But it is the experience of the place as a whole, which has made me put Eiffel Tower on this list.

5. Jaipur Lit Fest

Book lovers walking through the colorful entrance of Jaipur Literature Fest

Visiting Jaipur Literature Festival is certainly not as difficult and expensive as the the rest of the places in the list, but it just hasn't happened yet. And so it remains in the list of places I want to visit, but haven't yet.

Here ends my list of five places I want to visit. But I have another list that has places from fantasy world... planning to write it soon.

Hope you enjoyed this one. I am sure the list could go on, but the target I had given myself was to write about the first five I could think of.
What's yours?