Friday, June 23, 2017

War and Pieces

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The victor's loot
and the vanquished's shame
the woman in every war
without a name

the destroyed homes
as the shadows of 
kids' tombstones increases

the collateral damages
the unsaid tale of moms
daughters and wives
in war and pieces !

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Of Ice and Men

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He rubbed her wrong
and you looked away
She body shamed her
and not a word to say

 the sexist jokes
and the street harassment
the discrimination
fear and embarrassment

you remained aloof
and closed your eyes
patriarchal men
as cold as ice.

This post is part of a #blogathon at BAR.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Life of Pie

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If there was ever a pie chart
of things people say to women
that cause grievous hurt

What all do you think 
would figure in there?
Do you think
that they even care?

How sexual violence
uses victim blaming as a tool?
How something as sweet as pie
can turn into a weapon cruel?

This post is part of a #blogathon at BAR

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Fault is in Our Stares

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Is a man defined 
by the length of his pants?
then why the moral police
complains and rants
about the length of her skirt
or the neckline of her shirt?

No one asks for violence
wearing what she wants
isn't a dare

there's nothing wrong
in what girls wear
the fault is
in our stares !

Thursday, June 15, 2017

#ALetterToHer from Agony Auntie

Dear Woman,

Hi! Don’t be annoyed about me not using your name. Your name doesn’t matter, nor do your circumstances or identity. You could be an urban, educated, liberal, independent modern girl, or a not so educated, conservative, traditional rural girl.

He could be your husband, lover, boyfriend, live-in partner, but none of these permutations and combinations alter the anatomy of your emotionally abusive relationship.

Remember the first time he cracked a misogynist joke in your presence and you smiled or maybe even laughed along, after all he was your man, you were expected to stand by whatever he said, believed or laughed at.

Remember the first lump in your throat he caused. It could be about something as trivial as your bra-strap showing or the tea not being just right. You sobbed in the washroom or wept aloud after he was gone and then turned into self-censor for your dresses and recipes (well done)

He loved you, you told yourself over and over again, he meant well, of course good women like you never annoy their men.

Remember how suddenly you the woman of his dreams became someone else- selfish, conniving, clumsy. How every conversation was suddenly flooded with accusations or threats? “If you love me…became the string, and you the puppet.Obviously you are nurturer by birth, aren't you?

Remember how you surrendered slowly to criticism, prying and his overbearing presence in your life. But love is supposed to overwhelm, isn’t it, you must believe.

He was asking for your undivided time and attention. You were his woman and that was such a privilege. Remember when a few times you did meekly voice your discomfort, and he said you were just overreacting. Of course you were too sensitive and sentimental like most women are, or maybe it was ‘that time of the month’; definitely your emotions had become faulty and so inconsequential. You were making a mountain out of a mole-hill; women must have the patience and tolerance like Mother Earth.

Remember the flowers followed by the apologies? He was just following the blue-print of a perfect romance. You must have surely provoked him, otherwise he was a good man, the man you so loved. He never hit you, only said a few rude words now and then, or just denied conversations and sex.

Remember how your priorities changed? But then that is what women are supposed to do, right? He should always come first, even before you for you; you did learn a new way of love, erasing yourself.

You liked what he liked, disliked what he disliked and yet you couldn’t make him happy. Didn’t anyone tell you, boys will be boys? Why couldn’t you just let him be and continue loving him unconditionally?

Dear Woman, women must not have too much self-respect dear, or it becomes ego, there is one valid ego in this world the male one.

Now though I and any sane woman would advise you against it, here I give you an excerpt from my personal feminist manifesto, but follow it at your own risk, your love is at the stake.

·   Learn more about intimate partner violence. (You know it is fashionable to talk about cycle of violence.)

·  If you suspect that another woman around you is being abused, show concern, listen, show her my letter. (But how can one powerless woman help another?)

·  Speak in hushed tones about the abuse and the abusers but never ever interfere, it is their ‘personal matter’. Also why bother when he can most probably get away with it.

·  Show your support but not at the risk your own abusive relationship.

·  Last resort- Call the police. (But beware that involves a lot of shamelessness.)

Last but not the least stay safe and never wash dirty linen in public.

Remain a good Indian girl always like your mother and her mother before her (Watch Mother India once a week) and be a role model for your sisters and daughters.

We must all get married and stay married, at any cost.

Yours truly
Pseudo-feminist agony auntie

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(Disclaimer: The author recognizes EMOTIONAL ABUSE as a serious act of violence in intimate relationships. The views/opinions expressed are in a sarcastic vein and are meant to highlight the ironical perceptions about abuse in the society we live.If this letter makes your angry, it has succeeded in its purpose.)

Must read a copy of Meena Kandasamy’s new book, When I Hit You because the conspiracy of silence around domestic abuse labeling it as a personal matter,must be broken, because one story is many stories.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The woman who used to be #ALetterToHer

The first push 
was accidental
she presumed

the wife jokes
becoming nastier
the controlling
the belittling
was just foul mood

gradually the definitions 
were altered
silence was the price
for peace
love was a noose
a prison 
with no release

"his good heart
was never filled
with malicious intent"
she chanted

the constant
walking on egg shells
and shards of self
the bruises
the best makeup
could not conceal

the flowers and
the vacations and gifts
just masks

the nice man
she provoked
the marriage 
she couldn't sustain

the numbness
the scars
somewhere inside
she could not see

and the woman
she became
from the 
woman she 
used to be.

Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You is a chronicle of an abusive marriage and a celebration of the invincible power of art. It must be read because it breaks the silence surrounding the violence in a traditional wedlock in modern India.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Catharsis and Epiphany #AtoZChallenge #Reflections

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#AtoZChallenge 2017 was my third consecutive one and just like the two previous ones , it came at a very crucial juncture in my life.

Battling through a personal crisis, an injury,ill health and a load of mental health challenges, this year my theme - Short Poems for Inspirational Writers, provided me lots of moments of catharsis and epiphany.

I researched the writers who have inspired my writing , added a quote that seemed most relevant to me in my post and then tried to incorporate my association and learning from them in a small poem that followed.

I did not read much of other blogs simply because of my lack of energy and strength , but tried to respond to every comment here meaningfully and pay at least some courtesy visits back to the bloggers who visited me.

Missed the Twitter Chats with everyone @AprilA2Z this time around.

Cia all until next time !

Here's a list of all my #AtoZChallenge posts.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Z - Zbigniew Herbert (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge

“I could write a treatise

on the sudden transformation
of life into archaeology” 

― Zbigniew Herbert

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Wars that devour homes

and replace

 happy memories

with nightmares

also become poetry

- poems of pain.

Here is a list of all #AtoZChallenge Posts.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y - Yann Martel ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge

“You can get used to anything - haven't I already said that? Isn't that what all survivors say?” 

― Yann Martel

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All of us

alone on this sea

with monsters

others won't see.

Here is a list of all my #AtoZChallenge posts.

Friday, April 28, 2017

X - A few e(X)ceptional Inspirational Writers #AtoZChallenge

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"Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears." 

— Gregory David Roberts

"Lying is done with words, and also with silence." 

— Adrienne Rich

"I am interested in language because it wounds or seduces me." 

— Roland Barthes

"If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were." 

— Kahlil Gibran

“The joy of writing.

The power of preserving.

Revenge of a mortal hand.” 

― Wisława Szymborska

“But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.” 

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” 

― George Orwell

“There are some things that are so unforgivable that they make other things easily forgivable.” 

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” 

― Leo Tolstoy

“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth

sounds like a pistol shot.” 

― Czesław Miłosz

“...her wings are cut and then she is blamed for not knowing how to fly.” 

― Simone de Beauvoir

"I like you; your eyes are full of language."

— Anne Sexton

"My weapon is literature."
— Chinua Achebe

"You will hear thunder and remember me,
and think: she wanted storms..." 

— Anna Akhmatova

Here is a list of all my #AtoZChallenge posts.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

W - William Carlos Williams (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge

“If they give you lined paper, write the other way.” 

― William Carlos Williams

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Kissing life

with few words

you live again

and again

in all the poets

in love.
Here is a list of all my #AtoZChallenge posts.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

V - Virginia Woolf (Inspirational writers) #AtoZChallenge

“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” 

― Virginia Woolf

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So many anonymous


looking for

A room of one's own

Mrs. Dalloway

is all women

not wanting to

sign anon.

Here is a list of all my #AtoZChallenge 2017 posts.

Orange Flower Awards



To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
Animal Farm
The Alchemist
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Romeo and Juliet
The Odyssey
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Count of Monte Cristo
Eat, Pray, Love
The Da Vinci Code
The Kite Runner
The Silence of the Lambs
The Diary of a Young Girl
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Notebook
Gone With the Wind


The Human Bean Cafe, Ontario

The Human Bean Cafe, Ontario
my work on display there !!!!!