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

women

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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U - Ursula K. Le Guin (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” 




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In an imagined world

the soul is tangible

the heart is unbreakable

and love is


unconditional.

Here is a list of all my #AtoZChallenge posts.

Monday, April 24, 2017

T - Tzu, Lao (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“Love is a decision - not an emotion!” 

― Lao TzuTao Te Ching



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Forever, Always

happiness, success

yours, mine

Let it go.


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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

S - Sylvia Plath ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“I write only because

There is a voice within me
That will not be still” 



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A mad's girl's love song

a heartbeat 

caged in The Bell Jar

finally freed

in death

and poetry.


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

Friday, April 21, 2017

R - Rumi ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” 
( Jo dard tum mehsus karte ho, woh paigamat hain. Unhe gaur se suno.)


― Jalaluddin Rumi

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Whirl in 

words 

and silences

let it go.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Q - Qabbani Nizar (Inspirational writers) #AtoZChallenge


“The female doesn’t want a rich man or a handsome man or even a poet, she wants a man who understands her eyes if she gets sad, and points to his chest and say : 'Here is your home country.” 



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Hearts are

the worst

disputed territories

the war

never ends.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

P - #Paash (Inspirational writers) #AtoZChallenge


"Sab ton khatarnak hunda hai,
Saade supniaan da mar jaana "

(The most dangerous is to have our dreams die.)

- Paash 

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If you chose

to sow change

or harvest revolution

it requires the

soul's sunshine

and the heart's

wetness.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

#OrhanPamuk (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


"Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world." 


— Orhan Pamuk (Snow)

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Home is a memory

Istranbul, Lhasa, Rawalpindi

a river called

terrorism, partition, war

pins it on a map

like a dead butterfly

and calls it 

just a city.


Monday, April 17, 2017

The Cosmos - #MoreIndianThanYouThink

As all other children growing up in the eighties and nineties in India, I once believed the First world was definitely more fascinating than India ever could be.There was a huge fascination for everything American or European, called colloquially as "imported", be it clothes,music or food or literature. In Hindi there is a saying for it too " Ghar ki Murgi daal Barabar" ( We presume the homemade chicken curry to be no better than lentil soup."

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As Internet burst the hard boundaries of what was desi and what was "foreign" , and we grew into a generation riding high on 50 years of India's independence and much more I gradually began to look at the world differently, the world as #MoreIndianThanYouThink
  • All the cool stuff like Yoga, Eco-feminism and Mytho-fiction are Indian. We had Patanjali (not the brand but the sage) and the Chipko movement long before there were Yoga Studios and silent protests to save the trees across the world.

  • All the neo-diets have something to do with rustic Indian spices and ways of cooking, for every donut was maybe an Idli in its previous birth or long before it won accolades as Aloe Vera it was plain old GwarPaatha in traditional kicthen gardens.

  • While the world,countries and families remain divided in the name of Soccer clubs and Premier Leagues we had the good old Cricket (bat-ball) to unite us.

  • Long before there was Breaking News, Viral videos and trolls we had post-birds (pigeons delivering love letters, Live Telecast of Mahabharta war via Sanjay to Dhritrashtra and Narada the penultimate Troll !! 


So basically whatever progress humankind has made in whatever direction, there is always a way to trace it back to its Indian roots, and no don't be mistaken this isn't about taking undue credit but just a unique way to view the world - very Indian, very us. ( All pun intended)
If we were just a #Twitter handle or an #Instagram account The cosmos would Follow us :P
Have you chanced upon the celebration of India’s growing global influence in #Lufthansa TV commercial along with the hashtag #MoreIndianThanYouThink.


What is being perceived as a strategy to defeat India is in itself India's biggest victory. The world today and has always been is #MoreIndianThanYouThink.



N - Neruda Pablo (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“so I wait for you like a lonely house

till you will see me again and live in me.
Till then my windows ache.” 


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Love 

has a secret

synonym

- loss

but it's 

deceptive

comes dressed

as forever

for most.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

M - Mitch Albom (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge



“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” 



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In the book 

of life

the last lesson

is death

a compulsory epilogue

to all our stories

the moral

- Let it go.


Friday, April 14, 2017

L - Lewis Carroll (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge



“Curiouser and curiouser!” 



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Down the

rabbit hole

alone

reworking reality

Dear Alice

truth is

a myth.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

K - Kafka ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” 
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The cage in search 

of the bird

the anguish

to exist

and know

its absurd.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

J - James Joyce (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge



“Time is, time was, but time shall be no more.” 



― James Joyce



To see the faces

faded inside the masks

to seek epiphanies

in ordinary tasks

this life a voyage

for Ulysses at large.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I - Isaac Asimov (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.” 



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Of galaxies

supernovas

and stardust

a world beyond

our own 

in the universe

yet largely 

unknown.


Here is a list of all my #AtoZchallenge Posts.

Monday, April 10, 2017

H - Haruki Murakami (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge 2017


“Understanding is but the sum of misunderstandings.” 


― Haruki Murakami

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Somewhere in the Norwegian Wood

lost like Kafka on the Shore

I am waiting for Zen.


Here is a list of all my #AtoZChallenge posts.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

G - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge


“The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.” 


― Gabriel García Márquez


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Love and death

from the same lens

in the same sentence

smiles often pretense

eloquent silence.


Friday, April 7, 2017

F - Fernando Pessoa (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge 2017




“I bear the wounds of all the battles I avoided.” 



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We are too many souls

trapped in

one identity

In a world

scared of single voices

we have

one too many.

Here is the list of all my #AtoZChallenge posts.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

E - Eve Ensler (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZBloggingChallenge 2017




“I want to touch you in real time 
not find you on YouTube, 
I want to walk next to you in the mountains 
not friend you on Facebook.” 

― Eve Ensler


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Now the world

minces words

and wraps 

sex in euphemisms

Some of us

talk proudly

about

stretch marks

vaginas

and 

LOVE.




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

D - Dickinson Emily (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZChallenge2017



"This is my letter to the world
That never wrote to me" 


 Emily Dickinson




We write about nobodies

in a world obsessed

with wannabes

they call it

mad rambling

We call it poetry.

Here is a link to all my #AtoZChallenge Posts.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

C - Cohen Leonard (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZBloggingChallenge2017

“Ah, grief makes us precise!” 





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A book of longing

would have been perfect
with a book of losing

I am that

crack in everything
waiting for light.



Here is a link to all my current #AtoZChallenge Posts

Monday, April 3, 2017

B - Bond Ruskin (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZBloggingChallenge2017


“I am still on my zigzag way, 
pursuing the diagonal 
between reason and heart.” 
― Ruskin Bond


Rain in the Mountains: Notes from the Himalayas

Blessed to be in the same frame as him
Picture © Author's





Trains, tunnels and hills

Zen masters 

and their drills

SimpLIFEy !!


Here is a list of all the current #AtoZChallenge Posts.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A - Atwood Margaret (Inspirational Writers) #AtoZBloggingChallenge2017

“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.” 
- Margaret Atwood 


Margaret Atwood
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A handmaid's tale 
surfacing
in an 
eco-feminist trance
The writer, 
the woman,
the nuance !

Here is a list of all the current #AtoZChallenge Posts

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Snakes & Ladders

All games have morals; and the game of Snakes and Ladders captures, as no other activity can hope to do, the eternal truth that for every ladder you hope to climb, a snake is waiting just around the corner, and for every snake a ladder will compensate. 
- Salman Rushdie 



Life on a board
years neatly sorted
in square colorful blocks

Destiny is a dice
rolls at random
the minimum sometimes
saves a life
the maximum
death in disguise

two players start
a cordial game
win or loss
just the same

holding hands
at every fall
sarcasm, cheating
they laugh it off

gradually life happens
every defeat bitter
bruises on the ego
now linger

love an endless wait
at a lonely corner

fangs & footholds
Snakes & Ladders



Monday, March 20, 2017

Short Poems for Inspirational Writers - A To Z Challenge 2017 (Theme Reveal)





HAT-TRICK CHANCE as they say in cricketing terminology.This is my third consecutive year at the A to Z Challenge.

A to Z Challenge 2015 my maiden challenge was dedicated to the memory of my late father, who had passed away a few days before the challenge. All the posts their , very special to me personally and found an overwhelming connect with readers far and wide, still do.

A to Z Challenge 2016 happened when I was struggling with mental health issues and a really difficult personal time, so I chose the theme life lessons , to share what I had learned and find new insights.

2017 has started with laurels for me as a blogger. This blog has received the ORANGE FLOWER AWARDS for POETRY and my other blog for HINDI WRITING.

So this year I dedicate my A to Z Challenge 2017 to all those who have inspired me with their writings and hence I will write

SHORT POEMS FOR INSPIRATIONAL WRITERS

I will be picking one writer every day and try to write an ode kind of poem about how their work has inspired or influenced me.

Fellow A to Z people, looking forward to loads of co-learning and fun.

Good Luck !


Monday, February 27, 2017

Last Tryst





This city
witness of my
Anniversaries
of birth, death
and a million
in-betweens

sprinkled with
memories
of loss and love
of lessons
and joys

of aging
ripening, growing
wounds of evolution
and love bites
of knowing

hundreds of 
goodbyes
await me
in every
nook and cranny

My soul
whirls
in your circular heart
and sprinkles
itself generously

chanting
last birth
last tryst !



Read this poem in Hindi here : Aakhiri Mulaqat

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Farewell Notes to Love








I touched love briefly
like an eclipse 
touches the moon

tides and journeys
same and yet
never the same again

you will be
a milestone
and my whole journey
home.

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the joys
can become sorrows
or lessons
or nothing

Love is a
versatile alchemist

--------------------------------------------

Longing is
not the worse
the worse
is 
hopeless longing

--------------------------------------------

sometimes healing
is impossible
or may take forever
sometimes
it just takes
a glance, a gaze.

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Farewells
are never easy
sometimes what we bid
goodbye, stays
what we carry
gets lost to life.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Love Song of a Broken Woman




Muses are not always
Greek goddesses
Stories often lack
mythical significance

The chaotic noises
in a troubled mind
And the hole in the chest
Carved where once
blood pumped feelings
Are a broken soul's tavern

Tired is the only
Universal feeling
Of making up, making out
Breaking in ,breaking out
Breakdown

Fallen in love
Icarus or Lucifer
Just a woman
In an eternal fall

Shards of careless words
Peel the remains of love
From a carcass called body
And then the master stroke
Silence - to drive the knife home

And twist it to the last.

Orange Flower Awards

@IAmSufiZen

COMPANIONS CALLED BOOKS

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
Animal Farm
The Alchemist
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Romeo and Juliet
Frankenstein
The Odyssey
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Count of Monte Cristo
Eat, Pray, Love
Lolita
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
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