Gypsy Queen

July 16, 2013

 Unfurl my mask to see,
spirits masquerade-
ruthless than any sea…
the further I drown,
the deeper I bury…
flog not scathed scars,
‘Mercy’ is all that remains.
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Gypsy Queen

May 11, 2013

Horror of shadows smear
haunting voices clear
torrent of
‘beauty and the beast’
on dreams-
wretched tartars

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A Tribute to Thee ‘O’ Darkness~

Gypsy Queen

April 13, 2013

A noble tribute to thee ‘O’ darkness’

Piercing dawn, thee do foray onto dusk,
thou bestow nightmares in brightness-
exalt! Thy command of righteousness…


Dreams! Startle, rouse and fumble…
external world unfurls, indeed humble,
dancing shadows chant hymns, mumble
on wounded knees pray ‘pardon feeble?’ Read More »

Foetus Cries

Shubhendra Singh

September 12, 2012

Wrapped in the stains of illegitimate red,

The foetus from Romani’s womb said,

“Are you also victim of your mother’s misdeed?”

Alas! , said Katyaini “I am dad’s unwanted breed.”


“What made your mother dump you down the drain?”

“She lacked the courage to bring up an angel, void of father’s reign.”

He ran away after that night’s sexual explore.”

“My birth would have marked Romani a whore.” Read More »

Just Passing Through

Brigitte Arora

August 08, 2012

When singing your song of triumph

Of happiness and complacency

When your senses are filled with an abundance of delights

And the days are yours for the taking

Will you remember then

That the time of your just-passing-through will arrive?

Will you then pack the abundance-of-your-delights

And take them with you?

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About stardom, Rajesh Khanna and meeting Tom Cruise


Shunali Khullar Shroff

July 18, 2012

India’s first ever superstar Rajesh Khanna passed away today. I am not trying to imply that I am very young, but when I was still in my bloomers, he had already seen the height of his stardom and his career was on its decline. Legend has it that women all over India used to go hysterical over him and his mailbox often received letters written in blood from some of his crazy fans. The BBC documentary on Khanna, shot in 1973, hinted that some girls even committed suicide when he got married.

Back then I was not allowed to watch many movies, or flip through celebrity gossip magazines by my strict mother who had missed her calling as Mother Superior of an all girls convent school and was making up for it by becoming Mother Superior of our house. Doordarshan, India’s only television channel at that time, telecasted family films every Sunday. These I was allowed to watch sometimes. As a bonus I was allowed to watch Chitrahaar (a 30 minute capsule of songs from Hindi films) every now and then. I remember watching a popular song from Aaradhana, starring Rajesh Khanna and wondering why the middle aged Rajesh Khanna whom I watched in the movies on Sundays did not look half as good as this man. The Rajesh Khanna of my growing years was a man with a broad face and a funny hairstyle. The Rajesh Khanna of Aaradhana had a boyish face and looked very handsome and very Hollywood. In spite of not ageing very well, Khanna had many liaisons with several beautiful women, most of whom were actresses. Read More »

The Cosmic Traveler

Padmajaa Iyer

June 2, 2012

I‘ve journeyed through time far and wide, but no where have I seen,
A home as wondrous as her, Mother Earth so blue and green.

Lo Behold! She stands out, amongst the cosmic elite,
But none of them seem even close, to her beauty infinite.

As volcanic ash I descended, upon her bosom green,
As rock, as soil, as minerals, as water I did breathe. Read More »

Food wars and why it is so hard to win them

Shunali Khullar Shroff

May 09, 2012

I have just finished baking a batch of blueberry muffins for my older child who is blessed with about 28 sweet teeth in her nine-year-old mouth. Since there is so much emphasis on whole foods these days I have taken extra care to use healthy ingredients such as oatmeal, milk, canned blueberries and organic cane sugar. Sounds gross doesn’t it? But don’t judge me till you have walked in my shoes. We had an episode last week where the child complained of such high intensity stomach cramps that the pediatrician had to be called in to examine and mercifully it wasn’t a case of appendicitis. It was, however, a case of amendicitis, if ever was such a word. My daughter had been officially told to amend her food habits in favour of high fibre foods by the good doctor. Read More »

The weekend the husband baby sat and the price I am paying for it

Shunali Khullar Shroff

April 24, 2012

A few weeks ago I decided to travel out of Bombay leaving my kids and husband behind to bond with one another. This was a luxury previously unknown to me as I willingly signed up for the traditional role of the homemaker soon after the stork had visited us for the first time. Even though we have both stuck to our roles of breadwinner and homemaker with unmatched zeal and commitment the monotony of our respective roles does take its toll on us at times.

The husband is the ‘Up in air’ guy. I don’t mean I am married to George Clooney (sigh), but the gentleman who is the father of my children and my husband spends the better part of his life at airports and in planes.

Therefore this two-day get-away was just what the doctor ordered and the husband and I looked forward to the approaching weekend of role reversal with much enthusiasm.

That weekend, it felt wonderful to not have to be bothered by the kids since I was convinced that the husband would be doing a fabulous job as a hands-on daddy. Read More »

‘An Introduction to Transformational Psychology’

Brigitte Arora

April 20, 2012

The focus of Transformational Psychology is to unearth and bring forth into our awareness, the presence of an immortal Being that exists beyond our personality.  It is this Being who we really are. Through the methods of this psychology we can establish a permanent connection with our immortal Being. The personality that we believe our self to be is only a mortal shadow in a physical body created so that we can exist for some time in this world of time, space and duality. We embark on our journey of discovery and transformation in order to awaken to the fact that we are an unfinished species that still lives mostly within the consciousness of the animal kingdom. The goal is to escape the animal consciousness by our transformation into a higher state of consciousness; that of our Higher Self.

It is only through our awakening that we become aware of the magnificence of our potential. We have no idea that we are more than our personality and the roles that we are “playing” on the stage of this life. We don’t know that we have the potential to become an autonomous Immortal Being of Light and Love. Nor do we know that the transformation needed to make this possible can only be done while in a physical body within this realm of duality. This is why our life here in this world is so important. Read More »