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A bunch of short poetic musings about the poet’s homeland, India. Rudrodip Majumdar, a PhD in Nuclear Engineering is an avid blogger and poet.

India Diary - Poetic Musings
India Diary – Poetic Musings
A bunch of short poetic musings about the poet's homeland, India. Rudrodip Majumdar, a PhD in Nuclear Engineering is an avid blogger and poet.
A Tribute to My First English Mentor: Manik Chatterjee Sir
A Tribute to My First English Mentor: Manik Chatterjee Sir
Lopa Banerjee, deputy editor of L&C pays a humble homage to her first teacher of English during her school days, Manik Chatterjee sir who passed away on September 29, 2017....
Who has ever heard of a canine being affected by nazar
Kissa Gutli Ka
Ramendra Kumar recalls how their third child Aryan who is a ‘guppy’ – a grown up puppy, went through a harrowing time and sent the family into a spin.
Saheli Mitra (L) and Santosh Bakaya
Kolkata Diaries (2): Launch of Darkness There But Something More and Let The Night Sing
Renowned author Santosh Bakaya pens her many hued musings on Kolkata, the city that never fails to charm her. Visiting Kolkata in the sultry July heat for the launch of two...
Santosh Bakaya, Subhajit Sanyal and Lopa Banerjee in Kolkata
Kolkata Diaries (1): Launch of Darkness There But Something More and Let The Night Sing
Renowned author Santosh Bakaya, co-editor of Darkness There But Something More pens her many hued musings on Kolkata, the city that never fails to charm her. Visiting Kolkata...
Bipade More Rakkha Karo: The Prayer to Be Fearless (Translation of Tagore Song)
Bipade More Rakkha Karo: The Prayer to Be Fearless (Translation of Tagore Song)
Translation of one of the most beautiful and motivating Puja Parjay songs of Tagore from Geetanjali.
Kehte Hain Ki Ghalib Ka Hai Andaz-e-Bayaan Aur: The Unique Appeal of Mirza Ghalib’s Poetry
Kehte Hain Ki Ghalib Ka Hai Andaz-e-Bayaan Aur: The Unique Appeal of Mirza Ghalib’s Poetry
One of the most quoted poets in Urdu, the legendary Mirza Ghalib’s poetry was mostly in the form of ghazals. Ghazal enthusiast Niraj Shah takes you through a mesmerizing...
Thwarted Escape - the non-fiction memoir by Lopa Banerjee
Thwarted Escape: Poem Inspired By A Book
Maya Khandelwal's evocative review of Lopamudra Banerjee's memoir 'Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey', written in a poetic, lyrical form. Her first attempt at...
The tumultuous thunderThe luminous lightingThe clouded stayMy heavy heart.
Poems by Sara
My mother was a writer. She and I published, at her own cost, at my cousin's press, a hand-crafted book with a beautiful red cover titled very simply "Sara / Poems"...
A poem in picture for Autism Awareness
Picture Poem
A rare and memorable picture poem by Michele Baron for the Autism Special Edition of 'Learning and Creativity'
Matthew's Poem for 'Baba' (Grandmother)
Matthew’s Poem for ‘Baba’ (Grandmother)
A sensitive poem written by Matthew Vance who has Autism himself. He wrote this 6 years ago, right after his Grandfather passed away from Alzheimer’s. He gave it to his...
(Pic: Shamit [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL]  via Wikimedia Commons)
English Translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Short Story ‘Subha’ (A Short Excerpt)
On the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore, the bard of my soul, the illustrious Nobel laureate of Bengal, my humble tribute, a short...
My Tribute To Gurudeb: Translation of Ami Choncholo He
My Tribute To Gurudeb: Translation of Ami Choncholo He
A soulful English translation of one of Rabindranath Tagore's most sublime songs of Gitabitan, on the auspicious occasion of his birth anniversary.
Can you hear music with your heart, Which bound in unseen, intangible waves , From golden fleeces of clouds in lofty mountains that part, A choir of cherubs that your soul in wonder enslaves
Silence
A soulful and sensitively penned poem on autistic children, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'
Will she ever be able to die in peace leaving behind this blue rose
Again
A very sensitively penned poem for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
They deserve to adore earth's creation
Specials
A very thoughtful and emotionally charged poem depicting the life of an autistic child, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Unfurling your wings to flyTo those heights where love,The law of life prevails.
Autistic Divine Beings
A sensitive poem honouring and celebrating differently abled children, for the Autism Special Edition I of Learning & Creativity
I love the butterflies, the birds,So what if I have no words?
Mommy, Were You Weeping Today?
A sensitive poem for the Autism Special Edition of 'Learning & Creativity'
Song of an Autist
Song of an Autist
A strong, hard-hitting poem on autistic children, for the Autism Special Edition I
Normal Child
Normal Child
A sensitive poem dedicated to children with autism for the Autism Special Edition I of Learning and Creativity.
The Colorful Boy
The Colorful Boy
Sensitive and powerful poetic depiction of a boy with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Silence of the Sun
Silence of the Sun
A sensitive poem depicting the life of an autistic child, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
A Different World
A Different World
A thoughtful poem about a differently abled child with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'
Learn from Me
Learn from Me
A sensitively depicted poetic piece on the life of an autistic child, and the difference he can make to the world, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'....
A Slice Of My Life
A Slice Of My Life
A poetic depiction of the life of a special needs child, a child living with autism, for the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Blessed
Blessed
Celebrating and honouring the special life and the special abilities of a child with autism, for the Autism Special Edition of 'Learning and Creativity'.
Spectrum
Spectrum
A hard-hitting poem on the life of an autistic child and his parents for the Autism Special Edition I, building Autism Awareness through poetry.
Autism Awareness Special Edition 1: Editor's Note
Autism Awareness Special Edition 1: Editor’s Note
A strong, succinct editorial note about the Autism Special Edition I of 'Learning and Creativity', defining the purpose behind curating and publishing this edition and introducing...
Wuthering Heights
For Heathcliff and Wuthering Heights
My poetic tribute to the dark, sinister, yet irresistible love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw in Emily Bronte's classic novel 'Wuthering Heights'.
Trust the “PERMANENT” Within You – Values in Management
Trust the “PERMANENT” Within You – Values in Management
Values in Management - Trust the source that is PERMANENT within your own self. Your being, inherent nature, characteristics, strengths are within you. Peeyush Sharma lists...
Holi is an especially popular holiday in Lansing, Michigan
Holi Hai! An Indian Holiday Greets Spring with Showers of Color
Holi is an especially popular holiday in Lansing. The Bharatiya Temple hosts the area’s most prominent Holi festivities. Budding editor-writer and booklover Nitish Pahwa...
Bollywood: Classic Love Sagas Inspiring Poetry
Bollywood: Classic Love Sagas Inspiring Poetry
My poetic tribute to two timeless romances of Bollywood which swept me off my feet in my girlhood days, Ek Duje Ke Liye, and Silsila.
Utopia
Utopia
Love is... finding utopia even in shackles. On Valentine's Day, enjoy this sweet love poem from Ramendra Kumar.
Two Love Poems for Valentine's Day
Two Love Poems for Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day Special: Two love poems by Uma Subedi translated from Nepali to English by renowned poet/author/translator Suman Pokhrel.
The Battle of War and Peace
The Battle of War and Peace
What makes you more powerful - winning wars or ensuring peace? In a heartwarming story of two kings, Ramendra Kumar explores the eternal conflict. A Republic Day Special from...
Winners were chosen after careful selection
Weave a Ghost Story Contest Results Are Out!
The much awaited Results of the Weave a Ghost Story Contest are out! Congratulations to the winners and contributors for their participation!
“No mommy, I will not wear socks.”
No, Never!
Mother poems from Learning and Creativity - Enjoy this beautiful poem about a mother's endless struggle to make her boisterous 3-year-old listen to her.
Empower women with Carmine
CARMINE – The World’s First Customized Car Care Kit for Every Woman Needs Your Support
Lend your full support to Alabama-based Tess Winningham's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help her launch Carmine by December 2016.
The modern day Calcutta skyline (Pic: Wikimedia CC0)
Joy India
"Profits make you happy but while doing business if you can serve your country or help making the place a better place, that will give you a real joy. A true businessman should...
I was just trying to make do with an apologetic array of vegetables available in the swanky kitchen. Half an onion, three–fourths of a capsicum, and a couple of potatoes.
Yummy, Mummy! Anything for a Hungry Tummy
"I knew the concoction that I was trying to cook, was far from yummy, as I was just trying to make do with an apologetic array of vegetables available in the swanky kitchen....
The Spirit of Diwali
The Spirit of Diwali
"The sound of the bursting crackers, the smell of the mouth watering sweets, screaming, shouting and merrymaking of the children, the brilliance of the millions of tiny lamps...
Voting Fiasco
Voting Fiasco
"The absurdity of the whole process made me feel selfish...." Priyanka Chauhan's short story delves into the fads of the social media.
Over 1 Lakh Rare Records in Discs & Machines - Sunny's Gramophone Museum
Over 1 Lakh Rare Records in Discs & Machines – Sunny’s Gramophone Museum
The remarkable collector Sunny Mathew has over 1 lakh (100,000) rare records, including records in their earliest form and about 260 gramophones/record players/phonographs...
In Support of Scarcity
In Support of Scarcity
It’s time to stop being a slave to a barrage of information of all kinds, writes Amitava Nag. Let scarcity rule for a while.
St. Peter at digital gates (line drawing by author)
Truths, and Their Seasons…
Finding inspiration where we might, we can remember our pasts, participate in our present, and possibly have hope for a better future, and survive the crimes, conflicts, and...
Swing and Sway with Your Baby
Swing and Sway with Your Baby
Health brings sheer excellence in every sphere of life. And the foundation of a healthy child lies in inculcating healthy habits early on. Life is a way to celebrate with...
The beauty of His Creation is being highlighted in the orange spotlight.
I am not alone!
A wistful musing about that one awakening moment when Nature's all-encompassing beauty manifests itself as balm to the soul, reaffirming its infinite spirit and giving strength,...
Apply the Helicopter View Technique
Apply the Helicopter View Technique
Helicopter View Technique is a birds’ eye view, a third party observation point, a non-involved study and scrutiny. It changes the entire perspective of how we look at things...
To Nothingness?
To Nothingness?
A wistful poem about oblivion and nothingness that awaits every soul.
Saare Jahan Se Achchha....
Saare Jahan Se Achchha….
On the occasion of India's Independence Day, Learning and Creativity presents a children's story exploring the richness of diversity, culture, traditions and values which...
Bahu (1955), Shakti Samanta’s directorial debut was produced by Bikram Pahwa the eldest of the three Pahwa Brothers. The youngest brother was introduced in the film as Basant Kumar (bottom right)
(Pic: Sundeep Pahwa)
A Journey Seeking a Past
Film and music enthusiast Sundeep Pahwa belongs to a family which was closely connected with the film industry and had produced a couple of films in the '50s and '60s. In...
My Hero - Father's Day Special
My Hero – Father’s Day Special
I went to my father A tired and crumpled man I told him, “I am sorry, But I love you more than anyone ever can.”
Sound Recording In India: Rabindranath, Rabindrasangeet (1904-1941)
Sound Recording In India: Rabindranath, Rabindrasangeet (1904-1941)
Rabindranath Tagore’s association with the recording industry began in 1904. An exploration of the sound recordings of Tagore and Rabindra Sangeet by Sounak Gupta.
Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet Prophet
Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet Prophet
The sheer magnitude of his work speaks of the immense versatility of Tagore. Thousands of poems and songs for which he composed music, his plays, dance dramas, novels, short...
6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival, Kolkata: Event Report
6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival, Kolkata: Event Report
The recently celebrated 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival, Kolkata, which took the city by storm on March 26, 2015, was a grand follow-up to the international...
Two Women
Two Women
You and I At a strange time Could have been one Two variants of an atomic soul Same yet different Shaped by different storms Weathered we are But we still love the rains And...
Fight and throw off all the burden of oppressive histories and chainsThat bound the masses in grinding poverty.
Speak up!
A heartfelt tribute to the poetry and life of the celebrated, radical poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, on the National Poetry Month.
Two Poems on Womanhood by Shirani Rajapakse
Two Poems on Womanhood by Shirani Rajapakse
Poetry on womanhood by Sri Lankan poet Shirani Rajapakse as part of Rhythm Divine, Kolkata's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016....
Heart-Headed People
Heart-Headed People
Aiman Abdullah's poetry on womanhood as part of the 6th Woman International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, in collaboration with Rhythm Divine, Kolkata.
Lore of Womanhood
Lore of Womanhood
Sana Mohammed's poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
I Am Not Your Victim
I Am Not Your Victim
Himadri Agarwal's poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
'Black' and 'I Am Alive': by Sufia Khatoon
‘Black’ and ‘I Am Alive’: by Sufia Khatoon
Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
Death of a Soul
Death of a Soul
Ritesh Agarwal's poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, initiated by Jael Uribe.
Interviewing Kushal Poddar and Amit Shankar Saha about Woman Scream 2016, and their role in the International Movement
Interviewing Kushal Poddar and Amit Shankar Saha about Woman Scream 2016, and their role in the International Movement
Interviewing poets of Rhythm Divine about Woman Scream International art and Poetry Festival 2016
Interview with Sufia Khatoon: Rhythm Divine Collaborates with 6th Woman Scream
Interview with Sufia Khatoon: Rhythm Divine Collaborates with 6th Woman Scream
Interviewing Sufia Khatoon, Co-founder, Rhythm Divine for the the Kolkata chapter of Woman Scream 2016
Who Am I
Who Am I
Anindita Bose's Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, initiated in Madrid, Spain....
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Questioning Stereotypes and A Wish
Radhika Mall's poetry on womanhood as part of the 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, in collaboration with Rhythm Divine, Kolkata
Unraping Marriage
Unraping Marriage
Shreyatama Datta's poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
Verses on a Woman
Verses on a Woman
Kushal Poddar's Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016, initiated in Madrid, Spain....
A wordless frown is the gentle windFollowed by a string of dry seeds
Women’s Words
A richly symbolic poem dedicated to womanhood and the position of women in society.
Being a Woman
Being a Woman
Poetry on womanhood as part of Rhythm Divine's collaboration with 6th Woman Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016.
‘These Poems Encapsulate My Life’: In Conversation with Sanjeev Sethi, Author of This Summer and That Summer
‘These Poems Encapsulate My Life’: In Conversation with Sanjeev Sethi, Author of This Summer and That Summer
An intimate author interview with prolific poet Sanjeev Sethi regarding his latest collection 'This Summer and That Summer'.
The Last Night of My Life
The Last Night of My Life
A young married woman, a mother faced with a cruel reality of her life, as her family crumbles down.
Dropping out of school was her only option(Pic courtesy: Morguefile)
Where Goddesses Cry
A touching poetic saga of oppressed women of the modern days, named after the Hindu goddesses.
Woman
Woman
A soulful poem about a woman in wax.
I am No Goddess...
I am No Goddess…
A powerful, hard-hitting poem about the Every Woman, the everyday diva.
Wish
Wish
A poet reminisces about his mother, the sounds and images he would associate with her leaves him deeply nostalgic and lost.
Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine
A moving account of reminiscence and nostalgia of a mother as she visits down the memory lane on the occasion of her dear daughter's birthday.
Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas - A Book Review
Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas – A Book Review
A detailed, analytic book review of 'Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas', published by Readomania, edited and curated by Incredible Women of India.
The emptied bottle of sleeping pills lay open by the cushions.
The Separation
A touching, heart-wrenching saga of love, sacrifices and loss, centered on the relationship between a father-in-law and a daughter-in-law.
The Irrepressible ‘ She’
The Irrepressible ‘ She’
A heart-touching poem about the indomitable spirit of womanhood.
Hidden Path
Hidden Path
A poet's soulful account followed by his estrangement from his beloved.
Togetherness
Togetherness
A wistful poem celebrating the all-encompassing beauty of love and togetherness.
The Red Rose
The Red Rose
A short, simple, yet touching tale about the meaning and essence of true love.
A Lover's Plea
A Lover’s Plea
A heartfelt, romantic plea from a lover to his lady-love, a simple celebration of their blissful days together.
Love Like Wine
Love Like Wine
A soulful poem on matured love and how the lovers' emotions evolve while exploring love.
Kiss Me Goodbye...
Kiss Me Goodbye…
A poem celebrating the quintessential passion of love.
Autumn Kiss
Autumn Kiss
An intensely passionate love poem, celebrating the emotional fervour of the lovers.
In Lieu of Love
In Lieu of Love
A poem about attachments in the physical world.
A soulful poetic account as the poet reminisces the memories of a house, lost in flames
When a Friend’s Flat Burnt Down
A soulful poetic account as the poet reminisces the memories of a house, lost in flames
Talk of Shades
Talk of Shades
Blue , the color of all my morns Teeming with hope and Shredded bygones Crimson ,the hue of early noon A clumsy mishmash Of ecstasy and doom Green , the signal of twilight I...
Reminiscences
Reminiscences
A poet's nostalgic reminiscence of her girlhood days.
Strings
Strings
A lyrical poem with strong imagery portraying a pigeon and a nylon string.
Oh Calcutta!
Oh Calcutta!
A poem by Sufia Khatoon on the enigmatic beauty of old Calcutta (now rechristened 'Kolkata'), inspired by a photograph of an old building in the city by Kounteya Sinha.
Horizons
Horizons
A poem about the universal journey of life and the horizons one explores on the way.
Poetry
Poetry
A poet's soulful musing about the act of writing poems.
Kadambari
Kadambari
A passionate account of a poet's quest to find the lady-love of her dreams.
Silverfish
Silverfish
A symbolic, metaphorical quest of a man for memories and his journey with them.
The Price of the Fumes: A Short Story
The Price of the Fumes: A Short Story
A short, but powerful fictional piece with a strong social message.
To Chiyo
To Chiyo
A heartfelt poem about the loss of a loved one.
I Want You to Have a Good Time
I Want You to Have a Good Time
A touching musing about the emotional bond that a mother and daughter share with each other. Santosh Bakaya pens it down as a funny birthday musing.
The Screen
The Screen
A vision of a poet, a journey through abstract imagery.
"Santa must be out of his home by now and have started visiting houses, he might drop in to our house any day!"
Noelle
A touching short story of a humble Christian family and the unconditional gift of love they received from their daughter on Christmas eve.
Unearthing Life
Unearthing Life
A deeply philosophical poem about the various nuances of human life and what makes life meaningful for us.
His pen has bled his heart onto a virgin space
When a Poet Loves You
A whimsical poem about how a poet's verses can leave a deep impact on the reader's mind.
When you reach out to touch the filtered sunshine
Amid the honking, hustling cacophony of known vehicles
Adieu, Kolkata
In every goodbye, let there be the rambling of lost loves... A touching poem of walking away from the land you are rooted to.
Merry Christmas, Steve!
Merry Christmas, Steve!
On the festive occasion of Christmas eve, Ramendra Kumar presents a touching short story on the real spirit of Merry Christmas and how owning up to one's mistakes is the first...
Eeach budding romance was sniffed out and snuffed out with police state efficiency.
The Misogynist Mashima (God Aunt)
A tongue-in-cheek look at the irrepressible Mashima who has an opinion on everything. By noted cultural ambassador and dancer, Sohini Roychowdhury.
Whisperings in Air
Whisperings in Air
A sublime nature poem.
Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag
(Pic: Wikimedia Public Domain)
A Collage of Memories – The Magic of Virender Sehwag
"Sehwag has been described as a simple cricketer who didn’t think much and just batted. The see-ball, hit-ball cliché must have been used a million times on him. Adjectives...
Geeta Dutt - the voice that is balm to the soul.
Moments with ‘Geetu Pishi’ – Remembering Geeta Dutt
Legendary singer Geeta Dutt's nephew Ashis Basu recounts some golden moments spent with 'Geetu Pishi'.
Spectacular Spectre
Spectacular Spectre
Spectre is a visual treat on celluloid. The scenes shot beautifully, of Rome as never seen before, the Alps, the train to Tangier through Sahara and of course, London,...
Photons of Love
Photons of Love
A heartfelt tribute to the auspicious festival of lights, Deepavali or Diwali, and a plea to all of humanity to rekindle their inner lights.
Pic courtesy: UrbanUrban_ru (Flickr: DIWALI INDIA 2) [CC BY-SA 2.0]
‘Happy Diwali, Bauji!’
Ramendra Kumar recalls some beautiful memories of his childhood of Diwali celebrations that were sparkling times of innocence, fun and merriment.
The most beautiful Puja Pandal was given the 'Spectacular Spectrum Shield' by the sponsors.
The Puja Spirit
What are Pujas all about? Are they only about merry making, singing, dancing, and eating? - A touching short story about the real spirit of the Durga Puja.
But You Left
But You Left
The artist and her soul-searching journey with words.
The Evil In Me
The Evil In Me
A dark poem unfolding some mysterious nuances of the mind that aches when it hurts someone close.
The smile is on before the surgery.
Silence Of The Lamb
Ramendra Kumar writes a tongue-in-cheek account of his tryst with Haemangioma and playing dumb charades to communicate. An inspirational account of battling a serious health...
I Would Not Write A Sonnet
I Would Not Write A Sonnet
A poetic journey of writing a sonnet inspired by a muse.
Darkness
Darkness
A spirited ode to darkness and shadows and light.
Reminiscence
Reminiscence
A poem about reminiscing a lost love and reflecting about the estrangement.
Roseate Sonnets Contest: And The Winners Are...!
Roseate Sonnets Contest: And The Winners Are…!
We are very glad and honoured to announce the results of our Roseate Sonnets contest, for which we received an overwhelming response in Learning and Creativity.
Sunglass
Sunglass
A nostalgic love story written with the phenomenal Coffee House of College Street, Kolkata as the backdrop.
The Roseate Sonnet: An Experience in Learning the Art of Poetry (with a CONTEST & PRIZES!)
The Roseate Sonnet: An Experience in Learning the Art of Poetry (with a CONTEST & PRIZES!)
A unique, experimental poetic form, the Roseate Sonnet, invented by Dr. A.V. Koshy and inspired by the symbol of the rose, that also inspired other poets to try it.
To Mark Your Departure
To Mark Your Departure
A craving to hold on to love - expressed in verse.
My Boy of Nine
My Boy of Nine
A touching poem written to honour the love between a mother and her differently abled son.
Ganga, A Cry
Ganga, A Cry
A powerful, hard-hitting poem depicting the spiritual essence of river Ganga and how the river has degenerated over the ages in the hands of humans.
God's Love is Rose
God’s Love is Rose
I would like to thank Dr. Ampat Koshi for his introducing this poetic form and due to his inspiration, this poem took birth. Of course, the Acrostic throughout the poem is...
Half-read
Half-read
A roseate sonnet with a beautiful rhyming structure and an acrostic of a rose in the last four lines. This poem was voted in the Rejected Stuff group as one of the two best...
Histories
Histories
A critical and enriching poem on the scope and purpose of art and how art originated in human minds.
The Lost Womb
The Lost Womb
A seething projection of female infanticide, a rampant truth still prevalent in our country, as a mother mourns her lost womb.
Bidaai
Bidaai
A daughter's emotional moments captured while parting from her father after her marriage ceremony.
When I Am Just Me
When I Am Just Me
A beautiful ode and a tribute to the relentless creative and artistic spirit of the human mind, the bodies and the beings that sing, dance, paint, write.
At the River Ganges
At the River Ganges
An evocative journey of the poet's mind that essays the beauty and spiritual ardour of Varanasi, the river Ganges, the temples and the serenity around.
A Taxi Tête-à-Tête with Sankar
A Taxi Tête-à-Tête with Sankar
A sweet memory of a sharing a taxi ride with Sankar, writer of the famed novels Kato Ajanare, Chowringhee, Jana Aranya, Seemabaddha and others.
‘Your Voice is Breaking!’
‘Your Voice is Breaking!’
A humorous look at the vagaries of the newly English speaking community of the IT world.
It was Jamai Shashti, that special day when son in laws were celebrated and pampered across Bengal.
Jamai Shashti
Jamai Shashti is a touching story about broken dreams and the courage to break free.
Wild Abandon
Wild Abandon
A love poem about the wondrous desires of the heart and the ardent passions that define them.
The Letters from Girish
The Letters from Girish
A wistful romantic story of a couple in love, with a difference.
Love Story
Love Story
You were the closest that came to my notion of companionship. But, where were you? In gilt, I framed pictures of you — soft, sullen, seductive, surreal. As the climate...
'Beyond Barriers'
‘Beyond Barriers’
Powerful poetry with rich symbolism commenting on the richness and inexplicable ardour of human love.
Mother
Mother
A heartfelt tribute to a mother and the quintessential essence of her presence, depicted by her daughter.
The Red Towel
The Red Towel
A short piece about the gifts of generosity, the fourth one in the musing series by Dr. Bakaya where she yet again shows the benevolent spirit of love.
unstable trees have a secret to share
Whispers
A surreal nature poem celebrating the exquisite beauty and wonder of the sea and the natural landscape.
Stealing spring from a friend’s heart
Season-Starved
A wistful, ruminative poem about the seasons and the human cravings that define them.
My Father — the Elocutionist
My Father — the Elocutionist
In a real life David vs Goliath story, an unassuming 15-year-old elocutionist gives the mighty Indian broadcaster a stiff and determined challenge.
From the Last Time
From the Last Time
A wistful plea of a lover addressing his last heartfelt words to his lady-love.
After some time, the mother climbed down, the baby furiously clinging to her,
Of Teddy Bears, Calories and Clouds
A mother's sweet, endearing rumination about her daughter, her growing up and the interrelation between both the mother and daughter.
No matter how difficult the road ahead looks to me, I‘ll endure
Past – Unforgotten
A wistful entourage of memories of an old love soon to be buried under the recesses of a young girl's mind, addressed to her mother just before her wedding.
Recall Rhyme
Recall Rhyme
A wistful poet's prayer that encompasses his emotional fervour, his love for nature's bounty and the wondrous memories of his life in his village.
Din About Chins
Din About Chins
In her series of humorous musings, Santosh Bakaya looks at the disasters WhatsApp can create for the young generation hooked on to selfies.
Delightful Dickens: Some Tribute, 2012
Delightful Dickens: Some Tribute, 2012
An uncanny and absorbing fictional piece, inspired by Charles Dickens' phenomenal work 'The Christmas Carol' and presented as a homage to the novelist.
The Mountain Refrains
The Mountain Refrains
A love poem based on a fictional narrative with the gorgeous, lush green mountain terrains of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado as the backdrop.
Strangers in the Sand
Strangers in the Sand
"We tried opening the mat further and creating more room for ourselves, it was herculean, but we finally managed to make a little tent for ourselves, pulling down the ends...
The Afternoon
The Afternoon
A reflective poetic rumination about the strange, inexplicable ways in which nature manifests itself in the human world in the garb of an afternoon reverie.
Flurry About Egg Curry
Flurry About Egg Curry
A delightful, short personal essay about the endearing chemistry and camaraderie of a mother-daughter relationship portrayed with humor and razor-sharp wit.
A Memoir of Mirror..!
A Memoir of Mirror..!
A reflection of the human mind, its various foibles and epiphanies unfolded through the omnipresent voice of a mirror. An eye-opening fictional narrative.
Jhulan Utsav
Jhulan Utsav
A wistful, romantic poem depicting the essence and fervour of Jhulan festival in India during monsoon, a festival celebrating the divine love between Radha and Lord Krishna....
Yashoda: Poetry in Translation
Yashoda: Poetry in Translation
A beautiful spiritual poem by Girija P.  Pathekkara about the fascinating and intriguing interrelation  between Lord Krishna and his foster-mother Yashoda, translated in...
Stop at Beas
Stop at Beas
A haunting, riveting poetic narrative about an awestruck traveler finding her way in the surreal blue mountains, the rocks and the trees of the landscape.
"The deeper you bury me in the ground, the finer I will blossom out"
A Woman’s Strength
A powerful poetic dedication to the unwavering spirit, the grit, determination and true power of womanhood.
Game, Set And Match - Father's Day Special Story
Game, Set And Match – Father’s Day Special Story
This Father's Day Special Story by Ramendra Kumar unfolds the triumphs and glories of a father-and-son relationship in the most endearing and memorable way.
Two Bellboys From Virudhachalam
Two Bellboys From Virudhachalam
An endearing and hopeful fictional narrative about a girl's aspirations about her life and how she settles into an arranged marriage, albeit a happy one.
Thoughts on Leaves
Thoughts on Leaves
Beautiful nature poetry about the surreal, endearing beauty of the vines creeping up our walls, and the simple, unassuming, yet timeless truths they convey.
The Summer of Recalls
The Summer of Recalls
A wistful, romantic poem about the nostalgia, bittersweet memories of a girlhood replete with dreams, rain, sweet nothings, romance and freedom.
'Parting' and 'Yearning' - Two Poems
‘Parting’ and ‘Yearning’ – Two Poems
Two romantic poems on love's greatest mysteries and the human emotions that characterize them.
Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Crime
A poet's wistful appeal to retain the beauty of his childhood dreams, that he admits as his juvenile crime. A dreamy, romantic, emotional confession.
Constantly
Constantly
A delicate, subtle love poem that speaks of the most subtle emotions and memories of love when lovers estrange, with rich, and vivid imagery.
the seed sower, grower, the farmer
The Farmer
A gripping, tragic narrative poem about the sad plight of a village farmer and his unflinching devotion to his land. A haunting, riveting poem about the myriad sacrifices...
Earthquake In Kathmandu
Earthquake In Kathmandu
A seething, haunting poem about the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal that shook Mother Earth and her inhabitants profoundly.
Sadness
Sadness
A bittersweet poem reflecting on the quintessential sadness that overwhelms the spirit of humanity.
'Dharna' and 'Order'
‘Dharna’ and ‘Order’
Two symbolic poems by Sheikha A. that reflect subtly on the turmoil and the helplessness of humanity in the face of volatile turbulence in Pakistan.
The Touch of a Mother
The Touch of a Mother
On the auspicious occasion of Mother's day, my humble dedication to the memory of my mother and all mothers who have loved their children, unconditionally, selflessly. This...
“But Mum, it’s too dark at night. How do we play catch-me-if-you-can? Nobody can see anybody,” complained Baflee, the child-little-beetle.
How The Firefly Got its Twinkle
A beautiful story on the explorations and travails of the fireflies to get their own twinkle so that they can see where they are going in the dark.
Two Tagore Songs of 'Puja' Parjaay in Translation
Two Tagore Songs of ‘Puja’ Parjaay in Translation
On the auspicious day of the bard's birth anniversary celebrations, my humble homage to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and his mystical melodies.
Nature’s Musing
Nature’s Musing
A reflective musing on Mother Nature's beautiful abundance and the rhapsody of her music. 
The Flavour of Love
The Flavour of Love
A refreshing romantic treat of a poem that speaks of the true essence and beauty of love. 
World
World
A symbolic poem, a reflection on the ruthless materialistic world of contemporary times. 
Reflections and Dreams: An Essay
Reflections and Dreams: An Essay
The dream world and the real world become as tenuous as can be, the blurring insignificance of what is and what can be! Who cares?
Editorial (Poetry Month Special)
Editorial (Poetry Month Special)
It gives me great pleasure to unveil a beautiful collection of poetic works by our brilliant poets and contributors in our Poetry Special Edition of Learning and Creativity....
Moon Pie: Collaborative Poem
Moon Pie: Collaborative Poem
A sensuous, divine expression of romantic love, which is born out of a poetic collaboration between D. Russel Micnhimer and Nalini Priyadarshini.
A Ramble Through The Woods
A Ramble Through The Woods
Nature has always inspired me , and this poem was triggered as I rambled in the Bharatpur bird sanctuary , Rajasthan, inhaling the sights and sounds that the rich wilderness...
Cry of a Book  (For a prompt in Poets/Artists Unplugged FB group)
Cry of a Book (For a prompt in Poets/Artists Unplugged FB group)
The Face Book group Poets/Artists Unplugged to which I belong puts up a prompt from time to time. Recently it put up a prompt-- 'Cry of a Book'. Being a lifelong lover of...
The Final Masquerade: a Ballad
The Final Masquerade: a Ballad
This poem was inspired by a NAPOWRIMO prompt in Rejected Stuff which is also its title. It is also an attempt to write a Dylanesque ballad, set in modern times. It deals objectively...
Handling the glinting dews delicately,
Growing on the blades of the grass green
Poetry: A Tribute
In this beautifully evocative poem, Dr. Sunil Sharma captures the true essence, beauty and universality of poetry, presenting a rich dedication to the art and rhetoric of...
I Shall Bid No Farewell: Poem in Translation
I Shall Bid No Farewell: Poem in Translation
This is a collection of two poems, originally written in Nepali by celebrated poet Suman Pokhrel and translated in English by another literary great, Dr. Abhi Subedi. Both...
May I Not See Dreams
May I Not See Dreams
This is a collection of two poems, originally written in Nepali by celebrated poet Suman Pokhrel and translated in English by another literary great, Dr. Abhi Subedi. Both...
the sun having vaulted over the city to
join the warm beach bodies
Earthsick
'Earthsick' is an attempt to find one's bearings in a large, bustling city Dubai where everyone goes unnoticed, their struggles remain anonymous and yet by being there in...
Tragic melancholy sounds
Mirror of Society
A poetic commentary on the insensitivity and inhumanity of the society around us.
Life From the Dust
Life From the Dust
A love poem with classical elements/images from Greek mythology interspersed with the sensuous and sensual depiction of a woman’s body and persona, making this poem a luscious...
Seventeen
Seventeen
I wrote it for my daughter when she was seventeen. She was in her first year of University, reading English Literature, and talking to me about books, theory and writing....
Birth of a Poem
Birth of a Poem
The birth of a poem is an unconscious prosody of a wordsmith’s or poet's wonderland where his / her senses are stimulated. The poet’s self is rejuvenated with a profound,...
The Zenana
The Zenana
This poem was born out of my first few experiences in the ladies waiting room at hospitals. It is a practice in the middle east to have separate waiting rooms for women. The...
Miscarriage
Miscarriage
I wrote the poem, ‘miscarriage’, some twenty years after the loss of two babies in early pregnancy. The writing helped me understand why I felt under-supported on each...
The Mirage
The Mirage
This poem came to me quite spontaneously when I visited Kalimpong in November 2014. We were visiting a flower garden where we were greeted with a host of flowering North American...
The Painter
The Painter
My father is a Doctor by profession, but a painter by passion. He has had 11 solo exhibition of paintings at the Academy of Fine arts, Kolkata and also several collaborated...
Remembering Nanceylla
Remembering Nanceylla
The poem is about a little girl named Nanceylla whom the narrator met in his sojourn to a hilly place. While the narrator was preparing to go out, the girl pleaded him to...
Uncared
Uncared
This poem is a dedication to the struggles of womanhood, and the social perceptions regarding the status of women in India.
Journeys
Journeys
Through the metaphor of a train journey, the author in this poem depicts the emotional odyssey of life itself in various different hues of revelations, temporal, spatial and...
The Seed of Our Mystery Love
The Seed of Our Mystery Love
In this poem, the poet depicts a sense of being in love, the kind of love which may not fill emptiness but certainly makes emptiness serene.
And I Fell in Love Again...
And I Fell in Love Again…
Having spent a decade of marital bliss, Aastha feels she can't help falling in love with her hubby again. Every little gesture of his still makes her heart skip a beat. She...
Quest For A Rhetoric
Quest For A Rhetoric
The poem is a rumination about negative experiences and their aftereffects in our lives. Even after certain episodes in our lives blow over, their memories linger on for a...
Lyre of Present
Lyre of Present
A hopeful, intoxicating ballad encompassing a beautiful philosophy that we often disregard in our quest for tomorrow’s promises and their fulfilment: living and reveling...
Root
Root
'The Root' is one of my art pieces. We all have some hidden corners lying deep inside our hearts. Some of us are poor, some are rich, some live in the city, some belong close...
My Worship Laid to Rest
My Worship Laid to Rest
I dedicate this poem to widows of all martyrs. Their agonizing sacrifice is respected and honored from the depths of my soul. This poem takes you through emotions of love...
In Copious Clouds Of Lathered Foam
In Copious Clouds Of Lathered Foam
A surreal poetic vision of Craig Froman on cities and urban images - a Learning and Creativity Special commemorating US National Poetry Month 2015.
Seasons Of The World
Seasons Of The World
Archisha Bhatt, a VII Std. student muses over the four delightful seasons of the world and the bounties each of them bring for us.
L&C Celebrates National Poetry Month, Send Us Your Poems!
L&C Celebrates National Poetry Month, Send Us Your Poems!
Writers, poets and wordsmiths...! Contribute your poems for our special month in 'Learning and Creativity', dedicated to the National Poetry Month April 2015.
children being born means the universe
still believes in our future
Dirge for the Achingly Human
The undying desire to create a world away from the world of hate, to have hope in the future. A poem by Dr Ampat Koshy in National Poetry Month 2015 Special
It Hurts
It Hurts
"He always did that; ignored me, after he had a drunken night and some incidents of hitting. I think he felt ashamed of his behaviour, that’s why he kept silent." Rhiti...
Cracked open your ribs,
Tasted your gashes
In my own inner void.
Musing
A letter to my old, forgotten, forsaken poems, on the occasion of the World Poetry Day.
On full moon nights often he inhales the mist of the moon
A Poet’s Petition…!
March 21st being International Poet’s Day, I am dedicating this work for all poets around the world.
Charulata and Amal (Pic: Amazon)
Broken Homes and Virtual Companions: Redefining Ray’s Charulata
In a seemingly liberal world of today, one that has moved far away from the confinement of Charu's world, men and women today have no restriction in mingling freely.
Woman's heart, a dazzling flame,
Contains warmth of golden mist
A Living Enigma…!!
On International Women's Day, Learning and Creativity presents a poem by Maaya Dev that reveals the woman in her entirety, as the one who conceals the rhythm of all seasons....
Mera Wala 2 States
Mera Wala 2 States
Author Ramendra Kumar steps back into memories and recounts his own love story that bridged two states in a "special, special story for Valentine's Day".
Ripped
Ripped
I wrote this little poem for my younger daughter Sharanya (Rimli) in a bewildered mental state after she met with her first accident in her school.
Mhaaro Pranam - A Tribute To Queen Of Thumri Vidushi Shobha Gurtu
Mhaaro Pranam – A Tribute To Queen Of Thumri Vidushi Shobha Gurtu
What indeed puts the Queen of Thumri Shobha Gurtu in a class by herself are not merely the unique qualities of her warm sensuous voice which blends strength with suppleness...
"Promise," his father took his hand in his and shook it
The Promise: Republic Day Special
Greetings to all our friends on Republic Day! We present a touching story on patriotism and faith on the occasion of Republic Day by Ramendra Kumar.
Kite’s string had been ‘cut’ and it was now sailing away
Shaolin – Makar Sakranti Special
Johny was around fifty years of age, tall, with thick grey hair and an athletic body. He was clad in a white shirt and formal blue trousers.
Why I Write: The Journey And The Inspiration
Why I Write: The Journey And The Inspiration
I have witnessed almost all of it, the unsung glory of a writer in a business setting, the doubtful eyes of friends and relatives who did never quite understand why I kept...
His father, Jacob Kurien, and he had decorated the Christmas tree.
The Spirit Of Christmas
The true spirit of Christmas is in giving and sharing. It is in showing love and kindness. A beautiful short story on the festive occasion of Christmas.
Do marks based incentives work with kids?
Do marks based incentives work with kids?
But then the addiction started kicking in. She was now expecting high marks after every test, and eagerly awaiting the verdict of amount she earned.
Puddle
Puddle
"...it just slips out that you are a greater expert at puddle-jumping than I...” Read this lovely children's story by Ramendra Kumar about a boy who loved puddles, published...
The Four Kind Dragons
The Four Kind Dragons
The four dragons’ love for mankind is not a story... Inspired from a Chinese story-poem, this poem recounts a beautiful legend of kindness and compassion.
A Hundred Million Years
A Hundred Million Years
I had two friends Ami and Iam with whom I played and conversed on the vast canvas.
A fantasia painting a fantasy
Hues of Humanity: A Poem
Bearing dark blood all over the glowing soul I credited to me, own the hues of humanity.
Vincent
Vincent
There is boredom in the bordello filled with broken fragrances of waiting gun powder and desolate embers – I pick up the repeater and send straight through my left ear...
Did her fingers brush off the same stroke of words as mine would begin to soon?
The Typewriter
With a poof of breath, he got rid of the dust on it and set it on the floor for me to see. It was a typewriter alright. Only, it seemed haunted to me.
Satyameva Jayate 3 Is Must Watch
Satyameva Jayate 3 Is Must Watch
Aamir Khan's decisive contribution to the society would be from the Satyamev Jayate 3 television series, only if the society sits up to notice it.
Let all the children of the worldGet a chance to study,Let them all go to schoolAnd grow healthy and happy.
Children’s Rights: A Travesty Of Truth, A Mockery Of Justice
It is a matter of great pride for every Indian that Kaliash Satyarthi has won the most coveted award The Nobel Peace Prize for his work in probably the most significant area...
Two leading lights of India's struggle for independence, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose with Gandhiji, at Haripura Congress in 1938. (Pic courtesy: Internet)
The Gandhi Within
A special story by Ramendra Kumar on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on the unsung freedom fighters and martyrs who gave up everything up for the country.
The dimpled smile was there
But behind it a devilish mind
My Sonny Boy
Ramendra Kumar, author of Effective Parenting: A New Paradigm recounts and revisits his years of bringing up his son, a pocket-sized dynamo, a bundle of joy.
Major Dhyan Chand
Dhyan Chand: The Merlin Of Hockey
On the occasion of National Sports Day 2014, we remember one of India's greatest heroes who cemented India's position as the undisputed international hockey champ at a time...
Gifting my colors to the butterflies,
I offer my beauty to the flowers
Worthwhile: A Poem
I can happily say- I lost everything But I found myself So, it was worthwhile
The lovely rainbow whose sight I lost
Gave way to an eclipse
Illusion: A Poem
Life is just an illusion Distinguish the unreal beauty From the beautiful reality.
You add a smile to your lips when you create one for others
Unforgettable Yet Forgotten: A Poem
You add a smile to your lips when you create one for others, And subtract a many, when because of you, on someone pain showers.
She wants to bring a change to this world
A Story: Not A Random Thought
Like every other person on this Earth, she also started her journey on a day which she celebrates as her birthday every year.
India and its villages need good doctors far more than rich countries like America."
Patriotism
On the occasion of India's Independence Day, Learning and Creativity presents a special short story by Ramendra Kumar on the true essence of patriotism.
YUDH: Battling for Excellence, Difference
YUDH: Battling for Excellence, Difference
Kashyap reminded us all that 90% of the people we hang around with are never happy at our successes and only await us to fall.
Sahir's Poetry Awakens Me From My Slumber
Sahir’s Poetry Awakens Me From My Slumber
Sahir’s works even today have the power to whip up storms. True to his name… Sahir = wakeful… he awakens me from my slumber and makes me sit up and notice.
Appreciating Human Foibles Like None Other
Appreciating Human Foibles Like None Other
Sarat Chandra and Bimal Mitra were the only ones who made me empathize with their characters.
Delhi Metro ride is quite comfortable and I enjoy it. 
(Pic: Prabhatkaushik, Creative Commons 3.0)
The Beacon Of Light In The Metro Ride
A regular metro ride becomes an eye-opener when an African family gives the writer a glimpse into the oneness of humankind.
LOC, directed by JP Dutta, is based on the Kargil War
A Father And A Patriot
Major Tiger tried his best to fight back the tears welling up in his eyes but he couldn't. The crumpled paper in his hand was wet as he read it again and again...
Their Love... As Years Pass
Their Love… As Years Pass
About love and togetherness, about change and constancy, about celebrating life's moments of belonging.
my thoughts flying around
 under the lazy afternoon sun,
Wisps Of Thoughts Floating…
Wisps of thoughts floating visualizes thoughts in the rich imagery of the dragonfly.
L&C Short Stories Contest (Anthology) Results Declared
L&C Short Stories Contest (Anthology) Results Declared
L&C's Short Stories Contest (Anthology) Results Declared. Winning entries to be published as ebook.
Having His Way, Undisputed!
Having His Way, Undisputed!
At the slightest opportunity he would slip into the bathroom or the tank in the garden, get thoroughly wet and then charge at everything and everyone in sight.
Bahu Manorathe Saju Abhisare
Bahu Manorathe Saju Abhisare
The song is marvelously penned down in a broken dialect (of Sanskrit, Hindi, Maithili, Brajabuli and Bangla) and allows one to find resemblances with Bhanusingher Padabali....
Today Is Not My Birthday
Today Is Not My Birthday
I never asked you to wish me luck, or, to hold my hand in the darkness of the city, I never cried as I treaded alone inside the room to open the windows, that lead me to the...
Ek Villain Do Sau Problem!
Ek Villain Do Sau Problem!
Ek Villain's stupendous box office success has puzzled me on how a movie with all the wrong messages can work so well with the Indian audience.
Masked : A Poem
Masked : A Poem
Everyone is masked and should be unmasked, As you always say
The Invincible:  An Opinion
The Invincible: An Opinion
We are warriors of light; we believe in miracles and hence miracles begin to happen.” We are INVINCIBLE. Yes, you too!
Let me drown in the sea of your love
Let me save myself
This Is The Moment I Need
This is the moment I need Again and again This is the moment I seek Again and again.
I was determined to nose out the open door
The Closed Door
I ensconced myself with parlous disheartenment Cursing my destiny; I resolved to look high and low for a spare door
Birds and animals were the victims,
It had been a long time since killing them was one of his fantasies.
The Best Hunter
There should have been a miracle in his life, Like an apple cut without using a knife.
Her black tresses were always lively
Falling on her face was an excuse for them to touch her
A Known Stranger
I know that girl Who is walking towards her own doom On her own will. Strange girl she is, A known stranger of mine… I had seen her iconic eyes, But not the tears welled...
UNICEF's The State of the World's Children 2014 in Numbers (Pic: Unicef)
‘Every Child Counts’: Gift Children Their Childhood
We can’t and should not expect a cruel society to be a benefactor to our own kids when parents themselves are touching the new lows of parenthood.
A large tree stood beside the house. With its yellow and red leaves, it attracted Adhiraaj like never before
The Maple Tree
A dim light shone in her room. He heard sounds of sobs. The whole family had gathered around his daughter’s bed. He pushed everyone along the way.
She used to tell stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Panchatantra, Jataka tales, et al.
A Tale Of Tales
I wonder how many of today’s children are fortunate to have experienced this pleasure – the unadulterated joy of listening to stories.
I was assigned the job to keep the little one engaged for a couple of hours while the big one got her 80 winks.
Papa Scheherazade!
As nights passed, I tried everything to win Ankita’s confidence: doing callisthenics, making faces, creating sounds and even yodelling. The result was the same. She would...
Papa Dearest
Papa Dearest
Father's Day Special Stories: Parents are often unaware how their behaviour impacts their kids.
Girl
I Just Want To Be A Little Girl: A Poem
Be lively or a lazy girl I just want to be a little girl.
The One Who Came Around
The One Who Came Around
I first saw her when I was in Rome in front of that ‘fountain’; now they say if you make a wish and throw a coin in the fountain, it comes true.
The Scar
The Scar
Amit was a tall handsome guy, who was not only the heartthrob among his relatives but friends and college professors also. He had an attitude to win, and he was always a winner...
An Afternoon In Verona
An Afternoon In Verona
Like every other girl, I dreamt of my perfect man. The only difference was I didn't dream to live my life with him.
Writing about love and beauty, roses and tulips is a form of escapism, in which the modern poet rarely indulges.
(Pic: VintageVectors.com
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)
The Verse Libbers
Writing about love and beauty, roses and tulips is a form of escapism, in which the modern poet rarely indulges.
When she first said "Papa"
Rainbows filled up my sky
Five Words
A beautiful poem for daughter by her father that reminiscences his joyful journey with her through life.
I watch a future from
an unknown distance--
the dream of a lightening
moon kingdom.
Silver Smiles On My Lips
Even when my mind is aflame and soul afire even when I walk on the sharp edge of life you hang like silver smiles on my lips. Even when I wonder I’ve forgotten my abode in...
The world too rushes as far as she can.
But her knot with the sun
is never wrecked.
The White Revolution
A poem introspecting the inward journey in pursuit of time!
Images of all forms,
Descend with drops of dew
Nectar
A beautiful poem on our eternal thirst to drink the nectar of life and experience the intoxication of being alive in this world.
Data suggests that if all nations had spent one percent less on their defence resources over the past decade, every child would have been going to school, smiling.
Where Is Our Humanity?
Once we as humans start feeling for global wellness, poverty will start getting reduced.
While sipping black coffee
in the calming down evenings
the rain might immerse me!
A Poem in Response to Life
Last few dusks I sneaked into to the pearly rain falls lapping, soaking onto the soil on the rims of the yearning shrubberies tapped by the sunny annexes of intermittent,...
Venkat had got his favourite berth - a side berth and that too, a lower one. 
(Pic: Dforest, Wikimedia under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 )
Mother
It was then that he remembered a Telugu saying 'Even a baby crow, to its mother, appears cute.' A touching story of a mother's love for Mother's Day May 11, 2014.
Yes it is TIME – the most precious of modern resources and easily the most abused one.
From Time Management To Time Enjoyment
Each one of us is given 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds each day. And this figure has remained the same since time immemorial. Two minute noodles, instant coffee, instant...
Yet, I shall pass by the dark shadows
And not let your memories ruin my today
Rhapsody On The Bygone Days
Though I know, Some things are never to be forgotten And some scars are to be kept alive.
NOTA on the EVM  has been designed to indicate the disapproval.
Hi Voters!! A Few Words About ‘NOTA’
The negative voting has been recognised by many nations. Many countries practise it. This is in vogue in different terminologies in different countries. In Spain and Columbia...
If we observe children carefully we find that basically they are childlike.
Be Natural, Be Childlike!
We all were childlike once. We all possessed these wondrous qualities like unconditional love, trust, playfulness and simplicity. Somewhere on the road to adulthood we have...
It was an old,damp house. I saw them enter the house all three of them.
The Window
They would never know that it was I who taught him to utter his first word ‘maa’. I encouraged him to say it “mmmmaa…” He looked carefully at me and repeated the...
"I did some internet research and found that Parvati art gallery had given him his first break and you were the curator at that time"
Two Losses
Short stories about love: Two Losses is a story by Jagjeet Kaur about love, its wins and its losses.
The dusty streets of Rotherham
The Game Of Royals
The very next day, at the stroke of seven, Daniel was out on the road for this dismal job of cocaine transfer.
In my life I have had many friends, 
But I’ll never find like her
My Best Friend
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Ramendra Kumar dedicates a poem to the most important woman in his life...
Chhayay Asio (Poetry by Swadesh Sen) 
Pic Courtesy: Swadesh Sen Kalimati
Freedom is Swadesh Sen
Poet Swadesh Sen passed away on March 6, 2014. Amitava Nag remembers him as one of those bridges between the fluidic ornamentation of the 70's and the grounded post-modernist...
"Now its two weeks since the carrots have appeared on the rack"
Entaglements
Should she dress-up more smartly? Has she taken their relationship for granted? Should she confront him about his indifference?...
Jonathan Livingston Seagull: I think of the grit of this seagull and find strength to go on
Under the Influence of Characters
It is a difficult task to pick any one literary character among the numerous who swim around my head; signify some part of my life or the other.
And then they call again -
To drift with you, friend
Call
In the dark I cry,
In the flowers, in the pollen 
In the petals that had fallen 
Love was everywhere.
Springtime
Spring the season of love As ordained by Mother Nature, Was holding in its thrall Almost every creature.
He was a master communicator. He had a different bark for every occasion.
The God Of Beautiful Things
A year later I found that Aryan did not need any mentoring. He had succeeding in imparting ‘Obedience Training’ to all of us. When he took us for a walk he decided when...
Little Mags: A Special Niche In Kolkata Book Fair
Little Mags: A Special Niche In Kolkata Book Fair
At one corner, like the jewel in the crown resides the Little Magazine pavilion.
a lonely kite flutters
towards the Sun
Chronicle
the men lie, the women forget
My mobile screen
reads "Ma", and
I disconnect
Saudade
I make her ring...
I noticed a well-built Alsatian owned by my neighbor... seeing him running in full cry set my imagination working...
Freedom from Fear
I imagined myself letting out a shriek, my eyes behaving like a blinking tube-light to control the damage, to avoid the dog and to escape him somehow.
those about to smile eyes,
the strand of hair misplaced
a sindurer tip, so cozy

(A famous still from Satyajit Ray's Apur Sansar, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore)
Revisiting Opur Sansar
I have always hated the word ‘sansar’, Did Apu smile at last?...
The once strong walls have now knelt down,
Turned into ruins, the beautiful nest where I’ve grown.
Reminiscences of Remnants
The once strong walls have now knelt down, Turned into ruins, the beautiful nest where I’ve grown.
My Dad, being an excellent judge of dog flesh, had taken him as the pick of the litter and had named him "Old Lead" when he was just a pup.
Final Offer
As far as my Father was concerned, fox hunting was music to his ears. In a pack of six or eight hounds, he could tell by their bark and wail, which dog was in the lead.
“Oh you mean, the elevator? It’s stuck. Must be a power cut,” Sandip said and asked again, “Are you ill?”
Half-an-Hour
“Oh you mean, the elevator? It’s stuck. Must be a power cut,” Sandip said and asked again, “Are you ill?”
The rain beat down hard against the roof. The wipers swished furiously across the windscreen.
Ideals in Frenzy
Every Calcuttan knew by now that come sunset the city’s teeming streets turned into battlegrounds and men were killed and abducted to score points in a bloody political...
Who'd rather hold a cricket bat instead of guns,
Are now marching at their Motherland's calls
Different Kind of Game
The field is a death maze for even the bold, A missed step, a stumble and men hurtle down.
Multiple reflections of you
In the kaleidoscope of my mind
Don’t Take Away the Apple – My Dear Eve
Just a seed planted by your apple Has grown beyond the horizons Into an orchard of the sweet fruit
Criticism: Killer or Healer?
Criticism: Killer or Healer?
Satyajit Ray used to invite criticism in the most vitriolic terms. From comments he would glean out sufficient inspiration so that his finished product would be a masterpiece....
He simply loved the calm and serene atmosphere of the lake which was so different from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Chameleon
As he drifted off to sleep, there was in his mind a lurking suspicion that something about the Swami wasn't quite right.

Today’s Motivation

Sands of time do not stand on, Stage by stage life moves on.......Life is ever-moving, ever changing; a progressive-cum-dynamic process.
Sands of time do not stand on, Stage by stage life moves on.......Life is ever-moving, ever changing; a progressive-cum-dynamic process.