Everyday Heroes!

Injection, Nurse, Hospital, Syringe, Medical Technology
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Delighted to share that my tribute to our Doctors, Nurses and all the healthcare workers who have tirelessly worked during the pandemic, has been published in the Indian Periodical.

You can read the poem here.

Delighted to share…

Cover by Terry Susi

I am so honored to be featured in the anthology produced by The Short of it along with 41 other amazing poets and writers. It is the brain child of Susi Bocks of I Write her. The 120 brilliant pieces are the best of those submitted and showcased on The Short of it online magazine.

Thank you Susi for this wonderful opportunity. Absolutely delighted!

Please click on the link to purchase the paperback or ebook .

For Amazon.in, click here.

The Kali Project!

I am delighted to announce that 3 of my poems, The Dark S(k)in, Becoming Me and I am a Curse have been selected from about a 1000 poems to be featured in The Kali Project Anthology. A brain child of Candice Lousia and Megha Sood, it brings together Indian women writers and artists sharing their feelings and penning their voices on issues and challenges Indian women face today, ranging from gender inequality, sexual harassment, abuse, rape, dowry, honor killing and in some cases even survival. It is my privilege to be featured along with many talented Indian women writers. Thanks to Candice and Megha for this opportunity and believing in my work. This is published by Indie Blue Publishing, slated for a winter release. Do stay tuned for further announcement on the release date.

Virtual Classrooms!

Happy to share that this poem is featured in prohzeonline publications.

Young lady typing on keyboard of laptop in living room
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Normally at this time of the year, the schools here in India, would witness a fusillade of squeals and chatter, welcoming the students after a two month vacation. The glee and excitement they feel on the opening day, is absolutely contagious. Dressed in a new uniforms, with new books, new classrooms, meeting old friends and new, they are all geared up to take on another academic year in their stride.

But alas, this year things seem to have gravitated from the normal. With uncertainty looming large in all aspects of life, and no clarity on how long this pandemic will last, schools have resorted to virtual classrooms with online classes for most of the grades. It is a huge adjustment for the teachers and the students alike. Everybody is desperately waiting for things to fall back to normalcy.

The deserted school waits in vain

for its classrooms to be filled,

with boisterous brats and nerdy brains,

 innocent laughter that echoes to the corridors

tiny hands that crayon a masterpiece

the endless debates of the thinking minds

experiments, hobbies and art classes

assignments, projects and field trips

 endless squabbles and punishment

the favourite teacher, the secret crush,

surprise tests, boring classes,

cheering buddies and bruised knees

pandemonium on playground,

innumerable memories created

within the periphery of school.

Today,

the languid souls confined to their rooms,

desperately try to focus on the lessons online

missing out on all the fun and learning.

Restless, they wait in anticipation

to step back into their classrooms

to fill  the canvas of their school life

with bold strokes of joyful learning.

Dream Come True!

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Words fall short to describe some moments in life, it’s a surreal feeling. That’s exactly how I felt on getting my first book published. Encouraged and motivated by family, friends and many of my dear blogger friends, I managed to fulfill this dream of mine.

My poetry book titled “Eclectic Verses” is an amalgam of 125 poems and haiku. This diverse mix of words and emotions, makes it an interesting read. Each section suits diverse palates, giving you food for thought. The cover page and the illustrations have been designed by my daughter.

The paperback version is available on Amazon.in, Notion Press and Flipkart.

e book, listing at Amazon.com and other international bookstores will be available shortly.

Please do spread the word in your circles.

Hope you reward my modest maiden attempt at poetry, by reading it and sharing your feedback on the same. My heart beats at a frenzied pace, as I eagerly await to hear your verdict on it.

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