Posted in Real World

Girls of a Lesser God ? 

Pair Dho ke Poojna , Pher kyuon Rolna ? ( Why exploit the girl child when we worship her as Devi , washing her feet ?) says the caption in one of the photographs in my room .As I prepare to go and feed the girls in A Lepers’  colony on this auspicious day of Ram Navami , the last day of the Hindu festival and fasting known as Navratras ; I cannot help but be shamed by the hypocritical mind sets and actions our society displays vis a vis the Girl Child .This very young girl performing an act too dangerous for her age , reflects the pathetic realty of poverty ,greed and exploitation of the poor and the weak 

We worship the girl child as the purest avtaar of Shakti , Goddess Durga but kill her in the womb or even after she arrives in the world .Many of my associates who smear their forehead with vermilion and visit the temples daily , have committed the crime of female foeticide in their desire for a male child . Female infanticide , dowry killing , rape , domestic violence and multi faceted crimes against women continue  unabated all over the world  in spite of laws and claims .

Posted in Poetry

Palm Reading 

He looks at my palm ,

The aged astrologer 

Leaning across the table 

Frowning away ruefully 

My breathless expectations .

Doodles on a yellow 

Piece of paper and

Leans back In composure.

My dying hopes 

Flutter and 

Dare to breathe again !

“Your Saturn is bad 

So is your Sun and Venus ”

A bounty of the ‘bad’ words 

Slither out of his mouth.

I wait 

For a change 

In the tone and mood 

Of his predictions .

He leaves my palm 

And spreads his ,

It is payement time !

Stupified ,I struggle 

To find my voice 

” Please tell me about 

The good too ,sir ”

After a hint of a sad smile 

His face wears the frown again 

” All the ‘ good ‘ in your destiny 

Has vapourised 

Long ago !” 

The frown mocks at me again  

I give up,

 Fill his palm 

And go back to the void

Hugging my empty one .