Dust

A poem I wrote some­time two years back about the human nature’s destruc­tive ide­o­log­i­cal cer­tain­ty. Initially I was frus­trat­ed by such a ten­den­cy on the Right, but recent­ly I’ve start­ed notic­ing it on the Left too where it grew dan­ger­ous­ly in the last few years.

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(Pseudo-Rap) Ring Around The Roses — Wedding Tribute version

This is per­haps the first time I’ve tried to seri­ous­ly write a rap. There are two ver­sions of this pseu­do-rap, this one being the first. I wrote this as a wed­ding present Mayur and his wife Akshatha, but didn’t get the chance to per­form it for them (this piece is best expe­ri­enced per­formed, not read). The sec­ond ver­sion is a per­son­al one, but I’ll upload that some oth­er time. 🙂

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Lazy Designers and Their Wings

So I was design­ing some wings for an illus­tra­tion for project. Thought I’d just snag some already avail­able on Google Images, but some­thing in me made we want to write this, going, “SHUT UP AND READ THIS!”

.…Okay, inner voice. Okay.

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I Will Be Home

​A series of let­ters from the bat­tle­field, from a sol­dier to his fiancé wait­ing to hear from him again. ​

A per­for­mance piece from Pune Poetry Slam of August 2014. This poem was inspired by a let­ter from Gernot Knopp to Dorothy Bird, a heart-wrench­ing sto­ry which you can read about here.

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Imaginary Lines

 

What if our Indian Pledge (and Anthems from any part of the world) was an hon­est pro­jec­tion of our con­tem­po­rary times? Let me break down the walls we’ve built, because it cre­ates more ene­mies than is sup­posed to keep away. Let me erase the imag­i­nary lines, because it stops our love from expand­ing.

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I Am

Edit from the future, 2017: I don’t like this piece any­more. Someday I’ll rewrite this, or even roast myself for this.

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I ini­tial­ly ded­i­cat­ed this to the ones who start­ed Pune Poetry Slam and Airplane Poetry Movement, but as I kept writ­ing, the poem quick­ly devel­oped a theme of courage to start some­thing won­der­ful despite all the doubts and pres­sures of con­ven­tion­al naysay­ings a per­son goes through in their lives. Of course, this is also a reminder for myself that every first step is always mean­ing­ful.

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Rain of Shame

Poetry in less than 10 mins, just for prac­tice. It helps to sit out­doors and look for sto­ries hid­den in plain sight.

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Obbligato

A sequel to Art Burglar. This one’s ded­i­cat­ed to Maya Angelou, Walt Whitman, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Keats, all the giants of the past, but is most impor­tant­ly ded­i­cat­ed to.…YOU. Yes, YOU, the one read­ing this right now. This one’s for you.

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