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Holidays


Holidays are anyone’s love.

For me they are to a place,

a hill station, Coonoor

year after year.

 

Nothing can I say

to mom and dad

they being known

for strictness to the end.

 

The annual school year vacation,

two months of  April and May,

I spent in the quiet town

punctuated by walks.

 

Mom’s soups and salads

trigger the appetite as the

vegetables are from

the kitchen garden which she nurtures.

 

Enjoyable  in a way, I admit.

My cheeks turn pink, a welcome outcome.

The weather is salubrious

the environment appeals and appeases.

 

Monotony  does exist at times,

but the pleasantness excels.

The break inspires and the joy

I experience  knows no bounds.

 

 

 

 

 

All For A Dog


The dog next door
whines all day long.
The cry echoes sadness.
Terrible,

I peep through the wall
call the lady of the house
of the house. She is nowhere
to be seen.

The poor dog continues
his pining. Can he be hungry?
I throw a morsel of bread .
keeps away from the slice.

I do not know his name.
Try to console him, addressing
him as “Tiger”. He remains
stiff.

He goes on with his weeping
intermittent ‘with snarling.
it turns unbearable.
creates a dismay.

Unable to stand anymore
I drive out intending to return
in the evening. Could find no
other way out.

Where to go? I deliberate.
How am I going to spend
the whole day? I really
do not know.

Karthigai Deepam


It is celebration every month
festivals being found
all through the year,
marks the schedule
of Hindu religion.

Some are elaborate,
others modest, the main
reason is to honour
God and thank him
for His generosity.

The famous temples
see large crowd in queue
while others not well known
witness very few
attendees.

The chanting of mantras
follows the ceremony where milk,
curd, sandal,fruit juice,
honey are poured on the deity.
A ritual to please Gods.

This month it is karthigai
where oil lamps are lit,
the Gods come in a procession
adorned in silk decked
with ornaments,

The day being special
when Lord karthigeya
nurtured by six sisters
comes out of the pond
with six faces.

Crushed and packed charcoal
packed in coconut shells tied together
with ropes act as crackers
Strongly believed to destroy
the evil and bad thoughts.

Each festival has a distinctive
feature, when people gather,
pray to God in different ways.
Could be that you are getting closer
to God day by day,

Thiruvannamalai Karthigai Deepam

Habits of Very Few– Me Included


Being a vegetarian
is a pride in a special way.

Being a Tea Totaler
is still ore meritorious.

Being a nonsmoker
holds my head high.

Being a distinction
in this modern world.

I carry on as one
out of context.

I consider myself
as a great. human.

Behind my back
many condemn me.

Call me a miser.
My living is not stylish.

Being the perception
values differ with
different people.


Not That Division, Anyhow


Being one of a settlement
an amicable one, the siblings
refuse to solve the issue

That be of an understanding
the division according to tights
finds no light.

This is the way things happen
among the members of
this family.

They are different from the rest
where there is no room
for discussion.

Autocracy prevails. The problem
goes on and on. No resolution
whatsoever.

Years pass. The siblings grow old.
Division does not take place.
Minds divide in elaborate dimensions.

A Moon Walk


Moon is being pursued nonstop.
Armstrong set foot first.
others followed.

Countries relentlessly
send expeditions,
spend enormous money.

A technological experiment
none the less do not work
for the betterment of society.

Egoistic,those who participate
want to go beyond
surpass the other.

The competitors ignore
poverty in their region,
neglect child deaths.

It is wholly euphemistic’.
unrelated to mankind,
irrelevant at any period.

Vastu Or Feng- Shui


It is Vastu in India,
Feng- Shui In China,
system which indicate
the placements of rooms,

Do not know how
the West goes.
The four directions
play a crucial role.

Many convenient locations
have to be ignored
cause the Vastu
does not recommend.

The bedrooms in direction
south west, kitchen in south east,
prayer room in North east
being the vantage positions.

The entrance facing the east is best,
on the North brings wealth,
south and west are mediocre
so reads the Vastu Shastras.

All these follow ups will bring
peace and prosperity
health and fortune
adds the Vastu principles.

Amazed, I wonder for a while
do they really work?
are they based on science?
I keep my fingers crossed.

It is in the mind.
actions bring happiness.
truth ushers peace,
sincerity leads to prosperity.

No matter what
Vastu or Feng- Shui say.

Glory Be His!


Unethical it is
so as to say
keeping the best
always for you
not sharing anything
for that matter
be good or bad.

The possessiveness
I see in him
right from the day
I came to know
him. It is forever
” for me, for me”.
He has been living
seven decades the way.

So does his family
think of them alone
the rest are to fend
for themselves,
either it be shelter
over their head,
or any other
basic necessities.

Seeking an alternative,
I set up my quarters
wherever I go, never
think of sharing with
anybody forsaking
that which belong to me.
Knowing it will work
to his advantage,

He gleefully occupies
even ‘the corners,
lives with an empowerment
commanding every other
who turn submissive
Fortunate he is i
n every respect,.
He will strike an hundred
with borrowed wealth .