This is a poem that I wrote for a relative on his 50th birthday. Today's not the day to be thrifty, Today's the day you are turning fifty. Till today you've crossed many a milestone, In many fields your skills you've shone...
I wrote this poem on the floods in the Southern Indian States of Kerala & Karnataka (Kodagu District) in August 2018. O rain! We asked but for a little, But our cities must you pound and belittle? O human! Our showers but a tad more, The rivers and forests have this curse bore. O rivers … Continue reading Nature’s Retort
This is a poem written for my mother on her 70th birthday. Your flesh and blood's creation I, Your hopes and hardships creation I. You gave unending, never asking why, You fended forever, never doubting why. Because of your prayers I stand, To you indebted today I stand...
I wrote this poem as a dedication to the martyrs of the Kargil War on the day of Kargil Vijay Divas (Kargil Victory Day) 2018. The inspiration for the poem was a post by my school classmate Ms.Nidhi Nath. My countrymen, today these mountains silently lie, Our sacrifices their calm and beauty belie. Among these … Continue reading Kargil Soldier’s Call
I wrote this poem after I attended a school reunion in my Alma mater - Army School Bangalore in 2011. I was entering the school again after 18 years! Just being there and meeting with my old class/batch mates gave me a rush of emotions which I thought I'd put down as a poem. Yes … Continue reading School Reunion
I’d completed my schooling in 1993 from Army School on Kamaraj road-Bangalore. But from 2003 when I got my first job till 2011, I was out of touch with my school classmates. Then suddenly, I was contacted by one of my classmates Mohammed Akram Ali Mehkri on Facebook and then I gradually regained contact with … Continue reading Old Friends
I wrote the below poem in memory of our dog 'Black' or 'Blacko' as he was called. Mom had called me in office one day in 2012 to tell me of his death, saying "Blacko's gone.... you must write something for him also" -- she wanted me to write a poem just like the one … Continue reading Goodbye
This was a poem I wrote for my wife Neesha as we celebrated Valentines Day (2008) in a hospital ward following the birth of my elder daughter Tara. I’d taken a week of paternity leave and since I couldn’t find a card shop nearby, I wrote this poem on a piece of paper. With your … Continue reading Your Love
I was helping my colleagues put up decorations in the office in Whitefield-Bangalore on the eve of Independence Day (Indian), when the sight of our national flag inspired me to write this poem. This incidentally was my first patriotic poem! Today’s the day we are painted anew, In a saffron white and greenish hue. Caste … Continue reading On Independence Day
The inspiration for this poem came from the long cab journeys on the way home every night from office in Whitefield-Bangalore to my paying guest accommodation near HAL airport Bangalore. A day ends, another silently stirs, Lines between both, the darkness blurs. Dull and weary, homeward I head, To meager comforts, food and bed. Like … Continue reading A Nightly Journey