The Border Conundrum

Pulling the wool over the eyes

As if portraying infallibility would suffice

To gloat over the fifty six inch chest

Media toes the line at government’s behest


Quickly pouncing to avert infiltration attempts

Bravado against western neighbour does tempt

The heart shrinks at the northern frontier

Whilst territorial encroachment, Sino blatantly engineer


The premier mouthing denials at the outset,

Later clarifying initial stance, with flaws beset

When domestic outrage seeking reprisal rendered the air

Managing perceptions, the regime thought was fair


Withdrawal in Galwan after shifting the boundary,

To make a buffer zone inside Indian Territory

Yet ensconced, building bunkers and observation points

In hot springs and Gogra, to patriotic Indians does disappoint


In giving a mile for an inch

The regime does not flinch

Their sloganeering propounds a new order

Perhaps, Wuhan diplomacy extends to the border


Let alone pull-back, Chinese refuse to budge

On commitments, they are known to fudge

The Indian Republic buries its head in the sand

In the bargain, ceding chunks of land

Hurt Fandom

Enmeshed in ties of blood,

Strung by an umbilical cord

With its snapping, a bud

Comes to life, that almighty accords


Besieged by inherent emotional bond

Through the journey all along

Flourish affiliations so fond

That one dreads to trample upon


Some gravitate for the love of craft

To others, intellect appeals by far

Rest connect with purity of soul

Cherishing memories of chosen heroes


Their legacy of accomplishments so inspiring

Radiate a cult like influence

Infusing hope in budding talents

Who otherwise by failure get dismayed


Hunky-dory the relationships seem

Till the moment they last

When providence casts a shadow of death

It dawns, how transient and fragile they are


In conjunction with emotions lies pain

For bereavement, none can be arraigned

Wish life came into existence

Without the frills of human intervention


The same bud that once moistened eyes

On its inception with tears of joy

While the soul departs from its body

Evokes wails and leaves us teary eyed