Harbouring A Dream

Languishing in the dark
With no plans afoot to embark
On a journey that lends stability
Perhaps, the lacuna is in my ability

Shifting sands of the economy
Threaten my existence to the brink of ignominy
By putting a lid on an ever so moderate livelihood
That for some years now, on a shaky ground stood

Diligence and earnestness are virtues bygone,
In an era of glorious technological dawn
Where analytics form an indispensable core
To measure your competency score

While the pursuit of quality is deemed so vain
Churning volume, merits recognition and, rewards attain
Cutting corners has robbed work ethic of its sheen
Employees these days are reduced to a machine

Pressures of survival, despite efforts, sustained
Led to exasperation and fears ingrained
Hounding did, at last, shatter the zeal,
Egging me on to break free, for once not kneel.

My instincts have charted a course astute,
Where the heart lies, moreover aptitude does suit
Call to action is the need of the hour,
To fulfil the dream of self-reliance that I harbour.

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

Dissipating Memories

Memories tend to get effaced
Despite being so intricately laced
A spatter of amnesia each passing day
Lashes the recall, to drift away

Time does cope with emotional healing
Life organically assuages hurt feelings
Never affording a moment static
Its essence remains truly enigmatic

Guilt then quibbles with the mind
Of shallow affection during lifetime remind
Let alone being beholden till eternity
A passing thought over time becomes a rarity

Buried in deeply dug narrow trenches
Where isolation from their kin wrenches
The departed hopes, someone from the clan drops by
To pay homage and their longing mollify

Lost in the worldly charm
Call of final journey rings no alarm
By acts of ingratitude, fate we all seal
Forgetting, every mortal shall pass through same ordeal

Time certainly is the biggest healer
To this chugging capsule, here’s my feeler
Let the pain of parting from our ancestors
Linger forever, so that reminiscences never fritter


A Regime Unshackled

An ideology hinged on a majoritarian belief
Upon a diverse pluralistic society impinge
To despots, this hideous exploit alone shall bestow relief
While the nation is in a state of singe

Around plots woven to demolish or lynch
Were thoughts steeped in, blasphemy and intolerance
Yet the rightist ideologues never did wince
As the end justifies the means in their parlance

Exuding triumphalism over electoral gains
Shrouded in patriotic fervour evoked
Promise of a shrine on the agenda reigns
To be built, on a rubble of communal passions stoked

Riding roughshod over mass sentiments outright
Legislating a law, never was so facile
Constitutional tenets confront an obliteration fright
In the face of an opposition docile

Ever since voices of dissent got typecast
Imperative it is to wear patriotism on the sleeve
Stakeholders of an erstwhile state were bypassed
In comatose lies the valley, by the regime deceived

A surge of compassion for persecuted from distant shores
With the exception of Islamist, all shall naturalization gain
A parochial Act causing a nationwide uproar
Hope this uprising restores democratic checks and balances again


Unwarranted Manifestation

Hallucinations of the empty mind
Harbouring notions of a reciprocal kind
Steered the heart towards a promiscuous alley
Oblivious to the perils of this folly

Ocular banter initially felt like heaving a sigh
Emotionally fulfilling with optimistic high
Besotted, in a chase so obscure
The ecstasy turned out short lived and premature

With no dearth of citing an alibi
The significant other gave a go-by
Idealistic bubble all its air expend
The circuitous path soon culminated in a dead-end

Traversing from throes of fantasy to reality
Helped recognise the blurry thin line of immorality
A saving grace from falling prey
By banishing thoughts that would have led astray

Pondering if these thoughts were to course correct
Or an exercise to image resurrect
In an inquest, questions never blatantly deflect
Should one by no means experience a Soul connect?