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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Look alike

They say you start
resembling your partner
if you stay with them
long enough. Wonder
what it would be like
to resemble loneliness.

March 10, 2009

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Don't know what I am more
terrified of. Getting my heart
broken again or never letting
my heart
get broken again.


There are many more
moustachioed men flying
Indian Airlines.

Mumbai Airport, Jan 6th

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ha reham ha reham farmaaye khuda

Sone chamak mein, sikko kanak mein miltha nahin,
Miltha nahin dhool ke sadko mein,
dhunde koi to miltha wahin miltha wahin
Kya majaal teri marzi ke aage, bandhon ki chal jaayegi
Thaane ungli jo tu katputhli ki chaal badal jaayegi jaayegi

Ha reham, ha reham farmaaye khuda
Ha reham, ha reham farmaaye khuda
Mehfuz har kadam, karna eh khuda, karna eh khuda
Mehfuz har kadam, karna eh khuda.

The lines are not mine nor is the picture. This is because I wasn't able to find anything better to describe what I felt this sunday as I walked from Lower parel to Girgaum chowpati for the Ganesh Visarjan, just a day after the Delhi blasts. My heart was full as I prayed to him - Ha reham, ha reham farmaaye bappa. Keep my loved ones safe, keep my country safe.

* Picture from rediff. Lyrics from the movie Aamir.

Monday, September 01, 2008



Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Run Indi Run

Run. I have done this so many times in life I figured I should be good at it in a race.

Not really.

When I decided that I would run the Mumbai Half Marathon on the 20th of Jan, 2008, I was barely able to run 2 km at a stretch. Two months into the training, I am at 14 km and a lot more confident of completing 21 km.

However, this post is not about the strides I am making in my running goals. It is about a couple of causes I am running for.

A) The 70-strong group I am running with is supporting the I Hear Foundation (IHF). IHF was started three years ago as an educational, charitable trust, committed to working with babies and children born with a hearing loss.

Should you like to support us, please draw your cheques in favour of "I Hear Foundation" . If you would like to know more, their website is:

B) Some of you who know me well will understand why I have chosen this charity. Schizophrenia Reseach Foundation (SCARF) has been working towards improving the quality of life of the mentally ill as well as the advancement of knowledge about mental illness. It is hoped that misconceptions about the illness will gradually disappear facilitating early treatment
and prevention of disability.

Here are a couple of more links for details -

If you would like to contribute to SCARF, please draw your cheques out to Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India)

I would truly appreciate if you supported my run and the causes I am running for. You can simply email me at pledging ANY AMOUNT.

I will then individually reply to you and arrange to collect your donation. It is completely ok if you do not identify with or want to contribute to any of the causes I have listed either. Just come and cheer!

Thank you for reading this post.

Mumbai Dec 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007



a window pane
1888 fm color phone
hoarding coming down
a sudden spell
wet crow
angry cloud
sticky bill
now flapping, now still,
on a window

Now you paint.

Chennai, July 2007

Monday, February 19, 2007


Half legs
Half arms

Cut also?
Front short?
Coming after a long time, no?
First time after marriage, no?
So dark you’ve become.
Honeymoon in Goa?
Do full arms, no? Nice it’ll be.
Just married and all.
No! No! It’s okay….
See, I’ll…bhagwaan, what’s this!?
It’s nothing, nothing, he doesn’t like me
wearing sleeveless, then why to do
full arms?


Eyebrow shape not okay
One is up, one down. I’ll change it okay,
Don’t worry. Don’t worry.
Okay. Fine. Do that.
Yes. Change it.
Change it.

Change it.

Overheard. Sunday. Feb 2007.

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