Thursday, 14 December 2017

Facade

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Whether happy or not inside
there is this obsession these days
to convince, get the other guy to believe
that one is on a roll
and that all areas of one's life
are picture perfect!

If you are happy, you are happy
does it matter what people around think?
or do you get a kick out of
seeing him/her wide eyed, envious?

Oh, of what use are such intense efforts
of play acting, ever smiling, holidaying
not for self, but for others' sake
what is the point if one is
feeling empty and  hollow inside?

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Smile

In the seventies, I read in the papers
of tourists visiting India
expressing shock and surprise
at Indians being so different
from what they had imagined

Coming from the first world
they expected people living
in a poor third world country
to be somber, grim, with
worry writ faces....

How is it that so many
on the streets are smiling?
little children having fun
playing happily in the bylanes?

Today, people are a lot richer
aspirational.moving ahead
many still seem to be smiling
but are their smiles
reaching their eyes....?

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Praise

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When people praise you to the skies
be aware, they could withdraw it
at any moment of their choice
and the higher the flight
the steeper the fall,
and the thud afterwards!

Equanimity in handling
bouquets and brickbats
an indifference to both
is the key to happiness and peace...

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Little Acts of Kindness

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The little things in life
over the years
a smile here, some encouragement there
a slight here, an insult there
all add up to what life is today!

Often though,little acts that caused pain
are long remembered, while
the little acts of kindness
tend to be forgotten....

A switch in approach
recalling little acts of kindness
frequently, consistently, gratefully
and checking oneself from lingering on,
erasing bad memories when they pop up
is a sure way  to happiness,and peace!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

अभिमान

स्वमान और अभिमान के
बीच की रेखा कितना पतला है
स्वमान मे रहने वालों को
अभिमान मे आने की ज़रूरत ही नहीं होती
 सवाल ही नहीं उठता !

कहाँ, अभिमान की बात
जब बन्दा अंदर से, है मज़बूत
अभिमान ताकत का नहीं
उल्टा कमज़ोरी की है निशान!

NB: यह कविता बीके ( ब्रह्मकुमारीs)  की  पढाई से प्रेरित है।


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

In Search of Peace

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Peace, peace, peace
man in search of peace
here, there,everywhere
like one searching for his gold chain
even while wearing it!

Man searches in vain
for the elusive peace
groping in the dark
running from pillar to post
frantically,desperately....

while all the while
it was available
already there
deep within him!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Men of the world

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Amaravati Poetic Prism 2017 ( International Multilingual poetic Meet) was organized by the cultural centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati on 11th & 12th November 2017 at Vijayawada. This poem was recited by me on the occasion.

I will scratch your back
you scratch mine
together we will scratch many more
become rich, successful and famous!

Else we will be end up like Chandrababu
the Tamil film comedian, satirist
who sang “don’t know what this world’s about
something is happening. Oh, It’s a mystery…
don’t know what this world’s about….”

So come friend, hesitate not
the sky is the limit
for the world savvy
the sensible, intelligent beings
who know and play
by the rules of the game!