A deadly disease plagues my nation-
One neither of the body nor the mind,
but of character rotten so black from vice,
That virtue becomes too hard to find.
The sister you shared your childhood with,
The daughter that now holds your hand,
Has just one question if you read her face-
'Why aren't I safe in my own motherland?'
What story would you tell your daughter next-
'Please don't go out, even in broad daylight.
Stay put at home, for you are but a girl
And I can do nothing to set things right'?
Or would you rather take some charge
To change the system inside out,
So when a lady boards the bus next time
She's fearless beyond the shadow of a doubt?
I hail from the valley of Rishikesh, nestled in the Himalayas in India. Though my love for English poetry began with Shakespeare, my city has inspired my creativity.
I started writing poems in my engineering college – on the ever-so-dear theme of “unrequited love.” I wrote some my best love poems there.
After I started working, I experienced various emotional ups and downs in the form of my quest for love, opportunities to travel, meeting new people in new lands, finding my passion, trying to better understand life, working with children, learning a new language and learning to dance. In this period, I wrote poetry extensively. Better yet, I realized that poetry was my way of connecting with people, and the world. It was the part of me that came closest to that elusive “purpose” all of us seem to want to find. It was effortless, it was beautiful, it was liberating, and most importantly- it touched people’s lives. For me, the most fulfilling thing about poetry is the sense of belonging it inspires when people discover that someone out there feels the same things they do.
I have written 50 English poems so far and I am looking for publishers for my collection. The themes are as general as love, God, destiny, my travels in India and the US, nature, dance, passion, and as specific as the Delhi gang-rape, a teenage mother, a Turkish cab driver.
It is my sincere hope that my poems make you smile, cry, ponder, wonder, feel, and in that way, touch your life too.