Dec 24, 2015

The Parting Kiss...

We couldn't face 
each other in the eye,
for thousands of emotions
The journey of what seemed life-long
nearing a goodbye
so difficult to accept, 
so difficult to move on.

Holding hands
Grabbing hugs
all we did with an eye on the clock!
Love when confined to the
kills the heart
swifter than a sword's edge.

Ah! the unfortunate moment
but we still question 
"how do we arrive?"
how to let go ,
how to end all the helplessness
how to bid farewell
for we don't know the future!

Will the touch and the glimpses
be back?
Will the sharing and laughing
be our very own again?
answerless we stand
hugging the souls tight
the parting kiss separated us!


PS: Written for this speaking image provided by Magpie Tales- Mag 299

Dec 23, 2015


It wasn't wrapped up
in the glittery hues 
of the season...
but it's sparkle
blinded our eyes forever!

It didn't come
in a big box, we 
curious to open...
but it's size 
enough to take all the room in our hearts!

It didn't make
music like the clock of the cuckoo
brown and bright...
but it's coos and cries
were the loveliest sonatas we ever heard!

Our 'presents' from heaven
wrapped with rainbow smiles
warm hugs and melodious giggles
is here,
making life joyous
every season
making life hopeful 
every breath.

* I knew I wanted to write about my daughters when I read "Presents" as the prompt at Theme Thursday. Daughters fill hearts with the joy and peace of every season, life long and forever. They are God's invaluable presents like nothing else. 

Dec 12, 2015


खुदा मस्जिदों में
नहीं मिला करता
ना ही मंदिरों के
कीर्तन में श्याम
सजा मिलता है ।

मौजूद है 'ईश'
मेरे कण-कण में,
रगों में दौड़ते
खून की गर्मी में,
साँस लेते इनमें
मेरे लक्ष्यों में ।

जो खुद को पा जाऊँ
पा सकूँगी गीता के सार को,
जो भेद पाऊँ निशाना
अर्जुन की मानिन्द
बन पाएँगे मोहन
सारथी मेरे।

वर्ना तो
मंदिरों मस्जिदों के
फेरों में,
गोधूलि के जाप में,
अजानों की पुकार में
बस यूँ ही
मिटती जाऊँगी मोक्ष की तलब में।   

*Image Courtesy: Google Images

Dec 8, 2015

Responsible Tourism is about Respect!

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon
Ria and Jia, the 9-year old twins rushed around the coffee table in the living room. The excitement was clearly evident in their bright sparkly eyes. Summer vacations were almost nearing and they had big plans to enjoy, enjoy and enjoy. Today, their dad was to tell them options where they can go for their annual vacation. It was sort of a family tradition for the Mehtas to relax and have fun at a historical heritage site, safari park or nature getaways. Everyone looked forward to it.

Finally the moment! Dad brought brochures from a travel agent and few travel magazines showcasing beauty and bliss. From the majestic palaces in Rajasthan to beautiful beaches in Kerala, from the snowy treat in Himachal to the temples in Gujarat, from the museums in Delhi to the sweet delights in Calcutta...the girls started weaving colorful, happy thoughts from which they would make a warm blanket of memories until the next year summer vacations. The family talked about what each one of wanted from the vacation. Mrs. Mehta wanted to visit temples and reflect on the divine ideals and beliefs they stood for. Mr. Mehta wanted a relaxing trip with the family. He wanted to be at a place abundant with natural scenery away from the hullaballoo of everyday chores. The little twins wished for melody of waterfalls, a camp made cosy with their sleeping bags and a lantern, sights of wild animals, scent of fauna. Yes, they dreamt of adventure. They all had different places they wanted to go but before they could decide, today, Mr. Mehta had an important thing to discuss, especially with the girls. He wanted these holidays to be extra special. Not only he wanted relaxation and fun but education to go hand in hand.

Carefully he picked a packet of flash cards from his office bag. Ria and Jia were curious, what they were and what the print with pictures in them stood for. Mr. Mehta then told the girls, it’s time for all of them to be Responsible Tourists. Mrs. Mehta nodded and smiled, thinking that this was going to be the learning for life.

1) Flora and Fauna:
Who doesn't like the peace of nature, the music of sea waves, the purity of sea-surf, the echoes in mountains, the buzzing of bees in lush green forests. Most of us have enjoyed or at least wished for watching orange Sunset with seagulls calling, wandering relaxedly amidst tall green trees and wild animals . What if the dream never comes true because we didn't care enough for it?

2) Disposables & Trash:
Travel inevitably generates piles of trash. Ranging from various paper brochures to packets of chips we enjoy en route our journey to disposables we use. The foremost job as a responsible tourist is to reduce our usage of such products and then when their purpose is served, dispose it rightfully. Even trash has it's rightful place. Yes, a trash can/dust-bin. If you don't find any at a particular moment, make your own. Assign a bag as a trash-bag and collect all travel-generated trash in it. Dispose one when you can. Be Responsible for your own waste.

3) Yes to Memories, No to Carbon-footprint:
Travel with loved ones or in beloved nature or majestic buildings is a sure way to please the eyes and mind. Vacations add to the album of life the beautiful memories to linger on in the monotony of life. Make memories not your carbon-footprint. Carbon footprint indicates the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activities during a certain period of time. It is expressed in tonnes of Carbon produced.

Here's how you can reduce the production of carbon footprint during (and also in general) your vacation-

1)Track mileage and efficiency of your vehicles -rented or personal. Avoid modes of transport that emit lots of smoke and gases like nitrogen oxide, carbon-dioxide in huge amounts.
2)If possible, go for hybrid vehicles. Do your bit. It makes a difference.

4) Energy- Preserve and Conserve- You will be lifeless without it:
Imagine no electricity to charge your smartphones! Phew! How many of us do not panic when the battery is dying and we are away from chargers or power sources! No television or no light bulb, no laptops no flame to make breads on. Yes, life would be lifeless without energy. 

  • So you are in a hotel, why bother to shut the lights/fan/air conditioning! No, be responsible and keep lights and air-conditioning to your room off when not needed or while going out.
  • Do you imagine how many gallons of water is needed to wash towels/napkins? How much energy is spent in the process! Just because the hotels give you new towel service every day, do not give them to laundry. Reuse them just as you do at your home. Think before you drop them for laundry.

5) Relish & Cherish the 'Local':
Local art, handicrafts, textured woven fabrics, story-based music, rituals etc, they all have a earthen touch and fragrance to them. A lot of places local artisans are facing problems to keep up their only source of livelihood. As a responsible tourist, we should encourage their art. An important thing to follow is not to bargain unnecessarily. We would be ready to spend hundreds of rupees in fancy restaurants but to buy from these artisans, we bargain.  Avoid it and ask others to avoid it too.

Responsible Tourism is about sustainability and ecological conservation. We need to be accountable. We need to be responsible for our actions and for acts of our fellow men and women. Don't just preach. Act and set examples for others. Our children will learn more from seeing us follow certain rules and ethics than watching and listening us teach them. Footprint Network measures Footprint and Biocapacity in global hectares. The figures for India are shocking. Look for yourself-

Ecological assets are at the core of every nation's long-term wealth. Yet today, population growth and consumption patterns are putting more pressure on our planet's ecosystems, as seen in water shortages, reduced cropland productivity, deforestation, biodiversity loss, fisheries collapse and climate change. Ecological Footprint accounting compares how much demand human consumption places on the biosphere (Ecological Footprint) to the area, or supply, of productive land available to meet this demand (biocapacity). Both Footprint and biocapacity are measured in global hectares. Footprint accounting exposes the unique risks and opportunities that natural resource constraints pose to each nation.

(Source: Footprint Network, Ecological Footprint-India)

Responsible Tourism is about Respect and Responsibility. Respect the place, act responsibly. Being a tourist does not mean we have rights to act irresponsibly and recklessly.  Enjoy but with caution so as not to disturb the environment. If each one of us starts thinking and acting with little prudence, we and many generations to come can enjoy the magical beauty of mother Earth. 

Like Jia and Ria's father, Mr. Mehta, let's start educating our kids about responsible tourism. Let's begin with being one. Cherish our Earth and it's jewels to pass on to generations to come. 

I am blogging for #ResponsibleTourism activity by Outlook Traveller in association with BlogAdda”. This post speaks my thoughts about Responsible Tourism. An initiative that aims at- "Better places for people to live, and better places for people to visit." 

Dec 5, 2015


‘She’ sat outside His abode
Sheepishly ‘she’ enquired my name
Smiling shyly I replied
Scarlet ‘she’ thought it was!

Should I or should I not!
Shy I was to talk to ‘her’,
Smugs, self-centered often told
Shameless were ‘such’ people!

Silence she wore was deep
Stupids never gave a thought to peep!
Suffering is real or pretense
Stepped up I over such petty thoughts
Satisfied I have been ever since
Shelled I few pennies to ‘her’
‘Sad beggar woman‘ who sat on the road!


This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend- It's about others', an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. 

This post is chosen by BlogAdda as a WOW post! :-)

Image Courtesy: Google

Jun 15, 2015

Losing you!

It was so easy…
to lose you amidst
everything else,
I wonder everything else’s
so mundane
still it was easy to lose you!

Life’s not same
after I lost you,
I often yearn,
look back, reminiscence
bathe in your fragrance
feel your joy
and I wonder
still I lost you!

Hope’s a charm
I wear around my soul,
I hold it tight
I hold it close
‘cos I can’t lose it
...I often jingle
the music of this charm
with each note appears
moments, memories
with each note comes a syllable
and in each syllable, I know
it will be your breath…
I will know
that’s the day
I will find you again
that’s the day
I will write again!

It's quite sometime, I penned a poem that sings my heart. It's difficult, very painful to see poetry or words slipping by my pen. This poem is dedicated to that loss, and talks about a hope that I will find my lost poetry someday, in the same fervor.
Image Courtesy: Google Images

Mar 25, 2015

The rainfall...

let the rainfall begin,
let the scent fill your nostrils,
let the drops touch your bare soul,
let the ambience linger on you long,
let everything just be there & yet cease
let it go...
'cause it's the memories of you
incessantly falling on my heart
& I just let them,
drenching my being, my existence, my skin
wrapping me tight in the love we shared
in the passion we drank
till the breath refuses to live!

*Image Courtesy: Google Images

Jan 22, 2015

A Dark, Dark Place...

The fire once was ignited
Rich with flames
It made smoke
Reaching the sky...

The vastness of the blue
Painted with grey patterns
Soothed the origin,
For it wasn't dead or

Today, the ashes reigns
dry, powdery and lifeless
Gone is the golden rage
The urge to paint the blue
What remains is a 'dark, dark place'.

Image Courtesy: Google Images