What Heroes Are Made Of

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We are taught to say I’ll be a firefighter And save lives And a doctor too To stop the cries I’ll fight in the war To bring us glory Be a painter Or write a little story I’ll be a pilot And ride the sky A big CEO With a fancy blue tie And so […]

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The Problem of What to Do With a Woman

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In the past few days, I have watched two old Hindi movies: Guide, released in 1965, and Aradhna, released in 1969. While obviously, one is not supposed to take these movies as true to life, we can still acknowledge, to some degree, that in cinema, characters and attitudes would be reflective of the lives of […]

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Resilience

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15.05.2017   Resilience has a face With skin so soft it might melt Weathered by the years of life With dark spots Yet it shines with each smile A face I’ve known Since the beginning of time   Resilience has its own smell It smells of flowers And baths Its hands are pink Like its […]

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The Meaning in Life

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How can someone say life is meaningless? Everywhere I look I can find it Beauty in the meaning Meaning in the beauty Every time I see a smile turn into laughter The corners of lips curve The glint in an eye A loud clap; an outburst of hilarity The perfect timing of the right joke […]

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The Boy in Love With People

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I knew once a boy Irrevocably in love with people He stares at your little mouth As it curves and laughs He looks into your twinkly eyes As they flicker so fast He loves them The colorful people Walking around with little stories His eyes blaze as you move Your smile fresh and new He […]

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Inheritances

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Inheritances don’t always add something to your life. Sometimes, they are simply inheritances of frustration, displaced temper passed from one generation to the next. Inheritances of pretence, hitting you in the middle of a quiet night, fostering sobs you didn’t know could exist. Inheritances of resentment, stagnating bitterness that somehow never goes away, that reminds […]

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A drink

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A drink Could mean That you compliment my eyes The evening might be nice And the stars could be bright The breeze a bit light And our glasses might clink While the lights would blink And I might just think Where is my favorite song Although I say the words all wrong And maybe I […]

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Language is a funny thing

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“Five rupees for every word in Hindi,” the teacher would say, “you will be fined five rupees for every word spoken in Hindi.” That is how we were taught to speak in English. At nine or ten, we knew the theory of it, we knew how most words were spelt and written, we knew them […]

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The Truth of People

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The only people for me are the true ones Whose eyes ring true with love When they close them for a fraction of second It is for reassurance When they laugh It is the truth which arises from their chest And their nod Is like the world gone easy The wave of their hand Matches […]

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