For F

Sometimes you hear someone say something and it just stays with you. I remember this from a movie I saw once. “The old dreams were good dreams. They never came true, but I’m glad I had them…” Here is a poem called “For F” by Lord Byron (which I saw in the same movie). It…

Bygone Days

I wrote this back in August 2004. Some names and incidents have been changed, but like most of my writings – this one is more or less autobiographical. By the way Mozart would have been 250 today. Delhi roads.. I ran into a book called “Famous Poems from Bygone Days” and found this tender poem…

Things That Never Die

I always believed that I’d catch up on the pile of books I have when I would no longer be a student. And now when I am working full-time, student days seemed easier when I’d have tons to study, both for classes and for the enrichment of my soul. Of course I can’t forget about…

Friends Forever

“Friends forever,” she said. “Friends forever,” he said. Eight years old and they made the vow to remain friends forever. “I need some room,” she said. “I’ll back away,” he said. Ten years old and they made the vow to give each other space. “Does Tommy like me?” she asked. “I’ll find out,” he said….

Red Roses for a Blue Lady

Red roses were her favorites. Her name was also Rose. And every year her husband sent them, tied with pretty bows. The year he died, the roses were delivered to her door. The card said, “Be my Valentine”, like all the years before. Each year he sent her roses and the note would always say,…

Love’s labor is never lost

True source of this article is Anonymous My husband is an engineer by profession, I love him for his steady nature, and I love the warm feeling when I lean against his broad shoulders. Three years of courtship and now, two years into marriage, I would have to admit, that I am getting tired of…

Driving in India

This hilarious article was written by an Expert from Baan, Netherlands who spent two years in Hyderabad. For the benefit of every Tom, Dick and Harry visiting India and daring to drive on Indian roads, I am offering a few hints for survival. They are applicable to every place in India except Bihar where life…

The Schoolmaster

By Mabel Annie Chacko (India, 18/12/05) In the days when you couldn’t count on a public toilet facility, an English woman was planning a trip to India. She was registered to stay in a small guest house owned by the local schoolmaster. She was concerned as to whether the guest house contained a WC. In…

Daastaan e Ghazal

The world of Urdu Poetry is much more complex than it seems. It goes much beyond than what you and I listen to on the radio. In fact, Ghazal in Arabic literally means speaking with women. However, the word has a different meaning in Persian and Urdu: it is the last melancholic cry of deer…

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