Thursday, April 20, 2006

Haiku

submissions,
soul sans fire
elixir called FM

Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry with syllable sequence 5-7-5( the shortest form!) . Since it is difficult to form a haiku in English, the rule is to have a poem of 3 lines with not more than 17 syllables in it. Ideally it corresponds to phonetic units, but we take it as 17 syllables. The idea is to write Zen-inspired poetry having three lines, but it should be as subtle as possible. I have tried to do the same. The three lines relate to the time of submission in our college, when chaos and boredom rule the land. The loss of energy is often made up by listening to music(mostly FM stations). Most of the time its this elixir that keeps us on our toes.

A poem like..
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innovation,
fruit,
Steve Jobs

qualifies as haiku, but it is the more modern form of the poetry. The fact that the smallest literary form - haiku - has the most rules never ceases to amaze and astound. The only real comfort one can find in this situation is the concept that this affords a wider range of rules from which a writer can pick and choose. You cannot follow all of the rules and several of them are so contradictory that there is no way to honor them both at once. You must always choose. In order to make a choice, you have to understand the reasons and methods.So just stick to your style and have fun!


To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee.
~Emily Dickinson




Friday, April 14, 2006

When Amitabh Bachchan Dies!!!

The death of actor Rajkumar has been a trigger of violence. Its sad to see how crazed fans are overcome by hysteria and violence and are bringing down an entire city on its knees.
While I was watching the news last night I was wondering what will happen if actors and idols of hoi polloi, Mr Amitabh Bachchan and MrRajnikant died? I can only imagine worse forms of havoc and anarchy.

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Salman Khan is out on bail. I dont find it surprising, becasue I sort of expected that to happen. Celebrities and politicians hardly see the insides of the jail in their lifetime. I agreed with the arrest, becasue I believe that the law is equal for everyone, whether it be a celebrity or the common man. However, the number of hit and run cases registered in Mumbai are enormous. Same is with poaching. How is it that the law doesnt pursue those cases with similar fervour?. I feel that by targeting celebrities, who are swimming in truckloads of moolah(incidentally its the same moolah that gets them out!), the police ( who already has a pretty battered image in India) are trying to prove that we can put the big guns in jail. Pretty much like the Tarannum bar dancer case where the polics thought they had hit jackpot where they felt they had bookies and film stars and cricketers in their net. So instead of pursuing for more evidence and leads, the police calls a press conference to tell about their achievements. Result? Tarannumwas out on bail and the case was never pursued after that . Funny? Someone can goto jail for having telephone numbers of bookies and policemen in your telephone diary!!!
This strive for "greatness" and "cleaning up" the police force, and "restoring faith" might work in larger interests, however it wont work if the police use the media as the tool, to catch the big fish. That is not to say that Salman is a great guy, and that his acts of crime are justified. Its just that larger issue often goes unnoticed , by a media that thrives on sensationalism and the ingredients of the dal and the roti Salman was served in jail or the expression on Katrina's face when she went to Jodhpur!!

We can't quite decide if the world is growing worse, or if the reporters are just working harder. ~The Houghton Line, November 1965

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Healing Hearts and Mending Souls

I dont know where hearts heal or where the soul mends...
I dont know how bullets fire, making no sense of friends or fiends...
I dont know how the chirpy bird sounds, in war...
I dont know how the dead bodies are carried far..
I dont know how burned flesh feels like
Or the look of a war ravaged tear on the cheek of a survivor..
I dont know how to drag my feet, in hope and struggle
Or the connection between the two
O r maybe the longing for things that are true...
I dont know how to bring courage in others lives..
Or to see light at the end of strife...
To be able to voice thoughts bravely and unflinchingly...
Or live in under fear clouds and anarchy ...
Sometimes I wish I knew...

Maybe then I would understand Riverbend better...
For all the courage and inspiration and that you show and for inspiring millions worldwide...Thank you.
Keep Shining ..You are my Hero!


This blog has won the Bloggie for the Best Middle East and Africa blog and the writer's book(Baghdad Burning) has been nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Riverbend has been posting anonymously ever since the Iraq war started and her gripping sense of the truth, her courage and spirit of journalism, has held readers around the world inspired. Its funny because I keep complaining about traffic, about huge portions for exams, about the waeather; keep discussing politics over warm cups of coffee at Barista, gave a rather peaceful exam the day the "Shock and Awe Operation "started; when a few thousand miles away a girl has to keep striving herself to live a normal life...Funny isnt it?..This thing called COURAGE..

I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...---Riverbend

Tremors in Mumbai

It was 12:00 midnight the day before yesterday, when I felt the tremors. The ground started moving as I was sitting on the sofa trying to figure out why it was moving even though a very fat me, was on top of it. After five seconds of mild movement( thankfully!!!) I switched on the television only to realise that it wasnt a figment of my imagination , but that Mumbai did feel the tremors albeit very mildly...
For a first timer with natural calamities( I was lucky enough to be home on the 26th july and and "felt" the deluge, mostly with help from the radio and televion), it was a super scary experience...


For now a wonderful quote I found on the Internet!

"I contend that we are both atheists. I simply believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
- Stephen Roberts