Success 101

Everyone talks about courage during failure, About how you shouldn’t give up or lose hope, Too little has been said about handling success, When everything goes right, how do you cope?   When you think people need you more than you them, When concern and envy begin to look the same, How do you tell…

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The Great Game

“And for my final pick, I choose the humans of Earth.” “Again? After their performance last time? You’re more stubborn than I thought.” I look over to my brother. He has a grin on his face. He and I have played this game so many times in the past. When you have an infinity of…

Hello Darkness, my old friend.

"Hello Darkness my old friend.. I'm come to talk with you again" My voice carries far across the field behind my little hut. Coming up here to get away from the city is one of my favorite things in life. The crisp breeze is soothing against my skin as I settle into my favorite wooden…

The Indifferent Indian

I am that breed That is quite difficult to find. In a country ravaged by sentiments I stand tall, unaffected, undefiled.   I am persona non grata Cause I am the one who Doesn’t impose, take offense, Scream, shout or aim for revenge.   I don’t try to impose My thoughts on you. I am…

A Prison of Memory

Bang. Bang Bang. Her fist pounding against the unyielding metal is all Sarah hears. Bang. Bang. Bang. Sarah crawls into the far corner. Draws her knees up to her chest and wraps her arms around them. She's rocking slightly. Twitching. Her mascara's running. Two thin trails of black, down her cheeks. Salty. She runs a…

Settlement

Click. Click. Pause. Click. With a barely audible whomp, the flame came on. Anish brought the lighter closer to the cigarette dangling precariously from his lips. He took a puff, followed immediately by another, and released the button on the nearly-depleted lighter as his cigarette lit up fully. As he set the lighter down on…

Cloudy in Ranchi

It is always cloudy in Ranchi. Before global warming announced its entry in all glory, there used to be more or less just two seasons here - monsoon and winter. Spring was short lived and lasted only for a month, from mid-March to mid-April. And it went away unnoticed since that is a very busy…

चलो, तुमको लेकर चलें

चलो, इंद्रधनुष के अंत तक चलें | सुना है वहाँ परियाँ मटकियों में सोने के सिक्के छिपाती हैं, वहाँ एक सपनों की दुकान करते हैं – हरे गुलाबी रजनीगंधा की खुशबू वाले दिन में टिमटिमाते सपने | उनको कोई ग़रीबन  की बेटी बालों में जूड़े संग गूथ लेगी, या कोई फकीरन का बच्चा आँसुओं संग…

The hoax of happiness

There's this John Lennon quote (misquoted probably) about how his goal in life was to be happy. Some of my friends, although unknown of The Beatles, also reply the same when I ask them. I understand that the ultimate goal of most of the humans would be to be happy. But sorry, it's bullshit. Firstly, what is happiness?…