Monday, April 30, 2012

Story Published in Aama Odisha

Bijaylaxmi Sarangi, Editor of Aama Odisha: A quarterly published, bilingual (Odia & English) e-magazine, in which you can find thought-provoking stories, perceptive articles and beautiful poems, has selected my story Lesson of life, to publish in her e-magazine. Thanks Bijaylaxmi!

You can read my other creations HERE.


Eyes set on target
Heart filled with optimism
And zest, craft victory

Written for: The April Heights

So, this is the last prompt of Haiku Heights – The April Challenge. It’d been a wonderful journey. I enjoyed writing for The April Challenge and it's been a pleasure reading beautiful haiku by many nice…really nice writers!

I would like to thank all the people who graced my haiku/Poems with their nice and encouraging comments.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

End of hopelessness

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Let the despair sink
With the sun, end of a day
End of hopelessness

Absorbing the warmth
Of marvelous dawn, glory
Of a fresh new start

Look ahead, towards
A new path, destination
Waits with open arms

Embrace it with smile
Try to accomplish the aim
Hopeful mode of life

 Written for: The April Heights
Shared @ Poets United

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Clarity in thoughts
And insight, rewarding path
To wise decisions

Written for: The April Challenge

Friday, April 27, 2012


Renovation of
Shattered hope; temptation of
Tasting sweet success.

Written for: The April Challenge

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Melody of life
Wrecked by cries of sorrow, heart
Seeks togetherness

Home filled with mirth and
Melody, togetherness
Is a true blessing!

Written for: The April Heights

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Is rare, it needs hard work to
Chisel the kismet

Written for: The April Heights

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bliss of...

Bliss of cherishing
Dreams is so fascinating
Keep dreaming always

Bliss of achieving
Success evokes feeling of
Triumph, keep trying

Bliss of being with your
Dear ones, is such a blessing
Treasure those moments

Written for: The April Heights

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Honey Bees

They set example
Of hard work and team effort
Produce sweet results!

Written for: Haiku Heights April Challenge

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ghoulish fear frightens

In eerie silence
And darkness, white with fear, heart
Yearns someone to be with

Seeks touch of solace
Some light and conversation.
Ghoulish fear frightens

Written for: The April Challenge

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Earth filled with vivid
Colours, scent and creatures
Wonders of nature!

Gazing at the dusk
In silent wonder, bathed in
Serene ambience!

Emotion churned, tears
Sprang and blurred the vision, I…
Wonder, why this now?

Written for: The April heights
Shared@ Poets United

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Sinking confidence
Fades optimism and hope
Keep your trust alive

Patience is the key
Failure may depress you, but
Keep your dreams alive

Shared@ Poets United
                 Haiku My Heart

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

A smile so divine

A smile so divine
Warmth of feather touch, a child
Can win million hearts

Written for: The April Challenge

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Vague ideas turn
Coherent, words embellish
Poems merrily

Keeps the words playing, creates
Fine piece of writing!

Written for: The April Heights

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Heartfelt endeavour

It’s possible to
Fulfill your dreams, success needs
Heartfelt endeavour

Widens with every genuine
Effort you apply

Written for: The April Heights
Shared @ Poets United

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Is This Love and Autumn - The Last Leaf: by Arti Honrao

I finished reading this book by Arti Honrao, a compilation of two stories Is This Love and Autumn: The Last Leaf.

‘Is This Love’ tells the story of true friendship and platonic love of Sheetal and Vishal who share a flat in Mumbai. They promise to be friends forever but gradually they start to feel differently for each other yet unable to express their feeling. It is a story of struggling with one’s feelings, heartbreak, misunderstanding, sacrifice and above all, true friendship and love.

I’ve read some creations of Arti Honrao on her blog 'Straight From The Heart, and liked them as she has a neat style of writing and this one is also well-written. I liked the character of Vishal.

Autumn: The last leaf is an eccentric story blended with love, friendship, a murder and mystery. Neha often sees dreams that come true. She gradually starts to love her best friend Vishal and before she plans to confess, he is married to Sheetal. Then something happens that completely upends the story. The end of the story is totally unpredictable and gripping.

This story is also nicely written but I did not like the idea of keeping the same names of the characters. Initially, I presumed it the sequel to 'Is This Love'.

It bothered me immensely that the publisher has wasted so many pages. Also improper punctuation marks disrupt the flow of the story.  But I liked the cover and title of the stories especially ‘Autumn – The last leaf.’

Overall for me, it was a simple, quick and really nice read.


Angry sunbeams prick,
Umbrella and generous shade
Of trees give solace

Summer night, cool breeze
Touching tenderly, glance of
Full moon seems divine

Splashes of water
Ice-creams of different flavor
Delight of summer

Written for: April Heights
Shared @ Theme Thurday

Monday, April 9, 2012

What a Treat!

Walking on seashore
Inhaling the fragrance of
Nature, what a treat!

Memories, relished
With every approaching waves
Bring smile, what a treat!

Lying on hammock
With dark chocolates and romance
Novels, what a treat!

Written for: The April Challenge
                       Sunday Scribblings

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Destiny plays mean
Games with life, watching remains
The only option

You try to struggle
But 'sometimes', helplessness seems
The only option

I'm absolutely not in favour of sitting something out. I'm always in favour of keeping your hope and courage alive and not giving up as I'm a very optimistic person. But I've seen many people trapped in the cruel tricks of fate and sometimes, no matter how hard they try, the situation seems out of control and they feel helpless and then hope, try, don’t give up, fight back, optimism etc. seem just mocking words and people keep thinking "Why me?".  Also, I’m talking about a particular situation in life that people may face (At some point of life, we all face some situations when after all our efforts we may not succeed)

I've written this haiku/poem keeping those people/circumstances in mind.

Written for: The April Heights
Shared@ Poets United

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mahashweta: by Sudha Murthy

Recently, I finished reading Mahashweta by Sudha Murthy. Sudha Murthy is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation & wife of software industrialist N.R. Narayana Murthy.

Mahashweta tells the story of Anupama, an extremely beautiful and intelligent girl and her pain, her courage, determination and success.

Anupama who belongs to a poor family, directs and acts in Sanskrit plays. Dr. Anand meets her casually and instantly falls in love with her. Despite the differences in their status, Dr. Anand convinces her mother for his marriage to Anupama. After two months of marriage Dr. Anand leaves for London. Anupama was supposed to join him but her fate devises a cruel plan for her.  

After few months of marriage, when her husband was away, Anupama contracts Leukoderma, a skin disease. Her mother-in-law abandons her completely and Anupama returns to her own home but there also her step-mother curses her as Anupama’s disease endangered her younger step-sister’s marriage. Moreover, Anupama’s husband never replies her letters. Assailed by misery and losing all hopes, she even tries to commit suicide but she rekindles her hope and arrives to Mumbai where she tries to start a new life for her. This book is a story of success born of struggle, confidence and hope.

Overall it’s a thought-provoking,  simple and nice read.


Sometimes, in anger
Tongue spills bitter words, guilty
Heart seeks forgiveness

Friday, April 6, 2012

Rekindle your hope

Escaping is not
A solution, rekindle
Your hope and fight back!

                      Poets United
                      Theme Thursday

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mesmerizing dawn!

Elated waves of
Oceans, hitting the beach, smell
Of salty water

Resonance of froth,
Kiss of silky breeze, reminds
Special memories

Titian sun slipping
In embrace of horizon
Marvelous aura!

Marvelous aura
Evokes feeling of freedom
Mesmerizing dawn!

 Shared@ Haiku My Heart
                  Poets United

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I doubt...

We’ve been friends, so far,
Started feeling differently
I doubt, is this love?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Keep the change: by Nirupama Subramanian

Yesterday I finished reading Keep the Change by Nirupama Subramanian.

While reading this book, I felt as if The (In)Eligible Bachelors by Ruchita Misra and No Deadline for Love by Manasi Vaidya have collided somehow. But as Keep the Change has published earlier I would consider it original.

This book tells the story of Damayanthi Balachandran, a simple but adventurous and intelligent girl, who lives in 32 Amman Kovil Street in Chennai and hates her name. At twenty-six, Damayanthi is single and her mother desperately wants her to get married. Damayanthi lands in Mumbai, to widen her horizons and to escape the arranged marriage.

In Mumbai, she lives in 124 Pine Crest with Sonya, her Ultra glamorous flat mate. Her life completely changes and she tries to change herself to impress her ‘maybe’ first time boyfriend.  She makes some really good friends and some wrong choices. Her wrong choices and office politics put her in trouble and she felts cheated but finally learns to face the reality.

This is Nirupama Subramanian’s debut novel and it’s definitely an entertaining read. The best thing about this novel is its clean and crisp writing style and enjoyable humour. I always found myself smiling (Sometimes laughing) while reading this book. The book is written in the form of letters to her best friend Victoria. Initially it seemed a bit irritating to me but after the revelation of Vic’s identity, which is the most surprising element of this book, it seemed oaky.

Overall, for me Keep the Change was a really nice and entertaining read. Looking forward to reading Nirupama Subramanian’s next novel.


Harbouring grudges
Embitter relationships
Adopt forgiveness

Monday, April 2, 2012

Enchanting fragrance!

New leaves sprouted on
Deserted Champa tree, soon
Flowers will blossom

Tree decorated
With myriads of tender blooms
Enchanting fragrance!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April fool banaya…

Nowdays everyone owns a (or several) mobile phone. But many years back when there were no mobile phones, and in small towns even landline phone was a matter of excitement and pride, Punita’s house was echoing with excited clamour.

“Wow! We have our own phone now. Now we don’t have to run to Mrs. Singh’s house whenever bhaiya calls.” Punita said beaming with happiness.

Whenever the telephone blared, Punita used to run and pick up the phone. She always wanted to answer the phone.

That night, darkness was spread everywhere due to power cut. Suddenly phone rang and as usual Punita ran towards the Telephone desk. “Hello!” She picked up the receiver and said excitedly but heard the dial tone only. Confused, she put the receiver back when she heard a chuckle.

“April Fool banaaya…” Nisha, her cousin sang and burst into guffaws. Punita chased her sister in mock anger though she could not help smiling.

Actually there was a system “Pick the receiver. Dial three particular numbers and put the receiver back. The phone would ring automatically.” Obviously, Nisha did the same and in excitement Punita forgot that was first April.