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Monday, August 6, 2012

Death of a Nation



Pyre of celebration,
Everting the human soul.
Men called her names,
Alas! No one paid heed to her toll.
Cacophony of hungry hands,
Unleashed the beast.
Satiating the callous thirst,
Wait! Her skin is not a feast.
Can you wander on streets?
Like a sparrow singing a song.
She believed in freedom, in her wings,
Sigh! Something went wrong.
The charred men laughed loud,
Pointing fingers at her.
Illusion it seemed,
Everything was blurred.
Suddenly she realized,
Then...
She moaned, not for her, for them.
Death it was, death; you don't condemn.
Death of a soul, of a nation,
Of everyone who did only see.
Broken wings will soar again,
Over dead she will not cease...



*Inspired from Assam Molestation Case.
*This poem has been written for my team, The Bengaluru Bloggers’ Bistro of the IBL – The Battle of Blogs, sponsored by WriteupCafe.com. Join in at the official website www.indianbloggersleague.com and the page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IndianBloggersLeague.


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163 comments:

  1. Touching, grievous, furious...
    U touched a very sensitive & serious topic with these lines. Hope the monsters get exemplary punishment.

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    1. I hope so too and I think our Government should make strict law. Thanks for reading.

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  2. that girl was lucky..at least her luck gave her a chance to make a spark..millions are still in the darkness of the death..
    thanks Saru for this very important post.

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    1. I agree, many don't come out for the fear of society. Sorry state!

      Thanks for reading!

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  3. No, you can't wander on the streets like a free bird anymore. Yes, it's the death of our nations's soul...

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  4. No words from me for your powerful words. Everything I would in praise of you would be insufficient. You are a great poetess Saru.

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    1. Humbled! It is very motivating when someone like you say such things about my poetry. Thank you so much Ma'am.:)

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  5. It was indeed Death of a Soul, of a nation. Those bloody rapists should get severest of punishments, none should be let off easily. The people who just stood there watching and doing nothing are also as much in the wrong as those rapists.

    Very powerful and poignant words, Saru. I salute you for always picking such sensitive topics to write on.

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    1. I agree with you, spectators are criminals too. Thanks for such a motivating comment Akshay. :)

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  6. Wow, very powerful poem Saru. Gets your blood boiling just reading it!

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    1. Thank you so much, glad to know the kind of effect the poem had on you:)

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  7. Very deep and touching, no excuses left for such a heinous act.

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  8. YOu took her perspective! Lovely!

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  9. Death of a Soul... sure it was!! Best wishes, Saru for this lovely composition for IBL!!

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  10. Powerful and soul-stirring. "death of a soul" takes a great turn Saru Di!! Kudos to you!

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    1. Thank you so much Kriti. I was blown away by your work. You are too good:)

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  11. "Death of a Nation, death of a Soul!" This says it all. You brought out the emotions really well! Awesome composition!

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  12. very strong poem....
    heart penetraing...........

    anu

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  13. Hi Saru!

    Great Poem! I love the way how you added a line of question in the middle that is, "Can you wander on streets? Like a sparrow singing a song." It made your poem sounds lively and interesting.
    The streets aren't safe anymore, unlike the good old days when parents can allow their children to play outside without any worries. I feel sorry for what happened to Assam.

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    1. True, no place is safe these days. We all are sorry for what happened in Assam. Wish we could do something from our side.

      Thanks for liking the poem and for your comment.

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  14. BEAUTIFUL!
    I can never write poetry and always just marvel with a gaping mouth at lines such at these! Way to go Saru :))

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    1. You can, a writer of your caliber can write anything. You are being modest here. Thanks for reading Ghata:)

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  15. Saru, your poem has touched a chord. The women here says she will emerge again with broken wings again. Sh will soar again, but those men.. They have died.

    In our english classes, we were made to read every line and understand the deep menaing within. I read your poem like did in school. You are remarkable.

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    1. She will soar again and no one can stop her. Thanks for such a beautiful comment Jenny. It inspires me to write better. I can't thank you enough, you just made this poem meaningful and a treasure to me.:)

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  16. ---------------am speechless, Saru!you have your feet firmly on the ground....and that's why I am one of your fans.
    Amazing composition!

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  17. A powerful take on an issue that has put the entire nation to shame, not to mention the loss of a soul. Yes, her broken wings has soared again, and those who stood and merely watched the disgusting act have died. We have indeed witnessed the death of a nation, that once stood for all it's ethics and culture. We can no longer boast of our culture, when we witness such heinous and draconian crimes everyday.

    Such powerful and emotional verses, Saru! You are truly the master of "words"! Keep it up and keep blogging :)

    And yes, I'm sure your team is going to take the first spot in poetry :) Keep it up and keep blogging! :)

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    1. Seriously, I wonder don't they feel ashamed of themselves. Thanks for a lovely comment and wish my team gets some good points on this poem.:)

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  18. very strong poem. This made me wince.

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  19. we shud be ashamed of ourself , all of us indians

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  20. I'm not really sure what has happened, but this is powerful writing indeed.

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    1. Thank you. Actually a girl by molested by bunch of guys in a public place and no one came to help her.

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  21. this is a slap on every spectator's face... it's hit a chord!
    very well written!

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  22. Powerful words!
    Your posts always makes me ponder.
    Best wishes,Saru!

    P.S.- Read my entry http://myfriendshipsimran.blogspot.in/2012/08/death-of-soul.html#.UB_yN03iYlk

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    1. You have written a wonderful poem. Thanks for reading and for such a brilliant take on 'Death of a Soul.'

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    2. You always encourages me ,Saru!
      Thank you so much :)

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    3. You are very talented Simran:)

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  23. very powerful... those who are responsible for such an inhuman and shameless act , they don't deserve to live their lives at all... they should be hanged till death or must be buried alive publicly...
    one revolution is required , an example must be set up so that no one can ever think of doing such an act...

    wonderful written mam...

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    1. Right, one revolution is required to set an example. Thanks for reading and a wonderful comment Ashish.:)

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  24. Troubled times looming large, the country is in chaos, and anger is seething beneath bated breaths. I hope, things recover.

    Nice post.


    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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    1. Indeed, troubled times are knocking on the door. I hope too that things recover. Thanks for reading Anshul.

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  25. It was a shameful act and your poem is an eye opener.. Very truly described it words.. Powerful composition Saru!!!

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  26. Saru you enchant with your words.Seriously.Words love you!

    My world, my thoughts, my musings...

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    1. Awww....I love your comment Upasana.:) Thanks for reading dear.:)

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  27. The simplicity of language
    and the complexity of emotions blew me over :)

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  28. Yet another poem showing society its ugly face in a mirror of simple words!

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  29. It is a brutal death Saru. More horrific than death itself.
    Ashamed even to be called as a human.

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  30. Brilliant saru!

    ektakhetan.blogspot.com

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  31. powerful poem and thought provoking

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  32. Wonderful and conveys the message.

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  33. Thought provoking.
    If only, words could change minds.

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    1. I wish, they could change... Thanks for reading Akanksha!

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  34. Saru,

    It was indeed Death of a soul, of a nation, but no one could do anything. This is a very serious issue and what action they gonna take against it.

    "Cacophony of hungry hands,
    Unleashed the beast.
    Satiating the callous thirst,
    Wait! Her skin is not a feast."

    No can write better than you. Keep writing.. Keep inspiring...

    Someone is Special

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    1. I wish some stringent actions are taken to set an example. Thanks for a lovely comment, it is truly motivating. I wish I can live up to the expectations...:)

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  35. These perpetrators(indeed-animals) deserve severe punishments so that no one could dare do this again......but,Alas! it seems ridiculous, our system still needs stringent measures to deal with them.

    nicely quoted!

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    1. Our system needs serious over hauling with respect to crime. Thanks for a insightful comment.:)

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  36. good powerful and strong words...liked the flow...

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    1. *Humbled* *Humbled* *Humbled*

      Thanks for reading Puru:)

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  38. powerful, poignant and strong use of words.heart cringes to think what she must have gone thru.

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    1. Yeah, I feel sorry for our country. Thanks for reading Mukta.

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  39. A strong message conveyed through an equally strong poem! Well Done, Saru... Take a bow!

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    1. Awww...Thank you so much Arti. Your comment is very motivating.:)

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  40. very well written and indeed a shameful incident for all of us and a big loss for humanity.. The way these matters touch us, i wish others felt bout it the same way...
    keep inspiring, keep writing!

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    1. I wish too...And thanks for writing :)

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  41. Very evocative. Love the way you weave your words - so heartfelt.

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  42. I was so touched when I read this. Indeed, It is the Death of the entire nation when it witnesses something like this. It brings a sense of shame to everyone in the country, when we read of such incidents happening, and to top of that, when people just stand and watch,as you said, instead of running and offering a helping hand to the one in distress.

    Wonderfully written Saru and Good Luck :-)

    Ashwini, Chennai super Bloggers ;-) (Ha ha :-))

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  43. I was so touched when I read the poem Saru. A true and shocking affairs of the country. Indeed it brings the entire country to shame to think that such incidents still happen and such people exist among us, or rather we exist side by side with those kind of people. Sad to realize that people were just standing and watching what was happening rather than offering a helping hand to the one in distress.

    Wonderfully written Saru. Each and every world brings out so many emotions, powerfully delivered with the right impact.

    Good Luck :-)

    Ashwini, ahem..from Chennai Super Bloggers :-):-)

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    1. Thanks for writing, I agree we are a bunch of cowards who can only write or talk, we can't do something when it is most required.

      BTW, are you in the team. Even if you are not, Anand will not be very happy to read this comment.:)

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  44. Rightly said. Such kind of incidents surely shows the sorry state of the nation. Very well written and composed.

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  45. Very nicely penned ! What have people come to.. I wonder. Or have always been this and everything else just a charade...

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    1. We were a great nation, something went wrong with us...Thanks for reading dear.

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  46. Saru,
    Why do you write so well. Death of a nation, is written well but for me it is very sad and disturbing. I read it again.
    Sabyasachi

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    1. That's so nice of you to say but I am just learning. The poem is really very sad, we are in a pathetic state as a country.

      Thank you so much for a motivating comment Sabyasachi.:)

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  47. Broken wings will soar again
    beautiful poem

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  48. It is a very sad state of the nation..God knows where the nation is headed..it is really very scary too..very well written Saru..

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    1. It is indeed...Thanks for reading Ranita!

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  49. really shame to us

    well written

    thanks

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  50. Very evocative. Love the way you express your words

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  51. this is the reflection of our society

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  52. Wonderful Saru, a perfect tribute to the incident. I loved the way you ended it..:)Someday she will rise.

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    1. She will for sure. Thanks for an encouraging comment Prashanth.:)

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  53. Lovely poem, a perfect tribute.
    All the best for IBL. :)

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    1. Thanks, Nisha my team aced this poetry round. :)

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  54. I am speechless yet again. The power your words wield on the reader’s mind and soul in tremendous. The only thing I wish: if only your words could kill: there would be no evil in the society.

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    1. I wish the same. The world should be a better place with lot of peace all around. Thanks for a lovely comment Raj.:)

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  55. The impact these would create would certainly last for a long time even after you moved on to another post.... however terming it as death of a nation seems a bit exaggerated though fits into poetic brilliance ...

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    1. Poetry is nothing but exaggerating and making an impact, hope you agree. Thanks for reading dear and welcome here:)

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  56. very well expressed Saru. Thanks for writing this. The incident was really hard to digest. 'death of soul of a nation' very well expressed.

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    1. Thank you so much Rekha. Our country is in a bad shape...

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  57. brilliant saru ! the pain and anguish so beautifully etched !

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  58. Powerful, as it should be, and angry as it ought to be! It is indeed, the death of a nation when half of her population do not feel safe! Wonderfully, poignantly written!

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    1. I agree, being a mute spectator when crime was committed in front of you is shameless. Thanks for reading dear.

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  59. Your poems depicting hurt and pain are the best Saru.. You literally explain (through few beautifully woven series of words) what those people might have gone through..

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    1. Thanks Binu for an encouraging comment. This incident evokes powerful emotions in us.

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  60. Lovely choice of words! The message is delivered in the best possible way! It was indeed Death of a nation.

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  61. OMG saru, everything in a few words.. every line and word tells the story and what she went through.. you are really awesome..

    And about this incident and many such, its really very shameful, it definitely is 'a death of nation a soul and everyone'

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    1. Have been away for a while, a lot of reading to do.. will catch up with everything i missed soon.. :)

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    2. Thank you for an encouraging comment Dipthi. It is indeed very shameful what is happening in our country. And thank you once again for being here:)

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  62. Very very touching poem Saru...Got tears in my eyes while reading...No words!!

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    1. Thank you so much Valli. The inspiring incident is shame on our country though!

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  63. What a meaning and deep poem! Wow...I liked it...too strong!

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  64. Well written. Brought tears to my eyes. Hope the scoundrels get severe punishment:(

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    1. I hope so too. That would set an example. Thanks for reading!

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  65. Woww...what a powerful poem.....enjoyed.

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  66. I'm shocked that I've missed commenting on this poem. :-I Put beautifully and it just makes me angry to even acknowledge the truth in it



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    1. We all are sorry for the state in which our country is today. Glad you find this poem worthy.

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  67. couldn't have read better..
    brilliant expressions :)

    we r living in difficult times, delicate situation..
    with lil swing wind can turn anywhere..

    Awesome read

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    1. Indeed, difficult and harsh times. Wish the wind takes us to a better tomorrow. Thanks for an encouraging comment Jyoti.

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  68. such a powerful piece and the twist, the mourning for the death of the nation . we all share in this grief.

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    1. Yeah, we shall. Thanks for reading dear!

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  69. such a powerful poem .. very well written Saru ..

    words fall short to describe such a sorry state of our nation !

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    1. You country is in a bad state for sure...Thanks for reading Rahul!

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  70. Yes, it was. This nation is like a flickering ray of hope.

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    1. I think there is no hope left, we are running for our petty issues without even thinking what is happening around us.

      Thanks for reading dear!

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  71. You have made an impactful way of writing about a sensitive issue.. nice post..

    Do stop by my blog! Kappu

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  72. reflects the sad & unfortunate state of affairs going on in our country. Assam, Delhi, Mumbai, we are beginning to lose the count. callous it is, all of it, my heart goes out.

    Thank you Saru for raising the issue and showing the pain of the girl.

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    1. The situation is utterly sad and we need to take some actions urgently.

      Thanks for reading Deepak.

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