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A Bowlful of Memories

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From fresh roses in the lawn, To the aroma of deep frying. Ah! Fragrances remind me of merrier times...
Washed cotton sheet on the bed, Trailing fragrance of Agarbatti in the house. Whiff of Liril talcum powder from Mom, Quick sniff of petrol from scooter, if Dad allows. What else could make home a better place to be? A jubilant celebration, a nostalgic potpourri!
Royal scent of rose petals in Nimbu Paani, Aroma of Basmati Rice. Mouth watering tinge of dal fried in Desi Ghee, Freshly baked cake that doubles the appetite. Fragrances of home made cooking sets spirits free, A tempting invitation, a nostalgic potpourri!
Aura of wet soil in the summer, Moth balls smell from winter clothes. Intoxicating scent from a new book, Chai made from cardamon-tulsi-cloves. A gush of aromatic emotions fills me, A jog down the memory lane, a nostalgic potpourri!

Stench from tiny box of Cherry Blossom, Musty odor from damp shelves. Nose twitching at times, Spraying of room fresheners to cleanse. Diwali cl…

A Butterfly's Dream - Fly High

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Few closed doors Reaffirms, never defy My hunger to excel  In cocoon, yearning to be a butterfly
Half-baked wings Fluttering with hope I may fail, fail again Only endeavor is to stay afloat
Nothing can weigh me down Far away from maddening hullabaloo Nearing my goal Taking a step or two
Setbacks on the path Will arouse my thirst I'll rise from ashes I've witnessed worst
Success - will not quench my hunger It will only multiply I just learned to flutter I will fly high

*Image Source - Arpit Rastogi Photography

I am Beautiful

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Dusky complexion. Messy hair. Short-rounded frame. Am I beautiful?
Like many of you even I ask this question to myself many a times. And to be very honest with you, I think I am. In fact, during my growing up years I thought, I was very beautiful. Quite an overstatement and you will ask me why such over-indulgence? There were many girls in my class who were much more beautiful than me and some went on to become models. Then why I thought so?

Well, after a lot of pondering, I realized, I equated my lack of height, abundance around mid-riff with my brightness, with my high scoring mark-sheets and my extra-curricular record. I generously compensated my lack of physical beauty with my other qualities and called myself beautiful. I believed…'You are what you do, irrespective of your looks. If your work is beautiful, others will never judge you for being dark or fat.'
I remember once when I was rejected for a school play and was shattered. Then I developed a theory to re-boost my c…

She Sells Sea Shells, Not Her

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Clad, tucking pallu She covers her frame Under sun, in rain Beating the mundane
She rose above her man When he cheated on her Earning bread, raising kids With spirits, undeterred
Covers her dignity Albeit, a menial job A smile on her face Nudging toes at her own pace
Content, without a man Efficacy, she possess Selling knickknacks on road side Not her flesh
Unwanted advances Lewd remarks by men Unaffected, she remains Even when they condemn
She is a hero Many would concur She sells sea shells Not her