The Voids

like a book, I’m reading you unearthing you marveling at the enigma that’s you revering every layer I peel off you but there are times the pages are stuck together the mistake is a mystery to me I end up tearing a few trying to do it right I lose track of the story so…

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There is something about words.
In expert hands, manipulated deftly,
they take you prisoner.
Wind themselves around your limbs
like spider silk, and when
you are so enthralled you cannot move,
they pierce your skin, enter your blood,
numb your thoughts.
Inside you they work their magic.”

Diane Setterfield

The Wait

it’s saturday evening I lie huddled in my blanket watch the raindrops beat against my windowpanes enjoy the sweet sound of solace but somewhere around there is a constant hum a sort of whisper a pleading that goes on to get up, escape to lose myself in the madness that’s this city quiet but not…

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15 Great Books to Read on Indian Independence Day

As we celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence from British Colonialism, there’s one question we need to ask ourselves: How much do we know about our country? Much like paper fading its print over time, past starts to fade if not acquainted with periodically. Time erases everything gradually and it is rather unfortunate if we…

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The Half Mother – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Shahnaz Bashir | Genre: Indian Literature | Pages: 182 | Publisher: Hachette India The night is tired now, the old moon, hanging in the dark sky, is tired too. It is the 1990s and Kashmir’s long war has begun to claim its first victims. Among them are Ghulam Rasool Joo, Haleema’s father and her teenage son Imran, who…

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Love never dies a natural death.
It dies because we don’t know
how to replenish its source.
It dies of blindness and errors
and betrayals.
It dies of illness and wounds;
it dies of weariness,
of witherings, of tarnishings.”

Anais Nin

Micropoetry#80

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Blue Sky, White Cloud: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Nirmal Ghosh | Genre: Indian Literature, Animal Literature | Pages: 212 | Publisher: Aleph Book Company A defenceless male elephant calf, born on the grasslands of the great Brahmaputra River, grows into a formidable tusker, journeying through the verdant green hills of northeastern India and Burma. With him, we walk through the vastness of the Indo-Malayan rainforests as…

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A Forgotten Souvenir

I broke down the doors and took you in found you a warm corner in my crumbling ruins the air was a bit nippy the ceiling wore scars the floors had cracks that oozed of despair I planted seeds in them that grew into flowers that now kiss your toes and heal the sores the…

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21 Delightful Books For the Rainy Day Reader

Monsoons are finally here and it’s the only time when the city is draped in breath-taking exquisiteness. Each one of us has our own special way of relishing the charm that monsoons are. Some would say – a cozy spot by the window with a view of the lush greens beyond, a cup of ginger…

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Lost (The Art of Staying Lost #2): Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Sakshi Narula | Genre: Poetry | Pages: 125 From the author of the celebrated poetry collection, Loveish comes this two book poetry series, The Art Of Staying Lost. Lost, the second in the series features poetry on processing grief and healing. Loneliness is an alchemist, grief changes you in ways that you may have never imagined…

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घर घर में कैद हैं…

घर घर में कैद हैंमाँ की बेताबियाँ अनेक हैंबाबा की तन्हाईयाँ ढेर हैंदीदी के सपने सरफ़रोश हैं…*घर घर में कैद हैंख्वाहिशें बेचैन हैंदिल में रंजिशें खामोश हैंआपसी शिकवे हर रोज़ हैं…*घर घर में कैद हैंहसरतें बेख़ौफ़ हैंमनमर्ज़ियों का शोर हैबगावतों का शहर है…

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Micropoetry#78

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Hymns in Blood: Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: Nanak Singh | Genre: Historical Fiction, Indian Literature | Pages: 264 | Publisher: Harper Perennial 1947, Chakri. An idyllic village on the banks of the Soan near Rawalpindi, surrounded by stalks of golden wheat and festive songs. Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs eagerly await the end of winter and get together to prepare for Lohri. Amidst this joyous…

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The Colour of Us

We run past fields green and hopeful your laughter echoes as the shade catches on… And when the sun sets on the horizon you turn amber and smile in golden waves better than the ocean… We stand holding hands at the edge of the world where the red sky fades into nothingness… your fingers trace…

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