She was pristine, untouched.
He ached to reach forbidden peaks.
She saw him approaching;
Built up walls high:
Impossible for him to sneak.
He renounced all attempts,
and settled for a heart-to-heart instead.
She became amicable and unknowing
while to her instincts, poison he fed.
She raised him on pedestals,
mighty and high
till he finally rest his elbows on her walls,
to lean in and spy.
One day, he leaped over
and sneaked upon her.
Taken aback, she struck him down
outside her walls he crept.
Mourning the loss of a friend,
bitterly she wept.
Time flew by;
she missed him a lot.
Wondering what would have been
had she struck him not.
Knocking down her walls,
she extended a hand
to find he had headed
for greener lands.
beyond the horizons he had gone.
Amidst the rubble she shed a tear,
got up, and moved on.
– Saumya Patki
Cage them; they’ll dream of freedom
Break their wings, yet they’ll strive towards flight
Break their spirit, and you’ll have but soulless captives
Try to conquer; they’ll fight
Be a usurper; they’ll rebel
Be a murderer, and you’ll only rule over carcasses
You’ll make your mark for sure
Walk down the path to glory indeed
Yet, you’ll be all alone
Their haunting screams robbing your mind of peace
Your heart: heavier than stone
And a dark storm raging within
– Saumya Patki
With the recent furor caused by the misogynist remarks made by MP Vinay Katiyar, what ensued did not include any decent apologizing, but merely political mud-slinging. In the light of the same incident, I wish to point out the mentality behind a considerable chunk of people who hold women in such contempt. Continue reading “And They Ask If I’m A Feminist”
“Why have you brought me along if all you wanted to do was chat with those random chicks on Facebook all day?!” Durga flung that question across the hotel room at Tanuj, “Is this why you begged me to marry you?” When Tanuj continued to ignore her, she burst into tears and rushed into the bathroom. She looked into the mirror as she contemplated over Tanuj cajoling her to say yes to arranged marriage. “We’ll be together. I’ll love you so much that you’ll forget that it was an arranged marriage … ” he had said. Continue reading “The Rising”