Saturday, February 04, 2017

Rat and I

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help me Lord
oh help help help
help me today
please help help help

'cause there is a rat
under the mat
wish I could have
a large brown cat
who would chase it down
and hunt it out
and free me from fears
and nervous bout

the clock ticks twelve
it's still in sight
the time now two
what if it bites
I close my eyes
and shudder in fright
is it on my pillow
squeaking this night

a rush here, a hustle there
I could't take it longer
turning on the lights
I headed to the ladder
picking up the broom
and a stick as well
I pledged to myself
to make it's life hell

banging the stick
I hurried to my room
the rat smiled, winked
zip zap zoom
teasing and tossing
it ran to the kitchen
disappearing out of sight
all of a sudden

I retired to my bed
but eluded by sleep
what if it returns
my mind haunting deep
I closed my eyes
breathing in and out
wait, did I hear it again
the rat's squeaking pout


This Poem is shared with Imaginary Garden - The Tuesday Platform.



Friday, January 27, 2017

The Pigeon Who Spoke No Word



neither a word
nor 'hello'
he sat still, still
seeking warmth
beyond my window sill

gray and white
and a pinch of black
I couldn't go closer
as he slept on the rack
tip toe tip toe
but he might get scared
hush hush hush hush
or was he in prayer
eyes open wide
and yet motionless
braving the cold
of January heartless
somewhere burnt a log
the smell of flying embers
I looked at the clock
and retired to my chamber

'Good Morning'
poked the sun
the curtains half asleep
I got myself a bun
brushed and bathed
chores all done
when all of a sudden
my head did turn

beyond the window sill
my guest no longer seen
perhaps on his way
from where he has been
a thank you note
for the stay last night
could he have left
before being out of sight

only if I had
looked down for a second
by the shrubs and bushes
his lifeless form awakened
drowned in the mist
the night had to offer
laid on the streets
embracing death proper

the shiver went unnoticed
his prayers had been deaf
who could have noticed
hardly anyone cared
men butchering men
humans a shameless race
who would even care
about a dead pigeon's case

and he rested
until picked among the rags
and he tasted
the garbage in the bags

neither a word
nor 'hello'
he slept still, still
seeking warmth
beyond my gory sill 


This Poem is shared with dVerse - Open Link Night.




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Clouds and Stars

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how mean and cruel of the clouds
to hide away the stars
as I sit, gazing, on my roof
the lonesome reality but a farce
I count on my fingers
and then in stones and pebbles
the numbers do not match
alas, this sky isn't my fable

there, squealing in fright
my star comes in sight
only for a second though
before it succumbs to the fight
O clouds, have some mercy
let them twinkle, shine bright
how much longer shall we wait
for this darkness to welcome the light


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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Monday, January 02, 2017

Voices

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do you hear those voices
screaming from the past
stories of your failures
and how you stood last
they are made of tears
some salty, some bitter
your heart has been in shreds
in garbage, and among litter

but hey, you have learnt
to pick up those pieces
the wounds which once burnt
are now mere creases
through the tunnel most dark
you've kissed the light
hit by hundred daggers sharp
you rose from your plight

no longer should you ever
get bogged down by struggles
remember they are the steps
to multiple victory huddles
you are your strength
the pride forever lasts
do listen to those voices
your triumphs from the past


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Red And White

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three unicorns red
and a multitude of white
singing from the castle
on a winter's moonlit night
I look out my window
and smile at the sight
why not believe in magic
when it seems just so right


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Sunday, November 13, 2016

It's Snowing Coupons This Winter



Winters are finally here. Oh, how much I love this time of the year. The feeling of warm blanket, and a steamy cup of coffee, with a favorite snack, completely defines this season. Also, winters are ideal for shopping, outdoor hoping and everything that’s associated with fun, ‘cause one wouldn't get tired easily. Now, add to this bundle, a spicy collection of deals, and man, can life get any better?

I was surfing the net this lazy Sunday, watching funny videos, and movie trailers, and then bored of the repetition, I hit the Zoutons link that’s listed in my browser’s Bookmark section. It’s surprising how Zoutons never fails to amaze me. The innumerable deals, the discounts and offers, and the vast range of packages are tantalizing, making me sit up and take notice. This time, my eyes got glued to the Nearbuy coupons section.



The best thing about Nearbuy is that it caters to all types of consumers, whether one is fond of traveling, or love to watch movies, or is planning for a therapeutic session in the spa, Nearbuy has a coupon for everyone. Browsing through the wide array of coupons, I singled out a Nearbuy coupon that offered Rs 50 cashback on Dominos voucher. Pizza and I, have always been the best of friends, and deals like these make the bond firmer.

In the current scenario of demonetization, I find vouchers and coupons handy. They come with added perks and discounts, and ease the transactions. Deals are an amazing way of lifting up the mood, and when there are so many of them, one is spoilt with choices. So, in a nutshell, if one is a keen fan of online shopping and transactions (like me), deals are the icings on the cake. Do try out for yourself, and share your opinions.


 And yes, have a pleasant winter!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fly With The Flying Jatt



A lazy Saturday and an entertaining movie makes a perfect combination. And if you want to relish it, do tune in to Zee Cinema on 22nd October at 8 PM.

Why should you listen to me and watch this film? The reasons are aplenty, and here I am listing a few of them.

1. India's First Flying Superhero



India’s first flying superhero – A Flying Jatt saves the day in the coolest way. Bestowed not only with this incredible superpower our man can also display some jaw-dropping martial art moves.

2. This Superhero has a Supermom



Most of the superheroes that we know pledge to save the world and have lost their parents to an accident. But this super hero has a supermom who constantly reminds him of his duties. A typical Indian mother, she scolds him every time he is reluctant to use his superpowers. She definitely is a supermom!

3. Powers + Killer dance moves = Legendary Superhero



You might be Superman or Batman but one thing our flying Jatt wins at is killer dance moves. Saving the world and burning the dance floor all in one - WOW! Now that is what they call a superhero. Let’s shake our booty on the beat with this superhero.

4. The youngest Superhero



Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan also had special powers in movies like Krrish and Ra.One respectively. But what sets Tiger Shroff apart is his age. At 26, he bagged a superhero movie as his third film while the others have had a longer run in films before their superhero ventures.

5. Jatt Fly Karda



As the name suggests, Flying Jatt is all about a superhero who not only goes all out to save his city, but also believes in his prime religious duty of helping mankind. He is the first superhero who has incorporated his human and religious sensibilities in saving his city.

6. Accidental superhero



Our very own superhero was not born with these powers but became a superhero by accident. A superhero at heart and and one who is courageous enough to fight despite being scared is what makes an ordinary man a true superhero.

7. Do your chores before you catch the ‘chors’



He is no ordinary superhero because at home, he has to do all the chores like any other child. From lending a helping hand in cleaning the house or buying vegetables, this superhero has to do it all. He might be a superhero for the world but at home, you have to do what your mother asks you to do.

8. A hero with a consciousness



We all have to give back to our society and the Flying Jatt definitely believes in this.  A protector of mother nature and a condemner of pollution, this superhero does all to protect the environment.

9. A child at heart



He might have a serious job at hand but he is a child at heart. This is what sets him apart making him a fun, relatable superhero. He has the superpowers but he also has a child in him who will touch your hearts.

10. He is coming to meet you soon



This superhero has no airs about having special powers and is very down to earth and humble. So, he has decided to meet you and save his beloved city of Amritsar with the World Television Premiere of his film, A Flying Jatton 22nd October, 2016 at 8PM (http://www.zeecinema.com).




Sunday, October 16, 2016

03:02 - Review

At 03:02 on a Sunday morning, the world as we knew it came to an end. Mumbai suddenly went black - no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch of our civilization, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that had been impacted. We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our war for freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the Army, but in our homes and streets, with us as the soldiers. This is our story. '03:02 celebrates fictional heroes who fight for our freedom, but to give back to the real heroes who do so every day, for every copy sold, a contribution from author royalties will be made to the National Defence Fund, which takes voluntary contributions to help armed forces service members and their families.'

About the Author
"After finishing his schooling at Modern School, Barakhamba Road and his under-graduation at Hindu College, Delhi, Mainak Dhar graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has spent two decades in the corporate sector - starting with Procter & Gamble in India. He spent eighteen years with P&G, fifteen of them outside India across the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, he moved back to India as the CEO of the India operations of a major consumer products multinational. A self-described cubicle dweller by day and writer by night, Mainak is also the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad. These books have been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Puja, and their son, Aaditya. When not at work or with his family, he can usually be found working on, or thinking about his next book.




When I received the book, I was instantly drawn towards its mysterious cover - smoke soaring over high rise buildings, and a man holding a gun. Could this be an action packed novel revolving around bullets and war? I quickly turned to the back cover, and the first line of the blurb, bold and in large font, caught hold of my attention -   “At 03:02 on a Sunday morning, the world as we knew it came to an end.”

The first few pages revolves around corporate policies, ambitions, dreams and designations. Aadi is happy, he is ecstatic, celebrating his promotion with colleagues. He realizes he has come a long way in his career, stepping up the corporate ladder, and possessing a respectable position in his organization. Little did he know that the next morning would render all these meaningless. Every target he had tried to achieve, the spreadsheets which kept him awake long nights, and the innumerable meetings conducted to finalize business deals, would no longer hold an essence the following day.

’03:02’ by Mainak Dhar jolts you, shakes you, and makes you sit up and think. This book is an eye-opener for most of us. In fact, the blurb stands true when it states ‘This is our story’.  How many of us use electricity and electronics gadgets on a daily basis? Most of us would raise our hands, isn’t it? Again, how many of us can survive without these means for even a single day? The thought itself is scary, something we would never imagine even in our worst nightmare. Mainak Dhar brings this fear to us through this paperback. The city of Mumbai all of a sudden faces the worst outage when electricity, mobiles, cars and other gadgets stop operating at 3:02 am on a Sunday, and nobody has any clue as to how this happened. Lives threaten to come to a standstill, and people have no idea when their devices will start working again. Food and water become the primary concern, and matters take a darker turn when goons start causing disturbances in the neighborhood. However, the worst is yet to come. Through sources, people get to know that this is a terror attack, and the terrorists have already set foot on their city.

This is when Aadi steps in. He analyzes the problems in hand, and with his sharp mind, and help from others in the society, he chips in with able solutions. He even confronts the goons and terrorists, and knocks them off on a few occasions. It is good to see him take crucial decisions at times of need, and the society hailing him as their leader. However, I would have preferred if the author had focused more on the plot instead of Aadi’s heroics. Aadi turns out to be almost flawless, which dilutes the realistic tone of the novel to a certain extent.

However, full credits to Mainak Dhar for the brilliant and unique concept and making us realize how much we have become dependent on technology. It’s as if the technological gadgets are controlling our lives, a thought we wouldn’t like to believe, and yet, is definitely true. '03:02' is a fiction, and we hope it remains so. It is a mirror of the modern times, and for all enthusiastic book lovers, comes packed with its own buffet of thoughts.




Title: 03:02
Authors: Mainak Dhar
Publisher: Westland
Publication Year: 2016
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Action
No. of Pages: 342
Price: Rs 295
My Rating: 4/5



Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Tale Of Online Coupons



If we compare the number of online buyers in India today with respect to a decade ago we would see a phenomenal rise. This is a result of the technology boom and the massive awareness associated with it that has enveloped us globally, and we are more open to the idea of monetary transactions over the web. Some would argue that online shopping does not give them the benefit of a trial (in case of clothing) or the feel of the article before buying, but many sites have come up with Virtual 3D trial that does serve as a suitable (if not better) alternative.

People get all the more thrilled when ‘discounts’ and ‘offers’ come bundled with their shopping experiences. After all, who doesn't like to take advantage of such deals? With numerous online shopping stores doing the round, wouldn't it be great to have a site dedicated completely to the idea of providing discounts and bargains for anything we buy from the web. For the dedicated buyers, it would add to the fun. For those who are still not a firm believer of online buying, these sites can provide the right incentive to lure them into this avenue.



One of my friends was purchasing a laptop via Amazon.in, a renowned shopping portal, and that was when I got acquainted with Zoutons.com. By logging into Zoutons, and then purchasing the laptop, he got an additional cashback of 5%. His words instantly got me hooked. When I returned home, the first thing I did was logging into www.zoutons.com, and true to his words, I was greeted with a huge array of unbelievable coupons and offers.

Recently, I was suffering from a bout of cold and cough, and a friend studying Homeopathy suggested me a medicine. To my utter dismay and confusion, I wasn't able to find the medicine in the chemist stores located in my area. I had heard of online portals for medicine, and browsing through Zoutons.com I came across 1mg coupons (1mg is an online medicine store). I searched for the medicine and easily found it there. The icing on the cake was the 25% discount that Zoutons.com offered for purchasing the medicine from that site.



Sites like Zoutons.com is a boon to all online buyers. It is hassle free and easy to use, the interface is clean and one wouldn't feel lost. Moreover, it gives us the scope for some savings on our buying, which is always a drool worthy proposition.