Who does not want Freedom? (Poem)

Who does not want to hop upon a bus, leaving for destination unknown? Who does not want to be swept by waves, receding back into infinite ocean? Who does not feel like walking on empty roads, headed nowhere, but where you wish to go? Who does not wish to float with black clouds and fall…

Manoranjan Byapari’s There’s Gunpowder in the Air – On an Attempted Jailbreak

The doyen of Bangla literature, Mahashweta Devi, once hailed a rickshaw-puller who was engrossed in reading a book. Reluctantly, he agreed to drop Didi home. During the ride, he pleasantly surprised the ‘vidushi’  by asking the meaning of the word जिजीविषा. From that moment began the literary career of Manoranjan Byapari, whom Didi asked to…

Wilander’s First – A Soporific French Open Final

The duo kept hitting top spin lobs from behind the baseline. They seemed content to keep the ball above the net and inside the court. Not much running was involved. It was as if they were feeding each other balls for practice, forehand to backhand, back to forehand, testing the rival’s patience, while making some…

बंसल सर : जिस गणित के गुरु ने पढ़ाया हास्य-विनोद

मास्टर गणित के थे , पढ़ाई लेकिन ज़िंदगी  । गणित , और कोई भी अन्य विषय, कितना विनोदपूर्ण हो सकता है, यह विनोद जी ही नहीं समझाते तो समझाता कौन ? लेखक, पत्रकार या कोमेडियन होते तो भी बम्पर हिट रहते, पर फिर कोटा नगरी का कायाकल्प नहीं हो पाता । सत्रह से उन्नीस साल…

Weld Your Words (Poem)

Words that flow like water reach far, Words that get blown in air disappear, Words etched on stone cause bloody wars, Words soaked in spirits show us the mirror, Words spoken through eyes make you weak, Words full of malice speak the truth, Words by hired pens only serve their masters, Weld words onto time…

वह कहीं नहीं गया (कविता)

उसका जाना तब तो जाना है अगर वह यादों से भी चला जाये वरना उसका फोन न उठाना संदेशों का जवाब न दे पाना दो-तीन सालों में किसी एक शाम को न मिल पाना यह सब पहले जैसा ही तो है कभी-कभार उसका ज़िक्र अब भी हुआ करेगा जब चार दोस्त साथ बैठेंगे उसके किस्से…

In Defence of the Demigod

An unconditional apology by an officer would always be seen as an admission of guilt. Hence, some excuse or justification must always be added to it. An unconditional statement on a subordinate’s action would be construed as censure by the superiors or the Service Association. Hence reprimand the one in the dock, but also endorse…

दूर हटो – हम सबकी कहानियों पर तुम्हारा कोई कॉपीराइट नहीं !

ओ दुमका वाले नीलोत्पल मृणाल भैया ! ओ एस्पिरेंट्स के लेखक दीपेश सुमित्र जगदीश जी ! दूर हटो, साला ई सिविल सेवा की तैयारी करने वालों की कहानियों के कॉपीराइट्स से । अब सिविल की तैयारी के लिए अगर कोई कहीं जाएगा है तो दिल्ली ही न जाएगा । आईआईटी के लिए तो फिर भी…

ये संकरा रास्ता (कविता)

कहीं से कहीं ले जाताये संकरा रास्ताटहला कर फिर वहीं ले आताये संकरा रास्ताकिसी महल केकिसी हरम मेंकौन सी पटरानी केकिसी किस नौकरानी केराज़ छिपाता कभी बतलाताये संकरा रास्ता (10) —————————– दिनभर सोता रात जागताराजा साहब की राह ताकताआहट लेता आहें सुनताखुसफुस करता बातें बुनतासमय संग किलकारी भरतानवागंतुक का अभिनंदन करताकोई कक्ष जब क्रंदन करतामंगल…

Ivory Towers V. Summer Vacations (Poem)

Officers live in Ivory Towers, Jurists hide inside their Black Coats, Ignorance inhabits Secretariats, But who is in Summer Vacation mode? (4) Kisans are still squatting on borders, Mazdoors are in transit on roads, Netas live in prayers and curses, Are doctors and nurses our only hopes? (8) The living are confined within their homes,…

JE SUIS CHARLIE: Now & Forever

“I was Charlie Hebdo” in 2015 when two jihadi brothers shot and killed their Editor, his bodyguard, four cartoonists, two columnists, a copy editor, a caretaker, a guest and a cop at their office for ‘having dared’ to publish the cartoons of the Prophet. Another lady cop and four Jews had also succumbed in a…