A virus challenges the anthropocene

(Anthropocene: the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.) We had created the anthropocene Become oblivious of threats unseen Things dangerous, we thought, could only be Products of human ingenuity We did pay quite a bit of attention To the devastating […]

The burden of choice

I live in a place with choices abundant… Such that picking favorite objects seems redundant Any kind of food, any cuisine that I fancy I can have, it is readily available to me From decadent desserts to low sugar substitutes I can pick healthy food and satisfy my taste buds too But then there are […]

Tell me your story…

(I was fascinated by the concept of the Human Library. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia about them: The Human Library is an international organization and movement that first started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000. It aims to address people’s prejudices by helping them to talk to those they would not normally meet. The organisation […]

My silver lining as a physician

Some days my work feels thankless Despite my best efforts I confess There are days when nothing goes right Patients don’t get better despite our efforts to fight Their disease together, sometimes they’re upset Then I retrace my steps, sometimes I regret What I did and what I said I should have chosen a different […]

Control in the pandemic

  A self-confessed control freak am I Feeling out of control destabilizes me, I will not lie Just when I thought I had life within my grasp The virus came to engulf the world in its clasp And all my sense of control went spiraling down Suddenly I was surrounded by fear profound… * Like […]

Pandemic FOMO

This pandemic and lockdowns have created an urge To explore creative endeavors, and led to a surge Of people sharing on social media their creations The latest fad is to share your newfound obsessions A sudden plethora of videos and stills Have my social media feeds filled Bored as I am, now the fear of […]

To judgmental folks everywhere…

Judge away for all I care Judge me here while I declare As long as my actions do not affect you Your judging me is a reflection of you To conform to a stereotype, long I have tried Portraying myself as someone I was not inside Yet judgmental remarks never ceased The more I bent, […]

Too late to apologize

I know you are here to eulogize Since you are too late to apologize For all the times you did not hear His silent pleas for help, that were loud and clear In retrospect- twenty-twenty is hindsight You did not realize he was losing the fight To live- in the midst of unprecedented stress Of […]

Lend me an ear..

Hard as it is, I am compelled to say Everything I had managed to keep hidden to this day ** Behind a beguiling smile it was much easier to hide Than to display the tsunami raging inside Who had the time, who would have understood me In a world where perception is considered reality.. Benumbed […]

The Visit

I greet you in my clinic, with a smile behind my mask How are you feeling today, the standard question I ask I focus on the usual, physical complaints I want to ask you something else, but myself I restrain I ask you if you’re exercising, eating right Taking your medications as prescribed Behind your […]

Introvert in the pandemic

  Social distancing is taking its toll On almost everyone, because we all Are social creatures, we thrive On interactions with our tribe.. It is much harder for many of us Who tend to be more gregarious Then there are some, just like me Who want to crawl into obscurity Each time large crowds we […]

Take me home, in the pandemic

(This poem reflects the sentiments of a migrant laborer who is trying to go home amid the lockdown in India.) I know the world is facing a huge crisis, I understand I was educated not in a school but on the streets of this land And on the streets I am left to somehow fend […]