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 […]

One Day At A Time

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” -Abraham Lincoln Had heard all along but never comprehended Take life one day at a time, this advice was intended For people to focus on things they valued each day This felt too sanctimonious to follow, I must say.. Planning […]

Art in the pandemic

Art is not always about pretty things. It’s about who we are, what happened to us, and how our lives are affected. – Elizabeth Broun When fear has become the emotion dominant When uncertainty surrounds us, omnipresent When answers to questions do not exist When on the narrowest sliver of hope we subsist When physical […]

The Divide…

  I had thought..   Since this was a crisis so large in magnitude Spread throughout the world, affecting multitudes The world would have no choice but to fight The enemy as one, countries would be forced to unite Race, religion, borders this enemy does not respect Humankind everywhere is reeling from its cataclysmic effect […]

Adventure-seeker in quarantine

Thirsting for adventures is a natural state All of us like new experiences on our plate Time, effort and money we spend Beyond our comfort zones ourselves we extend To get that elusive thrill, that unparalleled elation That sense of accomplishment, that victorious sensation Also, since keeping up with the Joneses is a part Of […]

The Refugee in Quarantine

Stay at home and shelter in place- How do you follow this advice when you face Lack of a solid roof over your head When home is a makeshift shelter instead? ** We had already tempted fate by staying alive We had learnt to be grateful, having survived Civil war, strife, journeys with dangers fraught […]

Maternal misgivings

My precious child, in you I see The vivacious child I used to be Your ebullience and curiosity Are reminders of the younger me You have a spring in your step and hope in your eyes You are carefree- I am cautious and worldly-wise When did I stop being like you, I wonder Was growing […]


  Freedom these days is a word that incites Anger, concern, despair- it is a fundamental right And in the face of a challenge never before seen The operational word suddenly is quarantine… ** While personal liberties restricted appear I, paradoxically, feel free amid this fear As the world grapples with illness and death As […]


Never imagined a worldwide catastrophe would be the cause Behind my accelerated life stepping on brakes; taking a pause…. ** I hurtled through life in a frenzied spiral of chaos Overscheduled, overstimulated, but always at a loss To comprehend where time seemed to fly I was always left wondering why I constantly felt I was […]

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 […]

Touch me not…

In this pandemic while we lose much.. I am mourning the loss of human touch ** Never thought a day would arrive When in a collective attempt to survive The most basic human need in times of distress Would become so conflicting to address… ** The first instinct when things are not right Is to […]

I am afraid..

These are trying times, and health care workers are afraid as they try to navigate their personal and professional lives in the face of shortage of personal protective equipment, especially in the United States. This is an attempt to give a voice to all the physicians on the front lines.. Many times in my life […]