The Big, Fat Indian Wedding

Read the phrase “wedding bells” somewhere And all of a sudden, out of nowhere An extraordinary urge gripped me To attend an Indian wedding, and see Fine silks and jewelry opulently displayed A profusion of colors, in every hue and shade Food and drink flowing in quantities that appear Limitless, for guests to gorge on […]

The Magic of the Holidays

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”Hamilton Wright Mabie Holiday lights twinkled all around Powdery snow was sprinkled all over the ground The stores were lit brightly, music wafted through the doors She waited for the holidays to take their course Knowing that the gaiety pervading the air […]

The bride and her henna

(The Mehndi event is a fun celebration held the night before an Indian wedding,  traditionally celebrated by the women on the bride’s side of the family. Generally, a professional mehndi artist applies henna in intricate designs to the hands and feet of the bride and other women in the family. These intricate designs symbolize joy, beauty […]

Linguistic laments

I am writing furiously, yet words fail me Repeatedly, my thoughts tend to derail me As I search in vain for the right English expression And my mind in a spirit of transgression Jumps from my adopted language to the one That pervades my soul in subliminal recognition…   It is true that proficiency I have […]

The Writer

In a world that often did not make sense In a society plagued by pomp and pretense She felt like an outsider, never could blend in Always blurting the blunt truth, she could not win Friends around her, so she became a recluse The more she withdrew, the stronger was her excuse To keep away from […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

This is the time of the year when Temptations abound for men and women To loosen the purse strings that have been tight And dish out moolah for everything in sight With a sense of urgency that might appear As if apocalypse was drawing near Black Friday and Cyber Monday Each one has become an awaited day […]

The Best of Everything

The Best of Everything Why do we always look for the best? Why, I wonder, is there a perpetual quest To find that elusive element of superiority In everything we own, or do- when the majority Of our life is spent somewhere in-between Why do we aim for perfection unseen?   Yet another question comes to […]

Imagination

“The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination.” Helen Keller A pragmatic person I consider myself to be I uphold the principles of scientific inquiry My profession relies on a strong foundation Of irrefutable facts, evidence-based information I like validated facts; with mathematical precision I can easily make most of my decisions It keeps the […]

The Somnambulist

Night after night she rose from her bed Voices clamoring for attention in her head Propelling her forward, one foot in front of other In a measured cadence, nothing could bother Her as she somnambulated out of the door Her steps always halting once she reached the shore Turning back once touched by the waves of the […]

Happy endings

I do not know what people prefer I can say for myself, I do not like to suffer At the end of a book thoroughly enjoyed I do not like to finish feeling that a void Has been left- happy endings I like to see Thought they might exist only in fantasy * Tragic endings leave me dissatisfied […]

Write, right

The idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss. J K Rowling When I was young I used to strive To bring my thoughts on paper alive In the best handwriting I could manage Filling lines neatly, page by […]