The Caregiver

As a physician dealing with patients with advanced, often end-stage heart disease, I come across a lot of patients who are receiving excellent care at home by their family members who have sacrificed their personal lives to care for their loved ones. Our team has a support group for caregivers where they share stories about […]

Girls of a feather

You grow up, find the right man, get married You grow a family, soon you are a mother harried Your life revolves around work and family When one fine day, quite suddenly There comes a message out of the blue From your old friend, reminding you Of priceless moments spent in the company Of each other, […]

The Relationship

Introduced to each other by a mutual acquaintance Both accepted the introduction with mutual nonchalance Not particularly inclined to strike a meaningful conversation They made small talk out of politeness, with some hesitation Then came the innocuous comment that inspired Both of them to laugh- in that moment fate seemed to have conspired To draw […]

Postcards from nowhere

Days and nights stretched out endlessly As she sat in a corner, listlessly Knees drawn to her chest, a vacant gaze The world outside whizzed by in a haze She occupied her corner wishing she could Perish without a trace- at least that would Put an end to her misery, stem the torrent Of guilt and […]

Floral entreaties

You knew I was naive, you knew I was a lover Of exotic flowers of every hue and color So I was carried away when you sent Expensive flowers to impress me, my friend Accompanied by tasteful cards, handwritten Etched with soulful poetry, you knew I was smitten From humongous hybrid roses to orchids rare I cherished every […]

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 […]

A fallible mother

As a parent a constant conundrum I face Of finding the middle ground, that perfect place Where on my child, I do not put extra pressure Yet disciplined learning I somehow ensure There’s so much to learn, so much to imbibe For a five year old, sometimes it’s hard to describe Things in a way suited for […]

Guilt and apology

There is something I wish to say To you, it has gnawed at me every day Since that incident when I had been Blatantly wrong, inconsiderate and mean I had ended up hurting you in my Anger- since then each day I wonder why My folly soon after I failed to recognize Why did it take […]

Inquisitive

Questions from my child never seem to cease His curiosity is as vast as the seas Sometimes appropriate, at times awkward Often asking me to explain difficult words He bombards me with questions invariably When I am preoccupied, and irritably I try to brush him off by saying I don’t know He does not get […]

Parenting

I never knew what second-guessing myself meant Until the day I became a nervous parent Deliberating over every single decision That in any way involved my son Uncertain of every step that I took Afraid that I was not going by the book Did not know whether to trust my instinct For the first time, […]

Wedding album

Excited, full of nervous anticipation When I circled around the sacred fire With you, following our ancient tradition My eyes brimming with hope and desire Having avowed to seven, not just one Lives to be spent bound by matrimony Each moment to be lived together in unison Serious commitment was cloaked in ceremony And so we began, with dreams […]

Tangled web of ambition

Tangled web that I wove When to the extremes I drove To make the world dance to my tune- That web is going to chain me soon… Fueled by unbridled ambition Trying to get every dream to fruition Never stopping to look or care Those around me could not dare To show me a mirror of […]