Dreamscape

It was a four-poster; covered in gossamer netting. Delicate mulmul on the windows filtered the moonlight in. It was impossibly quiet, even the crickets had ceased their song and gone to sleep. But he lay awake. His dark skin defined softly by the white sheets. There must’ve been some pixie dust about, for she woke…

Nightmare I

The ocean takes away pieces of my soul, I cannot leave, I am the shore. I wake from nightmares of blinding lights to your clear voice, whispering, “Hush! Come here, Hush! Its okay, come”, and you hang up I pry my eyes open I want to see your face, you’re here before I fall into…

Skardu

It was snowing and the mighty Karakoram were hidden by this soft, deceptively gentle rain of white flakes. I had a feeling that we are on a wrong trail and very likely lost. What if it snowed for days?Would I die here, of snow? Evidently, I am an expert at prematurely conjuring up death scenarios…

ख्वाबों में Or خوابوں میں

A couple of days back, I read Sad Tonight my friend Apoorva Mathur wrote. I believe the rhythm and effect of it stayed on with me and the next day, I found myself writing this: रात आधी, पूरी खाली सड़क अब भी पड़ी है, ख्वाबों में तुम्हारे मिलने के पहले ही तक़दीर तुम से जुड़ी…

A Summertime Romance

I see him out there. I wish I could tell him, he looks nice, still the same though, he should take care of his health. That smile never quite reaches his eyes. They’re troubled. Oh! The dark glasses cannot quite conceal the worries. I hope he hasn’t noticed me. I turn away and walk over…

लाहौर or لاهـور

लाहौर एक शहर जिसके बारे में सिर्फ़ पढ़ा-सुना जिसकी गलियों की सिर्फ़ तस्वीरें देखीं फिर कैसा अजनबी सा रिश्ता है इस शहर से आज सुना इक दोस्त जाएगा फिर मुलाक़ात करेगा लाहौर की उन गलियों से यूँ लगा जैसे वो शहर बुला रहा है कहता है – आओ तुम भी मिलो मुझ से देखो अब…

Remembering John Keats in Hindi

Bech aaye hum neend, Ki chaen ki roti khaa sakein woh. Bech aaye woh sapnay, Ki zindagi humari ko saans aaye. Kuchh baaki hai shayad ab bhi Jo humara tha Jeenay ke liyay in jaagtay sapnon ki rotiyaan kya kam hain? Socha tha inn phakeeri kay dinon mein Rotiyaan, neend aur sapnay, Sabhi ko aadha-aahda…