DEATH BE NOT PROUD… -Vaibhav Gandhi

Death be not proud,
Just because you take people by crowds.
Your icy hands and your deadly clasp,
Might have made even the Spartans gasp.
Your mere existence does make us mortal;
Yes none of us is immortal.
No apothecary could help anyone avoid you,
Even Buddha in the end had to meet you.
Thus I cried as a child when I used to contemplate
What next after death?
Refused to believe in life after death,
I thought that death was the ultimate.
Death, the symbol of Satan!
You can rip apart anyone;
You do kill everyone;
But Oh lame death! You could silence no one…
Because though humans are all mortal,
Our thoughts are essentially immortal!
To kill a human, you must kill his deeds,
Which is much beyond your meager reach.
So though the Bodhi has gone moldy
You did fail to erase his trail, Wee! Wee!
And thus death my deadly friend
Not me should you dare to scare.
Because all my enemies will finally be defeated
And the last one shall be you Oh mortal death!

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Oh Little Princess…….. – Madan Taldevkar

Little Princess

Oh Little Princess, why are you so quiet?

Pearls on cheeks, is everything right?

Oh Little Princess thy watery eyes,

Cut my heart into a thousand slice

Oh Little Princess how can I face you?

But believe my doll it hurts me too.

Oh Little Princess, I love you to be around,

But what should do I am also bound.

Oh Little Princess what a daddy you have met,

Goes to office early & comes too late.

Oh Little Princess understand me please,

I was working very hard there in my office.

Oh Little Princess, give me a fight,

Don’t go away; let me fill you in my sight.

Oh Little Princess, one thing I never shown you,

Living away from you hurts your dady too.

Oh Little Princess, what should I say?

I too wanna listen you & I also wanna play.

Oh Little Princess, please forgive me now,

Should I become a horse or a teddy or a cow?

Oh Little Princess, anything for thy joy,

Should I become thy ride or a joker or a toy?

Oh Little Princess, let me store thy pure smile,

That keeps me alive for long long while.

Oh Little Princess, do you remember that,

You had said Dad even before a Cat.

Oh Little Princess, how lucky thy mother,

What about me such a miserable father.

Oh Little Princess, never compare me with mom;

Neither with thy grandpa nor with grand mom.

Oh Little Princess, how blessed I am,

Thank you, Oh God for giving such a Gem.

Oh Little Princess, I fear someday,

Will come a Prince & take my Gem away.

Oh Little Princess, you are my heart,

How am I gonna live when you’ll be apart.

Oh Little Princess, whatever it be,

Don’t go away always be with me.

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The Seeing See Little – Helen Keller

"The Seeing See Little"

This is a long essay, which is largely based on the life and philosophy of Helen Adams Keller, one of the world’s most famous deaf-blind writers. The main motive of this essay is to provoke the reader to look at the amazing beauty all around him/her and think about what happiness he/she might have missed out on, while running after “success”. The reader is asked to read the “Introduction” and “Conclusion” carefully, as it puts Helen Keller’s life into today’s context.

Please click the following link to read the essay:

The Seeing See Little – The Creativity Unseen


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True Gold – Parth Gudhka

Walking down a lane, lost in thought,
Thoughts of rent, an overdue loan, the failing crop,
And of yet another day hard-fought
In vain, wishing for change of fortune or a drop
Of water from the sky. “Oh Lord!
Why do I have to continue to persist,
Keep a brave face, read beyond the fake smiles, a horde
Of sorrows full of hope that does not exist?”
Deep in contemplation, I enter a posh lane.
Chuckling at the contrast, I look through a window
Of a big house and see a man scratching his unshaven mane.
To delay my arrival home, under the sun’s red glow,
I dream of living the life I never had,
Even if only for a while. The man’s tense face
Is a puddle of worries, calculation clad,
And worrying about the loaded suitcase.
Poring deeper into his thoughts, at the back of his head,
He is perturbed by his daughter staying out late
And the bitterness in the air, which constantly reminded
Him of the fight he had had with his bed mate.
The tired face says he hasn’t slept for the past few days,
Pondering where to invest his liquid cash;
The stock market which almost “always” pays,
or the real estate in case there’s a market crash.
As I withdraw from my hiding spot,
I chuckle at the contrast again, a true chuckle,
Feeling pity for the “poor” man who forgot
He cannot “buy” happiness. So, as I resume my dawdle,
I pray, “Oh Lord! Thank you for showing me my gold
(My dear wife and children, sweet sleep, a beautiful abode)
I shan’t die before my death, this I uphold!”
Thus saying, I hurry down the road.

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Post Colonial Era – Piyush Mahajan

Colonialism is the establishment, maintenance, acquisition and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory. It is a process whereby sovereignty over the colony is claimed by the metro pole and the social structure, government, and economics of the colony are changed by colonists. The colonial period normally refers to a period of history from the late 15th to the 20th century when European nation states established colonies on other continents. The post colonial era began when the revolts by the people from various countries forced the European nations to quit their countries.

Postcolonial literature (sometimes called New English literature), is a body of literary writings that reacts to the effects of colonization. Post colonial literature often involves writings that deal with issues of de-colonization or the political and cultural independence of people formerly subjugated to colonial rule. It is also a literary criticism to texts that carry racist or colonial ideas. It invokes ideas such as social justice, emancipation and democracy in order to oppose oppressive structures of racism, discrimination and exploitation. Post colonialism seeks to understand how oppression, resistance and adaption occurred during colonial rule. It is like a disciplinary project aimed towards the academic task of revisiting, remembering and most importantly, interrogating the colonial past. In the 1980’s and 1990’s issues of ethnicity, displacement, sexuality and gender were added as categories for analysis. Thus post colonial writings began to focus on how nationalist projects in colonial times and the decolonized nation state encouraged certain fundamental oppressive structures in class, gender and caste (especially in India and Africa). The post colonial theory explores how colonial ideology and racial prejudices are coded into the literary texts. Many writers tried to abolish the various ideas that were set in people’s minds through their writings in this period. They tried to criticize all the systems that encouraged caste discrimination, racism etc. Many writers tried to inculcate modern ideas in the minds of the people through their writings, poetry and drama.

In this period the writers such as Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe tried to explain the following ideas through there writings-

1) Bi-culturalism

2) Nationalism

3) The conflict between European modernization and native tradition

4) The usable past

Duncan Ivison proposed three liberal values in the post colonial era-

1) All individuals are fundamentally equal

2) All people are free

3) Social and political arrangements should be such that they favour the well being of the people.

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) made a significant mark in African literature. Ayi Kwei Armah in Two Thousand Seasons tried to establish an African perspective to their own history.

Isabel Allende from Chile contributes to Latin-American literature. The Canadian writer Margaret Atwood is also a post-colonial writer who dealt with themes of identity-seeking through her Southern Ontario Gothic style of writing.

Postcolonial writings have been found among much of Indian literature. Meena Alexander is probably best known for lyrical memoirs that deal sensitively with struggles of women. Sir

Ahmed Salman Rushdie has also contributed to the post-colonial literature (Midnight’s Children (1981)). Indian authors like Chaman Nahal, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee, Rohinton Mistry, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai have brought the Indian post colonial Literature into the world.

The post colonial era also witnessed some major wars such as India-Pakistan war, India-China war, USA-Iraq war etc. Thus even though the colonial period has ended, there is increasing tension between some of the countries due to territorial problems, terrorist attacks etc. Let us hope that a Post Colonial era in the form of a third world war does not occur!!

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Romanticism has very little to do with things popularly thought of
as “romantic,” although love may occasionally be the subject of Romantic
art. Rather, it is an international artistic and philosophical movement that
redefined the fundamental ways in which people in Western cultures
thought about themselves and about their world.

Romanticism is a convenient term used in English literary history for
the period dating from 1789, the French Revolution, to about 1830. The
early Romantic period thus coincides with what is often called the “age
of revolutions”–including, of course, the American (1776) and the French
(1789) revolutions–an age of upheavals in political, economic, and social
traditions, the age which witnessed the initial transformations of the
Industrial Revolution. The writers of this period are many and various,
but they tend to share some of the features which might be said to be a
part of the general literary atmosphere called “Romanticism”. There are
two ‘generations’ of ‘Romantic poets’: ironically many of the first generation,
which include Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey outlived their
younger contemporaries, the second generation, Byron , Shelley and
Keats, who all died young.

There are a large number of literary interests and attributes which might
loosely be labeled ‘romantic’, often in contrast to literature labeled

They are:-

  1. A concern to value feeling and emotions rather than the human capacity to reason.
  2. “Nature” meant many things to the Romantics. It was often presented as itself a work of art, constructed by a divine imagination, in emblematic language.
  3. The self. As wisdom and morality are conceived in terms of an individual’s response to the world outside rather than as a coherent collection of reasoned ideas and opinions, the writers turn in on themselves and try to explain and evaluate their living relationship with the world about them.
  4. A yearning aspiration towards something beyond the ordinary world, not necessarily religious, is a typical aspect of ‘Romanticism’ and often give rise to SYMBOLISM, both as a way of looking at the world and as a poetic technique.
  5. Spontaneity, creativity, and the need to allow poems to shape themselves ‘organically’ (naturally rather than mechanically according to rules or reason) are all valued ideals of this era. It is worth pointing out, however, that this did not lead to poor, careless, writing: the Romantic poets were also superb poetic craftsmen.
  6. Rebellion not only against poetic stultification, but against outmoded political institution. Many of the writers of the Romantic period were inspired by the apparent idealism of the French Revolution (1789); some like Blake, Shelley and Hazlitt, never lost their enthusiasm for revolutionary politics.

Finally, it should be noted that the revolutionary energy underlying
the Romantic Movement affected not just literature, but all of the arts-
-from music (consider the rise of Romantic opera) to painting, from
sculpture to architecture and much more. Many values and interests of
the Romantic period remain alive right through the 19th century and are
absorbed into modern literature.

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On the late evening train -Harsh Gupta

We met on the late evening train.

Colors you brought to this life so plain.

My amusement I could not explain

Living without you, made me insane

On the late evening train

I asked you

Can I marry you?


What goes around comes back around.

Ten years down the line

I travel on the same late evening train

All my efforts to stay happy, now in vain

Thoughts cross my mind, full of pain

By bringing a fake smile, nothing I gain.

On the late evening train

I ask myself

Why, did I ask you?


I do all my work with perfection

Trying hard to find motivation

But, all I get back is frustration

Will I ever get satisfaction?

On the late evening train

Why, did I love you?


I keep listening to one song

Thinking of your once written song

Now, for your touch, I long.

On the late evening train

Why, did I believe you?


In the dark hours, I lie on my bed

With no one alongside my head

Craving for my child’s hug, tears I shed

On the late evening train

Why, did I love you?


I gave you my whole life

I turned you to my wife

But, it all ended up with strife

You stabbed me with a knife.

On the late evening train

Why, did I marry you?


On starry nights, so lovingly we dined

Perfectly, evil with a smile you bind

My mind doubted but my heart declined

For trusting you blindly, I was fined.

On the late evening train

Why, did I trust you?


Yet I go on

Striving to attain my life’s peak

Because I am not weak

Someday, this truth you will seek

You were the best thing I never had

I was the best thing you ever had

Then you will ask yourself

Why, did you do this to me?

On the late evening train.

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