I just saw a damselfly

​I just saw a damselfly,

At a busy traffic junction.

An extraordinary sight,

It felt like the world suddenly slowed down
It was there hovering through the auto rickshaw

Where was it going?

Where did it come from?

Was it lost?
I looked around

But no one seemed to notice 

Was it there just for me to see

Was this a dream?
Was it telling me to stop?

To take a look around

Breathe in a little of its dreamyness

Did it think I was lost?
I held out my hand

To block its way, hoping it would settle down

Hoping it could put a rest to my enquires

But it moved on without stopping
Is it the dameselfly or am I the one who’s lost?

How could such a small being 

Touch a person so much

Is it just me waiting for that touch?
I just saw a damselfly

A extraordinary sight

Something that only I could see

And it felt like being totally free

Project 365: Day 24, Children at work..


A child waits for customers..

You see them everywhere..

Waiting tables, sweeping the stairs,

They are our future, yet we hardly care!

Children sleeping on the streets..

Children working just so they can eat…

The world’s ought not to be so unfair…

They have a right to study..

They have a right to live a life without care…

Let children be children..

Just a day?

Wish today was a day spent remembering old times…

A day spent strumming old tunes on a guitar

A day spent by the little lake that beckoned us once upon a time

A day spent cycling through the forest

And getting lost there during a weekend hike

A day spent talking about girls, studies and life..

A day spent remembering innocent letters exchanged ….

A day spent remembering all the shared lunch boxes

A day spent eating chicken at our favourite restaurant

A day spent studying together and learning nothing..

A day spent talking about the best music, movies, books and art

A day spent remembering a cold icy lake under the stars

So many memories and just a day to celebrate?

Let’s not be unfair friends….

A day when you wonder what you have done all your life

Remember them and the time you have spent with them

Then a single friendship day will seem less..

And a single lifetime won’t be enough!

Paradise lost…

The shade is now gone…

The dried leaves that  make a pile below are removed…

The wind now flows unhindered without you’re traces…

The air no more carries the sound of the birds that once perched..

Once shadowed by your canopy, the sky has opened up..

The squirrels have nowhere to run or hide,

No cuckoos will be heard anymore in the morning,

The barn owl’s cry in the night will remain a distant memory.


The little creatures watch from a distance,

as the wood is cut and the titan falls.

Nothing could be done to avert your fall..

The cut pieces lie on the moist soil, lifeless and still.

Soft bark to be replaced by hard concrete..

Paradise lost for countless  as you fall..

Man has triumphed yet again..

In his butchery.


Albizia saman is a species of flowering trees commonly called a rain tree or Shirish. A 4 storeys high tree was cut, destroying a small ecosystem that supports over 30 species of birds mammals and reptiles.

List of bird species that nested/perched on the tree:

The life that the Rain tree supported

The life that the Rain tree supported…

1. Copper Smith-Barbett
2. White Breasted Kingfisher
3. Golden Oriole
4. Paradise Flycather
5. Sunbirds
6. Common Weaver Bird
7. Barn Owl
8. House Sparrow
9. Greater Caucal
10. Black Drongo
11. Ashly Drongo
12. Pied Cuckoo
13. White Breasted Waterhen
14. Rose–ringed Parakeet
15. Little Cormorant
16. Ashy Prinia
17. Common crow
18. Rock Pigeon
19. Red-vented bulbul
20. Magpie Robin
21. Common Myna
22. Jungle Babler
23. Bittern



The Sunflower…

How long have we known each other? Not for long, is it?

But we have known each other well.

You have been a real friend to me.

The best one among the many I have had every day.

We have risen together every morning, you following my every move.

I must say, dedication like yours is rare.

We have spent drowsy evenings conversing with the air.

I have given a part of my life to you and you have given a part too.

Who would have thought this day would come?

Maybe the fault was partly mine…

Maybe I led you on.

But believe me, my heart is pure, and hurting you is not, for what I was here.

With a heavy heart I have let you go, knowing you may never know, I cared, and how.

It is sad it has come to this now..

As you shrivel now, with sadness or fulfilment I know not.

I can’t promise you, but I shall try my best to dry your tears and help you bury the past…

I hope one day you will let go, let my friend, the rain, nourish the seeds that we helped create.

I shall wait for the day when you shall be reborn once again like the phoenix from the very ground on which you lie today…

 We shall be friends again that day and sway with the breeze, rise together, laugh off the past pain.

For whatever I might be to some, to you I will be a light for life.