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Monday, 31 August 2015


He ran, ran away
From past that crept into
The future of life.

Written for Haiku Horizons: "past"

Thursday, 27 August 2015


On October 19th again, he had a filling English breakfast.
Baked beans, toasted bread with butter and honey, yogurt, pancakes and croissants were her choices.
It was his curiosity to feel and know why his Indian wife loved an English breakfast that she would not mind eating everyday.
He had a cup of delicious chocolate milkshake, her favourite way of finishing off the breakfast.
And then he smiled at the opposite empty seat, like the previous October 19th, wishing she was alive to enjoy it on his birthday.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Movie Review - Uppi 2

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Being a Kannadiga, I am not very proud of kannada movies, owing to the quality of language used in the movies, the uninteresting plot or the quality of music. However, Uppi 2 struck a different chord.

The concept of the movie is the stark truth of life. If you give up being selfish (naanu), you will realize the importance of life. It is what every religion has to say, it is what every philosophy has to propagate. The 'I' in you dies, when you see the 'you' in others. And then life just boils down to a simple plane.


The way he has brought life to the characters called 'naanu', 'neenu' and avnu, linking them through a philosophical straight line and has made a suspense story out of it, was what kept me captivated throughout the movie. The meaning of the movie is very subjective, meaning to say, each person can interpret this movie in his own way, depending on how he is wired in his brain. This makes me feel like I saw one of Christopher Nolan movies. The ending is left to readers' discretion. You see what you make of it.

The very fact that none of the present Kannada directors are attempting such movies, nowadays, this movie stands out in the crowd. I salute this man for taking this step. Also, I do realise that he has taken a great risk by directing this movie, in terms of money; because not everyone understands this movie for once, if you do understand, you will surely appreciate the beauty of the concept. Else, a few impatient viewers might throw their ticket away, taking home nothing at all, given the fact, that most people in our country watch movies for entertainment, recreation and for an adrenaline rush. A handful may expect a thought-provoking movie for a break. Hence, I justify that it is a risky venture in terms of money.


Here are the facts that I do not like about the movie; It is typically a Upendra movie when there has to be a double-meaning non-vegetarian joke. It irks me when it is especially about a woman. I have a strong belief that a woman should be respected for all she is. Some of the scenes in his movies perturb me when I am in for a shock. Another fact is that Upendra has this habit of clubbing random scenes together and making it a movie. Sometimes, at such points, the continuity of the movie or a scene is lost, and the viewer is teased. I do not know if he does this on purpose or if it is his innate quality. Whatever it is, I find it moderately offhand for a movie presentation.

Rating: 4 stars.

Verdict: I definitely recommend this movie to everyone. It IS thought provoking and such movies ARE needed for the current era.


As the mother brushed
Her son's bushy and thick hair
She looked in the mirror

She looked in the mirror
And saw what time did to her
As she grew older.

Written for Haiku Horizons: "brush"

Tuesday, 18 August 2015


Love of Earth and sky
Witnessed by a passer-by
Lead to horizon.
Crossroads stare at me
Leading to oblivion
Life in Wonderland.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Lipstick paradox

There used to be an aging receptionist who sported myriad colours of lipstick on different days matching her dress, nails or her vanity bag. 
It used to be a spectacle to watch how she would splash different colours on her body and make a fashion statement everyday.
One day, surprised to see her with eye make-up only and no lipstick, I registered it to myself.
She felt so conscious about it that she walked across to me and told me that her lips had an allergy to lipstick colours and she can no more wear them.
I smiled at life's irony and said, "When you want to look good, life won't let you."


The smoke conjured up mysterious, undecipherable images as she smoked them out from her mouth. Smoking had caused a random mass of cells in her body to multiply with brute force, leading to cancer. Doctors, family, friends and well wishers had advised her to give up the untamed habit. Whatsoever, she did not digress, not once. And one day, she had that last cigarette, bled profusely, swearing at 'you-know-who' who was responsible for her fate, and finally her life was on a mute once and for all.

But, the worst part was that she left a ten-year old daughter behind. She died everyday, slowly, and in many ways. It was not cancer, but worse. Only I could not put it in a few words and get done with, like her mother's.

Written for Magpie Tales: mag 282

Monday, 10 August 2015


The world stopped stand-still
As you grabbed away
The love of my life.

Days and months passed
I am still trying to fill
That hole in my heart.

Months and years passed
That empty hole in my heart
I could never fill.

All the days and nights
Maybe the rest of my life
I will try to fill.

That is the good part
I have a reason to live
To tend to my heart.

Written for Haiku Horizons: "grab"

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

A lifetime just passed. All my dreams of a bright future are buried in my heart, in an unknown corner that is dingy and dark. I have locked them all safely, locked them and thrown away the keys so that I myself cannot open them. That way life is easier. I do not know whether it is right or wrong, but surely that is easier. Who gets to decide right wrong anyway? But, today I'm happy because this is how I wanted to die. Stark naked, covered by weeds, grass and flowers. That is how I lived my life. Without concealment, without treachery, without lying. But, many lied to me, many did not let me achieve my dreams, many betrayed me and many had hidden intentions. So, I want to show them all that I have nothing to hide unlike them. And that is how I die. With all the dignity in the world. Inornate like naked earth.

Written for Magpie Tales: mag 281

Monday, 3 August 2015


The child took a peek
The window showed a stranger
Who was soon shut out.

Written for Haiku Horizons: "window"