Thursday, 3 September 2020

In Transit - Haiku on Readomania

 In Transit first published on Readomania. Link. https://www.readomania.com/story/in-transit-haiku


the edge of

paddy fields filled

with herons' song

 

***

 

summer afternoon

the mountain we move

closer to

 

***

 

a hill overlapping

another hill

between the horizon and the sky

 

***

 

white noise--

the sound of waterfall

onto itself

 

***

 

long road

I now weave

a stranger's story

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Summer Garden - Personal Post

Summer garden would be inconspicuous I thought since lockdown. Water conservation had already always curtailed our plans. We reserve only front row for flowers and a plot for vegetables and go for vine plants.

But somehow my mother had her plans and we had pumpkin harvest throughout summers. The photo below is from my home garden.


Some haiku is also on offer, as the season lifted my mood to its scenic vibrancy and green.

tinge of sky
a puddle asks me
to be careful


deep in meditation
a dragonfly
my garden, a witness


usual chirp
I let my talk
go smother


Tuesday, 21 July 2020

On Boloji - Latest Haiku

Published on various dates, I am here presenting few of latest haiku on Boloji.com

Profile Link:  https://www.boloji.com/writers/4273/neelam


sparrows...
without the haste of
the day ahead


father's day--
his wise words
complete my puzzle

child gazer...
a new star arrives
in the sky

clear sky--
this calmness beneath
the herons' wings

open field--
is the breeze listening
to my prayers?

Saturday, 30 May 2020

The Purpose of Our Donations

First published on Speaking Tree: https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/the-purpose-of-our-donations

The purpose of our donations is really conflicting. Are we really meeting our goals? We know so many organizations achieving the same goal in different manner.
One organization uses donations to provide food, other helps with medical needs and yet another tries to achieve rehabilitation for displaced and needy. How we should decide what works for us when online portals offer us these options.
I offer three manners from personal perspective that might be the best. One method is obvious when we usually keep some money aside for donation or karma good for the society. In relevant terms, we could think it as donating to somewhere local whose services have long held reputation.
The second is from experience knowing what affects our society and works better in direction of healing and betterment of our society. Such as if we know our state have organizations to take care of children then we might donate for building schools or youth zonal activities.
Now donations are not a seasonal matter, it is usually comes from good faith and need of the hour. The third option is the most important. One practices personal discretion in this method.

The nature of the situation at hand gives the person a stimulus to donate money such as if floods, then for rehabilitation or if pandemic, for better facilities and recuperation. The person here may also get more specific knowing the better goals such as continuing one's support for free meals for schoolkids in rural areas, adding to funds for medical emergencies online, etc. Thus, by not treating our donation in simpler manner we can gain better purpose. Also, we can ask for organization's credentials regarding the work involved and be safe against our money being misused.
The donation is not an easy task. One learns how one's empathy should not be disregarded. One should lead to normalcy in life, not chaos.
Happy Donating!

Amphan - Super Cyclone



Amphan leaving
a trail of grain sprouts
in my bowl

First published at Poem Hunter : http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/amphan-super-cyclone/

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Tryst with A New Me as Covid Thrives Speaking Tree BlogPost

First published in Speaking Tree
https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/tryst-with-a-new-me-as-covid-thrives

Survival is an interesting phenomenon. The world look forward to contributing trends that brings pace to the betterment of civilization. We went through globalization, global warming, threat of terrorism, gender inequality revolutions in current times. As and when we are facing Covid19 which affected over 4,744,492 people around the world, we witnessed the limited resources and inadequacy of the people and the system to address this problem. Do we really imagine the pandemic to be easily resolved by itself?
There are talks of COVID19 vaccine. The constructive theories of self recovery and precautions by following the healthy practices of Yoga and Ayurveda hold true to great strength. However we need to monitor our civil habits and situations to understand the common challenges we face and the major diseases that broke in the last 20 years. Pandemic diseases are most dangerous when they are communicable through air. Covid 19 is one such disease. A vaccine is good solution but our civil habits must improve to combat this disease wholly. Since our habits can help erase the time gap between the application of injection and the treatment or cure. The spectrum of disease, how it affects and at what stage or how it actually gets cured gives a direct hint that responsibility lies on general masses to overrule this disease ourselves. If only we resolutely work to fight this disease, we will get rid of this.