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"The truth doesn't need to justify anything, it's the lie that
keeps on continually trying to cleanse itself."
~ Amritbir Kaur


The past stood witness to my present uncertainty while future was evasive. And it is this uncertainty of the present and the evasiveness of times to come that gives birth to poetry and poetic words. The standstill time stays put, the moment doesn’t pass, yet the day is gone. In gathering these moments the life is gone. What gives us a reason to wrap up these bits into one whole is our dreams, the reason to live. Dreams, even while staying silent, speak volumes. Give words to your dreams and they come alive!

Turning the pages of life I find some words half-baked, some half-erased, others half-written. I choose to tell those tales now.
I too have grumbled at bitter loss, have experienced the pain of being a lost winner, my eyes have had tear behind laughter and lips trying to hide pangs of pain. Yet I always believe one should hold on and keep trying to string the fallen beads. In the end, the story of what has been will connect to what will be, though the moorings of the past will never be snapped!


~ Amritbir

Samanvay: Indian Languages Festival 2014

samanvay 2014This time the special emotional touch is that it is a tribute to UR Ananthamurthy, Bipan Chandra, Rajendra Yadav, Nabarun Bhattacharya and Khushwant Singh. Yes, I am talking about ‘Samanvay – IHC Indian Languages’ Festival’. The theme for the festival to be held this year from 6-9 November (2014) is ‘Translations-Transnations’. The festival is expected to cover 20 languages and dialects with more than 90 speakers participating in the 21 sessions. In addition to it there would be 4 evening performances as well.

For the first time, the festival will also host writers from SAARC  countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh etc. From Bangladesh – Fakrul Alam, Syed Shamshul Haque; From Nepal – Benju Sharma; From Sri Lanka – Deepachelvan will be participating.

With this year’s theme being “Translations Transnations” the festival will focus on Indian languages, which have a transnational presence like Bangla, Bhojpuri, Chhattisgarhi, English, Hindi, Konkani, Malayalam, Punjabi and Sanskrit.

The musical performance every evening has an eclectic mix of artist from across the country such as Sufi Singer Mir Mukhtiyar Ali, Naga Folk Music by Testeo Sisters, Abolo Naga, Manyang Kichu and Sepongla Sangtam, Swanand Kirkire and Vidya Shah





Book Review: ‘Love Among the Bookshelves’ by Ruskin Bond

‘Love among the Bookshelves’: Ruskin Bond


Rs. 299

Pages: 185

Ruskin-Bond-2“It wasn’t a bookshop, or a library, or a great-aunt’s hoard of romantic novels that made me a reader; it was the week I spent in a forest rest house, in what is now the Rajaji sanctuary, between Hardwar and Dehradun.”

If looked at a literary way with acute sense of digging out literature from every nook and corner of the world, this statement might be one of the most inspiring sentences that could be used to promote the book culture. Bookshops and libraries are the major sources of books or it might be sheer good luck that one might get good wealth of books from an ancestor.

The book in hand ‘Love among the Bookshelves’ is a compilation of inspiring extracts from the most cherishable books of all times and some of the forgotten classics, which have been stories he grew up with.

Bond as usual has a very interesting style of narrating and connecting things, especially when he tries to relate to the situation that served as a prelude to his ending up reading a particular book. After all, what could be more inspiring than telling the children that he spent all his pocket money in obtaining a particular book and then not being disappointed!

The book is partly Bond’s memoir, partly an anthology. Having written more than five hundred works, Bond is already an established favourite amongst not only children and youth but among adults as well. He has something for every age in each one of his book. The same holds true for this book as well. On the one hand, where this book works towards promoting book culture and serves as an effective source of inspiration for children; on the other hand, it also helps the reader to related to the life and likes of young Bond, who is now one of the most established Indian English authors.

The book is definitely an interesting reading and recommended for all age groups! Happy Reading!

Four Poems: Christopher Barnes


Poem I:

A Tickling Divorce



For Partials (Seal & Protect)

As A Partial Denture Wearer

You Want To Help Protect

Your Remaining Natural Teeth

By Following A Good Oral Care Routine

Every Day.

Using Polygrip For Partials Can Help.


Back-jumped at the elbow-room

Of having the bolt-hole to herself.


“Most will attempt to raise several broods

     Each year”


Finger-wagging…window shopping the calendar’s

Do-nothing blanks.


     “Provided climate conditions allow”

 It’s explicit she’s free as air.

“The breeding season of these birds”

 Mrs. Lother pouts, grins;

The mail packet’s chirruped to the kerb

And the postman also smiles.


By Christopher Barnes, UK

QUOTES: Gene Planker


Poem II:

Sand Fly Bites


Mr. Newberry bleats

Uncoupling eyelids,

On a Tasmanian Devil print bed-slip.


     “The foreigner and the citizen”


A Francis Ford Coppola moon’s PVC framed.


“Migration with a long history of control”


Whirling in Polygresis lamp

Smacks of background – no riddance tonight.


     “Restrictions and punishments previously imposed”


Besides, these small hours tiptoe. Bloat.



Home Baking

Lemon Juice

Made With Pure Lemon Juice

From Concentrate,

Perfect For Pancakes



By Christopher Barnes, UK

QUOTES: Centre On Migration, Policy & Society


Poem III:



Entanglements for Iris, footed all overstepping,

Defaulting to baiting postures.


“In the longer term alcohol is a depressant”


The Credulous Fool plunged into mist-yellow,

A wall of beating time. Twinkling fizz.


“In recent years

     There has been a discernable growth

     In ‘binge drinking”


Clumped on decking, mismarried John was huffed

At how uncannily her eyes

Free-willed from his to hers.



 Boots Pharmaceuticals – Wound Dressings Are Highly Absorbent

And They Have A Low Adherent Surface

Which Means They Do Not Stick To Your Wounds.



  1. Gently Clean The Wound
  2. Apply The Dressing To The Wound.
  3. Secure The Dressing In Place With A Dressing Tape Or Bandage.
  4. Apply Fresh Dressing As Required


By Christopher Barnes, UK

QUOTES: Birmingham City Council


Poem IV:

Grey Days Respite


Cliff Boxer’s dandruff was shoulder-to-shoulder.


“Individuals who tend to disregard and violate

     The rights of others”


Hedge-hop neighbours made wrong-footed dins,

Plonking hands, shedding tools

As fight-spoiling quick-changed to spats.


     “An enduring pattern of experience”


His whys nor wherefores were unflinching

And the embodiment of his better half

Flummoxed the jury.


“Egregious, harmful, or dangerous behaviour”




Coast & Country Holidays

Cottage Or Hotel Breaks In Rural Durham

Northumberland And Durham


Blue Beach Hotel – Amble

Flate Park Hotel – Co. Durham


By Christopher Barnes, UK

QUOTES: Psychology Today