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Jairaj Padmanabhan

Jairaj Padmanabhan

Graffiti’s on the wall

A disturbed mind
graffiti’s on the walls of the loo
A calm mind
well I don't know
what it is


The humble zero lived alone
at perfect peace with himself.
Now he lends himself
and his soul to raise egos
of lean mean figures to vulgarity

When curtains came down

We both stood
in that pregnant silence
While our minds and heart
did all the confabulation
till they could no longer.
So she broke the impasse.
Someone had to.

She threw back her hair,
veiling her face
and let herself be
what I should see.

Eyes that dammed all the emotions
trembling lips that spoke the unspoken.
Then slowly she touched me.
Her silent speech,
I hung to it’s every word.

The audience rose
to resounding ovation
as the curtains came down

Gathering my thoughts

Subliminal thoughts
they eject in sporadic bursts
stringed by incoherent logic
like parts of a dream
like threads to be woven to fine fabric
by dexterous fingers on this ream.

Subliminal thoughts
a few sublime.
(Let them be)
Elope with the articulate ones
then drop on this paper
in consummate ecstasy
and so I gather my poetry.

It happened

It happened.
We met at the crossroads
our needs diverse; perhaps mutual
Circumspect, exchanged glances,
smiles and then our predisposition

Soon bubbling in our new found camaraderie
growing on each other
sharing our sentience
flaunting each other to the world.
In love though proud to admit
Imperious superego surmounting the id

Then when we needed each other most
took paths diverse
for reasons unknown to both.
Never to meet again.

May be unsure what each wanted
unsure what the other wanted.



Gulzar : Guftagu with Sukrita Paul Kumar
Pavan K Varma : In Conversation with Charanjeet Kaur
Atreya Sarma U : ‘The Battle of Palnad’
Sanjukta Dasgupta : Julian Barne’s ‘The Sense of an Ending’
Anish Krishnan Nayar : Poems of Irom Sharmila
Devyani Agrawal : Writing of Khaled Hosseini
Madhu Singh : Bhisham Sahni’s ‘Wangchu’
Minu Mehta : Public Choices & Private Voices
Sudeshna Kar Barua : Toru Dutt’s ‘Our Casuarina Tree’

Book Reviews
Nuggehalli Pankaja : ‘Perfectly Untraditional’
Pramod K Das & Narayan Jena : ‘The Poetics of History'
Rita Nath Keshari : ‘Golden Island’
Sneha Subramanian Kanta : ‘The Second Choice’

Ambika Ananth – Editorial Comment
Krishna Chakravarthy
Zinia Mitra
Jairaj Padmanabhan
Sandip Sahoo
Sasnarine Persaud
Shobhana Kumar

Gautam Maitra : ‘Varsha’s Encounter ...’
Kanakasabapathi K S : ‘Dora’
Shaily Sahay : ‘Roodrabhisheka’
Tulsi Charan Bisht : ‘Twilight’
Atreya Sarma U : Editorial Musings

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