Author: Mamta Joshi

Contradictory Shuffle of Planets

The tussle between Karma and destiny decided by planetary positions has been explored and exposed in this poem, by Mamta. It’s a powerful social commentary, in Different Truths. Gaining on the mood swings Losing on the roundabouts The planetary patterns Their swirls and tangles Printed on the paper Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly Made the Super […]

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Cupid on the Assembly Line

Everyone is loving in the same conformist manner. It appears as if Love is on the assembly line with the same packing, the same shape, coming with an expiry date. Valentine’s Day has grabbed the eyeballs of the Indian nation, with a sizeable youthful population. This year it follows closely the footsteps of Vasant, the festival ushering spring; […]

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Annual Moksha on Sand Banks

Mamta beautifully depicts the supermarket of religion that springs up, in Allahabad, every year, where religion is commerce. Here Moksha (salvation) is an annual dose. The imagery and metaphors are picturesque in this verse, for Different Truths. My City A drowsy settlement Located on the confluence Of three holy rivers Singing primeval epiphanies Transforms annually Into a […]

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Ring in the New but do not Ring out the Old

Traditions are wearing away now, like a bar of soap; smaller in size though better packaged than before. If a moving advertisement doesn’t remind us to be, call parents or be home during the festival, we mull over it. It is the time when the box is thinking for us instead of us thinking out of the box. What is […]

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A Bowlful of Elegy

A poignant and sensitive portrayal of two women, Badi ma and Choti ma, the two sisters-in-law, whose lives are strangely braided. Their glaring differences notwithstanding, they are totally dependent on each other. What happens when Badi ma is about to breathe her last and she wishes to taste lentil – something that she is not supposed to […]

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The Curse of ASAP!

It is the curse of ASAP (As Soon As Possible) encircling us. Whether we are in deep sleep or in the middle of our meal, we have to meet a deadline or else perish. One ignores the fact that too much haste can lead to waste. The curse of ASAP saturates the negativity around and usually goes hand […]

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Bitter Dregs of Coffee

A poem with a universality by Mamta. From coffee that two people have to the terror attacks in another continent, depicting the life and times of the now generation. A round of coffee, baked delights and dimples Celebrating youth On a vacation high Noisy clatter of cutlery and crockery Heady chatter with eloquent dreams The electric […]

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A Flaming Saga of a Soul on Fire

In this evocative verse Mamta depicts the pain and agony of women. A dark poem with a ray of light, a slice of hope, at the end. Grief familiar soul Sets herself ablaze A tiny match box and a big can of kerosene Her spirit snuffed earlier than the actual demise  She moaned for long Sepsis […]

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The Litany of Violence

The recent senseless killings, a terror attack, in the French Riviera (Nice) has appalled people around the globe. Mamta recounts the savage violence in verse.    In another Continent Like a leitmotif A Truck rams Turning Bastille celebration into funerary moments Footprints of terror running amok Every sunrise torn by violence Every sunset soaked in gore A spasming […]

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The Circle of Love

Mamta takes us into the magical world of songs and dances during weddings. Ladies Sangeet is an important ritual, filled with fun and frolic. She reminisces a celebration of the yore. A wonderful storyteller, the surprise ending is enchanting. The raat-jaga (night out) or the Ladies Sangeet of the yore was very different from its […]

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