Author: Mamta Joshi

A Scaffolding of Love

Reading Time: 1 minuteHere’s an intense and powerful women-centric poem by Mamta that celebrates her love despite countless sufferings, for Different Truths. Throbbing with exhaustion and pain Cramped muscles ache for rest The daily routine of endless hours Begins before sunrise The sun sets but she plods on.   Every village in the distant hills Relies on these […]

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Ring in the New but do Not Ring out the Old

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe new coexists with the old – that’s what ancient civilisations teach us. Here’s Mamta’s take on the year has gone by and the New Year coming, as Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”, says a Maori proverb. While we were waiting for dramatic things to […]

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The Womb Mates

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen the kids become parents themselves then only they discover their parents’ awesomeness. The mother-daughter bond strengthens when the daughter becomes a radiant expectant mother. She trusts her mother implicitly for every advice she had till now ignored. From a mother who knew nothing, her mother is upgraded to a person who knows everything, opines Mamta, […]

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Sliver of Memories

Reading Time: 2 minutesAn inward-looking, evocative verse by Mamta, in Different Truths.  She tells us that in this ephemeral, ever-changing world, something doesn’t change.  Like migratory birds I return home to the verdant hills Throbbing pull of the native place Through continents, airports Stations, bus, and taxi-stands Swarms of people, cattle, flies The stench of urine and faecal […]

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Catching up with Kazuo Ishiguro and the British Class System

Reading Time: 4 minutesMamta revisits a novel of the 2017 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro, and reviews it exclusively for Different Truths. With the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature being awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro on Thursday, October 5, 2017, I reached out to rediscover his sole book in my study, a book that I […]

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A Glimpse into Haiku Poetry and its Influence on Gurudev Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesMamta traces and critiques the influence of Haiku on Gurudev Tagore’s poems, exclusively in Different Truths. Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry, which began as a popular activity during the 9th century. Haiku poems consist of three lines. The first line and the last line consist of five syllables and the middle line […]

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Contradictory Shuffle of Planets

Reading Time: 1 minuteThe 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

Reading Time: 3 minutesEveryone 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

Reading Time: 2 minutesMamta 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

Reading Time: 3 minutesTraditions 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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