Author: Mamta Joshi

It Does Not Rain Hopes Anywhere

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn evocative poem that talks about rain, city life and the ills of urbanisation, by Mamta, exclusively for Different Truths. Every day my son anxiously checks The weather reports on his smartphone All day he is morose For the predictions too betray his hopes Like everything else The exclusion from an important college debate He […]

The Wood Wide Web: Why we need a Mowgli in us!

Reading Time: 4 minutesMowgli’s woody world is full of deep love for the jungle and animals of all shapes and sizes, within it. Rudyard Kipling’s story is laced with moral lessons to respect Nature and greenery. Mamta tells us how Joginath Sahoo’s green brigade in Odisha, and P.T. Shinde, a school teacher, near Pune, helped reforestation. Also, the […]

Music and the Cusp between Day and Night: Songs on Dusk from the Fifties to the Seventies

Reading Time: 4 minutesMusic and poetry have been beautifully wedded in the songs of dusk in Hindi film songs where words become perfect pegs to showcase music aesthetically. The collapse of the dying day or anti-aubades is viewed by songwriters in Mumbai film industry with varying moods. Shaam could be a prelude to seduction, of frivolous banter, a time for […]

The Altitude of Love Sublime

Reading Time: 1 minuteA poignant and intense love poem from Mamta, for Different Truths. In spaces long ago Among lush, verdant hills A loving mother ushered Her son, a fetching groom His shy blushing child-bride in tow. In prison was locked the patriarch Protesting against the British The lone, brave, unlettered mater Laboured through all adversities To sustain […]

Time for Retiral

Reading Time: 1 minuteRetirement calls for many adjustments in life. Mamta celebrates it in verse, for Different Truths.   The shrill alarm bell The acid reflux Of tightrope walk Of panic haste Days, months, years At home and workplace Both spaces till now Invaded and enriched each other Concludes always. Home – a less lived interior A realm […]

The Saga of Indian Reel Women down the Ages: Lights! Camera! Action!

Reading Time: 3 minutesMamta tells us about the women directors of Bollywood, who have followed the footprints of the pioneers, who broke the glass ceiling, as early as 1920’s, as part of the Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. “I do not hesitate to say that the average intelligent woman, gifted with the same sense of dramatic values as the average […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]