Author: Mamta Joshi

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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