Author: Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Be the Gentlemen

Reading Time: 1 minuteVatsala finds the brute strength of men, when they are crass or gross, unacceptable. She asks them to be the gentleman and fulfil the divine design. Here’s the poem, in Different Truths. Slim or athletic but always the physically stronger ones, O Men! God has created you with all his mightiness You’ve been blessed with […]

From a Woman’s Heart

Reading Time: 1 minuteIn this verse, Vatsala tells us what it means to be a woman. She talks of the heart of the fairer sex, searching what love means. A sensitive and sensuous poem, for Different Truths. I am a woman created by God with much tenderness, Blessed am I with the rights to love a gentleman who knows […]

True Love, at Last!

Reading Time: 1 minuteHere’s a soulful love poem by Vatsala, for Different Truths. Like an elegant knight he softly holds my hand, Lovingly, he imprints protective kisses on my forehead In contrast to my past- Scars and bruises left by mechanical love, all this is so different I touch the tropical greenness, O my God! This is real, On […]

Mental Suffering

Reading Time: 1 minuteAlienation adds to the turmoil and mental sufferings of a person. The contrast of the chirping birds with a bleeding heart is rooted in the legacy of romanticism. A sensitive poem by Vatsala, for Different Truths. There’s a cool tropical morning breeze outside, Birds are chirping and inviting me to sing along But I have a heavy […]

The Bright Light of Knowledge

Reading Time: 10 minutesVatsala tells us about a learned Vedic priest of the Arya Samaj, modelled on her maternal grandfather, Pandit Harikrishna Beeharee, whom she dedicates this short story to. The protagonist illuminates the minds of the people, helping them fight ignorance and superstitions. The setting is Mauritius. Find out how simple and forceful ways in which the priest dispels the fears […]

Egocentric Mirror of Illusion

Reading Time: 1 minuteIn this philosophical poem of Vatsala, we are reminded of the Shakespearian world order in Macbeth, where the witches say, “Fair is foul and foul is fair.” Here’s a poignant verse that captures the illusive world of reflections, for Different Truths. O egocentric mirror of Illusion! Reflections of illogical temptation, Now, I recognise your claws of confusion. […]

A Special Diwali / The Diyas’ Blessings

Reading Time: 2 minutesHere are two profound poems by Vatsala. The first poem, A Special Diwali, is her personal voyage. She remembers the demise of her father on this day and also his words asking her to be strong after he has left. The second poem, The Diyas’ Blessings, is a spiritual journey, a prayer to the Light. These verses are […]

Depression and Reason

Reading Time: 1 minuteA dark poem, by Vatsala, deals with the pertinent problems of depression and suicidal tendencies. A slice of light is the victory of reason, a hope that dispels the dark clouds, in this verse, in Different Truths. In my 20’s, I have played an impulsive game many times, “Whether I slash my wrists or jump off a […]

Connecting to Off-white Light

Reading Time: 1 minuteVatsala connects with her inner self, the divine core, and seeks strength from the off-white light. A poem of peace and prayer exclusively for Different Truths. I close the mundane blurred eyes, Within seconds, open the inner eyes, all-bright, Now I can see some light off-white It’s neither linear, nor spherical but homogeneous, continuous, undoubtedly eternal. […]

Antonyms in Life

Reading Time: 1 minuteIn this poignant verse Vatsala looks at the antonyms, the binaries of life, exclusively for Different Truths. Good, bad Happy, sad Kind, mean Humble, arrogant Cruel, forgiving Selfless, selfish Respect, disrespect Truth, lies Honesty, dishonesty Sincerity, betrayal Frankness, hypocrisy Friendship, foe-hood prevail in Life’s actions speech mind painting hearts sunny blue rainy grey making us wise […]