Author: Vatsala Radhakeesoon

The Bright Light of Knowledge

Vatsala 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

In 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

Here 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

A 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

Vatsala 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

In 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 […]

When Daisy met Dawn

An enchanting short story by Vatsala. The protagonist, Daisy, meets wise Dawn. It’s at a time when she is hopelessly forlorn and forsaken. Dawn shows her the beginning of new life and reveals Golden Philosophy to her. A Different Truths feature. I sat on the soft Trou aux Biches beach watching the motion of the waves. They […]

A Yogi, a Brahmachari

An ascetic herself, Vatsala pays her tribute to a yogi and a Brahmachari (celibate) in this verse. I met a yogi, a Brahmachari, Little did he speak to me, But I felt in many lives, he’d been guiding me. The Yoga aasans – he knew them all, To seekers he taught them all, He said, […]

Soulmates

Vatsala celebrates soulmates with whom one is connected from past lives. There is a sense of déjà vu in this verse. No mundane taboos, No hypocritical restrictions, No fake rules Simply drawn by the circle of light so bright, so pure – the energy of love that has existed for eons, and has been blessed by […]