Shail reviews the fortnight that was in verse. Aarushi’s parents were acquitted of murder charges by the Allahabad High Court. In Mumbai, many died due to the collapse of a railway bridge at Elphinstone. The Delhi CM’s car was stolen from outside the Secretariat. Didi Taihuttu, a Dutch, has sold everything his family owns for Bitcoin including their house, car and children’s toys. McDonald’s failure to provide enough special edition Szechuan dipping sauce triggered protests across America. Read more in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths.
Aarushi Denied Justice
Parents acquitted of her murder,
freed from an imprisonment
of a crime, they said they did not commit.
Losing a child to cold-blooded killing –
difficult, life an eternal mourning.
But does it? Really?
All of 14, dead before life even began,
a teenager usurped cruelly of existence
for something she did or did not do,
for loving life, for being herself.
Dead and gone, what does it matter
whether her parents are acquitted or not?
Dead and gone, does it make a difference
that the guilty are still at large?
Dead and gone, will it make her soul any happier
that her murderers, responsible
for her untimely death
still not brought to justice?
Dead and gone, she still lingers around
questioning her death,
queries, doubts float in the air
murkied by the acquittal of guilt.
Deadly Curse of Elphinstone
Did the erstwhile Governor not take it lightly
that the station named after him changed hands
nay loyalty, calling it after a mere deity?
Did the late British army man’s ire transcend
all portals of divine protection
resulting in deaths pitiful in their wake?
Innocent lives scrambling to their death
in the claustrophobic bridge, hurriedly bringing to a permanent halt
movement, voice, breath; life itself.
Shamefully absolving them of all blame,
unmindful of pathetic infrastructure provided
Western Railways holds rain, rumour guilty
as if warning us that once Ma Nature pours down again
rumour-mongers like monstrous predators will lurk around
ready to push down to oblivion
another twenty odd people.
Until then, until another bridge to safety is built
the ghost of Elphinstone takes refuge in the Railways.
From Wagon R to Biopic
Chief Minister’s iconic blue Wagon R stolen;
the audacity of the thief to pick on the landmark vehicle
of a personality known for the aam-aadmi’s broom.
The lucky car, campaigning in it got him his election victory;
its insensitive unwarranted theft a petty pity.
A ‘suitable reward’ declared for recovery of the car,
could be increased, age no bar.
Even while the politician mourns the loss
his biopic gets created getting readied for a global release;
‘The life of a social activist to a politician’ – an ordinary man’s showpiece.
Digital currency the norm,
virtual investment a booming storm.
Life no longer measured in currency notes, credit cards.
What function anonymously are the ‘private key’ bards.
Heavily encrypted hash codes, digital wallets
leave your virtual transactions brimming with invisible cash.
Ask today’s generation; you are bound to get a bitcoin hash.
No wonder then, 39-year-old Dutchman Didi Taihuttu
sells a house, hearth, household commodities for a lark
if only to be part of the bitcoin boom bark.
Living on a campsite currently, the family busy
building up bitcoins like building blocks, the Dutchman
sacrifices foolishly his thriving present
waiting anxiously for the next crypto-currency boom.
Hoping beyond hope it is not this family of five’s monetary doom.
We Want Sauce
While people protest for causes
they deem necessary, humane for humans
there are some protests that arise out of taste
or, the lack of it.
There are protests for the desirous appetite
longing for food which alone can satiate the
the craving tongue
so, McDonald’s all over the US is a witness
to protestors complaining about non-supply
of Szechuan Sauce long out of production.
‘We want sauce. We want sauce’ the constant continuous refrain
rends the air while some poor kid of hunger dies elsewhere.
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Shail Raghuvanshi is a freelance writer, editor, content writer, book reviewer and poet. A post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, she has 20 years of writing experience in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals and e-books apart from featuring in anthologies. A daughter, a wife and a mother, she is the eternal optimist. Faith, friendship and family make her life complete.