Festival Lights in Singapore, Blotting History, Stoned to Study, Lost and Found

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Shail talks of four news, in the last week, in her regular column. Diwali-themed trains, a station and five buses in Singapore to run until October 31. Taj Mahal is being communalised by a BJP MLA, supports UP government to remove it from the booklet on tourism. Northern Michigan University is offering a marijuana-focused degree but stoners cannot apply. New Zealand library staff solved the case of missing books. Homeless people, without fixed addresses, did not want to lose these books and returned to read these. A Different Truths exclusive.   


Festival Lights in Singapore

The festival of lights

splashed colours across the globe;

Diwali themed trains, buses in the Singapore wardrobe.

Majestic elephants on walls, doors welcomed passengers.

Exotic rangoli designs warmed public contours.

Little India in mighty Singapore,

Land Transport Authority

chipped in their bit

to add to the festival fervour

to celebrate joy, peace and light

very bright; an apt example

of unity in diversity.

Blotting History

One of the Seven Wonders of the World,

UNESCO World Heritage site –

the beautiful Taj Mahal now in the midst of a nasty fight.

Wasn’t it enough that Mumtaz gave up the ghost

mothering innumerable children until Shah Jahan built

her a monument of love, loneliness and architectural beauty?

Lived, loved and gone.

A history usurped, constructed and torn.

What was before and isn’t there now

is there any logic in debating the if’s and the how’s?

History a blank piece of paper is definitely not,

to be read, turned over and sliced.

For ages, people know of the nation

for its monumental tomb of love

that transcended life and death.

For years have people longed for a love so rare.

Just or not, a fact it is of eternal beauty

which cannot be destroyed by hatred and scorn.

The very leaders who swear to bind the nation

bend over backwards to dig the country’s grave

by dividing thoughts, infusing abhorrence

all for a monument that has served to attract,

to unite people of all races across the globe.

‘Blot’ low grade thoughts, not a nation.

Spread love everywhere, not run a hostility station.


Stoned to Study

Marijuana is not illegal!

Yes, you heard it right,

loud and bright.

If you hadn’t had enough of the weed on the sly

then, for a course in Michigan University you can apply.

Biology, chemistry, financing and even marketing

of the cannabis is all available for you

but there’s a catch; it’s only for the study interested few

because it is not roller skating into a pot of weed;

medical usage of the grass is the current need.

Not a fast learning course into intoxication it is;

instead, a four year undergraduate program whiz.

One of a kind in the world.

Opt for it if you wish to make a difference to the medical twirl.

Lost and Found

Poverty does not deprive one of the desire to read.

Even the homeless can wish to peruse the written word seed.

Library just the right place to connect with the mystery

of worlds lost, conquered; of love deprived, acquired.

Inspiration to some, joy to others.

No wonder then, staffers at a New Zealand Library

in for a shock when they discovered books

missing, borrowed, hidden to be read later

no home to be taken to,

no hearth to comfortably edge into,

to curl up beside a warm fireside and delve into a favourite book.

The Auckland Library magnanimous in heart

dedicated a shelf entirely to the reading homeless

so that books could be borrowed, stored and still be read.

Because even the roofless and the destitute

deserve the joy of devouring books without a secure bed.

©Shail Raghuvanshi

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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.