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Romancing the Celestial Bodies and Strawberry Fragrance

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar is a communication skills trainer, she has good experience in writing on various issues. She is a blogger, book writer and enthusiastic traveller. A native of Allahabad, she believes in experiencing the small things of life in a big way. Sehar likes to work in groups and learn new things. Her motto is to enjoy life in small packets.
Sehar Siddiqi

Here are two literary works by Sehar, a poem and a short story, woven around the theme of the silent solitude. In Romancing the Celestial Bodies, she delves into the many emotions that the moon, stars and the sun give us, silently. What if these heavenly bodies spoke, she wonders. Strawberry Fragrance deals with silent communication of a […]

Philomel

Maya Khandelwal

Maya Khandelwal

Maya, happily married to writing, is a published author of three books- My favourite Mistake Ever, Just Zindagi and A Beautiful Mistake. She’s alsoco-authored I Am a Woman, a tribute to Kamala Das. She’s been a regular contributor at blogsand e- magazines like Womanatics, Bonbology, Learning and Creativity etc. A passionate lover of nature, she can commune with it for hours. Nature, in its various guises, enthrals her.
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A poetic dialogue by Maya about the clandestine life in the post-social site world. The kiss-and-tell truth of the now generation, where lust is not only lived but flaunted too. Exposing the harsh realities of the contemporary times, for Different Truths. “You know what?” “!!!!” “I slept with a tycoon last night!” “Don’t tell me!” “Yesss!!” […]

Black

Olaitan Maryam

Olaitan Maryam

Olaitan is a Nigerian. She is also a Student, Blogger, Sales Representative, Poet, Writer and an Essayist. Some of her poems have been published in anthologies, on webzines and blogs.
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Here’s a protest poem by Olaitan with epic sensibility for Different Truths. It’s intense and passionate. Her pain is palpable and it moves from the individual to the cosmic. The fertile womb That lays souls… The robust breast That spills… The seed Of the ancients; The black soil that never withers. The root Of sacred trees; […]

Black Friday: Sinister Designs and Ploys of Shoppers for Big Bargains!

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
Anumita C. Roy

Black Friday, following the Thanksgiving Thursday, is a time of big bargains in the US. People wait for this day. But, the mad rush to literally grab the goods meant that ‘push’ came to a ‘shove’. There were clashes at times to outdo each other. People got up hours before the stores opened, braving the chill. With online […]

Us

Mallika Bhaumik

Mallika Bhaumik

Mallika did her post graduation in English from Calcutta University. She is fond of reading. She composes poems and has contributed to online poetry groups. She is deeply interested music, cooking and travelling. Mallika runs an event management company with her husband.Historical places enchants her. She lives in Kolkata, India with her husband and two sons.
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Love or its loss is found among the mundane, everyday things. It speaks through the most ordinary objects about two people very close. Here’s a love poem by Mallika, for Different Truths. A cleaning spree, some dusty memories found in a drawer of the bedside table. A cluster of things, mostly bills , old prescriptions , warranty […]

Gist of Fleeting Memories

Durgesh Verma

Durgesh Verma

Durgesh Verma is working with the NGO, 'Sparsh...Touching Lives', at Varanasi, as a president. This year, he has participated in national workshops on 'Role of Higher Education in the Development of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship in India' in Institute of Management Studies & 'Development Dialogue 2016' in Swatantrata Bhawan Auditorium, B.H.U., Varanasi. His compositions are published in the USA, Canada and Australia.
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Memories remain and often becomes part of our identity. Here’s a poem by Durgesh, for Different Truths, where he takes the ‘voyage within’ to emerge enriched. A Lotus blooms  on the sediment of memories. An old man is the real owner  of those golden stories. By remembering those glimpse he goes in past. Where – He […]

Vegetated Soul

Muddasir Ramzan

Muddasir Ramzan

Muddasir Ramzan studied English Literature. He was born in 1990 in Kashmir, India, from where he writes. His interview with the acclaimed writer Aamer Hussein was published by Kindle Mag, Calcutta. He has a keen interest in developing himself as a good writer. Recently, his review essay was published in the quarterly Critical Muslim, London, and his short story was published by Zabaan, Pakistan. He also writes regular research blogs.
Muddasir Ramzan

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Here’s an inward looking poem by Muddasir. The person we often seek is within us, says the young poet, in Different Truths. He, wearingly, unlocks a door to a room, Where his uncertainties, disquietudes, lures, and his understanding encounter. Their skirmishes made his head flounder. He turns to a book, Which stares him in return. He […]

We, the People

Nalini Priyadarshni

Nalini Priyadarshni

Nalini Priyadarshni is the author of Doppelganger in My House (2016) and co-author of Lines across Oceans (2015).Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and international anthologies. Her forthcoming publications include ‘Sacred Women in the Anti-violence movement: Anthology’, Caged Bird Magazine and ‘Your One Phone Call’.
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A poet is the product of the politics of his/her times. Here’s Nalini, as a Citizen Journalist poet, on the current issue of demonetisation and its effects on the polity, for Different Truths. We, who sit straddle, must move Shake off complacency And take sides by either queuing outside defunct ATMs with moaning mob gather to […]

Book Extract: For the Love of a Man

Amrinder Kaur Bajaj

Amrinder Kaur Bajaj

Amrinder Bajaj is a practicing gynaecologist and the HOD Obs & Gynae at MAX Hospital Pitampura, Delhi. Writing is a passion that has led to the publication of two wellness books, a book of poems, a joke book, and a memoir based on her association with the noted Indian author and columnist Khushwant Singh. She regularly writes columns, articles, travelogues, and short stories for magazines and newspapers and has contributed chapters to medical text books.
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The book For the Love of a Man is a heavily fictionalized account of her life that lays bare taboo subjects like female sexuality, exposing what right-thinking people would carry to their graves with sealed lips. The first chapter of this book won a prize amongst 1700 entries for being one of the best 1 st chapters of […]

Innocence and Providence

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon is a primary school educator in Mauritius.She writes poems and short stories on a wide range of subjects.She publishes regularly on online poetry sites and manages her own poetry blog.She has published a collection of poems in print, in her country, titled “Awakened Fancies.”
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It was still seven in the morning. Kylie was walking back home after having worked the night away. She felt sore, her whole body ached. All she wanted right now was a hot bath and a warm bed. But she knew she should not even dream about such comforts, as life did not allow her these things. […]

A Tribute to my Grand Old Lady!

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar is a communication skills trainer, she has good experience in writing on various issues. She is a blogger, book writer and enthusiastic traveller. A native of Allahabad, she believes in experiencing the small things of life in a big way. Sehar likes to work in groups and learn new things. Her motto is to enjoy life in small packets.
Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar pays tribute to her Alma Mater, St. Mary’s Convent, Allahabad, in this verse, in Different Truths. Oh! How beautiful she looks today! Every bystander, every passer-by stops to admire her. She looks majestic yet so elegant She stands tall with pride and honour The world marvelled at her grace bows down with humility My grand […]

Khuni Khan Jheel: Is the Lake in the Ridge Truly Haunted?

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

Students of Delhi University, particularly in the North Delhi campus, have heard strange tales from their seniors about the Khuni Khan Jheel, the haunted lake within the wooded Ridge. Twenty five first year undergraduate students, of a prestigious college, wanted to crosscheck the ‘superstitious tales’. Well past midnight, on a cold and dark December night, they ventured into the […]

Sunset to Moonshine

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi is an Associate Professor of English teaching in Vaze college, and an occasional academic writer.
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A poignant love poem of two lovers crossing each other in different boats. The metaphors of nature, of sunset and moonlit sky add dimensions to this verse, by Nilakshi, for Different Truths. In the yellowing time Of the sunset sky It’s easier somehow To see life by. I can see our boats Glide along the sea. The […]

Pearl Figures

Elsy Satheesan

Elsy Satheesan

Elsy Satheesan, is a retired Professor of English. She had been teaching in colleges under the Govt. of Kerala, India. Currently she resides in Virginia, USA. ‘Random Musings’ is her first volume of poems. ‘Summer Snow’, is theforthcoming one. Her poems have been published in national and international anthologies. Short stories in Malayalam have been published in weekly and fortnightly, in Kerala. Humanity is her religion, and poetry, her passion.
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Various things in our lives are given that we cannot escape. Embedded in this reality, Elsy creates a magic with a lotus wand to get the poet’s perals, in this verse, in Different Truths. The irritant that beds by force in the downy soil of the soul cannot be wished or washed away No wizardry can whisk […]

Eclipse

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee was born in Kolkata but grew up in the beautiful Jharkhand (Ranchi) and it was here that she learnt to admire andappreciate Nature. Educated from Loreto Convent and St Xavier's College, she majored in Economics. She always contributed articles and stories for magazines. Post marriage she moved to Mumbai, a cultural melting pot - here she observed, absorbed and assimilated. Sensitive and emotional, her journey in her Poemotions continues to grow...
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Sudeshna takes up a current topic of discussion in her verse. The recent demonetisations by the government created a panic among the middle-class people, with limited means of money, for Different Truths. Dear E F Schumacher, How true was your marker “Small is beautiful” Life’s pleasures plentiful We did not apply the principles And stashed without scruples […]

The Bright Light of Knowledge

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Born in Mauritus, in1977, Vatsala Radhakeesoon has had a keen interest in poetry writing since a very young age. Her poems have been featured in local and international newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies. Her first poetry book ‘When Solitude Speaks’ was published in 2013 on the approval of the Ministry of Arts and Culture (Mauritius). She is currently self-employed and continues to write poems in English, French, Kreol and Hindi.
Vatsala Radhakeesoon

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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 […]

Gift Box

Sushmita Gupta

Sushmita Gupta

She writes, paints, listens to music in various languages and genres. She parties and participates in quiz. She teaches children between ages 6 and 12, creating her unique curriculum. She enjoys teaching 100 children. She helps create happy self-image for them through art, poetry, experiments, and lots of video driven general knowledge and power point presentations.
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Here’s an inward looking, woman-centric poem from Sushmita. An evocative poem for Different Truths. Even though, I am no one, Or nothing, To you, Strangely, I became, Your gift box, That keeps, Giving. You marvel, At my giving, And at my gifts. They keep flowing, Endlessly. You keep seeking, And you keep finding. Because, I am […]

Ganges Satori / Oarsman

Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat living in Borlänge, Sweden, where he writes fiction and poetry. Some of his most recent work has appeared in: Foreign & Far Away – Writers Abroad Anthology,Sleeping Cat Books – Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Tic Toc, and Storm Cycle Anthologies - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Vine Leaves, and Cordite Poetry Review.

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Bruce celebrates the beauty of Ganges, in Benares (Varanasi), in his two poems here. In the first poem, he is speechless by the magnificence of the river as mother. In the second poem, an ancient oarsman reveals the many mysteries. While temples rise and fall, Ganges flows on. Ganges Satori There is so much beauty here My eyes […]

In November

Sunila Khemchandani

Sunila Khemchandani

Sunila Khemchandani, a double graduate from India, now based in the Canary Islands, has several poems published in international English anthologies like Synthesis - Duet Anthology, Umbilical Cords, Aquarelle -Wall 6, Selfhood, etc. Her poems have been highly recommended. She’s a winner of the Reuel International prize for Writing and Literature, 2016, for fiction and best annual poet, 2008, in poetriesonline.com. Her anthology, ‘The Virtual Reality’ with seven poets awaits its release.
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An evocative poem about the winter knocking at the door by Sunila, rich in captivating imagery and brilliant metaphors, for Different Truths. No more hot air, just scents around Cool breeze rendering stress unbound If chill hurts new embers you’ll need Does Nov mean a new (novo) seed New embers assure warmth at home Chimneys dusted […]

…And One Day-I

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
Anumita C. Roy

The protagonist, Nandini, was orphaned at the age of five, when she lost both her parents in an accident in the Western Ghats, in India. She was being brought up by her uncle and aunt, who were more interested at the substantial sum of money they received for looking after her. A lonely person, brought up in neglect, was […]

Teller of Tales

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee was born in Kolkata but grew up in the beautiful Jharkhand (Ranchi) and it was here that she learnt to admire andappreciate Nature. Educated from Loreto Convent and St Xavier's College, she majored in Economics. She always contributed articles and stories for magazines. Post marriage she moved to Mumbai, a cultural melting pot - here she observed, absorbed and assimilated. Sensitive and emotional, her journey in her Poemotions continues to grow...
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Here’s a poignant verse by Sudeshna about a wondrous storyteller, for Different Truths. Every day she would tell A beautiful picture story Woven with gossamer thread Shimmering in golden glory She would fire their imaginations With impossible tales of valour When recounted the gory details The listeners would lose their pallor Her avid listeners would […]

Telephone

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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Madhumita translates a Bengali story, Telephone, by Satyajit Ray. Biresh Babu, a wealthy doctor’s family lost a diamond ring, mysteriously seven years ago. It was a king’s gift to his doctor grandfather, who had cured him. A telephone call reveals the mystery of the missing ring. Who was this strange caller? How did he know so much […]

Yankee Doodle and Macaroni: Americanisation of a Nonsense Verse and an European Recipe

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
Anumita C. Roy

Kraft put the famous macaroni and cheese in a box, in 1937, and set a tradition of American children growing up with this Italian converted dish. The American version of macaroni and cheese has two places of origin, one in New England and one in southeastern Connecticut. It was famous as a Church casserole in New England and […]

Strength is My Weakness

Elsy Satheesan

Elsy Satheesan

Elsy Satheesan, is a retired Professor of English. She had been teaching in colleges under the Govt. of Kerala, India. Currently she resides in Virginia, USA. ‘Random Musings’ is her first volume of poems. ‘Summer Snow’, is theforthcoming one. Her poems have been published in national and international anthologies. Short stories in Malayalam have been published in weekly and fortnightly, in Kerala. Humanity is her religion, and poetry, her passion.
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In this love poem, Elsy talks about the paradoxes of life and her calling as a poet, in Different Truths. An evocative poem that would linger on. Strength is my weakness, and weakness, my strength. In me the strong and weak go hand in hand. But that is my weakness, I cannot cry where others would […]

Egocentric Mirror of Illusion

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Born in Mauritus, in1977, Vatsala Radhakeesoon has had a keen interest in poetry writing since a very young age. Her poems have been featured in local and international newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies. Her first poetry book ‘When Solitude Speaks’ was published in 2013 on the approval of the Ministry of Arts and Culture (Mauritius). She is currently self-employed and continues to write poems in English, French, Kreol and Hindi.
Vatsala Radhakeesoon

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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. […]

Her World

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee was born in Kolkata but grew up in the beautiful Jharkhand (Ranchi) and it was here that she learnt to admire andappreciate Nature. Educated from Loreto Convent and St Xavier's College, she majored in Economics. She always contributed articles and stories for magazines. Post marriage she moved to Mumbai, a cultural melting pot - here she observed, absorbed and assimilated. Sensitive and emotional, her journey in her Poemotions continues to grow...
Sudeshna Mukherjee

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Here’s a fantasy poem, bordering on nonsense verse, for children, by Sudeshna, for Different Truths. She would often find herself Battling gnomes and funny elves She would battle with demons and rogues Riding high on sturdy brown brogues Her horse would often change shapes Growing wings and wearing capes They would often fly into space Plucking […]

Innate Indigo: Awakening the Kali Within

Subhajit Sanyal

Subhajit Sanyal

Born in October, Subhajit is an open minded soul of 19. A son of Bengal, Subhajit belongs to a small town, Purulia. He has completed his schooling in 2015, May, when he begun scribbling as a hobby, affected by all that is happening in his surroundings. He is fond of reading, writing, music and photography, solely dedicated to writing and learning. He began writing by chance but now, is a wanderer by choice.
Subhajit Sanyal

At the midnight of Diwali, Kali Puja is performed by Bengalis. Tara, a garland seller at the Karunamayi Kali Temple, watches the temple committee arrange for the festival. Little by little, they have been arranging for Diwali since a long time. She has been in the hub of Kolkata since childhood. She has seen the goodness and evil, […]

Diwali

Indrajit Rai

Indrajit Rai

Indrajit Rai, a warrior by profession and a poet by passion. He is striving hard to be a renowned personality in the world of words and rhymes.He is always busy exploring his potential, extracting the positive ones and irrigating the weak ones. He hails from Meghalaya, India.
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An evocative poem on Diwali, structured like a ballad that explores many layers of meanings. The poet, Indrajit, turns his gaze inwards in the last stanza, as part of the special feature on Diwali, for Different Truths.   Diwali – a celebration of sound and light, To mark triumph of right over sinful might. A night deeply […]

Diwali Fest

Neelam Dadhwal

Neelam Dadhwal

Neelam Dadhwal is a poet from Chandigarh, India. She has recently authored, ‘Footprints’, which deals with aspects of womanhood. Her poems has been published in Readomania, Indian Poetry Review, Literary Yard, Kritya, Muse India. The Unknown Pen and anthologies on women international, peace and humanity. She blogs at Prism of Joy.
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Amidst the mundane rigmarole of life comes the joy of festivity, says Neelam, in the verse, as part of the special feature on Diwali, for Different Truths. In façade, lights sparkle through water music spreads through feet a star to star seems a way, heart trembles of luck, unanticipated. When mirrors shine as we see in […]