Wednesday, January 26, 2011


"I rebel; therefore I exist."

- Albert Camus

Gujarati words

Four golden Gujarati words:

1. Chaalse (will do)
2. Bhaavse (will like that)
3. Faavse (will be comfy with it)
4. Gamse (will love that)

Apply these four words in your life and you will always be happy.

Short sentence

A short sentence but rich in meaning:

"Think all you speak. But never speak all you think."

Come to the edge

"Come to the edge."
'We can't.
We're afraid."

"Come to the edge."
"We can't.
We will fall!"

"Come to the edge."
And they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.

- Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)
French poet-philosopher


You cannot believe in God unless you believe in yourself. - Swami Vivekanand

On a stroll

On a stroll by the hills,
I met the tall Eucalyptus tree
and the Round Brown Stone
beneath it. They said,
"We have been living together
for the last fifty years"...

- Unattributed


"Be true to yourself and be less concerned with what others think of you. Don't accept their definition of you, but grow into a self-definition of your own."

"Dream, deserve, achieve. Carpe diem."

"By seeing life as a game, your lightness of spirit will make problems seem easier."

"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." - John Gardner

Trees and books

Necessary irony:
a shelf-load of books
on the nurturing of trees.

- Raamesh

I love books, I love trees,
on deeper thought,
my mind goes into a deep freeze...

- Max


A Nobel laureates
refuses to be with

- Max

All gloves are off,
when the Nobel turns

- Raamesh

Noblesse oblige,
no bells for Nobel!

- Max


A man dehumanised, mangled and mauled,
as the crowd sneered and roared,
a pregnant lady raped and gored,
humanity pushed aside, ignored...
The last laugh is reserved for the caveman.

- Max


we maintain silence
to protect
a beautiful relationship.
But too much silence
creates a distance
in every relationship.

- Unattributed

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


A patch of sunshine
flies with the cackling geese
to the promised land.

- Teena

Anatomised juxtaposition

Anatomised juxtaposition of two orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contractions?

- It's the medical definition of a French kiss!

Winter chill

Winter chill
settling down on heavy haunches,
in a wall of fog.

- Max

कितने कमज़र्फ़ हैं यह ग़ुब्बारे

कितने कमज़र्फ़* हैं यह ग़ुब्बारे,
चन्द फूँकों से फूल जाते हैं,
कमीने जब उरूज़** पाते हैं,
अपनी औक़ात भूल जाते हैं

‍- शुजा ख़ाविर

* shallow
** status


செத்தவனை சாகபோகிரவர் சுமைப்பார்

(Those about to die carry the dead. - Tamil proverb)

શિયાળની મૌત આવે એટલે ગામ માં આવે

(When a fox is about to dieit comes to a village. - Gujarati proverb)


"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."

- Anonymous


Fire -
tells the tales of our organic forms,
remnants of our past.

- Teena


"When you don't have money, it seems money is the answer to all your problems. Then you get money and you've got a whole new set of problems."

- 50 Cent


"Success is never measured by the size of the BRAIn, but it is always achieved by the size of one's THOUGHTS."

- Anonymous

सिर्फ़ आँखों से ही

सिर्फ़ आँखों से ही दुनिया नहीं देखी जाती,
दिल की धड़कन को भी बिनाई बनाकर देखो

- नीदा फ़ज़्ली

આંખો જરા ખુલી

આંખો જરા ખુલી અને સપના ફલી ગયા,
રેતી ના ગામ મા મને ઝરના મળી ગયા

‍- ચતક (દક્ષેશ કાન્ટ્રેક્ટર)


समझो तो अहसास,
देखो तो रिश्ता,
कहो तो लब्ज़,
चाहो तो ज़िन्दगी,
कर लो तो इबादत,
निभाओ तो वायदे,
टूट जाए तो मुक़द्दर,
पर मिल जाए तो जन्नत

- अनजान

करें हम ज़ख़्मों की नुमाइश

करें हम ज़ख़्मों की नुमाइश,
यह है आपकी मासूम फ़रमाइश,
पनपते हैं जब यह हर हाल में,
कोई मक़सद नयी आज़माइश|

- मुश्ताक़

ઉગ્યો હોત સિધો

ઉગ્યો હોત સિધો સટ્ટાક તાડના ઝાડ જેવો,
ક્યારનોય કપાઈ છુન્દાઈ ચુસાઈ ગયો હૉત|
ફૅલાયો છૂં અળવિત્રા ફુવદ વડ જેવો,
પાણીદાર કરવતો ભૉંઠી પડી, સરકી જાએ છે||

- મુશ્તાક


Cow offers milk to others,
flowers, fruits, land, air, water,
sunlight practice the same.
But man...

- AA


Hopes hang deliberately
on the tassels
of the blue crotcheted shawl
Maa knitted me.

- Teena


Words linger on mind drapes,
around the corridors of the heart,
much after they are heard and felt.

- Teena


Lingering fragrance
of the last prayer incense
lulls me into a meadow
of ephemeral bliss.

- Teena


Twin of Death -
is it Regret?
Or a life not Lived?

- Teena

Regret is infinitely
slow cancer,
Death is just a window
to eternity.

- Max

વાણી છે કઠોર

વાણી છે કઠોર, મન્દા છે થોર,
શૂઁ તરફડવૂઁ, સત્યનાશ સમોર

- મુશ્તાક


was the dream
to see which
life slept...
started sleeping
waking up
life wept!

- Ani

Max's interpretation: She says happiness is transitory like all pleasure or feelings that please us, her dreams are special which can sense whether she is dreaming joyfully or is awake. Sadly, when awake she feels overwhelmed by reality and weeps! Expressing so much using two lines is a hoary art, my warm regards to Ani.


My soul smothers, my eyes go wild,
My heart panics, my thoughts are mild,
In my own town, I'm a lost child,
Soiled looks I get, as if defiled.

- Max

कोई छुपाता है, कोई बताता है

कोई छुपाता है, कोई बताता है,
कोई रुलाता है, कोई हँसाता है,
दोस्ती तो हर किसी को है किसी से,
फ़र्क इतना है कि
कोई आज़माता है, और कोई निभाता है...

- अनजान

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


What are calories?

Calories are the little rascals that get into your wardrobe at night and sew your clothes tighter.

ફુલો ને ઉગવા નોય

ફુલો ને ઉગવા નોય ક્યા આપૅ વ્હે કૉઈ મૉકૉ -
હવે તૉ ઘર સજાવવા માટે ઠોર લાવે છે લૉકૉ

- મુશ્તાક

(Who gives a chance for flowers to grow,
they use cacti as ornamental plants now.

- Max)

Cosmic Melody

Our genes follow a pre-ordained
3D geometry,
ultra-compact volumes that decide
who'll be sanguine or sallow,
who'll entertain or unleash wars,
who'll spread sunshine or backstab dear ones,
who'll die in peace or suffer cancer.
These Trojan Horses or angelic bits we carry
coded and sealed in every cell
of trillions making us up...

isn't this a cosmic melody?

- Max

Cosmic Melody

There's mind-blowing activity thundering on
inside each minuscule atom,
billions of them linking up
to make DNA and RNA,
which line up in ultra-precision to produce
the whole mind-blowing inventory that
makes a newborn child yell lustily,
luxuriating with its first, intoxicating
gust of oxygen...

isn't this a cosmic melody?

- Max