Friday, May 29, 2009

naisaiku week 15

[ echoes of indian poetry - 8]

" dekh to dil ke jaaN se uthta hai , yeh dhuaN-sa kahaaN se uthta hai " .. Meer Taqi Meer

where does it come from
is it from this life oh heart
( oh heart , is my life burning )
something like smoke , soars..~ Meer Taqi Meer.

( Meer Taqi Meer..~ urdu poetry - legend )

/ naisaiku / translation / z.g.©

the children squabble
but patch up in a jiffy
so patch up in a jiffy
squabble like children ..

/ naisaiku / original /z.g.©

Saturday, May 23, 2009

yours truly

' friend '

your summer shelter
in the morning a tooth-brush
a disinfectant
that open-air village school
this simple neem tree ..

~ twaicoo- 42 /original/z.g.© .

Friday, May 22, 2009



she's a prostitute
and he is a truck-driver
on the road to AIDS
and richard gere plays his part
in aids-awareness ..

[ AIDS - india -richard gere-actor /

- prostitutes and truck-drivers are the high risk groups ]

~ twaicoo- 41 /original/z.g.© .

Thursday, May 21, 2009


' chains'

no more slavery
dreams were created equal
a maid servant toils
looks at the television
and feels like a slave ..

[ 2009 ad - india - the plight of maid servants is sad ]

~ twaicoo- 40 /original/z.g.© .

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

naisaiku - week 14

[ echoes of indian poetry - 7 ]

" ug raha hai dar-o-deewar pay subzah ghalib
hum haiN veeranay meiN aur ghar meiN bahar aayi hai " ~ ghalib / {a different citation reads -

' Hum biyabaan mein hain ' instead of ' hum haiN veeranay meiN '- needs verification }

' green growths on the walls
i am in the wilderness
flaunting green sprouts on my walls
wilderness has me ' .. ~ ghalib

( urdu poetry ~ ghalib )

/ naisaiku / translation / z.g.©

what melancholy
torn by vibrant agonies
vibrant with the agonies
was melancholy ..

{ to diana princess of wales - }

/ naisaiku / original /z.g.©


' stains '

the dhobi washes
the punditji chants mantras
the cleansing is on
ablutions and laundering
who would wash the mind ..

~ twaicoo
39 / original / zg

[ the dhobi - the washerman / the punditji - the priest ]

Monday, May 18, 2009


' education '

it's unflowering
a tree eats up the flower
almost like cancer
the hand of the guru moves
on the child's body ..

~ twaicoo 38 / original / zg

[ news report - teacher molests kids - india ]

Sunday, May 17, 2009


' ? '

worshipped goddesses
harbingers of happiness
flowers unblossomed
why female infanticide
is it not murder ..

~ twaicoo-37 /original/z.g.© .

[. female infanticide - india ]

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


' anopheles '

blood sucking creatures
she shivers with the fever
call the exorcist
the simple mosquito-net
keeps away the ghosts ..

~ twaicoo-36 /original/z.g.©

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

naisaiku week 13

[ echoes of indian poetry -6 ]

' aye ree mai to prem -deewanee mera darad naa jaane koye ' ~ meera bai

me gone mad in love
none can see or understand
can see or understand none
mad me in love , gone ~ meera bai

[ meera bai ~ the beautiful princess ~ devotional poet of the 16th century- - in a time and age when regality was 'divine ' and a commoner could lose his eyes for an offensive gaze -'meera bai' of mewar rajasthan wandered like a minstrel from street to street, singing the praises of her lord ~ ' girdhar gopala ' lost in his love-renouncing a kingdom ]

~ naisaiku / translation / zg ..

matter of a breath
inhale to be exhaling
exhale to be inhaling
a breath doth matter ..

~ naisaiku / original / zg


' TC '

your right has been sold
he thrives on your discomfort
the ticket babu
gulps a bribe to steal the chance
of someone needy

~ twaicoo-35 /original/z.g.©

[ the railway TC (ticket collector )-openly accepts bribes to alott a railway berth (illegally )-and makes it look like an act of kindness-anyone who cannot / will not pay-must suffer ]

Monday, May 11, 2009


' the news '

a soap opera
the girls and women gather
at the village well
just nothing is forgotten
in the back-biting ..

~ twaicoo-34 /original/z.g.©

Sunday, May 10, 2009


' enemy '

the season of rains
like a black-hole in the sky
sucked by a pot-hole
an old man has to struggle
against many odds ..

~ twaicoo-33 /original/z.g.©

[during the rains many roads in several indian cities are submerged under water (clogged drains )-the sick,the old & the children are especially vulnerable ]

Saturday, May 9, 2009

the chai-wallah

' tea'

wooden plank comfort
a road side tea shop abuzz
with philosophy
and politics and cricket
and ofcourse rumors ..

~ twaicoo-32 /original/z.g.©

[ the shade of a neem tree,two small boulders to spread a plank on,a pushcart (on four wheels) with a stove and a milk pan,and the tea shop is up and running! ]

Friday, May 8, 2009


' without ticket '

ticket or WT
stuffy,crowded and stinking
the general coach
a far cry from the AC
on the train of life ..

~ twaicoo-31 /original/z.g.©

[WT - without ticket ]

Thursday, May 7, 2009


' lori '

no bed time story
nothin' would get me to sleep
then came her lori
turning my nightmares to dreams
a mom understands ..

[ lori ~ it means lullaby ]

~ twaicoo-30 /original/z.g.©

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


' work '

it would get to you
the ten headed demon will
get to it instead
your ten fingers are magic
so remain alive ..

~ twaicoo-29 /original/z.g.©

[ravana-the ten headed demon-symbolizing badness~ from The Ramayana ]

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


' matha'

the toddler krishna
what a vanishing artist
with the butter gone
the skimmed butter-milk is left
to face all the heat ..

[indian mythology ~ the young krishna loved to steal the butter, from his own house or the neighbor's, mattered little./ today 'chaach' aka 'matha' ie skimmed butter-milk is regarded as a potent antidote to heat ]

~ twaicoo- 28 / original /z.g.©

naisaiku week 12

[ echoes of indian poetry - 5 ]

" dil- e -nadan tujhe hua kya hai
aakhir is dard ki dawa kya hai " ~ ghalib

my heart so unwise
but what is your affliction
(for you are the affliction)
oh my naive .heart . ~ ghalib

~ nasaiku / translation / zg ..

life of confluence
a rock flows with the river
a river flows with the rock
confluence of life

`~naisaiku / original /zg

Monday, May 4, 2009

Disclaimer/Sr. No. 10 -gotcha babble! /Twaicoo

[ NOTE:-Disclaimer/{IRO The Post dated Tuesday, April 15, 2008 gotcha babble! Sr. No. 10 on this Blog}
- _ To the best of my knowledge and belief the Term " Twaicoo " ( devised by zoya gautam )-noun for a poetic form as described herein above was never in use prior to april 08.2009-wednesday for the purpose(s) of defining / describing or employing the said poetic form mentioned herein or for any other poetic form , of any nationality`~

The use of the term " Twaicoo" for purposes other than this poetic form should not be confused
as being the same,and could tantamount to be misleading

Till april 08.2009-wednesday The Google Search For ' twaicoo ' yielded Nil /. No Matches Found.
as well as @ © 2009 Yahoo! / Search stated that -We did not find results for: twaicoo.-.zg / Tuesday May 05.2009]

one meal

' cutlery '

it remains so green
unjaded and unrusted
the banana leaf
holds a very modest meal
better than nothing..

~ twaicoo-27 /original/z.g.©

[ in the south of india food is served on a banana leaf ]

Sunday, May 3, 2009


' the walk home '

the rythm of life
reaches a happy tempo
speak the tabla syllables
as a dance unfolds ..

~ twaicoo-26 /original/z.g.©

[ the tabla - a pair of indian drums ]

Saturday, May 2, 2009

out worn

' worn out '

at adolescence
a lil' girl fantasizes
of a red sari
the one that you see brides in
but the dream wears off ..

~ twaicoo-25 /original/z.g.©

[ the sari-2 ~ the well known dress of the indian woman ]

Friday, May 1, 2009


' clad in thoughts '

the moon is hidden
behind a foggy fabric
draped in a sari
of cloud and mist and pure haze
intrinsic beauty ..

~ twaicoo-24 /original/z.g.©

[ the sari ~ the well known dress of the indian woman ]