Oh me!

We are so small between the stars & so large against the sky. and lost in subway croud, I try to catch your eye …..

Like mist

November22

Your thoughts pass through my soul

like the mist near Atlantic Wharf

they appear from nowhere

fill me with countless drops

of unbridled swirling emotions

and dissapear in nothingness.

The sun wonders

not a drop has rained

yet I am drenched.

 

( Boston, 11/22/13 )

 

 

 

 

मैं क्या करूँ ?

November21

अगर २२ मंज़िली ईमारत
कि सोलह माले पर भी
सर्दी कि धूप
मुझे ढूंढ कर गुदगुदा दे
तो मैं क्या करूँ ?

अगर रेल के अंदर बंद बंद भी
कुछ लाल पीले पतझड़ के निशाँ
मेरे muffler से आलिंगनबद्ध
मुझे जाने न दें ,
तो मैं क्या करूँ ?

अगर आज सुबह
तुम्हारी चाय कि गर्मी
इस सूखे दिन को
भर दें जिजीविषा से
तो मैं क्या करूँ ?

( Boston, 11/21/13 )

for you.

August20

I’m late for the 7:55 train ,

will perhaps miss 8:19 too

Sunlight dancing through glass panes

asks, “Bhaiyyu, where are you?”

.

Its Autumn and the leaves of Maple

are dressed in a hundred shades of yellow

The ice cream truck is again on my street,

downstairs someone plays ‘The entertainer’ mellow

.

The world keeps enticing me

via its giggles, suggestions, chatters

but lying next to you my darling,

hardly anything matters.

.

– Cambridge, Massachusetts.  20 August 2012.

Cherry Blossom poem

June26

cherry-blossom

The Light Filling the air

is so mild this Spring day

only the Cherry Blossoms

Keep falling in haste –

why is that so?

– Ki no Tomonori,  C850 -904 AD

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First post of 2012

May11

( part of an email that I sent to my friends today)

My office timings are very reasonable. I leave at 8 AM and am back by 6 PM, 5 days a week – which is unusual in the financial world. My team, like most of HMC, is very talented and diverse. I like working in the team and never feel left out or alone. Work is intense and challenging, requires attention to details and am still learning the details. Working in these places makes one humble. When we see so many smart people, it is difficult to fall under any false hubris.

I live near the university in a place called Cambridge, which has its own history. It takes me 35 minutes to reach office from here by taking a subway. Cambridge is a student area and almost everyone is a student at Harvard or MIT. While I have not interacted with many people as yet, there is a palpable feeling that these kids are smart – and most importantly – diverse in their interests and hobbies. The local laundry house is proof of that. Laundry mats are places where you really miss the good old dhobi twice a month. They are the US equivalents of Indian barber shops – just like barber shops in India they are full of popular movie magazines and tabloids. Thanks to them, I have known that Kim Kadarshian is having a fight with her mom and that there are tension brewing in Brad Pitt and Ms Jolie. BUT, the Laundromat near my house has Vogue/Cosmopolitan as well as books on East Asian food, Michelangelo’s life, Louvre’s collection, and Rocky mountains among other things. The clientele looks different and they demand different entertainment

Boston is considered to be a ‘Old money’ place in stark comparison to New York’s nouveau riche population. Locals don’t like the big apple that much and neither do they that emotion. Loyalties to football/baseball/basketball teams are almost jingoistic in appeal and I even saw a car sporting(?) a sticker – Yankees S*** ( ref to New York Yankees baseball team). I have no idea about these sports and thus find myself as the only person in bars on a Friday evening ho isn’t agitated.

I would however have to admit that Boston is much more beautiful and calmer than New York, if you leave out Manhattan’s Central Park that is. People are not running all the time and they usually have a better standard of living than their Yankee counterparts. Perhaps people are more well mannered too. The architecture, though not impressive as some other cities is special because of its association with many historic events. Khalil Gibran was here, just like Swami Vivekanand and Robert Frost. Boston is in fact over-educated , more than 40% of citizens have a college degree which is very high by American standards.

Over the summer months I plan to explore the city and make excursions to Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. There is so much to see here and I don’t want to miss any of it. Visiting Grand Canyon and Yellowstone national park is on the cards too, will keep you posted on this.

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