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For DND Flyway

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Familiarity breeds tension
Amidst your chilly fragrance I feel your odour
And I’d slow down, not for the olfactory sensation
The closeness that a nonliving thing inspires
Even capitalisation of your name would hardly bring you to life
But in real, it was an accident that left me with no option

I’d suck a portion of juices out of the daily journey each morning
All along the world does become banal when we have so much of of it
But why are your fucking signboards bigger than my rental home?
And there are thousands of them
Each dying out from its campaign period regularly like short-lived insects
And the advertisers manage it well with graphics and lights

I’d rather seek for the beauty of nature
Tucked in a few corners that even you are hidden from
And the Yamuna, no match for the billboards now, shows
If artificial creation can be good, nature could be better
In rainy seasons, the water swells like an overeating python
Where do the low riverbank dwellers run for their lives?

All I do i…

Wired Statements

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Many a live wire would be a dead one except for his connections.
—Wilson Mizner


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Let the world be one
And oft the wire would wonder,
Future, wirelessness

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Currents of our time
Aspirations of our time
A wire ’round our throat

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Bird on the Wire and
Three Little Bird, the crooners
Croon and the tunes swoon

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Overhead wires are
As ubiquitous as
Curfews, bandhs and strikes

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Illustrated: 24 Thought Experiments in Pictures

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According to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, thought experiments are devices of the imagination used to investigate the nature of things. They are used for diverse reasons in a variety of areas, including economics, history, mathematics, philosophy, and the sciences, especially physics.

Most often thought experiments are communicated in narrative form, frequently with diagrams.

Thought experiments should be distinguished from thinking about experiments, from merely imagining any experiments to be conducted outside the imagination, and from psychological experiments with thoughts. They should also be distinguished from counterfactual reasoning in general, as they seem to require an experimental element, which seems to explain the impression that something is experienced in a thought experiment.

In other words, though many call any counter-factual or hypothetical situation a thought experiment, this seems too encompassing. It seems right to demand that they also be visualized (or …

People’s Campaign for Resurgent Manipur Observes Third Anniversary

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The third anniversary of the People’s Campaign for Resurgent Manipur (PCRM) was observed on 18th Oct 2014. It may be recalled that the Campaign, then known as People’s Campaign for Assembly Election 2012’, was launched by concerned citizens of and from the state of Manipur in different parts of the world with a vow to bring about a positive change in the state of affairs in Manipur, starting with an effort to change the political culture and efforts to bring about an issue based electoral politics in the state. The campaign, which was later on renamed in its first anniversary as ‘People’s Campaign for Resurgent Manipur’, was simultaneously launched in different parts of the country, amongst others, in Imphal, New Delhi, Chandigarh, and Chennai on 18th October, 2011 by resolving to work for a new Manipur.

To shape a new political culture and bring about issue based electoral politics in the state, the Campaign marks 15 years as its timeline. Beginning with the Assembly Election of 20…

Burma Border Blues

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When corns smell of sweet nostalgia
Squashes remind me of the remaining memories
They tell sadly what it was, and what it’s not today
And if it does, it’s not of you — it is so blue

The corn kernels are in catharsis, clearly in denial
The fleshy squashes are anaemic as much as they are raging
Now no more I’m sure what any of those tell of

And I keep travelling downstream
The sanity has been silenced and we can only see
Knife-wielding, gun-slinging, stone-pelting masses,
Bloodthirsty warlords, their counterparts, so many of them
Why wouldn’t you remember anything?

There’s fighting everywhere
Why wouldn’t you say anything?
You have become the flowers amongst the mountain slopes
Who would ever talk to the tacit lilies?
Why wouldn’t you reply anything?

In your comatose, turn a blind eye to my animalistic hauteur
And I’m left with nothing but to cross the nine ranges
— I wish at least the place where we grew up together

The memories are killing me every day
Nay there’s even no need for the police to kill me.

If Looks Could Kill

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From a news report on India Today last weekend, the union government has been on a ritual and political high, deliberating on the issues affecting the so-called Northeast India. This write-up is a sort of reading between the paragraphs, while thinking aloud what each paragraph of the news seems to imply. Yet, from the news, the government has left more questions than answers when it insists about formulating new policies for this region.



After PM Modi’s push, MHA to formulate new policy for Northeast
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/after-pm-modi-push-mha-to-formulate-new-policy-for-north-east/1/395320.html
India Today, 11 Oct 2014
NB: I have highlighted each paragraph in the boxes.

Taking a tough stand against the Northeast insurgents groups, the (Narendra) Modi government is all set to formulate a new doctrine for the region to bolster security environment.
So the approach remains as is. The most important aspect of dealing with the Northeast is from the security perspective.…

October Logo

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Rants & brands: Either you are for it or against it, but these are the days of corporate globalisation. When brands are the buzzword and selective brands the choice of millions of people, some people can hold on to their political stand to resist the trends — seeing so many people amongst us are vocal about the economical conquests of the big and greedy corporations — but it is apparently a Herculean task to stop the onslaught when products from toothpastes to clothes arrive in droves with labels and tags. For the business folks, it’s all about branding: the ultimate goal of promotion. When pop culture suffers from placelessness, they are in a quest to find the ways to identify and distinguish themselves and hence the images of their products specifically and their business goals as a whole.

In a way this matter is comparative. In cities, the issue might be on the line of thoughts against consumerism and capitalism; yet it is entirely different in a small town like my native plac…

Straight from the Chimp’s Mouth

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Once
The chatty
Old lady mouths,
Once
People and gods
They live together
But they split up
Because of people
They cussed a lot,
They still do
Loudly as ever,
She added.

Once
Slinging the guns
They preached
The perfection of ideas
Of freedom
Of peace
Of justice,
Nonetheless
One condition exists
Not to negotiate
The monetary demand
— Time is money
& Marx was just a poor German
Fock the socialists.

And amidst the tears
And the wails
The tenacious survivors:
Let us do
Buy if it’s on sale
Sell if there’s buying
Our wives or our husbands
Our lives or our bodies
Our hearts or our souls
From baby beds to deathbeds,
Let us vote
Even if there’s no candidate
It’s a different story
About those freebies
And free drinks
And our cobwebbed heads
And eternal damnation.

Inside the palaces
The kings & masters
Indulge & muse
— in saturnalia,
Making
A world
Of scums
Of junks,
A country of puke.

Beyond
I see no human
Now the lady’s been wrong
In this land
The might-is-right gang
The robbers’ gang
The killers’ gang
With common masks
Of those sane h…

nobody’s wrong

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            nobody’s wrong
            & if it does, it’s only the other side

nobody’s wrong & it’s no wonder
everybody’s fighting
perhaps it is the pride talking
when swords & daggers are not enough
but give our way to more ammo & killing machines
the superbia of faith & every other bloody groups
& we have grouped ourselves happily
perhaps it is the human nature talking,
this is why nobody’s wrong
it's all about the perspectives

            & nobody’s wrong
            & if it does, it’s only the other side

when the armymen kill the guerrillas
it is good for the country
they deserve a gallantry award
like their ilk always does by killing people
& when the rebels kill the armymen 
it is good for the imagined country too,
it is unclear if it is good for anyone
when at once we must tell,
any country should go fuck itself
there have been too much patronising

            & nobody’s wrong
            & if it does, it’s only the other side

the preacher arrives wit…

Blackout! (in Colours)

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Newspaper blackouts, reading between the lines and censorship have found a common platform here. Their shared property is one factor how we have been able to extract various stories of life out from the ordinary as well as not-so-ordinary things of a single story. Indeed, life is what a story is — it is only a matter of degree in the difference between the plots and narratives. The most profound element is undoubtedly the commonness, which overlaps each other between the stories of our lives; and now and then, by sheer force of coincidence and manipulation: we find ourselves in the same pool of happiness and equally in the puddle of tragedy. This happens without necessarily sharing the stories.

For instance, when we elaborate on the pros of censorship as a way of our decorum and supposedly appropriate expression, we can make out the worst of it. As in censorship, it is but the height of our vanity and hypocrisy. Don’t we swear, or for that matter, kill each other in the most gruesom…

The Week

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On Sunday I sing
        All the songs of liberty;
        The chains of weekdays.

Sunday’s quite right
If not for the coming days that are tight
I’m happy like the government
Like when it waits for the freebies from the king to spend
Even more so for I’d not have to pretend to work and live
As if it makes sense to work to live or just in living at all
Tho’ it all does, when you love and are loved regardless of the days

On Mondays I have
        Over-rated morning blues
        What’s the day’s schedule.

Ever the specific colour persists on a Monday
Amongst the greens and violets the blues betray
Overrated but still it has one semblance
With the Hindus and Christians that are up the natives’ arses
With the country that has its name written on glasses
Mondays our masters go whore-hunting, they go arse-hunting
And the scums are scattering all over the bloody town

He sings Tuesday’s dead
        He changes his faith; his folks;
        American drones

Tuesday makes the two for the week
With noth…

Daydream Blues

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Hundred of thousands of people in the zoo
& a thousand more in the congested cages
The animals are already into the wild, where they belong to
& the faint clarion call of the animals buzzes

Pull together the remaining masses into a wildlife sanctuary
The hegemony of the wild world morons ends today
Maybe we have to negotiate with their gods logically
Albeit they are as many as the rebel groups in hills and mountains faraway

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Silence. The dandies and wendies pay for their livelihood in millions
The runners in the Golden Triangle deal in billions
I might loot a while, and to further export and import, go to Thailand
I might as well live honourably far away from the zoological homeland

Between morality so holier-than-thou, and reality so eyesore-earhurting
A thick line of absurdity crawls and cringes
The joke’s on surviving
— Dreaming asses