Friday 2 July 2010

You Consented - Ode To An Indian Wife

Hey all,
Here's another of my original poems published on poetry.com, paying tributes to the self-effacing Indian wife. If you double-click on the title above, it will take you to the renamed site - Lulu.POETRY.com - where it can still be found.

We had never met before but when I
proposed, you consented to be mine.
We had to spend a lifetime together and you
knew me not but, you consented to take the
plunge. You were among strangers when I got
you home, yet you consented to hang on.
I could not arrange a honey moon for us,
but you consented to remain home to share
your personal space with us, the family.
My folks wanted me for themselves, they
exluded you, yet you gladly consented to be
part of us. You have no demands, no needs,
and have consented to be mine forever and
ever in this and many more lives - oh!
thank you my love, i'm so grateful.
In return I pray to God to choose you and
you alone always and everytime in our after
life. I can only hope that you will consent
when he asks of you.

Friday 25 June 2010

friend on the internet

Friends, below is an original composition of mine of some vintage but still relevant I feel. For your enjoyment, read on.

friend, i've not seen u nor heard u
but ur my buddy, a human like me.
we share views and differences too
we agree and then agree to disagree.
ur color and ur race, ur age and ur gender
matter little in this wondrous new space.
ur 4 and my 2, they make much more than 6
we add our bit and its humanity that knows.
gone r the walls and fences that keep us apart
as r all the bounds
in a jiffy, we r in touch, no waiting, no pain,
no fear, no inhibitions, no rebuke.
why we seek others when we have our own
may be the reason 4 our times - the space shuttles,
the mirs, the rovers on mars.
so keep byting, i'll send u the bits
bye 4 now but save me on the disk.
pramod sharma
Copyright ©2002 pramod chandra sharma
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Wednesday 23 June 2010

Why are the young of today so aggressive?

Hi everyone, am back after all this time! Back with the question - Why are the young of today so aggressive? There are two separate incidents which have led me to conclude that the young of today have little tolerance and are showing the potential to lose all control of themselves.

The first was at a popular self-service eating place in a mall in Gurgaon. We, the little family were in the process of placing our order when suddenly, very close to my ear, I heard a very loud voice demanding of the management guy as to why he had not been served for over twenty minutes. A very legitimate demand, I agree but his next statement is what has me worried. He went on to add that since his order had been delayed inordinately, he would make sure that no one else would be served either. What kind of upbringing has he had to come to such a state of mind? That the situation was quickly brought under control is a credit to the manager's 'people skills', for the aggressive gentleman was called aside and we neither saw him nor heard him again.

The second has to do with a lady who arrived at her residential parking area at eight-thirty in the evening and started a huge hullabaloo over her parking slot being occupied by garbage carts of the conservancy service provider. Once again, it is an affair to make anyone angry but, look at what she does next. She calls up some numbers of the facilities folks who do not respond or have their mobiles switched off. She looks for the security guards who are missing and then she decides to block all cars going out of the parking lot! It is very understandable that the lady was upset at the situation, being unable to park her car but to cause distress to others by involving them forcibly in her predicament! The sane thing to do, I feel was to either find another parking slot for the night, there being many empty ones there or to push out the carts elsewhere. Am I wrong in making my conclusions? Tell me please. I would love to learn. What is even more surprising is that the lady professes to follow a religion which stresses on nonagression as a way of life and its adherents are taught not to harm even inadvertantly, any form of life! So help us God.