Monday, September 29, 2014

Yesterday, Today

when the stars were bright
and the skies blue
those clouds giggled
in purple hue
as we stitched dreams
in figments of love
a few stolen kisses
amidst playful doves

I chase those clouds
hoping for a rain
in absence of stars
I fear this pain
showers of memories
that mock at my tears
yesterday was now lost
in kaleidoscope of fear

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wicked Games - Review

They think they're invincible.
After seventeen very ordinary years of life in small-town America, Amit Pillai suddenly finds himself on a red-eye flight to Kerala. An NRI, he is forced to join the posh Ananthapuri international school, the only school in town that accepts soft boys like him. But this Kerala is faux Americana where its all loud music and lined pockets and there is never enough time to stop and look around. Amit quickly discovers that life here is anything but soft. Struggling with love and identity, he is never quite sure where to draw the line, when his fragile existence at school is rocked by a series of shocking events. What have they done? What are the consequences? And can they live with them?
A roller-coaster ride through the real-time experiences of an Indian teenager, Wicked Games is contemporary school life told like never before.

About the Author

Arjun Krishna Lal spent most of his life in the small Midwestern US town of Cedar Rapids. He moved to Thiruvananthapuram, India, in 2010, where he lived with his parents, grandmother and two dogs, and studied at an international school. At present, he is studying for a BA in journalism in Bangalore.

‘Wicked Games’ is everything that you wouldn’t expect it to be. It’s different than your initial perception, and promises to shake your foundation of thoughts. A novel set in a school campus, and yet not your typical campus romance; a set of teenagers spending most of their times together, and no, it’s not really a conventional tale of bonding and friendship either; peer pressure and the will to shine in the class, to be the teachers’ pet, and well, it’s not one of those student stories that you have come across so often.

And yet, ‘Wicked Games’ still has everything in it – heartbreaks, broken friendships, class room struggles and the like. The difference is that the author has dealt these common subjects in a manner so unconventional that you wouldn’t be able to draw parallel with any other teen novel that you have read.

The plot is clearly based on the life of the teenage protagonist, and the subsequent events unfolding on the backdrop of the school. Amit Pillai, having spent seventeen years in the United States, Cedar Rapids to be precise, joins Ananthapuri International School in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela. Here he meets different students from different backgrounds, striking up a bond that often fails to find a definition, and yet, holds on, trying to create a space, or rather seek a space of its own.

The characters in the book come in different shades, but there is one common factor in all of them – the search for identity. Their personal problems, and the trauma and the confusion that envelop their lives, and shape their behaviors. They all want to excel, achieve goals and conquer their dreams, but then, the author keeps it real. Not always do they get what they want, leading to a feeling of defeat, dejection and betrayal.

Chitra plays Amit’s love interest in the novel. She is mature and level – headed, and carries a deep affection for him. However, unruly behavior by Amit, aroused by his pangs of jealousy when he finds her friendlier with another guy, does create a distance between the two.  Amit’s guilt, and the willingness to get her back narrate the real life scenarios of modern teens.

And then we meet Amma, a strict guardian to Amit, monitoring his daily routine, with ho night - outs, and making sure he doesn’t surf net when it’s time to sleep. Amma’s strict surveillance irritates Amit, as he tries to invent excuses to hide his activities that he knows wouldn’t be approved by her, often failing, and on most of the occasions the truth comes to light.

‘Wicked Games’ is not your typical candy floss romance. It’s an introspective novel that revolves around the lives of normal teenagers, their dreams, their aspirations, their hurdles and their problems, their judgment, their decisions, and their indecisiveness. It’s a book that stares straight back at you, posing questions, seeking answers. ‘Wicked Games’ stays true to its name, because often life turns out to be a game, dark and wicked, with only the fittest finding a way to survival.

Title: Wicked Games
Author: Arjun Krishna Lal
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Year: 2014
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Fiction, Teens, Love and Romance
No. of Pages: 352
Price: Rs 250
My Rating: 4/5


on those lonely nights
a few candles stay awake
guiding me to dreams

This Haiku is shared with Carpe Diem - Words by Francis of Assisi 4.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


the first summer rain
on moonlit leaves

This Haiku is shared with Carpe Diem - Leaves.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Elusive Smiles

she seeks not gifts
but freedom
to love
to live
to breathe
and believe
her heart, trapped in boundaries

away she goes
her feet sailing on the calm blue skies
that paint canvas
of colors
in pebbles blue and yellow

path, she knows not
destination, never a thought
aching with countless miles
she searches for her elusive smiles

This Poem is shared with Magpie Tales.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Chocolaty Sinful

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how does it feel to
be sinfully attracted
that steaming desire

This Haiku is shared with Haiku My Heart - Savoring.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I. T. Hurts - Review

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Title: I. T. Hurts
Author: Subhasis Das and Mahi Singla
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Publication Year: 2014
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Genre: Fiction, Love and Romance
No. of Pages: 222
Price: Rs 295
My Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fear, Perhaps

John's memory suffered a vital lapse.
His happy days threatened to collapse.
Wife's birthday forgotten,
Her mood now turned rotten.
This is what they call fear, perhaps.

This Limerick is shared with Limerick - Off Monday.


Love was no longer the reason they were together, rather, it was the fear of impending grief that hindered their separation.

What could be worse than tears welling up within you, and yet not finding a vent to express its gratitude to the heart that often melted in memories past?

"Let's just carry on, the way it is, 'cause breaking up would be all the more painful," he said, and she agreed.

Years passed by in monosyllables, dragging along summer, spring, autumn and winter, their beauty lost in the chasm of a deceptive future.

When love ceases to be a passion, and finds itself lost in the cacophony of mundane chores, the cross - roads of fiction confront reality, and often we are posed with the question, the answer to which can never be definite - "Is it the time to let go?"

This Micro-fiction is shared with Five Sentence Fiction - Grief.


surrendering myself
to the love that beats within
music to the soul

This Haiku is shared with Haiku My Heart - Surrender.