Truck de India!: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hindustan by Rajat Ubhaykar

In this never ending lockdown, You are looking for a rundown,Of an armchair trip,Brimming with adventure andRefreshing takesFrom the roads across the country,Of a man, and his backpack,And the wheels of royale,The majestic almighty beings,Which keep the country running-Carrying their load on its wheels. It starts off as a fleeting idea,But the trip falls into … Continue reading Truck de India!: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hindustan by Rajat Ubhaykar

Black Coats

I look aroundAnd I see an armyOf black coats,All their hearts wailing,While their hands keep working. I look aroundAnd I see an armyOf yes men,Nodding their heads,While their hearts tumblingFalling down, bruisedIt can’t tellThe yin from the yang,But speak with minute precisionAnd weighed consequences. Its startling,To see such bright mindsUsing their spark,To blind theOrdinary withThe … Continue reading Black Coats

Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu

This novel presents a “best case scenario”Masked by a dystopia.A scenario best lived,In the rustling pages,But it often doesn’t seem unreal,As the groundwork’s already laidFor life in virtual cages. Set in Delhi,10 years from now,After the entire rigmarole,Of the current protests, of discriminatory laws,Of a virus, plaguing the inside and out,Was packed and kept distant, … Continue reading Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

A book which would overwhelmTo the core.Not an ordinary book,But a portal,To a new world,Refreshing, andThoroughly entertaining. It has a way,Of getting under you,Of making you jump,With its play of words. There’s a house,With endless possibilities,Where there are floods,And clouds, and rains,Inside its walls.Where the halls don’t end,You’d wonder,Is it real?Or is it all pretend? … Continue reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan, #1) by Arkady Martine

A saga of memories,Passed down generations,To preserve a senseOf order, of belonging,When there’s little,Memory’s a lot to hold onto.Does it go against the orderWhere things start afresh in nature?Does it harm your sense of self?To download moments fromAnother being?To take a piece of your ancestors,And make your own?Is it all justifiedIf you are in a … Continue reading A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan, #1) by Arkady Martine

The Wall (Sumer, #1) by Gautam Bhatia

After two failed attemptsTo scale Mount EverestAnd on his way to third,People curiously asked George Mallory,Why do you dare? His response,Because it’s there. When Philippe Petit,Performed his “le coupe”Crossing the Twin Towers on a tight rope,A swarm of journalists waited to ask,Why?His answer,If I see three oranges, I have to juggle. And if I see … Continue reading The Wall (Sumer, #1) by Gautam Bhatia