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Hard Rock Calling – July 15, 2012

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Artur’s Toast

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One Kid At A Time

He’s probably not had breakfast in the morning, maybe only a modest dinner last night or maybe not. His house is a thatched hut but that doesn’t bother him. He … Continue reading

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  These days I have been thinking about courage. The courage to face the world despite my worst fears, of opening my heart a little bit and letting anyone who … Continue reading

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Julia’s Desk

Julia is a beautiful girl as those peacock quails, she is as strong as the mountains on her calendar, as beautifully gracious as the painting that she got in a … Continue reading

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Surface Tension

10 rupees = roughly 1/5th of a dollar for a packet of those plastic fish that ‘move’ briskly in water. Surrounded by half a dozen young kids, I enjoyed the … Continue reading

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Me

Hi, The author of this story is likely to forget my name by the time she puts this picture here while I am most likely to remember her all my … Continue reading

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School Today

Classes 6, 7, 8, 9, Hymavathi Public School, Prem Nagar, Amberpet, Hyderabad. ‘Let’s begin with a small writing exercise. Open your notebooks and write this – ‘What I love doing’ … Continue reading

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Dear Mary

Dear Mary, I am so happy today! I danced this morning for I woke up with such energy, I felt I could do anything. I feel yellow! Dear Mary, I … Continue reading

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And a poem is memorised

I was alone at lunch today it didn’t make me lonely in fact I was gay for I realized slowly alone is freedom and this lunch table my kingdom I … Continue reading

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Postcards

When I see it I know who I am – a wanderer, a dreamer, a story-teller, a writer, a friend-maker, a wine-taster, a relisher, a sailor, an artist. When I … Continue reading

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What kind of a writer are you?

Today someone asked me ‘what kind of a writer are you?’ I am the kind of writer who often writes about emotions, of what people do when they are happy … Continue reading

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World Poetry Day

My life’s a Petrarchan sonnet ~ the past the octave, the future the sestet and this moment, an illuminous volta. Picture By: My friend Linda.

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Dear Remi

Lonely. Is a strange word I use very often. Today was one such day I’d usually call lonely, sitting at the bar alone with a drink and not a smile … Continue reading

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Always There

  It’s those things that are always there that bring me supreme joy or intense pain, even true for memories that don’t fade away besides the more real ones such … Continue reading

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Hey Listen…

(whisper) umm… is there anyway, you guys, you words in these books, can crawl out of your homes and fly through my head, you can perch there forever if you … Continue reading

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Dear Inner Creative Being

Dear Inner Creative Being, I want to give you freedom. The freedom to do what you want to do, follow your heart and spend hours to create all that you … Continue reading

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Rob Him

  Winters are beautiful in McLeodganj, a tiny town of many personalities but predominantly of a resilient fighter whose only ammunition is prayer. It was around half past six that … Continue reading

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Questions Everyone Must Ask Themselves

… or so says Oprah and I love questionnaires. Who do I yell at in the quiet of my head? Myself If I had shingles, who would I call who … Continue reading

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Mango Milkshake

Countless drops of mango milkshake go down my throat Only a few touching those taste buds on my tongue But it’s the last drop that gets all the attention As … Continue reading

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A Difficult Situation

Will you get out of my head please? Don’t you see I have work to do It’s easy for you To go around the world flashing that smile of yours … Continue reading

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Soldiers of a Different Kind

The Tibetan word ‘nying-je’ took me by awe as I came across it yesterday in the unputdownable book ‘Tibet, Tibet’ by Patrick French. Translated simply as compassion, the word has … Continue reading

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Covering Patches

The tuk-tuk’s seat had a slit The tuk-tuk driver sat down to patch-it He cut some leather into a square And maybe thought it didn’t seem fair To put a … Continue reading

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Dream

… but I will tell you what I know for sure. Dream. Dream like you’re collecting precious stones – with love, hope and a heart full of joy. Life is … Continue reading

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On a Bus from Here to There

M: You do this everyday? Little Boy: Yes, I sell chips to people on buses everyday, morning to night. M: Do you wish to go to school? Little Boy: I … Continue reading

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Mr Right

Dear right side of my brain, Not many people understand your ways but that doesn’t bother you, does it? Thank you for indulging in your creative spirit in your own … Continue reading

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What has my life allowed me to speak up about? Success – when I least expect it. Failure – when I least want it. Love – so much that I … Continue reading

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A 26-year old’s Wishlist

– Write a book – Have a donkey for a pet – Cook like mom – Walk Charles Bridge – Prague – A meal with Marie McGee – Volunteer in … Continue reading

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Boat Ice-Cream or Ice-Cream Boat?

-Saturday was lovely for I had lunch with this little guy, my cousin Ahmed. If you heard him ordering food, you’d think there’s a dragon inside him with a monstrous … Continue reading

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Nice Tagging

… wherever you are in the world, look around you and you will find a reason to smile.

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Choosing His Name

Balthazar! That’s what I call my moped of five years! It wasn’t easy earning this thing. And I wonder if I would have ever got it if it weren’t for … Continue reading

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Lessons from Picasso

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. This is a stolen idea but who cares as long as I wash my spirit in paint and frame a memory of an evening … Continue reading

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In My Mailbox Today

This picture postcard with the following story on the other side, arrived in my mailbox today. “I went on many great journeys. I flew over the brooks, ate the sweetest … Continue reading

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My Job

I am a barber. This is my office. I love my job.  

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Mr Bench

Mr Bench – a strong, sturdy gentleman with whom I shared the deepest of my secrets, the loveliest of memories, the most exciting of discoveries, cried and laughed with for … Continue reading

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This letter in my email took me back to Lockerbie… and I remained there all day, thinking of ‘Our Frank’

This letter in my email took me back to Lockerbie… and I remained there all day, thinking of ‘Our Frank’ On the night of December 21st, 1988, a bomb exploded … Continue reading

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Schnapps

Schnapps, it’s schnapps we had in the pub on Brick Lane, my last evening in London. Schnapps, Catherine suggested – it’d perhaps make her Swedish boyfriend a little glad that … Continue reading

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Last Evening in London

The taxi driver dropped me off right in front of Catharine’s door a few minutes before 1730, thanked me when I paid the fare and said he enjoyed talking to … Continue reading

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London Taxi

My train reached London Euston station. A proper London railway station, it  was intense for it was my first time in a train station in London. I would have loved … Continue reading

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London Taxi

My train reached London Euston station. A proper London railway station, it  was intense for it was my first time in a train station in London. I would have loved … Continue reading

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Business Class in Britain

The train left Carlisle station. I could see no more of Artur. Everything seemed perfect, the notice board said this was a train to London Euston, the station master said … Continue reading

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A little before the goodbye: Locket Swap.

The first day I arrived in Longtown and met Artur, he noticed the thing that I wear around my neck and the charms on it. He particularly liked the guitar … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Artur, The Fauld, Longtown, Carlisle :(

My last day in Longtown. I almost don’t want to leave the place. I almost feel like a local here, like I belong here. But I also want to get … Continue reading

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Mr Fly

Artur just made a new friend with one Mr Fly, who refused to die 🙂

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Feeding on The Fauld

Artur feeding a calf right before I tried doing the same but with no success.

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Let’s Do Something Illegal?

Artur leaves for work at 3 am, I was never up when he left but I had asked him to take me along with him to the farm when he … Continue reading

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Experiments with Pepper

Pepper was once a gift fit for kings; above, a French manuscript illustration from the early 15th century shows both harvesting and royal presentation Throughout my time in England, it … Continue reading

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Black Bull

A video from the ‘Black Bull,’ Lockerbie. I couldn’t have shot the men without attracting attention, hence captured only the mood – you can see some of them at the … Continue reading

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Lockerbie Anyone?

Since I was on the border of England and Scotland, I was tempted to enter Scotland for a few hours. Listen to the accent, stroll through a town, it’s buildings, … Continue reading

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First Hello

Hello Fayiss, Hope you are well. Perhaps you remember a girl from India who stood outside the ‘King of Arms’ not bothered so much about the pouring rain for it … Continue reading

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