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by OJ George

Disruptive interventions the fate of the people
Recent times have wrought disruptive interventions on the people in several ways, for they had to queue themselves up before various authorities.

Earlier, for exchanging banned notes, for Aadhaar, PAN card, corrections and what not, they had to sweat it out.

Now they have to produce their ration cards for getting salary and pension.

These
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Bad news from the surgical ward
By K Balachandran

Journalism as a social presence
Has acquired much filthy flab
On account of its much-hyped,
Extended ego trip till this end
Curves and muscles were proved
Made out of inflated gas bags
Still chunks of flab, certainly left
Don't argue, most guys think
Media is nothing but
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THE LULLABY MY MOTHER SANG
THE LULLABY MY MOTHER SANG

K.Balachandran

The rain at night has a tune
reminding me a lullaby
mother used to often sing,
in the days I was so young.

that tune would lead me
by my hand to the
quiet house of sleep
around the next bend.

sinking deep in the bed
at the house of sleep
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MUD
By K.Balachandran

You could forget
many things that
you started with.
But not mud.
In childhood
I used to play
a lot
with mud,
to my heart's content.
Thick like paste,
red, orange or brown
sometimes lovely black
it had a feel
of real life,
which I still now keep,
somewhere in dee
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Curiosity
By Alastair Reid


may have killed the cat; more likely
the cat was just unlucky, or else curious
to see what death was like, having no cause
to go on licking paws, or fathering
litter on litter of kittens, predictably.

Nevertheless, to be curious
is dangerous enough. To distrust
what is
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