Poem: Butterflies of the mustard fields

O butterflies of the mustard fields! Reach me And teach me Your secret of happiness. I wait for you, o butterflies Of the Spring to reach me In the balcony from the Golden mustard fields. I can see you Flutter, frolic and frisk Over the gardens of yellow And down to the shrub-engulfed cho* That’s…

Poem: A factory of condoms

Is it a resort or a factory of condoms spitting out bins, full of slimy balloons daily into the municipality’s garbage drum? It stinks of semen! Many unborn children are chucked to rot and dry like waifs. By Onkar Sharma

Left the pen aside

Writer as I am, I’ve taken a hiatus to ponder on a few things. I’m thinking of my past and present. An analogy that I draw tells me of a difference which the advent of time has brought into my life. Earlier images that I was used to see around my table and in my…

3 questions to ponder upon, writers

You’re not the only fellow in the writing world. Like it or not. It’s a bare fact. The world is full of writers, much better than you and I. There is a whole lot of competition—in the print or online space—to attract readers. So I don’t mind shooting the 3ree most important questions at you—writers.…

Literature festivals: Uniting writers, publishers and readers

Indeed, literature is steadfast on following the corporate footprints replicating its success mode of business conferences and events to spread awareness, enhance readership and bring the community together. I’ve observed it in a host of literary events that have taken place in different cities in India recently. Euphoria is huge in these events. Well, we…

Changing landscape: a close watch

I was the chief guest at an event in the International Book Fair in Delhi recently. It was a Rockstand-hosted event at their stall to unveil an ebook application for smartphones and tablets. Feeling privileged at the opportunity given, I spoke on the role digital books playing in today’s scenario. Well, I bagged this opportunity…

Reading and writing: The tradition must continue

Tradition must continue—of writing and reading thereof. While it is understood that the debate will be around on the mode–print or digital, it must not affect the age-old tradition. Let’s not even decide whether or not it is in the larger interest. It should, however, be left to the discretion of the reader as to…

An advice to ebook writers

It is a fast-paced world, I understand. But it is not foolish enough to digest a half-cooked work. The thought is striking me after a rush of ebooks on multiple online platforms that I had to go through in search of information. I was astonished by the way the ebooks were listed randomly on these…