On the shore – A Tanka

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On the shore – A Tanka

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Seagull

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Seagulls spread their wings

to surf on the beach, Sun peeps

through the curling waves

that roll over and break

on shore at start of the day

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© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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Rexit : Goodbye RBI Governor Rajan

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Rexit : Goodbye RBI Governor Rajan

By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Raghuram Rajan

The economy was in tatters, inflation was sky high

When, Raghuram Rajan was placed at the helm of the RBI

While the nation swooned on his charm

he had to prove his mettle, walking on a rope tight

challenges were aplenty; he put up a tough fight –

 

His actions bore the fruits – the situation is no longer fragile

Inflation has halved, reserves have swelled, and currency stabilized,

It was but natural that people were keen

that Rajan would hold his second term on the Mint Street,

for a time window in which the economy would completely heal

 

Yet as he bids goodbye, the send-off is left unexplained

People are upset, feeling the sting and pain

As a few in the power seats glee, and corner his credit

It seems that perhaps he refused to play the game

For the whims and fancies of some, merit loses yet once again

 

The exit of Raghuram Rajan as the RBI Governor has left people shocked.

Yu can find the article on ‘Why Rajan’s exit has people worrying’ on this link on Eonomics Times   http://goo.gl/Y5B84m

 

 

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Feline Quotes

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Feline Quotes

“God made the cat to give man the pleasure of stroking a tiger.”  ~ Joseph Mery

Sometime back, I had written a post on ‘Po’ – The Little Kitten. It happens so that the playful kitten Po, now grown up by a few months, has landed up at my house, and is keeping me on my toes.  As we are adjusting to each other’s presence, most of my time now goes in watching its antics.

The kitten has peculiar habits with strange feline ways of communicating and emoting. There is a silent mystery about the creature as it disappears within the flash of a second and sneaks into the weirdest corners of the house, finding a new place to hide every day. At other times, it makes itself particularly endearing by playfully rolling on its back and rubbing its head on our feet and purring, on being petted.

It butts its head, suddenly comes running and bumps me, sits on my desk, does high five, stares continuously and then blinks, curls up and sulks when scolded.  Going by the saying that when a cat bumps you and rubs against you, they “claim” you by leaving a bit of their musk on you, ‘Po’ seemed to have claimed our house with the inmates.

Po Kitten

There are moments when Po exhibits bursts of intense dashing through the house for reasons best known to him. He plays the hunt and chase game with paper balls or soft toys and is very curious about everything that goes on inside the house. Yes, he also scratches furniture for territorial marking, and jumps out of the windows at the first opportunity but is extremely scared to go out of the door.

Most of our discussions at home these days are oddly centred around the cat.

While trying to dig out about the behavioural traits of cats, I came across several quotes on cats. I am listing here the ones that I found particularly interesting.

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Rain- A Haiku

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

rain

The first drops of rain,

earth sweetly smiles looking at 

the glum face of sky!

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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Lake District

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Lake district, Cumbria

Beneath a dewy sky

quietly the lake flows by

beside the rolling hills; 

– over sprawling green meadows

light and mist play hide and seek

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© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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Gestures

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Kathakali

Jingling anklets

flicking fingers, shifting glance,

moving in tandem – 

sea of emotions in a

lavish spectacle of dance

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Kathakali, the classical dance form of Kerala, originated in the 17th century, though the roots date back to 1500 years ago and lie in the ritual folk dances and dance dramas of Kerala.

Characterized by ornate makeup and fanciful costumes, the dance drama form blends dance, drama, mime and song to depict stories from Indian epics.

The body movements of Kathakali are influenced by Kalaripayattu, the early martial arts of Kerala.

In an excerpt from the novel ‘Arjun Without a Doubt‘ by Dr Sweety Shinde,  Arjuna, of Mahabharata, draws parallel between dance and martial arts.

‘I would never regard dancers with disdain; I now know what efforts and grueling hours went into excelling in it. Archery and dance, both required an equal amount of dedication and dexterity; timing and tempo; elegance and concentration. Both required rhythm and restraint. War-dance had its rhythm too. ‘

The dance form makes extensive use of  the facial gestures such as movement of the eyebrows,  eye-balls and the lower eye-lids than any other dance style. Performers enact the story using hand gestures, facial expressions and eye movements that capture a whole range of emotions.are used to convey the story and translate words into the visual language of dance.

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Conch- A Haiku

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Conch

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tranquil sound of waves

lapping the shore within

the spiral of conch!

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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Lure of Spice

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Lure of Spice

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Spices

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Scoops of bright spices

delight the taste buds, entice,

ensnaring men with

their aromas and flavors

The root of many a fights!

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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