Fireworks – A haiku

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Kerala Temple Fire

flurry of fireworks

in an old temple premise-

doom descends, charred lives

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Latur Water Crisis – A haiku

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Latur water crisis

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sweet profits reaped

from thirsty sugarcane farms

cost bitter tears!

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Pray For Lahore

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Pray For Lahore

#PrayForLahore

 

flame smoke splinters shards
disrupt singing of the lark
savagery lays bare-
booms of devil’s grin are heard
in the Garden of Iqbal

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Healing the Scars of Child Abuse

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

What does a child do when those who are meant to protect her turn into the perpetrators of crime against her?

Abuse in the formative years might be the worst kind of agony that a person could be subjected to. When perpetrated by family members it carries with it the burden of guilt and shame, which affects not only the childhood but spills over the entire lifespan of the person. Every time I read about child abuse, it disgusts me to think about the people who indulge in the heinous crime. More disturbing is the thought of children who are made to go through it.

 

Child abuse

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The Only Way Out Is Through

The Only Way Out Is Through,’ written by Shirley J Davis, is a first-hand narrative of the trauma faced by the author who was subjected to abuse in her childhood. While she avoids mention of the explicit details, Shirley mostly uses the form of free flowing poetry to convey the deep scars that were inflicted on her as a child, and the psychological setback she suffered due to the inhuman ordeal.

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Sounds of Silence

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

The cat jumped out of the well

Read this sentence aloud and then read it again in your mind. What happens? A little voice plays in your mind.  Now try reading this without that little voice in your head. Just give it a go. Could you do it? Of course not! Because that’s how you were taught words; by pronouncing them; by memorizing the sounds first and then spelling them using those sounds.

Now, how do you think a deaf person would read this?

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Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – A Coca-Cola CSR Initiative

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

The importance of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in our lives cannot be stressed upon enough. We always try our level best to maintain sanitation and hygiene within our homes to provide our children with a healthy and clean environment. But, the lack of sanitation outside our homes affects us too.

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Voice of Nature- Dream of harmony between humans and nature

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Nature has always been a source of wonder and woe, prospect and peril, delight and danger.  ~ Voice of Nature

Do you remember the fables in which the  trees, animals and birds talk among themselves, and also mingle with humans as if they were living in a seamless world?

I am talking about the kind of world that is depicted in children’s magazines such as Champak, (widely popular in North India)  or the world that you see in the Disney movies or in Chronicles of Narnia.

What if you suddenly discover that you had the gift of understanding what the birds and animals are talking about? Won’t you be interested to peep into their world?

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Hydro~Jal Plus – Perfect Water for Perfect Health

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues.  Kevin R. Stone

Water

In the sweltering heat of summer when you feel unnecessarily tired, irritated and lack the motivation or enthusiasm to do anything, it helps to remind yourself, time and again, how important it is to drink sufficient amount of water.

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