A city of Dal Lake, houseboats,
And Mughal gardens.
Where I was born.
Where I schooled and grew up.
Where I walked, and ran, in joy, in terror.
Not your addiction to easy money,
Not your preoccupation with land prices,
Nor your mercurial will,
Nor your ecclesiastical sermons;
It is the mystic tranquility
In your gardens,
Under your chinars, near your lakes;
It is your Himalayan resilience;
That I admire most.
(17th July 2016)
These poems have been previously published in various literary journals, magazines, books and anthologies around the globe including the UK, the USA, India, Ireland and Canada.
List of Poems