I want to tell you I miss you, but I can’t because I never appreciated the truth when you said you wanted to leave me. How can I expect you to appreciate the truth about me missing you?

I want to tell you I miss you, but I can’t, because the words, “I miss you,” sound too flamboyant.

I want to tell you I miss you, but I have this sinking feeling in my stomach every time I say it out loud. It’s like my body doesn’t want me to accept it, even when I’m alone.

I want to tell you I miss you, but I can’t, because I don’t want you to be obliged to say you miss me too. I don’t want you to be untrue.

I want to tell you I miss you, but I can’t, because missing you is like a child stealing candy. The pleasure lies in the secrecy.

I want to tell you I miss you, but I can’t, because I’m scared; you might stop giving me reasons to miss you.

You taught me a lot.
Unlike most teachers,
You taught me with
your absence.

I learnt that growing
into another person
is beautiful.
But untangling yourself
is refreshing.

Hearts don’t break,
They weaken, wrap up
in tight bandages.
They keep beating,
Till you slip out of love.

You taught me a lot.
Unlike most teachers,
You taught me with
your absence.

Carefully woven words. Beautifully crafted music.

I want to be the essence of the song you write for me. I want to be the melody of the song you play for me. I want to be the giggles seeping in while you sing the song for me over the phone. I want to be the colour of your cheeks when I clumsily clap for you. I want to be our forbidden poems; I want to be our secret feelings. I want to be everything you cherish.

Monotonous dance rehearsals. Intolerable emotional swirls.

I want to be the alluring choreography you try to perfect. I want to be that break of our sync that captures your attention. I want to be our dying rhythm you religiously crave to repair. I want to be those moments you elongate when our hands touch. I want to be our lost grace; I want to be our unyielding attempts. I want to be the company you want back.

Fading out colours. Heart-breaking canvas.

I want to be one of your shade strokes that aren’t forced. I want to be the paint that remains when the others dry out of inutility. I want to be the guiding muse that you decide to keep secret. I want to be the designs we etch on paper. I want to be our sketched mistakes; I want to be our illustrated guilt. I want to be the start to the end of our portrait.

1. Take off your glasses first.
2. Make sure the pillows are the fluffy ones.
3. If you have long hair, tie it up.
4. Don’t blog while pillow fighting.
5. Don’t ever say, “It didn’t hurt me. Try again. Heehee.”
6. Be right back. Refer to rule four till then.

Pillow Fighting.


If the distance between us was a garden,
Would you pluck the flowers to get to me?
Destroy hundreds of others with sympathy,
Give them death while they give you life.

If the distance between us was a piece of cloth,
Would you tear it apart to get to me?
Ruin exactly what wiped your tears unconditionally,
So you could have company while they lose theirs.

If the distance between us was a person,
Would you push him down to get to me?
Decide who loves me more, who deserves me more,
Make me your everything and take away his.

Would you?

Long Distance Relationships.

Aashay Vengurlekar does the photography and I do the captioning.


I like to call myself a nerd. Someone who is interested in what she’s studying, always pays attention in class, takes down notes during lectures, religiously completes her homework, submits assignments and projects on time, does well on her tests and all in all, considers school important. However, being a 16 year old, I’m expected to do the complete opposite of all that. That is, only if I want to be considered cool.

I’ve been blessed with friends who are nerds themselves, who are perhaps smarter and more intellectual than me. But what about all those people who aren’t nerds? All those kids in school who are always “borderline failing” and think that it is cool to do so? All those kids who think that they are on the top of the social hierarchy by bunking school every chance they get? They never understand us, nerds.

A few months back, I reached the last straw in a series of incidents where people part of this “cool kid gang” acted like vultures. I would generally not have an issue with helping out people who may not be doing well in certain subjects, but when “helping” becomes more like, “doing all the work and letting others eat the fruits of my labor”,  it’s time to draw the line. It took me a while to come to that realization.

When you have someone crying on the phone, begging you to give them your perfectly organized notes, a day before an important exam, you don’t think twice. You don’t wonder why they didn’t pay attention when the chapter in question was taught in class, or why they didn’t make notes of their own. They talk in such convincing tones, which manipulate you to do as they say – or else, they’ll fail the exam. You are too polite to refuse. Your empathy gets the better of you. You give them your effort of two weeks, those few hand-written pages of your hard work.  After all, it made the cute boy who never notices you, flirt with you.

Did you realize that you were just emotionally blackmailed? No.

You were used to make someone else’s work easier. You helped out someone who would never understand what it’s like, being in your shoes – someone who would find another girl to flirt with, if you refused.

Now, I’ve learnt to judge people better – understand who is by my side because they really care, and who is here just to prey. I haven’t stopped believing in helping out the not-so-nerdy-people, but I’ve also realized the importance of letting them be, at times. We all need to be a little more self-dependent.

The following is a poem co-written by Abhinav Srivastava and yours truly. Abhinav can be reached here and here.

We fight the million milestones between us,
We fight the lengths of time and land.
We fight our hearts being in different cities,
We fight the people who call our love bland.

We fight the dead-end, dark possibilities,
We fight the calls missed in time-lapse.
We fight the typical taking for granted,
We fight the time zones on these maps.

We fight the screen that we see each other on,
We fight the lack of embraces and kisses.
We fight the friction and that heavy tension,
We fight opinions of what our love misses.

We fight because we aren’t defined by distance,
We fight for this love that won’t happen so often.
We fight because we know we aren’t ideal,
But we’re real and our love won’t be forgotten.

We fight the shadows of trees at night,
We fight the dark shades of the moon,
We fight the light at the start of the tunnel,
Wherein you find me but I’m lost searching for you.

This poem was written as part of a writing exercise/prompt with the topic, “Odd Love”. Please refer to the picture while reading the poem. Thank you!

This picture was clicked in a zoo in Thailand.

This picture was clicked in a zoo in Thailand.

I try to hold her fingers when she wriggles them away,
I try to touch her arm as people pay,
She yells out in fright when I show my teeth,
A camera flashes as she shudders beneath.

I wonder if I forgot to use my tooth brush today morn,
But I’m too tired to think, I’m lovelorn,
Curious if she is scared of my thinning red hair,
Sweetheart, hair fall is not fatal, it just needs care.

I am but a lover open in the zoo and caged in her dreams,
I am like my trainers’ cap, bursting at the seams,
I am enjoying posing for a photograph with this young lady,
If she would just stop running and hold steady.


Posted: April 3, 2014 in Love.

I need you the way a rainbow needs colours.
I need you the way a bookshelf needs books.
I need you the way compulsions need obsessions.
I need you the way tears need emotions.

You need me the way humans need an identity.