Wednesday, May 1, 2024



Fractured Mind


I just can't cross past that room

to get into my mine

without my head turning

to take a look inside

drawn by an invisible hand

rehashing memories

strewn like confetti

shining from nooks and corners...

   sarees on hangers

   arranged in the cupboard

   Gita on the bookshelf

   with its broken spine

   something perpetually

   lingering in the air

   smelling of life and love


I've never been able

to keep that door closed

as that would mean

shutting her out

from my thoughts

So, she lives on

every day, every moment

of my life on earth

©Snigdha Agrawal


Obituary Of The Witch


Born 1810 Died 1910

For a hundred years, she lived

Always with a smile on her lips

Experiencing pain of loss

seeing youngers pass

leaving her behind

to face the wrath

many who thought

of her as a witch

disguised in the garb of human

with evil designs

instrumental in bumping lives


She lies six feet deep

smile frozen on her lips

resting at peace

no more branded

'The Witch'.

©Snigdha Agrawal


Light In Darkness


At the end of an

exhausting day

Sun takes its last sip

before disappearing

below the horizon

to the sound of the conch shell

renting the air

bells ringing from cattle necks

returning to their sheds

hoofs kicking up dust

hanging like brown curtains

homes light evening lamps

offering prayers to the holy basil


‘Tis time to bid goodbye

to the light

and welcome night

with arms wide



Darkness too wears light

in her crown jewels overhead

mysterious in many ways

like a veiled woman

reticent, shy, waiting for

her lover to strike a match

igniting unspent passions


‘Tis time to rest and pray

Thank the Good Lord for

creating this universe


© Snigdha Agrawal




SNIGDHA AGRAWAL (nee Banerjee) is Bengali born, raised, and educated in a cosmopolitan environment, with exposure to the Eastern and Western cultures, imbibing the best of both worlds.  With more than two decades of experience working in the corporate sector, her outlook on life is balanced, which is reflected in her writings. A versatile writer, she writes all genres of poetry, prose, short stories, travelogues, and hotel/restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor, under the pen name ‘puchka’.  A published author of four books, the latest titled TRAIL MIX, is a book of short stories for all mindsets. The book is available on Amazon. She is regularly published in online journals and e-magazines. An intrepid traveller, her travel diaries can be accessed in her blog: randomramblings52.  She lives in Bangalore (Karnataka), India.



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