Author Archives: Masooma Sakriwala

Key To Your Soul

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA It’s been a long day; a tiring one The moment you enter your floor in the building You look at your door and you see hope. Hope waiting for you inside your home Hope sitting right behind the closed door on the couch Hope that would come running into your arms as soon […]

It’s My Feet, Damn It

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA My uncle always tells me that I have ‘very different’ feet. Not the beautiful, pretty and fragile kind of different, but the crooked, ugly and disfigured kind. He tells me that if I don’t do anything about this, people would start doubting my beauty after looking at my feet. And, every time he […]

The Lockdown Effect

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA I was sitting in my college canteen 2-3 months ago and my friend showed me news regarding ‘some virus’ called the ‘coronavirus’ that had spread in China. Call me self-centred, or just ignorant, I ended up disregarding most part of the news while my taste buds were busy enjoying the delicious Szechuan Hakka […]

They Came First

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA The book under review is an anthology of poems by Venkatesh Govindarajan, PhD, who identifies himself as a pragmatic environmentalist, more specifically an animal lover. The book celebrates Govindarajan’s humble nature — a man with a heart of gold, especially in this world of cut-throat competition where most of us focus on easy […]

Not Utopia, But Myopia

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA It is more than just a feeling. That xenophobia exists — in one form, or the other, in our country. It also reminds me of Dr Diepiriye Kuku’s first-hand experience about this hushed, gross misconduct. I was so ashamed after reading it that I felt a desperate need to express my own thoughts […]

Tell Me Why

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA You and I, Are born to die Then why the fear Why, why, oh why? A number of things are waiting to be cherished Clutch on to them, or they’d perish Come on, buck up. Pull up your socks Stop mourning, or you’d be mocked. You are the rainbow of someone’s skies You […]

You Begin You Win

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA Stop fearing defeats; it is not the end Take a few more risks; start from where you stand. So what if you did not win? Accept it. Take it on the chin Not everyone succeeds every time Some fall, while others climb. You gave it your all; that you know But this is […]

Sophie’s Wisdom

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA She is charismatic to the core. Her pleasant smile is just as mesmeric. She sported a warm namaste just as much her brightly shining eyes expressed her humanist quintessence to every student at Sophia College for Women, Mumbai. Mrs Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Canada’s First Lady and the charming wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sculpted […]

More Than Forty Winks

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA There’s so much fun, albeit it isn’t a healthy pastime, to sit on the couch with your favourite pack of potato chips, in one hand, and the TV remote, in the other. The sound of the movie playing loud on your home theatre is one thing, and its blaring into the ears of […]

There’s Beauty In Everything

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA “Oh, look at that rag-picker, he’s so ‘stinky’ and shabby.” “See that woman’s face, it’s scarred. She looks so terrible.” “That lady’s albinism gives me the chills.” “He’s so stupid I’m making fun of his looks and he doesn’t even understand.” “That boy’s dark circles are so deep; I can bury someone in them.” […]