Barff: Burns More Than Fire Play Review

downloadI went to see this play with my mom, dad and my younger brother the day before yesterday at the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam. The play had an interesting theme: the relation between truth and belief. Is truth what we all experience together or do we all have our own different truths? Does truth lead to belief or it’s belief that constructs the truth? Does truth actually exist or is it just a manifestation of one’s belief? These are the questions that coils around the audience and pulls them into this gripping thriller.

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Poetry by Nalini Priyadarshni: Bread of Oblation

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Bread of Oblation

A man shall not live by bread alone

We nurture the highest in each other
without depleting granary of our offering
we pour ourselves out to make room
for the best is yet to come.

Whorls of my fingers explore your grains
as I mix oil of first pressing with eggs and milk
knead the sweet and salty moments together
to bridge the gaps between knowing of our hearts

Like a sunny kitchen in an autumn noon
my smiles surround you with warm loving
beads of sultry passion leaven our beings
we rise to become more than sum of our parts

Loaf of our intimacy seeks wholesomeness
in the rigors of fire circles we draw
not an obstacle but path of our choosing
to expand and grow into bread of oblation

Earthy loaf of our loving overruns
aromatics of the most seasoned wines
We nurture the highest…

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Roald Dahl at 100: A Reading List

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When I was in elementary school in the eighties, being read to in class was such a treat — and something I really miss. The weekly reading hour that I looked forward to the most was when my favorite librarian came to read a few chapters from a Roald Dahl story. (And over the years, she read them all.) I could hardly wait to hear the next prank Mrs. Twit would play on Mr. Twit in The Twits. Another favorite, The Witches, remains one of the stories from my childhood that really opened me up to the magic of reading. Dahl’s whimsical yet macabre and darkly comic stories piqued my imagination for the first time in those years, and — being a shy, quiet kid — showed me that anything was possible.

September 13 is Roald Dahl’s birthday, and 2016 marks 100 years since his birth. To celebrate, here are seven stories about…

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Interview with Indian Poet Parveen Sethi

Parveen Sethi is a bilingual poet and translator who writes in Hindi and English with equal ease. Her poems have appeared in several international anthologies and magazines
including Resonating Strings, 52: Loves, Resonance, Color of Refuge and Learning and Creativity.  She lives in Ludhiana with her husband and two college going children. When she is not reading or writing poetry she likes to listen to music and try new recipes.

 

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