Farrukh Dhondy


Farrukh Dhondy

The loony party

“The impulse to fear Becomes courage
The will to survive Blossoms into love.
Emotions are But pickled instincts
The Eagle but An evolved dove.”
From The Strikes of the Papadwala by Bachchoo

Legalising Kali weed

“If your son or your daughter
Becomes an inveterate snorter
Don’t ask them ‘why?’—
You didn’t apply
The disciplines mums and dads oughter”
From Ain-e-Firang
by Bachchoo

Skeletons of history

“Never resolve to never resolve
Though resolutions are not solutions
The earth, the planets all revolve
Stillness, death and
From Navin Nagina by Bachchoo

The Office Manual of Sex and Power

“Behold the specks of dust
Dancing in the shaft of light
So do the stars rotate
In the emptiness of night...”
From Meaningless Rhymes
(Tr. from Boogkrit by Bachchoo)

Slut as in slattern

Slut as in slattern
“Isn’t it strange?
Isn’t it rich?
That Panini
The Grammarian of Sanskrit
Is now an Italian sandwich?”

From Hai Doonya!

What unites India?

“Though Shakespeare did not invent the form
He wrote a lot of sonnets to a guy
Encapsulating both the calm and storm
Of love. And though I can in no way try

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Madhu Kishwar, as the editor of Manushi, set the feminism agenda for many Indian women decades ago. Madhu Kishwar as chief media admirer of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi is another story completely. The first Kishwar has been declared missing, never to be found.