Farrukh Dhondy

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Farrukh Dhondy

Snakes and ladders

“‘Sesame’ wasn’t the cave’s name
It was a word in the unknowable
Language of rocks.
Pronounced it opened a fabulous horde
Unlike the jar
Called Pandora’s ‘Box’
Which once opened

Poppy politics

“He who has the ultimate laugh
Will without a doubt
Laugh alone with moistened eyes
And nothing to laugh about!”
From
Kem Dikra Kem Chhe by Bachchoo

In conversation with the dead

“What would Omar have said?
‘Drink heartily before you’re dead’
What does Bachchoo say?
‘The effect doesn’t even last a day’.
How would Khayyam reply?
‘Read ‘love’ for ‘wine ’ then die’

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

I am happy that we have more tigers today than yesterday. But I am not happy that, as a nation, we are bent on counting tigers and alternately moaning or gloating over it.

The fuss that the TV channels have been making about a debate between the Delhi’s potential chief ministerial candidates like the US presidential candidates do has been baffling because the focus has