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Chitte Da Maara : A Poem on Drug Abuse by Navaldeep & Nadeem

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Chitte Da Maara, Poem, Drug Abuse, Navaldeep Singh, Nadeem Raj

The United Nations marks 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness about the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

In Punjabi, Chitta literally translates to the colour, white. However, Chitta is also used to refer to synthetically produced drugs that include heroin and more specifically ecstasy, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide ) and methamphetamines.

‘Chitte Da Maara’ is a piece written and performed by Navaldeep and Nadeem, bringing a new bilingual English-Punjabi collaborative angle to poetry and talking about the drug problem that plagued Punjab.

The idea evolved with continuous performances and their feedbacks, keeping the same spirit, but going through a change in voice and language, incorporating a feeling of confused glee, frustrated anger and wistfulness and loss. The writing is more metaphorical and evocative, talking from the perspective of someone who is caught in the spiral of drug abuse, and his/her conscience reflecting on the waste and desolation caused by the habit.

Nadeem Raj is an unabashed romantic and gastro-poet, who tries to explore complex themes like love, displacement and cheesecake through his work, has participated in and won various poetry events.

Navaldeep Singh, a lover by default, a lunatic by chance and a poet by choice, grew to fame with his first poetry video Tiranga released by UnErase Poetry.

The duo, hope to spread the message of a society standing against drug abuse on this International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

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Aam Aadmi : A Poetic Composition by Aasif Sheikh & Niharika Mishra

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“Aam Aadmi” is a poem that ushers in a new aesthetics of lived experiences and valorises the spirit and zeal of a common man. As the poem evolves, the lyrics unfold the labours of mundane life that bear him down, his fortitude in the wake of tragic events like 26/11 attack, and how he decisively emerges out of the conundrum of his existential crisis.

The poet, Niharika Mishra, collaborates with Aasif Sheikh, a renowned Indian film stage and television actor to deliver a touching rendition of her poem. Their performance, particularly their articulation and intonation, enriches the poem.

The performers dwell on the trials of a common man as they voice the subtle barely noticeable passing moments of life like the grief experienced upon the news of farmers’ suicides or the martyrdom of soldiers battling along the border. Yet the willingness to stay optimistic and give back to the society, to the best of his capabilities, celebrates the magnificence and humanitarianism of the common man.

Let’s try to identify with the rhetorics of this poems that juxtaposes triumphs with tribulations, despair with hope and inspires us to look out for the silver lining in every dark cloud.



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The Lyrically Funny Pomedian : Arpan Khosla

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Arpan Khosla, Poet, Standup, Comedian, Funny

An off-centre world demands a rare breed of performers, driven by an unconventional impulse for everything and anything that the life has to offer. A representative of this new breed, Arpan Khosla, heartily designates himself to be a “Pomedian”, an upshot of the cross-over of a poet with a comedian.

He clearly knows how to be a good sport. Frolicsome to the core, he tosses off volleys of funny punch-lines at his audience who break into fits of laughter. His love for wordplay has been evident not only in his self-proclaimed role of a pomedian whose task is to seamlessly blend poetry into comedy, but has also prompted him to launch Rhymly , an all-inclusive content service Start-Up software that aims to manage the needs of the budding artists and the professionals by providing them a platform to look for Hindi rhymes coupled with its corresponding meanings and to discover other creative writers.

Arpan Khosla, Poet, Standup, Comedian, Funny

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Of late, Arpan, has gained a far-reaching popularity because of the comical poetry video:”Na Samajh” which has grossed over 1.2 lakh views. This video forms a lasting impression on the complexity of a father-son relationship. Based on his experience, he reworks the tension that brews in the bonding when the son decides to choose an offbeat path in the pursuit of his dreams. While the son’s passion persuades him to follow an uncharted path shadowed by instability and insecurity, the father in vain attempts to reason with him. Increasingly humorous as it unfolds, the dialogue between the son and the father has undertones of discomfort and uneasiness in an equal measure. Exploring the nuances of the father-son bond, this ‘poemedy’ is a poignant retelling of the bitterly sweet, or perhaps the sweetly bitter story of parenthood.

Click here to check out some of his work.


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Andekhi Aawaaz : A Blind Man’s Perspective by Himanshu Arora

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Himanshu Arora, Andekhi Aawaaz, Blind Man, Advocate, Perspective

Himanshu Arora is a practising Advocate at Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh and a faculty of Polity and Constitution of India for civil services aspirants. But, his knack for poetry makes him a poet by heart. He wishes to bring about a social change by the power of his words. He is well known for his stand-up comedy on “UPSC ki Taiyaari”. Some of his best works are on topics like Swachchta abhiyaan, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao etc. which can easily be found on his Youtube channel “AroraJi Official”.

With his thought provoking poetry about social issues, this Engineer-turned-Lawyer has appealed to the masses by talking about regular things in a special way. A Tabla maestro with a graduation in playing Tabla, he has been playing it since he was four years old.

His work titled ‘Andekhi Aawaaz’ is a guide to many for living a life, full of positivity and optimism. This inspirational and motivational poem, represents a Blind man’s perspective to encourage the world. It reflects the real essence of life and manifests the aspect about introspecting the hidden truth, the hidden agenda of life.

It reflects life the way it ought to be seen and emphasizes that irrespective of every problem in life, the beauty and blessing of it remains intact forever. One should always, in every circumstance, be filled with gratitude for the gift of life.

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‘Meri Maa Ki Beti’ : A Poetic Portrayal by Niharika Mishra

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It is said that God can’t be everywhere which is why he created a mother. Of the various types of love that one experiences in their life, almost nothing compares to that of a mother’s as it is unconditional, priceless and the biggest blessing of life. It can never be put in words, but can only be understood completely when one becomes a mother. There is something magical about motherhood that brings women closer to each other and makes us realize our mother’s love in its truest sense.

There are so many things that a mother does for her kids and family.From the very first pain of bringing her child into this world, to the innumerable sacrifices for her family, to being the first teacher of life and yet being the partner in all the mischiefs. “Meri Maa Ki Beti” brings to light these moments, in the most beautiful way possible. Through her poem, Niharika, takes us on a journey to our childhood, filled with beautiful memories of our mothers.

Niharika Mishra is a mother, a sleep-deprived impulsive writer who is often lost and found in a Bollywood style daydream. Check out her poem ‘Meri Maa Ki Beti’.



This Mother’s Day, let us roam in the lanes of memories, holding our mothers hands, yet again.

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‘Call Center Ke Call Boy Ki Kahani’ by Rakesh Tiwari

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Call Center Ke Call Boy Ki Kahani, Rakesh Tiwari, Tafreeh Peshkash, Poetry

Call-centre workers have it tough. Like retail staff, they are frontline cannon fodder. They have the task of dealing with people who are in the majority of cases lovely and reasonable but also sometimes disgruntled and short of patience. If one works for 40 hours a week, the last thing one wants to do is spend 20 minutes on the phone to a stranger discussing why their bill had gone up 30%. But they do it everyday.

Everyday they sit at their desks and answer to all our queries politely no matter what is happening in their personal lives. They have the ability to multitask and micromanage things at the same time.

Click here to watch the beautiful words by Rakesh Tiwari as he describes his life of working at a BPO through this beautiful poem.



Credits: Tafreeh Peshkash

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