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“Why be biased to complexions?” Aranya Johar Questions the Society

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Aranya Johar’s latest spoken-word performance, titled A Brown Girl’s Guide to Beauty, has taken the internet by a storm. The 18-year-old young and bold poet, has been a popular name in poetry circles for a while now after her poetic performance titled ‘A Brown Girl’s Guide to Gender’, had gone viral.

India is a nation that is obsessed with skin colour. In almost every Indian household, young girls and boys are taught to believe that fair or light skin is better. It’s a problem that has been discussed at large, and many men and women have spoken up about how this skin color bias affected them growing up.

Aranya Johar

Aranya Johar

In Aranya’s latest poem titled “A Brown Girl’s Guide to Beauty” she talks about how beauty brands and the people around humiliated her for being brown.

She emphasized on how young girls and boys have become conscious to their body image and colour primarily because magazines have images of glossy and flawless men and women on their covers.

She rounds up her poem by explaining that before we expect people to love us for who we are and how we look, we have to love ourselves.

Aranya Johar

Aranya Johar

The poem is important at a time when we’re teaching kids to embrace their identities and not be ashamed of themselves. Young parents could take a leaf out of her poem, so that they don’t end up body shaming their kids like our parents and scores of uncles and aunties did to us.

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Pitaji: A Father’s Day Dedication by Niharika Mishra

This Father’s Day Niharika Mishra, through her poetry ‘Pitaji’, brings to life the beautiful bittersweet relationship between a father and son

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The unique bittersweet bond between a father and a son is a universal sentiment. The eternal love between the two manifests itself in the form of sacrifices made by the father to give a nice life to his children, on one hand, and the consistent efforts of the son to make his father proud, on the other.

Niharika Mishra paints this beautiful relationship in her new poem ‘Pitaji’. In this father’s day special, she describes this unique bond, through an artistic play of words.

Wishing every father, a very happy father’s day.

Credits: YouTube (Niharika Mishra)
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‘Amar Kahaani’ by Niharika Mishra Ft. Swwapnil Joshi

“Amar Kahani”, highlights some of those real heroes, who gave the supreme sacrifice while defending our motherland.

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The story of patriotism did not culminate on 15th August 1947, but a new chapter of endless courage and determination of our brave soldiers began with our Independence. The poem “Amar Kahani”, highlights some of those real heroes, who gave the supreme sacrifice while defending our motherland.

Amar Kahaani by Niharika Mishra Ft. Swwapnil Joshi

Composed by Niharika Mishra and performed by her, along with Swwapnil Joshi, “Amar Kahani” tells the immortal story of sacrifice, heroism and outstanding service to the nation, of the twenty-one Param Vir Chakra awardees. Right from the partition of 1947 to the Kargil War of 1999 to the 70th Republic Day, we salute every brave soldier of India.

The Talented Indian Community pays homage to all the martyred soldiers and wishes you all a very happy Republic Day.

Jai Hind.

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

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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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