Ode to the Curls

– Kriti Kushwaha There is something about summers. These strapless summer blouses. As I unpin my hair My curls fall Smooth and subtle. On naked shoulders And slipping arms. Gracefully they descend Like the autumn leaves With gleams of the Sun Healing my neck Silken and suave, They reach the spine. Gently kissing my forehead…

I Thought in the Rain

-Kriti Kushwaha (2011) Sitting at the front door, Thinking about my life, A little more. Tears in the eyes, Wondering why isn’t He, A little more wise? Deeper I went into my heart, All I saw was my Future falling apart, Eventually All went like a dream. And all ended With a louder scream. Obviously,…

That Dream

– Kriti Kushwaha (2011) The usual night I lie in bed “Talking that talk” Rihanna in my head In flashes came upon A bearded man As Albert Einstein He introduced himself Starting with his theories Dancing through his relativity Ended upon, E equals MC squared Curtain went down in layer Newton was the next Gazing…

Who Are We Deceiving

By: Kriti Kushwaha  (Originally published in SRIJAN, Annual Magazine of NIT Hamirpur) After spending almost two years here, I wonder what it actually feels like being a typical NITH girl. I always thought everyone is different. But after talking to someone, I realized every year it is the same here. Many of us have exactly…

With You

-Kriti Kushwaha Enough were your eyes, for me to fall. When I first saw you, unintentionally, I longed for another glimpse. My head said “No!” for you, But it was my heart’s call. I was filled with melancholy. But when I was with you, It was inadvertent, that I smiled. Never did I revere those…

Escape

-Kriti Kushwaha Step out of the boundaries, Backpack, sling bag on shoulders, Dreams in the eyes, Get-up-and-go! Escape the routine, Their time tables and datesheets. You’ve got itchy feet. Assignments can wait, Books can defer. The trek awaits for long, Put on those aviators, Grab a beer, Clutch-gear-and-go! I remember when Divya came back from…

Don’t Let Them Know

– Kriti Kushwaha What i do is sit quiet. “Silence, shut those sounds please! I am trying to study.” They know i ain’t. I know i ain’t. My eyes fixed in the pages All scribbled, all blurred Even pictures seem smudged All i see is clear water Rippling in my eyes, I struggle hard to…

One-Sided Love

-Kriti Kushwaha All around me I could only see you. All my nights went In the dreams of you. Bulk of feelings emerged in me First Love, I could say Delighted in excess, I became The Wild Wind blew me away. But my closer ones Cared for me very much, Saw in me, the changes…

When I Fall in Love

-Kriti Kushwaha When i fall in love With this rain, this air. This soothing breeze. Takes me to thoughts To worlds, to dreams. Ironical. Drops fall from thunder, Rage above in the sky; Appease the thunder down here. Just observe. Observe outside. A lot to resolve inside. And escape out there. I could think of…

I Sip It Slow

– Kriti Kushwaha One fine evening, I rest myself in your arms. Holding my hand in vain You stare across the window. I blush on my fate And curse the ruthless pane. Coffee you made, I sip it slow. Paying no heed to me, You’re somewhere else. I cuddle to bring you back. Defiance, you…

Alone In The Crowd

-Kriti Kushwaha I find myself sitting In middle of everything Noise and silence Surrounding me Confusing me Pellicle defining both Only I could sense. I find myself standing In middle of everyone Busy in their groups Shouting on me Burning in me Joy circling all Only they could feel. I find myself crying In middle…