Atop a flaming chinar
perches a nostalgic nightingale,
the placid waters of Dal
sketch many a sorrowful tale
of death, and despair,
and a war-ravaged vale

Her paradise is lost
though beauty still remains
in verdant meadows
besmirched with bloodstains

In the quiet of night
a mother weeps
for her son’s memory lives
in a photograph she keeps

This calamity ridden nation
is given no respite
at the end of the tunnel
not a flicker of light

 A comely princess
claimed by two princes
neither seek her consent
as the conflict evinces

Fate, here has foisted
many a ruinous bane
cant, deluge, quakes
and tyrannical reign

A gloom has
settled over life
Many maimed, killed
in a meaningless strife

Barbed wire, sand bags and
stolid soldiers are suffice
To say what has become
the once paradise

Social Networks Have Made Youngsters Bold

“I fear the day when technology will surpass human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots”

Doesn’t this half a century old claim made by the renowned scientist Albert Einstein seem veracious right now. Bespectacled, stooping, gangly teens peering over their gizmos; (sigh) a sorry sight. Boldness is the willingness to take risks and act confidently. It is generally acquired when one interacts with people and his surroundings. With the new generation refusing to engage in face-to-face interaction and preferring communication through text and images, diffidence has developed as a trait common to many. To discuss the topic “Social networks have made youngsters bold” I, Ahsan Firdaus will present a few examples against the motion.

Today, misinformation among the youth is pervasive. Statistics say that 49.1 % of the users have read false news on social media. That means about half of our young people have got the wrong info. Bold doesn’t always have virtuous connotations. We see that nowadays, boldness has become synonymous with brashness, irreverence for the elderly, and unreasonable aggression. Youngsters think it ‘cool’ to break laws, disobey their parents and use profane language. If this is the boldness taught by sites like Facebook & Instagram then the Lord help us. The most frightening thing about the social media is its addictive nature. Users spend a lot of time surfing these sites. This hinders their ability in developing real social skills and confidence. Also, it leads to unhealthy competition between friends on profile photographs and teens acquiring narcissistic tendencies.
Hate speech directed towards certain communities is becoming rampant as the days pass by and this is because Facebook permits hate groups to recruit and distribute propaganda online. The temerarious youth are easily drawn to such things and end up ruining their futures. In order to generate finance, some social networks sell our personal information to organizations who use it for nefarious purposes. So, essentially, a new form of crime has evolved as the internet is expanding i.e. Cyber crime whose perpetrators are often difficult to apprehend.

Along with the law-abiding civilians, there exists a large numbers of criminals on social networking sites who stalk people and commit identity theft, often engaging in blackmail. Youngsters who fall prey to them suffer from low-self esteem and instead of being bold, they develop qualities of timidity. Texting has reduced the amenities of conversation to mere words. It has significantly affected the quality of english used by teens in communication. I would say that although social networks come with great benefits, their cons weigh heavily over the pros. The youth of our country is capable of becoming bold and street-smart by conversing in a real world with real people, playing games physically and not on the gadgets.


Approaches sure and silent
Taking hold of the soul
for some its peace and for many violent
And it is ghastly

The body loses its vigor
its effect being immediate
being a sudden trigger
to the relinquishment of vitality

Men are born to die
Immortality is an unattained virtue
Life is a transitory period, sigh
the benefits of which we must pursue

It’s a strange thing, demise
a sort of an unwelcome guest
appearing as an unpleasant surprise
not understood by even the wise

People who live life in glory & fame
sometimes face its vengeance
which comes sudden & unexpected
while the half-dead continue their existence

Causing grief & pain
it picks out victims at random
all efforts at its prevention go in vain
it kills as it pleases

Death liberates
yet is undesirable
because it separates
from the world

It is felt but not seen
till those few moments
when mortal breathes his last breath
glimpsing at the pale face of death

Best Jokes Ever!

  • A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: ”Ugh, that’s the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen!” The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: ”The driver just insulted me!” The man says: ”You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I’ll hold your monkey for you.”
  • Two hunters are in the woods, when one of them suddenly collapses. He wasn’t breathing, and his eyes looked glazed. Thinking quickly, the other guy grabs his cell phone and calls for help. He shouts at the emergency operator, “I think my friend is dead! What do I do!?” “Calm down”, the operator says in a soothing voice, “I can help you. But first, we need to make sure he’s dead.”

The phone goes silent for a second, then the operator hears a gunshot; “Ok”, says the hunter, “now what?”

  • Two friends are playing golf one day at their local golf course. One of the guys is about to chip onto the green when he sees a long funeral procession on the road next to the course. He stops in mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes, and bows down in prayer. His friend says: “Wow, that is the most thoughtful and touching thing I have ever seen. You truly are a kind man.” The man then replies: “Yeah, well we were married for 35 years.”
  • This woman rushed to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out. She rattles off: “Doctor, take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face! What’s WRONG with me, Doctor!?”

The doctor looks her over for a couple of minutes, then calmly says: “Well, I can tell you that there ain’t nothing wrong with your eyesight….”

  • An elderly couple goes to Burger King, where they carefully split a burger and fries. A trucker takes pity on them and offers to buy the wife her own meal. “It’s all right,” says the husband. ”We share everything.” A few minutes later, the trucker notices that the wife hasn’t taken a bite. ”I really wouldn’t mind buying your wife her own meal,” he insists. ‘She’ll eat,” the husband assures him. ”We share everything.”

Unconvinced, the trucker implores the wife, ”Why aren’t you eating?”
The wife snaps, ”Because I’m waiting for the teeth!”

  • Indians ask their new chief whether the winter will be cold or mild. Since the young chief never learned the ways of his ancestors, he tells them to collect firewood, then he goes off and calls the National Weather Service.
    ”Will the winter be bad?” he asks.
    ”Looks like it,” is the answer.
    So the chief tells his people to gather more firewood. A week later, he calls again. ”Are you positive the winter will be very cold?”
    The chief tells his people to gather even more firewood, then calls the Weather Service again: ”Are you sure?”
    ”I’m telling you, it’s going to be the coldest winter on record.”
    ”How do you know?”
    ”Because the Indians are gathering firewood like crazy!”


The Diverse Human

Humans come in various kinds
some of us dark & some fair
but there is one thing that binds
humanity is what we share

Our traditions & tongues are not the same
we are of different nations and of different name
but we reside on the same planet
and are equal players of this vast game

Many of us poor and some wealthy
some sick and some healthy
these things just don’t matter
after all we’re baked of the same batter

Some of us live on the hills
and some are dwellers of the plains
Men may live anyplace
Air, water & soil are needs they face

No one in this world is perfect
everyone has virtues & faults select
for each stands his own fate
we are equal but separate!

Comfort Zone

I am afraid to venture
out where nothing’s my own
never up for adventure
because I love my comfort zone

In my little corner everything is familiar
My routine is my Bible, all the way same
but deep inside exists a subdued spirit
of ‘doing & achieving’ which vanishes as it came

I hear but don’t feel
the desire to step out and see
I think but don’t unleash
the human inside me

The world has had me fettered
to the daily routine
My emotions are imprisoned
I cannot live the scene

Life is enjoyed by a wise few
who realise its true value
living till the last breath
they are the true mortals, ’tis true

In the hustle bustle
in the times of peace & strife
Liberate your self
and live Life

Thoughts in Desolation

The light has left leaving me in dark
Noise & voices are heard but from far away
a few paces out, its bright & gay
but I rest to live in loneliness stark

An aura of peace overwhelms me
in this blindness, I begin to see
the world is just a play of truth & lies
the birth is what will be met with demise

The heart & mind are puppets of the soul
which is the master from within
all the noble deeds and the evil sin
will predict our defeat or win

Life is a tedious test
a journey of hurdles & hardships
the world is not the abode of rest
but where justice will not be at its best

Thinking & Thinking many questions arise
why the grass green, why the ant is of small size
some things defy human sense
and in their wake proving divine existence

This sheer desolation makes me wonder
what would life be when moon was cleft asunder
how did people in those times believe
when they had no one save God to relieve

We think therefore we exist
hence, we must lighten the thick mist
formed of disbelief & ignorance
this thought in out minds should persist

In these thoughts I come to realize
Life is not easy but a game of the wise

Job Reservations Are a Violation of the Right to Equality

Do reservations really empower the Socially & Educationally Backward classes? If we think about it, we can conclude that ‘India is the only nation in the world where people fight to be called backward’. Today 27% of government jobs are reserved for citizens belonging to the so-called lower sections of the society. Doesn’t it seem facetious that we try to supposedly assist a downtrodden community by decreeing a special status to them thereby creating a separate class which will eventually be resented by the general masses.

A very good morning to Mustafa sir and my colleagues; today I shall be presenting a dialogue for the notion that Reservations are a violation of the right to equality. Our constitution declares that every citizen is equal in the eyes of law and is subject to equal opportunities but this separate quota for the backward classes is in clear violation of this fundamental right. The atrocities committed against the Dalits are an abhorrent example of how superstitions and orthodox traditions overwhelm the minds of the populace but the government has implemented stringent measures to safeguard the rights of the SCs & STs, so we must accept them as normal people like any of us.
Is the government not being unfair when, by defying the basic principles on which our nation was founded it metes out a preferential treatment to the Dalits while being indifferent to the impact it will have on the general population.
The reservations leads to a situation where the more deserving candidates are denied employment opportunities and their hard work and toil goes to waste, they promote hatred and disunity among several sections of the society which can have disastrous consequences in the near future. In the preliminary stages, the job reservations were meant to aid the lower classes in becoming a resource for the nation but as politics played in, they were transformed into a policy which would garner sufficient votes for political parties. A Dalit himself, Dr. Ambedkar opposed Gandhiji’s policy of separating his community from the mainstream and calling them ‘Harijans’. He desired that the Dalits be given an equal but not a special status.

Moreover, majority of the public is unsupportive of the reservations, I must therefore say again, Reservations are a violation of the right to equality.