Beyond The Veil

You ever wonder how astonishing it is that in between so many people present,

From nowhere comes the person,

Like a star after a dark cloud and thunders of nights,

Giving you one single reason to stay and make those thousand unreasonable assumptions…

You are smiling at 2PM on a busy Monday afternoon staring  at your computer screen with deadlines pending, just thinking about how their nose crinkle when they laugh.

I wonder how easily they leave again,

Leave us to cry weep and scream.

They do ever wonder, about the parts and piece of my deserted souls they borrowed.

They owe me a lot more than they believe.


I wonder where all those people went, whom I spent my childhood with,

My mum said they are not here, they are unreal.

Some say it’s my loneliness speaking, some my fiction writer inside,

But I still see them right next to me.

Staring, crying and laughing as I tip tap the keyboard

Are they just imaginary or they are scared of you?


From all the pain present in this world

You ever wonder how so many particles comes together to make an atom.

Which are present in our skin right now.

Playing hide and seek like the noisy kids on the road.

Moving across, flying and leaping.

Calling the same flesh home, which you puncture with needles, cut and throw around like confetti.


Or you ever wonder that if we start counting each heartbreak and pain of every life present in this moment

Won’t this planet explode searching for closure to handle them?


Why we never wonder that when we are fast asleep

What If our souls get out of this body,

This body where they are comfortably sync

And just to go around and wander to find darkness and mysteries.

 What if they meet with other souls to grieve in the caskets,

Or they go in the parallel universe to feel the same moments again on repeat.

And what if they are about to unite with the love of your life,

But you open your eyes at the same moment.


We wonder that what will happen if we die

But don’t we ever think

Why did we become this.

After so many deaths,

Is this our destiny?

Or are we trapped?


Why don’t we wonder that between money, fame and race,

There are people who decease every midnight

So how many coffins do they even hold inside the fragile soul?

They are living with graveyards growing in them.

Isn’t that scary?


We wonder about enhancing beauty

Being fair, being bright.

Being the next Instagram perfect profile.

But why don’t we wonder of this girl, who every time picked that dead flower between the fresh dandelions,

Why she kept all those dead dry petals in her basket?

Did she want to make them alive with some black magic?

Or she just wanted to save food for bees

She was a witch, or kindness is so rare to believe ?


Why don’t we wonder about the dreams we forget,

Is this just our mind?

Or the universe kept some secrets inside our head,

We wonder about everything don’t we?


But we never wonder why we wonder, at the first place.


By Riya Sharma (Fiction)


I scream unheard
I give signals unseen
I am here unaware.

The Tweets of the cuckoo’s indistinct song,

Hushed Vibrations are sung.
Nature’s peace in which all senses collapse
Become a show with words muffled.

I passed the test but didn’t,
I ran the race but walked,
I cried but remained queit ,
I was quoted.

Maybe they walk beside us
Those we lost in time
But unseen and unheard
We feel their aura
We think absurd
Actions speak louder than words.

By Ansh Sethi (Poetry)

The Most Commonly Misunderstood Law: The Law of Attraction

The Law says “You create almost everything that happens to you. If you think you can do it, you most definitely, can! Your energy will attract energies that are alike.”

Thoughts + Emotions = Attraction

Think. Why is it the Law of Attraction the most popular law?

Because it says YOU CAN GET WHATEVER YOU WANT. But hold your horses! It is not as simple as that. This law is also the most MISUNDERSTOOD law! I don’t want to discourage you; I want to help you manifest what you want FASTER.

So, on YouTube, you will find several videos which go like ‘Manifest your dreams’, ‘Manifest a certain person in your life’, ‘Manifest Prosperity’ etc. Also, here is a shout out to The Secret for popularizing The Law of Attraction. Both will make you believe that visualizing something or wishing for it does the whole job. Clearly, you are allowed to laugh at it. 

You know you can’t just think and not work, and expect everything to happen. You got to perform the action. So, you prevent yourself from being misled and you use the law to understand that JUST working without believing in it on the mental level, bears no fruit. The Law is about ‘being conscious of aligning our thoughts with the results we desire.’

‘When we ask and have the faith to know it is possible, we are then ready to receive it.’

Read it and reread it!

And, since, humans today don’t believe in energy guiding them, let’s turn to little references from psychology and science!

Psychologically speaking, here is an example to the Law. People do push away people who love them; because they never thought they could be loved that way. It causes unease to them, on the mental level to have happening what they didn’t expect and can’t accept… Similarly, you are sure to fail if you think you can’t pass it. You ACCEPT defeat by restricting your thinking! Because,

  1. You won’t put in effort into an ‘already lost fight’, which in fact you have created only on your mental level.
  2. You won’t try enough because you are self-doubting, because ‘you can’t win anyway’.

Turning to Science, it clearly says your body reacts to your thoughts. Your body is that naive kid who believes everything he is told! Your thoughts are what you say to your body. And your body reacts believing it is true!

As simple as this: Think about your favorite food, your salivary glands begin to excrete saliva, in your mouth. Your body thinks it’s true, believes it’s true, that your favorite dish is right in front of you. So, it helps you accept the dish and eat it. On the other hand, imagine yourself thinking about failure and loss! Your body believes it is true and reacts to it and accepts it even before it has happened! IT STARTS TO WEAKEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. You system starts to deteriorate because it thinks the tragedy has already happened! So, it, in turn, attracts tragedy and isn’t competent or powerful enough to go out there and to perform anymore, to get the actual reward. Stop doing this to your body, to yourself!

Use your body and your mind to attract what you always wanted! Working on the physical level isn’t enough, it’s the mental strength gives you the physical strength!

You need to ‘feel like it’, to attract it. But then again, you can feel like it, when you do it. Let your feelings guide you into whether your frequency is in alignment with; what you want or do not want.

But if you feel bad, or do not feel good, don’t FORCE yourself to feel good. Relax, breathe, think and analyze why you feel what you feel. Go to the core of it. And once you have it in your hand, believe you me; you’ll know how to feel good.

Tips to make Law of Attraction work:

Write down a journal entry as if you have already achieved what you wanted. Make sure it is a detailed description. You may as well add HOW you got there. But even if you don’t know HOW don’t fret. It is not that important as of now.

Sit down and close your eyes. Figure out the tensions in your body. Visualize a rose and take it to the areas where the tensions can be felt. Give out all the negative energy to the rose; you may as well let it rot.  Throw the rose away and now you’ll feel lighter. Fill in the empty spaces with bright and positive light which you may as well get from the ‘above’ if you visualize.  (An adaptation from Mind Valley’s Jeffrey Allen)

Take a sheet of paper and fold it into a half. Use one of the halves to write what you feel motivated to do today. On the other side, write what you want the universe to take care of, for you.

Remember you have the power to create whatever you want using your thoughts, intentions, and minds! So think big and keep manifesting!

By Khyati Sanger (Non-fiction)

Imperfections Make Us Human

Imperfections are the tiny little faults which stop something from being perfect, which stop someone from being perfect. In short, imperfections are what make us human.

A truly perfect human being does not exist on this earth, for what could be worse for humanity than being absolutely perfect? It is the little faults in someone’s character, the mistakes that a human can make, that allows us to love someone.

Perfection is an unattainable and impossibly high ideal, but then it is not for humans to achieve, only for us to work towards. It is the quest to be perfect, to become better and better with time, that has prompted human beings to grow and survive throughout time.

The journey to the end is what matters, not the end itself. Life is just that, a journey for us to try to become our best possible versions, by changing and evolving our notions of being perfect. We keep trying to become better people, because we realise that things can always get better, that perfection, along with being an ideal, is a constantly changing and evolving truth that is different for everyone, as it should be.

We humans were never meant to be perfect, that was left to the organisms with simpler minds than the complex, ever-changing nature of the human mind. After all, to us, in the end, it is the little imperfections that matter, the little faults which make us feel for others, have empathy and understanding for them, for at the moment when you realize you truly understand someone; you also realize that you love them as they love themselves. For that is the gift of having faults in us, that we can understand each other, love each other and above all, try to become better human beings every single day of our lives.

Imperfections are an important part of us, because without them, what would be the point of ever doing something new?

Without them, why would we want to live? As Tibor Kalman once said –

“We live in a society and a culture and an economic model that tries to make everything look right. Look at computers. Why are they all putty-colored or off-fucking-white? You make something off-white or beige because you are afraid to use any other color – because you don’t want to offend anybody. But by definition, when you make something no one hates, no one loves it. So I am interested in imperfections, quirkiness, insanity, unpredictability. That’s what we really pay attention to anyway. We don’t talk about planes flying; we talk about them crashing.”


By Apurva Lodha (Head Editor, Non-fiction)


(By Khyati Gupta, Fiction Editor)

“Wedding day. I can’t wait to see her. I can’t believe this is really happening. I can’t believe I’ve finally got her. I can’t believe we survived everything. Eight years back, I had no idea this random girl with the curliest hair ever would end up meaning the world to me. I had no idea this irritating pain in the ass would become my everything. I still remember our first meeting. She was the new girl in school and she was trying to make new friends. Man, I teased her so much. I think she started crying, although she still doesn’t talk to me about it. I was so mean to her and I felt so guilty afterwards. I remember how my friends had to literally force me to apologise to her. I guess I thought that apologising would make me seem small in her eyes. Meh. I’m actually glad that I apologised. Because that’s when we became the closest friends. And I started noticing the little things about her. Like how she tucked her hair behind her ears at least five times an hour. How she hated her hair for being curly. How she loved hugs and all those small little gestures of love. How her nose twitched every time she tried to lie. How she hated people with curves because she was so skinny. How she was willing to sacrifice everything for the people she loved. What she didn’t realise was that she was the most beautiful skinny person I’d ever seen. She didn’t realize that I hated straight hair. She didn’t realise that seeing her hair frame her face the way they did, was the most beautiful sight a person could see. She was the most kind-hearted person I’d ever met and I guess all these qualities of hers are the reason I fell for her. I don’t even know how or when it happened. I just remember waking up one day and wishing she was next to me. I remember the warm and fuzzy feelings I started feeling whenever her name flashed on my mobile screen. I still don’t know what I’ve done to deserve her. We’ve been through so much together. We’ve had so many fights. There have been times when we haven’t talked to each other for months on end. I don’t know about her but man, those months were torturous for me. I missed her so much. Those fights made me realise that I can’t survive a day without talking to her. They made me realise that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this annoying piece of shit. My annoying piece of shit. Words are not enough to describe how much I love her. How grateful I am to god that I have her. And that’s surprising because up until I met her, I used to be an atheist.
I’m marrying her today. She’s going to walk down the aisle, looking flawless. As always. I’m gonna take her hands and say my vows. I’m gonna tell her I love her. I’m gonna tell her I’ll be with her through thick and thin. I’m gonna tell her that I’m the luckiest man on earth. And then, I’m gonna kiss her. And she’ll be mine.”
I closed my journal. I felt a little embarrassed because I’d never really read my journal out to anybody but her mother before. But she’d found it and forced me to read it to her. She was so similar to her mother that way. Stubborn and tenacious. She was also as beautiful as her mother.
“How was it?” I asked my daughter.
“Daddy, it’s beautiful. But can I ask you something?”, she said.
“Yes darling, of course.”
“If you loved mommy so much, why’d you let god take her?”
The type of questions my seven year old daughter asked me. God.
I pulled her onto my lap and said,” Honey, your mother was an angel. And God needed her more than we did. Your mommy was very sick and because god loved her so much, he couldn’t see her suffer. So, he decided to end her pain and took her to heaven.”
“Is mommy happy there?”
“Yes darling, she is. Your mommy is very happy.”
“How do you know, daddy?”
“I just know, honey. I just do.”


(also posted on thegreentiara)

Ray of Thoughts

By Divya Jain, Photography Editor, Paprikashta

Have you ever witnessed a natural hue of colours in an instance? I did and was completely taken off by surprise.

When the first few rays of sunrise shower upon the lighthouse, I was there….

“In that point with each passing moment I sensed that every sunrise is nature’s invitation to brighten one’s day, to give one a direction and take oneself on a beautiful journey of self discovery”


(also posted on picturesquedj)


By Rohan Sahni, Poetry Editor, Paprikashta


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I am what they call a wayward soul,
And there is no one land I can call home.
I find peace in unknown tongues,
And so I roam, so I roam.

I feel at ease before foreign winds,
And sands of other places.
And strangely I feel familiar,
Before unfamiliar faces.

A wanderer, a loner,
They think I’ve lost my way.
These rooted trees wouldn’t understand,
There’s no one place I want to stay.