I am a poet and this is my story

By Anshuman Dash

I am a poet and this is my story

An essence of existence;
a silent observer of the night
A shadow that flickers in the dark,
fleetingly imitating life
Ephemeral in presence,
I write my story tonight,
before fading away, silently,
Into a world filled with light

I am a poet and this is my story

I am you, I am them,
and still, I am I
A memory, a thought;
Subconscious of form,
As dreamt by  your mind
I am right,I am wrong;
a dreamer, a lover;
melancholy and forlorn;
damaged and torn
I am hope;  a believer
I am this, I am that;
An ideal, an idol
a reflection of perception,
a by-product of creation
I am invisible.

I am a poet and this is my story

Words are my enemy,
they are my friend,
my strength, my weakness
they help me comprehend
They are my feelings,
they are my thoughts
insignificant, inconsequential
They are all I’ve got
They break me , they make me,
bring it together, bring it all down
They are my voice, my silence,
my strength, when no one’s around

I am a poet and this is my story

I write for sorrow, I write for pain
I write to express, I write to paint,
I write to listen, I write to explain
I write to live with no refrain
I write for you ,I write for me,
I write for the rocks, I write for the trees
I write for the sky, I write for the breeze
I write for this world,
because I want to be free.

I am a poet and this is my story

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The Toilet Seat

O Dear, Toilet Seat!

-Anshuman Dash

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O dear, toilet seat!

The horrors you must have seen

Day in and day out

You’ve braved the foulest things

Yet your value no one understands

For they don’t see what you have

The big, the bad and the ugly

You’ve taken them all

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In sickness and in health

Desert dry or soaking sweat

With open arms, no complaints

You’ve embraced them all

You’ve been used, and abused

For days and days

You’ve been screwed

Yet you’re there, pretending to care

O dear, toilet seat!

You’re the hero this world needs

But doesn’t really deserve you see?

I mean, who the hell is Christian Bale?

When you’re the Dark Knight for me

You’ve carried our asses like Atlas

Yet never put up a fight

And what do you get in return, my friend?

Loud farts and semi-digested shit from last night?

I fear,

O Dear!

I really really do

That some day, we’ll al wake up

And you’ll just be through

We’ve all been given choices

Choices we’re too short-sighted to see

Unlike the poor old toilet seat

Who’s never had a chance to be happy

So you see my dear friends

If You think you’ve got problems

Try taking shit every day

And then we’ll see what you say

So the next time you’re feeling low

Or you have had too much to eat

Remember my friend the Toilet seat

Sitting there silently

Who never had his say..

We create Change makers

This is about one of our Volunteer Vishan and things written about him by the prestigious Gandhi Fellowship Facebook Page.

We are proud of our Volunteers. No matter where they go and where they work, they leave footprints for many to follow.

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Fellow: Vishan Pattnaik
Department: Engineering Physics
COLLEGE: IIT, Delhi
Current Fellowship Location: Churu

Why Vishan joined Fellowship: I was working in a company called ‘Capital One’ in Bangalore before the Fellowship. While the money was good, and the team I worked with was very good, I always felt a little cut off from society. I felt like I wasn’t doing anything for the good of the country. Also, I was never sure of what to do. The Gandhi Fellowship website said “Calling all those who are confused”. This caught my eye, and thus I applied and joined the Fellowship program.
Vishan explains why s/he joined Fellowship :The past one and a half years in the Fellowship have been incredible. From the first day of our induction, till today, each day has had new experiences. I have found so many new and amazing things here. Frisbee – which started out as just a simple sport, has become something I am really passionate about. My team is not just my work group; it is my support group, my peer group, and my friends group. My Program Leader has become someone I look up to and whose judgment I trust. Almost unexpectedly, the kids of my school have had a huge impact on me. Playing with these kids has helped me rediscover my innocence. Their unconditional love, patience and playfulness show me how simple life can be. Each day here feels different; each day is full of new challenges. These challenges don’t tire me, rather they motivate and energize me.

Vishan’s message to his JUNIORs : I joined the Fellowship even though I had a very safe life. It felt like a risk then, and I have not regretted it at all. If you are not happy with a ‘normal’ life, if you want to contribute to society but now sure where to start, or if you’re just looking for a fresh challenge; the Gandhi Fellowship is for you. Learn how to look at yourself, and understand the science of change. I can promise you it will be a life-changing experience.

Keep watching this space for more Fellow Stories. #changeonemillionlives

Courtesy:Gandhi Fellowship 

Santa Turns Green

IMG_4052 (Copy)  This Christmas, the Red and White Santa turned green as he joined hands with Dedi Loku (Tree Man in the Kui language), the green superhero to give tree gifts to people. Instead of the sledge pulled by reindeer, the Santa had a bullock cart which carried the saplings as well.

IMG_4155 (Copy)The Bullock Cart with Santa Claus and Dedi Loku moved from the Bakul Library in Satyanagar behind the Catholic Church to Janpath to shouts of “Gacha Neba Gacha, Santa Deuchi Gacha” by about 30 young college students, all volunteers of Bakul Foundation. The volunteers mobilized and motivated the curious onlookers to plant trees and take the saplings from them. About 300 medicinal plants and trees such as Bakul, Kanchan, Jamun and Amla.

IMG_4212 (Copy)This Tree for Free is an initiative under the My Tree Campaign of Bakul, which aims to create an emotional connect between individuals and trees by promoting individual ownership of trees. The main objective of the My Tree Campaign is to promote gifting and plantation of trees as a cultural practice where it becomes a part of the everyday lives of people.

The campaign, which started in 2009, has many components through which the idea of gifting trees is promoted. There is a campaign on social media in which hundreds of people have profile pictures with trees. Environmental Film Festivals and workshops have been organized in schools, colleges and apartments  to create awareness, and most importantly, to suggest how individually, each one of us can contribute to address the problem of climate change.IMG_4151 (Copy)

Tree for Free is an attempt to break the inertia that people have in planting trees. It comes from a realization that many want to plant trees but they keep procrastinating. Hence, this makes it easier by taking the saplings to the people. Many people in the city have not known the joy of planting a tree and seeing it grow. This initiative facilitates that and over 8500 saplings have been distributed so far to individuals, who have planted them. Many people have come back asking for more saplings after the excitement of seeing their tree grow.

IMG_4144 (Copy)The My Tree Campaign has received international recognition now, as it is being featured in an Exhibition from November 2014 to June 2015 in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, widely considered the Mecca for contemporary art and architecture. The curators of the exhibition interestingly identified the campaign as one of the very creative and impactful endeavours to address environmental challenges in urban areas in the world.

Photographs: Debi & Soumyajeet