There are rapes and rape mentality In our culture deeply embedded And actively committed We see them but keep mum. There are persons Who sacrificed their sweat and blood For the nation's soul We know them and choose to ignore. Thee are movies With innocent characters That explore their worlds Yet lay open our insides We watch them and don't mention. We don't feed animals Compassion's missing Forming transient friendships With them we laugh and enjoy Then forget and leave as if nothing happened. We have failures and we have families That don't support Yet we pretend all is well We feel, we suffer, but can't be vulnerable.
But sometimes, a young mind With a valiant heart Speaks and writes On all of these and much more Reading him is comforting to me The last of hopes for a better tomorrow His and ours.
HAPPY birthday Gautam! Keep writing the way you do.
And guys if you haven't read this gem..do so now!! I got to read him first on his post on Chappak, the movie, and was spellbound. He has written about strained father son relationship, about rape culture, about Vallabhbhai Patel, shared many posts of late @/kehta_hai_joker, feeding dogs, Taare Zameen Par, much more and is a genuine person.