Sunil Sharma



Silent Pigeons


Mainak Bagchi’s photography

Hundreds of pigeons

Perched on the power cable,

High above the street,

A bit apart,

The feathered friends,

Buffeted by the high wind,

Part of a large group,

Yet uncommunicative.

Has the urban culture spread so far



 Fairy  Tales

On nights warm or cold

when a famished Raju

sleeps on the floor bare

of the corridor of a shopping plaza,

his bed, a discarded cardboard box stretched into

an improvised square sheet, and, a street dog

his ferocious body- guard and  a caring companion,

then, often, the vagabond dreams of a Ma and siblings lost

along with other people in a crowded market, in a bomb blast severe;

then, on mid-nights, the fairy godmother visits the inseparable duo of man-animal,

in her dazzling finery and snow-white wings and a winsome smile

carrying a diamond-studded trident and a flute magical in her dainty hands, singing soft lullabies to the child with tousled hair, cracked lips and wide eyes,

and makes it asleep on that dangerous territory prowled by wolves in suits

or tatters; hookers, pimps and drug pushers alike;

the fairy talks in a soothing voice to the little orphan deserted by a father

out-of-job, alcoholic and abusive;

The boy—a hapless survivor of the mean streets and the underbelly of the progressive Delhi, ruled by the Moguls new,

the vulnerable young citizen of a great Republic finds comfort

In the nightly presence of the kind fairy hovering above in a space glittering and nice, things wonderful and fair to a solitary child, in every age and culture,

Such lovely creatures and their music can be seen/heard by the distressed kids only

in a wicked-wicked adult world of cut-throats and killers alike.



Beauty supreme!

A dark insect hovers over

The white periwinkles

Growing on green shoots

And tender leaves

In a pot on the balcony

Of an empty fifth-floor flat

On a polluted street,

Colours soft and varied—

A visual hard to surpass

For the watering eyes

Hungry for a spot of green!


Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharma, a college principal, is also widely-sunilpublished bilingual Indian critic, poet, literary interviewer, editor, translator, essayist and fiction writer. His six short stories and the novel Minotaur were recently prescribed for the undergraduate classes under the Post-colonial Studies, Clayton University, Georgia, USA. He is a  recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural poet of the year award—2012.

He edits online journal Episteme