WORDSMITH

HOME COMING

-by Rushikesh Doifode

I worked on my relationships with others
Only to become aware of
My rotten relationship with my own self.

I explored the entire world
only to see that
there is so much unexplored within my
own self.

I tried to be all that I was guided to be
only to be informed that
I never chose to be my own self.

I worked hard to achieve what was
considered to be worthy
only to realise that
I never dared to act on my true dreams.

I longed for the things I thought
I would love
only to find that
I’m missing out loving the things I
already have

ORAL HYGIENE

-by Ayush Bhangadia

Tooth decay is bad for you
Some have many and some have few
You can eat your sweets and that’s ok
But just remember to brush your teeth everyday

Tooth decay is not for you and me
Brush your teeth and you will see
Tooth decay is just bad luck
Because you will spend all your money for other stuffs

If u leave the dirt in your teeth
Its your fault and you will wreak
Proper brushing is good to do
Don’t forget tooth decay is bad for you

CHILDHOOD

-by Apoorva V. Salve

Once I heard a sound in crowd,
He was a kid crying aloud.
He wanted a toy from the sale,
The flat one with short tail.
My childhood flashed back in mind,
Nowhere this heaven I could find.
Ifever you try searching in woods,
Nothing compares to the toys and goods.
Time of playing snakes and ladder,
when the small things made us sadder.
When hide and seek was the fun
Acting like policeman with the gun.
I want to live my childhood again,
Love,care and live like an insane.
To play with dolls and the toys new,
To bring back those moments few…!

POETRY

-by Fouzia Hasham

I stand by the edge of the ocean
where waves meet the sand
my feet and face now cold remain
trying to understand
how could’ve i fallen so hard
when i always watched my steps
he caught me off guard
and now i pay the debts
opposite poles attract they say
but i’ve never seen so much of me
in someone else as display
and now i’m halfway in the water
but my cheeks are still wet
from tears as salty as the ocean
And as painful as trying to forget..

POEM

-by Aditi Fadnavis

Five years back stepped into a new life where one faced oneself..
Some considered everything a race and chased after them all,
While others found it difficult to even tie their shoe lace.
Many here care for you,
But you care for a select few!

Lots of leisure , lots of pressure
In the midst of which , some search for treasure.

The greatest achievement then was the patient’s denture and to check it’s fit..
More sleep , less work , but still feeling tired every other minute.

Sudden decisions rare output
Even didn’t care for taking next
More dance, more wishes ,
Many PCTs and Vivas with no rest!
Full of tears and laughs that we shared
O my friend,
Suddenly, when I look back
The time says , “The end”

Passing by in the snap of you fingers
Leaving behind many memories that lingers.

Whatever it takes!

-by Pooja Nagre

So not only it took me to score less than MBBS aspirant
But also a ‘Tough choice’ to join Dentistry at my first attempt
& I wish to work hard towards making it count
Is it the choice that only it takes?
Nope, it takes living away from family in unknown city
Struggling to live on your own as a young small town girl been chasing dreams
It takes being absent for family functions, festivals, birthdays & it took away the chance
to see BABA for last time
Being treated as a guest in your own house
Two visits in a year & 12 hours long ride for the sake of attendance
Discontinuing from known to thrive in chaos called Campus
In professional college, constantly reminding myself of what I’m doing & why I’m doing
it?
Constructing and reconstructing ideas, plans for promising future
Stuck in group of friends & searching for a friend on that group
Holding on friendships which might be lost on the day after last paper
Trapped in a generation that believes, “forever comes with an expiry date”
It takes sharing your space with strangers in a place called Hostel
Gradually bonding over Cursing the mess & craving for ‘Home food’
Ever wondered what’s all this for & why?
Always remember there are people who are investing their time, energy & emotions in
you
So its your Responsibility & power to make it all worth!
All of this & lot more coming in way
Whatever it takes!

WRITE UP

-by Fouzia Hasham

Betrayal is too kind a word to describe a situation in which a father says he loves his daughter but claims he must teach her about the horrors of the world in order to make her a stronger person; a situation in which he watches or participates in rituals that make her feel like she is going to die. She experiences pain that is so intense that she cannot think; her head spins so fast she can’t remember who she is or how she got there.

All she knows is pain. All she feels is desperation. She tries to cry out for help, but soon learns that no one will listen. No matter how loud she cries, she can’t stop or change what is happening. No matter what she does, the pain will not stop. Her father orders her to be tortured and tells her it is for her own good. He tells her that she needs the discipline, or that she has asked for it by her misbehavior. Betrayal is too simple a word to describe the overwhelming pain, the overwhelming loneliness and isolation this child experiences.

As if the abuse during the rituals were not enough, this child experiences similar abuse at home on a daily basis. When she tries to talk about her pain, she is told that she must be crazy. “Nothing bad has happened to you;’ her family tells her Each day she begins to feel more and more like she doesn’t know what is real. She stops trusting her own feelings because no one else acknowledges them or hears her agony. Soon the pain becomes too great. She learns not to feel at all. This strong, lonely, desperate child learns to give up the senses that make all people feel alive. She begins to feel dead.
She wishes she were dead. For her there is no way out. She soon learns there is no hope.

As she grows older she gets stronger. She learns to do what she is told with the utmost compliance. She forgets everything she has ever wanted. The pain still lurks, but it’s easier to pretend it’s not there than to acknowledge the horrors she has buried in the deepest parts of her mind. Her relationships are overwhelmed by the power of her emotions. She reaches out for help, but never seems to find what she is looking for The pain gets worse. The loneliness sets in. When the feelings return, she is overcome with panic, pain, and desperation.

She is convinced she is going to die. Yet, when she looks around her she sees nothing that should make her feel so bad. Deep inside she knows something is very, very wrong, but she doesn’t remember anything. She thinks, “Maybe I am crazy.

GOODBYE WITH A PIE

-by Jagriti Kedia

That slice of pie on Thanksgiving, cake at birthday, the guilty bites of baklava during Ramadan, steamed cake on the Chinese New Year, or chocolate truffles to celebrate a promotion; dessert on any occasion for us, is like icing on the cake.

Cultures all over the globe share their significance of food in tradition, and more specifically and curiously, dessert. Family holidays or special occasions are, for some strange reason, never truly complete without some sugary delight to warm our hearts, no matter where we come from.

Sweets have been part of our courses in one form or another since ancient days. However, the term ‘dessert’ was coined in 16th century France, borrowing from from the word ‘desservir’ which means ‘to clear the table’. Perhaps the French knew how eager we would be to do precisely that? And perhaps it isn’t just psychological that you crave something sweet after a meal or on special occasions.

Sweets and sugar enhance the absorption of the amino acid tryptophan. While amino acids like tryptophan are associated with the building of protein, it goes an extra mile for your mind and helps boost serotonin levels, popularly known as the ‘happy chemical’, as it regulates your mood. All those chick flicks with people eating ice-cream had a valid excuse, perhaps?

After heavy meals, our blood sugar level stoops down just enough to cause us to crave sweets so we espace the distress by clearing up the table for dessert.

While spicy food helps your body secrete gastric acids which help digestion, sweets do the opposite. A portion of dessert after a red hot meal may act like the perfect stop signal for your body to settle down the acids.

Sugary edibles are high in fat content, meaning once you eat that brownie, it’s far more likely that your appetite will be satiated. If your parents warned you as a kid to not have those cookies so you could enjoy dinner later, it was true.

Now when you crave dessert even after a full meal, you might as well enjoy it without the accompanying guilt. Because who said you need a warrant for your cravings?

Grandma’s says: “Balanced meals are important, but I know you may be on a diet yet again, remember that sweets are still a part of the food pyramid. There’s always room for dessert. Just be careful to not overdo it, okay? It’s about moderation, after all.”