Bodhgaya, India

Contributors: Kalpna Singh-Chitnis
Bodhgaya, India

« Bodygaya is a religious pilgrimage site for Buddhists. In 2002, Mahadodhi Temple become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. »

Here I want to share a secret of mine! When I write, I pretend to be in India.

As a writer, although I'm prepared to write anywhere, I prefer to write in a quiet corner of my home, away...


Silk Road, a series of trade routes, that connected the east and west stretching some 4000 miles like a multilayered necklace, had India like a pendant in the center, and Magadh as a precious stone set in it. What...


They are gypsies

bright, crisp and colorful,

like the blossoms in the desert.

The entire...


This time when I boarded the plane

to return to the US, I felt a peace with in,

a peace that had finally retuned to me

after twenty years.

This time, I...


In my dreams,
I often trespass my ancestral lands,

looking for the centuries
hidden in the hills,

finding the history
lost in the sands,

searching for an oracle
safe in the...


Excerpts from Bare Soul, a collection of poetry



You gave me nothing;

I had nothing to take care of,

nothing to worry about;

you set me free from...


He made a circle

we children sat around

the basket flipped open

and the earth got the goose-bumps.

The serpent vengefully raises its hood

and dashes...


These poems depict the life of displaced people (victims of border terrorism), living in a refugee camp in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. They are taken from the poetry collection “Tafteesh Jari Hai” (The...