Caste discrimination in India

India (1950): ‘The Wages of untouchables are wrapped in a leaf and dropped from a safe distance into their hands’VYZ9GbL

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AFTER CHINESE POETS

Wandering
Aimlessly
Alone

Melancholy
of the penniless
lover-
endless and
unexpressed-
burning
in isolation
will consume him
someday.

And
how sad
to think
that the ashes
of that fire
will disappear
like ordinary dust.

Man of Success

Her last message was not goodbye.
It was like, “you are a nice guy…
but after a certain age,
a woman
can only love
a man of success.”
Next morning he was riding his bike very fast.
Wind with the loud howl was creeping inside
through unbuttoned part of his shirt.
The dark clouds in the horizon were giving a false impression
of a mountain range at the unreachable end.
All of a sudden it was raining.
Rain did not spare any part of his body.
He got himself a cappuccino in a nearby mall.
While supplying warm sips to his solitude,
he was only feeling thankful
that nature
is not
yet
aware
of the fact
that
he
is not
a man

of

success.

~Rashid Abbasi