Author Archives: Swati Chandra

About Swati Chandra

I write poetry now and then solely for myself, depending upon my mood and often I end up writing about social issues, though largely, I write to express my emotions that only my pen and the paper understand the most.

The sleepy night and the sleepless me

Oh, this sleepy night and the sleepless me!
I tried to write but came to me, no poetry
I asked her, ‘why are you still up, sweetie!’
She made a face- Eh, don’t u like my company ?
I said , ‘Yes,yes,  I do!’
But only when I engage with you
in a creative or amorous parley
She laughed, ‘oh then get used to me’
Only when we both keep awake and chase the morn
Shall love be found or verse be born
The idea had just begun to like me
That darling sleep blew whistles three
And back to bed I sprang
Thus came to me, neither poetry nor love
Not the messy earth nor the ideal sky above!

Say Cheese !

The photographer said- say cheeeese!

Cheeese! Everyone flashed their yellow, not so yellow teeth

Armaan wondered, when it was the last time

That they were served cheese in dinner

Perhaps last to last year when that beautiful socialite had come

So happy they were, all the children at SMILE foundation

They were given new clothes, toys, some books

Everyone wanted that picture book

On the eatable page, there were cherries and pastry

Pastry, what was that! He asked the caretaker

Will we get it in dinner? Looks yummy!

The caretaker smiled

oh smile, is what they were taught to do

Pastry? Yes, one day. Don’t worry. We get paneer today!

In the meanwhile, the madam taught them to make artificial flowers

And said- my dear loves, you all are like these flowers

Keep smiling, no matter what. After all we should be thankful

To god for this wonderful life, why greet it with a sad face

When you smile, you make people around you happy

And you all look so pretty and handsome.

Armaan looked at Akram.

Gosh! He looks as much a crook, in fact more terrible while smiling

His bunny teeth seems ready to bite off them

When he comes to wake them up for work

And again smile please, say cheese!

She had pictures clicked with them, and then went off in her big car

Didn’t she say last time they will be given a ride in her car

Anyway it was time for dinner

But alas..paneer ! what is so great about it..

Sophia said- liar! It tastes like fried unripe banana chunks

I remember, the house in which I worked, they made it.

Oh no silly…this is paneer, cheese! And they all smiled

And then- thank you lord for the food we eat, thank you Lord for..

Why thank you, why smile ?

God did not give us mummy and papa, god did not give us cars

We don’t get pastries to eat,  we don’t go to school by bus!

Why smile to keep these people happy!


Photo session was over, Today SMILE had completed ten years

Spreading smiles to three hundred orphans

The best smiles were selected for the news cover

They were so happy, they will be in newspaper!

Armaan asked the caretaker

What do we get today?

We get paneer and tomorrow we go to meet the president!

In car? No, cars are small,  we go in a huge bus and eat chocolates on the way

Get your clothes ready. Happy?

Happy? No he wasn’t.

But he smiled, the widest grin ever

Why make faces, when nothing can be done

Smile, no matter what! Say CHEESE!