// SAWAAL //


MAY, 2017


“Aur main poochti bhi kya?”

Illustrated by Harshi Lal

“My chauffeur’s wife was diagnosed with cancer. Despite being almost friends with him, I couldn’t get myself to ask him about her. One day, in a foreign city I asked myself why.”

Aur main poochti bhi kya —

Ki tumhaari wife ko cancer hua hai?

Already kitne sawaal honge,

Jiske jawaab honge hi nahi uske paas —

Ki papa, aaj khaane mein kya hai?

Ki jaane waale ko kaun rok paaya hai?

Ki aaj tumhaara phone kyun nahi bajj raha?

Ki bill kab doge?

Aur kuch aise chote se sawaal honge,

Jo jab the, to kisi ne notice hi nahi kiya —

Ki aaj ghar jaldi aa paaoge?

Ki aaj blue shirt pehnoge ya white?

Ki koi aur pasand aa gayi hai kya?

Ki namak zaada to nahi?

Phir kuch aise bhi honge,

Jo baithe honge, Upset hoke, side mein,

Kyunki unhein to koi pooch hi nahi raha —

Ki aaj gandi waali picture dekhogi?

Ki itna loudly kyun bolti ho?

Ki yeh job karni zaroori hai kya?

Ki chali jaaogi akele ya main aaun?

Aur main, poochti bhi kya —

Ki tumhaari wife ko cancer hua hai?”

Vindhya Gupta

Vindhya Gupta



With scribbles in the margins of her notebook to doodles on her bedroom walls, her flair for performance arts and a casual style of writing with striking punch lines being her forte, Vindhya Gupta is every artsy hipster Tumblr aesthetic personified. They say that with the touch of her pen and brilliance of her mind she creates pieces of art, we confirm that she is one herself.

More from this column

Part I

//  P A R T  I  // 16 June, 2017 Bewajah He kissed her. But he couldn’t do it for long. It was a quick one on the lips. She stood like a slice of sunshine at the door. And in that moment, he wanted to burn out in it but he had to let it fade away. He stood there for a...

Everything That You Ever Wanted

Everything That You Ever Wanted 19 APRIL, 2017 Bewajah A freshly punched out 10 second old, wrapped in blood and piss has the potential to make you as happy as you never thought you could feel. It’s wonderful how your sperm (or egg), which you’d washed down the drain...

Paak Ya Napaak

Paak Ya Napaak 10 MARCH, 2016 Bewajah 1 ghar, 2 gaadi. 4 jeans, 8 shirt. 3 moze, 2 joote. Aadha glass paani, do kaur roti. Made by Esther Larisa David Gine chune dost, 1 baar ka saccha pyaar 4 baar ka jhoota. 2-4 dhoke, 8-10 gawaaye mauke. Kuch lakh rupiye, 5 badli...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!