Neelam Saxena Chandra, INDIA


Let them
Keep looking at your bodily beauty-
The luminous colour of your skin,
The pretty patterns on your wings,
The magnificent gait while you fly!

You should concentrate
Only upon your wings
And its innate strength!

One day,
You will have touched the sky
And that’s what
A butterfly woman
Is meant to do!


No need to play the magic dice-
She can very easily be brought to humiliation;
Grab her by the hair,
Drag her wherever desired,
Make her sit on the thigh,
Disrobe her,
Shame her…
It’s all so easy!

She is no Draupadi
And there is no Krishna,
Who will come to save her!
Morals have degraded,
Lawlessness is rampant,
Women, once revered as Goddess,
Are the easiest preys today!

It’s time o dear friend
To arm yourself
With all weapons, ammunitions,
Fight these Duryodhanas,
After all, you are Krishna in yourself
Complete in all ways!


They think
That women are glass
Breaking every time
There is turbulence!

They stick
The glass to wood on all sides,
Properly securing them,
Leaving no scope for them
To either expand or contract!

What they don’t know is
Women have toughened themselves
And they don’t shatter every time
A stone is hurled at them!

Neelam Saxena Chandra, a 1992 batch IRSEE officer, has written 4 novels, 1 novella and 5 short story collections, 27 poetry collections and 11 children’s books. She is a record holder with the Limca Book of Records for having the highest number of publications in a year (2015). She has won an award in a poetry contest by American Embassy, Rabindranath Tagore international poetry award, Freedom award by Radio city for her lyrics, Humanity International Women Achiever Awards 2018 and II prize for her poem by Poetry Council of India, 2016. She was listed in the Forbes list as one of the most popular seventy-eight authors in the country in 2014.

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