Voices Within: Pranab Ghosh

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, writer and poet. He runs a blog “Existential Problems” (pranabomkar.wordpress.com). His poems and prose piece have been published in various international journals including Dissident Voice, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Memoryhouse etc. His first solo book of poems “Soul Searching and Other Poems” has been published by Scarlet Leaf Publishing, Toronto, in 2017. His second collection of poems “Vision of the World and Other Poems” has been published by Impspired.com in 2020. His third collection of poems is expected to hit the shelf early this year (2022).

The Pledge

The soft eyes
The beaming face

The resolve and
The pledge

To do away 
With dowry

Gender gap
An equal India…

The soft eyes
The golden touch

Transcending all
Bondage; an embrace

A sigh, the beating 
Of hearts cemented


A pledge to unite
And reunite!


I wait with you
By the side
of the sea

letting waves 
wash our feet
as you

chase a wave
away, only to 
return chased
by another.

Memories float
In the morning air

But we are afraid
Of ‘waves’ now
As we brace to live
Amidst death to 
Repel the third wave
Of a deadly disease!

A Rotting Game!

A past haunts you
And you shudder
Take shelter in future
Dying in and embracing
The present…

A past haunts you
And you want to take refuge
In memories of men and women
You loved, depended on once…

A past haunts you
And like a hunted
You want to escape
The hunter, hiding behind
Tall trees, shrubs and bushes…

And then you decide…
You decide to fight back
You visit and revisit your past
And conclude that a game
Had been played to triumph 
Over time and you freeze time
And go for a rewind. You 
Put the picture in perspective
And all that is left is 
A rotting game of 
Sex, sleaze and money
Parading in the name of


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