Journalistic writing

Think about an interesting or unusual situation you have observed or been involved with.It should be something that might appear in a newspaper.Write down the facts WHO/WHAT/WHERE/WHEN/WHY/HOW ?Write a news article on the event.

                                          Robbery on Rajdhani 

Unidentified robbers looted a woman of her valuables late last night on the premium Lucknow Rajdhani. She was asleep in the second AC compartment when she was robbed of an expensive digital camera and important personal identity papers, among other things. The train was en route to Delhi from Lucknow. The woman was travelling with two fellow companions.

It was past one o’ clock when the train was between Bareilly and Moradabad stations. “I woke up just as I saw a tall thin man running away with my handbag. I instinctively ran after him till the next coach but he just vanished,” said the victim.

She later returned to her seat and her family raised a hue and cry. It was after considerable time that the coach attendant arrived. He claimed to have been fast asleep.

The lady lamented that no fellow passenger came to her rescue. There were no security personnel on board.

Upon arriving on the scene, the attendant reportedly said, “The thief must be long gone. This is frequent in this criminal belt. The gangs- well dressed, board at Bareilly, survey, select and rob unsuspecting targets while asleep and then deboard at the next station.”

The attendant rued that nothing can be done as they have valid tickets.According to other passengers there may be connivance between the robbers and railway officials.

Upon arrival at Delhi, the lady filed a report with the railway authorities. There has been no comment from the authorities at the time of going to the press.

The incident comes even while the railways have increased the fares. There have also been reports of deterioration of the law and order situation in U.P. It raises concerns about the safety and peace of mind of passengers travelling in night trains in the region and elsewhere in the country.


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At the crossroads:


I hear white noise

Or is it the lull before the storm?


On our favourite common ground

Will it be a level playing field?


Baited breath and fidgety fingered

Serious as hell!

Side by side

But not eye to eye


Furtive glances



Stand tall, walk tall

But stoop to conquer

A relationship is in the balance

The normal rules of weight dis apply


Facing the truth

Sorry-One needs to say it

The other knows and doesn’t need to hear it

Weaknesses- we all have them

One is willing to admit

The other to accept


The point has come

One wants more

The other deserves more

Both wish the best for one another

And so it is time

When the two need to become one

The whole’s more than the sum of its parts


In the free rein of uncertain times

Let our love be status quo


Love is crystal clear

Yet found when you least expect


I was bracing for the worst!

But my dear

The best is yet to come!





Writing About Place

Write a descriptive paragraph, describing a place which has made an impact on you.

A Scenic Footprint

It is a short walk from the YSS Dwarahat Ashram nestled in the wooded hills. A point very popular with the locals and devotees alike. A streak of luck to be all alone surrounded by the picturesque green mountains on all sides.

A single tall tree juts out at the edge of the mountain. Big black boulders provide the perfect vantage point to sit on. It feels like you have entered a painting, only it is breathing and alive. You are on the edge but it is so beautiful that even the dangerous drop below does not scare you. The panoramic beauty of pine forests surrounds you. The sweet and spicy smell of woody pine fills the air, at once it freshens, relaxes and invigorates the tired soul. One can sit for hours and still not be able to soak in the beauty of the place. White vapour floats in the blue sky above, a cool breeze caresses and the sun warms just enough. Big trucks wind down the alpine roads turning into tiny toy cars in the distance. The silence is broken only by birds calling and an occasional pine cone falling.

Here you believe that man can exist on air and sunshine alone. Mother Nature is at her best. One understands why artists are inspired by nature and also why art can even at its best only imitate nature.


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A wake up call

Recap, rewind revise

A swirling roller coaster of images

And suddenly

Off axis, off focus and awake

Upright and uptight

The fall softened

By the mellow yellow of daylight


Question to self

Is this a dream?


Behold the feathery footsteps

Enter the angel of deliverance

Cloaked in white

Magical, surreal ethereal

Reality I can hear, see, smell and touch

Ruffling the bed of my consciousness


The relief of stating the obvious

Mutual recollections

Of the journey beyond

Heartily approved and endorsed

Timid questions and definite answers

Truth shy behind the curtains

Shamelessly naked in the spotlight


Love’s lottery sent back

Hidden closeted

Unheard unseen undetected?



Ah what could have been

Do you not see?

Even the shadows escape

The future closes the door on the present

A coward, unready to face and embrace.