I’m damned

A life less dead


There’s no unrest around me


For freedom, peace or brotherhood


No pain, no endeavor

No mate, no love


Youth stained


The worldly-wise hail “Greed is good”

The trouble makers chant “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”


Capitalism will always find its way
War or stimulus, either way
Red flag nation is the destination


Mergers and acquisitions
You bet, that’s the game


Warren Buffett, Bill gates are best sellers
Good book pale decays


I’m damned
Dead burdened by installments
Taxes and dry days

The money lenders
Then, were well-behaved
Now, the recovery agent knocks me down
When I fail


That’s not all
NGOs and Politicians wise up after sun sets

Gandhi features on funky t-shirtsIMG_8462
Where does it all end?!
“Care for a drag?”IMG_1527
I’m damnedIMG_8827
So damnIMG_8836

122 thoughts on “I’m damned

  1. Once again, your words capture the angst of our day. The candles at the end have always signified hope for me…

    I had to add one of my favorite quotes (and you know how I love quotes):

    “Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.”

    George Bernard Shaw

    • Huh! Had it been Queen Elizabeth, I’d have told her “How mean!” but you, I can’t say that, right?!
      In fact I was hoping you’d congratulate me for writing about social issues, a change from my self-indulgent 6 feet under poetry..

      • You always give so much to us – your words bring truth and light to our social conditions. Your gift is in how you are able to articulate the nature of our problems. Which is something that the great George Bernard Shaw was known for. So my dear friend, I think that you are the opposite of self-indulgent. We are lucky to have you in our community!!!!

        • Sheer honor. I have no words to express my gratitude, well aware that I’ve been forgiven many a times for my brash remarks, over-sensitive reactions. Clanmother, you’re the first person to say if not see that my intent of writing ain’t self-indulgent. My writings are facts we know, of course, I wish readers see it in a different perspective, wry humor and definitely not take it too seriously.
          I hope to turn these writings into songs, videos and take them to Indian villages and towns such as this one https://arjunbagga.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/a-positive-life/ which I think can become 5 min play or short. In my country with almost half the population not or less educated, how does a mere hoarding/signboard with public message help convey and at times we do need a hard slap, my kind especially.
          And what Mr. Shaw says in the quote you mentioned before is apt. I’m on it at wetstreet and trust me I’ll do a good job. I’m ambidextrous, you see!!

          • That particular link was the moment I understood. You are on a journey that will take all of your wits, energy, passion and determination. Thank you so much for letting me tag along. There is much work to be done….and very little time! You need to be ambidextrous!

          • Yes. That’s when I made my first move. I cherish the moment till date when the dim grey icon lit up, turned bright orange star.
            Thank You!!

    • I was about to quick reply – No, that’s a moth. “Wait!” said a voice. “That’s a trap, you fool”
      John, You trouble me a lot. What would I do without google search?
      Not Icarus-complex, just naive and a deep desire for revolution. When we fight for change no matter we win or fail but at least for that time period ‘I’ stops to exist and there is ‘We’, selfless, a mission worth living for, dying for.

  2. I’m so happy you’re back πŸ˜€ and with all this awesomeness!
    This was a little disturbing too though, the words are very strong and present some uncomfortable points. I’d say you’ve succeeded in what artists set out to do here! But I’d love some hint of some possible solution, a way to make the world better. It’s just so damned and doomed….:( I’ll go look at this https://arjunbagga.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/vintage/ until I feel better πŸ˜‰

    • Possible solution is, the world should be responsive. To begin with their comments should receive some reply, smile will do, very much πŸ˜‰
      Next post I’ll make up with a romantic poem πŸ™‚ Thank you! This means a lot.

  3. the deep human desire is TO consume, waste, eat up, swallow, spend, etc…
    political, religious, teacher, publicist… all them know about it.

    • Absolutely. There is no end to human greed but we have to persistently raise our voice, warn the greedy and powerful, support the weaker section of the society. We can only hope sense will eventually prevail.

    • Personally I feel and I say this cause we share quite a few common interests such as street photography, writing, movies, music, the natural extension is music videos/shorts. Shoot montages, layer it with music or perhaps poetry.

    • Thank you Peter. Some 18 odd days back, I was wondering about your whereabouts. I had put up a few poems quite close to me and was keen…I came looking for you, that’s when I noticed your reply in a post about your status – Hyderabad.
      Peter, Your new image series on kids is beautiful and touching. Also I understand you’re deeply saddened with the state of affairs. I personally apologize to you as one soul to another who cannot do much but share.
      Otherwise, things are okay and I hope all’s good with you.
      Warm Regards

      • Thanks Arjun, although I feel you are the kind of person who owes no apology; you can see where others can’t – I know that from your comment on my “untouchable” post. I wish that politicians in India and the world over, would be able to see things the way you obviously do.
        You are right that I am saddened by my experiences in Hyderabad. I go to India often (I have extended family there), usually the north, and see similar there too. This is the first time I have really been out with a camera and had the freedom to wander without being whisked off in a jeep from one relative to another! πŸ™‚
        It was a brilliant visit for me because I felt such incredible warmth from those families by the river. I will be going back and aiming to do something for them to return that warmth and happiness that they showed to me. I will be meeting trustees from a UK/India based charity to see if they can push some resources to that place. I am keeping my fingers crossed for good luck! πŸ™‚
        Please keep your fingers crossed for that good luck too!! πŸ™‚

        • In retrospect, I feel this is what you were born to experience and your life has carefully carved out a journey so distinct, it’s not just a mere coincidence. Your family images I’ve seen, of course and this had to be the way it is, eventually to travel the length and breadth of India, come face to face with the harsh reality and see the true purpose of your life reveal.
          I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I believe you’ll achieve what you have set out to do.
          And I hope you know, if you ever need a handy volunteer, count me in.
          Good luck Peter! πŸ™‚

  4. Powerful photos gave strength to your words. A hard world today. Need kind and generous people to help and repair. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos.

  5. No! I’m always lost in thought about all sorts of things! Right now, it’s late so I’m going to get lost in dreamland. Thanks – I’ve enjoyed our conversation. πŸ˜€

  6. Excellent. Excellent.

    And that word “stained” – such a word. Stained youth. Stained…

    Yep, great.

    • Maybe. I wrote this poem in my early 30’s when youth was fading away and I was facing the big big world of responsibilities and there were hard realizations.
      I was an idealist before that. We all were/are at some point in our life.

  7. Greetings Arjun
    I find a kinship here and am now following your blog. These images powerfully spoke words that weren’t necessary. It is true that a picture paints a thousand words. In my life I was often referred to starting in High School that I was just like Joan of Arc. I didn’t know who she was then, but have since then as I have been referred to her again. I like to think I am an earth warrior for peace, for justice, for truth. I have losts jobs knowingly to make someone else’s life more tolerable and better. I am not looking for praise. Just a place of sanity for all men.
    Will see you more often now that I will get your posts.
    Be well my friend

    • Thank you Yisraela.
      Your wish I hope comes true. A place of sanity for us and living beings to live in harmony and peace.
      P.S : About the different time zones you referred in your previous message, I forgot to update. I live in India.

      • Hi arjun- I know you live in India. I saw that on your blog. I have always had a fascination with India. I still don’t know what time it would be in your country if it was 3pm here. I asked cause if it was ie: a good time there, we could meet up and have coffee on the cosmic realm. I know of a good place called ” Galaxy Fleet Java,” Yisraela

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