by Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi

She wanted to be happy.

She set-off her journey in this world.

It was a new start.


She searched for a companion.

She married, divorced, and re-married,

And she repeated her actions twice.


She wanted to live her life to its fullest.

Meanwhile, she produced babies-licit and illicit,

Both inside and outside the institution.


She just wanted to be happy.

She slept with men and women, and

She spent many cheap nights on creaky bed.


She tasted and consumed everything desirable.

Until, she realized one day, probably her dooms day,

That happiness does not come from consumption of things.



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Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is an assistant professor of linguistics in the School of Languages and Literature at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. His research interests include language documentation, writing descriptive grammars, and the preservation of rare and endangered languages in South Asia. He has contributed articles to many English journals.


His most recent books are A Grammar of Hadoti (Lincom Europa Academic Publications, 2012) and A Grammar of Bhadarwahi (Lincom Europa Academic Publications, 2013), and A Grammar of Dogri is forthcoming.


As a poet, he has published around fifty poems in different anthologies worldwide. Until recently, his poem “Mother” has included as a prologue to Motherhood and War: International 

Perspectives (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2014.


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