If I Were A Palmist
by Debasish Parashar

If I
were a palmist
I could have read how
the lines on your palm
merge with the borders
and defines
not merely of maps and geography
a geosophy

just reading your palm
I could have predicted,
“You will find a new love
in your late sixties
a give and take !”

could have warned you
flicker of your eyebrows
would mean so much
for so many !

I must tell you
your lines are curved so deep
they can bleed…
irony is
I am not a palmist
but I dream.

IMAGE: “Palmist” by Vivian Frerichs. Prints available at

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: India historically has been more than a geographical territory, but a wider system of thoughts, cultures, and ideas. Strengthening of personality cult in politics problematizes that very idea in contemporary times.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Debasish Parashar is a public policy, governance and art & culture enthusiast,singer/songwriter, lyricist, poet (to some extent), and social journalist based in New Delhi, India. A postgraduate in English literature from University of Delhi, he has sung for “In Search of God” and “Raag.” His write-up on Majuli has been listed among top 100 online #worldheritagesites stories globally in May 2016 by Agilience Authority Index. His literary works have been (or will be) featured in prestigious international Journals/Reviews/Zines, such as Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Scarlet Leaf Review, Enclave/Entropy, Raven Cage Zine,Spillwords, Visual Verse( Germany/U.K), Tuck Magazine (Global), Indiana Voice Journal (U.S.A), Muse India, Indian Periodical, The Poet Community, Swarajya, Youthkiawaaz, Duane’s PoeTree, Thumb Print Magazine (Accepted), Sadda haq, Assam Tribune, and many more. His works are included in two upcoming international anthologies, Apple Fruits of an Old Oak (Kew Gardens Press, New York) and Dandelion in a Vase of Roses  U.S.A). Visit and follow him on Twitter @MrDevParashar.