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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Shilpa Dikshit Thapliyal jokingly refers to herself as an accidental poet who manages to squeeze a verse here and there amidst grocery runs ,school volunteering and chapati making. She has self published her initial poems and some of her poems have appeared in the anthology 'Asingbol - an archaeology of the Singaporean poetic form'. Her short story also been published in a leading expat magazine in Singapore. She currently resides in Singapore with her family.

Shilpa Dikshit Thapliyal

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Masala Tea

There lies a para hidden
in sieved leaves, brewed
over fiery hobs and rhymed
with spice. Assonant with
cardamom, enjambed with
milk and grated ginger. Sugar
is optional, like simile and
metaphor. The freshly brewed
cup of masala tea, brings poetry
in sips but often it's content
chasing an afternoon slumber.