The Chasm (Weekly Photo Poem #10)

Suddenly in the mind, inspiration strikes like lightning, on witnessing lightning! Such is the magic of the monsoons!

It opens up a space in the mind, for the real, for:

The Chasm


A Reckoning (Weekly Photo Poem #7)

A soulful #saturdaysublimity, inspired by a movie.
Can you guess which one?
Hint: Lots of superheroes jostling around…
a reckoning

The STRANGER In The Mirror (Weekly Photo Poem #4)

That strange alchemy, you and a strip of reflective glass.

What does it say about you?

Are you someone you know, you recognize?

Or are you, a STRANGER?


Sunday Photo Poem For You

It’s been so long since I’ve been here! But I’m back! (Again!)

How are you? What’s been happening? How’s life and blogging treating you? 

For you today, I have a Photo Poem! (Thought I’d give it a whirl! :))

And I hope to bring one such poem to you every week.

With poems old and new, profound and ephemeral, let’s see where we go…

So here’s the first one, it’s all about that indescribable thing — the moment:

The Glowing Moment


A Wedge of Wednesday Wisdom

Wisdom I’ve gained this day:

Your first responsibility is to try and be open and vulnerable to yourself. Admit any aspects of shame, fear, anger/anguish, etc. you are carrying around. Explore ‘weaknesses’, don’t hide from them. Connect to everything about your self. 

That’s when true, integrated strength, a sense of purpose and connectedness begin to emerge. You begin to ‘flow’ in the world again. 

Start exploring the interior landscape. The rewards are myriad! 

Let’s Change the Paradigm

Bright Joy

Bright Joy (By Radhika Mukherjee)

We do a great disservice to the world, when we describe it, perceive it, classify it only through an evolutionary paradigm. All around, there are birds flying for the sheet joy of it, looping across the sky; monkeys whooping and playing and taunting dogs; there is a cow and a cat making friends… And the sun, great fiery ball of hydrogen though it may be, is smiling across to us from that unimaginable distance this fine end-of-summer day.

Even in our ‘modern’ ‘scientific’ minds, surely there is some space to expand our perception of this Earth, this Universe, to include love, the play of the spirit and sparkling, connecting joy?

Irrespective of species?

The mind extends beyond the body, it has to. If we can accept wi-fi, why can’t we think of our brains as being able to transmit waves of thought and intention? It’s all the co-mingling of matter and energy and vibrations, isn’t it?

What if the purpose was not to merely ‘evolve’? But to experience? To add? To feel?

What if each life, each rock, each drop of water, was an end in itself?

What if?

Embrace The Epic! (#WordlessWednesdays)

Epic! (By Radhika Mukherjee)

Epic! (By Radhika Mukherjee)

Guardians of the Sky

Guardian 2

Hold up the sky.

Channel the sun.

Encircle the earth.

Lead us from sorrow to light!

Guardian 3



Filaments of Feeling

Beyond the dark, behind the eyes,

What universe lies?

What atomic secrets?


I send out fishing net feelers,

With breath and wish;

And receive – a moment out of moment…


What is this silence though?


Is it peace?

Or is it a muffling up?

Or preparation for communion?


When will I open mind, heart and spirit,

To feel deep within,

The very heart of the world?


Let Peace Prevail

A Peach Peace by Radhika Mukherjee

A Peach Peace

Peach to me is the color of peace.

Peace desperately needed.


Just breathe.

Feel the air around.

See how still it is, how calm?


It’s telling us all something.

Let that budding feeling flower into peace.


Celebrating A Hundred Posts On Light Under Shadow!


It’s been quite a ride, hasn’t it? Started as a way to feel creative, like me again, Light Under Shadow was originally called ‘From Deep Under The Shadows’; exactly what I felt like, that I was hidden somewhere in shadow.

From tentative beginnings to finding validation for being all that I can be, to this amazing milestone, of a 100 blog posts! It’s been a blessing to be a part of the WordPress blogging community for all these years!

I want to thank you for daily doses of inspiration and soulfulness and for the amazing support you have shown this whimsical little blog of mine.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane with a recap of a few noteworthy posts:

3 Most Visited:

Amazing Series

Waterfall of Overflowing Flowers

earth spirit

3 Most ‘Liked’

The Flickering Light Of Hope

The Circular Thoughts of My Writing Mind

The Surprise Sunshine Song

3 Most Commented:

A Beautiful Send-off From the Bengal Sky

Question For You


A Few Personal Favorites:

A Photographic Memory (A Flash Fiction Piece)

Why I Don’t Write Good

Since… [A Short, Fictional Poem]



I hope to see you here for the next hundred posts! 🙂

Time’s Gifts: New Favorite Things

Smiley Dolphins. Photo Credit: Pinterest.

Smiley Dolphins
Photo Credit: Pinterest.

Moving through the years, one accumulates a wealth of things. Some of these ‘things’ are material and many, many more are ephemeral wonders that bring a simple and bright joy. I got thinking about what are my newest favorite things and in no particular order, here are some of them:



The single green-yellow butterfly in the garden outside

Intense blue Pune spring and summer skies

The curtains of bougainvillea lining the main road

Brandy snap biscuits from the Cookie Man stalls

The miniature Van Gogh print on one of my bookshelves

Sketching and my new sketching pencils


Aloe Vera

Tart and tasty strawberry jam from Green Tokri that cures all ills

Guilty pleasure: Red Velvet pastries and cupcakes with delicious cream cheese filling from Moshe’s at Crossword, Aundh

Downton Abbey

Tea Tree Oil – amazing for skin ailments

The scent of lavender

Trying the Headspace meditation introduction course in quiet, luminous afternoons

Slowly getting my words and rhythms back

My new sunburst yellow kurta

The joys of planning a book out

The pain of actually sitting down to write it

Re-reading, re-discovering Terry Pratchett

The Upanishads

P.B. Shelly Poems

Twitter poetry

The incredible and incredibly talented WordPress Blogging Community that inspires me so!

Pretty bookmarks

Being calm, gentle and open

Letting go of anger, and learning to be vulnerable again

My shaggy pink stuffed-toy mascot…


What are some of your favorite things?

The Mists of Serenity

The Mists of Serenity by Radhika Mukherjee

The Mists of Serenity

Just ripples and reflections and a hint of mist in the air…

Take a minute to stare…

Comes Peace.

Comes Serenity.

Tendrils of Light and Color

Here’s wishing you that special light you seek in this season of joy and wonder, endings and beginnings! 🙂




Flowers & Light |  © Radhika Mukherjee

Flowers & Light | © Radhika Mukherjee

The Flickering Light Of Hope

Light and Hope

Light and Hope

This time for me

Is one of hope for dreams.


For dreams to come true,

For hurts to mend.

For words to flow.


It lights-up and flickers

Almost dies down

And then burns bright again.


And so goes this living-writing journey…

Since… [A Short, Fictional Poem]



Since you called –

Since you did.


Since you and I fought so hard –

Against and together.


Since our blood and our tears mingled –

To join us in spirit.


Since you learnt to fly and dream –

In quiet.


Since all our long imaginings, our longings –

Dared too much…


Since you called –

I’m here.


Eternal Questions : Ancient Wisdom

Who sends the mind to wander afar? Who first drives life to start on its journey? Who impels us to utter these words? Who is the Spirit behind the eye and the ear?

– Kena Upanishad

(Translation : Juan Mascaro)

Turn the Page

Turn the page

And see a star

Bid it ‘bye

And turn again


The world folds

Into slow

Will you catch?


In me there was light

The stars kept their pretty patterns

I lost.


Perhaps like you there should have been rage.

The Other

The Beautiful Other

The Beautiful Other by Radhika Mukherjee

We were once all one.

Swirling embraced in a space infinitely small.

Then we separated into galaxies.

And  suns.

And planets.


And now on this earth—

We have become ‘other’.

Why is that?



An hour ago there was grey, visibility obscuring rain.

By the time I stepped out ( By secret pact) —

Only for me — came a little warm, damp sunlight.

Standing under a newly awakened, bright-leaved tree,

I looked up and saw the sun winking down at me.

A sparkle here, a glow amid the dappled dark – Kaleidoscopic –

Which made the soul sing for just a little while.