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-       Sagar Mal Gupta (India)


Half burnt bangles

Strewn sindhoor

Bride’s burnt skirt

Wounded persons hospitals

No earning members

survived in some families

Burnt clothes all around

Houses converted into

a closet of collyrium

Hanging pendulum

of black soot on the ceiling

Blood stains splattered

all over the walls.

This frightening , heart rending

Spectacle during the wedding ceremony

of Thakur Kanwar Sigh’s daughter.

Unexpected explosion of CNG cylinders

one after the other.

Burnt the bodies of the bride and the bridegroom

and many guests into smithereens.

Tears glistened in the eyes of a VIP,

and another VIP’s heart was full of grief,

at the spectacle of,

destruction, ruin and decimation.


* A village in Jodhpur District of Rajasthan