Boston Bhaaratiya

I am watching the Charles in Boston wake up,
as buildings release fog and the sun smiles
over ducks swimming to their morning chores.

The river bedecked with shimmering reflections
craves to pour itself into the oceanic currents
and add more of the twenty-first century to an ageless sea.

The salt of my toil is washed into you Charles!
Take it to the ocean, take it to my ancestors,
and leave it in Dandi, India, as a tribute from me.

(Note for readers: I am back after months of absence during which I finished my PhD. I have joined MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as a post-doctoral researcher in Mechanical Engineering and will be in Boston area from now on. Hopefully I will write more frequently and as always, I’ll try to write more in Hindi.)

Vivek Sharma is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at University of Illinois, Chicago. His research interests lie in optics, dynamics, elasticity and self-assembly (odes) of complex fluids and soft materials. His research on colors of beetles and butterflies, breath figures, protein rheology, gold nanoparticles and polysaccharide rheology is published or forthcoming in science journals (Lab on a Chip, PNAS, Science, Materials Sci & Eng Reports, Soft Matter, EPL and Rheologica Acta). Current focus areas include fizzics (study of bubbles, drops, emulsions & foam), protein rheology & spectroscopy, nonlinear viscoelasticity, soap films & bubbles, 3D printing, buifluids and colors, rheology & processability of complex fluids. Vivek is a published poet. He reads & writes in Hindi and English. His poetry and essays in English are published in Poetry, Atlanta Review, The Cortland Review, Kartika Review, Bateau, Muse India, Reading Hour, etc. He contributes columns and verses to Divya Himachal (Hindi newspaper in India). Vivek's first collection, "Saga of a Crumpled Piece of Paper" (63 poems, English, Writers Workshop, Calcutta) was published in 2009. Vivek spend his childhood in Himachal Pradesh and undergraduate years in IIT Delhi. He pursued a doctoral degree at Georgia Tech, Atlanta (2003-2008) and he was a postdoctoral research associate in Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (MA) (2008-2012). He currently resides in Chicago.

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