The Year No One Wanted

At Sungra, Kinnaur

The Year No One Wanted


This is the year no one wanted.

Homes turned to prisons.

Livelihoods, hated

Born as gilded dreams


This is the year we didn’t want.

It forced us


Of yesterday, today,


If, of tomorrow


The far distance of another day

Has never looked so close

So shadowed

Till today



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Author, historian and journalist. He has published seven books on the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and its capital Shimla and is a recognised authority on both. He has handled assignments for television, including for the BBC, and for the Indian Institute of Advanced Study and various departments of the Indian Government. He writes regularly for magazines and papers in India and elsewhere. He is the state Co-convenor of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.

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