Who am I?
I ask myself
A question
Whose answer lies
In the embraces
Of the past.

I weave my identity
From the stories
Of the elders.

I write and
I fail
The pages
Still remain blank.

Satyarth Pandita is pursuing his Master’s in Neurogenetics from an Indian Institute. His short stories, essays and articles have appeared in Outlook India, Madras Courier, Kitaab International and elsewhere. He can be reached at

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