Showing posts from May, 2017

My oldest friend

When I came
I was

In this life
I am

Is what I want
To be

Is what I feel
I am

From inside
I feel

Doesn't care
A damn

Will I have
To be?

I realize that I
am wrong

I am not and
Never was

Has been my
Oldest friend

Along with me
it was

We will face
The end

Garbage Dunk

To slam dunk, in basketball,
you have to jump high and be tall.

Jump to the basket in a mighty leap
And slam the ball in it deep

You don't have to aim at all.
jump up high and slam dunk the ball.

To slam dunk garbage in a garbage bin.
Just walk up and slam it in.

You don't need to be Michael Jordan,
to slam dunk in a dust bin.

Playing basketball with garbage and bin,
is no excuse to not throw it in.

Why aim and throw anyway,
When you can slam dunk and save the day?

This poem was in response to a commenter on a quora answer

A letter to the English Learner (in english)

Dear English learner,
English is a funny language with a lot of exceptions, so in order to help you in your learning journey I am linking some resources below.

Good apps : and

Free and good audio books and e-books :

This site has some great English learning resources, including podcasts :

And if you are interested in the history of words, their etymology etc, this is a fun podcast channel : 

I would recommend you start with the apps to get the basics and then listen to audio books and read them simultaneously to gain fluency and a better vocabulary.

The British council website is also a great resource for beginners and intermediate level learners.

I hope these resources will be helpful to you, I will add more as I find them.

All the best in your learning journey

Gautam Jain (gautamji)


I will tell you guys something,
Something that happened a few days ago,
while walking in the evening,
I felt gloomy, my mood really low.

The world looked weird,
The colors all wrong
There was a deafening silence in my ears
And I wasn't singing any song

Nor was I playing my flute or harp
The world had never looked so dark
Then out of nowhere came my salvation
A little cat asking for affection.

I meow at cats, I know it is weird
But they have never meowed back
This one came, begging to be petted
Who was I to not oblige it?

The little tabby stayed with me,
Bumping its head, arching its back
Going around in circles around my feet
Putting its paws in my lap

Then as soon as I felt better,
the world looking bright and cheery
The cat got up and walked away
leaving me feeling really merry

this incident was dated : 4th May 2017