Dear Neel #2

Dear Neel #2

Did you get my letter? Did you read it? Did you think about me as you saw my handwriting? Did you miss me? 

The last time I wrote to you was when I had a writer’s block or when I thought I had a writer’s block. That was the day when I redid my desk with flowers and what not. That was the day when I felt a little romantic. Today I cannot write again. Today I ate chocolate, without anyone having to force me and I almost felt like throwing up. I didn’t. I ate and ate until I felt my stomach would burst and until I felt I could go on seeing through my tears. Today, I don’t feel romantic. Today, I removed all the flowers and did my desk again. Now, only a few plants stay. Now, only my laptop stays. Now, only the emptiness prevails. No more trinkets, no more books clutter my desk. Today, I turn into Monica Geller. Today, I have chaos inside. 

But I digress. I am not writing to tell you how chaotic I am. I was reminded of you as I was reading a collection of short stories by Murakami. The protagonist writes letters to his client. The same way I am writing to you. Something about kangaroos, can you imagine? It felt weird letters to a client but then what makes sense anyway. Nor does my letter to you make sense. Here I am with more than two forty-seven words (plus three) (well plus two) and what have I said anyway? Who exactly is interested in my simplicity of the writing table where I am not writing anything? Who exactly cares? 

The wall adjacent to me on the table is empty. Well, it has a soft board hanging. And the soft board is empty. There is only one quote stuck to it. It is from Alice in Wonderland. It says that the world’s problem is that we want a magical solution but we don’t want to believe in magic. True, right? But I did believe in magic. I believed in all throughout childhood. If someone came and told me that if I drew with a particular pencil a small ice cream and color it brown, an ice cream would undoubtedly appear in front of me. I would have believed it. I believed it all into my teenage years too. Are you laughing at me then? Yeah? But I did believe in magic even then. Maybe not in the magical ice cream but in some different power, in positivity perhaps? But I stopped believing in it when I was seventeen. Nothing happened really to make me do that. I just stopped thinking magic was a real thing. It was just what it was. So, will you write back to me if I really, really believe in magic now? You writing to me is nothing less, I believe. Will you write back to me then? 

I shouldn’t think so really. What will you write even? I mean a letter is a response to something right? And what I am sending you here is nothing. It has no questions, no answers. I am telling you about things that do not interest me. I am talking about letters that people send to clients. That is not memorable. But then what is? Am I? 

Hoping to find out soon.

Until then,


Read More: Dear Neel #1

Published by Moushmi Radhanpara

A bilingual writer, Moushmi Radhanpara has authored three poetry collections so far, namely POSIES and 03:21 AM –An Ode to Rust & Restlessness, and Resignation of an Angel. She is also scribbling an unplanned rough draft of a story as a part of NANOWRIMO 2020 and hopes that something might come out of it. She has also co-authored two books, The Lockdown Stories and Mirage so far. Her poetries can be found on her blog and a few other online portals. She believes in the fact that a better reader makes a better writer. Reading a 100 books a year is her latest obsession. She can be found either drunk on coffee or hiding away from everything and admiring the gorgeous sun.

9 thoughts on “Dear Neel #2

  1. you are aptly expressing what so many feel … like life flows elsewhere while these words show the endless chaotic thoughts we need to learn to tame. I hope you put up some bright pictures on your soft board … something bright and inspiring. Nobody else can cheer us up, we have to do that ourselves 🙂


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