Mrinalini Harchandrai is a Mumbai-based independent copywriter and faculty for copywriting at Ecole Intuit.lab.
Previously, she has worked fulltime for print and online publications like Elle, Architectural Digest, and CNNGo.com. She was also commissioned to write the biography of a Gujarati businessman who was closely involved with President Julius Nyerere’s freedom struggle in Tanzania.
Mrinalini attended creative writing workshops during the Iowa Summer Writing Festival (2007) at Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her poems have been printed, performed and featured with gallery artwork in India and abroad. Most recently, she was invited as a poet delegate at the Goa Arts and Literary Fest, 2016.
My second sleep, where red, white and blue are burning,
the ashes gleaning and glinting as they die.
I wake to the carmine rays of dawn
and fall asleep to the sound of fireworks outside.
I cradle the ivory dove in its mourning,
whispering, “Am I alive? Am I alive?”