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An Indian ode: Dear Girl From Pakistan

An Indian ode: Dear Girl From Pakistan

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Dear Girl from Pakistan,
Look, I’m not here to start a fight.
I just wanted to say Hi!
I know it has taken me 69 long years but I hope it’s not too late for me to say,
Forget about what’s in the news
Tell me, how was your day?

Watch this ode by an Indian girl: ‘Dear girl from Pakistan, I hope it’s not too late to say this…’

Dehli Poetry Slam YouTube channel last month has released a heart-touching poem ‘Dear Girl from Pakistan!’ by Delhi-based softhearted poet Shivani Gupta.

Her motions and thought provoking monologue in the slam poem speaks to a Pakistani common girl, Shivani Gupta moves the hearts of every Pakistani and Indian soul by throwing light on the relationship between the two historic rivals of Asia. Her attempt to interact and communicate with a neighboring strange girl in Pakistan is very loud and very deep towards people of nations separated on the basis of Two-Nation Theory in 1947, but shares the similar social bond.

Who is Shivani Gupta?

A psychologist by profession, Gupta got inspired by slam poetry when she began watching videos of slam poetry performances on YouTube two years ago. But it was only until a year ago that she performed in public at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2015 for very the first time. From thereon, the twenty-two year old psychologist initiated an open mic night in Chennai, India.

With a colorful background in psychology, research, dance, choreography and theater, Gupta states that she was inspired to pen her poem in Edinburgh when she was hanging out with new friends from different backgrounds and nationalities one evening after a spoken-word event.

An Indian ode: Dear Girl From Pakistan

"Dear Girl from Pakistan,
Namaste. Adab. Asamalequm.
Did I not say it right?
Look, I’m not here to start a fight.
I just wanted to say Hi!
How are you?
I know nothing about you
Except that all we’re separated by is a border not created by us
A bus goes from my country to yours
That’s how close we are
A bus goes from my country to yours
And that's how far
I’ve seen you through the words of Khaled Hosseni and Salman Rushdee
Are you anything like me?
Do you think we’re enemies?
Believe me when I tell you that word doesn’t exist in my dictionary
And if it did, it would have nothing to do with your country.
Do you listen to songs and wish that they were the sound track to your life too?
And your favorite movie be your story, I know I do!
You know my favorite film? The inspirational one about patriotism.
Do your eyes dream dreams as unfathomable as mine?
Do you ever think of what it would be like to cross over and come to my side?
I'm sorry
I am sorry that without so much as a second thought
I say the words your country and my side
And all that’s left that is ours is a common divide.
I am sorry that even my pronouns are possessive,
Obsessive with a need to demarcate our partition I have a confession.
I wish I knew you better
What’s does the world look like from your eyes?
Did you also play eye spy as a child?
What did you see?
Maybe you saw the reflection of a girl who was a lot like me.
I am sorry because all I have to give you is an apology.
Not even a real conversation.
Because until now I was so worried about our gap of communication.
Treating you, unlike the long lost cousin that you are
But as someone I wouldn’t want to know even from afar.
I am sorry
I didn't mean it
Dear girl from Pakistan!
I know it has taken me 69 long years but I hope it’s not too late for me to say
Forget about what’s in the news

Tell me, how was your day?"

− Shivani Gupta



What is Ello?

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A new social networking site avoids ads and elevates design.

Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers. To my mind, Ello is like any other bootstrap startup. It’s simple, pretty effective at one thing, and simple enough to grasp. Those who try to over-complicate Ello do it a disservice. It’s social, just a different take on what that is, and means.

Team of Ello originally built it as a private social networking site. But, over the time, so many people wanted to join Ello that they built a public version of Ello for everyone to

The contrast is intentional. Created by designer and entrepreneur Paul Budnitz, Ello contends that on social networks like Facebook, we, the users, are the product, as our data is sold to advertisers who hope to entice us with ads in our feeds. Ello, on the other hand, positions itself as an antidote to that: it doesn’t include any ads, and one of several manifestos posted on the site says that those behind Ello “dislike ads more than almost anyone else out there.” It doesn’t sell user data to third parties, either, and you can decide whether or not you want to let it gather information about your own Ello activity to improve the site. To make money, it plans to take up a “freemium” model where it sells features to users.

How Does It Work?

It’s remarkably similar to Twitter, but in a stripped-down kind of way. You can still follow people, but there’s a two-tier following system – true pals get put in your ‘friends’ category while casual acquaintances go into ‘noise’. It’s a good way of separating the wheat from the chaff in your online life and it’s an idea that Twitter should definitely steal NOW.

You can post text, videos and pics (including GIFs and emojis) and, unlike Twitter, you’re not hampered by a character limit. That’s great news if you feel constricted by a 140-character bar but not so great if you don’t fancy seeing massive, ranty essays on your timeline, because that’s totally what’s going to happen.

Who Created Ello?

Ello was originally built by a group of seven well-known artists and programmers as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to use Ello that their servers were overwhelmed. They built a public version of Ello for everyone to use.

  • Berger & Föhr
    Practice principled graphic design. They believe intention and foresight will shape the future.
    @bergerfohr @todd @lucian
  • Mode Set
    A collective of creative technologists who focus on quality and efficiency. They engineer great software.
    @gv @mk @jayzes @cacheflowe

Ad-free Social Network

Ello doesn’t sell ads. Nor do they sell data about you to third parties like any other social networks.

Advertisers run virtually every other social network. Behind the scenes all social networks employ armies of ad salesmen and data miners to record every move you make. Data about you is then auctioned off to advertisers and data brokers. You’re the product that’s being bought and sold by advertisers and social networking sites.

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Collecting and selling your personal data, reading your posts to your friends, and mapping your social connections for profit is both creepy and unethical. Under the guise of offering a “free” service, users pay a high price in intrusive advertising and lack of privacy.

Ello team also thinks ads are tacky; that they insult your intelligence and that they are better without them.

Read more about Ello’s no-ad policy here.

Support Ello

Ello is completely free to use.

Ello occasionally offer special features to their users. If they create a special feature that you really like, you may choose to support Ello by paying them a very small amount of money to add that feature to your Ello account.

You never have to pay anything, and you can keep using Ello forever, for free. By choosing to buy a feature now and then for a very small amount of money you support our work and help us make Ello better and better.


When you use Ello we collect some information related to your visit. This information helps Ello understand in a general way that people are using Ello, so they can make your social network better.

Unlike virtually every other social network, on Ello you can opt out of information sharing. Read How Ello Uses Information to learn how.

Join Ello

Ello is currently invitation-only. To join Ello, you need to know someone that is already on the network. Alternatively, you can request an invitation by visiting the Ello Home Page.