The Business of Hate

It will take a billion tears

To wash the streets

The pathway,

But the scars shall remain

The stains are here to stay;


In this business of loss

Nobody gains

No iota, not even a trace,

Some lose bodies

The rest of us lose face;


The mob returns

To find their own

At least a few,

In the ground

Splattered red

They look around

For the blood

Of their hue;


Does it matter

Which hand

Holds the knife,

It only falls

To kill

In times of strife;


And even in falling

It teaches us duty

Lessons of Karma

On our forehead it nails,

We may have

Lost touch with ours

But the blade of metal

Never fails;


When we drink

The venom so vile

There is no

Life in lieu,

When He drank

The poison

Even the mighty Shiva

Turned blue;


Out in the bazaars

There is a new religion

On hire,

It worships hate

It plays with fire;


The houses where once

Life lived

Are now silent tombs

Of death,

In their womb lay buried

Dreams and desires

And hopes that

Had once bred;


This world that

We create

With anger and hatred,

No birds will sing

No flowers will grow

Even the trees their leaves

Would have shed;


With our hearts

Turned dark

And our souls

To the devil sold,

There will be

No countries

For men or women

For the children

Or the old;


With our rivers

Flowing with blood

Where will we

Wash off our sin,

Having snatched away

Their kith

Would we have saved

Our own kin;


With killing and culling

On earth, we would have

Created our personal hell,

The past forgotten

The present annihilated

There would be no

Future to foretell!


L. Aruna Dhir
L. Aruna Dhir
L. Aruna Dhir is a Hospitality & Feature Writer and Columnist for some of the world’s highest-ranked Hospitality publications. Her industry writings are syndicated to the finest global hospitality bodies and used as references in case studies and hotel schools. Aruna runs an exclusive channel on the award-winning media digest, BizCatalyst 360° called “Hospitality Matters” based on her hospitality industry insight and commentary. Aruna is a recognized and national-poll winning Corporate Communications Specialist, PR Strategist, and Writer. A seasoned hotelier, Aruna loves to present hospitality industry watch, insights, case studies, and analysis to her ever-increasing base of global readership. Aruna has over two decades of experience in Hospitality Communications and Brand Management and has worked with some of the best global hotel companies. In her last corporate role, Aruna was the Director – Public Relations at The Imperial New Delhi, where she was part of the core group and was responsible for re-launching The Imperial as one of the finest hotels in India and Asia. Aruna’s hotel experience includes leading the Marketing Communications and Public Relations portfolio for flagship properties at The Oberoi Group and Hyatt International. She also helped launch the Vilases as the uber-luxury experiences from the Oberoi stable. As an industry expert, Aruna has launched brands, developed training modules, created standardization dockets on business communication, written manuals, conducted Image Study & Positioning Analysis, and led media campaigns of Australian Ministers in India. Aruna Dhir’s successful work tenure with Australia’s Diplomatic Mission in India in the capacity of Media Relations Officer, saw her working on a host of never-done-before exciting projects including the hugely rewarding organisation of Australia-India New Horizons – Australia’s largest ever Country Promotion. Aruna Dhir is the first-ever Creative Writer for the Indian greeting cards giant – ARCHIES Greetings and Gifts Ltd. The milestone puts her in the league of Helen Steiner Rice and Amanda Bradley. While with the company she came out with several series of cards sold under her byline – an unprecedented feat that has not been repeated since. L. Aruna Dhir also dabbles in poetry and has to her credit two titles of Anthologies published and marketed by Archies G&G Ltd. Aruna serves on the Board of Association of Emerging Leaders Dialogues (AELD), a front-running Commonwealth Body that works towards developing leaders and influencers of tomorrow, with Princess Anne as its international President. Aruna has been engaged in freelance work for Doordarshan – the Indian National Television, All India Radio, and Times FM. Academically, L. Aruna Dhir topped at the All-India level in her PG Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising. Aruna has been a Ph.D. scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, akin to an Ivy League in India. She has earned a Senior Management Course Certification from the Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow; V Dimension Management Company, London & Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines. Aruna Dhir has represented India to a select group of opinion-makers in the United States, as a Cultural Ambassador under the GSE Program of Rotary International. She has also participated in the IXth Commonwealth Study Conference held in Australia and chaired by Princess Anne. Aruna is a Life Member of the Public Relations Society of India A Freelance Writer since 1987, with articles that have appeared in India’s topmost newspapers and magazines, Aruna is also a blogger, a memoirist with works published on platforms like Medium and a Book reviewer on Goodreads. In her official and personal capacity L. Aruna Dhir has and continues to work on several social awareness projects – People for Animals, Earthquake Relief, National Blind Association, PETA, WSPA,, Friendicoes to name a few. Born at Allahabad (now Prayagraj), one of the world’s oldest known cities, L. Aruna Dhir grew up and did her schooling in Dehradun, regarded as a prominent seat of academia and literature. After being brought up in the sylvan surroundings of the verdant Doon valley, Aruna chose to make the Capital City of Delhi her second home.

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  1. L. Aruna, your dim view and disgust of our world screams out loud and clear in your powerful image filled poem. What have we done with our world? Where is all this hate coming from and why. As a person whose background is for good (we share love for animals and protecting them), the current state must disturb you greatly. What is being done to our wildlife, forests, rivers, streams, etc. is a crime. Why do we have so much hate for the above that we feel the need to destroy it? You paint a chilling picture. This was masterful and effective writing on your part.

    • Thank you for your thoughts. It is more a sense of dejection and deplorability than disgust on what have we made this world out to be!!!

    • Reflection of our times Larry. Parts of India, parts of the US, Syria, Africa, so, so many places:-(