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by Nishtha Sridharan
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A paracosm is a detailed imaginary world. The creator of a paracosm has a complex and deeply felt relationship with this subjective universe, which may incorporate real-world or imaginary characters and conventions.


What if the world’s a paracosm
To which our mind shows favoritism
A side effect of hypnotism
We’re actually on stage right now



What if we live in paper towns
For all our laurels and our crowns
All our smiles and all our frowns
They aren’t real at all


Our joys, our disappointment
Our art, our entertainment
Our deteriorating environment
Our system of government
Our religious alignment
Our past, our present
Our scientific advancement
We’re not compounds and elements
We are merely figments
Of imagination


What if our world’s a paracosm
To which our mind shows favoritism
This may sound like nihilism
But that’s not what I mean


It’s an idea or a doubt
That I sometimes think about
No offence to the devout
But that doesn’t cut it for me


No amount of thinking through
Or anything anyone can do
Will tell you what’s false and what’s true


I guess
Things are important if they matter to you




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Damayanti July 27, 2020 - 5:46 pm

Coming across Paracosm in this issue was akin to being served a cup of the finest home-brewed coffee when you were only expecting the instant variety. A pleasant surprise. Thank you. Good to come across a fellow logophile and that too one so young.


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