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Updated: Oct 18, 2023

In an unprincipled world, people dance to the rhythm of the monkey drum, played by those with influence. Abandoning their moral code, most individuals jump on the bandwagon of not serving a meaningful purpose in their lives. At the same time, a few are always guided by their ethical values.

Society, as it is, does not make it easy for such individuals to continue walking their straight path. Be it a humble debate, workplace politics, or a large-scale political battle; we are constantly faced with the dilemma between ethically correct and profitably convenient. Edlyn D’souza’s sarcastic poem “NOTA” highlights this grim reality that has become part of our everyday lives.

Cover Photo by Ravindra Patoju

Pick a side! Pick a side! Choose who’s right and wrong. Only cowards stay neutral. Decide where you belong. Pick a side! Pick a side! Don’t you have any opinions? With me stand the majority. Come be one of my minions. ​Pick a side! Pick a side! You’re not making any sense. If not with, then you’re against us. Pointless sitting on the fence. Pick a side! Pick a side! The smart will make the right decision. Their stories are full of lies, made up to fool you with precision. Pick a side! Pick a side! Doesn’t matter who is right or wrong. It’s a quid pro quo world today. Together, we stand strong. Pick a side! Pick a side! Remember, you will need me someday. If the opposition is your ally, I’ll make your life harder in every way. Pick a side! Pick a side! Unless you wish to stand alone. To us, you’re the common enemy. We shall unite to make you mourn.



This contribution is reviewed by Gayatri Sharma & Nikhila Kotni, proofread by Sreekar Ayyagari, & photographed by ​Ravindra Patoju.



This poem is available in paperback & ebook.

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