love, laughter, pain, joy, life and its lessons, one word at a time


December 2015

My map..

I know you like a crinkled old map.

That crooked smile that can light up my day,
Those uneven scars full of resolve that can always show me the way.
That deep cleft in which all my sorrows disappear,
Those rivulets of mirth around your mouth always ready to appear.
Those arms like mountains that are always ready to shield,
Those heels always grounded and dug in saying ‘no big deal!’

No wonder then I love you so much.
Even after a million, reaching out my hand for just one more touch.
Hearing you walk in, my stomach still gets tied in a knot.
Standing and watching you leave, waiting till you become a dot.

We will walk together till we are a hundred years old.
Love sick fools! Isin’t that what we are always told?
That look in your eyes will light me up even when I’m old bent and grey,
You’re mine, only my map, and folded in my pocket forever you’ll stay.


A man stands hunched over his balcony, through a haze of smoke, relishing his tenth cup of tea,
Watching the lazy morning unfold as sleepy rickshaws, yellow cabs, line up like colourful ants, under a gnarly old banyan tree.

The rickshaw weaves its way through yawning padas and slim streets,
No one seems to be in a hurry, specially this man scratching his over indulged belly in a crumpled white dhuti.

The dhuti was freshly washed some days ago by the ghat as a boat carried tourists on a citywide spree,
Quietly billowing in the breeze, listening to endless chatter over some tangy jhal muri.

The jhal muri had its humble beginnings in a corner of Park Street lined with biryani and chaap,
They were a sumptuous lunch for the painter hard at work, lathering the symbol of a sickle outside every shop.

The painter was also a craftsman, who chiselled away in a dark warehouse, at a beautiful and fierce goddess with wavy black hair,
A tiny little luchi (poori) on a plate watched in fascination as he worked, and she continued to stare.

The luchi (poori) had breathed its first greasy breath at a pujo stall, to satiate dancing devotees, possessed, by the beat of addictive drums,
The city had shut, like every afternoon, making merry and living life on its own enchanting terms.

Today the city sat bustling again below his perch, but he seemed to be in no hurry.
Work could wait and so could the world, there was always time for just one more cup of tea.

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