It used to be Baby, ‘cos they saw I was young, The one they looked after when her parents weren’t around. Then, it was Didi – the elder sister, A young adult woman without a ‘Mister’. But 2 years of marriage and that was all gone, Then I became Bhabhi, their sister-in-law! Now things have changedContinue reading “The stages of my life”
Please pray for our leaders to walk in the light, Whether they do on their own, or because they’re forced to – either is alright. Pray for us all, that we can be the pressure, That we hold on to our values, and let honesty be our measure. Pray that we care for the onesContinue reading “Dear India, Please pray.”
Dear Student, I’m asking you to make an effort. I’m not asking you to succeed, but to just go through the motions to start with. Because I know that success will follow. Because I know, that someday you’ll move on and be independent in learning music. I’m asking you to try, knowing you might struggleContinue reading “Because I know that success will follow”
Freedom is a walk in the warmth of the sun, A fridge well stocked and dinner that’s already done. Freedom is some time with nothing to do, But have coffee or chai in the evening with you. Freedom is the right to express my opinion, That’s tied to a duty to have respect forContinue reading “Freedom”
Men-Oh-Pause, give your wives a break,
Don’t get up and leave them to wash up the plates.
They’re on their feet before every meal,
Cooking and washing and keeping the home clean.
Should I vote for you or should I vote for your brother, The one who will guide you when darkness takes over. Or, should I vote for the winner, support the fair weather friend, Who will swing different ways, depending upon who wins. Will I examine my values when I press that button, Think ofContinue reading “Will I vote?”
Fifty percent still working, Running on hope and on faith. Parts falling off but still running. The support system that takes us from place to place. There’s nothing like a bus ride in the bright morning sun. The wind on my face, and the noise – so relaxing! This is my idea of fun.
I am the colours that come from the light, The colours that change so that dreams can take flight. The colours that are calm and the ones that are not. That change each season, that stay the same for no reason. I am the colours that cling to the light, And I hope I keepContinue reading “The colours”
We take it with us wherever we go, That temple inside that helps us connect with our soul. We don’t really need fancy buildings to worship, Or an outwardly show of this private relationship. We just need some quiet, a place we can find, Even on days that are noisy, to clear the clutter fromContinue reading “The temple inside”
It’s so important to have routines, familiar paths to tread. Time together and time alone, Time to visit our parents and keep in touch on the phone. Time to work and time to relax, Time to move forward and time to step back. A way to help everyone be together, Yet still have the spaceContinue reading “Routines”
Just one spoon of oil ‘cos it’s good for my health, Being active and happy is my idea of wealth. We don’t suffer famine or drought, and there’s plenty. Unfortunately, it just adds layers to my belly. So just one spoon of oil when I cook my dinner, I have to make an effort toContinue reading “Just one spoon of oil”
A decision Our old Eureka Forbes floor cleaning robot started to fall apart, and couldn’t be repaired. We invested in it years ago, but it took us a while to reorganize our home for it. So, we only started to really use it 6 months before it died. At this time, Eureka Forbes did notContinue reading “The taste of freedom with our Milagrow Floor Cleaning Robot”
I visit my friend and she’s at the table, Feeding her son who is perfectly able, To eat on his own. He’s almost a teen! I wonder why it is that she just can’t see. With a spoon in her hand and love in her heart, This is her way of bringing him up. HeContinue reading “Change the woman, to change the man”
Do women deserve a weekly off or do they need to pay, For the sins of their husbands mother, On that seventh day? The mother who did what she thought was right, Who never took a break. Who was an obedient daughter-in-law, who accepted without a fight. ‘Cos she learned from her own mother,Continue reading “The Sins Of Their Father’s Mother”
For God’s sake don’t argue, just spend! Don’t drive your family round the bend. Take a rickshaw or take a cab. Is the saving worth driving your children mad? Standards of living are changing, But the footpaths have many potholes and breaks. Walking alone can be risky, And your children will happily pay. For aContinue reading “For God’s sake don’t argue, just spend”
I want to do for you as you did for your mother, But we both want to do it our way. With love and respect for each other, And space where we both have our say. You did without reservation, Without care for yourself – space to grow. It was the way for some ofContinue reading “A space where we both have our say”
Kharghar is burning and nobody cares. There’s often a strong smell of smoke in the air. Garbage collection is not a routine, And waste segregation still is a pipe dream. Kharghar stinks and nobody cares, The stench of chemicals sometimes fills the night air. The cool of the season brings a mist early morning, ThatContinue reading “Kharghar is burning”
The roads there for walking, the streets are for parking, The footpaths where we sell our wares. The junction is where we stop to chat, Though the signal is green and we’re causing a jam. We’re desperately eager to eat at the cart, On the road mid the smoke from the bikes and cars, WeContinue reading “Start to explode?”
Husband No 1 : Nothing to do, nothing to do! My poor dear wife has nothing to do! I come home from work and the house is so clean, She’s sitting around reading a magazine! The food is all cooked and our ironing is done. She looks like her day’s been a lot of fun.Continue reading “A tale of two families”
Hey diddle diddle there’s more on my middle, I need to go down for a walk! But when there’s time and the weather is fine, I go meet my friends and we sit down and talk. It’s coffee or chai with some nice apple pie, And soon we’re on a lovely sugar high. There’sContinue reading “More on my middle”