Poverty consciousness

He stays in a penthouse

Atop the most luxurious buildings

In a bustling Metro

He globe-trots in business class

To attend meetings as often as twice a month

His kids study in best private institutions

And his wife hob-nobs with society butterflies

Yet…

Not a day passes without him checking his bank account

He never buys a dozen apples without bargaining

Never gives charity without shaming the seeker

He has never gifted his wife in as many 20 years

As gifts are extravagance

He’s never surprised his kids on their birthdays

As it’s a useless ritual

He doesn’t believe in celebrating festivals

As it’s a waste of resource

He never invites people home

Because they are all suckers

Falling for his wealth

He has no more than two pairs of formals

And buys one pair only every three years…

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Obsession

She dusts, wipes, pats, takes a step back

Cocks her head and crinkles her eyes

And dusts again, wipes over and pats the counter

She mops kitchen before beginning work

Every morning at 6am

Waits for floor to dry, lest her footprints leave marks

Makes tea, washes kettle, dries and places it back on stand

Wipes the counter, washes dish towel, before settling

To take a sip…

When she notices one fingerprint on centre-table

Leaves her cup and fetches table cleaner

Sprays it, wipes it, takes a step back

Cocks her head and preens over the table

Satisfied she returns, washes table cloth, dries it, pins it on hanger

And is back to her tea to find it cold,

She decides to heat it in microwave

Holding the hot cup, she places it aside

Switches off the oven, picks up the oven towel

Wipes the inside, picks up the plate, wipes underneath

Wipes the roof, the sides, takes a step back

Bends low and stares inside the oven

Shakes her head and wipes the roof yet again

Then washes the oven cloth, dries it and pins it on its hanger

Now she sits with her cup, when the alarm clock screams

It’s time to wake up her kid

She covers the tea and rushes to the bedroom…

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No comparison

When will we live, he thundered

Yet again

What the hell will we do?

Do you even care? He yelled at his wife

Look at what Rakesh’s in-laws gifted him?

Look at his flat? Rs2 crore

Do you even know to write the figure?

He’s worried, tensed that he loses sleep

He’s irritated, insecure that he faults his wife

Bloody I work like a donkey

And am ignored for promotion…

Look at our cousin going on overseas holidays

Look at them, how they spend shopping

Do we have the means?

Did you notice the gold on the bride?

The feast that followed?

All our cousins are well-off

And you just sit and watch reality shows…

……. have you ever thought about….

Shut up!

Yelled the wife, long many years later

Enough!

I’ve had enough! For the last 16 years…

Do you have anything nice to say?

This is the only reason you’re NOT living

Stop it NOW!

Stop comparing

Ahhh!, she slumbered on the sofa

I’m happy with the way we live

With my job, your work, our son

Our home, our friends, our family

I happy like this

Pleaaaase! Let’s live!

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Me, me and more of me

They matter as much as they don’t

They run, jump, and dance with us

When they feel like it

When they need to

Do you know them? him? her?

They are a pain as much as a joy

They talk, laugh and make merry

They say you are the best

You are all they have, and

You’ll forget all they’ve done

But…

What have they done?

Wanting to share your space, when they need it

Wanting to hug you when they feel like it

Do you need them?

Who doesn’t once ask how you are

For they are busy with their life,

Who doesn’t once call for a chat

For they are busy meeting deadlines,

Do you know him? her? them?

So…

What have they done?

Focussing on their dreams, forgetting to wish you

Offering help when it suits them

Do you need them?

Who only sings me, me and more of me?

myself

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Loving your look

Metallic black leather jeans

My love for occasions…but

Now I cringe with zipper jaws open

Slumped on sofa, tiers slumped, too

Onto my thighs

Determined I grabbed

Soup diets and exercise

Walks and fruit salads

I looked at chips

Stared at tikkas

Moody, angry, frustrated at self

I binged on crisps, a week later

‘Let’s go for a movie,’ hubby announced

And I pulled along

With a pink crepe top over floral skirt

Without a look at self, pulled a band

Up my hair as I slipped on a sandal

Strapping myself in the car, I heard

‘You look lovely today!’

Was I slapped? I was alert

But mind denied…

Uh! yea…let’s go

‘I mean it. I love you like this

Simple. Without make-up

How I saw you the first time…”

fat

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Killer

She gnaws at me

Along with my interiors

Tears oozing my face

They crawl all over me

My friendship betrayed, I live

Watching her play his assistant

She trained, he showed; she learnt, he taught

As I stared, still staring…

It’s not he, she did it

My heart yells to forgive

My mind screams for revenge

I sulk, weep and smile

So be it

He was not meant for me

Wherever, may he stay happy

I convince myself

My heart smiles

But the mind screams

Betrayed!

Killer!

Who?

He or my mind?

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Juggling the muse

To many places at one time I go

I be, I dwell,

I am, too

At work, at home, with friends

And in mind, I float always;

Grilling chicken, dressing salad

Washing dishes, I even plan breakfast;

Closing files, attending meets

Delegating tasks, I even plan my next poem;

It’s my way of life!

When I crib about day ending and

Sit around sulking, refusing to be cheered

But feeling guilty of wasting that moment

It’s me the way I am

It’s my way of life!

When I write a 100 words in mind

And listen to my girl’s school games

And feel guilty of neither being with her

Nor granting those words to paper

It’s me the way I am

It’s my way of life!

When I go visiting, keeping social norms

And feel the muse itching, I simply smile

Caressing it, I take a bite and compliment the host

Massaging as I allow being tossed, I play

I play with my muse, lest it walks away

And not let me be ME

The way I am…juggling

A juggler!

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Hide n seek

Where have you been? I heaved into the phone

When she finally answered my 8th call that day

Don’t ask. Crazy day…did you call?

Yea, You don’t reply to Wattsapp or FB msgs, what’s wrong

Bad cramps, hands are numb holding hot water bag

Oh, sorry. I was about to come and check on you in fact…

Thank God you didn’t, she cut me short…

I’m fine now. Will talk to you later, I’m getting a call

Take care, I shouted into the receiver as I heard it click

And walked into the kitchen, when I saw creamy, cold yoghurt

Mixed in some cooked rice, stepped out of PJs and grabbed car keys

I stood ringing the door bell, humming a tune, ready to surprise her

Two minutes later, her neighbour steps out and informs me

She’s not here. It’s been three days since I saw her

Worried, ringing her up, I walked the stairs, when

Security asked, ‘Your friend’s marriage over, madam”

I threw him a dirty glance, before walking with phone to my ear

Hello, where are you, I scream anxiously

Lying down my dear…I heard her sigh

Open the door, I’ve brought some curd rice for you

Oh..A..h..n.o..I’m fine…what…a…ah…

One second, I said, and ran to the exit

Open the door darling, I’m here.

Hello…hellooo…you are breaking…

And the line went dead!

hide

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I…who?

Who am I?

I was Nisha S. and became Nisha Sanjeev

I was a student and became a journalist

I was a daughter and became a mother, wife and daughter-in-law

I am a dreamer and want to become someone more

Who am I?

Have you asked this question, at least once?

In this query lies the answer to your existence

In its answer lies the solution to your worries

In its solution is hidden the meaning of your life

I am a soul, traversing this Earth for a purpose

Adorning this body and name to fulfill a purpose

The purpose

The purpose of becoming one with the Light

For which I need to become as pure as the Light

That’s the reason my soul became me

That’s the reason my soul took this name

That’s the reason my soul chose this career

From Nisha S and Nisha Sanjeev and journalist and mom and wife and…

That’s the reason my soul’s travelling this phase, too

Playing a blogger!

ligh

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Grandiose

I’m changing my son’s school, she said

Mid-term? But what’s gone wrong?

His company is not good… boys are dumb…

A few days later, she announces the news

Just two seats and Vishak got it, such competition!

You should see the school to believe it!

What auditorium! play area!

Not to mention extra-curricular activities!

The other school had the same, too, I countered

Yeah but this is different, boys in blazers!

And all four-wheel drives parked outside…!!

How’s the teaching faculty?

Vishak is intelligent…btw you changed this? She asked

This is not in now… she said commenting on my new dining table

We just ordered a rosewood antique dining set…

Beautiful, you should see it…12″ leafs, carved legs…

It’s a l.oo..a..ot expensive you know, but worth it!!

cah

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