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kulfi days!

October 13, 2011
It's a weird place to be, the future.
It’s a weird place to be, the future.

“life in a packet!”,

rachel said,

mother dairy ’twas,

and kulfi was a special thing.

on hot summer afternoons,

usually post-exams, often pre-exams,

and in the evenings,

in our postprandial wanderings,

the grincess, rach, and pliz,

and mc’hen and i,

would walk to the dairy,

past the mukh gate,

nirula’s and a couple of erratic streetlights,

that went on and off on a whim,

for across the road lay joy unbound,

that was where kulfi was found.

maggihaired rach,

fatarmed grincess (“i’m so useless!”),

timchen’s headhunting ways (“takatakatakataka…”),

the poor red-nosed reindeer!

“what nonsanse!”, pliz says.

on misty winter nights,

peanuts were such a craze,

for them, we waded through the haze,

“gwyer ke paraathe” was a misnomer,

but who cared.

oh, ‘the best song in the world’,

and gumay supta’s spoonerisms,

word of the day: tchotchke et al

unbridled pleonasms,

those were the days!

though i threw up once,

for i ate too many peanuts,

and cakes,

courtesy rach,

and my gastronomic mistakes.


and the sounds of silence,

on the chapel lawns,

philly’s stringy instrument,

and the elusive leprechauns

which weren’t.

treasures, all of them,

those folks i just told you about,

though this one’s for you rach,

for buddays are a big deal,

and we must make the most of them,

so here it is,

a doggerel, such as it maybe,

for i never was a great poet,

even so i can’t help but do it. (there!)

p.s. happy birthday rachel! 🙂

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Vijay permalink
    October 14, 2011 12:50 pm

    @ CQ : why all these hand-writing samples appear so so familiar to me , though can’t figure who has scribbled what…. is it one of those time -pass drawings the class , CQ !!

    • Vijay permalink
      October 14, 2011 12:52 pm


      • ravithekavi permalink*
        October 14, 2011 8:22 pm

        @BJ: no re. drawn by rachel.

  2. Vijay permalink
    October 14, 2011 9:35 pm

    oh !! dunno why , but few words seemed to me like Mehar- types writing… ..:( I was wrong …sad !! 😦

  3. Atu permalink
    October 15, 2011 9:55 pm

    nostalgia creepin in !!

  4. May 24, 2012 5:42 pm

    I had to read this again. It makes me so nostalgic Ravi.

    • ravithekavi permalink*
      May 24, 2012 11:57 pm

      Nostalgia. Yes. I know that word. It haunted me. It still does, sometimes. It’s a constant companion, you know, so I’ve made friends with it. And we write poems together, Nostalgia and I. Much love, Rachel 🙂

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