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Friday, December 30, 2005

Price

Bought a couplet from a little boy
selling shayari;
“Didi, listen, this will make you

very happy”, he said.
I listened greedily as the beautiful

lines washed over me.

When he held out a

grubby palm for his payment,
I clutched it tightly

crushing
the note within.
How much for a forever supply?

I mouthed inwardly.

His smile slipped, his
eyes fell silent;

don’t you know,
he seemed to say,
as he wriggled out of my
grasp, there is
no such thing
as

forever?




Travelette 1 - Sheik Salim Chisti’s Dargah, Fatehpur Sikri. November 2005.

14 Comments:

Blogger david raphael israel said...

Kajukatli--
this poem invites / wants some readerly slowing down! At first read, I kind of imagined it as an imagined encounter: the seller of poetry. Then, seeing note of the Salim Chishti dargah, supposed it's possible there are littleboy poetry-couplet sellers. Then, reading poem again (more attentively), noted that only the 1st stanza involves spoken words.
Finally (in this sequence? well for sake of a story): seeing "Travellete I," I'm left with the happy thought that even if a forever poetry-supply may be cosmicly prohibited, still this mini-supply seems likely to deliver a few siblings for this more-than-merely-likeable item.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Ishqa said...

sigh... the smell of poetry lingers still in the dargahs...
how you be?
R

3:09 PM  
Blogger kaaju katli said...

d.i - indeed, there was a little boy selling poetry at the dargah. thank you for your comments.

ishqa - how *are* you? thanks for dropping by!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Aravind said...

Nice , moving as usual:-)

3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweetheart ur such priceless post brings smile on our face.Wish u pen and post such valuable poetry "Forever". I feel proud of u and should'nt miss submitting it...Love

12:38 PM  
Blogger Dan Husain said...

Beautiful! Especially the closing stanza. :-)

Wish you a joyous new year! :-)

11:32 PM  
Blogger kaaju katli said...

Thank you, and a very happy new year to all :-)
Warmest,
-kk

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

worth the wait.
ur best till date for me
it takes me through varied images and emotions...

curious to know which one is ur fav

happy 2006

i_f

11:12 AM  
Blogger Heretic said...

Aaah sigh! For these lovely words.
Wish you a great year; may (y)our supply of poetry never stop flowing. :-)

11:11 AM  
Blogger Shyam said...

How lovely... happy new year to you, Indi :)

5:23 PM  
Blogger Parul Gahlot said...

You seem to have changed your manner of writing.. I'm so hooked to your original style that I'm left feeling a bit hungry.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous tangent said...

That's poignant - `how much for a forever supply?'

Verrry nice one.

Not as complicated as David Raphael's interpretation though!! Cheers bro!

6:02 AM  
Blogger dreamer said...

poetry seller..no such thing as forever..beautiful :) thnks fr sharing.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Vaish said...

you have made me relive the entire trip again with these lovely travellets...

the glimpse of sadness is nicely put.

Vaish

2:50 PM  

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