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A Trip to the Indian Store

April 17, 2020 | By

An image of a regular visit to the only Indian store in town and how it becomes a synaesthesia of memories from home.

memoir poem about diaspora

Childhood brushes past,

Teenage tempts the soul,

Voices with laborious words

Skim the temper of spicy

papad rolled out on terraces by

Bright red rajasthani motifs

Around the narrow isles,

I weigh the kheer in my palm:

The rasamalai’s whiteness melts

In the white saree of my widowed aunt

Hovering over the saffron

Choosing the box from the box

kept near the cashier

I pay my way out into the chilly winter afternoon.

(Pic: Wikimedia Commons)

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Susmita Paul is an emerging writer with only a couple of English poems recently published in Montauk after a long hiatus. Her sole Bengali poetry book was published by Kaurab in 2019. She is also a Zentangle inspired artist and also a mother to a curious five-year old. She lives in Graz, Austria with her son and her husband.
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