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