#BlogchatterA2Z challenge and NaPoWriMo-2022
I honestly don’t know what got into me or rather, who got into me when I started with this poem. Maybe I was just inspired by this poem by Nissim Ezekiel– Very Indian Poem In Indian English ( a must-read). Without much ado, let me introduce this heteronym character Elakiya as part of my Intuitive Poetry Series. All she wants to do is communicate in a language she knows and terms fit. Expressions matter more to her than grammar. Excuse her!
I don’t understand dating what do you do? You go to coffee shop with a person, alone, drink coffee, eat snacks, talk and get to know the other person only to say no? and repeat from first, again? search another person? For me, it was just one-time like a
wholesalewholesome dating all of my family dating with my in-laws–family, not me and the boy only, ok?! My thatha aacchi, mama, mami, periyappa , periyamma, chitappa, chitti, attha, mama, anna, anni, all my family dating their side of big important relatives who have come all in shiny clothes wearing lots of gold jewels All had sweets, snacks and filter kaapi (hot and for free) talked and talked about our matrimony about my study & his job, about my cooking & his salary, about my jewels & their dowry all talked and talked about our matrimony After all talking and deciding, their side all seeing each other and nodding head and telling my parents “engalukku sammadham” (it means yes for marriage) then my parents and relatives see each other, nod and smile my amma having tears in eyes and looking at me I look down, shy, and smile My family and their family exchange big plates containing sweets, fruits, flowers, betel leaves and nuts then only all ask him to stand near me and I look down again and shy and all ask me to fall at his feet and I do Then they tell us to talk, in private in my room, with the room open amma has put a chair for him near the door and I was standing near him all are giving glances at us, gigling Amma gave a plate of kesari and mixchur to give him; I gave him I was standing, looking down and shy He was eating kesari and mixchur continuously in between asking me, pudichirukka? I look down, shy and smile, saying pudichirukku (I like) He continues eating mixchur, with head down, taking handful at a time, eating-noruk, noruk, noruk while my mother in law comes in to give both of us munch chocolate and go, smiling at me He finished mixchur then ate munch and looked at me, I guess I was looking down and shy by then everyone called us and that is how our marriage was confirmed over a plate of mixchur and a munch with filter kaapi (hot and free)
How did you like Elakiya? Do let me know in the comments!
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