Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Fighting Karelas.....

I am not a frequent coffee drinker,  à la  sitting in CCD and imbibing the same coffee under different fancy names. . Neither am I a special spokesperson for karelas.

But I just came across this review of a certain CCD(Cafe Coffee Day, a chain ) in downtown Mumbai, , where the blogger, Karan Shah was upset with the place , and indicated his opinion and rating by posting a picture of Karelas, or bitter gourd.

In keeping with the current election season, where many with great hi-fi pretensions to power are losing it , thanks to the emergence of the Aam Aadmi (~ordinary man, no connection to the party by that name) , it was only fitting that I register my protest on behalf of the karelas.

Sometimes, truth is bitter .......   first in Hindi and then in English ......

पैसेवाले कैंडिडेट्स ,
मेकअप लगाके
कांच कि पार्टीशन के पीछेसे

झूठा हस्नेवले कैंडिडेट्स,
क्रीम लगा लगाके फेअर और लवली
दिखनेवाले कैंडिडेट्स,
और कॉफी के नाम पर
वोही वोही चीज़ कागज़ कि नाव में देनेवाले ,
आप को क्या समझेगा ,
आम भाजी
काँटेवाले करेला कैंडिडेट्स,
APMC के दाम के नीचे
खंदें झुके हुए ,
नमक के पानी में कभी कभी डुबाकर
काट काट कर ,
या कभी भर भर के
चुनाव कि गर्मी में जले हुए
लोग कैसे होते है ?

ऐ CCDवालों
हम हरे है, रंगीन है , लेकिन फिर भी जीते है। …

 Fake smiles
from inside
"protective" glass partitions,
so many candidates
dotted ,smeared
and lavished with cream
in an effort
to be Fair and Lovely,
and those that serve
the same caffeinated bilge
in different paper boats;

How will you ever understand
the Bitter Life of a Gourd
the Karela candidates,
that impresses
the Aam Aadmi
despite the uneven
poky exteriors,
bent under the
pricing of the APMC diktats,
a salty immersion,
and a stuffing
while being roundly singed
in oil,
in the heat of 2014 ?

Hey CCD types,
we are green,
and we win ! 

1 comment:

  1. hahaha, loved it..ekdum bhannat aahe
    the protest is registered and enquiry is ordered and outcome awaited :P
    therefore in no position to comment until then :P (election flavored)