Treasure Island

Rohan Roy

(03-07-1992 / Kolkata)

If You're Not There(Certain things only Indians, rather only Bengalis would understand)


If you're not there, the day would be 30th February
If you're not there, capital of Kolkata would be Ballygunge Phari

If you're not there, Americans would eat bhaji pao
If you're not there, Eminem would sing 'Amake amar moto thakte dao'

If you're not there, Tom Cruise would wear lungi and vest
If you're not there, even Idli would be awesome to taste

If you're not there, Chetan Bhagat would write Bhagawat Gita
If you're not there, wife of Rajnikath would be Sita

If you're not there, Gujratis and Marwaris would eat beef
If you're not there, KFC would be served on banana leaf

If you're not there, Heritage school would serve non veg.
If your not there, mosquitoes would be kept in a cage

If you're not there, boys would play with barbie doll
If you're not there, Messi would play for East Bengal

If you're not there, I would try hard to start dieting
If you're not there, this poem I will not be writing

Submitted: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Edited: Saturday, February 25, 2012

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  • Sankaran Ayya (2/28/2012 11:27:00 AM)

    If you are not there Chinese Restaurants will be serving masala dosas
    If you are not there K C DAS will serve Rosa gulla in tamarind water
    If you are not there, there will be no water in Rabindra Sarobar
    If you are not there lovers will desert the Lake side
    OK ROHAN
    -KAVIN CHARALAN (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (2/26/2012 10:57:00 AM)

    Yes i am here as same as Jacob reason, tried to challenge myself to understand as i am not Indian or Bengali..a bit confusing at few lines because i dont know the meaning haahahaha but there are few lines that i really smile..haha_Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • Jacob Clark (2/25/2012 12:23:00 PM)

    I felt obligated to read this poem because the title told me I wouldn't understand it, as I am not Indian or Bengali. And it is true that many of the names and references certainly escaped me, but I feel like I still understand the poem. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me to be about how one thing, one person can change everything. It's strange, I almost felt like the 'you' you're speaking of was America, because you reference a lot of American things in the poem and then state how they would be different if 'you' were not there. One quick grammatical note: 'Your' is the possessive form of you, you're is the contracted form of 'you' and 'are.' You're using the incorrect form. (Report) Reply

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