Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

(17.10.1944 / Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

It Tastes Like NECTAR


To be an unwanted guest
sitting alone in the absence of the host
eating food 'hot and shining like an eye of a cat',
It is not delicious, but considered 'bitter like neem';

If you happen to eat in a house
where you are greeted kindly with respect,
the host also accompanies you to dine,
however they are poor;

Even if they provide cold watery gruel,
prepared with poor quality rice grains,
It tastes like NECTAR,
imbibes with your mind and body.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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  • Vijay Sai R (3/22/2012 11:34:00 PM)

    i am moved by your fluent flow of words...such a deep theme nicely written...nectar flowing (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/21/2012 12:50:00 AM)

    To be an unwanted guest
    sitting alone in the absence of the host.
    Dr.V.K. Kanniappan, You have brought in here an important issue of our changing culture. It is so cruel when we are unwelcome to our own siblings houses, if they tell us to call them earlier before we arrive, but whenever we call them, they may say that they are busy. Indian Houses in India are still open to their relatives, but in Malaysia the story is different! (Report) Reply

  • Rajendran Muthiah (3/21/2012 12:46:00 AM)

    It is miserable to be caught in a situation to eat in an unwanted place. The gruel given by the innocent and affectionate guest is really the nectar. Being a doctor, you know very well the gruel keeps away the rural folk
    from diabetes. Well Done. Rated *****. (Report) Reply

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