Madathil Rajendran Nair

Gold Star - 27,635 Points (3rd December 1946 / Bombay, India)

Diwali Celebrity - Poem by Madathil Rajendran Nair

Things changed all of a sudden
With greetings and acknowledgements
Pouring in from unfamiliar directions
I have become
A celebrity overnight

The security men at the gate
Stooped into my car
With a loud “Good Morning, Sir”
The launderer who irons our clothes
The milkman and the paper-boy
And the grumpy car cleaner
Who cleans the neighbour’s vehicles
The guy at the parking lot
Of the supermarket
God knows what he does
The uncaring beggar on the streets
Have all overnight turned over-polite
Acknowledging my so far unnoticed
Insignificant existence

The watchmen in our neighbouring villas
Who demanded my identity to be proved
The other day to access their premises
Jumped in front of my car
Precariously to wish me a good day

The cat was out when the young maid
At my friend’s apartment
Who blushes and hangs her head
At my greying masculinity
Was emboldened today
To smile and look into my eyes
And pronounce in no uncertain terms
“Happy Diwali to you, Sir, and madam”

Oh, I am a celebrity today
Who the world has time to accept
Thanks to Diwali
Who cares about tomorrow
All celebrities have to go

Topic(s) of this poem: being different

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written on November 1,2013. The theme becomes pertinent again as Diwali (the Indian festival of lights) is round the corner (on 10th of this month - November 2015) .

Comments about Diwali Celebrity by Madathil Rajendran Nair

  • Vaidyanathan Ram Iyer (3/11/2017 11:10:00 PM)

    Nice reading, diwali the festive of joy, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Bakuli Bhakali (11/9/2015 7:39:00 AM)

    the world is so busy. no one has time to 'stand and stare' what others are doing? !
    but thanks to our for fathers who started these traditions of celebrating festivals, meet near and dear ones and ask their how abouts! thanks for sharing, it's really a wonderful poem.
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  • Jaishree Nair (11/9/2015 6:57:00 AM)

    Diwali - a day of celebrating the victory of the good over evil. A day to rejoice and spread happiness.This poem has great relevance as diwali is around the corner.Thank you for another superb write (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (11/5/2015 10:05:00 PM)

    An interesting and humorous write! People's attitudes change overnight! We will be shocked and taken aback how people turn cold and indifferent all of a sudden at one time and how they invest celebrity status, another time for no sufficient reason! Here at least, there is a common celebration for all to feel greater affinity and wish each one! Enjoy being in the lime light! Wish you a Happy Diwali in advance! (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (11/5/2015 2:35:00 PM)

    It is odd that it takes a holiday for people to acknowledge each other. Nicely written. Thanks, Madathil (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman (11/5/2015 12:50:00 PM)

    A witty take indeed, on the rewards and cash changing hands aspect of Diwali! ! ! Good one and so true especially here in Mumbai. thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (11/5/2015 11:55:00 AM)

    A fine expression indeed,
    Happy Diwali sir in anticipation,
    Loved reading the poem
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/5/2015 10:29:00 AM)

    Precariously to wish me a good day on Happy diwali celebrity jumps in front is amazing in description shared very wisely. Interesting poem shared in nice view....10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 5, 2015

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