Indira Renganathan

Gastronomy Then And Now - Poem by Indira Renganathan

A hygeine-domain was ruling then
To breed our chilhood in austere cuisine..
Punishable by code of that domain
Being unwashed and as well eating out..
Inviting was ritual specials alone
Hotels, motels, mess-stalls all scarce
In scurrying selling snack sellers
In heterodox houses sparse
Extended, cooking, compulsion
Enforced to a life gastronomical
Exempted women all from being 'outgoing'

Changed time, trend and the vendors..
Behind the dwindling evening shades
When the sun conceals himself
There comes a maestero-voice of a sale
Idiaappam, Chapathi, Godumaiputtu..
Else everything and accompanied curries..
When the curtain raised for the sun up
Meals, tiffin all cycling around busy
What though hygeine-domain fallen
What though dying is home-cooking
Life 's happy, obese in a necessity-domain

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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