Bashyam Narayanan

Sarojini Nagar Market, Keep Your Shape In Tact - Poem by Bashyam Narayanan

Twenty five years after in a market

I wonder how many would have experienced
A visit to a market place
Erstwhile a regular place to visit
After twenty five years
I would have gone there hundreds of times those days
When I stayed in this historic city
We were wonder struck then
When we say its enormity, variety
And more than anything else, its customer care
Let that be school books for children
Let that be vegetables
Let that be a fridge or TV
Let that be special requirements for festivity
Let that be a single unique item
We used to rush to this market
Minding not the distance of about two kilometers
That separated us
Whosoever, visited us in this city from our native town
Were taken there for shopping
Say a thing, it is there
Even after this long gap
The market practically remains the same
Its layout, most of its buildings
Shop specialties
Even footpath selling items
Edible vending shops, all the same
The one important change is that
Those days people were not seen talking with mobile on hand
The other noticeable change is that
Many women were seen in tight jeans
Despite all that
What hurts me most was the thickly crowded
Long vegetable selling portion has practically disappeared
But still the market has not changed
Long live Sarojini Nagar Market
Keep your shape in tact.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 24, 2013

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