April 7, 2015

You Remind me...


You remind me...
you remind me
of those monsoon months

You remind me
of the sultry afternoons
of the thorn scratched arms
and prickled finger tips

You remind me
of mom's warnings
food is not fed with my hand

You remind me
of the circles and swirls
and tiny flowers

You remind me
of the amateur designs
with matches and broom sticks
on twilight evenings

You remind me
of the sugar syrup
and lemon juice
pressed on sticky palms

You remind me
of the late nights
in hostel rooms

You remind me
of the sun and Scorpio tattoos
on lean fair arms
on Sunday noons

You remind me
of the sleep laden eyes
of a newly wed

You remind me
of the last days I spent
in my maternal abode

You remind me
of yesteryears and more
of an era bygone!






24 comments:

  1. Such a lovely poem. I don't like applying Heena but after reading your poem I want to.

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  2. Thank you, Saru..you should and see..I just love the smell of it. :D

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  3. Good One !!! I had a smile ..the moment i saw the pic before reading the poem...do you know why? coz it reminded me of the scorpion tattoo on your arm!! Remember who put it ..don't say NO... :(
    Just a Coincidence ..a few days back my daughter wanted a tattoo on her arms...God knows ..how she got the idea ...i put a sun tattoo ..and remembered your scorpion tattoo..... :)

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    1. Akka....your comment brought soooo many smiles and laughs on my face. Hehehe...now, I won't say I forgot who put it...I was also wondering if it was you or Vidya or Kittu...no, I know who it is. And your daughter is our next generation in line....crazy moms...crazy daughters ..LOL....give her a hug from me. After putting up the tattoo, how I rolled up my chudidaar sleeves and went to the telephone booth for the whole of Masab Tank to stare at me...LOL..crazy females we were.

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  4. Hey, you have a scorpion tattoo? I want to see it! :)

    Memories of our childhood and youth keep us smiling in remembrance, don't they?

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    1. Hahahaha...No, BM! It was a henna tattoo which faded away in a couple of days. :) I wanted to get an OM or a butterfly tattoo but I was afraid if I get bored of it, I would want to get it removed. That's why, I kept myself away from it. Oh yes..memories are what keep us going forward :)

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  5. Memories of yesteryears are especially of childhood and teenage always fond.Even a mehendi can trigger such memories.
    Very nicely crafted poem

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    1. True KP Sir. Because it was a ritual to put mehendi every monsoon season...Now, it is a luxury rather special privilege to have henna :)

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  6. And this reminds me of your series about your dear friend-i think i started reading your blog with those.

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    1. Ahhh....what a memory :) I enjoyed writing that series :)

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    1. Thank you, Marcia... :) Just some memories..

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  8. Very beautiful! And, love the henna!!

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    1. Thank you, dear. In my sleepy eyes...I read Roshni as Rachna..I think only the R and n caught my attention :)

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  9. This is so lovely, Latha. I was on vacation and missed your post. I am not so fond of henna but yes of the memories that come with it.

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    1. Awwie...thank you, dear. I always loved the smell of henna....I still do. Recently, a friend arranged it in their home for a small gathering and it brought back all the memories :) yeah, I wanted to read you post on vacation...kept opening it, interruptions and never finished the post.

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  10. It's amazing how a simple thing like a mehendi can stir so many memories from ages. I'm a great fan of it and dont miss out any opportunity to get them applied. So if I look at it a few years later I would only be reminded of the family functions were we all had fun getting our mehendis done, mostly for weddings and other important celebrations at home :-)

    Speaking of memories, I have a favourite quote from Calvin and Hobbes : Day by day nothing seems to change, but pretty soon everything is going to change.

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    1. So happy to know that my lines brought back memories to you, Ashwini :) yeah..these days Mehendi is applied only for family functions or special occasions. Now that July is down the lane, you should apply again :)
      And thank you for that wonderful quote....it says a lot.

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  11. WOWOW a beautiful poem and ode to Mehendi

    and this Reminds me WHat a lovely person you are :)


    Bikram's

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    1. Thank you Bikram Bhai :) Yes, I am a lovely person.....hehehe..I will accept the compliment gracefully.

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  12. Lots of fond memories are associated with Mehndi! At one point of time, I was crazy about it. But now it is just once a year ritual ie on Karvachauth :)

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    1. Glad to find another Mehendi lover :) I can understand that feeling. Once we are growing older, these kind of things start taking a back seat and don't carry the importance they used to once.:)

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