Cud on a Plate

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Author: Bivin A. Peter (Athi)
Pages: 88
Year of Publication: 2018
Price: Rs 200
978-93-5045-172-4 (9789350451724)

About the Author:
Bivin A. Peter prefers to use the pen name Athi, which was given to him by his late friend, Abhayan. He describes this collection as “partly digested thoughts pressed upon a paper which are going to be chewed on further from this book by all those who read it, hence the title Cud on a Plate.”


Corporate Indian-American

What’s Indian about this man?
His disgust for toilet paper? Yes, he’s
a strong believer of water-wash guided
by his left hand.
His brown cookie colour, I suppose,
his Indo trying to be British accent
altered by the regular intake of
American series like a faluda – where
ice cream is just an ingredient.

He says: “What’s up?”
followed with a hi-five.
He’s a fan of Harley-Davidson,
works in an American company,
wears a Nike t-shirt with
Levi Strauss & Co. jeans and a Crocs slip-on.
Should I mention Jockey innerwear? C’mon!
Back from his daytime job,
he pours for himself a shot of JD
while watching Friends
on an HP laptop munching
Lays waiting for the KFC
home delivery ordered online
through his iPhone.

All of this looked over by a poster of
The Doors hanging on his wall
facing a confused Indian
neatly gift-wrapped by Americans.

50 poems

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