Holy Cow and Other Poems

Holy Cow and Other Poems
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Description:

Author: S. Nihal Singh
Pages: 71
Price: HB Rs 200, FB Rs 150
Year of Publication: 2008
ISBN:
HB 978-81-8157-797-9 (9788181577979)
FB 978-81-8157-798-6 (9788181577986)

About the Author:
These are light-hearted poems that the writer had composed to poke fun at Indian — mainly urban — foibles. They reflect in a measure how India’s urban society lives and works, how it seeks and finds recreation and how some character traits have become ingrained in its make-up.

Teaser:

Prattlers

Why do minders
of displayed art
prattle on and on
and on?

They open the doors
to talk to comrades,
rendering air-conditioning
non-existent.

Their voices echo in
galleries that are
poor cousins
of splendid settings abroad.

What was
so urgent or
pressing
to talk about?

Or were they just prattlers
happiest when prattling
in stentorian
voices?

Is it the establishment
that employs men who are
uncomfortable
with silence?

Or is it in the Indian psyche
to shun silence
and revel
in noise?

I wondered when
we would
learn
to appreciate art.

Contents:
Cow:
Holy cow

Men:
Prattlers
Past as Present
Time Pass
Vote for Legs
Old Cure
Love and Money
The Barber of Delhi

Women:
Women’s Lib
A Lottery
Kitty Party
Redemption
Excess Baggage
No Legs

Netas:
The Luncheon
Propitiation Rites
Pearls of Wisdom
Same to Same
Plastic Flowers
The Pen

Lifestyle:
Friendly Noise
Shakespeare’s India
Raj Nostalgia
King Scooter
Date with Zubin
QED
Strollers
Clothes Line
Lost in Transition
Purple Prose
Staple Country
Their World

Outside World:
A Contest
Jakarta
Card Magic
Other World: Conspirators
End of World: Despair

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