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>Indian Love Story: Romance Under An Umbrella

>I’ve never celebrated Valentine’s Day, never really figured out what’s there in succumbing to the commercial pressures of buying and receiving flowers, dinners, gifts… unless of course we want to stimulate the flagging economy in these trying times. I don’t even have money for that, dang! But the month of February, for very special reasons that are personal, makes me think about love and romance. Also, I start sniffing Spring already! So here’s one of the love poems I’ve been writing lately as part of a series. They are clubbed under the header INDIAN LOVE STORY (and don’t ask me why it is the fourth one!):

4. Romance Under An Umbrella

It’s the rain
And your face that streams
Like the pain of an inch-long separation
While we listen together

The road’s song churning under an umbrella
In full monsoon cadence

No, fingers don’t touch
And you take back the longing
Of our heavy-breathing nights
To the trill from a paan-shop radio

Reciting the very lines
I had memorized for you.

Photo from Internet: Raj Kapoor and Nargis in film “Shree 420”


11 comments on “>Indian Love Story: Romance Under An Umbrella

  1. Rhett
    February 3, 2009

    >Oh… well written. That sweetness of the hindi song what yu mean to say… wah wah!

  2. priti aisola
    February 4, 2009

    >priti.aisola@gmail.comIt’s very sweet.Evokes the mood of gentle romance.Just one question – what were you thinking when you used the word ‘churning’ to describe the song. To me it connotes some agitation, some turmoil. At variance with the general mood of muted longings.I guess it is a poet’s very personal vision.

  3. fleuve-souterrain
    February 4, 2009

    >Rhett– gracias! yeah you know that number from Shree 420, pretty iconic.Priti — gentle romance was the idea. I already told you why I wrote “churning”… was it literally “tadapna”, “chhatpatanaa” for me… don;t know. Shd run it by a native Hindi speaker. I like your point…

  4. Rhett
    February 4, 2009

    >Yea… Manna De and Lata… Pyar hua iqrar hua… whatta melody!

  5. ( A Techie)
    February 6, 2009

    >nice one.. just cudn’t resist writing few funny lines… 🙂 pyaar , iqraar aur baarish ki bauchaar..haye re kya kare? .. jeene ke yeh din chaar ..chaate main hain ched… pad na jaye hum beemar..use par ae hassen .. tera emosional attyaachaar…

  6. Too much to lose
    February 6, 2009

    >great way of expressing !!!!

  7. fleuve-souterrain
    February 6, 2009

    >Dear A Techieyou are funny indeed, good try!TMTL — danke my friend! All experimental and evolving…:-)

  8. Naresh
    February 7, 2009

    >Sweet Awesomeeeeeeeee!!! Am writin at

  9. tikulicious
    February 24, 2009

    >rimjhim gire sawan sulag sulag jaye mann …awesome …loved the love in your expression

  10. fleuve-souterrain
    February 24, 2009

    >LOL Tiku, we all love that rain song…!

  11. Anonymous
    March 3, 2009

    >Well written. I also managed to learn a lot about blogs here.

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