Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Telegraph Lied

Telegraph Kolkata

The next day said

A speeding truck kills a man in the outskirts

And that he was from tollygunge all of twenty five




But they didn't say

That his R's at ends were curved,

And Liverpool was the team he loved.

Was still reading Wuthering heights then

Perhaps the fifty seventh time

That when he wrote his poems and even in life

On certain days he just loved to rhyme


That she still remembered his actual birthday

And not the one registered at the college or club.



That he could never cook rice properly

Or even slice tomato in perfect fours

But he said that there will be a wagon of maids

Who’ll take care of all her chores.


She was finally learning to drive a car.



Only Mondays were worthy

Of his intense painful hate

And when Thursday ended he wanted to have some ice cream

or chicken at Chinagate to celebrate

The last date.


Rains still made her gloomy and she still

Looked for him everytime she crossed tollygunge or presidency.



She Still shivered if someone said ,

I am pursuing English honours from presidency

Or I love Keats

Even when someone called out debesh on the streets.


And whenever her husband made love to her she still imagined him.



Her ATM pin was still, sixteen seventy four

Or she never ever heard Sinatra anymore,

Both her sons and their father knew

She was allergic to tulips

And only she knew she wasn't

It just reminded her of a few stolen days in Munich.


And his Maa-Baba still called her once in a week.



She still had saved his old telephone number,

at times she still smiled at their love day sometime in November.

She still watched Bonnie and Clyde

And laughing she wanted to reach him forgetting he had died.


It was all of it that she knew Telegraph didn't write.



Telegraph Kolkata

The next day said

A speeding truck kills a man in the outskirts

And that he was from tollygunge all of twenty five

But what they forgot to mention

Was even she after that wasn't alive.


But one thing she was sure about

That the Telegraph had lied.

4 comments:

Kingshuk said...

great work buddy.... :)

Anamika said...

gud piece writtn.....wll done!

Prerna Munshi said...

Very touching one! Loved it:) Keep up the good work Raj!:) God bless!:)

RUPAL MAHESHWARI said...

sir it really touched my heart.....u hv written grt.....