There has never been a sentiment
of such a nature which says:
In India, do as Indians do
and I am tempted to look through
and wonder how it is true
to not have such a sentiment but to
constantly ape; ape the man of
modern boots, oiled tongues, a swag, and solid white lies too
that in India, no one does as Indians do, even Indians too
but those who do here are akin with walks of a liberated zoo
prancing here and there with nothing to do except to joke around
and mask the varieties of masks in a tongue salivating for foreign foods
that the hunger of outsiders remain evermore evasive for their talks
who do simply saying it in closed doors and gatherings of few as if identity crisis
had never touched their collars and dues to pay to say a thing or two with open doors.
Pawan Nooroo Heera is a poet from India, a founder and editor of The Quiet Letter. He is also working upon his first novel and a poetry collection to be published later.