In The Indian Coffee House

Coffee, cup, patterns
Image: 7MB
The art of leisure is perfected at the Indian Coffee House, where you can sit for hours without having a sip of coffee.

In the Indian coffee house you can sit
for hours, without drinking coffee.
You may read
papers, or write your journal
sit idle,
to watch people,
stories
rain.
No one bothers you in the Indian coffee house
as you sit for hours
without drinking coffee.
Time is like soil in the Indian coffee house
aging yet constant. Sounds of grey years
play with memories of the seventies
and ask pertinent questions:
about a country that we could have become
and a country we could not be. In the Indian coffee house,
they store hidden stories from the Emergency. The walls and the tables
remind you of  Doordarshan.
The white-clad waiters never get their orders right.
For in the Indian coffee house no one bothers
no one bothers, if you sit for hours,
without drinking coffee.

But the world outside lives in the present.
You could hear people bargain
at Palika Bazar. Or you could watch
them run
all over CP.
But in the Indian coffee house no one bothers
when you sit for hours,
without drinking coffee.

***

Madras Courier originally ran as a broadsheet with a poetry section. It was a time when readers felt comfortable sharing glimpses of their lives through verse. If you too have a poem you’d like to submit, do mail us at editor@madrascourier.com.

-30-

Copyright Madras Courier 2017. All rights reserved. You may share using our article tools. Please don't cut articles from madrascourier.com and redistribute by email, post to the web, mobile phone or social media.
Please send in your feed back and comments to editor@madrascourier.com