My mother would say:
“Little boy Raj…
Go to Muthu’s
and get some
cinnamon, betel leaves
and ginger and garlic.”
And so I go to the shops
singing all the way
and when Muthu asks me
what I’d want
I rattle off a list:
“Sesame seeds, onions
tomatoes and pickles”
And back home,
Mother twists my ears
           --- Raj Arumugam.
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-1 English Standard-6. I Dream of Spices - Raj Arumugam (pp. 145-147). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.