Ban Ban


“It’s fun, a past time for the public to hear the refrain BAN-BAN !
It all began with your policy to banish our– the Opposition’s– man !
Tit for tat,because in your regime, you had tied us up:
So,now, we will watch you drink from the same cup”.

“You steal the honor by putting ASHOKA on a stamp;
We’ll do better by having a “live” one on the ramp !
You corner the savant’s space under the hoary tree–
we will grow cloned “Ashoka” climbers on it soon, for free..”

One wistfully recalls how Ashoka was a favorite Supari :
And,liking it didn’t risk being banished to a far off Sharry !
So,in frolic, you could gorge on it without raising a sweat
And,for all that, a sermon utmost was what one would get !

Today,as a tourist, if you are stepping on the Ashoka Road,
You are on your toes unsure you aren’t carrying a moral load ?
For starters, not walking bare foot could be a culpable crime
And, entail you to pay the fixed fine or serve–in the can–time ?

Political parties spar on the issue of the public ban,
Cleverly scoring brownie points as many as they can.
Between the Devil and the Deep Sea, it’s futile to negotiate–
The flocks reconcile to sloganeering as their new opiate !


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About Kumaara Sukeja

As for my bio-tidbits, had studied English Literature for my B.A ( Hons.) degree in the 70s.Dad was a writer and a journalist of repute in the vernacular media in his time. There were also others before him in the family who had celebrated works in their names in the Kanarese, the local language.I was fascinated by Ogden Nash for one for his originality. Among the literary devices, I have almost a weakness for Alliteration and Rhyme schemes also come easy to me. As one grows mellow with age—I am Sixty–I guess, Empathy is one virtue that develops in the character, naturally, after shedding a lot of flab throughout the years…Although my name is Ramesha, I prefer to write under my pen name.

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