That day he understood.
the laundry to be put out
and the lunch boxes to be made, before the
bus arrived to take the kids, bit before
mid-day…and other chores,
without any respite!

the maid played truant
as if destiny wanted it that way only.
she, the wife, ill
waking up
drifting back

he, running around
the suburban Mumbai apartment
answering door bells, cold calls, couriers
and storing filtered water in bottles
due to daily shortage

then straightening the rooms
piling the newspapers into a bundle
managing the washing machine
and the office e-mails, simultaneously
or, almost
—he, working from home, that hot day,
muttering sotto voce, all the obscenities—
his feet running off a tired body
about to tilt like the Tower of Pisa
or, whatever…

the manager- guy understood perfectly
what does it mean to be a superwoman
with multiple hands
sweat dripping
a galley slave
but never-ever grunting!

those sexy ads
of working women
becoming a grim reality.

the being that was a 24X7 machine
the machine then
morphing into a smiling wife
a great care-giver
to an ungrateful/uncaring
fat Indian middle-class family!

—Sunil Sharma

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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: For more details, please visit the website:

10 thoughts on “Realization

  1. Sangeeta Sharma

    Familiar and mundane routine of a woman well-noticed n well-addressed by a well-known poet,Sunil Sharma!


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