Sunil Sharma, 2/3/2020

Current Occupation: College Principal
Former Occupation: Vice-principal
Contact Information: Sunil Sharma is a Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 21 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:
— https://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html 
 
 For more details, please visit the link:
— http://www.drsunilsharma.blogspot.in/

 

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A worker and conservator

 

A migrant from South India

some place there

nobody is interested in

to know;

 

lean-thin

the man speaks in an

accented Hindi

 

a worn-out smile

due to the daylong hard labour

under a canopy of a small shop

in the expanding

suburban Mumbai

 

sells lentil-dough for making

crisp idli  to the working women

 

he quietly

 

daily 

 

waters few plants

on the divider of the broken street

opposite

 

the dough-water

revives the saplings

planted by the municipal corporation

and forgotten afterwards!

 

Marginals 

 

The wandering January morning comes to put a blanket of fog on New Delhi—the hub of the Indian power and other moguls—now attracting migrants of all hues. 

From the barred window can be seen the outlined figures shuffling around mysteriously in the direction of the dump, obscured. 
Then pop out of this moving grey curtain, waifs, startling the detached viewer, at the window— 
Three semi-clad urchins with plastic sacks bend their slim backs. 
The trio scavenge the debris of the parties held in various apartment blocks 
Of that pricey neighourhood. 
 

They bounce with elan on the bare concrete, 
smiles not diminished by the cold wind, and, unshod feet. 

After retrieving, they cheerfully pass on a bottle of Coke rescued from that 
source of their daily food and livelihood, as a family of the excluded and the deprived, in the midst of the plenty. 

A Happy New Year to the Great Republic!

 

 

2 comments on “Sunil Sharma, 2/3/2020
  1. Abu Siddik says:

    Both poems are touching, and crafted deftly. They tell stories a few want to hear in our progressive society!

  2. Sangeeta Sharma says:

    It’s a moving take of the underprivileged of urban India.
    Very good composition

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