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I married someone in America, "My royalty" -
But can you look away from Brides in Sari*
That long, silk or chiffon sheet several feet long
Wrapped with tantalizing patterns around
And around, until thrown over her shoulder?
Another act of royal bearing, wearing Sari ...

Even the floral tops over pants (Kurtah-pajama)
Become these stars - even in zillahs - far from Bollywood
The elegance was first sensed in my Mom in Africa
Yes, I was raised by Hindu-Muslim folk far from India
But with all the curries, puri, chapati, samoosa, subjee
Any South Asian would die for, even in sumptuous America ...

LORD shows me these hard-working Moms who give
And never stop giving: see them in USA
Right under your noses, running businesses
Going home and cooking real food from scratch
Even to the n'th course with heavenly deliciousness
I cannot imagine the non-stop cultural fountains
They draw from, to love so much: man and children
Add grandchildren, and her energy yet abounds
So, I know what I missed, when I emigrated ...
From Hades, I watch Abraham's Bosom
Without blame: praying for those in villages
Without much water, or sanitary napkins, yet 
As sanitary as Princesses: cooking, healing, generating
The next great doctor, computer guru for you
And for me, in the West. India's loss and mine
Are your gain: God loves you so much ...
Say that to yourself when U see a South Asian lady
(Now you know why your eyes linger on my Sister)

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 8/8/2018 5:36:00 PM
Bhai Arjun (like Arjuna in Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavad Gita). I thought you might be from Pakistan because I'm unfamiliar with JANGID ... either way, I forgot to say Jai Radheshyam; Hariom Tat Sat, and Namasthe. Also shalom, shanthi Om.
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Date: 8/8/2018 5:18:00 PM
Thanks Bhaisahib Arjunji. Yes, to all of them ... I was raised outside the Indian subcontient, but culture grows faster as one ages, LOL! Thanks so much for your comment, and hnest feedback. It is so precious ... I hope you know. Khudah Hafiz
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Date: 8/8/2018 4:59:00 AM
Nicely composed.I really enjoy it. but iam not confident it is love to woman or culture. Thanks for respect to s.indian.
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Date: 7/5/2018 1:43:00 PM
Been wonderful reading your vivid descriptive poem Anil, we have so much to learn by embracing other cultures:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 6/28/2018 6:14:00 AM
Anil.. I enjoyed reading your work this morning. Always nice to check out creative lines with a cup of coffee!
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