At the dentist’s

I say a silent prayer

and brace myself

The dentist pick the drill

and peers into my mouth

He shakes his head

and reminds me ominously

this is the last root canal

that can be done

and if I continue indulging in

a variety of sugary treats

I would soon be bidding goodbye

to all my teeth

in my humble opinion

the dentist frightens me too much

and soon enough there will be
an enamel guard

to put all dentists out of practice!


Love found in loveless matches

He found love

on the aisle marked

consumer durables

for marriage entailed

a host of electronic items,

household items as bridal gifts

(euphemism for dowry)

they started as strangers

who were given a licence

by the society

to become intimate

he had not expected

to be smitten

by this girl chosen by his parents.

In India arranged marriages are still the norm and people do find love in such matches.