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A product, an ad or a man

It’s Tuesday morning,

The road is crowded,

Full of people going to earn their

Dal and chawal.

I see a man going on a two-wheeler,

i can’t see his face,

But I can see his back,

His bright red T shirt has a line in bold letters

‘Instant loan approval upto 5 Lakhs.’

Who is he?

An advertisement/a product/ a man


I wanted to see his face,

I wanted to talk to him,

But in an instant he and I were separated,

By our separate destinations,

I stopped at my office building,

He moved ahead.

The bright red T shirt became just a dot.

In no time.

In the end, he and I have to earn

our dal and chawal.

And the pot-bellied leaders will talk of development

On prime-time news.


About Deepika Sahu

I earn my living through writing stories, editing what other people write (in simple terms I am a journalist). I dream of opening a cafeteria in the mountains, owning a beach home on the shores of Bay of Bengal... but right now, they all seem like wild dreams.. A gypsy at heart --- am passionate about life, music, words, cooking for people I love, soaking in the lashing rain and just looking at the changing colours of the sky.... And I am a great fan of the Indian Railways and I long to travel in First Class AC coupe across India.....with my man

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