My Village Calls Me

My village calls me
in this changed environment,
those lanes and bylanes of my village
are calling me once again…

the farm house its platform and hallway,
flinging the self on the cot and snoring under the open sky,
plucking and tasting mangoes and plums
in the backyard garden of my village
are calling me…

every morning and evening the blessings
of the elderly Kakas and Babas,
clinking and tinkling of anklets
and their messages emanating
from the pond water
are calling me…

those childhood games
under the canopy of leaves formed
by Peepal, Banyan and Neem trees,
getting drenched and rowing
paper boats in the rain water,
playing with butterflies and fireflies,
joyfully tending of plants and flowers
are calling me…

peacocks dancing amid
the soothing greenery all around,
crowing and clucking of roosters and hens,
the fresh pure milk curd and lassi of cows,
the melodious duet of cuckoo’s koo-koos
and the buzzing of bumblebees,
the harmonious mix of temple bells
and mosque azaans of my village
are calling me…

the sweet aroma of mahua and mustard,
the raw sweetness of jaggery,
everything so simple, sweet and easy
in that village full of innocence,
mutual respect and love,
hospitality and belongingness,
away from arrogance and deceit
are calling me…

my village writes to me everyday,
and I’m busy with my own dreams
and the so-called struggles
the life my village seeks no longer
lives at the known address
which has shrunk
to the small id of the email
and the life within the four walls
in the realm of my mobiles and computers…

but my village still calls me
as fervently and affectionately as ever…

–Kaushal Kishore

57 Comments

  1. So awesome sceneries and beautiful poem and explanation 👌🌷🙏
    Our hometown is always heaven for us 🌺♥️😊lots of memories also
    With us always to remember 😊🙏🌺ख़ूबसूरत यादों का बहार 👌♥️बधाई हो 🙏🌷

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  2. Wow this is so brilliantly beautiful! The imagery and emotion is so amazing and touching to the soul. What a stunning write beaming with love and nostalgia!! Excellent work, my dear friend 🖤🤗

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    1. Thank you so so much, Ace for your inspiring and loving words, as always, that mean more than I can say. It’s an honour to have a friend like you.😊💖

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  3. Gorgeous descriptive writing Kaushal..You transported me to your village too…I love the pictures you used and the loving way you describe each memory. This is a love letter to your village.. plain and simple..describes with sensitivity and poetic honestly! Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Karima for reading and sharing your beautiful reflections. It’s true that I’m fond of rustic charms of my village, though it’s rare to visit. I miss it. But your words deeply touched me. Much much appreciated 💐😊🙏

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