These days all we do is swipe.
right for double cheese burger,
left for pasta with white sauce.
Gone are the days when Pav-Bhaji
would be home delivered after hours!
Zomato is a smooth criminal—
it has killed the thrill of chase
but nothing can substitute the Ghee
Bhakri that my mother would make.

Smart phones are good—
they keep people close & far.
Laptops are the modern dog belts.
Pac-man, Mario and Tetris are no
competition for corporate Ludo.

Yet better things have come with progress—
my grandson talks about sex. More importantly,
safe sex. No more 14 injections when dogs bite.
Measuring sugar & blood pressure is simpler.
Pressures affecting the mind though,
still goes undetected. Mental illness
still a taboo. Years ago, Yoga led to Samadhi;
now folks believe it leads towards six packs.

Selected byJordan Trethewey
Image credit:Joseph Chan

Jay Gandhi is a thirty-four year old poet residing in Mumbai, India. He's an Accountant by profession, a Guitarist and a Yoga Practitioner. He derives inspiration from mundane things. Poetry is his tool to find beauty in the daily routine. His poetry has been featured in anthologies such as Persian Sugar in English Tea, Poets on the Run, Saffron Flavoured Rock Candy and Once upon a meal. His poems have been published by the online magazine Muddy River Poetry Review and have made it to the front page of In free time, Jay likes to walk for long distances.