Issues in India, Poems, Politics in India, Reflections

In search of greener pastures – the plight of some Indian farmers.

Off they go, bag and baggage

They know not where

It’s bye-bye to the lands they loved

And the houses they lived.

They make a beeline at the Bus stands.

Or at the Railway stations

Most likely to unknown destinations

And surely not to toil in Paddy fields

But to carry bricks and mortar in urban lands

Back home they were tormented……

By monsoon failure, crop failure and loan repayments

Something will be done

Something will be done

Assured the politicians and officials…..

To hell with your promises

The villagers shouted and off they go

In search of greener pastures.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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