When I Was 10 by Archana Garg

I had a doll that could close its eyes, “Don’t show it to others.” was a friend’s advice.


Covering notebooks was an important mission; it had to be done before submission.
     Extremely delightful and lovely days, never knew that would only be a phase.
       Let’s go back in nineteen eighty four, when no tears, only smiles we wore.
       Vacations were absolute sensation; leaving station was a real temptation.
        Endless world of immature fashion, ‘kumkum bindi’ was just an addition.
         Wearing ‘saree’ was my passion, who cared for momma’s permission.
          No one was allowed break rules, When, we played ‘Schools-schools’.
            My favorite game was one leg race, for my pace had some grace.
            Pinning a Tricolor was a pride, ‘Vande Mataram’  we loudly cried.
             Playing Cricket was real fun, though companion I had only one.
              All of us governed a star or two, aliens! We called them ‘Dru’.
               Hopscotch was no big deal; it always gave us an active feel.
                ‘Roohafza’ was the coolest drink; I could finish it in a blink.
                Fleeing after ringing a bell, then hiding into a nearby shell.
                    How I wish to make way back then, when I was ten.

*A bindi, meaning “point, drop or dot ” is a red dot worn on the center of the forehead, commonly by Hindu women.
@Saree is a garment consisting of a length of cotton or silk elaborately draped around the body, traditionally worn by women from South Asia.
#Tricolor: The National Flag of India is a horizontal rectangular tricolour of deep saffron, white andIndia green; with the Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centre.
**Vande Mataram is the national song of India.
##Rooh Afza is a non-alcoholic concentrated squash. It is still the most popular drink in India.

Copyright © 2016 Archana Garg


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