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At present we Indians

are living in an in-between state,

neither true nor false.

‘Earn with integrity

Give back to society’

is the new mantra

of our government

these days. They believe,

they are working towards that goal.

So overnight 1000 and 500 rupee notes

were stripped of their status as legal tender.

We are given about two months time

to exchange them for fresh notes.

Apparently it’s all good.

Terrorists are pulling their hair

over their counterfeit money.

Desi* billionaires’ (our invisible potential foes)

spirits nosedived;

demonetization is demonization to them,

while our poor spirits sky rocketed;

‘an excellent move, now see how it feels to lose’,

we smirk at the shamelessly rich,

at the trigger happy terrorists,

at people sitting on piles of cash

amassed through bribery,

feeling betrayed by the govt.

We stand in long queues in banks

outside ATMs, perspire and even die

to have only 2500 rupee notes in cash

yet we praise the move

as in the new year

we are ringing out bribery, terrorism,

smuggling, ‘Black Money’ (local term for cash

stashed away to evade tax)

and ringing in honesty, integrity etc.

I hear from various news sources:

more than 23 billion junked bank notes

are stacked one on top of the other;

the pile would be 300 times

the height of Mount Everest.

I shudder to think of the aftermath,

as the cost to replace the old notes could be

as high as 200 billion rupees.

Have we truly become the denizens

of a bizarre Hyperbole-land, I wonder.



*‘Desi’ is ‘Local’


Posted for my Midweek Motif ~ Hyperbole (Stretch the Truth) @ Poets United


Note: This is just a sketch of what we’re going through. I dare say it’s a poem at all.