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Things That Make Me An Indian

By Nishi Yajnik

 

As I lay in my bed,

I jot down all the points in my head that make me an Indian,

But still being unable to draw a conclusion,

I wonder if it is my humor that has derived from tarak Mehta ka ooltha chashma,

Or whether it is the way I never miss an ekta kapoor’s serials,

Is it my wisdom and how I am addicted to books like APJ Abdul Kalam,

Or how I want to be an economist like rughuram Rajan,

Is it my spiciness in the way I talk,

Or perhaps my sweetness like the Bengali sondesh,

Where I play garba and bhangda for every little celebration,

Or how no good task is begun without the name of ganesha,

Whether it is the spoon full of sugar and curd before every exam?

Or how I celebrate all the 20 festivals,

Is it the tears when the soldiers died in the Pulwama attack,

Is it the tears shed even for other countries because that’s how I was raised up,

Listening to the stories of mahatma Gandhi and how I support  “ahinsa”,

It is the way that my legs stop whenever the national anthem plays,

Or how my heart fills with respect and love when lata Mangeshkar sings “ae mere watan ke logo”

It is the courage I show in helping another human as the color saffron flashes through me,

It is the belief in peace as I get reminded of the color white,

And how I will always have faith in the soldiers and stand tall with the color green,

And if I had to conclude it all,

I would simply sing “mera jhoota hai japani”

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This poem won in Instagram Weekly Contest held by @delhipoetryslam on the theme 'Indianess'

26 comments

  • Such heart touching lines. Can totally relate to it. Keep up the brilliant work🤗💕

    Yukta
  • Excellent expression of thoughts & feelings. Keep up this spirit alive in you all throughout to be a wonderful human being. Best wishes for many more such inspiring creations. God bless.

    Maithili Mundlye
  • Wow… Great one

    Ankit Pathak
  • Very nicely covered different aspects
    Well done Nishi, proud of you

    Vidhi Yajnik
  • Great Nishi. Very thoughtful.
    Read now.
    Amazing 💕😍. Loved your imagination. 👏🏻👏🏻

    Archana Agrawal
  • Great Nishi. Very thoughtful.
    Read now.
    Amazing 💕😍. Loved your imagination. 👏🏻👏🏻

    Archana Agrawal
  • Good very good
    U written amazing…..
    Keep going

    Raj pandey
  • Competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one’ thing to another. Nicely writing as distinguished.

    Chintan Yajnik
  • Competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one’ thing to another. Nicely writing as distinguished.

    Chintan Yajnik
  • Wow!! Amazing 🙈

    Vedika G
  • Very thoughtful poem.
    Keep it up.all the best.

    Aabha Patwardhan
  • Very thoughtful poem.
    Keep it up.all the best.

    Aabha Patwardhan
  • If we Indian y not top thinking like u only live eat .drink. see movie. See serial but no jajba as we Indian as gandhi bapu sardar patel .

    Deepak pathak
  • Never felt more India before. A stellar poet with a great poem.

    Om
  • Claps! Claps!

    Very well written. Well picked facts.

    Beat wishes.

    Ajitha Raju
  • Very beautifully written! Looking forward to more of such poems!

    Suhas misal
  • So beautifully written

    Kirti
  • Ok

    Sudhir Powale
  • VERY GOOD AND THOUGHTFUL POEM. I LOVE IT 👏👏👏.

    Rehan Joseph
  • Beautifully written.
    Touched every colors of India life.
    Keep on writing

    Vaishali yajnik
  • Wow so beautiful 👏👏

    Ruchi Samir Yajnik
  • Very versatile!

    Pragnya Paramita
  • Truly beautiful. Keep it up!

    Adrian Lyngwa
  • So beautifully written

    Twinkle Banik
  • Beautiful thought and brilliantly penned down! ❤️

    Mayank Pratap
  • You have touched upon so many layers of being an Indian, it amazes me. Keep writing!

    Priyanka Basumatary

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