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Rimpi Bhatia

Abstract


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Rimpi Bhatia

Abstract


Three Flying Kisses

Three Flying Kisses

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This year June, I think

Early morning Cab

Home to work

Fixed route

A usual traffic signal

Somehow always red


As the cab stopped

I saw

This beautiful sweet lady

Clad in a bright saree

Glittering jewellery

Clean hairdo.

Nice make-up

Red lipstick

Big bindi

All dressed up

Right in the morning


I often bump into her

On that route

At that signal


Recognizing her

I smiled

She too

And came up to me


I slid the window pane down

Handed over some small amount

And bowed to her

She lovingly put both her hands on my head

To bless me


As the signal turned green

And she was about to leave

Sensing that her blessings outnumbered the small amount I gave

I hurriedly gestured 3 quick flying kisses for her


Confused, she just smiled

As her eyes turned moist

As if to say

Nobody ever did that to her

She quickly turned towards the pavement


I too rolled up the glass pane

Feeling happy for the blessings I received

And thinking that nobody noticed

My impromptu flying kisses

I had my day already made


But as my cab went in gear one

I casually looked out for none

And lo

There was more to come


This young couple in an SUV next to me

Both smiling

And looking admiringly at me

Their smile said that they witnessed it all

Especially those 3 flying kisses n all


They offered an applause

Both of them, in sync

I smiled and nodded

And the cars moved on


Today as I remember that day

I want to raise a toast

To that beautiful saree-clad woman


Who happened to be

If I may say

A little less fortunate

Who happened to be

If I may say

A sweet Transgender


God bless her and her tribe

May the world

And it's a perception

Change for them soon

May they get into the mainstream soon

Amen


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