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Tired in a Book Fair

Vishnu Bagdawala


she sits on the floor 

massaging her feet, 


the stones under the laid carpet 

pricking her. facing a flower bed 


in the middle of nowhere. 


her face looks tired, her eyes 

look into the distance. 


when her son finally comes 

whispers in her ear, 


“I want a popcorn.” 

she pulls out a ten-rupee note 


from her bosom and hands 

it to him. 


He walks away 


feeling the warmth of 

of his mother in his hands. 


Vishnu Bagdawala is a recent graduate in Mass Communication. Hailing from the textile hub city of Surat, he now lives in Mumbai where he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer.